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Teachings of the Hindu mystics
Harvey, Andrew, 1952-
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Boston : Shambhala, [2001]

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xxxiv, 147 pages ; 19 cm
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This anthology collects the most lyrical, passionate, illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical tradition. Andrew Harvey, the popular spiritual scholar and writer, has selected excerpts from ancient and contemporary sources, including extracts from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other classical Hindu texts; the words of such venerable spiritual teachers as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi; and the devotional poetry of Mirabai, Ramprasad, and many others. The scope of this anthology makes it a marvelous introduction to Hindu mystical literature, while the power and beauty of the language will inspire those already familiar with the genre.

Author Notes

Andrew Harvey is the author of "Son of Man" (named one of "Publishers Weekly's" Best Books of 1998) & the bestsellers "The Journey to Ladakh" & "Hidden Journey". With Sogyal Rinpoche, he coauthored "The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying". He lives with his husband, photographer Eryk Hanut, in Nevada near the Mojave Desert.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Another title that digs deeply into one religious tradition is Teachings of the Hindu Mystics, edited by Andrew Harvey. Harvey includes mystical texts from the Vedas, the Upanishads and the devotional classic the Bhagavad Gita, as well as writings of individuals such as Mirabai and Aurobindo. Considering the importance and ubiquity of the mystical element within Hinduism, Harvey has done a fine job assembling a judicious collection. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Harvey, a British novelist who more recently has become a writer devoted to spiritual topics, has edited this new contribution to Shambhala's long-running "Teachings" series, and this volume is one of the most valuable for the general public yet released. Hindu practice and spirituality remain frustratingly alien and elusive for many Western minds, not least because of the continual overlays of new teachings by recognized masters. Harvey's anthology is historical, and by beginning with the Rig Veda and concluding with the writings of Aurobindo (d. 1950), he goes far toward establishing the essence of Hinduism itself and the ebbs and flows in its teaching over hundreds of years. Harvey's introduction is both learned and prophetic in its stance. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
In the Beginning Love Arose from the Rig Vedap. 1
Creative Fervor from the Rig Vedap. 3
The Mighty Earth from the Rig Vedap. 5
The Man from the Rig Vedap. 7
Shanti from the Atharva Vedap. 10
Brahman Is Joy from the Taittiriya Upanishadp. 12
The Isha Upanishadp. 14
You Are That from the Chandogya Upanishadp. 17
The Highest Mystical Teaching from the Shvetashvatara Upanishadp. 20
The Sun That Dispels Our Darkness from the Shvetashvatara Upanishadp. 22
His Face Is Everywhere from the Shvetashvatara Upanishadp. 23
Hear, O Children of Immortal Bliss from the Shvetashvatara Upanishadp. 25
In Praise of the Wise from the Mundaka Upanishadp. 27
The Unitive State from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishadp. 29
On the Greatness of "Aum" from the Mandukya Upanishadp. 32
To the Householder from the Taittiriya Upanishadp. 34
What the Thunder Said from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishadp. 35
For the Love of the Soul from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishadp. 36
How to Work from the Bhagavad Gitap. 38
What Is Action and What Is Inaction? from the Bhagavad Gitap. 39
The Royal Path of Devotion from the Bhagavad Gitap. 41
The Cosmic Vision from the Bhagavad Gitap. 42
The Way of Love from the Bhagavad Gitap. 45
Devotion to Duty from the Bhagavad Gitap. 47
The Goddess Reveals Her Cosmic Body from the Devi Gitap. 49
The Goddess Explains at Length the Supreme Devotion Beyond the Gunas from the Devi Gitap. 51
The Tantric Praise of the Goddess from the Chandi Pathap. 53
The Six Stanzas of Salvation: Shankaracharyap. 58
In the Fire of Knowledge: Shankaracharyap. 60
Awareness: I Am the Infinite Ocean from the Ashtavakra Gitap. 62
The Story of the Rock from the Yoga Vasishthap. 66
The Nectar of Self-Awareness: Jnaneshwarp. 68
This Miracle: Devara Dasimayyap. 73
Show Me Your Way Out: Mahadeviyakkap. 74
O Lord White As Jasmine: Mahadeviyakkap. 75
If My Head Falls from My Shoulders: Mahadeviyakkap. 76
God's Name: Tukaramp. 77
Money's No Good Here: Mirabaip. 78
Who Can Discredit Me? Mirabaip. 79
Deep into the Night: Mirabaip. 80
The Swing of Consciousness: Kabirp. 82
The Simple Union: Kabirp. 84
A Country Fair for Those Mad with Love: Ramprasadp. 85
I'm Going to Plunge Anyway: Ramprasadp. 87
Cut This Black Snarl: Ramprasadp. 88
Abandon Whatever Limits You Cling To: Ramprasadp. 89
I Would Not Even Care to Be an Emperor: Ramprasadp. 91
I Am Buried in Shyam: Chandidasp. 93
Turned to Gold: Lalanp. 94
Snared by the Beauty: Fikirchandp. 95
Truth Is One: Ramakrishnap. 96
The Chameleon: Ramakrishnap. 98
Who Weeps for God?: Ramakrishnap. 100
How to Live in the World: Ramakrishnap. 101
The Mother: Ramakrishnap. 102
Perfect Awareness: Ramakrishnap. 104
Worship the Living God: Vivekanandap. 106
All Gods Are in You: Vivekanandap. 108
The Supreme Worship: Vivekanandap. 109
The Open Secret: Vivekanandap. 111
The Sickbed-21: Rabindranath Tagorep. 113
The Nature of Mind: Who Am I? Ramana Maharship. 115
The Self and the Cinema: Ramana Maharship. 118
I Am a Child: Nisargadatta Maharajp. 120
The Divine Mother: Aurobindop. 121
All for Her: Aurobindop. 123
The Supramental Force: Aurobindop. 126
The New Being: Aurobindop. 128
The New Body: Aurobindop. 130
The New Race: Aurobindop. 132
One Single Life: Aurobindop. 134
Glossary of Sanskrit Names and Termsp. 137
Contributors, Sources, and Creditsp. 141