Publishers Weekly Review
Those looking for an advanced framework for personal journeys into Christian mysticism will appreciate this comprehensive overview of several stepping stones to spiritual growth, presented in a way that encourages constant movement toward self-actualization and closeness with the divine.
I received what some may refer to as a “breakthrough” and more of a realization into my spiritual well-being.
5 Star Review
Supreme Realization is a nonfiction book that made conscious efforts to provide answers to questions that have been lingering over the generations about Christianity. Today, not a few Christians have had reasons to ask one or two questions about some doctrines they felt are either confusing or illogical, but unfortunately, those who should provide in-depth answers are often either evasive or worse still, reprimand them for being critical of what they term as sacred believes that ought not to be questioned.
The author of this book is like some curious Christians who sought for clear answers, but unlike most others who were intimidated into submission, he refused to let go, and thus began a journey that took him years to study deeply about not just Christianity alone but other world religions, as well as science and philosophy. In the process, losing his wife, children, investments, home, friends etc. However, the result of his in-depth and all-encompassing study is what we have here—a radical revelation, based on facts that will help you to understand all the issues that have puzzled your mind.
Supreme Realization is written in a refreshing way, and backed with biblical verses that will help you to achieve spiritual growth that is based on self-realization of what is expected of you as a Christian. You will be surprised to discover perspectives and meanings that have always been there, but just that many haven’t been courageous enough to dig beyond the surface!
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4 out of 4 stars
Supreme Realization, written by Anthony Nayagan, is a book about spiritual mysticism, which the author tells readers is as old as Christianity itself. Nayagan uses several resources to explain that acquiring “self-knowledge” is the foundation of spiritual mysticism, and he explores how mystical faith involves realizing the likeness of God within us. The author cites numerous passages in the Bible to explore how names such as Adam, Moses, Elijah, Joseph, Christ, His disciples, and Mother Mary were mystics who executed “the Will of God.” He also posits that Jesus trained all of His apostles to be mystics. Moreover, he believes that “Mother Mary was the most incredible mystic who ever walked on this planet.”
Nayagan was born in Sri Lanka in the 1950s, and he recalls that his father was strict. The author left Sri Lanka in 1977, when he was twenty-four, and moved to the UK to continue his studies. In 1979, he went to the US, and he believes that “American culture allows for individuals to thrive.”
What I liked the most about the book was the author’s insightful reexamination of several biblical narratives. Above all, I enjoyed how Nayagan intertwines his challenges and ventures with a mystic perspective on religious texts, notably the Bible. As the book progresses, the author achieves a smooth and lovely blend of recollections, personal stories, biblical interpretations, and spiritual insights. I particularly enjoyed how the author examines the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel and how it delves deeply into the mystery of the seven layers of consciousness: physical, vital, mental, intellectual, beatitudes, self-awareness, and divine existence. The author posits that a non-dual state of consciousness (the seventh level or layer) is the essence of Christian mysticism.
Additionally, I found the book to be well-written and well-researched. Besides the Bible, the author cites several other religious sources, which I appreciated. For instance, he refers to the Upanishads, which explains that consciousness is the make-up of seven governing principles of the soul, and he also mentions how one can find a similar reference in the seven chakras. Similarly, we learn that the Quran stated that Allah created seven heavens in layers. I also liked how he uses scientific concepts, such as quantum physics, to substantiate his reflections.
With that said, I gladly give this book the highest rating: 4 out of 4 stars. There’s nothing I disliked about it, and it seemed professionally edited. I recommend it to open-minded readers who are interested in spiritual growth. If you have a markedly orthodox view of Christianity, though, some of the mystical concepts may not sit well with you.
“It is an interesting work as it beautifully combines personal biography of a spiritual journey, with deep reflections of a mystical nature on the interface of Christian experience with Advaita experience. It is theology, spirituality, mysticism and challenge to the Churches and their current approach to ministry.”
— Felix Wilfred
“It is a bold and persuasive book on mysticism.”
— Kieran Kavanaugh
“It is a book of inoculations and how they beautifully unfold themselves into profound answers as we continue to read.”
— Karen Zeznik
“There were fifteen years of scholastic work involved in writing this book.”
— Misiha Das
“It is a wonderful book, but I am glad you wrote it. Had I written a book like this, they would have thrown me out of the community.”
— Anonymous Benedictine Monk