THE MYSTIC VISION -
Daily Encounters with the Divine
Andrew Harvey and I gathered together the texts from different
mystical traditions, East and West, that we had cherished for many years.
In the form of a Day Book, these were published in 1995 by Godsfield
Press in the UK and HarperSanFrancisco in the United States. It is now
out of print but is still obtainable on the internet through Amazon
and abe books. The description on the back cover reads:
"This anthology, as precious as
a Book of Hours, is the fruit of our search for the quintessence of
the mystic vision and the mystic experience. It offers a treasury of
texts for contemplation, chosen from the great religious traditions
of the world, which invite the reader to open his or her heart to the
Divine Presence on every day of the year. The words are beautifully
complemented by a wealth of illustrations."-
"The Wave" 1975,
Oil on board, 30"x40" © Robin Baring
mystics come back to us from an encounter with life's most august secret,
as Mary came running from the tomb; filled with amazing tidings which
they can hardly tell. We, longing for some assurance, and seeing their
radiant faces, urge them to pass on their revelation if they can…
mystics speak the same language, for they come from the same country.
The mystics tell us that life is Divine, that we, in this dimension,
are in the eternal embrace of the Divine. They show us that our sole
purpose in life is to open our heart to this Divine Presence, to know
it and love it as the essence and ground of our own lives and as the
life of every creature and every aspect of creation. They invite us
to recognize its longing to be known in our own longing for relationship
with what seems so far from us yet is closer to us than our breathing.
Ruysbroeck expressed this with perfect clarity:-
When love has carried us above all things…we
receive in peace the Incomprehensible Light, enfolding us and penetrating
us. What is this Light, if it be not a contemplation of the Infinite,
and an intuition of Eternity? We behold that which we are, and we are
that which we behold; because our being, without losing anything of
its own personality, is united with the Divine Truth.
Ramakrishna said that the sensitive mother cooks
fish differently for each of her hungry children - plain and bland for
one, rich and spicy for the other. In exactly the same way, the Mother
of the Universe reveals various spiritual approaches to the Divine.
Whether you follow the idea of a personal God or the impersonal Truth,
Ramakrishna said, you will certainly realize the One Reality, provided
that you experience passionate longing for it.
are an infinite number of perspectives and each one of them is a path
to God. Each individual is unique and follows a unique path. With the
longing to discover it, the way unfolds in the rhythm of the life of
each separate being. Forcing the pace can block the opening of the heart.
Each one of us will know the flowering of consciousness as it returns
to the Source or Ground of Being. As Ramakrishna said, some will receive
their meal early in the morning, others at noon, still others not until
evening. But none will go hungry. Without exception, all living beings
will eventually know their own true nature to be the Great Light.
Alchemists knew their work of transmuting the base metal of ignorance
and separation into the gold of union would best be done gently, patiently
and with great delicacy. As the windows of the heart are opened, the
light pours in, revealing what was previously shrouded in darkness.
Insight, wisdom, compassion grow with the experience of communion with
this book, we have gathered together from many different cultures, past
and present, the magical, quickening words which guide and help us on
our own journey of transformation. They transmit the vision of those
women and men who discovered within themselves the quintessential treasure
of the Divine. In a time as dark as ours they inspire and ennoble us
all, giving us the hope, courage and strength to follow them into the
heart of life.
Anne Baring and Andrew
Review of The Mysic Vision---
- ___Like a Palestrina Mass
made visible, this beautiful Day Book takes the reader into the highest
and deepest reaches of the Spirit…Magnificent color reproductions of
many of the world's most sacred painting, sculptures, and icons are
interspersed with exquisite readings from mystics of the East and West
over the last four millennia.
----- Chapter introductions and titles
flow with the same great music as do the daily entries, announcing quite
accurately the loveliness to come: "The Flute of the Infinite, the Spirit;"
"Worldless Mysteries;" "The Heart is Nothing but the Sea of Light" -
and nine others.
----- The entry for January
31st, from Rumi, is typically lovely:
away, fly away bird to your native home, ---------
________You have leapt free of the cage
wings are flung back in the wind of God.
----- -----Leave behind the stagnant and
---- ------Hurry, hurry, hurry, O bird,
to the source of life!
----- For December 9th, there is a glorious
message from Tukaram:
-----Deep has called unto
-----And all things have vanished
----- -----Into unity.
----- -----The waves and the ocean have
nothing can now pass away.
-----Andrew Harvey and Anne
Baring, a Jungian analyst, have created a book that enables the reader
to contemplate God.It leaves me wondering what kind of a transformation
would occur in ourselves and in the world if for just one year we all
began our day by spending ten minutes with The Mystic Vision of reality.
It seems likely that we would deepen in love and more consciously combat
evil, more fully serving God's purpose for creation.
MPG , Fellowship in Prayer-----
The world rights (except for Sweden) have now reverted
to the authors.
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