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The Book of Mirdad: The Strange Story of a Monastery Which Was Once Called the Ark

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The Book of Mirdad: The Strange Story of a Monastery Which Was Once Called the Ark

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    Mikhail Naimy(Author)
The Book of Mirdad, a much loved classic tale which has touched the hearts of so many readers, continues to show new generations how it is possible to expand one's consciousness, to uncover God in man by dissolving man's sense of duality. "Man is a god in swaddling-bands. Time is a waddling-band. Space is a swaddling-band. Flesh is a swaddling-band, and likewise all the senses and the things perceivable therewith." Mikhail Naimy, a contemporary and friend of Gibran, weaves legend, mysticism, philosophy and poetry in a powerful and spiritual allegory which tells of the visit of the mysterious stranger, Mirdad, to the remote mountain monastery, the Ark. The culmination and indeed the message is that Mirdad's own Ark, is the Ark of Holy Understanding, which will bring mankind through another deluge, greater than Noah's, when heaven will be revealed on earth.

"Millions of people have tried to write books so that they can express the inexpressible, but they have utterly failed. I know only one book, The Book of Mirdad, which has not failed; and if you cannot get to the very essence of it, it will be your failure, not his." Osho "It is not for me to assess the relative literary merits of Kahlil Gibran and Mikhail Naimy; but although as a much younger man I derived immense satisfaction from reading The Prophet, I now find a much deeper wisdom in the less well known works of the Prophet's friend, Mikhail Naimy." Dr Kenneth Walker

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Mikhail Naimy(Author)
  • Watkins Publishing; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2002)
  • English
  • 9
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By John on 30 June 2017

    Thus taught I Noah....

  • By FDR on 21 February 2016

    The path to freedom and love is clear - but are we ready to take it? In this book, the prophet Mirdad teaches the divinity within each individual. It's a dense, thick read (I had to re-read many passages) that some would qualify as heavy-handed and inaccessible, but his elaborate metaphors and dramatic metaphysical wordscapes make it worth it.A book to read slowly and with intention.

  • By Harry on 15 December 2011

    This is the best book that I have ever read, its easy to understand and short. I finished it in one sitting, but its not a book that you read and put on the shelve. Each time that I read it I found that there was so much more that I missed the first time around. This book a very valuable gem to have. But be ready for it..

  • By Sandhya on 20 July 2007

    This book is a must-read for all those who are seeking. It would also be very useful book for all those who wish to make sense of this worldly life. Must be read and re-read over and over again to grasp the deep meaning behind Mirdad's precious words.

  • By pete shields on 28 June 2013

    Anyone who is considering purchasing this book will, most likely, already have taken the first, essential, steps upon the inward journey of spiritual awakening.I am sure, then, they will be ready and equipped to understand and appreciate the text.The Book Of Mirdad is exquisitely written.A most poetic read, I found it completely enchanting from beginning to end and did not want to put it down.I totally agree with other critiques, in that : it should be read slowly as to digest it thoroughly and it can be re-read many times ( almost to the point of reference )A truly beautiful book.

  • By Shems on 14 November 2004

    This book is not the easiest of reads - yet the attention it demands is, I feel, rewarding. It's style is a series of lectures, or conversations, given by the Master Mirdad to a group of monks who occupy the monastery known as the 'Ark'. However, after turning more pages, Mirdad - and his rather archaic style - brings you in and you become absorbed into the words. Sometimes written almost like riddles, there is a wealth of insightful knowledge within these talks.Don't compare this with 'The Prophet' as the blurb tries to suggest. This work stands on its own with its very distinctive style - regard it as listening to the words of a Teacher on the Path, yet expect to need time for a slow read. I gave it 4 stars since it is not accessible for all tastes. Yet, as part of the library for the inclined 'seeker', a perhaps necesary addition.

  • By John G. on 12 July 2013

    I was recommended this book by Osho in one of his own books, a recommendation difficult to ignore, I have subsequentlyread it four times and still marvel at it's metaphoric irony with the World we live in, told in simple terms almost parables of enlightenment.

  • By Jillyduck on 6 July 2015

    Rather heavy going for my taste. I bought this on the strength of a recommendation by Osho but it wasn't really my cup of tea.

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