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Encyclopedia of spirituality : information and inspiration to transform your life
Freke, Timothy, 1959-
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A Godsfield book."
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BL624 .F737 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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"To each person that way is the best way which appears easiest and appeals most."--Ramana Marharshi, Hindu sage. Many roads will lead you to a place of joy, and of oneness with the world. But which spiritual beliefs, rituals, and ideas will fire your imagination, and enable you to penetrate the profound mysteries of existence? The precious wisdom contained in this wide-ranging and lushly illustrated encyclopedia can transform ordinary life into an extraordinary journey of awakening. Beginning with an exploration of the great spiritual traditions, and how they really are "one river to the same sea," delve into the various branches of Shamanism, Hinduism, Paganism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and even modern "cults" like Scientology. Expand awareness through practices--smudging, saying mantras, studying sacred texts, and dozens more--designed to foster new insights and promote self-knowledge. Learn from the most profound teachings of all time, the perennial lore and understanding of the mystics, saints, and sages. A rich source of spiritual advice, comfort, and perceptiveness. 256 pages (all in color), 8 1/4 x 10 7/8.

Author Notes

Timothy Freke has an honors degree in philosophy and is the author of more than 20 books published internationally. He lives in the U.K.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

This dazzling coffee-table volume offers one-stop shopping for nearly all the world's major spiritual traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christianity, Shamanism, the New Age movement, paganism and "natural spirituality." One chapter explores the role of psychedelic drugs in cultivating spirituality, while another narrows in on "The Way of the Artist" (this one is heavy on William Blake). Freke, a self-described mystic and philosopher, focuses far more on practice than belief, emphasizing the ways individuals can develop their spirituality through yoga, meditation, dance, Tai Chi, prayer, koans, pilgrimage and retreat, music, dreams and "sacred sensuality," among other paths. The book's breadth is indeed encyclopedic; Freke sometimes only skims the surface of complex ideas in order to achieve greater inclusivity. World religions, he says, are "different rivers running to one sea of Truth." The book's strength lies in its remarkable visuals; every page features full-color art, and the well-designed layout is simply a treat. Many photographs feature individual spiritual practitioners demonstrating the techniques discussed, such as keeping a dream diary, infusing everyday chores with spiritual meaning and kneeling down to pray. Readers seeking informative depth will not glean much from this guide's breathless aromatherapy-to-Zen approach, but it's certainly an attractive introduction, easy on the eyes. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved