Teachings of the Hindu Mystics by Andrew Harvey

By Andrew Harvey

This anthology collects the main lyrical, passionate, illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical culture. Andrew Harvey, the preferred non secular pupil and author, has chosen excerpts from historical and modern assets, together with extracts from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and different classical Hindu texts; the phrases of such venerable non secular academics as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi; and the devotional poetry of Mirabai, Ramprasad, and so on. The scope of this anthology makes it a fabulous creation to Hindu mystical literature, whereas the ability and wonder of the language will motivate these already accustomed to the style.

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Peaceful for us be the running waters, peaceful the plants and herbs! Peaceful to us be the signs of the future, peaceful what is done and undone, peaceful to us be what is and what will be. May all to us be gracious! This supreme Goddess, Word, inspired by Brahman, by which the awe-inspiring is created, through her to us be peace! This supreme Spirit, inspired by Brahman, by which the awe-inspiring is created, through it to us be peace! These five sense organs, with the mind as the sixth, within my heart, inspired by Brahman, by which the awe-inspiring is created, through them to us be peace!

Those words have a specially poignant meaning for me, since I was born in India of parents who themselves were born in India, spent the first nine years of my life there, and have returned as often as possible since, always to try and drink deeper from the still-living springs of its ancient passion and wisdom. The texts that I am offering in this anthology have been intimate companions for many years; India, in all its faces and powers, has been at the core of my life and search. India is, and always will be, the “old home” of my heart and of my soul.

There is nothing that does not come from him. Of everything he is the inmost Self. He is the truth; he is the Self supreme. ” —From the Chandogya Upanishad The Highest Mystical Teaching ALL IS CHANGE in the world of the senses, But changeless is the supreme Lord of Love. Meditate on him, be absorbed in him, Wake up from this dream of separateness. Know God and all fetters will fall away. No longer identifying yourself With the body, go beyond birth and death. All your desires will be fulfilled in him Who is One without a second.

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