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Teachings of the Hindu Mystics
     

Teachings of the Hindu Mystics

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by Andrew Harvey
 

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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

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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 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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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.
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834826847
Publisher:
Shambhala
Publication date:
12/26/2001
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
290 KB

Meet the Author

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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Teachings of the Hindu Mystics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sharmi More than 1 year ago
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.