Teachings of the Hindu Mysticsby Andrew Harvey
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.
"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
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Andrew Harvey is the author of Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ and more than thirty other books. He has also published several other collections of Rumi, including The Way of Passion.
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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.