Teachings of the Hindu Mystics

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This anthology collects the most lyrical, passionate, illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical tradition. Andrew Harvey, the popular spiritual scholar and writer, has selected excerpts from ancient and contemporary sources, including extracts from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other classical Hindu texts; the words of such venerable spiritual teachers as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi; and the devotional poetry of Mirabai, Ramprasad, and many others. The scope of this anthology makes it a marvelous ...
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Overview

This anthology collects the most lyrical, passionate, illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical tradition. Andrew Harvey, the popular spiritual scholar and writer, has selected excerpts from ancient and contemporary sources, including extracts from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other classical Hindu texts; the words of such venerable spiritual teachers as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi; and the devotional poetry of Mirabai, Ramprasad, and many others. The scope of this anthology makes it a marvelous introduction to Hindu mystical literature, while the power and beauty of the language will inspire those already familiar with the genre.
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"Considering the importance and ubiquity of the mystical element within Hinduism, Harvey has done a fine job assembling a judicious collection."— Publishers Weekly

"The scope of this anthology makes it a marvelous introduction to Hindu mystical traditions, while the power and the beauty of the language will inspire those already familiar with Hinduism and its literature."— Earth Star

"Both learned and prophetic in its stance."— Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Another title that digs deeply into one religious tradition is Teachings of the Hindu Mystics, edited by Andrew Harvey. Harvey includes mystical texts from the Vedas, the Upanishads and the devotional classic the Bhagavad Gita, as well as writings of individuals such as Mirabai and Aurobindo. Considering the importance and ubiquity of the mystical element within Hinduism, Harvey has done a fine job assembling a judicious collection. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Harvey, a British novelist who more recently has become a writer devoted to spiritual topics, has edited this new contribution to Shambhala's long-running "Teachings" series, and this volume is one of the most valuable for the general public yet released. Hindu practice and spirituality remain frustratingly alien and elusive for many Western minds, not least because of the continual overlays of new teachings by recognized masters. Harvey's anthology is historical, and by beginning with the Rig Veda and concluding with the writings of Aurobindo (d. 1950), he goes far toward establishing the essence of Hinduism itself and the ebbs and flows in its teaching over hundreds of years. Harvey's introduction is both learned and prophetic in its stance. Highly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570624490
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/26/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
In the Beginning Love Arose: from the Rig Veda 1
Creative Fervor: from the Rig Veda 3
The Mighty Earth: from the Rig Veda 5
The Man: from the Rig Veda 7
Shanti: from the Rig Veda 10
Brahman Is Joy: from the Taittiriya Upanishad 12
The Isha Upanishad 14
You Are That: from the Chandogya Upanishad 17
The Highest Mystical Teaching: from the Shvetashvatara Upanishad 20
The Sun That Dispels Our Darkness: from the Shvetashvatara Upanishad 22
His Face Is Everywhere: from the Shvetashvatara Upanishad 23
Hear, O Children of Immortal Bliss: from the Shvetashvatara Upanishad 25
In Praise of the Wise: from the Mundaka Upanishad 27
The Unitive State: from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 29
On the Greatness of "AUM": from the Mandukya Upanishad 32
To the Householder: from the Taittiriya Upanishad 34
What the Thunder Said: from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 35
For the Love of the Soul: from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 36
How to Work: from the Bhagavad Gita 38
What Is Action and What Is Inaction?: from the Bhagavad Gita 39
The Royal Path of Devotion: from the Bhagavad Gita 41
The Cosmic Vision: from the Bhagavad Gita 42
The Way of Love: from the Bhagavad Gita 45
Devotion to Duty: from the Bhagavad Gita 47
The Goddess Reveals Her Cosmic Body: from the Devi Gita 49
The Goddess Explains at Length the Supreme Devotion Beyond the Gunas: from the Devi Gita 51
The Tantric Praise of the Goddess: from the Chandi Patha 53
The Six Stanzas of Salvation 58
In the Fire of Knowledge 60
Awareness: I Am the Infinite Ocean: from the Ashtavakra Gita 62
The Story of the Rock: from the Yoga Vasishtha 66
The Nectar of Self-Awareness 68
This Miracle 73
Show Me Your Way Out 74
O Lord White As Jasmine 75
If My Head Falls from My Shoulders 76
God's Name 77
Money's No Good Here 78
Who Can Discredit Me? 79
Deep into the Night 80
The Swing of Consciousness 82
The Simple Union 84
A Country Fair for Those Mad with Love 85
I'm Going to Plunge Anyway 87
Cut This Black Snarl 88
Abandon Whatever Limits You Cling To 89
I Would Not Even Care to Be an Emperor 91
I Am Buried in Shyam 93
Turned to Gold 94
Snared by the Beauty 95
Truth Is One 96
The Chameleon 98
Who Weeps for God? 100
How to Live in the World 101
The Mother 102
Perfect Awareness 104
Worship the Living God 106
All Gods Are in You 108
The Supreme Worship 109
The Open Secret 111
The Sickbed - 21 113
The Nature of Mind: Who Am I? 115
The Self and the Cinema 118
I Am a Child 120
The Divine Mother 121
All for Her 123
The Supramental Force 126
The New Being 128
The New Body 130
The New Race 132
One Single Life 134
Glossary of Sanskrit Names and Terms 137
Contributors, Sources, and Credits 141
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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    I was brought up in a Hindu household in the U.S. and this book

    I was brought up in a Hindu household in the U.S. and this book helped me understand the most fundamental Hindu beliefs. The book starts with a fascinating introduction about the religion as a whole. For example, Harvey explained that Hinduism is not a polytheistic religion; all of the gods represent facets of one Supreme God. The rest of the book is a collection of 1-3 page passages from various Hindu texts. These short passages are ideal to read when starting or ending the day to have a better perspective on life.

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