Monday, December 19, 2005

The World Religions

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Book: The World Religions by Huston Smith

This is one of the best books I have ever read. Huston Smith presents the religions from the inside out. Each one is viewed as if he were an adherent of that religion which makes his words ring with the truth of that point of view.

Huston Smith's masterpiece explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the native traditions of Australia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

This book was required reading for me over 20 years ago when I was in college. Huston Smith does an awesome job in covering the major religions of the world without including any bias towards one or another. I lost my original book so I purchased this new edition and will be reading it again and again and again. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about world religions.

Emphasizing the inner—rather than the institutional—dimension of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.

Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Meditation Of The Four Magickal Weapons

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Book: Meditation Of The Four Magickal Weapons by Anonymous

It has come to our notice that very little spiritual or mystical practices are being taught to the average devotee of God in churches, temples, mosques and in devotional gatherings. Hymns, and songs of praise are sung; however, without the mystical element of sacred practices such as spiritual attunement and meditation, the acquisition of divine gnosis, and the experiences of the various heavens, the expansion of Consciousness whereby one attains the "unio mystica," or mystical union with Allah - or whatever one may called the Supreme Being, including the formation of the Kingdom of God within our lives and the general comprehension in a mystical, esoteric sense of Cosmic Laws as taught in the
scriptures are not easily attained. Our hope is to fill this void, to supplement exoteric religious teachings with these series of articles dealing with simple meditational, magickal, and Spiritual Practices that would elevate a person's consciousness and state of being. It is a divine mandate of God that each man and woman should seek the Kingdom, and to seek it within their spiritual being. The spiritual exercises in this series may be engaged in by those of any religious persuasion, according to their own conscience. They are of especial use to those who have transcended religious dogmas and bigotry.

Although this Introduction is presented perceptibly in the context of Christianity, the meditation itself is non-sectarian, non-denominational; therefore, it may be practiced by persons of other religious convictions or beliefs. The Divine Names used in this meditation are appropriated for their vibrational value only - we do not wish to give the impression that we are secretly partial to any religious system.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Taoist Beliefs

Taoist Beliefs Cover 1. I believe that the Eternal may be understood as the Tao, or "Way," which embraces the moral and physical order of the universe, the path of virtue which Heaven itself follows, and the Absolute -- yet so great is it that "the Tao that can be described is not the Eternal Tao."
2. I believe in the unique greatness of the sage Lao-tsu and in his disciple Chuang-tsu.
3. I believe in the scriptural insights and final authority of the Tao te Ching and in the sacredness of Chuang-tsu's writings.
4. I believe that man aligns himself with the Eternal when he observes humility, simplicity, gentle yielding, serenity and effortless action.
5. I believe that the goal and the path of life are essentially the same, and that the Tao can be known only to exalted beings who realize it themselves -- reflections of the Beyond are of no avail.
6. I believe the omniscient and impersonal Supreme is implacable, beyond concern for human woe, but that there exist lesser Divinities -- from the high Gods who endure for eons, to the nature spirits and demons.
7. I believe that all actions create their opposing forces, and the wise will seek inaction in action.
8. I believe that man is one of the Ten Thousand Things of manifestation, is finite and will pass; only the Tao endures forever.
9. I believe in the oneness of all creation, in the spirituality of the material realms and in the brotherhood of all men.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Quintessence Of Secret Esoteric Buddhism

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Book: The Quintessence Of Secret Esoteric Buddhism by Trieu Phuoc

This 'Quintessence of Secret (Esoteric) Buddhism' is the combination of the first and second volumes of the previous 'Essence of Secret Buddhism', which were published in the United States in the past two years (1983). It is supplemented with new documents about mystic formulas, Yantras, and Mudras, allowing further studies in Secret Buddhism. Readers are invited to understand and experience the magic and the value of mystic formulas and rituals. The degree of success depends upon the level of one’s merits and virtues. Secret Buddhism already has its many wonderful legends in many countries in Asia, so that there is no need to praise it further. It is time for all opinions about the supernatural power and secret doctrine to be presented to humanity like any other science. We invite any skeptical person to try it out before commenting about it.

I would like to extend my appreciation to friends in Secret Buddhism who have provided me favorable conditions to practice this religion in the past three years in the United States, Canada and eventually in other countries in the future. COLORADO, JUNE 6, 1985 Author: Trieu Phuoc Religious name: Duc Quy

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Karmic Tarot

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Book: Karmic Tarot by William Lammey

This is a book for anyone who wants to understand and read the Tarot, whether just
beginning or continuing a life-long love affair with the cards. For reasons that you will
soon see, I titled this book Karmic Tarot and named the spread around which it revolves the
“Karmic Spread.”
Everything that happens in daily life is part of the unfolding of your divine purpose.
The more you can grasp the essence of that purpose, the more harmonious that unfolding
will be. This book introduces what I have called Karmic Tarot, a way of discerning your life
purpose, at once both chosen and divine. But it is also highly useful in your day-to-day
affairs. You can gather rich information about specific issues and time factors affecting
your current situation. A Tarot reading with the Karmic Spread is not only diagnostic but
prescriptive. You are getting answers to the questions you are asking in your heart.
To be rich in meaning and valid in its insights, a reading must be both passive and
active; passive in the emotional and spiritual planes in order to listen and receive information,
and active in the physical and mental planes in order to validate and interpret all
Karmic Tarot explains the underlying principles and patterns at work in Tarot, rather
than having you memorize what numerous others say given cards mean. It kindles knowledge
hidden deep within you. When you discover the essence of the cards and their Relationships
in the deck, their pertinent meanings will always be there when you need them.
When you read the cards, their meanings will bubble up from deep inside you with little or
no effort.
The Tarot is both a rational and an intuitive system, a marvelous blend of right- and
left-brain thinking. It is a logical system of archetypal symbols and structured layouts on
which the intuitive right-brain can play its half of the game. This makes it an excellent tool
for exercising and training the whole brain in any field of interest.
The Tarot is also an excellent and friendly introduction to metaphysics, as it embodies
so many of the underlying mysteries of the universe. Karmic Tarot focuses on your movement
through your own universe, the evolution of your personal Consciousness.
The book is organized into two parts. Part One is devoted to Principle and Part Two to
Practice. You may read either part first. The novice may want to begin with Part Two, which
will enable him to begin reading virtually immediately, later returning to Part One for more
in-depth study. This separation makes the book an on-going reference tool for the more
experienced reader as well.

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Saturday, December 3, 2005

Asmaul Husna The 99 Beautiful Divine Names Of Allah

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Book: Asmaul Husna The 99 Beautiful Divine Names Of Allah by Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

PLEASE NOTE: This book does not contain magic, witchcraft, wicca, paganism, or even occultism. They are neither occult incantations nor magic spells. They are not part of any darkness whatsoever. It is purity, it is light. It is beyond art, nature and witchcraft, it is free of any magic, mantras, incantations, spells or charms. The names of Allah have been within the Islamic tradition for over 1400 years. The works of Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral), deal specifically with a belief in and surrender to the Power of Allah, (God). It is this belief in Allah (God) that was the reality of his life and of the collective experience of those who studied wisdom under his guidance .

This book reveals the inner meaning of the 99 attributes or duties of Allah (God). In the Islamic tradition, there are 99 divine names, or attributes of Allah, such as Ya Jabar, The Repairer; Ya Wadud, The Loving; and Ya Waliy, The Nearest Friend. In this wondrous explanation of the 99 beautiful names, each is written in Arabic with English transliterations for ease of pronunciation, and English Translations that probe the depth of meaning within each name. M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral.) explains how God carries out his 99 virtuous duties, and asks that human beings contemplate the nature of God, praise God, and become living examples of His 99 qualities and actions.

The Asma'ul Husna is an essential tradition and methodology within almost all branches of Sufism and Islam. The text itself is worthwhile because it breaks in someways from more mechanical understandings of the beautiful names, but is, I feel, lacking in a certain poetry of language that could be more evocative to the native user of english. A respectful and deeply thought re-rendering of this version of the names and their significance ought to be attempted by an interpreter of the divine like Daniel Ladinsky, who might be able to make the words of Bawa come better to light. This books transmits to the reader the depth of the Beautiful Names of God. There are other books out that have the same theme but the explanation of this book could of only come from that One. A source of daily prayer and inspiration no matter your what your belief system or religion is.

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