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The Law of Sacrifice

68 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 2000

C.W. Leadbeater and C. Jinarajadasa

Sacrifice is selfless giving, the way to freedom from the bondage of karma. “All nature must give forth or die”. The Eternal Principle gives of itself in manifestation this is the great Cosmic Sacrifice, which C. Jinarajadasa explains with quotations from ancient texts and living examples.
C.W. Leadbeater points out that sacrifice is “Love in the fullest and deepest sense of the word”. By giving ourselves in loving service, in unselfish devotion and renunciation for the good of others, we can transmute ourselves. Love is the way to life and immortality.

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 8170594227
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C. W. Leadbeater was a highly developed clairvoyant and the author of over thirty books on the spiritual life and on the psychic nature of man. He unfolded and perfected his own psychic faculties under the guidance of his Adept teacher and in 1893 began his clairvoyant investigations, on occasion collaborating with Annie Besant, the second President of the Theosophical Society. His worldwide lectures presented a new viewpoint to thousands of people. Other titles by the author C. W. Leadbeater: – The Chakras – Christian Gnosis – The Inner Life – Man, Visible and Invisible

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The Traveler’s Key to Ancient Greece – A Guide to Sacred Places

326 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2000

The Eleusian mysteries, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Theatre of Dionysus, the labyrinths of Knossos, the Delphic oracle—the book leads us to such sacred sites in the ancient way of spiritual pilgrimage. “The gods have not totally vacated the holy places,” says Richard Geldard. “Any ‘vacating’ has to do with our own lack of awareness.”

He brings to life the mythology that shaped the brilliance of Greek architecture and art, integrating rare historical material with the most recent archeological data. The result is a specialty guidebook comprehensive enough to be the only one you pack, with commentary on:
– Major and lesser sites of the palace and temple cultures
– Greek drama, philosophy, art, and sculpture
– Sacred geometry and architecture
– Gallery collections in three major museums

Whether you’re an armchair or actual traveler, Traveler’s Key opens access to the fabled wisdom enjoyed by pilgrims of old and to the living mythology that still has power to transform lives.

auteur: Geldard, R.G.
ISBN: 9780835607841
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Education, Science and Spirituality

143 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 2000

In this book Professor P. Krishna investigates man’s relationship with the world. His sensitivity and clarity when responding to questions bring new insight to the reader.

Contents:
– Talk one: Can we create a mutation in consciousness and bring about a new culture?
– Talk two: What is right education amidst the challenges of today’s world?
– Talk three: Our relationship to the world.

auteur: Krishna, P.
ISBN: 8170593840
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Prof. P. Krishna is currently in charge of the Krishnamurti study center at the Rajghat Education Center of the Krishnamurti Foundation India in Varanasi, India. He was the Rector of the center and Principal of the Rajghat Besant School from 1986 to 2002. He is a trustee of the Foundation and continues to be involved with its activities. He has written articles and books on various issues relating to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti. He has also delivered lectures on Education, Science and Society to varied audiences.He is an Honorary scientist and Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, as well as the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. Before joining the Krishnamurti Foundation India, he was a professor of Physics at the Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, where had been a faculty member for 24 years. He specialized in Solid State Physics, his area of research and teaching being X-Ray Crystallography.

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Gods in Exile

118 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 1987

The way and power of the ego.

1926. A priest in the Liberal Catholic Church, Van Der Leeuw writes that the pages in this book are based on an awakening of Ego-consciousness that came to him in a single moment, but has taken days to realize and many pages to describe. Contents: The Drama of the Soul in Exile; The Way to the Ego; The World of the Ego; The Powers of the Ego; and The Return of the Exile.

An Adyar book, imported from India.

auteur: Leeuw, J.J. van der
ISBN: 8170590590
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City of Secrets – One Woman’s True-life Journey to the Heart of the Grail Legend

By Patrice Chaplin.

336 Pages | First Quest edition 2008 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608718.

City of Secrets is, perhaps, the very first nonfiction title to combine the stories of the legendary Grail phenomenon with that of a modern-day love story.

In 1955, fifteen-year-old Patrice flees her predictable English life for sun-drenched Girona, a pre-Roman town in northern Spain. There, she falls in love with José, whose mission is to preserve the town’s ancient Caballistic tradition. Over the years, Patrice returns again and again to her lover and Girona. She meets enthralling characters and hears of visions, an oddly wealthy priest, a fabulous garden owned by a Frenchwoman, and two towers aligned to create a portal to another dimension. The priest is no other than the Abbé Saunière of Rennes-le-Château, and the mysteries linked to him are at the heart of the Grail phenomenon. People Patrice thought she knew well turn out to belong to a secret society guarding Saunière’s legacy. Now it is time, they say, to reveal their secrets, and they ask her to be the messenger.

In support of her revelations, Patrice provides copies of previously unreleased letters, written by Saunière, along with other documented evidence. Her romantic and lucid writing style, which has often been compared to Beat Generation legend Jack Kerouac, will leave readers with no doubt that this book is one-of-a-kind.

 

auteur: Chaplin, P.
ISBN: 9780835608718
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Patrice first went to the ancient Spanish town of Girona in 1955 as a fifteen-year-old girl. She fell in love with the town and with Jose, its favorite son. Over the years, as she returns again and again, she sees and hears many unusual things: people talking about a wealthy priest named Abbé Saunière of Rennes-le-Château, an old house with an amazing garden owned by a mysterious Frenchwoman, a strange ceremony in this house, and several intriguing characters, including Jean Cocteau. Later, in 2003, Patrice finally starts to make sense of everything she has seen. Her lifelong friend and former lover, Jose, has a heart attack, and decides it’s time to reveal the secrets he has been guarding from the world. She learns that a private society has for generations held Saunière’s letters and documents after his death in 1917. She also learns Jose has been the society’s custodian for many years. Jose tells Patrice the secret is not in Rennes-le-Château and that it is now her duty to discover the rest. Patrice Chaplin is an internationally renowned playwright and author who has published more than 25 books, plays, and short stories. Her most notable work includes Albany Park, Siesta, which was made into a film staring Jodi Foster and Isabella Rossellini, Into the Darkness Laughing, Hidden Star, Night Fishing, and Death Trap.

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Buddhist Stories

140 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 1994

The delightful stories appearing in this book are translated mostly from the Commentary on the Dhammapada. Originally published in the Magazines The Young Citizen and the Adyar Bulletin, they illustrate the moral teachings of Buddhism in a simple and easy form.

F. L. Woodward was an authority on Buddhist teachings; many of his publication were published by the Pali Text Society, among them Pictures of Buddhist Ceylon, The Buddha’s Path of Virtue and Francis Bacon and the Cipher Story.

auteur: Woodward, F.L.
ISBN: 8170592380
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The Visionary Window – A Quantum Physicist’s Guide to Enlightenment

320 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2006

Does God exist? Can spirituality be integrated with science? Is happiness possible? Do miracles really happen? Not only does The Visionary Window answer “yes” to all of these questions, but it skillfully combines the fields of philosophy, cosmology, religion, and psychology to form a new way of thinking about science and spirituality.

“If you choose to read one book introducing you to quantum physics and spirituality, choose The Visionary Window. You’re in for a profound awakening.” —Betsy Chasse, filmmaker, What the Bleep Do We Know!?

“I have rarely read a book that gave me so much hope for the future as the one you are now holding. Its author offers brilliant answers to the most gripping questions that have eve been asked.” —from the Foreword by Deepak Chopra

auteur: Goswami, A.
ISBN: 9780835608459
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After almost a century of using quantum physics to delve into mystery of matter, it is clear that by itself it is not complete; the conscious observer is necessary to complete it. Thus opens the visionary window, introducing into science the idea of consciousness as the ground of all being and the metaphysical basis for a new paradigm…—Adapted from the Preface Stepping beyond the classic work of prominent seventies physicist Fritjof Capra, Goswami details his own pioneering exploration of science and spirit, revealing the complete integration between modern science and spiritual traditions. Using stories and colorful examples from pop culture, Goswami addresses complex issues in language and terminology easily accessible to the lay reader. He provides quantum physics-based theory and new experimental data verifying the metaphysical truth that exists when employed in the context of a new science, science within the primacy of consciousness. With a new holistic worldview, Goswami also discusses the creativity of the body to self heal; the power of spiritual practice and how to choose a meditative path; and the five stages of spiritual growth, culminating in the ability to transcend the physical laws of nature. Readers, scientists and spiritual leaders alike will find answers to many of life’s deepest mysteries. “Goswami ranges far, wide, and deep.” —Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., author of The Evolutionary Mind and A New Science of Life “Goswami tells a good, often enlightening, story and is a fine teacher of quantum physics for the layperson.” —Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., author The Yoga of Time Travel and The Spiritual Universe Amit Goswami, Ph.D., was born in India and raised in the Hindu tradition. He earned his doctorate from Calcutta University in 1964 in theoretical nuclear physics and has been a professor of physics at the University of Oregon since 1968.

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Creative Evolution – A Physicist’s Resolution between Darwinism and Intelligent Design

339 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Quest Books, 2008

Dr. Goswami’s central theme is that pure consciousness, not matter, is the primary force in the universe. This view differs radically from mainstream theories that see evolution as the result of simple physical reactions. It also differs from intelligent-design arguments that posit a clockmaker God who fabricated the universe.

“Professor Goswami posits a whole new way of thinking that could change the very nature of what we mean by a physical world as different from a spiritual world. This is an important work to consider no matter how you feel about the subject.”
—Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., author of Mind into Matter and The Yoga of Time Travel

In light of the current culture wars over this topic, Dr. Goswami’s view is not only radical and relevant but highly charged, and it promises to remain so for the foreseeable future.

auteur: Goswami, A.
ISBN: 9780835608589
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Biology, Dr. Goswami says, must come to terms with feeling, meaning and the purposefulness of life. The key is the idea of creativity in biological development, which reconciles evolution with intelligent design by a purposive designer. Hence, the book’s title: Creative Evolution. What’s more, when the question of life’s purposefulness and the existence of the designer is reconciled with neo-Darwinism, other difficulties of biology are resolved. The result is a paradigm shift for biology and the vision of a coherent whole that the author calls “Science within Consciousness.” It’s an open secret that fossil gaps—discontinuities in fossil lineages—threaten the validity of Darwin’s theory of evolution. At the same time, by denying evolution altogether, intelligent-design thinkers fly in the face of scientific data. But let’s not throw out the babies with the bathwater, says quantum physicist Amit Goswami. The idea of intelligent design does contain substance with which neo-Darwinists must come to terms. And if Darwin’s theory is seen at best as incomplete, able only to explain evolution’s continuous epochs, then there’s room for both evolution and God. Other titles by the author: – Creative Evolution (DVD) – God Is Not Dead (CD) – God Is Not Dead (DVD) – Physics of the Soul: Pts 1-3 (CD) – The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist’s Guide to Enlightenment – Visionary Window—Quantum Physicist’s: Guide to Enlightenment: Pts 1-5 (CD)

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The Spiritual Roots of Yoga – Royal Path to Freedom

179 pages | Paperback | Morning Light Press, 2006

Each of the selections in this compilation of articles is informed by the philosophical background of yoga, especially the two great texts of yoga, the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita. All of them speak of and are related to the wisdom of the spiritual traditions of India. They range from an exploration of rita (cosmic order) in the Rig Veda and its relation to yajna (sacrifice and exchange between levels) and dharma (law, order, sacred obligation) to reflections about contemporary spiritual masters such as J. Krishnamurti and G. I. Gurdjieff in the context of the Indian tradition. This volume will be valuable for those who wish to learn about the roots of yoga and the culture from which it arose.

auteur: Ravindra, R.
ISBN: 9781596750111
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“Whenever I meet Prof. Ravindra I am reminded of J. Krishnamurti whom I taught yoga for many years. Having known Ravi for a long time I admire his honest spiritual quest. He is indeed a true sadhaka, such a rare and true sanyasi. Enjoy his spiritual journey. He not only practises yoga but communicates it so well. Recommended to all serious students of yoga.” -Sri TKV Desikachar , author of The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice “The style of the author is disarming and easy and, even while stating profound ideas, there is a simplicity of form that is appealing. In many essays the author goes beyond the superficial word meanings and touches the wisdom of the sages at its deepest levels. “-T. S. Rukmani, Professor and Chair of Hindu Studies, Concordia University, Montreal

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Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

81 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 2002

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness are interrelated. While beauty is the garment of truth, goodness is beauty revealed in action. Many philosophers and poets have spoken about the identity of these three aspects of reality, how each one leads to the other. Discovery of truth or beauty is the natural aspiration of every right thinking individual. Clarity and undisturbed serenity are essential requirements for perceiving truth. These qualifications cannot be acquired in the absence of pure and righteous living.

An Adyar book, imported from India.

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 8170593581
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Radha Burnier became 7th international President of the Theosophical Society in 1980, following the lead of her father, N. Sri Ram, who was the 5th President, and close associate of Annie Besant. Mrs. Burnier had previously served in many capacities, including Director of the research and publications of the Adyar Library and Research Centre from 1959-1979. She holds a Master’s degree in Sanskrit from the Benares Hindu University, and an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Nagarjuna University. She has lectured all over the world on Theosophical and cultural topics, and both her talks and writings are known for their clarity of thought and depth of vision.

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The Hidden Gospel – Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus

222 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2001

In The Hidden Gospel, Douglas-Klotz employs this approach to decode the spiritual and prophetic messages hidden within key words and concepts in the sayings and stories of Jesus. We learn to our delight, for instance, that when Jesus spoke of “goodness” he used a word which in Aramaic means “ripe” and refers to actions which are in time and tune with the Sacred Unity of all life.

The Hidden Gospel aims to bridge the gap between the historical Jesus of the scholar and the Jesus of faith of Christian believers. It will appeal to everyone looking for an alternative spiritual vision of Jesus and his message.

auteur: Douglas-Klotz, N.
ISBN: 0835607801
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In two previous books, Neil Douglas-Klotz pioneered a radical new way of translating the words of Jesus—filtering them through the imagistic worldview of the Aramaic language which Jesus himself spoke. Seen through this lens, familiar sayings such as “Blessed are the meek” come into vibrant contemporary focus as “Healthy are those who have softened what is rigid within.” Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D., is an internationally known scholar in the fields of religious studies and psychology. A frequent presenter at conferences of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Studies, he is author of Prayers of the Cosmos and Desert Wisdom.

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The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky – Insights into the Life of a Modern Sphinx

by D. Caldwell

451 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Quest Books, 2000

“A psychological enigma, a puzzle for future generations, a Sphinx!” is the self-portrait of Helena P. Blavatsky, the most influential esoteric author of the nineteenth century. Those who knew her called her “the lady with the magical eyes.”

Madame Blavatsky’s writing affected the work of such writers, artists, and musicians as William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz), Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, and Alexander Scriabin. She was a cause celebre because of the astounding phenomena she produced and her unconventional ideas, which anticipated the spiritual and ecological movements of today. Often distorted in the borrowing, these ideas have inspired much “New Age” thought, but her work has a depth and insight that transcends the fads of time.

auteur: Caldwell, D.
ISBN: 0835607941
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This volume recites firsthand accounts of the teachings and enigmas of the Theosophical Sphinx. Through it, the reader enters the fascinating world of Madame Blavatsky’s soirees — famous as magnets for freethinking intellectuals and the sites of remarkable and remarked-upon phenomena, as related here by family, friends, and enemies. Includes over 35 black and white photos from the Theosophical archives. Daniel Caldwell, Master of Library Science, is one of the world’s leading authorities on H. P. Blavatsky’s life and works.

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The Practice of Dream Healing – Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine

By Edward Tick, Ph.D.

291 Pages | First Quest Edition 2001 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607992.

A Sacred Journey to bring Soul back into Treatment.

Asklepios was the gentle Greek God of healing. Like Christ, he was said to have walked the earth performing miracle cures. His medicine was practiced by priests known as therapeutes (the first therapists) who interpreted patients’ dreams, in which the God gave advice. The results, as well-documented in literature and thousands of ancient testimonies, reveal the root of modern medical science and psychotherapy.

In this classic work, psychotherapist and Greek scholar Dr. Edward Tick explores the God as an archetype of the divine physician symbolizing the Self. What he discovers restores the foundation for a truly holistic medicine. First, he transports us through myth and history on an imaginal pilgrimage based on his journeys with patients to ancient Greek healing sites, where they recreate the dream incubation ceremonies once held in Asklepian temples. Then, from case-studies he crafts practical methods that today’s healing professionals and lay readers can use anywhere, with or without the help of specialists. His radical model shows how consulting rooms, hospitals, and any place of rest can become sanctuaries for the recovery of the whole person.

Homeric Hymn to Asklepios:

” Doctor of our ailing, Asklepios, I begin your praise,

Son of Apollo, awakened through Mother Koronis

Of the Dotion Plains, daughter of King Flegion,

Great to humanity, soother of cruel suffering.

 . . . Και συ ουτω χαιρε, αναξ. Λιτομαι δε σ’αοιδη.

 . . . And thus are you welcomed, Master. By this song I beseech you. “

 

auteur: Tick, E.
ISBN: 0835607992
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For two decades, Dr. Edward Tick has researched and applied this age-old art in contemporary settings. Now he leads us through myth and history on an imaginal pilgrimage based on actual journeys he has made with clients to ancient healing sites. He also provides techniques we can use anywhere, without the help of specialists. His radical model shows how a consulting room, hospital, or any place of rest can be a haven for the recovery of the whole person. A review in Dream Time the Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, concludes with “The Practice of Dream Healing is many different books woven into one fascinating whole: travelogue, personal journey, historical narrative, mythological study, psychological inquiry. As travel writing and personal narrative, it is compelling and enjoyable to read; as historical, psychological, and philosophical inquiry, it has much to offer contemporary dreamworkers and others in the healing professions.” Edward Tick, Ph.D., has practiced psychotherapy since 1975. He began treating severely traumatized Vietnam veterans in 1979. By the mid-1980s, he was convinced that more radical transformative techniques were necessary to heal the deep wounds to the soul each survivor endured. Thus, he embarked on a worldwide exploration of traditional healing practices. He began teaching the Greek tradition and leading healing and growth workshops in the early 1990s. Since 1995, he has led eight healing journeys to Greece and Turkey, during which he has focused on the powerful dream healing techniques of Asklepios. He is the director and senior psychotherapist of Sanctuary: A Center for Mentoring the Soul in Albany, New York.

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Finding Faith in the Face of Doubt – A Guide for Contemporary Seekers

By Joseph S. Willis.

135 Pages | First Quest Edition 2001 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835608050.

We know we don’t know‘ Willis sympathizes with the Greek philosopher Socrates, yet he adds: ‘we all (even atheists) must stand on assumptions that help us lead good lives‘. To explore these assumptions, he discusses different ways of thinking about God, involves both scientific and mythical views, deals with sources of good and evil, and argues for the need for freedom together with commitment. He assures us we can all think reasonably about Ultimate Reality and find a faith that fits and offers a reader-friendly guide helping questioners to maintain their integrity, whilst relating to the Ultimate Mystery beyond all understanding.

From the Introduction (p. 1):

” Everyone needs a faith, a commitment, that is congruent with her or his reason and knowledge, and it must be personal. There is no single way; ultimate truth is simply beyond human reach. But for yourself, for the sake of your own integrity, as a place upon which to stand as you make your life’s decisions, you must find a faith that makes real sense to you. It’s your life, your heart, and your mind.

This book is for people, who doubt the traditional answers, but who believe that the sheer accumulation of material things is not a satisfying way to live. It’s about faith and reason and truth from science, philosophy, and the religions of humankind. “

 

 

 

auteur: Willis, J.S.
ISBN: 0835608050
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The book grew from theology classes Willis taught in Unitarian churches and universities and from conversations with discontented members of other discussion groups. His clear and engaging prose is full of lively exchanges with his students. Frequent references to the best contemporary theologians (Bishop Spong, for example) and to philosophers, physicists, mythologists, and Bible experts provide an inspiring resource for those who long to resolve the conflict between faith and reason, doubt and belief. Joseph Willis, M.Div., former Presbyterian and Unitarian pastor, founded the Interreligious Council at the University of New Mexico. Now retired, he still counsels at Unitarian and Methodist churches. He is Minister Emeritus at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, CO, and teaches adult classes at Jefferson and in a local Methodist congregation.

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Serpent in the Sky – The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt

266 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1993

John Anthony West’s revolutionary reinterpretation of the civilization of Egypt challenges all that has been accepted as dogma concerning Ancient Egypt. In this pioneering study West documents that:
– Hieroglyphs carry hermetic messages that convey the subtler realities of the Sacred Science of the Pharaohs.
– Egyptian science, medicine, mathematics, and astronomy were more sophisticated than most modern Egyptologists acknowledge.
– Egyptian knowledge of the universe was a legacy from a highly sophisticated civilization that flourished thousands of years ago.
– The great Sphinx represents geological proof that such a civilization existed.

This revised edition includes a new introduction linking Egyptian spiritual science with the perennial wisdom tradition and an appendix updating West’s work in redating the Sphinx. Illustrated with over 140 photographs and line drawings.

auteur: West, J.A.
ISBN: 0835606910
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John Anthony West is an independent Egyptologist who has studied Egypt, ancient history, religion, and related subjects for three decades. His essays and criticism appear in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications in America and abroad. He has also appeared on NBC’s “Today Show,” and in an Emmy-winning 1993 documentary, “The Mystery of the Sphinx,” narrated by Charlton Heston. When not leading study tours to Egypt, Mr. West resides in Athens, New York. Other titles by the author: – The Traveler’s Key to Ancient Egypt: A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Egypt

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The Atman Project – A Transpersonal View of Human Development

240 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1996

Wilber traces human development from infancy into adulthood and beyond, into those states described by mystics and spiritual adepts. The spiritual evolution of such extraordinary individuals as the Buddha and Jesus hints at the direction human beings will take in their continuing growth toward transcendence. Redesigned edition of this essential introduction to his way of thinking features a new foreword by the author.(1996)

“Wilber has established himself as the foremost scholar on psychology and consciousness studies.”—Dr. Kenneth Ring

“Ken Wilber is undoubtedly one of the most important of contemporary writers. He is a true philosopher-mystic.”—Peter Russell, Oxford University

auteur: Wilber, K.
ISBN: 0835607305
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Philosopher Ken Wilber has been mapping the territory of consciousness since the 1970s. His first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, published by Quest Books, launched the transpersonal psychology movement. Wilber’s current best-sellers are Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, and A Brief History of Everything.

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Up from Eden – A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution

400 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2002

This book chronicles humanity’s cultural and psychospiritual evolutionary journey over some six million years from its primal past into its dazzling cosmic future.

“I consider Up from Eden the “single greatest work on psychology ever written — including Freud, Jung, et al.!” — Dr. Silas Wesley, past professor of Clinical Psychology, Yale University, and Director, Psychology Clinic, University of Southern California.

auteur: Wilber, K.
ISBN: 0835607313
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Philosopher Ken Wilber has been mapping the territory of consciousness since the 1970s. His first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, published by Quest Books, launched the transpersonal psychology movement. Wilber’s current best-sellers are Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, and A Brief History of Everything. Other titles by the author: – The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development – The Spectrum of Consciousness

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Ken Wilber in Dialogue – Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers

413 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1998

A passionate conversation among the best minds in transpersonal studies about the ideas of Ken Wilber, the prominent contemporary thinker whose first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, published by Quest in 1977, launched the transpersonal psychology movement.

Transpersonal thinkers taking part in this dynamic dialogue combine Eastern and Western spirituality with mainstream fields such as psychology, medicine, physics, and ecology to map the human drive toward Spirit.

auteur: Rothberg, D. (ed.)/Kelly, S. (ed.)
ISBN: 0835607666
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Contributors include best-selling authors Jack Kornfield (A Path with Heart), Joseph Goldstein (Insight Meditation), Michael Murphy (The Future of the Body), Stanislav Grof (The Holotropic Mind), and Jeanne Achterberg (Rituals of Healing). Wilber’s spirited response to each probing assessment of his ideas and the authors’ rebuttals give readers ringside seats at an engaging sparring match among intellectual and spiritual superstars. Ken Wilber’s best-selling books include A Brief History of Everything, Up from Eden, The Spectrum of Consciousness, and Sex, Ecology, Spirituality. Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., is a co-editor of the journal ReVision, and teaches at the Saybrook Institute in San Francisco.

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The Spectrum of Consciousness

362 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1993

Wilber’s groundbreaking synthesis of religion, philosophy, physics, and psychology started a revolution in transpersonal psychology. He was the first to suggest in a systematic way that the great psychological systems of the West could be integrated with the noble contemplative traditions of the East. Spectrum of Consciousness, first released by Quest in 1977, has been the prominent reference point for all subsequent attempts at integrating psychology and spirituality.

“Wilber might likely do for consciousness what Freud did for psychology,”—Dr. Jean Houston, author of The Possible Human,Godseed and Life Force

auteur: Wilber, K.
ISBN: 0835606953
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Philosopher Ken Wilber has been mapping the territory of consciousness since the 1970s. His first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, published by Quest Books, launched the transpersonal psychology movement. Wilber’s current best-sellers are Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, and A Brief History of Everything. Other titles by the author: – The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development – Up from Eden: A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution

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Concentration – An Approach to Meditation

By Ernest Wood

154 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2001 ISBN 0835601765

This perennial best-seller by a distinguished educator assembles 36 mental and physical exercises for taming the natural drifting of the mind. Newly designed edition of a practical manual for success. Over 100,000 copies sold.

Ernest Wood, scholar, writer, and lecturer, was born in 1883 in England and was attracted to Theosophy at a young age. He arrived in India early in the twentieth century, and assisted Annie Besant in educational work. He was the founder of the Theosophical College, Madanapalle. He wrote many books on philosophical subjects, having a particular interest in Yoga.

auteur: Wood, E.
ISBN: 0835601765
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After World War II, he came to the United States, where he was for several years Dean of the American Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco and later joined the staff of the University of Houston, Texas. Other titles by the author: – Come Unto Me: And Other Writings – Concentration – Natural Theosophy – The Occult Training of the Hindus – The Seven Rays

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Natural Theosophy

158 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, 2008

This book shows us that Theosophy in its pristine form is very ancient and indicates the opposite of every kind of materialism, both scientific and religious. Theosophy or the Divine Wisdom belongs to the everyday world, nutured by our altruistic desires. Thought, Love or will applied to our daily experience reveals its divine value, leading us to find the infinite in the finite.

The Eastern concept of “satyam”, “sivam” and “sundaram” (truth, goodness and beauty) are fittingly interwoven into the triad of thought, will, and action.

This book will help the reader understanding more clearly the true nature of Theosophy.

auteur: Wood, E.
ISBN: 9788170595403
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Ernest Wood, scholar, writer, and lecturer, was born in 1883 in England and was attracted to Theosophy at a young age. He arrived in India early in the twentieth century, and assisted Annie Besant in educational work. He was the founder of the Theosophical College, Madanapalle. He wrote many books on philosophical subjects, having a particular interest in Yoga. After World War II, he came to the United States, where he was for several years Dean of the American Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco and later joined the staff of the University of Houston, Texas. Other titles by the author: – Come Unto Me: And Other Writings – Concentration – Concentration: An Approach to Meditation – The Occult Training of the Hindus – The Seven Rays

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Reminiscences of H. P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine

141 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1989

A day-to-day account of life with H. P. Blavatsky during the writing of The Secret Doctrine.

auteur: Wachtmeister C.C.
ISBN: 7980835604888
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Raja Yoga – Yoga-Sutras Patanjali – Spiritualiteit op zakformaat

Door  J. Th. Opzeeland

74 blz. | Paperback | Stichting Raja Yoga ’t Gooi, 2009

De uitgave is bewust op een klein handig formaat gedrukt en kan daardoor gemakkelijk worden meegenomen. Zo kunnen deze compact uitgewerkte Sutras elk gewenst moment hun bewustzijnsverruimende werking verrichten en zo de lezers optillen naar de Werkelijkheid.

Moge het voor velen een dankbaar werkje zijn dat leidt tot meer begrip van de Hogere doelstellingen van het bestaan.

auteur: Opzeeland, J.Th.
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De Sutras zijn zo veel mogelijk eigentijds vertaald en direct achter elkaar geplaatst met slechts een korte uitleg. Zo lezen ze gemakkelijk en kunnen onmiddellijk met elkaar in verband worden gebracht, iets wat elders door uitgebreide commentaren vaak minder eenvoudig is. De Sanskriet termen van de Yoga filosofie zijn gerespecteerd en nader uitgewerkt. Achterin bevindt zich daarnaast een Sanskriet woordenlijstje van de gebruikte Sanskriet termen.

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Sufi Talks -Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh

293 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2012

No matter what one’s religion, the reader will find such universal wisdom in this book that he will agree with Frager’s teacher Muzaffer Efendi who once advised, “You can tell these stories ten thousand times and people will still benefit from them.”

Among the practices Frager teaches are zikr, or remembrance of God through chanting; halvet, or spiritual retreat; and adab, or “right action.” Thus do we develop character-or, rather, restore the character we had at birth. “I’ve never seen a baby with a bad character,” he says. “We are all born in a pure state. With hard work and God’s blessings we can return to it.”

auteur: Frager, R.
ISBN: 9780835608930
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Other topics include Obstacles on the Path, Reducing Narcissism, Inner Work, Prayer, Marriage, Generosity, Taking Responsibility, and Waking before We Die.

“Like a river of paradise, Sheikh Ragip Frager’s discourses are clear, pure, and delicious to the soul.” —Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Words are empty unless backed by experience, says Robert Frager, Ph.D. People will not change until they hear from those who have lived what they teach. Frager has indeed lived his teaching. Founder of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology in 1975, in 1976 he became a student of the Sufi master Muzaffer Efendi. Since becoming a sheikh in 1985, he has given many sohbets-a Turkish word for the spiritual conversations Sufi teachers hold to inspire their students. The sohbets he presents here are compiled from his talks over the past decade and represent Sufism as it is now practiced in the United States. Frager believes that the wisdom in such talks flows through the sheikh from his teacher and his teacher’s teacher all the way back to the Prophet Mohammad and God; the sheikh is merely a channel for something greater than any individual. Moreover, these talks are not lectures but rather living connections going both ways between heart and heart. Indeed, the warm, personal immediacy to Frager’s voice is rarely found. Like the tales of Nasruddin, he teaches through colorful anecdote and metaphors. Sufi practice has two sides, he says: one is to develop our love of God; the other is to become less self-centered. We need both, just as a bird needs both wings to fly. “How can I put my knowledge into practice?” is the question we must ask. As the Qur’an states, those who fail to live by their understanding are like donkeys carrying a load of books. The books won’t change them. They can carry the holiest books but will still be donkeys. Robert Frager, Ph.D., is the author and editor of numerous books on psychology and on the Sufi path, including Essential Sufism, and Love Is the Wine, A practicing psychologist and a student of Sufism for almost two decades, he teaches at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

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Thought Power – Its Control and Culture

By Annie Besant (1847 – 1933).

122 Pages | 6th edition, 1988. NB: second edition 2016 | Softcover | Quest Books U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835603121.

‘ A brief occult survey of the vast power contained in man’s mental principle. ‘

This brief, easy-to-read study concentrates on the hidden power latent in the human mind, which can do amazing things if properly activated and controlled. An in-depth understanding of this aspect of our nature should bring about a more compassionate metamorphosis of our attitude towards fellow beings, life itself and planet Earth. Western civilization recognizes the immense value of coming to know man as a ‘holisitic entity’, and of coming to terms with man’s mind. The sages of the ancient East and their noteworthy disciple, Annie Besant, have been proven to be most intuitive concerning this unique principle in man.

Subjects discussed are:

  1. Training the mind
  2. Improving concentration
  3. Strengthening thought power
  4. Meditation
  5. Improving memory
  6. Thought transference
  7. Building the mental body
  8. Combining thoughts with others
  9. Achieving peace of mind.

From Chapter VIII – ‘Obstacles to Concentration; Wandering Minds’ (p. 93):

” The concentrated intelligence, the power of withdrawing outside the turmoil, mean immensely increased energy in work, mean steadiness, self-control, serenity; the man of meditation is the man, who wastes no time, scatters no energy, misses no opportunity. Such a man governs the events, because within him is the power whereof events are only the outer expression; he shares the divine life, and therefore shares divine power. ” 

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 0835603121
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Annie Besant (1847-1933) led the fight for the rights of women and laborers in her native England; later she worked with Mahatma Gandhi and spearheaded India’s struggle for freedom. Theosophist Joy Mills describes her as “a feminist before the movement for women’s rights was fully launched; she stood for freedom when half the world was held in the bonds of colonialism.” A student of India’s spiritual traditions, Annie Besant was famed as an orator, author, and international President of the Theosophical Society.

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Isis Unveiled (A New Abridgment) – Secrets of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition

274 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1997

Creating a sensation when it was first published in 1877, the first major work by the young Russian noblewoman who would found the Theosophical Society devoted 1200 pages to the mysteries of ancient and modern science and theology. This new edition abridged by Theosophical scholar Michael Gomes breathes fresh life into this classic of Western esoteric thinking. Stripped of its lengthy quotations from other writers and its repetitious commentary, Isis Unveiled is revealed to be a clear and readable exploration of the universal truths of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition by one of the most remarkable women of modern times.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Gomes, M. (ed.)
ISBN: 9780835607292
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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was born of a noble family in Russia. She became a student of metaphysical lore, and traveled to many lands, including Tibet, in search of hidden knowledge. In the 1870s she went to New York and, with Col. Henry S. Olcott and others, formed the Theosophical Society, an organization dedicated to: – Fellowship among all peoples of the world – Encouragement of the comparative study of religion, philosophy, and science – Investigation of the unexplained powers and forces at work in nature and in humankind.

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Krishnamurti and the Wind: A Biography

By Jean Overton Fuller.

300 Pages | First published in 2003 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House London, 2003

Who was Krishnamurti? The Theosophists, basing themselves upon certain ancient India calculations os astronomical cycles, believed a new major spiritual teacher to be due, who would set the keynote of the new age, and that it was their job to find him, care for him until his maturity and prepare the way for him. In Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986), spotted paddling off the beach near their headquarters in Adyar, they believed they had found him. Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) assumed his legal guardianship, and an Order was created for him to head. But on reaching maturity he dissolved the Order and the words he spoke were unlike those they expected to hear. Had he renounced his mission, or had they chosen the wrong boy, or was it a case of new wine bursting old bottles? New people came to hear him. The Dalai Lama, who does not commonly visit, visited Krishnamurti, and was said to ask, ‘Sir what do you believe?’ He does not tell us what answer he received , but says he found Krishnamurti ‘a Nagarjuna’. What did he mean?

From the Chapter ‘The Last Goodbye’ (p. 272):

The last tape of Krishnamurti dated 7 Feb. 1986:

” . . . for seventy years that super-energy – no – that immense energy, immense intelligence, has been using this body. I don’t think people realise what tremendous energy and intelligence went through this body – there’s a twelve cylinder energy . . . and now the body can’t stand any more. Nobody, unless the body has been prepared, very carefully protected . . . can understand what went through this body. Nobody. Don’t anybody pretend. Nobody, I repeat this: nobody amongst us or the public know what went on. I know they don’t. And now, after seventy years, it has come to an end. Not that intelligence and energy . . . it’s somewhere here, every day and especially at night . . .You won’t find another body like this, or that supreme intelligence operating in a body for many hundred years. You won’t see it again. When he goes, it goes.

There is no consciousness left behind of that consciousness, or that state. They’ll all pretend or try to imagine they can get into touch with that. Perhaps they will somewhat if they live the teachings. But nobody had done it. Nobody. And so that’s that. “

 

auteur: Overton Fuller, J.
ISBN: 9780722950180
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Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides, and Ghosts: How to Talk with and Photograph Beings in Other Realms

227 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2012

Boulders laugh, trees talk, and practically each patch of ground has meaning, in Atala Toy’s experience. Faeries, angels, ghosts, orbs, and spirits of place are just some of the life forms with which she helps us attune-and shows us how to record their image! Readers will cherish her rare combination of esoteric wisdom and practical guidance.

auteur: Toy, A.D.
ISBN: 9780835609029
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With substantive clarity, she explains time travel, portals, dowsing, negative and positive vortexes, balls of energy known as merkabahs, ley lines, and orbs-the plasma of some life form visible to human eyes or to cameras, many of which are nature spirits who enjoy being around happy energy and so are often seen at parties and spiritual gatherings.

“A fascinating, heartfelt, and extremely convincing account of spiritual domains, and the beings that inhabit them, that have for far too long been ignored or discounted by the modern world.”—Ptolemy Tompkins, author of Paradise Fever, The Divine Life of Animals and The Modern Book of the Dead A professional interdimensional communicator, Atala is up to the minute in her understanding of the emerging field of spiritual sciences and the correlations between modern physics and ancient metaphysical traditions that perceive the oneness of all nature. We all communicate interdimensionally every day, she says. We just don’t know it, and so we lose out on the many ways to receive help from the other life forms who share our space. Drawing on her own and her clients’ experiences, she teaches through colorful stories and her own powerful photographs. Titles include “The Ghost Who Washed Dishes,” “The Haunted Hotel,” “The Guardian of the Spring,” “The Horse Who Knew More Than His Owners,” “The Jilted House,” “The Stranded Gnome,” “The Moss Faery,” “The Owl on Turtle Island,” and “The Balsam Who Loved the Birch.” She also includes lessons explaining the energetic principles of the situation; simple exercises for mastering the principle contained in the story; and tips for photographing other life forms using technology available to anyone, such as digital or even cell phone cameras. By entering the fascinating realm of this book, the reader will join the growing number of people aware of subtle energy and able to see through the veils between dimensions. Not only is this possibility personally enriching, it serves a broader purpose as well. Needless to say, the planet and everything on it is at a critical juncture. In damaging the earth, we have damaged the nature beings’ home as well. It is therefore strongly in their interest to assist us in transforming the earth into something better. This book shows us how to learn from and enjoy them in a most delightful way. Atala Dorothy Toy is an author, workshop leader, subtle energy consultant, nature spirit photographer, and the founding president of Crystal Life Technology, Inc – a company that provides subtle energy products and information to the public.

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The World Around Us

620 pages | Hardcover | T.P.H. Adyar, 2009

The World Around Us by Mrs Radha Burnier, international President of the TS, embodies an important aspect of her literary legacy and spans almost thirty years of thoughtful and insightful editorials in the Society’s international journal, The Theosophist, founded by Madame Blavatsky in Bombay in 1879. In it she presents a deep, insightful and objective assessment of the condition of humanity at the present time and shows, with vigour and intellectual clarity, how a parochial and limited mindset prevents humanity from moving forward in its evolutionary journey. Her book is a timely appeal for a wider vision of life and its relationships as well as for compassion for all the creatures that share with us this beautiful earth.

auteur: Burnier, R.
ISBN: 9788170595212
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Radha Burnier became 7th international President of the Theosophical Society in 1980, following the lead of her father, N. Sri Ram, who was the 5th President, and close associate of Annie Besant. Mrs. Burnier had previously served in many capacities, including Director of the research and publications of the Adyar Library and Research Centre from 1959-1979. She holds a Master’s degree in Sanskrit from the Benares Hindu University, and an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Nagarjuna University. She has lectured all over the world on Theosophical and cultural topics, and both her talks and writings are known for their clarity of thought and depth of vision.

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1000 Boeddhistische Wijsheden

207 blz. | Paperback | Mens en Cultuur Uitgevers, 2010

Het is niet toevallig dat het boeddhisme steeds populairder wordt in het westen. Deze leer is de laatste jaren tot in alle lagen van de bevolking doorgedrongen. Het boeddhisme biedt veel inspiratie voor wie op zoek is naar zingeving in zijn leven.
Zowel leden van de verschillende religies als atheïsten vinden aansluiting bij de leringen van de Boeddha en van de scholen die op hem zijn geïnspireerd. Iedereen kan in deze leer tal van waarheden ontdekken die tijdloos zijn. Alle zijn ze echter gebaseerd op de erfenis van de Boeddha die een licht en een zegen kan brengen voor de hele mensheid.

auteur: Vandekerkhove, C.
ISBN: 9789077135259
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Christian Vandekerkhove studeerde informatica en vergelijkende godsdienstwetenschappen. Naast zijn activiteit als docent werkt hij als therapeut en parapsycholoog. Hij is tevens auteur van: – Aan de voeten van de meester, werkboekParanormaal zijn we allemaal; ontdek je zesde zintuig (4e druk) – Ontwikkel je zesde zintuig met de ziel van het lichtHet Paranormale is onder ons; de wonderen van Meester Philippe

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Aan de Voeten van de Meester, Werkboek

87 blz. | Paperback | Mens en Cultuur Uitgevers, 2011

Aan de Voeten van de Meester werd in 1909 geschreven door de 13-jarige Krishnamurti.
Een eeuw later is het boek in ongeveer 100 talen vertaald en voor steeds meer mensen een leidraad op het spirituele Pad.
Onderhavig boekje geeft de integrale tekst van Aan de Voeten van de Meester, aangevuld met historische context, toelichtingen, commentaren en vooral talrijke oefeningen om van dit ethische werkje een praktisch werkboek te maken.

auteur: Vandekerkhove, C.
ISBN: 9789077135266
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Christian Vandekerkhove studeerde informatica en vergelijkende godsdienstwetenschappen. Naast zijn activiteit als docent werkt hij als therapeut en parapsycholoog. Hij is tevens auteur van: – Paranormaal zijn we allemaal; ontdek je zesde zintuig (4e druk) – Ontwikkel je zesde zintuig met de ziel van het lichtHet Paranormale is onder ons; de wonderen van Meester Philippe1000 Boeddhistische wijsheden

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Krishnamurti – Two Birds on one Tree

88 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2009

A longtime student and friend reveals both the spiritual greatness and the human pathos of his remarkable teacher.

“With a critical mind and an open heart, Dr. Ravindra allows us all to see both the spiritual greatness and the human pathos of this truly remarkable teacher.” – Jacob Needleman, Ph.D., author of Lost Christianity and The Heart of Philosophy

auteur: Ravindra, R.
ISBN: 9780835607186
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Ravi Ravindra was born in India and received his B.S. and a Master of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He then obtained a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in philosophy from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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The Quotable Krishnamurti

149 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2011

“Truth is a pathless land.” —Jiddu Krishnamurti

The Quotable Krishnamurti is a deeply moving collection of passages from 20th century’s most revered spiritual teacher. Iconoclast, peace activist, philosophical teacher: Jiddu Krishnamurti is arguably the greatest spiritual figure since the Buddha or Christ. This book captures Krishnamurti’s highly prized, sobering realizations, to awaken and transform today’s determined seeker, idealist and realist alike.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J./Epstein, R. (comp.)
ISBN: 9780835608909
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Born in colonial India in 1895, a young Krishnamurti was discovered on a beach by the leaders of the Theosophical Society. Heralded by the society as the long-awaited World Teacher, Krishamurti was adopted and groomed in Great Britain for his messianic destiny. In 1929 Krishnamurti shocked and dismayed his innumerable followers by renouncing his role as World Teacher and disbanding the Order of the Star, formed to honor his prophesied fulfillment. It was at this moment that Krishnamurti firmly protested “truth is a pathless land”, which endures today as his most celebrated speech. For nearly 60 years from that point on Krishnamurti traveled the world over, awakening masses of hungry listeners to the urgent needs of humanity. He implored mankind to live the fully awakened life in order to create a free and peaceful world. Krishnamurti advocated the necessity for meditation, vegetarianism, and environmental conscientiousness in daily living for the true pursuit of liberation and enlightenment. He passionately rebuked violence, decrying both governments and organized religion, insisting they result in conformity, division and fragmentation, rather than harmony. Now for the first time in an alphabetized anthology, The Quotable Krishnamurti arranges by topic this venerated teacher’s core messages, spanning decades of lecturing and authorship. Subject headings include essential topics such as Awareness, Compassion, Forgiveness, Karma and Non-violence. The Quotable Krishnamurti encompasses Krishnamurti’s deepest thoughts, revealing an uncompromising faith in humanity as relevant today as during his first talk nearly 100 years ago.

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The Masters Speak – An American Businessman Encounters Ashish and Gurdjieff

307 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2010

The Masters Speak: An American Businessman Encounters Ashish and Gurdjieff is the detailed account of Semour Ginsburg’s remarkable quest for life’s deeper meaning. As co-founder of mega-retail giant Toys”R”Us, Seymour, better known as Sy, knew worldly success, and the shrewd ambition it takes to get there. But with the tragic, untimely death of his young wife, Sy was suddenly left to raise a grieving family alone. For the first time, he found no comfort in his prosperity.

auteur: Ginsburg, S.B.
ISBN: 9780835608824
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“I had been given the keys to inner self-initiation. And with that I would have to remain content…Was the American businessman in me behind my longings in this long and earnest quest of mine in search of the unitive vision?”—Seymour B. Ginsburg Like so many “seekers,” Sy was wary and anxious for direct spiritual experience. Armed with a mission to prove higher consciousness, Sy travels the world over to study, firsthand, the “spiritual greats” of his time. The Masters Speak recounts Sy’s curious meetings with enigmatic, controversial public figures such as Sathya Sai Baba, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Madame de Salzman. This book also chronicles Sy’s extensive experience with Gurdjieff’s famous “work.” In his search for the ultimate truth, Sy meets a monk who would quickly become his most endearing teacher and friend, Sri Madhava Ashish. Sy and Ashish’s decades-long correspondence lays the intimate foundation for this book. Sy’s raw honesty, doubts, criticisms, and even occasional hostility, makes for a spiritual discussion that the western seeker can truly relate to. Ashish, a Scottish engineer turned Hindu master, responds with wisdom that is both sober and incredibly non-dogmatic. With beautiful intricacy, The Masters Speak conveys Ashish’s steadfast declaration of an intrinsic unity of all being, a “Unitive Vision.” This compilation of intimate letters, discourse, and previously published essays, provides readers of all traditions with solid food for spiritual thought. Embark with Sy on his extensive exploration of the root of consciousness through Gurdjieffian teachings, dream analysis, “life energy”, and beyond.

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The Unconditioned Mind – J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School

276 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2011

Krishnamurti, once groomed by Theosophists to become the next World Teacher, founded Oak Grove in 1975 and personally oversaw it for the last decade of his life. In The Unconditioned Mind, Moody recounts their close work together and explains Krishnamurti’s ideas with splendid clarity. He also recounts how those ideas sparked competition among the staff, producing a complex force-field that challenged Moody to the utmost. The resulting drama, and Krishnamurti’s involvement in it, forms the core of this insightful narrative.

auteur: Moody, D.E.
ISBN: 9780835608947
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In this thought-provoking account of the formative years of one of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s final pet projects; Oak Grove School, an alternative school in Ojai, Calif.; David Moody offers a unique perspective on the psychology behind Krishnamurti’s teachings as well as an intimate portrait of one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the twentieth century. The Unconditioned Mind is the first book to openly discuss the dramatic events that occurred during the early years of Oak Grove, and Moody’s experience presents readers with a vivid history of a school whose main intent is to “uncondition” the minds of its students and teachers. The Unconditioned Mind also offers a rare inside look into Krishnamurti’s own teaching methods. Moody explains in detail the many ways in which Krishnamurti attempted to convey the essence of his philosophy without the exercise of any form of psychological authority, and the resulting struggles Moody and other professors faced trying to implement this philosophy in the classroom. The Unconditioned Mind is a balanced and refreshing mix of the history, psychology and philosophy behind Oak Grove School. David Edmund Moody was born and raised in southern California, and attended undergraduate school at UC Berkeley during the 1960s. He took his Master’s Degree in Political Science at UCLA in 1970 and completed much of the coursework for a doctoral degree in Political Theory.

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Working Class Mystic – A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison

201 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2011

John Lennon called himself a working class hero. George Harrison was a working class mystic. Born in Liverpool as the son of a bus conductor and a shop assistant, for the first six years of his life he lived in a house with no indoor bathroom. This book gives an honest, in-depth view of Harrison’s personal journey— from his blue-collar childhood to his role as a world-famous spiritual icon.

auteur: Tillery, G.
ISBN: 9780835609005
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Author Gary Tillery’s approach is warmly human and free of the fawning but insolent tone of most rock biographers. He frankly discusses the role drugs played in leading Harrison to mystical insight but emphasizes that he soon renounced psychedelics as a means to the spiritual path. It was with conscious commitment that Harrison journeyed to India, studied sitar with Ravi Shankar, practiced yoga, learned meditation from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and became a devotee of Hinduism. George worked hard to subdue his own ego and to understand the truth beyond appearances. He preferred to keep a low profile, but his empathy for suffering people led him to spearhead the first charitable rock-and-roll super event. And despite his wealth and fame, he was always delighted to slip on overalls and perform manual labor on his grounds. At ease with holy men discussing the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, he was ever the bloke from Liverpool whose father drove a bus, whose brothers were tradesmen, and who had worked himself as an apprentice electrician until the day destiny called. Tillery’s engaging narrative depicts Harrison as a sincere seeker who acted out of genuine care for humanity and used his celebrity to be of service in the world. Fans of all generations will treasure this book for the inspiring portrayal it gives of their beloved “quiet” Beatle. A native of the Southwest, Gary Tillery was born in Phoenix in 1947. In 1968-69 Tillery served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force. His enlistment over in 1970, he returned to Phoenix and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Management.

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Filosofische implicaties van grensoverschrijdende ervaringen

28 blz. | Brochure | Universiteit van Leiden, 2005

Rede uitgesproken door prof.dr. J.L.F. Gerding, bij het aanvaarden van het ambt van bijzonder hoogleraar metafysica in de geest van de theosofie aan de Universiteit van Leiden op 4 februari 2005.

auteur: Gerding, J.L.F.
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The Secret Doctrine – Abridged and Annotated by Michael Gomes

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), abridged and annotated by Michael Gomes.

257 Pages | Published in 2009 | Softcover | Tarcher/ Penguin Books | ISBN: 9781585427086.

The Secret Doctrine, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s masterwork on the origin and evolution of the universe and humanity itself, is arguably the most famous, and perhaps the most influential, occult book ever written. Published since 1888 only in expensive, two-volume editions of some 1400 pages, it has long eluded the grasp of modern readers- until now.

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Gomes, M. (ed.)
ISBN: 9781585427086
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This single-volume edition, abridged and annotated by historian and Theosophical scholar Michael Gomes, places the ideas of The Secret Doctrine within reach of all who are curious. In particular, Gomes provides a critical sounding of the book’s famous stanzas on the genesis of life and the cosmos – mysterious passages that Blavatsky said originated from a primeval source and which form the heart of The Secret Doctrine. Gomes scrupulously scales down the book’s key writings on symbolism to their essentials, and offers notes and a glossary to illuminate arcane references. His historical and literary introduction casts new light on some of the book’s sources and on the career of its brilliant and elusive author, one of the most intriguing personages of the nineteenth century. At once compact and representative of the work as a whole, this new edition of The Secret Doctrine brings unprecedented accessibility to the key esoteric classic of the modern era.

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Old Diary Leaves – Volume II, 1878-83

479 pages | Paperback | T.P.H Adyar, India, 2002

Olcott tells of his association with his co-founder, Madame H.P. Blavatsky, and their work together for the cause of Theosophy. He writes of their contacts with the Mahatmas, of travels in many lands, and of the growth of The Theosophical Society from its small beginnings in New York in 1875 to an expanding international movement spread through many parts of the world.
To keep intact the true flavour of the early years of the Theosophical Society, Col. Olcott’s words are presented just as he wrote them .

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 9788170594345
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His comments include references to occasional differences of opinion with his close and trusted colleague, H.P. Blavatsky. These very human differences perhaps will cause the reader to react with a smile of relief, knowing that great leaders such as these were also subject to human frailty and to times of disagreement. Old Diary Leaves gives a personal evaluation only, and is not intended to represent an official history of The Theosophical Society. Henry Steel Olcott was born on 2 August 1832 in Orange, New Jersey. In his early life he became distinguished in the field of agriculture, and then later for his services to the US Government during the Civil War. In 1874, when investigating spiritualistic phenomena for some New York newspapers, he met H.P.Blavatsky and together they became the principal founders of The Theosophical Society. He devoted the rest of his life to work for the Society and related causes. He died on 17 February, 1907 at Adyar, Madras ( now Chennai) , India.

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Old Diary Leaves – Volume I, 1874-78

490 pages | Paperback | T.P.H. Adyar, India, 2002

Olcott tells of his association with his co-founder, Madame H.P. Blavatsky, and their work together for the cause of Theosophy. He writes of their contacts with the Mahatmas, of travels in many lands, and of the growth of The Theosophical Society from its small beginnings in New York in 1875 to an expanding international movement spread through many parts of the world.
To keep intact the true flavour of the early years of the Theosophical Society, Col. Olcott’s words are presented just as he wrote them .

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 9788170594338
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His comments include references to occasional differences of opinion with his close and trusted colleague, H.P. Blavatsky. These very human differences perhaps will cause the reader to react with a smile of relief, knowing that great leaders such as these were also subject to human frailty and to times of disagreement. Old Diary Leaves gives a personal evaluation only, and is not intended to represent an official history of The Theosophical Society. Henry Steel Olcott was born on 2 August 1832 in Orange, New Jersey. In his early life he became distinguished in the field of agriculture, and then later for his services to the US Government during the Civil War. In 1874, when investigating spiritualistic phenomena for some New York newspapers, he met H.P.Blavatsky and together they became the principal founders of The Theosophical Society. He devoted the rest of his life to work for the Society and related causes. He died on 17 February, 1907 at Adyar, Madras ( now Chennai) , India.

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Eminent Theosophists (CD-Rom)

CD Rom | T.P.H. Adyar, India, 2006

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–91) was perhaps the greatest Occultist of the West in recent times, and an outstanding messenger who presented the Ancient Wisdom for the modern age. With little fanfare she brought to bear powerful influences on human affairs, as is exemplified in her life and works. She did not bring anything new to mankind; in fact she succeeded in the great task of communicating wisdom that is as ancient as mankind.

auteur: Anon.
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Annie Besant (1847–1933), second President of The Theosophical Society from 1907 to 1933, was described as a ‘Diamond Soul’, for she had many brilliant facets to her character. She was an outstanding orator of her time, a champion of human freedom, educationist, philanthropist, and author with more than three hundred books and pamphlets to her credit.

Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907), President-Founder of the Theosophical Society was born on 2 August 1832 at Orange, New Jersey. Olcott came from an old English Puritan family that had been settled for many generations in the United States.

C. Jinarājadāsa (1875–1953), the fourth President of the Theosophical Society, was educated at Cambridge University, England, and was an exceptional linguist, who lectured fluently in many European languages. His wide range of interests and writings included religion, philosophy, literature, art, science and occult chemistry. He made valuable sketches and notes during the clairvoyant investigations of Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater into the structure of matter.

Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847–1934) was a highly developed clairvoyant who unfolded and perfected his psychic faculties under the guidance of his Adept-Teacher. He commenced clairvoyant investigations in 1893, on occasion collaborating with Annie Besant, the second President of The Theosophical Society, and wrote over thirty books on the spiritual life and the psychic nature of man.

N. Sri Ram (1889–1973), fifth President of The Theosophical Society from 1953 to 1973, dedicated himself to Theosophical work as a young assistant of Dr Besant. He was closely associated with her social, political and educational and other activities, and helped her in editing New India, a daily newspaper that was influential in the struggle for India’s freedom.

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Adyar Wierookstokjes – Pakje van 100 gram

Pakje, 100 gram | Adyar, India.

Adyar wierook.

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Esoteric Christianity – Or the Lesser Mysteries

245 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2006

Annie Besant, renowned esotericist and Theosophist, asserts in this title that there is a hidden or esoteric truth underlying all religions, a truth so deep and secret that until revealed we cannot truly reach the Divine. While many scholars, theologians and followers of conventional Christianity may not believe in such uniformity, people of all faiths can agree there are unknown elements of the Divine we all seek that are yet to be revealed. Esoteric Christianity shows us this hidden truth that is lacking from the traditional exoteric teachings of Christianity: the Divine does not come from an external, outside source; it is something that can only be found within ourselves.

auteur: Besant, A.
ISBN: 8780835608497
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Besant teaches that the Divine in each individual, what she refers to as the “mind of Christ” or “Christ-Soul,” is the answer to evolution itself. She explains that religions were given to the world “by men wiser than the masses of the people on whom they are bestowed” in order to quicken human evolution, which is done through the evolution of man’s moral, intellectual, and spiritual natures. Besant continues to explain that the evolution of Christianity is dependent on man’s ability to follow the occult teachings. Amongst these teachings, Besant distinguishes between the Greater Mysteries, that which cannot be revealed to the masses, and the Lesser Mysteries, the partial unveilings of knowledge meant for the greater population. She also offers the esoteric perspective behind the fundamental Christian principles we have all come to know, which include: the historical and mythic Christ, the Atonement, the Resurrection and Ascension, the Trinity, Prayer, Forgiveness of Sins, the Sacraments, and Revelation. First published in 1901, Esoteric Christianity has been updated by Richard Smoley with annotations to make it more accessible for modern readers.

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Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement

By Sven Eek

720 pages | Gebonden/Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, 1978

Damodar K. Mavalankar was one of India’s quiet heroes who lent luster to a spiritual civilization.
Damodar was born in 1857 at Ahmedabad in Gujarat. He belonged to a wealthy family of the Karhada Maharashtra Brahmana caste and received a sound English education to which his writings bear testimony.
In his childhood Damodar had a critical illness and the doctors despaired of his life. When the family expected him to die at any moment, the lad had a vision which made a deep impression upon him. He saw as if in a dream a glorious personage who gave him a peculiar medicine and amazingly, from that time, the boy began to recover. Some years later, while engaged in meditation, he saw the identical personage and recognized him as his saviour.

auteur: Eek, S.
ISBN: 0835670031
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At this time Damodar read a book entitled Isis Unveiled by the Co-Founder of the Theosophical Society, H.P. Blavatsky, who in 1878 had moved the Headquarters of the Society from New York to Bombay, India. This book made a powerful impression upon him, and he hastened to pay his respects to Madame Blavatsky and her associates. He found that the man who, in his vision, had thrice saved his life was one of the Adepts who had founded the Society. Damodar became a F.T.S., and for six years, until he went to Tibet, was a most active Hindu figure in the movement. As Manager of the Publishing Department of the Society, he was partly responsible for the magazine, The Theosophist. According to custom, Damodar had been betrothed while quite young. Having dedicated himself as a chela to his Teacher, the Adept Koot Hoomi, he found it impossible to take up the duties of a householder. Damodar assigned his share of the ancestral estate to his father on condition that his wife be taken care of for life. Shortly afterwards, he left for Tibet, where he was to live at his Adept-Teacher’s asrama. Although both Madame Blavatsky and one or two friends said that they had heard from him, he did not return. Madame Blavatsky once wrote to a friend: ‘… Damodar was ready from his last birth to enter the highest PATH and suspected it. He had long been waiting for the expected permission to go to Tibet before the expiration of the seven years…’ [of probation]. Damodar developed psychically so rapidly that he was able to communicate with his Teachers phenomenally and transmit letters from them to members of the Society. He was also endowed with the power to heal the sick. Evidence of this will be found in the ‘Mahatma Papers’ in the British Museum. Olcott had expected Damodar to return and become H. P. Blavatsky’s successor.

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Wat Doe JIJ met je Leven?! – Jonge Mensen en Relaties, Opleiding, Toekomstig Werk en de Zin van Je Leven

Door Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986), vertaald door Peter Roelofsen.

199 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 2003, tweede druk 2004 | Softcover | Ank-Hermes B.V., Deventer | ISBN: 9020283006.

Engels origineel: What Are You Doing With Your Life? | Published in 2005 | Krishnamurti Foundation of America | ISBN: 8187326352.

Wat doe jij met je leven? Een vraag die je jezelf bij uitstek stelt in de periode waarin (nog) niet alles vastligt, waarin het leven nog voor je ligt als een belofte, als een gigantisch reservoir van mogelijkheden. Het leven zelf nodigt je uit keuzes te maken. Op allerlei terreinen – relaties, familie, school, werk, de maatschappij, de wereld – zijn er uitdagingen, soms zo veel dat wie het niet meer weten.

In deze tijd mag ieder zelf bepalen hoe hij of zij zijn of haar leven wilt inrichten. Dit boek wil je behulpzaam zijn bij het zoeken van je eigen weg. Het biedt momenten van reflectie en bezinning, van even tijdloos stilstaan bij de dingen, die er zijn en je laten inspireren door de ruimte tussen de woorden.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk I – ‘Wat ben je; 6. Wat je bent is de wereld’ (blz. 18 & 19):

” Wat is de relatie tussen jou en de ellende, de verwarring in je en om je heen? Deze verwarring en ellende zijn er ongetwijfeld niet vanzelf gekomen. Jij en ik hebben ze gemaakt, niet een kapitalistische, communistische of fascistische maatschappij, maar jij en ik in onze relatie met elkaar hebben ze gemaakt. Wat je vanbinnen bent, is naar buiten geprojecteerd op de wereld. Wat je bent, wat je denkt en wat je voelt, wat je in je dagelijkse bestaan doet, wordt naar buiten geprojecteerd en dat vormt de wereld. […] Wat je bent is de wereld, Jouw probleem is dus het probleem van de wereld. Dat is toch zeker een eenvoudig en fundamenteel feit, waar of niet? In onze relatie met de enkeling of met velen, zien we we dat kennelijk iedere keer weer over het hoofd. We willen voor verandering zorgen door middel van een systeem of een revolutie in ideeen, die gebaseerd zijn op een systeem, waarbij we vergeten dat jij en ik de samenleving maken en er verwarring of orde scheppen door onze manier van leven.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9020283006
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J. Krishnamurti heeft in talloze gesprekken met mensen afkomstig uit verschillende culturen en milieus, getracht antwoorden te vinden. Krishnamurti doet dat op zijn onnavolgbare en onbevooroordeelde manier, vooral door vragen te stellen. Zijn redeneringen zijn helder en voor iedereen te volgen. Ze zijn doortrokken van een groot respect voor het individu en de uniekheid van ieder mens en verwerpen iedere autoriteit buiten onszelf. In deze tijd mag ieder zelf bepalen hoe hij of zij zijn of haar leven wil inrichten. Dit boek wil je behulpzaam zijn bij het zoeken van je eigen weg. Het biedt momenten van reflectie en bezinning, van even tijdloos stilstaan bij de dingen die er zijn en je laten inspireren door de ruimte tussen de woorden.

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Het begint bij jou – De weg naar vrede

159 blz. | Paperback | Inspiread, 2010

In Het begint bij jou legt Krishnamurti ons uit dat oorlog en vernietiging voortkomen uit de misplaatste waarde die wij hechten aan ons zelf en aan individualiteit. Dit leidt tot agressie, competitie, hebzucht en conflicten. Als we erkennen dat ons bewustzijn niet individueel is, kunnen we vol wederzijds begrip en compassie samenwerken. Het inzicht dat je verbonden bent met anderen is de eerste stap naar vrede. Die eerste stap moet worden genomen door jou.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9789045312347
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Jiddu Krishnamurti groeide vanuit zijn kleine geboortedorp in India uit tot een van de invloedrijkste spirituele denkers van de twintigste eeuw. Hij leert ons dat we om wereldvrede te bereiken allereerst vrede moeten sluiten met onszelf. Geen spiritueel pad, geestelijk leider of persoonlijke of politieke filosofie zal ons hierbij begeleiden. Bij de transformatie van onze geest, een verandering in ons denken, staan we alleen: het is een weg die eenieder voor zichzelf moet bepalen en bewandelen.

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is een van de meest revolutionaire denkers van de twintigste eeuw. Ondanks zijn verwerping van alle vormen van spirituele leer en dogmas kreeg hij een enorme aanhang en werd hij een van s werelds meest gelezen geestelijk leiders. Hij heeft meer dan zeventig boeken op zijn naam staan.

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Krishnamurti over Krishnamurti – ‘Krishnamurti’s Notebook’

Door Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

288 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 2004 | Synthese, een imprint van Milinda Uitgevers B.V. | ISBN: 9789062719792.

‘ Krishnamurti’s Notebook is a spiritual treasure. The words inside offer the intimate spirit of a truly remarkable presence, poetic, gracious, vast as the sky and wonderfully wise.’ – Jack Kornfield (auteur).

‘ This Notebook, with its matter-of-fact descriptions of Krishnamurti’s almost daily experiences of mystical states, was a privilege to read. In the past, I have found Krishnamurti’s ideas hard to grasp, no doubt because I was trying to grasp them. But this Notebook seems sometimes to paralyze my thought and allow Krishnamurti to work on me on a deeper level. ‘ – John Cleese (auteur).

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9789062719792
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Toen in 1976 de 1e druk verscheen van Krishnamurti’s Notebook (in 1981 vertaald met als Nederlandse titel “Aantekeningen”) was direct al duidelijk dat dit een uniek spiritueel document was waarin Krishnamurti zijn waarnemingen, ervaringen en bewustzijnstoestanden beschrijft. Het bleek geen gewoon dagboek, omdat het nauwelijks ingaat op de dagelijkse dingen in het leven van alledag maar veel meer aantekeningen bevat over zijn persoonlijke spirituele ontwikkeling en de grote betrokkenheid met het leven op aarde. Krishnamurti beschrijft zijn bijna dagelijkse maar altijd onverwachte spirituele gemoedstoestanden die – zoals hij aangeeft – gepaard gingen met fysieke pijnen en die van grote betekenis bleken te zijn voor zijn wijze levenslessen. Bij de eerste druk werd er vanuit gegaan dat deze met de hand geschreven teksten compleet waren. In 2000 werden 32 nieuwe handgeschreven aantekeningen gevonden die volledig aansloten bij de eerdere teksten en het beeld van de innerlijke beroeringen van Krishnamurti compleet maakten.

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A Dictionary of Western Alchemy

By Jordan Stratford with a Foreword by Jeffrey S. Kupperman, Ph.D.

135 Pages | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608978.

‘ And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places. ‘ – Isa, 45:3 (King James Version).

From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and old Egyptian khem (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the ancient science of elements and interactions in both the natural and spiritual realms. Spanning 2.500 years and informed by Hermetic and Neoplatonist influences, it has been practiced in the classical Greco-Roman world, medieval Europe and the medieval Middle-East and Orient, and in current esoteric circles.

From page 40:

” This is true and remote from all cover of falsehood.

Whatever is below is similar to that which is above. Through this the marvels of the work of one thing are procured and perfected.

Also, as all things are made from one, by the consideration of one, so all things were made from this one, by conjunction.

The father of it is the sun, the mother the moon.

The wind bore it in the womb, the nurse is the earth, the mother of all perfection. 

Its power is perfected if it is turned into earth.

Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle and thin from the crude and coarse, prudently, with modesty and wisdom. 

This ascents from the earth into the sky and again descends from the sky to the earth, and receives the power and efficacy of things above and of things below.

By this means you will acquire the glory of the whole world, and so you will drive away all shadows and blindness. 

For this by its fortitude snatches the palm from all other fortitude and power. For it is able to penetrate and subdue everything subtle and everything crude and hard. 

By this means the world was founded

And hence the marvelous conjunctions of it and admirable effects, since this is the way by which these marvels may be brought about. 

And because of this they called me Hermes Trismegistus, since I have the three parts of the wisdom and Philosophy of the whole universe.

My speech is finished which I have spoken concerning the Solar Work. “

From: The Emerald Tablet.

auteur: Stratford, Jordan
ISBN: 9780835608978
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This concise dictionary of alchemy provides clear access to one of the major roots of Western esoteric thought. Alchemists have three main pursuits: the transmutation of base metals into gold by means of the Lapis Philosophorum, the Philosopher’s Stone; the concoction of the Elixir of Life, a universal medicine; and the reconciliation between spirit and matter and direct knowledge of the Divine. The Dictionary of Western Alchemy contains the definition and etymology of hundreds of words and symbols, all relating to these three noble pursuits. Subjects include alchemical processes and procedures, the natural elements and apparatus used, major practitioners and philosophers, and concepts and beliefs. Distinguishing this guide from similar ones is the addition of etymology, which connects the language of alchemy to its Latin, Greek, and Arabic sources. Symbolic pictographs accompany half of the over four hundred entries, and a fascinating illustration from the long tradition of alchemical art introduces each letter of the alphabet. Most important is the author Jordan Stratford’s unique perspective as both a modern Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He brings to bear extensive knowledge of the depth psychology of C. G. Jung, who based his key concept of individuation on the premise that what the ancient alchemists truly sought was inner transformation.

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Als twee vrienden (Talks Amsterdam 1981)

66 blz. | Paperback | Synthese Uitgeverij, 2010

‘Waarom zijn wij mensen er niet in geslaagd het probleem van menselijke relaties tot een bevredigende oplossing te brengen?’ is een van de eerste vragen waarmee Krishnamurti in Amsterdam begon.

Krishnamurti was een bescheiden man, gebruikte zelden het woordje ‘ik’, duidde zichzelf aan als ‘de spreker’ of als ‘wij’, waarmee hij soms de indruk kon wekken dat hij namens een groep sprak, terwijl dat beslist niet het geval was. Hij wilde met zijn toespraken elk van zijn luisteraars persoonlijk aanspreken, hij wilde een gesprek met ze voeren, een gesprek als tussen twee vrienden, Zoals hij het toen in Amsterdam zelf uitdrukte: ‘als twee vrienden die op een mooie dag op een bank in het park zitten te praten over het leven’.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9789062710768
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Maar Krishnamurti was wel een vriend die zijn gesprekspartners onomwonden de waarheid zei. Niet ten onrechte werd hij wel aangeduid als de belangrijkste beeldenstormer van de twintigste eeuw. De beelden die hij bestormde zijn de naar zijn inzicht verstarde denkbeelden en meningen waarmee de mens zich heeft verschanst in een burcht van beperkende regels en systemen, die er vooral op gericht zijn het eigenbelang veilig te stellen.

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Christian Gnosis

368 pages | Paperback | Quest books, 2011

“Because we are still comparatively unevolved, any god that we could fully understand would not be much of a god.”
—Charles W. Leadbeater
In Christian Gnosis, Charles W. Leadbeater reveals the inner teachings of early Christianity while supplying additional insight from a clairvoyant’s perspective.

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W.
ISBN: 9780835608954
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After he joined the Theosophical Society and became Presiding Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, Leadbeater continued to rise as a prolific author. His writings have influenced modern ideas about the occult more than any other writer, and his ideas have formed the basis for many contemporary spiritual and intellectual movements, which include being an inspiration for Kandinsky and Mondrian. As a former Anglican minister, Leadbeater always sought to reveal the lost nature of the holy sacraments and the Christian mysteries back to the people. He was a remarkable man who achieved both notoriety and fame, he made the most amazing claims for himself: he could, he said, communicate with angels, saints and gods; penetrate the cosmos and the atom with his clairvoyant gaze; and trace the history of the earth by psychic perception. At the heart of this book is a message for open-mindedness and a new attitude toward the idea of sin and human-kind’s purpose during their time on earth. Leadbeater’s approach and writing style has always been considered to be approachable to the common person, and this book is no exception. He begins by discussing the true nature of the God-head and exactly what it means that human beings are made in His image. Throughout the text he touches upon everything from angels, hell, the crucifixion, Our Lady, and the visions of St. John. Prepare yourself for an enlightening revelation. Christianity, as the western world has come to presume, is much deeper than the common public has led themselves to believe.

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