Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart

By Ram Dass

Sometimes illumination happens spontaneously or, as Ram Dass skilled, in a heart-wrenching second of starting. usually, it occurs after we polish the reflect of the center with day-by-day practice—and see past the appearance of our temporary suggestions and feelings to the gigantic and luminous panorama of our actual nature.

For 5 many years, Ram Dass has explored the depths of realization and love and taken them to lifestyles as carrier to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers jointly his crucial teachings for dwelling within the everlasting current, right here and now.

Readers will locate inside those pages a wealthy mixture of perennial knowledge, humor, educating tales, and specified counsel on Ram Dass' personal religious practices, including:

  • Bhakti Yoga—opening our hearts to unconditional love
  • Practices for residing, getting older, demise, and embracing the typical move of life
  • Karma Yoga—how selfless provider can profoundly remodel us
  • Working with worry and affliction as a route to grace and freedom
  • Step-by-step tips in devotional chant, meditation and mantra perform, and masses more

For these new to Ram Dass' teachings, and for these to whom they're previous acquaintances, this is this leading edge non secular explorer's whole consultant to researching who we're and why we're the following, and the way to turn into beacons of unconditional love.

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Essence With the Elixir of Enlightenment: The Diamond Approach to Inner Realization

By A. H. Almaas

Essence has been mixed with The Elixir of Enlightenment, a quick introductory textual content directed towards scholars at the course who're annoyed by means of both the religious or mental obstacles that Western existence can current. Discusses the values and shortcomings of non secular education, and explores why an deadlock may well take place. unearths how an actual knowing of your personal character can loose your internal assets in order that your crucial being can lead you towards enlightenment.

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The Swan in Manasarowar or The Mastery of Sexuality: A Manual of Secret and Sacred Sex

By Soham Hamsa

“Sex is the rhythm of life.” during this crucial publication written by way of Soham Hamsa (pseudonym), we pay attention a pleasant voice from the Himalayas directed to all people who find themselves real fact seekers and fans of lifestyles at any place on the planet, containing a deep trouble for his or her naturality and angle towards intercourse and sexuality. it truly is seen that the writer has entry to a distinct wisdom and oral culture from India and the Himalayas, which for a big half by no means earlier than were made identified to the general public. The publication, which all through is logical in its composition, is directly to the purpose with various functional workouts, and with its measurement, compactness, simply understood illustrations and richly offered thesaurus, it particularly acts as a convenient guide at the topic. And as such, it truly is most likely the one relatively authoritative paintings in its box.

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L'advaita vedânta facile : Aux sources de la spiritualité indienne

By Dennis Waite

Ce livre présente l'advaita vedânta de manière claire et available à tous. Coeur de l. a. philosophie non-duelle et de los angeles spiritualité de l'Inde, l'advaita vedânta s'appuie sur les textes sacrés que sont les Upanishads et sur les écrits de nombreux penseurs comme Shankara (ville siècle), le Platon indien. Qu'est-ce que l'advaita ? remark devrions-nous agir ? Qu'est-ce qui est réel, qu'est-ce qui est phantasm ? Pourquoi l. a. connaissance du Soi est-elle si importante ? Ne suis-je que ce corps et cet esprit ? Qui suis-je ? L'univers a-t-il été créé ? remark " devenir illuminé " ? L'auteur nous révèle les réponses que l'immense et profonde spiritualité de l'Inde a donné à ces questions.

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Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America

By Douglas Osto

In the Nineteen Sixties, americans mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct event via altered states of recognition. As a few practitioners turned extra devoted to Buddhism, they deserted using psychedelics in want of stricter psychological self-discipline, yet others carried on with the scan, advancing a desirable alchemy known as psychedelic Buddhism.

Many imagine exploration with psychedelics in Buddhism pale with the innovative spirit of the sixties, however the underground perform has developed right into a model of religiosity as eclectic and difficult because the period that created it. Altered States combines interviews with recognized figures in American Buddhism and psychedelic spirituality―including Lama Surya Das, Erik Davis, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei, Rick Strassman, and Charles Tart―and own tales of daily practitioners to outline a quite American spiritual phenomenon. The nuanced viewpoint that emerges, grounded in an in depth heritage of psychedelic spiritual event, provides serious intensity to debates over the managed use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The ebook additionally opens new paths of inquiry into such concerns as re-enchantment, the boundaries of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial foundation of altered states of cognizance, and the character of subjectivity.

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Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

By Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher

Praise for Amish Grace

"A tale our polarized nation must pay attention: it truly is nonetheless grace that saves."—Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television

"In a global the place repaying evil with evil is sort of moment nature, the Amish remind us there is a greater method. In simple and lovely prose, Amish Grace recounts the Amish witness and connects it to the center in their spirituality."—Sister Helen Prejean, writer, useless guy Walking

"Faced with the infamous Amish aversion to exposure, reporter after reporter grew to become to the authors...to resolution one query: How may possibly the Nickel Mines Amish so effectively, so thoroughly, forgive? whereas the textual content offers a close account of the tragedy, its attractiveness lies in its discovery of forgiveness because the crux of Amish tradition. by no means preachy or treacly, it indicates a bigger meditation greater than apt in our time."—Philadelphia Magazine

"This balanced presentation . . .blends heritage, present evaluate of yankee society, and an exam of what builds neighborhood right into a seamless tale that info the shootings whereas it probes the spiritual ideals that ended in such quickly forgiving. Recommended." —Library Journal

"Professors Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher have written an outstanding book—a version of transparent, forceful writing a few tragedy and its aftermath. they've got an seen affection for the Amish but ask difficult questions, weigh contradictions, and discover conundrums comparable to how a loving God may enable schoolgirls to be massacred." —National Catholic Reporter

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Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion

By Marlene Winell

This e-book through psychologist Marlene Winell offers invaluable insights into the risks of spiritual indoctrination and descriptions what therapists and sufferers can do to reclaim a more fit human spirit.... either former believers trying to find a brand new starting and people simply commencing to topic their religion to the necessities of straightforward good judgment, if now not analytical cause, may perhaps locate precious suggestions in those pages. -Steve Allen, writer and entertainer

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The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition (Canto Classics)

By C. S. Lewis

The Allegory of affection is a landmark learn of a strong and influential medieval belief. C. S. Lewis explores the sentiment known as 'courtly love' and the allegorical process during which it constructed in literature and concept, from its first flowering in eleventh-century Languedoc via to its transformation and sluggish death on the finish of the 16th century. Lewis devotes specific awareness to the foremost poems The Romance of the Rose and The Faerie Queene, and to poets together with Chaucer, Gower and Thomas Usk.

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Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (Vintage Departures)

By William Dalrymple

From the writer of The final Mughal, an enlightening booklet that explores with notable compassion and expansive perception 9 kinds of non secular devotion in India today.

In photographs of individuals we would differently by no means comprehend William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of go back and forth in India to discover the demanding situations confronted through practitioners of conventional different types of religion in modern India. for 2 months a 12 months, a guy in Kerala divides his time among jobs as a jail warden and a well-builder and his calling as an incarnate deity. A temple prostitute watches her daughters die from AIDS after getting into a alternate she regards as a sacred calling. A Jain nun remembers the ache of staring at her closest good friend ritually starve herself to death.

Together, those stories demonstrate the resilience of people within the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, the long-lasting legacy of culture, and the desire and honor that may be came across even within the impossible places.

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