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Buber, Martin. (P. Mendes-Flohr, Ed., E. Cameron, Trans.).
|The editor quotes Buber, who describes this volume as presenting "the utterances of fervent individuals from various ages and peoples that I have been collecting over many years. Aside from their great significance for the history of mysticism, they appear to be psychologically noteworthy, because they seek to communicate an immediate, wordless experience (Erlebnis); and they are aesthetically noteworthy, because of the strikingly unusual—truly unique—and wondrous poetic power with which they are expressed" (p. xiii). In the Introduction Buber discusses the nature of ecstasy and the psychodynamics of speaking about the unspeakable. There are a total of 48 accounts from the following sources: Prince Dara Shekoh and the Ascetic Baba Lal, Ramakrishna, Bayezid Bistami, Hussein al Halladj, Ferid ed din Attar, Jalal al-din Rumi, Tevekkul-Beg, Rabi'a, Plotinus, Valentius, Sayings of Montanus and the Montanists, Symeon the New Theologian, Hildegard von Bingen, Alpais of Cudot, Aegidius of Assisi, Mechtild von Magdeburg, Mechtild von Hackborn, Gertrud von Helfta, Heinrich Seuse, Christina Ebner, Margareta Ebner, Adelheid Langmann, The Song of Bareness, From the German Sister-books, Birgitta von Schweden, Julian of Norwich, Gerlach Peters, Angela di Foligno, Catherine de Siena, Catherine of Genoa, Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi, Teresa de Jesus, Anna Garcias (Anna a San Bartolomeo), Armelle Nicolas, Antoinette Bourignon, Jeanne Marie Bouvieres de la Mothe Guyon, Jacob Bohme, A Page, Hans Engelbrecht, Hemme Hayen, Anna Katharina Emmerich, From the Mahabharatam, Sayings of Lao-tse and His Disciples, From the Hasidim, From the Writings of Makarios the Egyptian, From the Writings Ascribed to Dionysius the Areopagite, and Ascribed to Meister Eckhart.|
|Publisher Information:||San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1985|
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