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The Universal Path to Enlightenment: The Way to Spiritual Success for Everyone by [Knapp, Stephen]
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This book brings together the easy and joyful principles and practices that are common to all of the major religions of the world. These are what can be used by all people from any culture or tradition for the highest spiritual progress, and to bring about a united, one world religion in a happy process of spiritual success for everyone. This is much easier to recognize than most people think, and is a way to bring down the differences, barriers and separations that seem to exist between religions.
This also presents:
A most interesting and revealing survey of the major spiritual paths of the world, describing their histories, goals, and how they developed, which is not always what we would expect;
The philosophical basis of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc., and the types of spiritual knowledge they contain;
How Christianity and Judaism were greatly influenced by the early pre-Christian or "pagan" religions and adopted many of their legends, holidays, and rituals that are still accepted and practiced today;
The essential teachings of Jesus:
Benefits of spiritual advancement that affect all aspects of a person’s life, and the world in which we live;
How spiritual enlightenment is the real cure for social ills;
And, most importantly, how to attain the real purpose of a spiritual process to be truly successful, and how to practice the path that is especially recommended as the easiest and most effective for people of this age.

Stephen Knapp has studied the major Vedic texts of India and practiced yoga and the Eastern teachings for over forty years. He has traveled extensively throughout India and has taken over 17,000 photos of the numerous holy places he has visited. He has authored over a twenty well-received books on Vedic culture and its spiritual philosophy. He continues to write books, articles, and give lectures at various venues. More information can be found at his website at www.stephen-knapp.com and http://stephenknapp.wordpress.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Stephen Knapp, The World Relief Network (1 August 1992)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZZMJNM
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #783,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Description of Book 19 September 2016
By Wendy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Disclaimer: I only read a fourth of this book.I did not feel compelled to finish it. This review is based on that portion.
From the book's description given on Amazon, I thought it was going to focus on the commonalities among different faiths.The first sentence of the description reads, "This book brings together the easy and joyful principles and practices that are common to all of the major religions of the world." But this is not at all what I found when I started reading the book. I only read a fourth of the book, but in those pages, the book presents a divisive comparison of the Vedic tradition to Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. The author sings the praises of the Vedic religion. He dismisses Christianity, Judaism, and Islam very quickly for "patterns of prejudice, intolerance, violence ..." He is kinder to Buddhism, mostly because it evolved out of the Vedic tradition, but ultimately, he concludes that "there are obvious limitations in this [Buddhism] philosophy."

While I thoroughly enjoyed the author's discourse on the philosophy of the Vedic religion, I did not care for his comparison of it to other religions. His comparison was seriously biased as it only focused on the worst points of the Monotheistic traditions and the best points of the Vedic tradition. It seems to me, the author falls into the very trap of which he accuses the monotheistic religions: being "close minded." Seriously, why compare religions at all? If the author's intention is to attract people to the Vedic faith, why not just focus on it? Why bash the others?

I felt this book did deserve three stars in spite of its harsh comparison because it really does do a good job of explaining concepts in the Vedic tradition. I wish the author would rewrite the description of the book he gives on Amazon though. Based on the portion of the book I read, the description is very misleading.

One last note: I have read another book by this author and really enjoyed it. It did not critique other religions. I would like to read other books by him that strictly deal with the Vedic tradition. He seems thoroughly knowledgeable on the topic and does a great job of focusing on its practical application for achieving joy and a higher state of consciousness.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Westerners might want to open their hearts and minds 19 March 2006
By Melaney A. Holman - Published on Amazon.com
This is "Book 1" in a series of three. It approaches the topic of Vedic literature in a clear, concise way. The author seems American or Western himself, and presents the material thoroughly.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparative religion 21 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
An excellent overview and comparison of the philosophy and theology of the world's great religions, with an astonishing conclusion. Well worth reading.

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