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5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse Paths but One Experience, 7 Jan. 2006
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This review is from: One River, Many Wells (Paperback)
This book by Matthew Fox is a wealth of information derived from many sources, the Old and New Testaments (Bible), the Koran, the Vedas, African religious traditions, Native American, Celtic sources, and Buddhism. Writing it must have been a huge undertaking but amazingly, the information flows *naturally* as it reveals the outpouring of Spirit in the lives of mankind throughout the world and over the millenia. Many of the experiences described are words which attempt to capture Divinity at work through particular individuals, societies, and their outcomes. The book is an *essential* exploration of mankind's relationship to each other, community, the earth, and the cosmos. It is an exploration of the meaning of Life itself. Like a previous reviewer, I had difficulty getting started. Initially, I tried reading it straight through but could not. Gradually, at different times, glancing at the chapters, I felt a surge of energy. The ideas and concepts explored by the author set my emotions and mind at ease. Eventually, I was able to "plunge in" and "swim" through the material with relative ease.
The book is divided into five sections, "Relating to Creation", "Relating to Divinity", "Relating to Ourselves: Paths to Encounter and Enlightenment", "Relating to the Future: What the Divine is Asking of Us", and "Where Do We Go from Here? How Deep Ecumenism Explodes our Imaginations with Eighteen New Myths and Visions". Each section has further subdivisions where the author expands on specific themes, such as, Creation, Light, Community, the Names of God, Form, Formlessness, Nothingness, the Divine Feminine, Meditation, Mindfulness, Art and Ritual, Joy, Suffering, and Dying, Resurrection and Reincarnation, the Spiritual Warrior and other topics. Each theme is given a thorough examination connecting many different cultural viewpoints and providing unique insights. The author's vast experience in the realm or religion and personal enlightenment, along with his courage to tackle controversial subjects is greatly appreciated and admired.
The author's vision for mankind is very broad and inclusive ... he sees beyond the barriers of dogmatic belief, ritual, and any other differences that separate people. He gets down to *personal* experiences as expressed by the Great Spirit of Life in the vast expanse of time both from the past, in the present and future. The subject is spiritual expression in the lives of humanity and how the many different ideas and experiences have only One source. This is a very highly recommended book for anyone who is interested in comparative religions and spirituality. Also recommended is "One Heart" by Bonnie Louise Kuchler. Her book is an excellent source of quotations and meditations from different religions and spiritual practices. It is a less complex but similar work. Many readers who find Matthew Fox too deep would benefit from her book.
Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Pearls from the River of True Knowledge., 28 July 2011
This review is from: One River, Many Wells (Hardcover)
The are thousands of books on the subject chosen by Mathew Fox,most of them being the result of a God gifted inspiration to acquire the true knowledge,which becomes available only once a certain distance is covered by hard work and indeed that is beyond the borders of our usual day to day type routine knowledge of science and arts. However, what Mathew Fox shows is much more than all such books. He shows us glimpses of the pure valleys of realities ,inspiring our hearts so much towrds them that we start loving them ,we plan to set out our journeys towards those highest valleys.
Knowledge in various forms is now a common commodity in the present day world ,you just need clicking the buttons of your key board to get all kinds of knowlegde instantly . But Realities -the last destinations of all knowledge still remain hidden and away requiring us to reach to them with certain conditions like have peity ,sincerety,pure love and above all the wishes of the Master of all Realities. Knowlege keeps on changing but relities are unchanged, all knowlegde is derived from the source of realities.
One River Many Wells is a collection of pearls from the knowlede flowing from the source of all realities but still it is not all reality itself ,it is a book of knowlege of God Himself but the Highest and Purest occain of Realities, The LIMLITLESS sea of LIGHT of Realities is only PERCEIVEABLE at different levels to different individuals but cannot be written. I believe Mathew my co-traveller has been touched by the Most High and has been Enlightened by Him Himself- only then you can write such a book.
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