VISIONS OF A COMPASSIONATE WORLD: Guided Imagery for Spiritual Growth and Social Transformation


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 VISIONS OF A COMPASSIONATE WORLD: Guided Imagery for Spiritual Growth and Social Transformation
 VISIONS OF A COMPASSIONATE WORLD: Guided Imagery for Spiritual Growth and Social Transformation
Author: Menachem Ekstein
Translator: Yehoshua Starrett
Foreword by: David Zeller

Visions of a Compassionate World is a practical guide for spiritual development that addresses the whole person: Mind, body and soul. In an age of self-discovery and search for self-awareness, this dynamic work from half a century ago brings clarity through meditation, guided imagery, psychology, and kabbalah. With its uplifting message of universal peace, Visions of a Compassionate World reveals a spiritual path, away from ego-traps and self-centered consciousness, toward the pursuit of a more compassionate life.

R. Menachem Ekstein, son of R. Mordechai Ekstein, a prominent Zhikov hassid and communal leader in Reisha, was born in the early 1890's. He printed this unique book, his only work, in 1921, and parts of it were translated into Yiddish during the 1930's. He perished along with his family during the Holocaust.

Yehoshua Starrett studied in yeshivot in New York, and later in Jerusalem, where he was introduced to the teachings of Rebbe Nachman and his followers, and to the world of hassidic teachings in general. He is the author of The Breslov Haggadah, Esther: A Breslov Commentary on the Megillah, The Inner Temple, To Heal the Soul, which includes the spiritual journal of Rebbe Kalonymus of Piasezna, Peace Talks: Greeting Your Fellow Human Being in Jewish Law and Practice, and the following works in progress: The Breslov Bencher (grace after meals), Chanukah: Breslov Teachings, and a rabbinical commentary on the Bible.

Rabbi David Zeller is the Executive Director of Yakar: Center for Tradition and Creativity (an Orthodox/Pluralistic Educational Institution) and director of Shevet ("Sitting"): Center for Jewish Meditation, both in Jerusalem. He is a pioneer in combining transpersonal psychology with Jewish spirituality and meditation and works with Renewal, Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox communities, as well as with Yoga, Sufi, Buddhist and Christian centers, and with psychological programs in North America, Europe, and Israel.

Hardcover, 189 pages
ISBN 965-7108-22-5
Dimensions: 6" x 9.5"
Publication: 2001

Praise for Visions of a Compassionate World:

This presentation of a disciplined path for spiritual practice in the chassidic tradition is remarkable both for its straightforward simple instructions which will make it accessible and useful to many people as well as for its contemporary relevance, especially since it was written eighty years ago.
Sylvia Boorstein
Author of Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat

Visions of a Compassionate World is a wonderful book of chassidic wisdom teachings that will help readers infuse the light of higher consciousness into our inner worlds. It is a well-written guide that encourages and invites us to participate in a number of beautiful meditation practices that deeply nurture the soul. Highly recommended.
David A. Cooper
Author of God is a Verb

You [my son] have managed most wonderfully to enclothe the rays of this great light, which fills the soul of the Jewish people, with such beautiful words that all can see clearly. I have no doubts that this work, please God, will make a momentous impression.
Rabbi Mordechai Ekstein
Zhikov Hassid (father of author)

Everyone talks about soul and spirituality, but no one knows the melody. And now, here is a teaching, a work, that goes straight to the heart of the spiritual hunger and searching we feel all around us. This work is about the soul. It is about