By Miguel Conner
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For numerous years, Miguel Conner has engaged the main admired writers and students on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. those interviews with thirteen major students characterize one of the simplest ways to get to understand historic Gnosticism, the flow that has encouraged Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip okay. Dick and The Matrix video clips. learn what the easiest minds need to say concerning the Gnostic sects, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, Mary Magdalene, heresy, the origins of Gnosticism, and the unique teachings of Jesus.
Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Bruce Chilton, Stevan Davies, David Fideler, Birger Pearson, John Turner, Einar Thomassen, Jason BeDuhn, April DeConick, Karen King, Jane Schaberg.
“Gets on the Gnostics as they have been, no longer as many of us this day would prefer them to be.”
Bruce Chilton, writer of how of Jesus and Rabbi Paul
“Aeon Byte is likely one of the most fun and far-seeing courses on the planet of Webcasting.”
Richard Smoley, writer of Forbidden religion, The cube video game of Shiva, and internal Christianity
“A nice aid to all who own an curiosity in and/or devotion to the Gnostic culture. Warmly recommended!”
Stephan Hoeller, writer of Gnosticism: New gentle at the old culture of internal realizing and Jung and the misplaced Gospels
“An beneficial source for these drawn to the background and carrying on with relevance of Gnosticism.”
Sean Martin, writer of The Gnostics: the 1st Christian Heretics, The Cathars, and The Knights Templar
“Sophia and her aeonic neighbors may be delighted.”
Marvin Meyer, writer of The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, The Gospels of Mary
“You are conserving on your palms a Gnostic gem, a ebook that comprises the wealthy knowledge of 13 world-renowned students who learn Gnosticism and the classical world.”
April D. DeConick, writer of The 13th Apostle
By Patrick Harpur
In The mystery culture of the Soul, author Patrick Harpur argues that solutions to life’s such a lot tricky questions—the that means of lifestyles, the character of self, and the lifestyles of an afterlife—can be met by way of a visionary culture that runs via Western tradition, from Greek philosophy and Renaissance alchemy to Romantic poetry and sleek intensity psychology. This hidden culture, in accordance with Harpur, areas our soul on the middle of the universe and emphasizes mind's eye, the collective subconscious, and an “otherworld” or afterlife; principally, it teaches us tips to be aware of ourselves and the way to get well a feeling of that means mostly misplaced this present day. Harpur indicates how this custom drives the literature of otherworld trips, from the flights of shamans and the goals of psychoanalysis to the mystic mind's eye of Romantic poets and the visions of these having near-death stories. The mystery Tradition of the Soul is the 1st publication to collect jointly all of the threads of the soul culture and weave them right into a higher, clearer photo, offering a worldview instantaneously historic and progressive.
By Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff
First sequence: Objectively neutral feedback of the lifetime of guy; or, Beelzebub's stories to his grandson. -- 2d sequence: conferences with striking males. -- third ser. existence is genuine simply then, while "I am."
In Freedom, Osho outlines 3 levels of freedom. the 1st is "freedom from," that's a freedom that comes from breaking out of what he calls the "psychological slavery" imposed through outdoor forces corresponding to mom and dad, society, or faith. the following degree is "freedom for," a good freedom that comes from embracing and developing something---a pleasing courting, for instance, or an inventive or humanitarian imaginative and prescient. And finally there's "just freedom," the top and supreme freedom. This final freedom is greater than being for or opposed to whatever; it's the freedom of easily being oneself and responding honestly to every moment.The Insights for a brand new lifestyle sequence goals to polish mild on ideals and attitudes that hinder participants from being their real selves. The textual content is an crafty mixture of compassion and humor, and readers are inspired to confront what they might so much prefer to stay away from, which in flip presents the major to actual perception and power.Freedom is helping readers to spot the stumbling blocks to their freedom, either circumstantial and self-imposed, to decide on their battles correctly, and to discover the braveness to be precise to themselves.
By Thomas Merton, Lawrence Cunningham
This reader includes good sized parts of consultant texts written over the process Merton's monastic occupation. they're intended to stress his presents as a "spiritual master," which within the Christian context "refers to greatness, now not domination." the choices are divided into autobiographical and non secular writings, notwithstanding it's tough to split Merton from his religious questions and reviews. His reflective writing unearths a large wisdom of non secular assets. What makes Merton nice is his "depth of notion, paintings, and innovative strength . . . or wisdom." He used to be an extraordinary person who used to be outfitted via existence adventure to articulate the deep hungers of the fashionable brain for absolutely the and for that means. This quantity additionally contains a few lesser-known works that experience by no means been released in e-book shape. - Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington kingdom Univ. Libs., Pullman
A one-volume anthology of the religious writings of the best religious grasp the yank Catholic church has produced during this century. the choices, that are tremendous in size, supply a beneficiant sampling of Merton's sizeable output.
By Paul Brunton
By Daniel Merkur
"I just like the ardour and exuberance of an writer involved with anything actual who pursues it with an open brain. Implicit this is the author's seriousness and dedication. He believes his topic makes a distinction and he communicates this to the reader. The author's standpoint supplies a few startling and demanding insights right into a culture that's for the main half unknown and ignored." -- Christopher Bamford, Lindisfarne Press
Gnosis traces using robust gnostic visionary suggestions from Hellenistic Gnosticism and Jewish merkabah mysticism, via Muhammad, the Ismaeilis, and theosophical Sufism to medieval neoplatonism, and renaissance alchemy.
By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee PhD
A religious team kinds a sacred and guarded area the place strength can move from the internal to the outer global. Weaving jointly goals and non secular tales, In the corporate of Friends explores the mental and non secular procedures skilled inside of a bunch, and the way the power of the trail transforms the seeker.
By Alain Daniélou
Starting with an outline of the symbolism of inventive forces usually, The Phallus first examines the illustration of male fertility in such varieties because the menhirs or status stones of prehistoric Europe; the Mahalinga and Svayambhu of India; and the traditional Greek Omphalos. the second one a part of the ebook surveys the presence of ithyphallic gods in archaic shamanistic religions (the Lord of the Animals), the Greek pantheon (Hermes, Priapus), and the Hindu deities (Ardhanarishvara, the androgyne). Danielou additionally explores the position of Shaivist and Dionysian initiatory rites in bringing males into communion with the inventive forces of lifestyles. Illustrated all through with images and line drawings of eu and Indian paintings, The Phallus celebrates the expression of the masculine within the non secular traditions of East and West.
Phallic imagery, in a single shape or one other, might be present in the creative traditions of just about each international tradition in view that prehistoric instances. Alain Danielou right here unveils the non secular impulse underlying paintings that at the beginning look turns out to haven't any objective past the erotic.
"Danielou was once some of the most individual modern orientalists, who introduced the wonderful thing about historic texts and song to our unlucky and more and more barbaric continent. Our debt to his scholarship and humanity is immeasurable." (Times Literary complement)
By Eknath Easwaran
The mantram, or mantra, is a quick, strong, non secular formulation from the world’s nice traditions, repeated silently within the brain, each time, anyplace. Examples of mantrams are Rama, Rama, utilized by Gandhi, or My God and My All, repeated by way of St. Francis of Assisi, or Om Mane Padme Hum. Easwaran taught using the mantram for over 40 years as a part of his passage meditation software. He explains how the mantram works, and offers sensible directions for utilizing it to concentration our recommendations and entry deeper assets of energy, persistence, and love. The mantram can assist us fill up our power, free up creativity, and heal outdated conflicts. those resonant words paintings both good for folks with youngsters, colleagues at paintings, in a dating, in disease or melancholy, or even on the time of demise. And Easwaran exhibits how repetition of the mantram can open the door to a lifestyles that's more and more significant and satisfying.