Posted on | April 15, 2017 | No Comments
Polygamy in Islam – The Rationale and Laws Behind. This is one of just a couple books in English on the both widespread and controversial culture of polygamy in Islam. As the subtitle suggests it aims at describing the historical background, arguing for instance that early Christians were polygamous, and legal practices as used throughout the Muslim world. The authors states that they are not promoting polygamy be the lifestyle for every Muslim, and that the practice of polygamy relationship is surely not only a bed of roses:
This material was not put together in defense of polygamy, for Allah has already confirmed the right to do so as clearly stated in the Quraan: “Marry of the women that please you; two, three or four, but if you fear that you will not be able to deal justly, then only one. Polygamy is a complicated aspect of marriage in Islam in which the welfare of the community supersedes the desires of the individual (woman). Nowadays, polygamy is usually viewed as a right that man has but should not take, or as a law that is outmoded and in need of being abolished. Muslims often attempt to hide it or apologize for its existence. There is no need to hide or apologize but there is a need for those who have decided to adopt it as a lifestyle to try and handle it in the best possible way.
This book contains basic guidelines for anyone interested in understanding the rights and obligations of males and females in Islamic plural marriages. The guidelines have been drawn from the Quraan, Hadeeth, the sayings and actions of the Prophet and the opinions of Islamic scholars.
I did a couple of simple fact checks on the book. For example it states that women outnumber men at birth, and uses this fact to further support Islamic polygamy. However, this is not true: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_sex_ratio.
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When I stumbled across this book, I couldn’t help thinking about the Ike and Tina Turner song where the chorus goes: “You think you’re too much man for one woman, but you’re not enough for two.” It’s good, it’s here:
Posted on | April 14, 2017 | No Comments
Amrtacandrasuris Laghutattvasphota is tenth-century poem in the stotra genre, consisting of 625 verses divided into 25 chapters each describing unique exposition of reality also called nayas which corresponds to a step on the path. According to the Jain tradition, reality has an infinite number of aspects. The world only appears to be consistent and unified within our individual viewpoints, but we are incapable of grasping the entirety of reality. But of course there is a hack..
This is not an easy read. In the form of poems Amrtacandrasuri guides the reader through concepts such as “empty-nonempty”, “eternalt-noneternal”, “being-nonbeing” etc. I highly recommend this excellent Wikipedia article about the Jain concept of reality: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism_and_non-creationism
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Posted on | April 13, 2017 | No Comments
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Posted on | April 8, 2017 | No Comments
The Free Soul is another free e-book from Wayne Wirs, published here on his request. The free e-book is a shorter version, 82 pages, of his other work Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being. The book deals with enlightenment and it requirements, with the hard work and the carefree attitude needed. It also has chapters about the nature of the soul and discussions about death, reincarnation, consciousness etc. including cases and some interesting descriptions of Waynes past four lives. One of his main points is that the seeker must learn and accept that nothing is permanent, from the book:
The lesson of impermanence—the lesson of the soul—is that you will forget all of this. You will forget being bullied as a child. You will forget your first kiss. You will forget the argument that drove your spouse away. You will forget your wedding. You will forget this moment. You will forget this moment. Knowing that practically everything is impermanent—leads to the silver lining: Every moment, every interaction, is a gift—a gift you will soon forget.
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Posted on | March 12, 2017 | No Comments
Free Enlightenment by Wayne Wirs was suggested to me by the author yesterday. As the title says the book is free but it is ambiguous. Wayne uses “free” as a term to “remove the bindings and letting something loose in the world”. His explicit aim is to free up the masses and his vision with this book is to show you how.
The book draws on personal experiences and starts out by defining enlightenment:
Enlightenment is the skill of being able to unite the personal and the impersonal on demand.
As often pointed out in other texts on enlightenment and spiritual oneness, the unification of the personal and the impersonal makes all boundaries of self collapse and the result is that everything becomes one thing. This is, as Wayne Wirs points out, a doorway to a completely new way of living and functioning as a human being.
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Posted on | February 27, 2017 | No Comments
Transmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation. Preksha meditation is one of the ways in which that immortal beauty may be observed according to the spiritual way of the Jain tradition. The word ‘preksha’ is generally used in the sense of seeing; but here it is meant as a special technique, which takes the meditator from the gross physical world to the subtle world of the soul; which makes the unknown manifest itself. In fact, it is a method of meditation, the user of which experiences within himself a unique transformation of personality. The Jain tradition has despite a huge catalog of philosophy only a few descriptions for practical work.
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Posted on | February 26, 2017 | No Comments
Sanmati Tarka or The Logic of the True Doctrine is classic philosophical work on logic. It was originally written by Siddhasēna Divākara in Sanskrit, then translated to Gujarati and to English. Siddhasēna Divākara was a fifth century CE monk, who was also known “Lamp-maker”, because of his great works on philosophy and epistemology in the early years of the Jain orders. In Sanmati Tarka he puts forward the theory of Anekantavada or many-sidedness. The basic idea of Anekantavada has its roots in the teachings of Mahāvīra, and it refers to the principles of pluralism and multiplicity of viewpoints, or vantage points, the notion that reality is perceived differently from diverse points of view, and that no single point of view is the complete truth, yet taken together they comprise the complete truth.
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Posted on | January 18, 2017 | 1 Comment
Perception of Psychic Colours is a book about Preksa Dhyana, a technique of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioural modification and integrated development of personality. It is based on the wisdom of ancient Jain philosophy and has been formulated in terms of modern scientific concepts.
The different methods of Preksa Dhyana (i.e. perception) include svasa-preksa, (perception of breathing), sarira-preksa (perception of body), chaitanya-kendra-preksa (perception of psychic centres, etc. All these are methods of transformation by practicing perception.
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Posted on | January 15, 2017 | No Comments
Sundara Kanda – Hanuman’s Odysey a newer English translation from the original Sanskrit sources. If Mahabharata’s Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana’s Sundara Kanda is sought for spiritual solace. In India it is a general belief that reading Sundara Kanda, the fifth book in the Ramayana epic, or hearing it recited is a way of removing hurdles and bringing good fortune. It is in the nature of Sundara Kanda to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in one and all. Sundara Kanda is a depiction of how the monkey god Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds. One is bound to be charmed by the rhythm of the verse and the flow of the narrative in this sloka to sloka transcreation of Valmiki’s adi kavya – one the most praised poetical composition in the world.
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Posted on | January 14, 2017 | 2 Comments
Vaimanika Shastra is a very strange illustrated book about ancient flying machines from Hindu India. While everything seems to be debunked and even the author admits that the entire content is based upon visions, the content is widely used to ignite theories about an golden ancient era in India where people build flying machines.
The book was written and drawn in the early 20th-century by Subbaraya Shastry, a mystic from Anekal. He was en extraordinary man of great knowledge and he was know for his ability to speak in tongues or verses whenever he got inspired. The entire content of the Vaimānika Shāstra was thus spoken to his friend G. Venkatachala Sharma who transcribed it exactly as spoken in sanskrit. After some years the text was published in Hindi in 1959 and later in English with the title Vymanika Shastra. The later is the version presented here.
The book is extremely detailed in the description of the technology behind aircrafts, the metals used, assembly of planes and the theory of using planes in war.
The reason for the claims that this book might reveal ancient secrets lies in the fact that the author points out that the Vimanas, mythological castles and wagons mentioned in a number of Jain scriptures, where actual flying machines. Some even believe that the Rigvedas and the Ramayanas mention of Vimanas really refer til actual flying machines.
From time to time the idea that aeroplanes from ancient India pops up. The theories are that they could fly not only all over the globe but even to other planets. On one occasion, at the 102nd Indian Science Congress held at the Mumbai University in January 2015, Ameya Jadhav, who holds in an M.A. in Sanskrit as well as an M.Tech. degree declared that “In those days, aeroplanes were huge in size, and could move left, right, as well as backwards, unlike modern planes which only fly forward.” This caused quite a stir, and NASA-representatives demanded Jadhavs talk to be cancelled because of the obvious element of pseudo science.
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