Cosmic Consciousness

Cosmic Consciousness : A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

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Acclaimed by William James as "an addition to psychology of first-rate importance," this pioneering work constitutes a classic modern study of the mystical experience. Author Richard Maurice Bucke, a distinguished progressive psychiatrist, explores the phenomenon of transcendent realization, or illumination. Bucke draws upon his firsthand experience of a life-altering insight to explore the theory of cosmic consciousness, an advance in mental evolution with the potential to raise existence to a higher plane.
As valuable today as it was upon its 1901 publication, this landmark survey treats illumination from the standpoint of psychology, as a rare but definite and well-documented mental condition. It cites instances of sudden enlightenment experienced by mystics, philosophers, writers, and artists throughout history, noting an increasing frequency of episodes consistent with an evolutionary trend. Numerous case studies offer intriguing, real-life particulars of people and their personal epiphanies -- from Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed, to Dante, William Blake, Walt Whitman, and lesser-known individuals. A work of uplift and promise, this book offers readers a vista of extraordinary possibilities and a renewed capacity for hope and wonder.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 132 x 209 x 21mm | 540g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Dover
  • 048647190X
  • 9780486471907
  • 191,895

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Many of the great spiritual and intellectual achievements throughout history represent mankind's quest for an ultimate state of consciousness. This process of developing expanded consciousness is clearly explained in Cosmic Consciousness, one of the classic books on the mystical experience. Richard Maurice Bucke outlines the development of various intellectual and spiritual faculties in the history of man and how their development mirrors the growth of the individual. Bucke believed that "the evolution of the individual is necessarily the evolution of the race in an abridged form." Cosmic Consciousness declares that we are witnessing a continued revolution in enlightenment with people like Buddha, Jesus, Spinoza, and Whitman, to name a few, acting as the forerunners. First published in 1901, Cosmic Consciousness, is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in exploring spiritual development. From simple consciousness, to self-consciousness, and then cosmic consciousness, Bucke provides a work of profound philosophical vision. This classic study occupies a secure place in the archives of written thought.
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Table of contents

INTRODUCTION
NOTICE
LIST OF BOOKS QUOTED
PART I.
FIRST WORDS
PART II. EVOLUTION AND DEVOLUTION
TO SELF CONSCIOUSNESS
ON THE PLANE OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESS
DEVOLUTION
PART III.
FROM SELF TO COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS
PART IV. INSTANCES OF COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS
GAUTAMA THE BUDDHA
JESUS THE CHRIST
PAUL
PLOTINUS
MOHAMMED
DANTE
BARTOLOMÉ LAS CASAS
JOHN YEPES
FRANCIS BACON
JACOB BEHMEN
WILLIAM BLAKE
HONORÉ DE BALZAC
WALT WHITMAN
EDWARD CARPENTER
PART V. ADDITIONAL—SOME OF THEM LESSER, IMPERFECT, AND DOUBTFUL INSTANCES
THE TWILIGHT
MOSES
GIDEON
ISIAH
Lî R
SOCRATES
ROGER BACON
BLAISE PASCAL
BENEDICT SPINOZA
JAMES GARDINER
SWEDENBORG
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
CHARLES G. FINNEY
ALEXANDER PUSHKIN
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
ALFRED TENNYSON
J. B. B.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
J. B.
C. P.
H. B.
R. P. S.
E. T.
RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHANSA
J. H. J.
T. S. R.
W. H. W.
RICHARD JEFFERIES
C. M. C.
M. C. L.
J. W. W.
J. WILLIAM LLOYD
HORACE TRAUBEL
PAUL TYNER
C. Y. E.
A. J. S.
PART VI.
LAST WORDS
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About Richard Maurice Bucke

Canadian author Richard Maurice Bucke (1837-1902) was a progressive psychiatrist who wrote numerous professional papers in addition to three book-length studies. Cosmic Consciousness is his best-known work.
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