The Return of the Mother

The Return of the Mother

by Andrew Harvey

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Overview

Adapted from a series of lectures on the historical basis and current resurgence of the sacred feminine, given by Andrew Harvey at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Spring 1994, The Return of the Mother is a profound journey into the heart of the Divine Mother.
 
In this comprehensive and groundbreaking work, mystical scholar Andrew Harvey unearths traces of the sacred feminine in major world religions—Hinduism, Islam (Sufism), Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity—and in aboriginal and indigenous wisdom traditions. Harvey presents a scathing critique of the patriarchal distortions in religious history and doctrine that have obscured full knowledge of the Divine Mother, and shows how to reintegrate this vital aspect into the spiritual consciousness of humankind. The Return of the Mother offers a radical new perspective, balancing the historical overemphasis on transcendence by honoring the immanence of the divine in passionate engagement in the world. Only by cultivating a direct, respectful relationship with the transformative power of the sacred feminine can we alter our disastrous attitude of dissociation from nature, the body, sexuality, and the details of human life, and generate the energy and compassion needed to reverse the course of destruction we have set the planet—and all of life—hurtling toward. In lively question-and-answer sections, Harvey further illuminates these vital issues and takes a strong stand against our dependence on “gurus” and “masters,” proposing instead an egalitarian model of spiritual community based on intimate groups of mutually supportive guides and friends. The Return of the Mother is an eloquent and passionate call for all of us to rediscover and reclaim an authentic and empowering relationship to the divine, and recreate a sacred life-in-the-world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583948200
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

The author of more than two dozen books, Andrew Harvey began his study and practice of Hinduism in 1978 after meeting a succession of Indian saints and sages. He has studied with masters such as Thuksey Rinpoche and Father Bede Griffiths for more than 30 years. Harvey was awarded the Christmas Humphrey prize for A Journey in Ladakh, the Humanities Team Award (an award previously received by Desmond Tutu) for his 2010 body of work, and a Nautilus Award for his book The Hope:A Guide to Sacred Activism. He is founder and director of the Institute of Sacred Activism.

Table of Contents

Forewordxiii
1.Introduction1
2.The Message of the Mother in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna41
3.Adoration and the Divine Child71
Questions and Answers96
4.Aurobindo and the Transformation of the Mother115
Questions and Answers141
5.The Sufi Way of Adoration155
6.The Sufi Way of Heartbreak177
Questions and Answers198
7.The Buddha and the Mother221
8.Mahayana Buddhism and the Mother243
Questions and Answers262
9.The Tao and the Mother301
Questions and Answers317
10.Mary Our Mother339
Questions and Answers359
11.Christ the Mother383
Questions and Answers414
12.Conclusion435
Interviews with Andrew Harvey
Introduction451
"On Divine Responsibility"457
"Teachers and Seekers"473
Bibliography491

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