In this book the reader will find an exploration of the surviving texts written and used by the early Christians and Gnostics that were discarded by later generations as heretical and thus excluded from the Christian Bible.
Throughout history and in many cultures, humans have looked to the Divine. Just as the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt visualised themselves ascending the steps of the pyramids, so later civilisations imagined the use of stairways, ladders, gates, rooms and other representations of an ascent to the Divine.
A study of some realised souls in medieval Europe: Hildegard of Bingen: visionary extraordinaire; Master Amalric: teacher and mystic; Alfonso X, El Sabio: scholar-king; Dante: poet-visionary; John Dunstable: musician and mathematician; Marguerite Porete: mystic.
A survey of the saints of Maharashtra, focusing on biographical details, their teachings and writings, and secondary literature. Chapters on Jnaneshwara and family, Namdev and the saints of Pandharpur, The Age of Eknath, The Muslim saints of Maharashtra, Ramdas, Tukaram, The Pandits, Twentieth century.