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The Cloud of Unknowing : The Classic of Medieval Mysticism

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An exploration of the nature of reality, mysticism begins with the individual struggle toward a clear vision and culminates in a transformed consciousness. This marvelous guide to the contemplative life originated with the reflection of an unknown fourteenth-century priest who believed that a -cloud of unknowing- separates people from God. This cloud, he maintained, cannot be penetrated by intellect --only by love. The Cloud of Unknowing offers an approach to contemplative life that finds holiness at a level deeper than physical experience and beyond language or image. The author advises placing all thought and mental imagery behind a metaphorical -cloud of forgetting- while seeking to love the divine. Hidden from the infinite consciousness by a -cloud of unknowing, - divine love can be reached through monologistic prayer -- a single-word prayer, like a mantra, that assists in abandoning all extraneous thought. Seekers can thus attain an inner silence, where they may -be still and know the sacred.- The author's spiritual gifts, combined with his humorous and straightforward approach, offer a view of divinity that never loses the common touch. Written in everyday language and edited by a popular authority on mysticism, this venerable work can be understood and appreciated by any reader.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 136 x 206 x 12mm | 200g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486432033
  • 9780486432038
  • 59,998

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