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The Cloud of Unknowing

The Classic of Medieval Mysticism
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.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780486432038
    • Manufacturer: Dover Pubn Inc
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780486432038
    • ISBN 10: 0486432033
    • Publication Date: 09/01/2003
    • Format: Paperback
    • Page Count: 130
    • Width: 5.14 inches
    • Height: 0.36 inches
    • Length: 8.68 inches
    • Weight: 0.42 pounds
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