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Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis in Modern Man

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This is a spiritual tour de force which explores the relationship between Man and Nature as found in Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, particularly its Sufi dimension.
Paperback, 151 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Kazi Publications (first published 1976)
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Oct 17, 2013 Soroush rated it liked it
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This book by Seyyed Hossein Nasr consists of four chapters based on his lectures delivered at the University of Chicago in 1966. Although it has been written decades ago, most of its content can be applied to today's environmental crisis. In other words, when you read this book, you wouldn't think, for the most part, that it is based on lectures given decades ago. His overall objective in this book is to show that to solve our environmental problems, we need to revive our metaphysical and spirit ...more
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May 05, 2015 Bob Nichols rated it it was ok
Nasr attributes the modern environmental “crisis” to the desacralization of nature, that began early in the West with the rise of science. Before then, nature was seen as the manifestation of the Universal Intellect, an Absolute presence that provided certainty, predictability and ordered harmony. Science, he says, “emptied the cosmos of its sacred character.” In doing so, man saw nature not as a reflection of Intelligent Mind or of God’s reality but as a thing for man to use, resulting in the i ...more
Mar 28, 2008 Tara rated it it was ok
Shelves: ecology
The author made many points I agreed with. He was insightful, he drew together some arguments which I found provocative and inspiring. Nonetheless, the book was tinged with a sexism I found repugnant, and it repeated itself in a dead sort of way. Considering that he was defending life and nature, he was terribly dry. I love John Scotus Erigena and many of the other people he talked about, but his analysis was too shallow and a result of his own biases. Still, there is definitely something to be ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Farhad rated it it was amazing
Some of my favourite passages:

"Man sees in nature what he is himself and penetrates into the inner meaning of nature only on the condition of being able to delve into the inner depths of his own being and to cease to lie merely on the periphery of his being. Men who live only on the surface of their being can study nature as something to be manipulated and dominated. But only he who has turned toward the inner dimension of his being can see nature as a symbol, as a transparent reality and come t
Sep 15, 2015 Ammar rated it it was amazing
"To be at peace with the Earth one must be at peace with Heaven"

Only a brilliant scholar and intellectual such as Nasr could have so eloquently brought together our relationship with God, nature, and humanity. This series of lectures is nearly 30 years old but a more critical read today than ever. Nasr's perennial philosophies went over my head (particularly the Taosim parts), but he shows us how the divine, nature, and humanity are not mutually exclusive, rather they are integral to one another
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Aug 09, 2014 Gary Burns rated it it was amazing
His key arguments weave the loose, loose because unrecognized, threads between the philosophic heritage of the West and the preservation of, especially Aristotelian ideas, in Islamic schools of thought throughout the Middle Ages. Very informative with a rich bibliography, Nasr keeps alive the fundamental relationship between metaphysical understanding and scientific investigation, a bridge so many in the West have burnt up.
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Jan 24, 2016 Aziza Aouhassi rated it it was amazing
"Un the end what se can say with all certainty is that there is no peace possible among men unless there is peace and harmony with nature. And n order to have peace and harmony with nature one must be in harmony and equilibrium with Heaven, and ultimately with the Source and Origin of all things. He who is at peace with God is also at peace with His creation, both with nature and man."

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Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born on April 7, 1933 (19 Farvadin 1312 A.H. solar) in Tehran into a family of distinguished scholars and physicians. His father, Seyyed Valiallah, a man of great learning and piety, was a physician to the Iranian royal family, as was his father before him. The name "Nasr" which means "victory" was conferred on Professor Nasr's grandfather by the King of Persia. Nasr also c ...more
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