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Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

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Acclaimed by William James as "an addition to psychology of first-rate importance," this pioneering work constitutes a classic modern study of the mystical experience. Author Richard Maurice Bucke, a distinguished progressive psychiatrist, explores the phenomenon of transcendent realization, or illumination. Bucke draws upon his firsthand experience of a life-altering insight to explore the theory of cosmic consciousness, an advance in mental evolution with the potential to raise existence to a higher plane.

As valuable today as it was upon its 1901 publication, this landmark survey treats illumination from the standpoint of psychology, as a rare but definite and well-documented mental condition. It cites instances of sudden enlightenment experienced by mystics, philosophers, writers, and artists throughout history, noting an increasing frequency of episodes consistent with an evolutionary trend. Numerous case studies offer intriguing, real-life particulars of people and their personal epiphanies — from Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed, to Dante, William Blake, Walt Whitman, and lesser-known individuals. A work of uplift and promise, this book offers readers a vista of extraordinary possibilities and a renewed capacity for hope and wonder.

Synopsis:

This pioneering study in mysticism explores the phenomenon of transcendent realization, or illumination. Its numerous case studies offer intriguing, real-life particulars of individuals who experienced personal epiphanies.

Synopsis:

A classic modern study of the mystical experience, this pioneering work remains as valuable today as it was upon its 1901 publication. Prompted by his firsthand experience, the author explores the phenomenon of transcendent realization, or illumination. Numerous case studies offer intriguing, real-life particulars of individuals who experienced personal epiphanies.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

NOTICE

LIST OF BOOKS QUOTED

PART I.

FIRST WORDS

PART II. EVOLUTION AND DEVOLUTION

TO SELF CONSCIOUSNESS

ON THE PLANE OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESS

DEVOLUTION

PART III.

FROM SELF TO COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS

PART IV. INSTANCES OF COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS

GAUTAMA THE BUDDHA

JESUS THE CHRIST

PAUL

PLOTINUS

MOHAMMED

DANTE

BARTOLOMÉ LAS CASAS

JOHN YEPES

FRANCIS BACON

JACOB BEHMEN

WILLIAM BLAKE

HONORÉ DE BALZAC

WALT WHITMAN

EDWARD CARPENTER

PART V. ADDITIONAL—SOME OF THEM LESSER, IMPERFECT, AND DOUBTFUL INSTANCES

THE TWILIGHT

MOSES

GIDEON

ISIAH

Lî R

SOCRATES

ROGER BACON

BLAISE PASCAL

BENEDICT SPINOZA

JAMES GARDINER

SWEDENBORG

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

CHARLES G. FINNEY

ALEXANDER PUSHKIN

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

ALFRED TENNYSON

J. B. B.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

J. B.

C. P.

H. B.

R. P. S.

E. T.

RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHANSA

J. H. J.

T. S. R.

W. H. W.

RICHARD JEFFERIES

C. M. C.

M. C. L.

J. W. W.

J. WILLIAM LLOYD

HORACE TRAUBEL

PAUL TYNER

C. Y. E.

A. J. S.

PART VI.

LAST WORDS

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486471907
Author:
Bucke, Richard Maurice
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Consciousness
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
A Study in the Evolu
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.07 x 6.13 in 1.22 lb

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A classic modern study of the mystical experience, this pioneering work remains as valuable today as it was upon its 1901 publication. Prompted by his firsthand experience, the author explores the phenomenon of transcendent realization, or illumination. Numerous case studies offer intriguing, real-life particulars of individuals who experienced personal epiphanies.
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