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Martin Benson Speaks
Martin Benson Speaks (September 2011)
Carl Lehmann-Haupt - Edited and with an introduction by
Frank R. Sinclair - Foreword by

The robust memoirs of an unusual twentieth-century seeker and student of G. I. Gurdjieff.

This is a rambling narration of the life of Martin Benson and in particular his unique relation with the mystical philosopher G. I. Gurdjieff. The time period includes the years at Fountainebleau, where Gurdjieff had established a school of sacred students. Benson’s intimate relation to the master illuminates the living...(Read More)
 
 
Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival
Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival (January 2011)
Christopher McIntosh - Author

A searching study of Eliphas Lévi and the French occult revival.

This classic study of the French magician Eliphas Lévi and the occult revival in France is at last available again after being out of print and highly sought after for many years. Its central focus is Lévi himself (1810–1875), would-be priest, revolutionary socialist, utopian visionary, artist, poet, and, above all, autho...(Read More)
 
 
The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason
The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason (January 2011)
Eighteenth-Century Rosicrucianism in Central Europe and its Relationship to the Enlightenment
Christopher McIntosh - Author

Examines the relationship between diverse iterations of Rosicrucianism and the philosophy of the Enlightenment.

This new edition of Christopher McIntosh’s classic book on the Golden and Rosy Cross order is eagerly awaited. The order stands out as one of the most fascinating and influential of the high-degree Masonic and Illuminist groups that mushroomed in Europe from the eighteenth century onward. Active...(Read More)
 
 
An Endless Trace
An Endless Trace (August 2010)
The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West
Christopher Bamford - Author
Philip Zaleski - Introduction

Two powerful motives weave beneath the surface of our spiritual history: the desire to know and the desire to love. The secret history of the West is the story of saints, mystics, alchemists, poets, and philosophers trying to unite these two streams and celebrate the sacred marriage of Logos and Sophia, Word and Wisdom. This book, an impressionistic history of the Western spiritual tradition, follows the traces—from ancient Greece int...(Read More)
 
 
A Soaring Minaret
A Soaring Minaret (July 2010)
Abu Bakr al-Wasiti and the Rise of Baghdadi Sufism
Laury Silvers - Author

The development of early Islamic mysticism and metaphysics is presented through the life and work of theologian Abu Bakr al-Wasiti.

Sufi scholar Abu Bakr al-Wasiti (d. ca. 320 AH/932 CE) was called a “soaring minaret” for his cutting comments and keen theological insights. Wāsiṭī’s life is little known today, but elements of his lost Qur’ān commentary have come down to us ...(Read More)
 
 
Rumi's Mystical Design
Rumi's Mystical Design (October 2009)
Reading the Mathnawi, Book One
Seyed Ghahreman Safavi - Author
Simon Weightman - Author
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Foreword by

Reveals the sophisticated design of Rumī’s Mathnawī, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.

This landmark book reveals the structure of Rumī’s thirteenth-century classic, the Mathnawī. A beloved collection of 25,000 picturesque, alliterative verses full of anecdotes and parables on what appear to be loosel...(Read More)
 
 
The Participatory Turn
The Participatory Turn (December 2008)
Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies
Jorge N. Ferrer - Editor
Jacob H. Sherman - Editor

Cuts through traditional debates to argue that religious phenomena are cocreated by human cognition and a generative spiritual power.

Can we take seriously religious experience, spirituality, and mysticism, without reducing them to either cultural-linguistic by-products or simply asserting their validity as a dogmatic fact? The contributors to this volume argue that we can, and they offer a new way: the “pa...(Read More)
 
 
The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One
The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One (September 2008)
A Study and Translation of the Virupaksapancasika, with the Commentary of Vidyacakravartin
David Peter Lawrence - Author

A study and translation of a tantric contemplative manual and the commentary on it.

This book offers the first published translation of the contemplative manual Virūpāksapañcasikā, written circa the twelfth century CE, and the commentary on it, Vivrti by Vidyācakravartin. These late works from the Pratyabhij&nti...(Read More)
 
 
Like Angels on Jacob's Ladder
Like Angels on Jacob's Ladder (January 2008)
Abraham Abulafia, the Franciscans, and Joachimism
Harvey J. Hames - Author

Explores the career of Abraham Abulafia, thirteenth-century founder of the school of ecstatic Kabbalah.

This book explores the career of Abraham Abulafia (ca. 1240–1291), self-proclaimed Messiah and founder of the school of ecstatic Kabbalah. Active in southern Italy and Sicily where Franciscans had adopted the apocalyptic teachings of Joachim of Fiore, Abulafia believed the end of days was approaching and saw hi...(Read More)
 
 
Ibn al-'Arabi's Barzakh
Ibn al-'Arabi's Barzakh (October 2004)
The Concept of the Limit and the Relationship between God and the World
Salman H. Bashier - Author

Explores the concept of the Limit (barzakh), which the great Sufi mystic Ibn al-'Arabi used to address the philosophical controversy regarding God's relationship with the world.

This book explores how Ibn al-'Arabi (1165–1240) used the concept of barzakh (the Limit) to deal with the philosophical problem of the relationship between God and the world, a major concept disputed in ancient and medieval Is...(Read More)
 
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