Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hare Krishna Getting Centered

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For our viewing and listening pleasure, today I am sharing this little site:

Shiv Shakti Peeth"


"This site is about prayers to God. It includes favorite bhajans from Hindu religion, mantras and prayers. It features online indian temple bhajans such as Radhe Krishna temple bhajans, Ganesha temple bhajans, Vaishno mata temple bhajans, Hanumana tample bhajans, Parvati Shiva temple bhajans and Sita Rama temple bhajans.

What does all that mean? Well it means that they have these wonderful prayerful mantras and songs. I played the Hare Krishna mantra when I went there, and it felt so good. The music went straight into my heart and actually brought tears to my eyes.

As I was surfing for new and different prayer sites, one thing was constant, no matter what the content, or the intent, or the consciousness, or the religious affiliation - the concept of getting still, and finding a place of alignment or closeness to God was mentioned almost every time. And so I think it must be important. That's what these hindu prayers did for me - so that's why I am sharing them here.

To listen to these prayers you will need Windows Media Player. You can get this free plug-in from the Microsoft web site

There are different pages, with different prayers and mantras, the page I went to was the Radhe Krishna Temple Prayers, and if you scroll down the page you will see various links to various mantras, bhajans, and even some talks given by the Swami.

Note: Looks like these links no longer take you to the right pages. But hey, I've got something better! It's a video. George Harrison and the Radha Krishna temple singing Hare Krishna. Enjoy!

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Lesser Invoking Ritual Of The Pentagram

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The Lesser rituals of the Pentagram, or commonly called Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, and the Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram, (LBRP/LIRP) were the only actual rituals taught to and used by the Outer Order of the traditional Golden Dawn. This Invoking Pentagram Ritual should be used as a Daily Ritual which will help invoke the energy and call the spiritual forces into ones temple or ritual space.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Recipes For Immortality

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Book: Recipes For Immortality by Richard Weiss

Despite the global spread of Western medical practice, traditional doctors still thrive in the modern world. In Recipes for Immortality, Richard Weiss illuminates their continued success by examining the ways in which siddha medical practitioners in Tamil South India win the trust and patronage of patients. While biomedicine might alleviate a patient's physical distress, siddha doctors offer their clientele much more: affiliation to a timeless and pure community, the fantasy of a Tamil utopia, and even the prospect of immortality. They speak of a golden age of Tamil civilization and of traditional medicine, drawing on broader revivalist formulations of a pure and ancient Tamil community.
Weiss analyzes the success of siddha doctors, focusing on how they have successfully garnered authority and credibility. While shedding light on their lives, vocations, and aspirations, Weiss also documents the challenges that siddha doctors face in the modern world, both from a biomedical system that claims universal efficacy, and also from the rival traditional medicine, ayurveda, which is promoted as the national medicine of an autonomous Indian state. Drawing on ethnographic data; premodern Tamil texts on medicine, alchemy, and yoga; government archival resources; college textbooks; and popular literature on siddha medicine and on the siddhar yogis, he presents an in-depth study of this traditional system of knowledge, which serves the medical needs of millions of Indians. Weiss concludes with a look at traditional medicine at large, and demonstrates that siddha doctors, despite resent trends toward globalization and biomedicine, reflect the wider political and religious dimensions of medical discourse in our modern world. Recipes for Immortality proves that medical authority is based not only on physical effectiveness, but also on imaginative processes that relate to personal and social identities, conceptions of history, secrecy, loss, and utopian

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Friday, October 12, 2007

The Book Of Pleasure Or Self Love

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Book: The Book Of Pleasure Or Self Love by Austin Osman Spare

The Book of pleasure (Self-Love), Psychology of Ecstasy is a book written by Austin Osman Spare during 1909-1913. The book could be regarded the central text among his writings. It covers both mystical and magical aspects of Spare's ideas; as the modern ideas on Sigils (as now have become popular among Chaos Magic) and Spare's special theory on incarnation are for the first time introduced in this book.
There are some chapters in The Book of pleasure that Spare has referred to them within the text, but are omitted. It seems that they were destroyed during World War II. The book had originally been planned as a mutus liber of illustrations only -"the Wisdom without words", but expanded later.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Encyclopedia Of World Religions

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Book: The Encyclopedia Of World Religions by Robert Ellwood

Gratifi ed by the response to the initial publication of The Encyclopedia of World Religions, the editors have prepared a revised and much enhanced edition of this work. The new edition contains 100 new Articles on as many fresh topics,
from ACTS OF THE APOSTLES to VIETNAMESE RELIGIONS. Numerous suggestions for further reading have been added throughout. Many articles have also been updated and expanded. The entire encyclopedia has been carefully scrutinized to ensure accuracy, to include the latest scholarship and information, and to adequately represent recent world events involving religion.

The early years of the 21st century have turned out to be a time in which religion is much in the news, often in very controversial ways. Once again, faith has shown itself to be a major force behind political and international events, as well as within the hearts of individuals. Regardless of how one feels about religion’s role in society, now more than ever, reliable and in-depth information about the world’s religions—an understanding of its role both today and throughout history—is essential to responsible modern citizenship. It is hoped that this encyclopedia will contribute to that vital understanding. — Robert S. Ellwood
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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Buddhism In The British Press

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LAURA BOLTON OBITUARY

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DOES KARMA MAKE YOU CALMER?

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PRAYING FOR CHANGE


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ARTICLES OF NOTE


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HIMALAYAN CONFLICT CENTERS ON TIBET


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GRANNY TOLD ME NOT TO MARRY A CATHOLIC, TONY BLAIR TELLS PAPER

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