Mysticism: A Study and an Anthology by F.C. Happold (1963)
This work seeks to help answer the question, “What is mysticism?”
In this clear, straightforward, and insightful book, F.C. Happold combines a study of mysticism – as experience, as spiritual knowledge, and as a way of life – with an illustrative anthology of mystical writings. Drawing material from all over the world, the anthology includes not only selections from the Christian mystics (such as Meister Eckhart and St. John), but also from the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, from Plato and Plotinus, from the Sufi mystics of Islam (such as Baba Kuhi and Rumi), from Dante, and even from the “nature mystic”, Richard Jeffries.
While Happold acknowledges his own Christian bias, he states that “What, when one studies the mystical expressions of different religions, stands out most vividly…is…the basic similarities of the [mystical] vision.” Happold’s study and anthology complement each other very well, and they knit together to form a brilliant and original introduction to mysticism.