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Encyclopedia of Spirituality: Essential…

Encyclopedia of Spirituality: Essential Teachings to Transform Your Life

by Timothy Freke

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"To each person that way is the best way which appears easiest and appeals most."--Ramana Marharshi, Hindu sage. Many roads will lead you to a place of joy, and of oneness with the world. But which spiritual beliefs, rituals, and ideas will fire your imagination, and enable you to penetrate the profound mysteries of existence? The precious wisdom contained in this wide-ranging and lushly illustrated encyclopedia can transform ordinary life into an extraordinary journey of awakening. Beginning with an exploration of the great spiritual traditions, and how they really are "one river to the same sea," delve into the various branches of Shamanism, Hinduism, Paganism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and even modern "cults" like Scientology. Expand awareness through practices--smudging, saying mantras, studying sacred texts, and dozens more--designed to foster new insights and promote self-knowledge. Learn from the most profound teachings of all time, the perennial lore and understanding of the mystics, saints, and sages. A rich source of spiritual advice, comfort, and perceptiveness.
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The histories and mysteries of spirituality are thoroughly explored in this bountifully illustrated book. Solidly organized into four sections--"Spiritual Traditions," "Spiritual Practices," "Spiritual Teachings," and "Information at a Glance"--Encyclopedia offers brief, expertly written essays explaining everything from Yoga's role in Hinduism to the spiritual use of psychedelic drugs. Stellar images and graphics enhance every page, giving this encyclopedia coffee-table elegance.

Author Timothy Freke has an outstanding track record for taking complicated topics and turning them into clear and intriguing reads--as shown in previous works such as The Illustrated Book of Sacred Scriptures and Zen Wisdom. The overall vision behind his The Encyclopedia of Spirituality shines through as Freke opens the many doorways to understanding God. The book also explains numerous spiritual practices such as magic, sacred plants, repentance, and vision quests. Although the book's subtitle promises life transformation, Encyclopedia could also be billed as a book that teaches readers the value of spiritual diversity on a global scale. When all is read and done, seekers will find themselves grateful that spirituality still thrives in so many unique arenas. --Gail Hudson

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Quarto. New and old spiritual traditions of the world. All the isms plus the new age movement.

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