This book is a gift for everyone in search of the final truth. It's no book you can read through quickly (with your mind). Whenever I tried this, reading became really strenuous.
" To grasp a thing intellectually is one thing, to comprehend it is another. In comprehension there is active work of consciousness, . . . there is mastery of the inner hearing. "(see p. 174). "To be on the pathway without learning the Art of listening and of vibrating means sure failure in the work." (see p. 94) "Since all this must be lived and not theorized or schematized, one must posses the rarest of qualifications: that of wanting to be." (see p. 179)
Since I started " digesting" the book in little chunks (just a page or two, sometime only a few lines) - at night-time before going to sleep or whenever I feel lost on the (spiritual) path - I'm amazed by this wonder-ful gift! Arbitrarily flipping the book open at random passages I experience (while reading) a dialogue with the master, who addresses me (resp. the reader) very personally. --Customer Review By DK
There are books that capture your mind or your emotions, this book may ignite your soul if you open up to it.
Just let the aphorisms vibrate in you and your true essence will resonate with them.
I recommend to read the book several times, and you will always discover something new. --Customer Review By Dr. J.Y. Dattilo (Rome, Italy)
From the Author
The book unfolds in three realizative ways.
a) Realization according to Alchemy.
What do we mean by Alchemy? The transmutation of "lead" into shining radiant Gold, the transmutation of all our individualized psycho-physical powers into Universal Powers; this implies a profound rectification and distillation of our individualized earthly fire, so as to turn it into a Fire able to penetrate, illumine and resolve all things.
When the individual, having isolated himself in the extreme periphery of the cosmos-life returns to the Polar Center, through an act of consciousness revolution, of conversion, of rectification, he ceases to be a mere individual-being at the mercy of karma's currents and resolves himself in the Universal Man (Adam Kadmon), settling within his own Heart and, thus, in the Heart of everything.
b) Realization according to Love of Beauty.
This chapter is dedicated to Realization by means of Love of Beauty. This way is for those who are sensitive towards "Transcendental Aesthetics" meant as Harmony-Accord with the intelligible world. According to Coomaraswami, Brahman or the Supreme Being may be conceived as Beauty, Truth, Perfection, depending on whether we see it from an aesthetic, epistemological or ethical point of view.
Art is an expression of Beauty, science, in a broad sense, is an expression of truth, ethics of Perfection; while the Philosophia Perennis or traditional metaphysics embraces them all. This shows that the three expressions are a unit: Beauty contains Truth and Perfection, Truth contains Beauty and Perfection, while Perfection cannot but contain Beauty and Truth.
c) Realization according to Traditional Metaphysics.
The third chapter is dedicated to the "Metaphysical Pathway"; this is useful for those who, abandoning the limited, discursive mind, wish to enter the realm of pure Intellectuality (Nous). In this dimension the two previous pathways merge because in the One-without-a-second all quantities (number) and all qualities (tone) are resolved.
What may cause deviations from the first pathway is impurity of heart, that is, inadequate rectification of powers; what may cause deviations from the second pathway is a sense of appropriation directed towards the world of forms; what may cause deviations from the third pathway is a selective, analytical and projecting mind that blocks the way to pure Intellectuality which alone can offer "Knowledge of Identity" where the subject and the object of knowledge both disappear.