The mind begins to search - for what? Begins to wish - for what? The Teaching is with me now to guide me - but to what goal? Life goes on as usual. But inside me a new aim exists.
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Shelves: favorites , christianity , gurdjieff-4th-way , spiritual-transformation , jose-recommendation , want-to-read-again This book challenges the reader to re-think almost everything they understand about "lost" Christianity.
The only "drawback" is that it is up to the reader to find the spiritual guidance necessary to maintain the Question, to develop the unity of purpose needed to realize the Christian gospel or any other wisdom teachings, for that matter. I am definitely going to reread this book.
Highly, highly recommended. Valuable in that the author is not Christian and has no bias. He tells how three 20th century Christians sought to reconnect with those early methods. There are a number of insights derived from desert fathers and other early monastics I am unfamiliar with, not only John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. One point is that the soul is a capacity developed through spiritual discipline.
I will re-read it. There are sort of cross-references to other spiritual traditions and teachers such as Gurdjieff. As I said - I need to reread it. As people move through stages of faith, is there any hope of being able to remain within the fold of the "old religion" which is often steeped so deeply in doctrine and dogma that authentic spiritual experience is backgrounded it and in some ways, forgotten?
Why are so many people drawn to eastern traditions like Zen and yoga which are rooted in spiritual practice and experience? Needleman introduces us to three Needleman presses into the some of the deepest questions of life Christianity today. Needleman introduces us to three Christians in order to explore the question, "what is the heart of Christianity?
There must be such a heart, and inner core. It is striking that Needleman asks all these questions as a non-Christian. Because of this, the book is written in the spirit of curiosity as Needleman tries to discover answers to questions that non-Christians ask.
He is freed from a doctrinal desire that needs religion to follow a certain trajectory in order to be deemed Christian. While I often appreciate the challenges if contemporary atheists, I often get a sense they want to shoot holes in traditional Christianity with a sort of cynical glee.
Needleman does no such thing. Nor, does he inquire as a New Age spiritualist who can make a mucky mess by trying to messily integrate science and religion.
Rather, he asks as a philosopher and a man who has asked himself some of the most existential questions about being human. There is a fresh spirit of openness and lack of desire to try to prove or disprove something in order to calm a restless soul. This very spirit of inquiry gets to the essence of the notion that there is an inner and outer expression of The Way of Love.
I understand this as the Christianity which seems to focus on bells and whistles or church suppers and gatherings or prescribed behavioral or social and political actions without the necessary move towards a transformation of the heart. He writes: "Mysticism and spirituality by themselves are not enough.
Social action and therapeutic caring by themselves are not enough. Nor is it enough merely to reach for both at the same time. The lost element in our lives is the force within myself that can attend to both movements of human nature within my own being and then guide the arising of this force within my neighbor in a manner suited to his understanding.
I could almost FEEL the energetic, organic movement of inner spiritual experience and outer social action and caring along with the need for a deep quality of attention as I walk through life.
A heart transformed by love engages in social action and therapeutic caring for others in a very different way.
I loved this book and it is striking that a non-Christian writes a book that is so deeply Christian and respectful of the depth of the tradition. I recommend reading it in a group in order to flesh out the many consciousness altering ideas and "taste" the book more fully within community.
Zololar Man is compared with a seed capable of a definite evolution. All this comes from the religious impulse. Jacob Needleman is a follower of Gurdjieff who was also a profes I had thought I would only reread losy opening section of this book—Three Christians—because I love losst portrait the author draws christiantiy of three unusual Christians and their transformative practices, but as I finished that section I continued and reread the whole book. One night after Needleman had spent the day list and meeting with folks, he came back to find Father Vincent once again boozing it up and smoking, watching the tube, but asks if he wants to play some gin rummy. Christopher rated it it was ok Feb 23, Looking for beautiful books?