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161. The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets
by Harbhajan Singh Kalsa, Yogi Bhajan, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa
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Asin: 0963999168
Catlog: Book (1998-06-15)
Publisher: Kundalini Research Institute
Sales Rank: 496940
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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While many meditation and philosophy books talk about the need to master your mind, this book provides practical methods to show you how it's done. Discover a yogic approach to consciousness and psychology rooted in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga Master Yogi Bhajan, PhD. Over 40 illustrated meditations demonstrate techniques for directing, clearing, and calming your mind. This concise, conversational book on Kundalini Yoga meditation will help prepare you to meet the challenges of the next millenium.

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"The charts easily guide you to select from the meditations."

"It's a great tool for choosing a meditation to set the energy in meetings, to stay on focus, to reach our goals."

" a heart to heart talk that takes you into the nature of the mind, the interplay of the positive, negative, and neutral minds, and our resulting personality styles or types."

"I use it everyday to direct my mind and mood to meet the challenges at hand."

"This book is changing my life. It's great!" ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The User's Guide to Your Mind and Life through Meditation
This book is for those who want to understand and use meditation to develop and transform themselves. It has over 42 meditations coded to every aspect of the mind in our personality. It discusses the three basic minds, postive,negative and neutral. It links these to the inherited mind. It then classifies all the facets and projections that compose the automatic functions of our mind.

It is the only book on Meditation that de-codes classical eastern thinking into a useable form for western psychology. It is like a Physician's Desk Reference for the average person.

Deep and thorough. No fluff here. When you are all done, you will never again ignore the need to conquer your mind so you can conquer your world.

As the co-author I can only tell you that thirty years of study with Yogi Bhajan, a master of meditation, has resulted in this book which is a foundation for the future of meditation to refine awareness and elevate the quality of your life.

It breaks the myth of meditation as simply sitting, as passive or as having only one form. If you like this and like to move, see "Breathwalk" for the art of walking meditation. ... Read more

162. Ramayana (Audio Literature Presents/Audio Cassette)
by William Buck, Ram Dass
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Catlog: Book (1991-08-01)
Publisher: Audio Literature
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Fascinating retelling receiving 1st class reviews. Choice wrote "Buck has succeeded better than anyone else in conveying the spirit of the original." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dharma is Everything in this World
Ramayana is an unimaginably ancient epic poem, translated here into beautiful English prose. It does not present Hindu theology-- to glimpse Hinduism's ancient essence, one must attempt to understand the more impenetrable Upanishads. Rather, Ramayana presents in a literary, or fictional, work all of the values of right conduct, or "dharma," that are essential to happiness in all the worlds. The story so remarkably resembles Homer's The Illiad that it is difficult to believe some ancient wandering poet did not export the story to the near eastern culture of ancient Greece, many centuries after it began being told amongst Indian poets. Consequently, the values of Ramayana reverberate throughout three millenia of Eastern as well as Western literature. Honoring your father, fogiveness, loyalty to wife and husband irrespective of the hardships, devotion to God, knowing God when you see him, rejection of earthly wealth, and reverence for all of nature. These are but a few of the values, dharma, that revisit the reader through one beautiful character after another. Ramayana is essential reading for any ersatz scholar or well-read mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars If I was Rama, William Buck could be my press agent.
William Buck brings out the metaphysical aspects of the epic tale. Rama and his brother must perform a journey that allows them to grow and understand nature and the world on the way. They must overcome many hurtles and meat with the good and bad.
Two of the creatures I found fascinating is Hanuman who claims he is only a monkey and does not know any better. He is admonished and reminded if he is aware of that then it is no excuse. The second character is Ravana who knows in a world where there is no black and white that he is supposed to be an evil antagonist. But his role is important to the story and the world.

The illustrations by Shirley Triest are simple line drawings with shading to give an added richness to the story with out distracting from the writing.

I made the mistake of reading "RAMA" by Jamake Higwater first. That was a bad move, as I did not understand the richness of the story until I read this version. Now that I have a few more versions under my belt, I must say that this is my best. In addition, I have the audio tape now it is time to start the Mahabharata.

5-0 out of 5 stars RE: Strange values, Awsome Book
This is a fantatic telling of the tale. It is really easily readable.

I'm not going to go over the plot, its best left to you to read it and become absorbed in Rama's epic.

Now to the person to made the remark about "Simple Christiaty", and Hidnuism's "Strange values".

Think before you judge. Christianty has wrought more *war* and conflict in its short span then most religions and it supposedly itends to teach love and charity. The myths of the Bible are no less violent and filled with "Strange values" IE putting an egotistcal god before even family, "God" killing incocent Eygptian babes in retrobution - WOW it makes anything in here look tame and mild.

Rodney aka Sharr

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good book
This is the oldest of the books written on this earth. No other book is older than this . The sanskrit verses of the original Ramayan are so beautiful.
I was not really surprised by the comments of a reader from Arlington , VA . You can find stupid ignorant people everywhere. If she had read the whole Ramayana in its original form ( even translated in a language which she understands ?? ) she would not be able to grasp the true reality of what it says and what moral values it lays down which are always better than anything else which she might know.
Hinduism was much more evolved and knowledgeable when christanity had not even started . All religions are same and that is what Hinduism teaches us . If anyone thinks that this religion or that religion is better that just shows what they really understand about their own religion because Christ would never say I prefer Christanity because there is only one God then how can you define your preference.

1-0 out of 5 stars Strange values
I am astonished at the response of the reader from Houston about the book's moral qualities. Basically, the story is about a man (Rama) whose wife (Sita) is kidnapped by force and taken to another country. There she may, or may not, have been forcibly raped.
In response, Rama burns down the country to which Sita was abducted. Then, feeling that Sita has been defiled (by being, perhaps(!), raped) he kicks her out.
As a simple American, I don't understand these Hindu values. By being kidnapped, did the woman commit a crime? By (maybe!) being raped, did the woman commit a crime? And does an entire country deserve being burnt because its ruler kidnapped a woman? And these values are considered sacred by the Hindus?
Give me simple Christianity any time. ... Read more

163. The Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa
by Thubten Yeshe, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Tson-Kha-Pa Blo-Bzan-Grags-Pa Zam Lam Na-Roi Chos Drug Gi Sgo Nas khr, Robina Courtin, Ailsa Cameron
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Asin: 086171136X
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Sales Rank: 183856
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Based on Lama Je Tsong Khapa's (1357-1419 AD) text Having the Three Convictions, this book is a commentary on the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, a completion stage practice of Highest Yoga Tantra. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars for people who have studied tummo with a genuine teacher
Lama Thubten Yeshe's approach to teaching tummo practice is totally inspired and practical. This book is a treasure for those of us who have already been instructed in tummo practice by a genuine living teacher.

It seems important for us to note that these talks from a practice seminar given by Lama Thubten Yeshe were made available to the general public only by his students and only after his death. I don't believe that Lama Thubten Yeshe would have encouraged anyone to dive into these practices after just reading a book, without preparation, transmission, and direct practice instructions from an authentic teacher.

My living Tibetan teacher of these practices, and all of the other excellent Tibetan teachers I have known, would never make written tummo instructions available to the public. We students of these living teachers are required to finish several extensive courses of vajrayana practice and receive formal transmission in a personal teaching situation before we are considered ready to make proper use of these profound instructions that help us to realize the inseparability of bliss and emptiness. We are told that it is essential to always approach the practice with the motives of awakening and benefit for other sentient beings. We are warned that mistakes in applying tummo practice instructions can cause mental and physical harm. I do know of people who have hurt themselves.

So, please connect with a genuine teacher, fulfill prerequisites, get personal guidance and follow-up help in tummo practice, and then use this book as a precious resource to deepen your practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile
Covers the same material as another wonderful book - The Clear Light Of Bliss. That book is more text-like. This book is more chatty and less organized, it seems to me. But there a lot of hidden jewels in the chattiness. If you're serious about The subject, best read both books. Tibetan buddhism has its share of the dry, the dead intellectual, the superstitious. But unlike some other religions that just ask that you believe fairy-tales, it also has a rich kernel of profound truth and practice that makes books like this absolutely priceless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent - worth buying
This book is straight-forward, written from the heart, and includes enough of the essentials of the practices it promotes to enable a practitioner to start. Many authors and teachers of the tibetan buddhist lineages seem more concerned with parrating their scriptures or boosting their spot in heirarchy than communicating with those around them, and dealing with issues. The author of this book, however seems more concerned with communicating with those in his company or who are reading his books, to help them develop their own practice and fruits. Highly Recomended, also his other books as well. Virochana Khalsa - Author of "Tantra of the Beloved"

5-0 out of 5 stars incredible
i found this book 2 years ago in the bookstore and i am still in awe of it. lama yeshe was a wonderful teacher with a real gift for translating tibetan teachings to a western audience, making them relevant and applicable, even fun with a very positive motif of "beginners mind" if u will. of the many other books in english on tummo yoga this is the most accassable and informative on a practice level that i know of. ... Read more

164. Ideas of Human Nature: From the Bhagavad Gita to Sociobiology
by David P. Barash
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Asin: 0136475876
Catlog: Book (1998-01-28)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Unique in both scope and organization, this book presents an intriguing yet challenging introduction to the world's great ideas concerning the nature of human nature — with a sampling of different approaches. The selections are drawn from religious writings, academic treatises, nonfiction, fiction, etc. — enabling readers to encounter the great thinkers through their own words.Organizes selections into intellectually coherent topics— Religious/Mythic Views, The Mind, The Social Setting, The Human Animal? — and then subtopics — e.g., The Role of Reason, The Limits of Reason, People Are Basically Nasty, People Are Basically Good, Animals as “Human,” and Vice Versa, Sex and Gender, etc. ... Read more

165. The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-10)
Publisher: Shambhala
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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A collection of instructions and answers to questions regarding the Hindu philosophy.Arranged by topic. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars know thy Self
in my humble opinion, Ramana Maharshi was one of the greatest saints of the modern era. in this precious little book he speaks to us from the viewpoint of eternal Brahman, the ground of all being. this wonderful little book is a collection of questions his many visitors would ask. his answers are as close to true knowledge of the Divine as anything i've ever heard or seen. this book is an excellent introduction to the sublime words and methods of this modern saint. this could be a very important guide for the sincere spiritual aspirant who wants to finally know his or her true identity. these truths can take us where knowledge is known by direct perception and words alone utterly fail us.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyday Reflection
There are times in our lives that we need spiritual healing. Hungrily, we seek for self-discovery. We want to know how our soul and the spiritual world can comfort us when we are so vulnerable and want to seek an intellectual understanding on self, mind, spirit, reality, truth and God. While there are million books written for this very purpose, a simple dialogue of Maharshi gives us a basic guidlines about nature and our existence. It is comforting to read, regardless of ones previous beliefs about religion.

It is a good soulfood for students, couples and self-inquirer who seeks peace and harmony. Recommended spiritual reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Central Gist of Sage Ramana's Teachings
This is the central source book of all Sage Ramana's teachings. It is concise, clear, precise and to the point. The core of the Sages teaching is in Chapter One titled: "Who am I?" Sage Ramana rarely wrote instructions for spiritual seekers. "Who am I?" was compiled by a seeker Mr. Pillai around 1900. It is an invaluable Jewel to establish "THE TRUE IDENTITY".

We typically identify our selves with the body, mind and intellect. When asked by some one we say "I am so and so, 6ft tall, 180 lbs, doctor, accountant, son of so and so, grand daughter of so and so, resident of Texas etc." We are sick, happy, sad and poor etc. We seek happiness in the material world. All these are modifications of our mind and psyche. Play of the psycho-somatic apparatus. The true source of PEACE and HAPPINESS is to know your "Real and True IDENTITY." Sage Ramana says in the very first page of "Who am I?" that you negate all these forms of false identifications and what remains is "Pure Conciousness." This PURE CONCIOUSNESS devoid of modifications is the gateway to the heart of "TRUE IDENTITY." You are Pure Awareness. Awareness is infinite, eternal, free from concepts of space-time and is "THE ULTIMATE SPIRIT." We can signify it by "Existence-Conciousness-Happiness." "I am 'I'" is Self-Realization. Nothing else. Plain and Simple. "BE". There is no light to see in your meditation, no extra sensory perceptions, no reading palms! If you are trying to become or becoming something "you are mid-stream and sharks are circling around." Give up these gimmicks and don't be taken away from the "ETERNAL TRUTH."

The book also contains a number of chapters where questions posed by sincere seekers and the pertinent answers given by the sage are cataloged, edited and presented clearly.

This is a masterpiece that beckons: "ALL in ONE and ONE in ALL." Your religious faith could be Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islamism, Agnostic ...what ever "ism" you like. The "SAGE ESTABLISED IN THE ONE REALITY" beckons you with warm smile and open heart. Open your heart and SEEK the final PEACE & HAPPINESS. Here and Right Now.

4-0 out of 5 stars one of the better ramana books...
To those already familiar with ramana maharshi, a compilation book such as this, neatly organized into different topics, is more useful than some of the larger books such as 'Talks' where each and every conversation for a period of years has been recorded, so one is left to go through much repetition and questions put forth from seekers of different maturity levels. This book succeeds in culling the pearls of Ramana's sayings and putting it into one book. Other highly recommended books (after going through MANY) include Conscious Immortality, Erase the Ego, Sayings of Ramana Maharshi, Gems from Bhagavan, The Maharhsi and his Message (you can order at and for those not aware of ramana, do become familiar with him...he is one of the great persons of the last century, although not very well known in India and abroad...

5-0 out of 5 stars Timely reminder of simple truth
For an ordinary human being to "review" the words of a strange being liberated from so many of the basic premises that govern the existence of almost every human, may be a travesty. But I feel a need to point to the originality, directness and purity of the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, teachings that are etched in a realm beyond the shifting phases of a life. Ramana made no concessions to marketing or popular tastes and stands far removed from what we know as new age spirituality and quick solutions. He had no need to be worshipped and diverted his followers` emotional tactics, but left simple guidelines that can be used as a reminder of the inner core of our being, a source to return to, again and again, through the years. I dare see the person who has ever regretted buying this volume, lovingly compiled by an editor and a publisher with respect and understanding for the man, his life and his message. Read and understand, slowly, gradually, like a gold digger who shifts sand day by day, and once in a long while finds the nuggets that make all the experience, effort and labor worthwhile. ... Read more

166. Inner War and Peace : Timeless Solutions to Conflict from the Bhagavad Gita
by Osho
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What are the politics behind every war? What are the roots of violence? What is the source of personal anguish? Osho's illuminating commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most famous of Hindu scriptures, explains how the patterns and conditionings of human consciousness create pain and misery, conflict and war. By arguing that "no one has a spiritual problem" Osho shows that "everyone's problem is of the mind" and explains how this inner war can be stifled. Throwing a brilliant light on Krishna's responses, Osho exposes the roots of our contemporary personal problems and then shows how Krishna's wisdom can be used to achieve timeless solutions to global problems. By expanding Krishna's psychological vision, Inner War and Peace offers the keys for personal and global peace. ... Read more

167. Living With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Culture (The Master Course, Bk 2)
by Subramuniya
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Living with Siva is a unique daily devotional which guides the aspirant who wishes to take the essential first steps on the spiritual path. This includes systematic principles of self-discipline known in traditional Hinduism as the yamas and niyamas. Once dynamically applied the lessons bring order and rectitude into our lives establishing a firm foundation for successful spiritual life, meditation and eventual deep realization.

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami addresses frankly the problematic areas of modern living and offers sound, proven advice based on his 50 years of ministry. The 365 daily lessons, based on ancient Vedic laws, disclose how to approach family, money, relationships, technology, food, worship, yoga and karma to live a truly spiritual life. ... Read more

168. Twenty-Five Doors to Meditation: A Handbook for Entering Samadhi
by William Bodri, Lee Shu-Mei
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Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Instructions for Actual Meditators
If you're serious about getting results from your meditative practice -- read this book! It does an excellent job of explaining the principles behind various meditation practices. With a depth all to rare in this field.

You'll find it's one of the best tools for people who actually meditate. Read it and you'll learn 25 different types of meditation...what they do...and why they work. If you're only interested in abstract, touchy feely stuff, this isn't for you. But if you want to actually get results and progress in your meditation -- whether you're a beginner or a veteran -- this is one of most helpful books you'll find.

Serious meditators should also check out the author's website, The stuff on there is the most detailed, comprehensive and useful information a meditator can find. If you have any real familiarity with the field you'll be HUGELY impressed with the info. on this site.

Most of this information isn't available anywhere else to the western reader. The clear, detailed explanation will clear up a lot of the mistaken ideas about meditation and give you the tools to be able to understand meditation(theory & practice) ...and to get results.

Seriously, check out the website. The more you know the more you'll be impressed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not quite as claimed
The book claimes to overview and relate various medative tradtions. It doesn't. It forces everything into a set pattern and ignores large chucks of tradition and the teachings of other traditions. The references to Christian prayer are just plain wrong, there is no mention of hesychasm, and the obvious tie in with bhakti devotion totally misstates christian belief and practice. Similar problems are seen with Judaism and Isalem. Some of the Daoist stuff also is very very different from what I've learned.

I get a distinct sense the authors just tossed in everything they heard of and forced it to fit into their belief system, without a lot of research. Save your money and buy something else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review of 25 doors
This book is a compilation of spiritual practices and techniques, mostly derived from the Chinese (Taoist) and Indian (Hinduism, Buddhism) schools of philosophy and religion.

The book is first and foremost, practical.Each technique is carefully described, along with other historical andbibliographical notes.These notes are useful for more inquisitive readerswho wish to learn more about a particular method or topic.

The idea ofall these spiritual practices is the attainment of self-realisation.Thiscan also be called "enlightenment" or "seeing the Tao". The authors make a great deal of effort in trying to make this point;possibly because people get side-tracked, looking for mystical experience'sor the attainment of superpower's, which have nothing to do with the realspiritual path.

The authors also emphasise proper behaviour and virtuousactions. In fact they say, before a person can make any real progress (onthe spiritual path), he must accumulate merit from performing good deeds.This is quite strange and unique.I have not come across any othermaterial, other than the books of Nan Huai Chin (BUY them), that talk aboutmoral conduct.

I therefore recommend this book to anyone wishing to learnthe HOW's and WHY's of meditation practice.The book also should becommended because it try's to make an effort in explaining the spiritualpath, in terms of Western science. All to often, meditation books tell us,that a particular technique has been around for 1000 years and that's it!No further explanation as to why it actually benefits us or how the bodyactually gets healthy (it's true) through meditation.

I hope this tellsyou what you want know!

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book for advanced and serious cultivators
There is a flurry of "spiritual activity" out there, with hundreds and hundreds of books expounding on spiritual cultivationand all kinds of esoteric or New Age practices.Oftentimes, the literature is confusing and easily leads the inexperienced reader astray.One would expect that the writer of such subjects to have at least some degree of personal attainment or realization, which I've found in general not to be the case.This is what makes this book all the more invaluable.Bill and Shu-Mei are serious practitioners who back theory with countless hours of practice and self-realization.They belong to a select few who have been trained directly by the great Master Nan Huai-chin, one of the few true Zen Masters still living today.Both spent more than 10 years in dedicated practice, all devoted exclusively to the pursuit of the Way. I was also one of the few who was priviledged to see a draft of this book before it came out (the authors' courtesy) a! ! nd was awaiting anxiously to see it out in press.I have very little doubt that Bill and Shu-Mei will emerge as among the foremost masters of Zen for many years to come.In the tradition of Master Nan, their approach is refreshingly non-sectarian, teaching the practitioner the practical aspects (what really matters!) of the various cultivation schools.By drawing the reader's attention to the common features underlying the various meditation techniques, the authors succeed in building from ground up a robust scientific and biophysical foundation for spiritual cultivation that demystifies much of the superstition and beliefs that have clouded this field in the past.Readers who are serious practitioners of meditation will treasure this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" book for the mechanics of meditation.
Bill Bodri kindly sent me (an inquiring stranger) a draft of this book about six months ago, and I have been standing on one foot waiting for the final product since then.This will become a standard reference for those interested in the mechanics and comparative techniques of meditation.The technical content is from Ch'an Master Nan Huai-Chin, and it goes far in explaining the relationship between the meditation techniques of Taoism, Ch'an, and other Buddhist methods.The overall objective is to help the reader discover what types of techniques work well for himself, whether he is a beginner or an experienced meditator seeking to change methods (as was my case).For the latter, this text is all the more useful, since some of the methods presented already recognizably correspond to some of one's own meditation experience.This book is an important contribution to the Dharma, because it encourages one to try other methods instead of just quitting meditation practice because "the old magic does'nt work any more."The cautionary downside is that the practitioner must not jump from one method to the other, but instead must give a fair trial to the method of his choice.One method is not intrinsically better than another, just different.Which methods work for you is unique to yourself and quite unpredictable. Happy Sitting, Friends. ... Read more

169. Awakening and Insight: Zen Buddhism and Psychotherapy
by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Shoji Muramoto
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Asin: 0415217946
Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Brunner-Routledge
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The intersection of East and West is a vital one on many levels. The efforts to integrate Buddhism and its therapeutic ancestors to the Western ideas of Jungian Psychology have been particularly fruitful. Taking Japanese Zen-Buddhism as its starting point, Awakening and Insight is a collection of critiques and histories of Buddhism from a psychological perspective.
Based on accounts of the Buddhism and Depth Psychology conference that took place in Kyoto in 1999, this volume serves to unite the cousins of Eastern religion and Western thought. Featuring a new translation of the historic conversation between Schinichi Hisamatsu and Carl Jung which took place in 1958, Awakening and Insight will be of great interest to anyone interested in Psychology and Buddhism.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new guide to Buddishm and psychology
Buddhism and psychology have recently gained increasing interest for their intriguing similarities about the human mind, growth, inner healing, and creativity. In this stimulating book, the editors offer a variety of provocative essays. I found the discussions about Jungian psychology and its relevance to Buddhism today to be particularly interesting. Strongly recommended. ... Read more

170. The Way to God
by Mahatma Gandhi, Michael. Nagler, Arun Ganghi, Mohandas K. Gandhi, MahatmaPathway to God Gandhi, M. S. Desphande
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Asin: 1893163008
Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: Berkeley Hills Books
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One of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, M. K. Gandhi was a revolutionary leader not only in politics, but also in religion. It was for the power of his devotion to God that he was granted the title Mahatma, Great Soul, and continues to be regarded by millions as a Hindu saint. This book explores the deep religious roots of Gandhi's worldly accomplishments, and reveals, in his own words, his intellectual, moral and spiritual approaches to the divine.

First published in India in 1971, The Way to God is based on Gandhi's lifetime of experiments with truth, and reveals the heart of his teachings on love, the soul, meditation, service, surrender and prayer. Readers from every faith will find wisdom and inspiration in its message. This edition, the first available to American readers, includes a foreword by Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the Mahatma, and an introduction by Michael N. Nagler. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Heart of the Mahatma
One of the most influential figures of the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi was a 'man of God disguised as a politician' in his own words. As a political liberator his name shall ever be remembered in history, but it is his contribution to the humanity's inner life that would prove more important in the long run. According to him any social change or political transformation should be founded on a spiritual awakening. Gandhi remained a Hindu by religious affiliation, but adopted a form of universal worship. He believed in the oneness of God and the legitimacy of all religions as leading to the same God, known by different names. This 'Great Soul of India' (Mahatma) was indeed 'the light of the world'. As Michael Nagler put it, "He went into the heart of everything and touched the hearts of millions because he chose and clung to the one essential thing, which is to awaken God or Truth within the individual".

Gandhi's spiritual thoughts scattered in his various writings were put together as a book by M S Deshpande and published in India in 1971 under the title "Pathway to God". This edition of it, slightly altered in content, is now available to the American readers for the first time. It has a 'Forward' by his grandson, Arun Gandhi and a very informative 'Introduction' by Michael Nagler. This book has captured the heart of the Mahatma whose life reflected every thought of his expressed in this book. This edition offers to the reader a wealth of spiritual insights providing food for reflection and meditation. A familiarity with some of the Hindu categories may help a better understanding of the spiritual concepts laid out in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent excerpts from modern saint
So many people admire Gandhi's life and his very visible, political spirituality. His spirituality had deep, Hindu roots, which he explained in many writings. This book is excerpts of those writings, arranged by subject. In the introduction we are told of an incident where a politician told Gandhi that they were both men of God. Gandhi replies, "You are a politician disguised as a man of God. I am a man of God disguised as a politician." The truth of that statement comes out in his writings.

"It is the duty of every human being to look carefully within and see himself as he is, and spare no pains to improve himself in body, mind and soul. He should realize the mischief wrought by injustice, wickedness, vanity and the like, and do his best to fight them."

His life is an example, despite his imperfections, and his teachings are a reliable guide. This is a challenging, gentle, profound book, to be read and re-read later. ... Read more

171. The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe
by Linda Johnsen
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An enthralling, exciting book!Both scholarly and very readable, the author takes us to the temples, jungles, and cities of India to reveal a continuous lineage of Goddess spirituality unbroken for all of human history!It holds wonderful pilgrimage incidents, heart-stopping stories, and fine scriptural interpretation.This book will awaken the One sleeping in your heart.It will bring you joy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Linda Johnsen is a wise wise woman!
This book is absolutly stunningly beautiful.Reading it is a spiritual experience in it self.The author has in mind not only the western student of Hinduism but also women of the Goddess Spirituality movement.6 goddesses get entire chapters devoted to them:Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Durga, Lalita, and Kundalini.But through out the book many many Hindu goddesses are covered in depth--including the goddess most misunderstood by westerners: the great goddess Kali.Johnsen points out the mistake made be western pagans of ivoking Kali as the embodiment of rightous anger.We have inherited from the classicists a tendency to assign goddesses a small sphere of influence (ex: "Aphrodite" is always followed by the description, "goddess of love") instead of understanding them as full and complete deities.Kali is first and foremost a Mother.She has many many aspects--one of which is a "slayer of demons"--but she is not an "angry" goddess.This book is enlightening.It is written in language that anyone can understand. It backs up every idea with examples and metaphors to help us understand.The author is incredibly knowledgable in many subjects.Although i did not agree with every word the author wrote--all of her words have enriched my spiritual life.I have come away from this book with a deeper understanding of Goddess.I know that i will read this book over and over again.It is scholarly, reverent, and all around mind blowing.This book contains four color plates of the goddesses Lalita, Durga, Sarasvati, and Lakshmi.It should not only be read by women but is totally accessable to men--and they don't have to worry about being put down or blamed for patriarchal abuses.It is feminist in perspective but in the highest sense of the word. You will also find information in here about the goddesses' consorts.Read this Book!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars a version of lethargy towards faith
i tried to like this book and failed. it's the resurrection and there is nothing else.i think you have to take that or leave it.i decided to take it.linda is obviously a scholar but if you don't believe in being guided by this traditiion it it just a lot of mumble jumble nonsense which one can enjoy reading, i did somewhat, but you have to enjoy reading fiction.i kept hoping she could cover in some detail how to reconcile a fundamental tenet to christianity and this tradition-she did not.

5-0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS
This book blew my mind.I have been reading and studying truth for nearly thirty years. Head knowledge I have....what was missing was the heart devotion.

Linda Johnsen's book provides a feast for both.

She is ascholar , an outstanding writer , has had a moment of knowingherself....and devotion . What more is needed?

I have never run acrossbetterexplanation of this wonderful, LIVING tradition of the Goddess asworshiped in India for many thousand of years.

Johnsen beautifullyexplains the deep issues illustrated in what seemed to be simplefairytails . You'll see Hindu culture much diffirently after reading thisbook.

The clarity and beauty ofJohnsen'swriting , plus her deepunderstanding of the subject, will make this book a favorite. Look foranything from this author .She never disappoints .

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful introduction to The Divine Mother
Coming from the tradition of Divine Mother worshippers myself, i was pleased to see that Linda Johnsen's book has indeed brought out very beautifully various aspects of the Mother. The author also has referred toliving embodiments of The Mother like the women saints Ammachi and Sree Ma. Highly recomend this book to all devotees of The Mother aspect of God. ... Read more

172. Exploring Meditation: Master the Ancient Art of Relaxation and Enlightenment (Exploring Series)
by Susan Shumsky
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This spiritual self-help book offers easy, step-by-step ways to master the ancient arts of meditation and enlightenment. It offers practical techniques to increase love, power and energy, reduce stress and tension, improve health, reverse aging, and bring well-being, contentment, and peace of mind to everyday life.

This book does not assume any prior experience in inner exploration. It demystifies abstract concepts and provides a road map to the inner life, leading beginners safely through the maze of the spiritual path, pointing out signposts and pitfalls along the way.Its field-proven methods have been tested and verified by thousands of students from all backgrounds, who have experienced significant benefits.

A new, systematic approach helps novices working on spiritual development begin to understand the basics, as well as providing surprising information that even "experts" are not aware of. Readers will come away with even a greater understanding than many seemingly street-wise metaphysicians. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brillian!
Exploring Mediation by Susan G Shumsky - I almost finished with this book - and I began reading it 2 days ago and I simply couldn't abandoned it. I bought this book only because I wanted to order some more books on Amazon which wasn't planned at all. I though it was full of different meditation techniques - but how wrong my predicaments where. It's truly an amazing spiritual book full of inspiring material, one brilliant meditation technique, learning how to talk to your higher self, spirits and more. She also writes about Karma in a way which is different from what I have seen before- making it easy to understand this very complex matter in a new way. She has been working with spirituality for 36 years, and shows you how to avoid pitfalls and much much more. I highly recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Blazing New Trails to Eastern Wisdom
Susan Shumsky's book goes one step further than claiming to be great for beginners -- it truly delivers. Offering meditation for the meditatively challenged, yoga exercises for couch potatoes, karma for skeptics, prayer for the faithless and enlightenment for the ignorant -- EXPLORING MEDITATION blazes new trails into eastern philosophy that almost anyone can easily master. Written in a clear, descriptive, straightforward style, this book opens the doors to understanding non-duality, chakras, ESP (extra-sensory perception), karma, yoga, meditation, intuition, healing, vedas, gunas, and spirit.

I personally most enjoy reading the sections on how to trouble-shoot one's meditation problems. Have you ever intended to meditate, but kept finding the same tedious thoughts racing through your mind? How about the problem of listening carefully, but not getting any clear messages? Susan Shumsky answers all these questions and more with grace and aplomb.

Have you longed for a "Do-Nothing" method of meditation? Would you like to learn the art of yogic breathing, and discover how grace overcomes karma? Are you ready to become spiritually street-smart? Are you interested in learning what we are made of and how we fit into the cosmos? Do you want to discover the personal aspects of your divine, higher self? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you'll definitely get a lot out of this book. ... Read more

173. Hinduism : A Very Short Introduction
by Kim Knott
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Hinduism is practiced by about eighty percent of India's population, and by about 30 million people outside India. But how is Hinduism defined, and what basis does the religion have? In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott provides clear insight into the beliefs and authority of Hindus and Hinduism, and considers the ways in which it has been affected by colonialism and modernity.

Knott offers succinct explanations of Hinduism's central preoccupations, including the role of contemporary gurus and teachers in the quest for spiritual fulfillment; and the function of regular performances of the Mahabharata and Ramayana--scriptures which present the divine in personal form (avatara) and provide models of behavior for everyone, from kings and warriors to servants and children, and which focus on the dharma, the appropriate duties and moral responsibilities of the different varna or classes.The author also considers the challenges posed to Hinduism at the end of the twentieth century as it spreads far beyond India, and as concerns are raised about issues such as dowry, death, caste prejudice, and the place of women in Hindu society. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction into Hinduism
This was a well-written book about Hinduism and serves to help orient people who know nothing about it. It not only discussed some of the basic beliefs of Hindus, but it also addressed some of the problems that they face in modern society. ... Read more

174. Into the Heart of Truth: The Spirit of Relational Yoga
by John McAfee
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading! Thoroughly recommended!
Prolific author and seeker John McAfee in his provocative new book, Into the Heart of Truth, leads the reader to an understanding of real truth. Since truth is interpreted through our own conditioning---beliefs, fears, cravings and anticipations---how do we determine absolute truth? The answer is Relational Yoga, based on the principle of bringing the practice of yoga into our everyday activities.

This eye-opener is divided into three parts, all designed to enable us to understand and discover who we are. Part One, The Importance of Relationship, points out that "It is through relationship that we assert our personal identities, and it in the mirror of relationship that we see ourselves and know our natures."

Part Two of In the Heart of Truth, The Fabric of the Self, discusses the conclusions we all form about ourselves---how and where self-image is created, and why. Mr. McAfee writes, "Any serious, earnest approach to the question "Who am I?" must begin with an understanding of this image of ourselves we have created." Further, he suggests that our image of ourselves is dynamic, fluid and always changing based on our relationships.

The end section, Relational Yoga, is a compilation of thousands of years of wisdom that (perhaps) began with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We learn that, "...Relational Yoga is a mechanism of profound change--not just relationships to our loved ones, but our relationship to all of life." A further understanding of Patanjali's wisdom can be found in Beyond the Siddhis---see my review.

John McAfee has given us enlightenment. Into the Heart of Truth illuminates the path to self-understanding and truth!

5-0 out of 5 stars A marvelous yoga book
I had seen a few ads in Yoga Journal for Relational Yoga retreats and other Relational Yoga events and hadn't paid them much mind. I assumed Relational Yoga was yet one more yoga fad that I didn't have time for. But when a friend turned me on to this book I was spellbound. McAfee manages, with simplicity and directness, to peel back the unecessary and overworked surface layers of yoga and shows us the inner heart.

I found this book to be enlightening at many levels. First, my yoga practice has blossomed enormously as a result. Second, I have begun integrating the heart of yoga into my everyday life with profound results. And lastly, I have begun to perceive myself in a new light that shines more direct, more brightly and more true.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but I find something a bit odd...
While a bit ambiguous in some parts the book over all would be a great complement to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the self and especially so when combined with their YOGA practice.
I find it odd that the first review thanks the author directly as if they know him and that many of the first reviews only point out the "greatness" of the book. With apparently no critical view points at all. The second is from some one from the same area where the relational yoga center (The place where the author trains) is based out of. The third is from a Jennifer Irwin from WA which happens to be the same name as the person who directed the relational yoga DVD. They are also written within days of each other. I do find this odd and concerning... while I have seen the "review bating" done before I would not expect it from this source IF THIS IS indeed what has taken place. It would be like a movie star and their family being the ones to determine their oscar worthiness.

3-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I agree with the reader reviews here as far as the book's fascinating general message. On the other hand, the writing style greatly disappointed me. I would love to find a similar book out there that more ably explains the same concepts albeit in a sharper (clearer), less general, and more stimulating manner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Profoundly Illuminating
Having read the previous review, I can answer quite simply that the author is talking to nearly everyone that I know - he's certainly talking to me.

Far from assuming anything about the life of the reader, McAfee presents universal yogic truths in a way that makes the reader confront himself. This will make some readers bristle, bewilder others and for most create a tension between their image of themselves and the truth of themselves. McAfee resolves this tension gently and delicately in the final chapters. The resolution lies in the unvarnished observation of ourselves as we relate to his words and images.

Seldom does a book elicit potential lasting change in a person's life in an inward, transcending direction. This book is one of those and should be required reading for all yoga students, and yes, teachers alike. ... Read more

175. The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation and Commentary
by Georg Feuerstein
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3-0 out of 5 stars can't say good or bad, depends on your interest, who you are
what's so opaque about the aphorisms that writers start to pre-interpret them for you, invariably tinted with their own precepts and ideas? It's a little like somebody chewing your food for you. The aphorisms are not that opaque and its an enjoyable and useful excercise to read them in their simple, bare and clear form, until the understanding comes - your own realizations rather then someone elses. You could read a book like this over the weekend, but I'm not sure it's supposed to be read like that. It seems better you should do the mental work yourself, aphorism by aphorism. There is an effect to this, which could be lost if it's all been solved and explained for you. Therefore I prefer authors that appeared to be going to great lengths to avoid adding too much of their own coloring, like William Q. Judge's interpretation from 1914. That is regrettably only available from Kessinger in bound photocopy format. I wish somebody would make a decent new print of it.

Anyways, Patanjali's aphorisms are worth the time in any form and I shall thank any author who spent his time to bring them to more of us, different introductions will appeal to different people.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time
Criticizing other's interpretations of the sutra is not the way to expound your own understanding (or lack of it) of this classic yoga text. Yoga is a practical science, not an academic exposition of your point of view. If you want to gain a working, practical understanding of the sutra to deepen your own personal practice, try a translation by one of the Indian interpreters such as I.K. Taimni.

3-0 out of 5 stars Among the best - still missing somethings
I have looked at atleast 8 translations of Patanjali. Dr. Feurstein's is among the best. Particularly appealing is his defining Sanskrit roots, however, I wish he would have had the text in Sanskrit as well as transliteration. At times he gets overly pedantic and I believe misses the meaning of the sutra. It is the problem with all the available translations. Some of his translations don't make sense. Once again a common problem. At times he comes forth with very astute observations. It is not easy to get to Kaivalya from here.

5-0 out of 5 stars A clear translation and worthwhile quide.
I am presently studying Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras with about sixteen other students. The fact that Patanjali's sutras are, by there very nature, brief to the extreme (sometimes only sentence fragments) presents a real challenge and a dilemma for the student. What is the real meaning of these sutras as intended by Patanjali and how is this meaning to be understood in the larger context of yoga philosophy and practice? One has only to see the large number of translations available in the market, all differing on key points of philosophy and understanding, to experience this dilemma. In Georg Feurstein's book "The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali" I found the translation and commentary to be straight to the point and very useful. In his book,, Feurstein first examines and exposes the philosophical ground of Yoga philosophy thus helping the student to build a basis on which to understand Patanjali's sutras. Then Feurstein, prior to beginning the translation of the sutras, presents an overview of the topics discussed by Patanjali. And then, in translating and commenting on the sutras, Feurstein first presents the sutra in transliterated Roman script and then gives a word by word translation along with the Sanskrit breakdown and derivation, if important. He then translates the sutra and offers a detailed commentary. At the end of the book he offers two appendices which I found quite useful; "Continuous translation" of the sutras; and Word Index of the Yoga-Sutra. Feursteins understanding of the "language of yoga" is apparent. With confidence, Feurstein easily guides us through bumpy and difficult terrain which are the Yoga Sutras. His translations of the sutras were perceptive and understandable and his commentary was illumined. I continue to find this book to be very helpful in my yoga studies and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interesting in understanding Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fearless Rendering
Eminent scholar Georg Feuerstein offers an incredibly lucid, thorough rendering and commentary on Pantanjali's opaque Yoga Sutras. The introduction to the book is particularly useful to the newer student of yogic philosophy as it offers a historical context to situate the philosophical paradigms of Classical Yoga. As a teacher of yoga, I suggest that all my students read the book to familiarize themselves with the true essence of the yoga practice. However the most important contribution of Dr. Feuerstein's translation of the Yoga Sutras is his faithfulness to the dualist ideology indicated by Patanjali. There is some contemporary scholarly debate whether Patanjali indicates the necessity to leave the body in order to find true liberation, and Feuerstein fearlessly translates the ideas set forth in the scripture. According to Feuerstein's translation (and others) it is undoubtedly suggested that Pantanjali indicates the necessity for the advanced practioner to relieve him or herself from the suffering induced by the clinging to life (Sutra 2. 3) and so it is a logical and philosophically sound conclusion to understand that Patanjali indicated a full cessation of the physical body in order for the aspirant to realize true liberation. Facing this clinging to life (abhinivesa) or will to live as a source of suffering can induce a kind of denial, even on the scholarly level. Yet Feuerstein, as in all of his other books, investigates the subjects with compassion and without trepidation. Feuerstein's contributions to the study of yoga are of inestimable wealth to 21st century yoga practioners and scholar. One certain point to start the deep study of authentic yoga philosophy is with his transformational rendering of Pantajali's Yoga Sutras. ... Read more

176. Living With the Himalayan Masters
by Swami Rama
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I will tell you how I grew up and how I was trained, about the great sages with whom I lived and what they taught me, not through lectures and books but through experiences, writes Sri Swami Rama in the opening pages of this timeless saga.These stories record his personal quest for truth and enlightenment.Inspiring, illuminating, entertaining, mystifying, and frequently droll humorous, they bring you face-to-face with the great Himalayan Masters, including:Mataji of Assam, a ninety-six-year-old lady sage who never slept Gudari Baba, who taught Swami Rama the value of direct experience Yogi Sri Aurobindo, who integrated meditation with action Uria Baba, who teaches that every human being has a potential for healing Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What spirit is man can be...
This is a wonderful book of stories. Swami Rama is not afraid to show you the pros and the cons of renunciate life. This is a reality check for all those who feel as though they need to escape the rat race and try the razor's edge. There are just as many charlatans on the path as there are sages and still more "Swamis" that have simply missed the boat and end up like a clatter of sideshow performers on venice boardwalk. The message appears to be that the path of renunciation is no better or worse than the path of action in the real world. Awe-inspiring, to be sure...

5-0 out of 5 stars Living with Swami Rama
One of the greatest books about living the life of a yogi, this book provides great inspiration towards spirituality and devotion towards one's own master(Guru bhakti). Reading this book provided a feeling of living with the great Swami Rama throughout his life in Himalayas. It changed my life and thinking and oriented me towards actions needed to reach one's own goal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Swami Rama's early years
Swami Rama is one of the overlooked great figures of our time. For twenty years I had the privledge of being one of his students. His indepth understanding of the human condition, his selfless service and his profound attainment of states higher consciousness was a wonder to behold. In this autobiography he relates in a humble way his encounters with his early teachers. Since he was raised in a cave monestary from the age of four his life was very different from our modern way of developing as a person. While some of the stories stretch our credability they all actually happened. I realize that many people have difficulty accepting other peoples experience, especially if it outside the range of their own limited life experience and challange our own fixed ideas. Swami Rama definitely challanges us about how the world is, in a very real way, but I find that challange refreshing and inspiring. His core experience, that the goal of human life is spiritual attainment and Self realization pulls us out of our small limited view of the world. It is one of the great spiritual classics. If I was stranded on a desert island with only three books this would be one of them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Provocative
I didn't want to put this book down. Partly because the experiences from Swami Rama's life are nearly beyond belief almost as if from the Arabian Nights stories. There are sages with extraordinary powers. But what I really like about this book is Swami Rama doesn't put these feats on a pedastal. He says they are remarkable, but he doesn't worship them. To him these beyond-belief feats show how versatile and ingenious humans can be on the spiritual side (instead of just the technological/scientific side). But Rama knows that these pursuits turn into distractions from the noble pursuit of self-knowledge, and knowledge of Reality.

Few people on Earth have accumulated the spiritual wisdom that Rama did, yet instead of making me feel inferior, I felt inspired to put more of an effort to develop inner spirituality. You learn in the book that he wasn't born with the wisdom. He was foolish growing up, and his guru had to cut down his ego numerous times. But he persevered and never kept his eyes (Third Eye, intuition included) off his goal of self-realization.

I was able to translate his extraordinary experiences to my own life, and I felt like the lessons he studied are lessons we all study through out different experiences. I enjoy gaining some understanding into the underlying order of existence. It's not all for naught.

Also, he clarifies how scientific true spirituality is. It isn't some ambiguous undirected meditative prayer. And it isn't metaphorical, but a rigorous system of self-inquiry requiring discipline and dedication. With enough effort there will be real spiritual experiences that can be duplicated and attained consciously. Rama didn't say it's easy, just that anyone with enough dedication can make measurable progress.

Lastly, Rama's points about people's lack of understanding about death is fascinating. Just about everyone has a fear of dying. Most are too young for it to be an immediate fear, but those who are near their deathbed from old age, accident, or disease know the mental anguish of isolation, of being forced from life. From the sages of the Himlayas, he learns how mastery of death is possible. The fact that Swami Rama passed peacefully into death without any fear is testament to his wisdom, and something we can all learn from considering the fire of death is something we all have to pass through.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Book describes Himalayan lifestyle of some great Yogi's. It was very interesting and easy to read. Some of his stories of what the amazing yogi's did is difficult to comprehend. It only leads to greater mystery and motivation for those on the path. Don't be discouraged to purchase if your on the path. ... Read more

177. The Upanishads
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The Upanishads are the oldest and clearest expression of the perennial philosophy that is the inner core of all the great religions. Passed down by word of mouth for five thousand years, they teach of an absolute and unified field of intelligence that underlies and permeates all creation. This divine ground is our own nature, and to bring our lives into conscious harmony with it is the ultimate purpose of human existence.

This lucid translation captures both the poetry and the precision of the original, rendering accessible an extraordinary body of spiritual wisdom as never before. Speaking from the depth of the everlasting NOW, the Upanishads make the mind soar and the heart sing, and point the soul to freedom.
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178. Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Grammar and Dictionary (Vol. 1: Grammar; Vol. 2: Dictionary)
by F. Edgerton
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179. The Alchemical Body : Siddha Traditions in Medieval India
by David Gordon White
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The Alchemical Body excavates and centers within its Indian context the lost tradition of the medieval Siddhas. Working from previously unexplored alchemical sources, David Gordon White demonstrates for the first time that the medieval disciplines of Hindu alchemy and hatha yoga were practiced by one and the same people, and that they can be understood only when viewed together. White opens the way to a new and more comprehensive understanding of medieval Indian mysticism, within the broader context of south Asian Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam.

"White proves a skillful guide in disentangling historical and theoretical complexities that have thus far bedeviled the study of these influential aspects of medieval Indian culture."--Yoga World

"Anyone seriously interested in finding out more about authentic tantra, original hatha yoga, embodied liberation . . . sacred sexuality, paranormal abilities, healing, and of course alchemy will find White's extraordinary book as fascinating as any Tom Clancy thriller."--Georg Feuerstein, Yoga Journal

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1-0 out of 5 stars Has some interesting material
Although the book has some interesting material, it in not a satisfactory book on Tantra. White has not approached the subject with sufficient humility, and he has gotten carried away by his ideological positions.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Western writer's typically shallow
I just bought this book, and must say that I am very, very disappointed.

Topics such as Siddhas, tantra and alchemy cannot be understood by someone who is an outsider; whose sole claim to knowledge is based on reading, and which is centred around knowing terminology and cross-cultural comparisons.

This book is all about knowing the various terms associated with Siddhas, with guesstimating who this or that historical personage was, without a shred of PERSONAL experience. Now, as a reader, if this is what you are looking for, then this book will make you happy. But be wary of basing too much on such knowledge, it would be like someone who has never flown a plane writing a tome on flying aircraft. All the external details are likely to be correct, but they are worthless by themselves.

The most astonishing part of the book is that, the author, in the last chapter, speaks about the time he meets a modern day Siddha, someone who could give him some personal insight. But, incredibly, nothing comes of the meeting... apparently, the Siddha did not have enough "facts" or "data" to interest the author, all he seemed to have was personal knowledge, which was not good enough!

One last point - the book has nearly 500 pages. But about 150 of those are the notes and the bibliography. Again, a lot of research has probably gone into the book, but if you are looking to read about Siddhas, alchemy and tantra from someone who KNOWS, rather than from someone who has HEARD, you are certain to be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Siddha Sutra
Like a master weaver, D.G. White threads his way through an enormous amount of literature on alchemy, hatha yoga and tantra in medieval India. Written with wit, erudition, and non-sectarian distance from (if evident sympathy for) his subject, this work is indispensible for anyone interested in hatha yoga, alchemy, ayurveda or Tantra. Be aware that this is a scholarly work, not a "how-to" users guide-but if only other scholars wrote with such wit and passion! Anyone who still believes that Tantra is about "sacred sexuality" with a loving partner will be cured by reading about the ritual consumption of semen and menstrual blood in historical Tantric cults, including Abhinavagupta's Trika (pp. 137-139). As the siddhi from this bitter rasayana, one will come to recognize the idealized beautiful bodies adorning the covers of contemporary yoga journals, as descendants of the Siddha alchemical quest for bodily immortality: Hatha yoga is tantric alchemy. The writing can be dense at points-especially the occasionaly tedious chapter on "Tantic and Siddha Alchemical Literature". Otherwise, it's a fascinating read, covering everything from the 9 historical Naths to cosmological homologies between geography, bandhas asanas and other aspects of the subtle body in hatha yoga, and various alchemical and Ayurvedic substances and practices. And don't be put off by the size of the book: its 596 pages include fully 178 pages of scholarly notes and another 76 pages of references and index, leaving a mere 352 pages of incredibly fascinating reading. One can only hope that the author, perhaps when older and less bound by scholarly demands-a sannyasin?-might expand upon his fascinating personal experiences seeking alchemists in contemporary Nepal. May his researchs long continue...! []

4-0 out of 5 stars An Important Work
This is the first book to address the very esoteric subject of East Indian alchemy. Although the authors writing style is somewhat tedious due his long and dry scholarly approach, there are some gems of wisdom to be found here. Both inner and outer alchemy are covered in the book.

If you are a fellow researcher in alchemy, please contact me. Email: ... Read more

180. Prayer of Heart and Body: Meditation and Yoga As Christian Spiritual Practice
by Thomas Ryan
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Sales Rank: 111462
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you're looking for clear links between Christian faith and the practice of yoga and meditation, this book is for you. Prayer of Heart and Body will help you integrate teachings from the Christian contemplative tradition into your practice and encourage a new appreciation for the role of the body in prayer. "Yoga," says the author, is "meditation in motion, a way to pray with one's whole being--body, mind and spirit. It was originally designed to prepare people for sitting meditation." The two work powerfully together.

Quoting extensively from such authors as Ignatius, John of the Cross, Rahner and Merton, Ryan explains what is distinctive about Christian meditation compared to some eastern forms, and looks at reincarnation and kundalini energy in the light of Christian faith, respecting the authenticity of other world religions and drawing from their wisdom traditions where appropriate. "Through this, Ryan integrates all that is beautiful, wise and holy in other traditions," says Jean Vanier in his Foreword, for a book that is "unifying and pacifying."

The final section gives explicit instructions on beginning yoga. Using easy-to-follow diagrams, it covers breathing exercises, warm-up exercises, and the postures, including benefits, precautions and contraindications for each. In all, the basic aim of this beautifully written book is to assist the millions of Christians who today are practicing meditation or yoga or both, to consciously integrate them into their Christian spirituality as effective instruments for their personal development in prayer and daily living. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, articulate Christian Review of Yoga
As a Christian pastor who has found yoga helpful in my own physical and spiritual journey I have looked for something to help me discern the religious dynamics behind and or within yoga. Thomas Ryan's book is wise, clear, exceptionally well-writtten and uplifting as well. I love his chapter on How Yoga can help a Chrstian Pray. Ryan describes the way yoga works within our bodily systems in a way that makes what I have experienced for many years understandable for the first time. He also shows us how Christians can utilize the practice of yoga as a springboard to deeper levels of surrender and as Christians, to focus our surrender into the presence of God.
In the chapter, Notions Strange to Christian Ears, the author clarifies concepts connected with yoga and compares them to Christian beliefs in a very insightful way that I found immensely helpful. He explores the concepts of reincarnation, kundalini energy, chakras and astral bodies and contrasts them with Christian convictions about death and resurrection, and the goal of meditation-prayer for Christians: communion and even union with God.
Some Christians are afraid of Yoga, or condemnatory. I have always felt a l ittle unsettled because I did not understand how yoga and Christianity interfaced. I have a lot more to read in this wonderful book and am finding it perfect for my search.
Ryan also offers insights that I find immensely helpful in my own spiritual practice: like cues during the day that can call me to take an idle moment and focus it in some deep prayerful breathing, times of tension or discouragement or tiredness or boredom that can be my moment to breath the Breath of Life again.
I have only read two chapters of this exceptional book and am stopping writing to go back to the delight of reading it. I invite you to give yourself a gift!

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful and interesting
I have been learning to do yoga for health reasons, to enhance both my physical strength and the body/mind connection in order to reduce the effects of fibromyalgia. I am interested in both the physical as well as the spiritual effects of yoga. Because I am a Christian, I have found it hard to use traditional yogic, primarily Kundalini chants, as they do not represent my religious views completely. This book has helped me to put my yoga practice together with my Christian beliefs, and to begin to explore and accept the mystical spirit of God in a new way. I recommend it to anyone who is on the same spiritual and health path. ... Read more

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