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From the celebrated scholar and lecturer Andrew Harvey, a fascinating and inspiring introduction to the essential texts and themes of the great mystics.

Not merely a feast of the greatest and wisest mystical revelations, 'The Essential Mystics' i
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 21st 1997 by HarperOne (first published 1996)
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David Palmacci
Mar 08, 2007 David Palmacci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an open mind
Shelves: nonfiction
Amazingly full of meaning and connection to the truth our lives are more than what we see, that instead we are apart of something beyond what we can imagine in our present consciousness.
The best way to describe this book in my own words is the following; consider the fact there are many religions around the world. Each religion is a sort of path. This book states the principles of those "paths", and when you know the different paths you start to see a map of all of them leading to the same plac
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Ron Krumpos
Jul 04, 2014 Ron Krumpos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Harvey has edited this book which is essential to any study of comparative mysticism.

"The Essential Mystics / The Soul’s Journey into Truth" is one of the books in the primary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism" at http://suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf which includes many of its quotations of mystics.

Elizabeth Olson
Andrew Harvey has collected important mystical writings from major faith traditions, with each tradition given its own chapter. For each chapter he's written introductions highlighting particular themes. The collection is impressive in scope and depth, but would be more useful as a resource if an index were included.
Ivan Granger
Jun 02, 2012 Ivan Granger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
An excellent anthology from Andrew Harvey. Poetry and brief excerpts from sacred writings among many world traditions: primal cultures, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Ancient Greece, Christianity, and Islam. Open to any random page and you’ll find an uplifting verse, saying, explanation, or wisdom story.
Sharon Neufer
I am using this book as a daily devotional, reading just one small section each day and reflecting on that. It's pretty dense to read straight through, and I am finding this a better approach for me.
Ron
Nov 24, 2012 Ron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Meh...Reader's Digest guide to World Religions. Nothing new here, except marketing such a book to our feminine side.
As one reviewer stated, would make a good reference book, if it provided an index...
Steve Wilson
This collection contains some great writings from such a wide range of traditions. I will definitely re-visit this book from time to time.
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I could not get into this book.
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Andrew Harvey is an author, religious scholar and teacher of mystic traditions, known primarily for his popular nonfiction books on spiritual or mystical themes, beginning with his 1983 A Journey in Ladakh.

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