The Interior Castle  -     By: Teresa of Avila
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The Interior Castle

Riverhead / 2004 / Paperback

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The first translation by anyone outside the Catholic church of the great mystic saint Teresa of Avila's most powerful and influential work. Celebrated for almost five centuries as a master of spiritual literature, sixteenth-century saint Teresa of Avila is one of the most beloved religions figures in history.

Free of religious dogma, this modern translation renders St. Teresa's work a beautiful and practical set of teachings for seekers of all faiths in need of spiritual guidance. It also places this classic in a contemporary context, reasserting its spiritual and literary importance even after more than four hundred years. Softcover, 299 pages.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Riverhead
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.13 (inches)
ISBN: 1594480052
ISBN-13: 9781594480058
UPC: 710261014004
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The acclaimed modern translation of St. Teresa of Avila's classic book on spiritual awareness and guidance

Celebrated for almost five centuries as a master of spiritual literature, 16th-century saint Teresa of Avila is one of the most beloved religious figures in history. Overcome one day by a mystical vision of a crystal castle with seven chambers, each representing a different stage in spiritual development, Teresa immediately wrote The Interior Castle. Probably her most important and widely studied work, it guides the spiritual seeker through each stage of development until the soul's final union with the divine. Free of religious dogma, this modern translation renders St. Teresa's work a beautiful and practical set of teachings for seekers of all faiths in need of spiritual guidance. It also places this classic book on spirituality —"a gem of mystical literature made accessible and relevant to the modern spiritual seeker" –Sharon Salzberg—in a contemporary context, reasserting its literary importance even after more than 400 years.

Author Bio

Mirabai Starr is a professor of philosophy, religious studies, and Spanish at the University of New Mexico who has studied a wide variety of religious traditions including Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Mirabai is an accomplished translator and fiction writer who brings the sensibilities of both seeker and scholar to her translations. Her most recent work is the translation of St. John of the Cross's mystical writings, Dark Night of the Soul.

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“A gem of mystical literature made accessible and relevant to the modern spiritual seeker.” –Sharon Salzberg, bestselling author of Faith

“Mirabai Starr is revolutionizing our relationship with the great mystics. Her gorgeous translation of The Interior Castle is an instant classic. Starr has the poet’s ear and meditative depth to do perfect justice to Teresa’s priceless guide.” –Tim Farrington, author of The Monk Downstairs

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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    March 1, 2008
    Dennis Charboneau
    Certainly Teresa of Avila is wonderful. The problem is the "translation" by Mirabai Starr! She puts her own spin on "Catholic" terms instead of being true to the spirit of Teresa of Avila! "Sin" becomes "unconsciousness".. I thought "unconsciousness" was when you were in a coma... It is unfortunate that new age terms have been inserted into this beautiful work by Teresa of Avila. I am very disappointed in this translation of this work. I certainly will never purchase anything with Mirabai Starr's translation on it ever again.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 15, 2005
    Dr. Robert W. Kellemen
    In "The Interior Castle," St. Teresa of Avila discusses dwelling places of the soul, divided into two sections. The first three groups are achievable by human effort and the ordinary help of grace. The remaining four groups deal with the passive or mystical elements of the spiritual life. In prayerfully pondering how to communicate the nature of the soul's spiritual journey toward God, an illustration came to her mind. "It is that we consider our soul to be like a castle made entirely out of a diamond or of very clear crystal, in which there are many rooms, just as in heaven there are many dwelling places." Her point is that in the center and middle of this seven layered soul is where "the very secret exchanges between God and the soul take place." Her plan is to map out each of the seven dwelling places, describing what they are, how one arrives there, and what one experiences there. Modern readers expecting an easy-to-digest recipe for spiritual nourishment will likely starve or be turned off by the richness of the food and the depth of the imagery. Though a classic, "The Interior Castle" will not be the best choice, and certainly not the first choice, for most people in the beginning stages of their spiritual journey. Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."
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