Under the Divine Lote Tree

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Under the Divine Lote Tree: Essays and Reflections
by J. A. McLean
George Ronald: Oxford, 1999,  200 pages
ISBN 978-0853984382
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    From the simple to the sublime, from the prosaic to the profound, here is a collection of 85 short essays reflecting on the life of the human spirit. In a variety of moods and voices, Under the Divine Lote Tree builds bridges between the scholar and the poet, offering the reader a synthesis between academic and creative thinking. It explores the age-old themes of divine and human love, time, faith, joy and sorrow, truth, humour, detachment, trust, death and the afterlife, through personal thoughts and essays on such diverse themes as science and logic, the existential moment, theology, aesthetics, the self, gains and losses, and spiritual transformation. Under the Divine Lote Tree is sure to stimulate reflection and provide companionship on any spiritual journey.


  • Ms. Tahereh Ahdieh, Atlanta Bahá’í Community

    “Beloved co-worker and teacher, Mr. Jack McLean, I am writing this note so that I can express my deep gratitude to you for writing the book Under the Divine Lote Tree. You have been my companion on my journey to draw nearer to God and learn detachment. Your material has been used for presentation at Bahá’í schools and informal discussions. I am at Green Acre and will offer a prayer for your to continue your service of the Blessed Beauty.”

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