This is the world bible for mystics, with entries from hundreds of men and women saints from all ages and religions. This volume stresses the beauty of religious language and mystical experience, including hundreds of entries from the greatest poets and mystics of all time. Included are selections from William Blake, Ramakrishna, Rumi, St. John of the Cross, Osho, Tagore, Chuang Tzu and another 150 more mystics from the Christian, Sufi, Hindu, Jewish, Taoist and Buddhist traditions. The selections fall into 18 categories -which include The Path With, Love and Compassion, Oneness, Prayer and Enlightenment/Awakening. The selections are given context by the introductory essays by Hooper, which explore the Perennial Philosophy, the nature of the mystical experience and the way of non-dualism. This is a book that is an ideal gift as well as a book for individuals looking for daily guidance and support, regardless of the religious or sectarian affiliations.