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The Interior Castle [Paperback]

By Teresa Of Avila (Author) & Mirabel Starr (Introduction by)
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A translation of the classic spiritual work is based on the author's mystical vision of a crystal castle with seven chambers, each representing a different stage in a soul's quest for union with God, in a guide that offers practical teachings for readers of all faiths. Reprint.

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The acclaimed modern translation of St. Teresa of Avila's classic book on spiritual awareness and guidance
Celebrated for almost five centuries as a master of spiritual literature, 16th-century saint Teresa of Avila is one of the most beloved religious figures in history. Overcome one day by a mystical vision of a crystal castle with seven chambers, each representing a different stage in spiritual development, Teresa immediately wrote The Interior Castle. Probably her most important and widely studied work, it guides the spiritual seeker through each stage of development until the soul's final union with the divine. Free of religious dogma, this modern translation renders St. Teresa's work a beautiful and practical set of teachings for seekers of all faiths in need of spiritual guidance. It also places this classic book on spirituality --"a gem of mystical literature made accessible and relevant to the modern spiritual seeker" -Sharon Salzberg--in a contemporary context, reasserting its literary importance even after more than 400 years.

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Studio: Riverhead Trade
Pages   299
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.48" Width: 5.16" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 6, 2004
Publisher   Riverhead Trade
Age  18
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1594480052  
ISBN13  9781594480058  
UPC  710261014004  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mirabai Starr is a professor of philosophy, religious studies, and Spanish at the University of New Mexico who has studied a wide variety of religious traditions including Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Mirabai is an accomplished translator and fiction writer who brings the sensibilities of both seeker and scholar to her translations. Her most recent work is the translation of St. John of the Cross's mystical writings, Dark Night of the Soul.

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What is the purpose of a translator?  Nov 12, 2008
I have written a comment, but I feel so strongly about this particular translation that I decided to do a review. The purpose of a translator, as I understand it, is to faithfully convey both the meaning and the context of the author's words, ideas, and message. In other words, to "do no harm." Ms. Starr wreaks havoc with Tersa's message, which was obviously difficult enough for her. I agree with other reviewers that by substituting "innocuous" or "politically correct" or words with which Ms Starr feels are uncomfortable for modern readers, she transforms both the meaning and the context of Teresa's message and often digresses into total nonsense. Perhaps she is Jungian, and that is fine; however, Teresa does not use the vocabulary of "unconsciousness" to represent "sin." And the substitution is meaningless, most particularly becuase the unconscious is something of which we are unaware. Teresa stresses the necessity of the awareness of sin. Therefore, the substituion is a sentence such as "Make us alert to our unconsciousness and may God protect us from it" makes no sense on two levels. One: you cannot be alert to something of which you are unaware and secondly, why would you ask God to protect you from something he gave you and something you need (the unconscious), but for other reasons.

It is sad to see this transformation and distortion of meaning of one of the world's great mystics.

If I want to read Ms Starr's spiritual views, I would be pleased to do so in an essay of her own. But I want to read in Teresa's (or St John's)own words (as nearly as a translation will allow) what she has to say. As for me, I prefer the real deal to some so called sanitized version.
untitled  Oct 6, 2008
This book is useful for people interested in the history of spirituality, centering prayer, or the history of Christian meditation. The work reveals a sensitive spirit and sincerity, yet at a point or two, what may have been problems with mental illness appear.

The thesis develops by way of a first person account of a mythical seven dwellings of the spirit each of which is reached in successive stages after sufficient periods of meditation and good works. The result is progressively closer communion with the Beloved. The translator, a professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of New Mexico, renders this 1577 classic in a postmodern voice.
The translator got in the way  Aug 11, 2008
I have wanted to read works of Teresa of Avila for many years. She is quoted by many of my favorite authors. However, after 100 pages, I can go no further in this book. The translator clearly views things differently than the author and she changes words and phrases to fit her own viewpoint. In her introduction she describes these changes so the reader is warned. I've decided that I'd rather read a more accurate interpretation. For starters, it would help if the Christian references to God and Satan were kept. Then as a reader I can "modernize" what I need to in my own head.
A Classic  Dec 24, 2007
This classic, written centuries ago by the great Catholic mystic, St. Teresa of Avila, has been given a fresh, new translation by Mirabei Starr, thus making it far more readable for the modern seeker. St. Teresa's writing style can become somewhat difficult to understand; however, Ms. Starr has rendered it as clear as one could hope for.
Closer to God  Dec 8, 2007
I bought this book for a class I had to take in college. I found it in credibly boring and a very difficult read. It is all about some lady who gets a crazy vision and talks to Jesus. She goes on and on about Jesus and how great he is. It's Jesus this, Jesus that. I do not recommend ever looking at this page on this site any more than you have too this book was so bad. Unless you're a Jesus freak who goes to church 6 times a day and prays for guidance for every move you make, then, I highly recommend this book. You will love it and I will hate you.

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