Summary: In 2001, record numbers of Westerner's attended the Kumba Mela on the banks of the Ganges for "darshan," the essential moment of worship and devotion of "seeing and being seen by God." It was, literally, the largest gathering of humanity on planet earth. Readers are experiencing a hunger for the holy as never before. In the Ullman's remarkable book, everyone can share and come to a greater understanding of great moments of awakening, which everyon ...show moree can potentially experience.
Mystics, Masters, Saints and Sages is a collection of stories and writings on the moment or moments of spiritual enlightenment of ancient and modern masters of spirituality from all traditions. Organized chronologically, starting with Buddha and ending in the present day, this collection provides a broad spectrum of religious awakenings throughout time and from around the world. Selections from the Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Kabbalist, Sufi traditions, and more are all presented. The focus of the book is on the crucial point of realization in the lives of each of these saints and masters that led to his or her awakening to the divine reality. By depicting the direct experience of divine grace, enlightenment and self-realization from as close to the source as possible, Mystics, Masters, Saints and Sages depicts how each person's experience of the divine is highly individual and yet ultimately universal.
Each chapter begins with an introduction by the authors of the particular saint or master. Readers are given an overview of their life, teachings and writings, and their followers. The introduction is then followed with the selections, which are taken from the masters or saints themselves, or taken from one of their disciples. This book is a valuable tool for anyone interested in exploring their own spirituality and learning about a variety of religious experiences. ...show less
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