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The inner treasure : an introduction to the world's sacred and mystical writings
Star, Jonathan.
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New York : J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, [1999]

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xii, 256 pages ; 24 cm
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This is a time of almost unprecedented interest in mysticism. Sufi, Hindu, and Kabbalistic imagery abound in music videos; Rumi translations appear on bestseller lists; and millions of Americans show interest in finding direct union with the sacred.Jonathan Star's The Inner Treasure is perhaps the most accessible and enjoyable collection of sacred and mystic writings available. In it, Star reminds us that each text--from the Book of Psalms to the writings of sages of Taoism and of Buddhist masters--is a living work meant to be read and enjoyed every day.Star's translations restore the conversational language with which these writings are imbued in their original tongues. Each of the brief passages is a journey with a great spiritual sage, and a wonderful first step into the nature of our own hearts.

Author Notes

Jonathan Star has been widely acclaimed for his translations of works from Rumi to the Tao Te Ching to the greatest Christian mystics. He is the translator of the celebrated Rumi: In the Arms of the Beloved ("Rumi would be proud of Star's luminous translations"--Larry Dossey) and other works. Star lives in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
The scriptures of Indiap. 3
Rig Vedap. 6
Upanishadsp. 7
Bhagavad Gitap. 9
Avadhuta Gitap. 20
Vishnu Sahasranamp. 22
The Sages of Taoismp. 27
Tao Te Chingp. 29
Chuang Tzup. 40
Lieh Tzup. 47
The Buddhist Mastersp. 49
Shakyamuni Buddhap. 51
Dhammapadap. 53
Eihei Dogenp. 58
Bassui Zenjip. 59
Huang Pop. 60
Shantidevap. 61
Yoka Daiship. 62
Gizanp. 63
Wisdom of the Hebrewsp. 65
The Book of Psalmsp. 67
The Wisdom of Solomonp. 75
Ecclesiasticus (Sirach)p. 80
The Stoic Philosophersp. 85
Marcus Aureliusp. 87
Epictetusp. 94
Lucius Annaeus Senecap. 97
The Sufi Poetsp. 101
Jalaluddin Rumip. 105
Hafezp. 121
IBN Al Arabip. 130
Fakhruddin Araqip. 132
Abdurrahman Jamip. 135
Mahmud Shabistarip. 136
Ghalibp. 140
Nazirp. 142
Baba Kuhi of Shirazp. 147
The Christian Saintsp. 149
Saint Paulp. 151
The Philokaliap. 155
Meister Eckhartp. 157
Russian Monkp. 164
Thomas A Kempisp. 166
Jean Pierre De Caussadep. 168
The Poet-Saints of Indiap. 175
Shankaracharyap. 178
Kabirp. 182
Tukaramp. 186
Mirabaip. 190
Akkamahadevip. 195
Ramdasap. 197
Jnaneshwarp. 202
Swami Muktanandap. 213
A Note on the Translationsp. 223
Verbatim and Literal Translationsp. 225
Glossaryp. 235
Sourcesp. 245
Permissionsp. 255