Item description for The Return of the Perennial Philosophy: The Supreme Vision of Western Esotericism by Robert Ellwood John Holman...
Intelligent and perceptive, this examination of the universal truths inherent in all cultures and religions is a powerful, scholarly analysis of Western esotericism's deepest teachings. John Holman contends that the perennial philosophy is not only at the heart of all world religions, but also of all major schools of thought and writings by the great thinkers and philosophers---no matter how diverse the presentation of their perceived truths. In an accessible way, Holman sheds light on a number of esoteric topics including: The Absolute and the One, the Great Chain of Being, the Philosopher's Stone, the Seven Spirits, the evolution of consciousness and the Eternal Now---paying particular attention to the subject of time. This thought-provoking book helps us to develop a better understanding of the nature of reality and our potential for transcendence---and revolutionizes the debate on the perennial philosophy.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
ISBN 1905857586 ISBN13 9781905857586
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excellent Jul 22, 2008
I found this book a very rewarding read. The author is extremely widely read and has the ability to systematize and synthesise a vast number of ideas from different wisdom traditions, bringing out the parallels between western esotericism and eastern spiritual traditions. Having been a little ambivalent about theosophy in the past, I found the discussion of the ideas of authors such as Blavatsky and Annie Besant very interesting, since it illustrated that these authors did have a very genuine and enlightened perspective on spiritual matters. Most of all though, the book shows how enduring and pervasive the perennial philosophy is, running through eastern and western traditions from ancient to contemporary times.
An illuminating and important work May 21, 2008
In style and content, somewhere between Huston Smith's "Forgotten Truth" and Helena Blavatsky's "The Secret Doctrine", this is one of the most important works on the esoteric wisdom to emerge in recent years. As Smith himself says on the cover, John Holman's portrait of the esoteric cosmos is close to being magisterial, but what I found most useful was the juxtaposition of esoteric and transpersonal psychology. I would recommend this book to fans of Ken Wilber as well as perennialist authors such as Smith and Blavatsky - it has the potential to become a new classic.