By Hugh B. Urban
It is a research of the Bengali Kartabhaja sect and its position within the broader flow of Tantrism, an Indian spiritual move making use of purposely surprising sexual language and rituals. city appears to be like heavily on the dating among the increase of the Kartabhajas, who flourished on the flip of the nineteenth century, and the altering monetary context of colonial Bengal. made of the terrible decrease sessions laboring within the marketplaces and factories of Calcutta, the Kartabhajas characterize "the underworld of the imperial city." city indicates that their esoteric poetry and songs are in reality saturated with the language of and the bazaar, which turns into for them the foremost metaphor used to speak mystery wisdom and mystical teachings.
By Fritjof Capra, Michael McConnohie
"Science doesn't want mysticism and mysticism doesn't want technological know-how; yet guy wishes both."
--Fritjof Capra, Ph.D.
The universe: an everlasting cosmic dance of subatomic debris of relationships instantly paradoxical, but someway unified.
Mystics discover our universe via meditation. Nuclear physicists discover it via experimentation and speculation. Their paths to the reality couldn't be extra different-but the fantastic factor is that during their very own methods, the mystics and the scientists are researching a similar truths approximately our world.
In non-technical language, without complicated arithmetic or formulae, this thought-provoking software explores the most techniques and theories of recent physics, the revelations coming from particle accelerators and laboratories-and compares them with the traditional tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. within the approach, we achieve a transparent and engaging photo of ways such possible disparate components of proposal are eventually quests for a similar type of figuring out.
By U. G. Krishnamurti
An underground non secular vintage disbursed broadly for the 1st time within the united states, this is often the tale of 1 of the main strange figures in modern spirituality, U.G. Krishnamurti, in his personal phrases. The Mystique of Enlightenment is a scathing critique of latest spirituality. In a global during which religious concepts, academics, thoughts, and enterprises are legion, U. G. stands approximately on my own in his rejection of all of it: "I am merely drawn to describing this nation, in clearing away the occultation and mystification within which these humans within the 'holy company' have shrouded the whole lot. probably i will persuade you to not waste loads of time and effort trying to find a country that doesn't exist other than on your imagination... The usual country is acausal: it simply happens." the writer doesn't equate the average kingdom with enlightenment, which he describes as an phantasm created via our tradition. He states emphatically that you possibly can do not anything to achieve the common country. actually, any circulate in the direction of it separates one from it.
U. G. Krishnamurti is an unique voice during which a lot of latest spirituality is known in a brand new method. For these drawn to the complete spectrum of contemporary non secular proposal, this can be a "must read." within the famous historical past of J. Krishnamurti, few names were so strongly linked to his message as U. G. Krishnamurti, who shared a detailed yet contentious dating with him over a long time. U.G. used to be raised to tackle the mantle of guru, very similar to J. Krishnamurti. whilst the 2 males ultimately met, every one had rejected the guru function, and for years they conversed on a regular basis, suffering to discover the character of fact, prior to a falling out led each one in a unique direction.
It is reasonably universal in examining glossy religious books to discover references to U. G. Krishnamurti's effect on either academics and their scholars. His books were translated into approximately each eu language, in addition to chinese language and eastern. broadly looked in India and Europe, The Mystique of Enlightenment is taken into account via U.G.'s closest affiliates to be the easiest precis of his ideas.
The e-book contains transcripts of casual talks with those that come to invite him questions. in a single of those talks, he relates his lifestyles tale, together with the occasions best as much as and comprising what he calls his "calamity," or his access into the normal kingdom. when you consider that his personal adventure of getting into the common nation at age forty nine, he has spent his time touring through the global, staying with neighbors or in rented residences for a couple of months at a time. He provides no public talks, yet meets with those that come to work out him. What he deals isn't desire or encouragement, yet stark truth: "Of something i'm definite. i can't assist you resolve your easy obstacle or prevent from self-deception, and if i will not assist you, nobody can." His message is straightforward: he has no message. however, his phrases can motivate you to stand your individual assumptions and motivations and notice for your self what's true.
By Barbara Ardinger
This is a instruction manual on the right way to practice sacred ceremonies within the culture of Goddess spirituality in one's own residence with usual home goods. An annual cycle of celebrations is integrated, as is suggestion on find out how to manage an altar and use easy instruments. the writer, a practitioner of Wicca (witchcraft), expounds the life-affirming, eco-feminist values of that culture. feedback for rituals and ideas for inventing one's personal are given. Poetry and benefits mixture in a name which helps get together of the Goddess photograph in way of life. those rituals are own, relocating rites which have a good time love and peace, and which act as meditations for contemplating new rituals, previous traditions, and the process women's lives.
By Martin Laird
"The perform of contemplation is likely one of the nice religious arts," writes Martin Laird in A Sunlit Absence. "Not a method yet a ability, it harnesses the winds of grace that lead us out into the releasing sea of silence." during this better half quantity to his bestselling Into the Silent Land, Laird specializes in a top quality usually missed via books on Christian meditation: an unlimited and flowing spaciousness that embraces either silence and sound, and transcends all subject/object dualisms. Drawing at the knowledge of serious contemplatives from St. Augustine and St. Teresa of Avila to St. Hesychios, Simone Weil, and so forth, Laird indicates how we will discover the deeper degrees of expertise that leisure inside us like buried treasure ready to be came across. the main perception of the ebook is that as our perform matures, so will our event of life's ordeals, sorrows, and joys extend into beneficiant, receptive adulthood. We learn how to see no matter what problems we adventure in meditation--boredom, lethargy, conceitedness, melancholy, grief, anxiety--not as hindrances to be triumph over yet as possibilities to perform hand over to what's. With readability and beauty Laird indicates how we will be able to circulate clear of settling on with our turbulent, ever-changing concepts and feelings to the cultivation of a "sunlit absence"--the luminous wisdom during which God's presence can such a lot profoundly be felt. Addressed to either novices and intermediates at the pathless direction of nonetheless prayer, A Sunlit Absence deals clever suggestions at the specifics of contemplative perform in addition to an inspiring imaginative and prescient of the aim of such perform and the principal function it may well play in our non secular lives.
By Hali Morag
Tarot card examining, dream symbolism, astrology, and the analyzing of physique features are explored intensive, as is using items, similar to crystals and low grounds, major of their skill to attach people with one other realm of lifestyles. different avenues into otherworldly adventure, resembling channeling, the I Ching, meditation, and Wicca also are generally mentioned.
By Peter Chong-Beng Gan
This ebook represents a research of Evelyn Underhill’s most excellent paintings on mysticism, utilizing Hegel’s dialectics and Kant’s concept of the chic as interpretive instruments. It in particular makes a speciality of in demand good points of Underhill’s textual content: the outline of the paranormal existence as one permeated by means of an excessive love among the mystic and countless truth, and the unique delineation of phases of mystical improvement. Given those beneficial properties, the textual content lends itself to a development of a important discourse predicated on dialecticism, sublimity, and mysticism. The e-book additionally articulates a few insights into the content material and nature of the writings of Christian mystics.