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. 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.
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Fine, but not what I was expecting
I enjoyed this book. Some of the stories I found interesting and thought-provoking. But it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. It was in essence readings from either personal diaries of the enlightened person themselves or from someone close to them. It spans a number of centuries, and it covers people I hadn't heard of before (which I would say was a positive factor).
For me (and this might be a personal thing) I felt very removed from the people being portrayed. I would love to have been able to ask questions of these people, but most didn't have as a goal teaching or enlightening others. So it was sort of like being an observer of a very different group of people that you didn't really have a way of connecting with.
That said, it did make me think, and I found the stories of some of these people amazing. So overall I'm glad I listened to it.
Almost every individual story had an interesting aspect. I personally liked the story of the man who figured out that he was happiest when he loved, so he started working really hard on loving everyone, including his enemies. I'm not sure I buy that he also figured out that all actions seemed to stem from his own thoughts, so he was then able to control what happened through his own thoughts. I also had trouble following the poems of the guy from India, although I recognize that they were beautiful poems.
I'm not sure it inspired me to do anything, although parts did make me think.
typical new age vision of mysticism.
- J. Glemby