Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

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Cosimo, Inc., 2006 M07 1 - 404 pages
All at once, without warning of any kind, he found himself wrapped around as it were by a flame colored cloud.... Directly afterwards came upon him a sense of exultation, of immense joyousness accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual illumination quite impossible to describe. Into his brain streamed one momentary lightning-flash of the Brahmic Splendor which has ever since lightened his life.... -from "First Words" Wildly arrogant, stunningly bombastic, and undeniably fascinating. This 1901 work-the masterpiece of an eclectic genius whose life encompassed medical science, mystical transcendence, and prospecting for gold-posits a higher form of sentience that only a few humans have ever achieved, among them Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Dante, William Blake, and the author himself, of course. As Bucke shares his metaphysical experience of the "cosmic consciousness" and offers evidence for the few instances in history of its occurrence ("it may as well be frankly stated at once that the view of the present editor is that Francis Bacon wrote the 'Shakespeare' plays and poems"), the reader may well be moved to throw this bizarre and highly intriguing book furiously across the room... if the reader can put it down at all, that is. Canadian mystic and doctor RICHARD MAURICE BUCKE (1837-1902) was a pioneer in the medical treatment of mental illness; his famous friendship with Walt Whitman was the subject of the 1992 movie Beautiful Dreamers. He also wrote Man's Moral Nature (1879) and an 1883 authorized biography of Whitman.

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Contents

PAET I
1
Evolution and Devolution
19
PAET III
61
Instances of Cosmic Consciousness
83
Jesus the Christ
97
Paul
121
Dante
130
BABTOLOMi Las Casas
138
Charles G Finney
287
Alexander Pushkin
289
Ralph Waldo Emerson
290
Alfred Tennyson
292
J B B
294
Henry David Thoreao
295
J B
298
P
299

Francis Bacon
153
Jacob Behmen
180
William Blake
191
HoNOKi de Balzac
198
Walt Whitman
215
Edwaed Carpenter
237
PART V
255
Moses
257
Gideon
259
Isaiah
261
Socrates
267
Roger Bacon
269
Blaise Pascal
272
Benedict Spinoza
276
James Gardiner
282
swedenboeg
284
William Wobdswobth
285
H B
303
R P S
308
E T
311
J H J
315
T S R
317
W H W
318
Richard Jeffekjes
319
G M C
323
J W W
332
J William Lloyd
343
Horace Traubel
345
Paul Tyner
351
Y E
357
A J S
361
PART VI
365
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