this is it. the big book of the spiritual wisdom of the ages. from all the great wisdom traditions, east and west, this is the most comprehensive anthology i've ever seen. all the major themes of mankind's search for The Real are treated. from creation to sacrifice to magic to illusion to reality to visions to suffering, death, metanoia, prayer, grace, ecstacy, truth, union, the esoteric, the list goes on and on. mr perry has wisely organised this large book [over 1,000 pages] into a very accessable treasure trove of the world's greatest wisdom writings. well referenced, indexed, foot noted, the book is awesome on many levels. here you have quotes from the bible, the koran, the buddhist sutras, the bhagavad gita, shakespeare, plotinus, ramakrishna, eckhart, william law, thomas aquinas, kabir, lao tzu, ramana maharshi, black elk, plato, and hundreds more. this beautiful book all by itself makes a fine library of both ancient and modern writings by the great prophets, seers, sages, mystics, and scholars who have sought to speak their deepest truths. i buy books all the time, this is one of those rare ones you fall in love with completely. with very few exceptions, i know of no more wonderful book of essential knowledge than this one. its a real bargain at 32 bucks. buy it, you'll love it!!!