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Buddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism

Posted on | May 17, 2017 | No Comments

Buddhism Of Tibet Or LamaismBuddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism is a classic work on Tibetan Buddhism as practiced by its monks and hermits. For many years this was the most adequate source of reliable information about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in the western world. The author, Major L. A. Waddell, learned the Tibetan language in order to fulfill his project and he joined the British Tibet expedition in 1903. The book is richly illustrated and the author seems to be especially interested in how the pre-buddhism occult traditions of Tibet has been incorporated in the numerous Buddhist sects in modern Tibet. This documentation has influenced a number of western esoteric thinkers and authors such as Israel Regardie, Cornelius Agrippa, Pietro d’Abano, and Eliphas Levi, etc.

Buddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism
A classic work on Tibetan Buddhism as practiced by its monks and hermits.
Written by: Major L. A. Waddell
Published by: W. H. ALLEN & CO. LIMITED
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya

Posted on | May 8, 2017 | No Comments

Yoga and KriyaA Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya is Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s impressive and adequate work on yoga and tantra. The techniques unfolded here are handed down over the centuries from guru to disciple and have their foundation in the ancient Vedic traditions. The book presents a synthesis of the various paths of yoga in a scientific and systematic manner to ensure the harmonious development and unfoldment of every aspect of the individual. The different branches – hatha yoga, raja yoga, mantra yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga and kriya yoga – are progressively introduced with special emphasis on practice and application in day to day life. Through the practice of integral yoga this PDF e-book aims to develop in the aspirant a state of perfect body health, peace of mind and mental stability, perfect intellectual clarity and higher spiritual knowledge and awareness, a state where one is both useful to himself and to mankind. It contains the essence of Swami Satyananda’s teachings and in this respect is an ideal single source of information for both teachers and students alike.

A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya
This book presents a synthesis of the various paths of yoga in a scientific and systematic manner to ensure the harmonious development and unfoldment of every aspect of the individual.
Written by: Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Published by: Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India
Edition: Third English version
ISBN: 81-85787-08-5
Available in: Ebook

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Tantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yoga

Posted on | April 30, 2017 | No Comments

Tantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yogaTantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yoga is hallmark of Sri Swami Sivanandas teachings. The introduction to the yogas are highly practical and also serves as an inspiration for the reader to establish a regular practice of doing he sadhanas.  Sri Swami Sivananda wrote 296 books on various topics centering about Hinduism, Vedanta, spirituality, yoga and psychology. He established the organisation The Divine Life Society, now an international foundation with several ashrams and devotes around the world.  You can find lots of other books by Sivananda here on the site, do a search.

Tantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yoga
Tantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yoga is hallmark of Sri Swami Sivanandas teachings.
Written by: Sri Swami Sivananda
Published by: The Yoga-Vedanta Forest University
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Polygamy in Islam – The Rationale and Laws Behind

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:

Amrtacandrasuris Laghutattvasphota

Posted on | April 14, 2017 | No Comments

The Cosmic Man - A Jain representation of the universe in the shape of a man.

The Cosmic Man – A Jain representation of the universe in the shape of a man.

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

Amrtacandrasuris Laghutattvasphota
A tenth-century poem in the stotra genre, consisting of 625 verses divided into 25 chapters.
Written by: Amrtacandrasuri
Published by: L.D. Institure of Indology Ahmedabad
Edition: First English
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Posted on | April 13, 2017 | No Comments

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The Free Soul

Posted on | April 8, 2017 | No Comments

The Free Soul PDFThe 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.

The Free Soul
The Free Soul is 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.
Written by: Wayne Wirs
Published by: Wayne Wirs
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Free Enlightenment

Posted on | March 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

Free EnlightenmentFree 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.

Free Enlightenment
Free Enlightenment takes the reader on a fact based journey towards enlightenment and spiritual unity.
Written by: Wayne Wirs
Published by: Self published by Wayne Wirs
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Transmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation

Posted on | February 27, 2017 | No Comments

Transmutation of Personality through Preksha MeditationTransmutation 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.

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.
Written by: Acharya Tulsi
Published by: Jain Visha Bharati
Edition: First English Edition 1994
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Sanmati Tarka or The Logic of the True Doctrine

Posted on | February 26, 2017 | No Comments

Sanmati Tarka PDFSanmati 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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