Have This Mind

Supreme Happiness, Ultimate Realization, and the Four Great Religions—An Integral Adventure

by James E. Royster Ph.D.

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/18/2014

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 588
ISBN : 9781452572765
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 588
ISBN : 9781452572741

About the Book

Have This Mind uses a rational, logical, and systematic approach to spirituality, religion, and God by focusing on the mind or consciousness rather than doctrine, ritual, etc. It provides a model that resolves the many seemingly conflicting views of religion and God.

The four largest religions of the world, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, are introduced in terms of their transformative dimensions that lead to an inclusive and eminently happy life. These principles and practices are illustrated with biographies of exemplary saints and sages from the traditions. Have This Mind outlines three different ways of being religious—regardless of one’s particular religious tradition—based on a progressively maturing mind. Of particular import to Christian readers are interpretations of biblical and theological views that facilitate transition from a traditional and mythic outlook tending toward exclusivism to one that is rational, transrational, and inclusive.

On the basis of an appreciative and inclusive view of the world’s great religions, one discovers how these religions can actually enhance one’s own spirituality and religious outlook. A perspective central to Have This Mind is that authentic religion and spirituality lie in the loving quality of one’s life and not simply the ideas or beliefs held in one’s mind.

About the Author

The author has lived in India, Africa, and the Middle East, and has travelled widely throughout the world. He taught the subject matter of this book for more than 30 years at the university level. His approach is non-doctrinaire, conciliatory, progressive, and integral, with an emphasis on understanding that which is deeply human and essential.