Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds

By Joel L. Kraemer

This authoritative biography of Moses Maimonides, essentially the most influential minds in all of human background, illuminates his lifestyles as a thinker, health practitioner, and lawgiver. A biography on a grand scale, it brilliantly explicates one man’s existence opposed to the heritage of the social, spiritual, and political problems with his time.

Maimonides used to be born in Córdoba, in Muslim-ruled Spain, in 1138 and died in Cairo in 1204. He lived in an Arab-Islamic setting from his early years in Spain and North Africa to his later years in Egypt, the place he used to be immersed in its tradition and society. His lifestyles, occupation, and writings are the top expression of the intertwined worlds of Judaism and Islam.

Maimonides lived in tumultuous instances, on the height of the Reconquista in Spain and the Crusades in Palestine. His enormous compendium of Jewish legislation, the Mishneh Torah, grew to become a foundation of all next Jewish felony codes and taken him attractiveness as one of many most suitable lawgivers of humankind. In Egypt, his education as a doctor earned him a spot within the entourage of the good Sultan Saladin, and he wrote scientific works in Arabic that have been translated into Hebrew and Latin and studied for hundreds of years in Europe. As a thinker and scientist, he contributed to arithmetic and astronomy, common sense and ethics, politics and theology. His Guide of the Perplexed, a masterful interweaving of non secular culture and clinical and philosophic concept, inspired generations of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish thinkers.

Now, in a blinding paintings of scholarship, Joel Kraemer tells the entire tale of Maimonides’ wealthy existence. MAIMONIDES is right now a portrait of a superb historic determine and an expedition into the Mediterranean international of the 12th century. Joel Kraemer attracts on a wealth of unique resources to re-create a striking interval in heritage while Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions clashed and mingled in a atmosphere alive with extreme highbrow trade and spiritual clash.

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Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys to Alien Worlds through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies

By Slawek Wojtowicz, Ede Frecska

An research into studies of different nation-states of lifestyles and make contact with with otherworldly beings

• Examines how touch with alien life-forms may be got in the course of the “inner house” dimensions of our minds

• offers proof that different worlds skilled via consciousness-altering applied sciences are frequently as actual as these perceived with our 5 senses

• Correlates technology fiction’s imaginal geographical regions with psychedelic learn

For hundreds of thousands of years, voyagers of internal space--spiritual seekers, shamans, and psychoactive drug users--have lower back from their internal imaginal travels reporting encounters with alien intelligences. Inner Paths to Outer Space offers an leading edge exam of the way we will succeed in those different dimensions of life and speak to otherworldly beings. in response to their greater than 60 mixed years of study into the functionality of the mind, the authors show how psychoactive components corresponding to DMT permit the mind to avoid our 5 simple senses to release a multidimensional realm of life the place otherworldly verbal exchange happens. They contend that our centuries-old look for alien life-forms has been misdirected and that the alien worlds mirrored in visionary technology fiction truly reflect the interior area global of our minds. The authors express that those “alien” worlds encountered via altered states of human know-how, both by using psychedelics or different equipment, own a feeling of truth as nice as, or more than, these of the normal wisdom perceived through our 5 senses.

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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

A vintage account of the psychedelic experience

The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts’s exploration of the perception that the consciousness-changing medicinal drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can facilitate “when followed with sustained philosophical mirrored image through an individual who's in seek, no longer of kicks, yet of understanding.” greater than an artifact, it really is either a riveting memoir of Watts’s own experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions on the character of lifestyles and the life of the sacred.

Includes Watts’s article “Psychedelics and spiritual Experience”

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India: A Sacred Geography

By Diana L Eck

A religious historical past of the world's such a lot religiously advanced and various society, from certainly one of Harvard's most useful scholars.

India: A Sacred Geography is the fruits of greater than a decade's paintings from the popular Harvard student Diana L. Eck. The e-book explores the sacred areas of India, taking the reader on a rare journey in the course of the ideals and historical past of this wealthy and profound position, in addition to delivering a simple creation to Hindu non secular rules and the way these rules impact our knowing of the trendy feel of "India" as a state.

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The Ultimate Medicine: Dialogues with a Realized Master

By Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

The final Medicine isn't really should you like their spirituality watered down, yet for severe scholars trying to find understanding. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) lived and taught in a small house within the slums of Bombay. A learned grasp of the Tantric Nath lineage, he supported himself and his family members through promoting reasonable items in a small sales space at the streets outdoor his tenement for a few years. His existence exemplified the concept that of absolute nonduality of being. during this quantity, Maharaj stocks the top fact of nonduality in his personal targeted approach. His educating sort is abrupt, provocative, and immensely profound, slicing to the center and losing little attempt on inessentials. His terse yet effective sayings are recognized for his or her skill to set off shifts in attention, simply by listening to or studying them."The aspect is that guy free of his fetters is morality personified. this type of guy accordingly doesn't desire any moralistic injunctions with a view to dwell righteously. loose a guy from his bondage and thereafter every thing else will look after itself. however, guy in his unredeemed kingdom can't most likely reside morally, it doesn't matter what ethical instructing he's given. it's an intrinsic impossibility, for his very beginning is immorality. that's, he lives a lie, a simple contradiction: functioning in all his relationships because the separate entity he believes himself to be, while in fact no such separation exists. His each motion for that reason does violence to different 'selves' and different 'creatures,' that are simply manifestations of the unitary realization. So Society needed to invent a few restraints so as to shield itself from its personal worst excesses and thereby keep a few form of established order. The ensuing arbitrary principles, which fluctuate with position and time and consequently are basically relative, it calls 'morality,' and by way of upholding this man-invented 'idea' because the maximum good–oftentimes sanctioned via non secular 'revelation' and scriptures–society has supplied guy with another excuse to ignore the hunt for liberation or relegate it to a pretty low precedence in his scheme of things."

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Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation (Sacred Activism)

By Adam Bucko

Named one of many Fifty top religious Books of 2013 by means of SPIRITUALITY & perform within the JUSTICE category!

The Occupy Wall road stream and protest activities world wide are proof of a brand new period of intergenerational activists looking deeper non secular that means of their quest for peace and justice.

This ebook is a choice to motion for a brand new period of spirituality-infused activism. Authors Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox inspire us to exploit our skills in provider of compassion and justice and to maneuver past our damaged systems--economic, political, academic, and religious--discovering a spirituality that not just is helping us to get alongside, but additionally encourages us to reevaluate our traditions, remodeling them and within the strategy construction a extra sacred and simply world.

Incorporating the phrases of younger activist leaders culled from interviews and surveys, the publication presents a framework that's intentionally interfaith and speaks to our profound longing for a lifestyles with non secular objective and for a greater international. every one bankruptcy is construed as a discussion among Fox, a 72-year-old theologian, and Bucko, a 37-year-old religious activist and mentor to homeless formative years. As we eavesdrop on those common but profound conversations, we know about Fox and Bucko's personal religious trips and find a radical spirituality that's inclusive, democratic, and proper to the area we are living in today.

Table of Contents
Foreword via Mona Eltahawy
Foreword by means of Andrew Harvey
Introduction: Invitation to Occupy Your Conscience
1. Is It Time to switch the God of faith with the God of Life?
2. Radical Spirituality for a thorough Generation
3. Adam's Story
4. Matthew's Story
5. what is Your Calling? Are You residing in provider of Compassion and Justice?
6. non secular perform: contact existence and Be replaced by means of It
7. No iteration Has all of the solutions: Elders and early life operating Together
8. Birthing New Economics, New groups, and New Monasticism
Conclusion: Occupy new release and the perform of non secular Democracy
Afterword by way of Lama Surya Das

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Shiva: Stories and Teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

The conventional realizing of Shiva instructed via tales and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

• Explains Shiva’s contradictory kinds, corresponding to destroyer or benefactor, and the way his shape will depend on the desires of the devotee

• finds how Shiva’s teachings let one to work out in the course of the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human existence

• Explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and along with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya

Shiva, the main historic and complicated deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in lots of contrasting lighting: destroyer and benefactor, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred textual content the Shiva Mahapurana--said to be written through Shiva himself--Vanamali selects the basic tales of Shiva, either these from his darkish wild facet and people from his benevolent peaceable part.

Vanamali discusses Shiva’s many avatars equivalent to Shambunatha and Bhola, in addition to Dakshinamurti who taught the shastras and tantras to the rishis. She explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and together with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. interpreting Shiva’s popularity of outsiders, Vanamali explains why ghosts and ghouls are his attendants and why his maximum devotees are demon kings, like Ravana. She comprises well-known Shiva tales corresponding to the Descent of the River Ganga and Churning the Milky Ocean in addition to those who display the foundation of the pageant of lighting, Diwali; his construction of the cosmic couple, or hierogamos; and the way Shiva and Parvati taught the area the secrets and techniques of Kundalini Shakti. the writer additionally attracts upon Shaivite teachings to demonstrate the diversities among Western technology and Vedic technological know-how and their reasons for the origins of cognizance.

Integrating Shiva’s facets, the fierce and the peaceable, Vanamali finds that Shiva’s shape depends upon the wishes of the devotee. realizing his teachings permits one to determine in the course of the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles, for Shiva is the wielder of maya who doesn't fall below its spell. whereas Ganesha is named the remover of hindrances, Shiva is the remover of tears.

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Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us

By Allen Salkin

Seeking to upload a bit bitterness on your vacation season? Then FESTIVUS is the ebook you can't do with no! Take Frosty out at the back of the woodshed and conceal your menorahs, kinaras, diyas and whatevahs...the time has come for Festivus! the development celebrated via Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) on Seinfeld, during which a naked aluminum pole replaces all vacation and non secular symbols, the place members compete in "feats of energy" and adopt the "airing of grievances," has transcended tv to develop into a global phenomenon. during this side-splitting romp throughout the Festivus panorama, Allen Salkin meets leave out Festivus, tastes Festivus beer, and ponders the Festivus snail (along with Festy the cat), exhibiting how an individual with a bit creativity-and a splash of Costanza-can have fun a contented Festivus!

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WorldShift 2012: Making Green Business, New Politics, and Higher Consciousness Work Together

By Ervin Laszlo

A instruction manual for wakeful swap which could remodel the present international situation into planetary renewal

• Outlines the issues that make today’s global liable to breakdown and indicates activities we needs to undertake in politics, company, and lifestyle

• Replaces the constrained cognizance of our failing society with the holistic awareness that's rooted within the Akashic box

The deepening financial concern and the risk posed via weather switch and different social and ecological tendencies has triggered many to melancholy. yet with nice hazard comes nice opportunity--the chance for primary switch that would rework our societies from most sensible to backside. In WorldShift 2012, Ervin Laszlo brings jointly insights for developing sustainable confident swap from non secular leaders, scientists, and visionary businesspeople--people akin to Albert Einstein, Mohammad Yunus, Václav Havel, Eckhart Tolle, Ken Wilber, David Korten, Paul Hawken, and Tomoyo Nonaka, former CEO of Sanyo Electronics. He exhibits how we will be able to change the restricted cognizance of our failing society with the holistic realization that's mirrored within the unified box of quantum physics: the Akashic box.

We have a chance to maneuver from the present political and enterprise version of develop or die to a sustainable global respectful of humans, nature, and the planet. switch in this point demands a profound shift in awareness and a transparent knowing that--as state of the art physics shows--we are really attached with one another and with the cosmos. This e-book offers transparent proof of this connectedness and describes the instruments we have to make our global greener and our planet more secure as we attempt to gain the holistic awareness of connection throughout the Akashic box.

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