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<B>Beyond Religion </B><I> The Cultural Evolution of the Sense of the Sacred, from Shamanism to Religion to Post-religious Spirituality</I>, THOMPSON, WILLIAM IRWIN, PREFACE BY JOY E STOCKE
1 Beyond Religion The Cultural Evolution of the Sense of the Sacred, from Shamanism to Religion to Post-religious Spirituality
THOMPSON, WILLIAM IRWIN, PREFACE BY JOY E STOCKE
1584201517 / 9781584201519 
In an age of religious fundamentalist violence around the world, it is heartening to read poet and cultural historian William Irwin’s Thompson’s contention that a new form of post-religious spirituality is emerging in our planetary civilization, one that is more appropriate to our new electronic and globally interconnected noetic polities. This little book is a Vade Mecum of the cultural evolutionary news to keep in one’s pocket to read along with the day’s emotionally manipulative political news.

Thompson shows us that, like a dying star in supernova, the explosion of religious violence is a sign of medieval religions’ death and not their rebirth. The brilliant thirteenth-century Renaissance that gave us the Gothic Cathedrals and the Convivencia of Christian, Jews, and Muslims in southern Spain was followed by the Black Death and the Inquisition, but the Italian Renaissance still took off in  fifteenth-century Florence, as Giotto was followed by Fra Angelico and the syncretic school of Chartres was followed by Cosimo di Medici’s Florentine Academy. The Big Picture that the poet and cultural historian can provide enables us to participate in the larger processes of cultural transformation at work in our world.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 13959] 
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<B>Bhagavad Gita, The </B><I> </I>, PATTON, LAURIE L
2 Bhagavad Gita, The
PATTON, LAURIE L
0140447903 / 9780140447903 
'Know this: that with which all this world is woven is not to be destroyed. No one is able to effect the destruction of the imperishable'

The Bhagavad Gita is an early epic poem that recounts the conversation between Arjuna the warrior and his charioteer Krishna, the manifestation of God. In the moments before a great battle, the dialogue sets out the important lessons Arjuna must learn to change the outcome of the war he is to fight, and culminates in Krishna revealing to the warrior his true cosmic form, counselling him to search for the universal perfection of life. Ranging from instructions on yoga postures to dense moral discussion, the Gita is one of the most important Hindu texts, as well as serving as a practical guide to living well.

Laurie patton's accessible and elegant new translation reflects The Bhagavad Gita's status as both an aesthetic and a social document, and her introduction examines the structure of the poem and the various commentaries on it through the ages. This edition also includes suggested further reading and a glossary of terms.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 13719] 
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<B>Bhagavad-Gita </B><I> </I>, MASCARO, JUAN,  BRODBECK, SIMON,  MASCARO, JUAN
3 Bhagavad-Gita
MASCARO, JUAN, BRODBECK, SIMON, MASCARO, JUAN
0140449183 / 9780140449181 2003 Paperback 
chronology
"The Bhagavad Gita" is an intensely spiritual work that forms the cornerstone of the Hindu faith, and is also one of the masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry. It describes how, at the beginning of a mighty battle between the Pandava and Kaurava armies, the god Krishna gives spiritual enlightenment to the warrior Arjuna, who realizes that the true battle is for his own soul.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 10589] 
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<B>Caesars and Apostles: Hellenism Rome and Judaism </B><I> Hellenism, Rome and Judaism</I>, BOCK, EMIL,  ST.GOAR, MARIA
4 Caesars and Apostles: Hellenism Rome and Judaism Hellenism, Rome and Judaism
BOCK, EMIL, ST.GOAR, MARIA
0863152732 / 9780863152733 1998 Hardback 
An unusual perspective on the cultural and political milieu in existence at the time of the emergence of Christianity. Events such as the Persian Wars are examined with a view to understanding the spiritual struggles raging between those forces that wished to promote a newly emerging human consciousness, based on independent thought and a growing sense of egocentricity; and those forces that wished to preserve the authoritarian structures of the past, which were rooted in now decadent mystery practices. In particular the role of Essenes receives prominence, given that Bock was writing prior to the discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the second half of the book, Bock investigates the esoteric biographies of some of the key figures surrounding Jesus Christ, and demonstrates how their destinies were affected by the encounters with the being of Christ.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 618] 
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<B>Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious </B><I> </I>, MADAGAIN, MURCHADH O
5 Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious
MADAGAIN, MURCHADH O
1590561074 / 9781590561072 Paperback 
In this searching study, Fr. Murchadh O Madagain in describes the life and thoughts of Fr. Thomas Keating, the Trappist monk who was one of the founders of the centering prayer movement. Centering prayer aims to reclaim the Christian contemplative and mystical traditions after centuries of neglect and to make it available for modern spiritual seekers. Fr. Murchadh O Madagain traces its roots back to the fourth- and fifth-century Desert Fathers such as Evagrius and John Cassian. He shows how it was used in the medieval classic The Cloud of Unknowing and practiced by saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, then revived by Thomas Merton during the twentieth century.

Fr. Murchadh O Madagain illustrates how, by bringing the insights of contemporary psychology to bear on this ancient method of prayer, Fr. Keating has not only revitalized the contemplative tradition, but also has enabled it to become a powerful tool for people of faith to gain insight into themselves and God, whom Keating calls the ''divine healer.'' Fr. Murchadh O Madagain also unpacks the processes at work in centering prayer and clears up some of the common misunderstandings that surround it.

Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious is an essential work for all those interested in the history and practice of centering prayer. In addition to describing the background of this unique and effective practice, Fr. Murchadh O Madagain offers unique insights into the ideas of one of its leading contemporary teachers and practitioners.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 1728] 
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<B>Christianity and Islam: a Battle for the True Images of Man </B><I> </I>, FRIELING, RUDOLF
6 Christianity and Islam: a Battle for the True Images of Man
FRIELING, RUDOLF
0863154352 / 9780863154355 1978 Paperback 
The Qu'ranic statement that 'Allah has no son' constitutes one of the essential differences between Islam and Christianity. Is Christian worship of God any different if one believes in the divine Son, or not? Is the doctrine of the Trinity an unnecessary belief? Frieling proposes that many Christians, faced with the straightforward monotheism of Islam, might ask themselves such questions. He starts by examining the roots of the divergence of the two spiritual streams carried by Abraham's sons, Ishmael and Isaac. He goes on to describe Muhammad's establishment of Islam with the Qu'ran as its fundamental revelation. The heart of the book revolves around Frieling's analysis of what is meant by 'the Son'. He argues that the divine Son has an essential role not only in humankind's relationship with God, but also in our entire evolution on earth. He also argues that the unfulfilled needs of a religion which overlooked 'the Son' were critical in the emergence of the Shiah branches of Islam. In this, he feels, can be detected an unconscious seeking for Christ.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 759] 
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<B>Great Initiates, The </B><I> </I>, SCHURE, EDWARD
7 Great Initiates, The
SCHURE, EDWARD
0893452289 / 9780893452285 2000 Paperback / softback 
The Great Initiates encompasses long centuries of human existence and reflects our great search -- the greatest search of all -- the quest for the spirit. This book describes the motivations behind external history, the growth of religious striving, the rise and fall of cultures, and indicates their importance for us today It reflects the lives and deeds of human beings of extraordinary stature. Rama, Krishna, Hermes, Moses, Orpheus, Pythagoras, Plato, Jesus. In these pages one witnesses spiritual adventure of a depth and intensity rarely experienced by creative human beings, even in their most exalted moments. This excitement of discovery which breathes through The Great Initiates may well explain its continuing popularity after over a century.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 11781] 
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8 Great Religions Pathways to Our Innermost Being
ARCHIATI, PIETRO, WEHRLE, PAULINE
1902636015 / 9781902636016 1998 Paperback 
Taking a radical departure from the usual comparative study of religion, Pietro Archiati shows that the various religions represent stages in each individual's path of development. In this sense the Great Religions create an absolute unity -- not in what they say or teach, but in their contribution to each of us becoming ever more human.

Beginning with the Flood of Atlantis, Archiati places the religions in the context of human evolution, taking us through the development of Buddhism, Zarathustrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and onwards to the future of religion based on spiritual reality. For example, Archiati considers how the founders of the various religions are working today. Are the Buddha, Krishna, Moses and Zarathustra doing and telling us the same things now as they were in the past, even though humanity has undergone considerable changes since?
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 10224] 
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<B>Healing Power of Prayer </B><I> </I>, SCHROEDER, HANS-WERNER,  MADSEN, JON
9 Healing Power of Prayer
SCHROEDER, HANS-WERNER, MADSEN, JON
086315624X / 9780863156243 2008 Paperback 
There are times in our lives - for instance, a bereavement or a sudden job loss - when we need to work to find some inner peace to help us through. Often, we may feel that we want to turn to something greater than ourselves for support. Hans-Werner Schroeder looks at different aspects of prayer, and describes how we can call upon powers within ourselves to help restore us. He gives practical advice on how to build prayer into our lives on a regular basis, and offers ways to maintain inner harmony and peace.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 666] 
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<B>Kabbalah of Prayer </B><I> Sacred Sounds and the Soul's Journey</I>, ELSON, SHULAMIT
10 Kabbalah of Prayer Sacred Sounds and the Soul's Journey
ELSON, SHULAMIT
1584200170 / 9781584200178 2003 Paperback 
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In this remarkable book, Shulamit Elson writes with eloquence and authority about our soul's journey, our place in the universe, and our relationship to God through prayer. In beautiful and simple words, she shares the ancient teachings and the sacred sounds of the Kabbalah. With the help of her 'Maggid', a traditional Kabbalistic 'answering angel', Elson developed a series of meditative 'Sound Prayers', using sacred sounds made with the voice. She explains the theological, cosmology and esoteric foundations upon which 'Sound Prayer' is based. This is a practical book that gives individual exercises as well as offering help on meeting specific challenges, including spiritual struggles, feelings of meaninglessness, and harsh self-judgement, as well as illness, fear, and anxiety.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 1585] 
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<B>Last Barrier </B><I> A Journey into the Essence of Sufi Teachings.</I>, FIELD, RESHAD
11 Last Barrier A Journey into the Essence of Sufi Teachings.
FIELD, RESHAD
1584200073 / 9781584200079 2002 Paperback 
illustrations
This classic work by tells the compelling story of Feild's journey along an ancient and powerful spiritual path. It tells of Field's exhilarating explorations into mystical Turkey, a land of whirling dervishes and the tombs of great saints, but also a world that opens into the divine love that lies at the heart of all.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 1578] 
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<B>Lord's Prayer </B><I> An Eastern Perspective</I>, SIT, KWAN-YUK CLAIRE
12 Lord's Prayer An Eastern Perspective
SIT, KWAN-YUK CLAIRE
0880105968 / 9780880105965 2008 Paperback 
illustrations
"This book opens the door to Eastern religious and cultural practices in an attempt to shed light on the teachings implicit in The Lord's Prayer. It uses simple analogies and inspiring anecdotes to unveil seemingly subtle and obscure Eastern concepts. It paves a path for Self-realization along the trail of The Lord's Prayer, merging the precious teachings of Eastern and Western masters from the Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu, Mother Teresa, The Dalai Lama, and others. It is written for people who seek inspiration to enrich their lives, who desire greater mastery of Eastern philosophy, and who value information on practical spirituality." (from the preface)
"Our Father, our Mother, and our Great Tao, You are pure Consciousness in a state of infinite compassion and eternal bliss. As Above So Below, we can also attain such a state. We only have to seek the `I Am' within and bring out our highest ideals. All our activities are subject to the `More Use Easier Use' principle. We know that `practice makes perfect,' but we need to be careful so as not to be entrapped by our undesirable habits." (from chapter 9)
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 1188] 
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<B>Lord's Prayer </B><I> The Living Word of God</I>, HALLE, JUDITH VON
13 Lord's Prayer The Living Word of God
HALLE, JUDITH VON
1902636856 / 9781902636856 2007 Hardback 
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'The contents of this volume have arisen from my own spiritual experience, and do not represent any kind of hypothesis or speculation, except where I expressly say that I am unable to make any definitive statement about a particular event or set of circumstances...' After she received the stigmata in 2004, Judith von Halle began to experience, very vividly, the events that occurred at the time of Christ. These continuing experiences are not visionary or clairvoyant in nature, but an actual participation, involving all human senses, in the events themselves. To complement this method of witnessing Christ's life, von Halle brings to bear a spiritual-scientific mode of observation - a form of research based on a fully conscious crossing of the spiritual threshold by the human 'I' (or self). Combining the results, she describes in this concise study Christ's presentation of the Lord's Prayer - the archetypal prayer of humanity - to those closest to Him, and the context in which He gave it.
Von Halle considers the historical circumstances at the time of Christ, the preparations He made for passing the Prayer on to others, the Prayer's meaning to the disciples, and how the Prayer itself acts as a mediator between worlds. In addition, she reflects on the doxology of the Lord's Prayer, and its relation to the Sephiroth Tree.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 10228] 
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<B>Notes on the Gospel of John </B><I> </I>, ALLEN, PAUL MARSHALL
14 Notes on the Gospel of John
ALLEN, PAUL MARSHALL
1621480097 / 9781621480099 2014 
In 1949, Paul Marshall Allen embarked, along with Rudolf Frieling, on an intense, in-depth study of the Gospel of John. Their work involved meditative contemplation, verse-by-verse, and working closely with the original Greek Gospel. This book comprises the notes that Paul wrote down from that study.

Intended to be read meditatively, this book provides a treasure of insights that will prove an invaluable as a study guide for those wishing to deepen their work on this Gospel.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 13163] 
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<B>Prayers and Graces </B><I> </I>, JONES, MICHAEL
15 Prayers and Graces
JONES, MICHAEL
0863152449 / 9780863152443 1987 3 Hardback 
As well as many graces, this collection includes prayers for the expectant mother, for the child before and after birth, suicide, and for the soul between death and funeral.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 608] 
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<B>Romantic Religion </B><I> A Study of Owen Barfield, C.S.Lewis, Charles Williams and J.R.R.Tolkien</I>, REILLY, R.J.
16 Romantic Religion A Study of Owen Barfield, C.S.Lewis, Charles Williams and J.R.R.Tolkien
REILLY, R.J.
1584200472 / 9781584200475 2007 Paperback 
This classic book on the four 'Oxford Christians' is now available again with a new Preface by R. J. Reilly himself. Reilly provides insights into the literary, religious and philosophical background of these extraordinary writers and thinkers, and the remarkable effect of their work which endures in the public imagination. Devoting a chapter to each of Owen Barfield, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and J. R. R. Tolkien, he explores their creative imagination and discusses their differences and similarities.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 1605] 
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17 Sacramental and Spiritual Communion
ASTEN, D.VON
0880101210 / 9780880101219 2007 Paperback 

[When referring to this item please quote our ID 11021] 
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18 Saint Brendan
MACDONALD, IAIN, PATERSON, ANNE ROSS
0863151418 / 9780863151415 1992 Paperback 
colour illustrations
The tale of the voyage of the sixth-century monk St. Brendan has caught the imagination of peoples through the ages.
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 11379] 
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19 Saint Columba
MACDONALD, IAIN
0863151434 / 9780863151439 

[When referring to this item please quote our ID 7909] 
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<B>Saint Magnus </B><I> </I>, MACDONALD, IAIN
20 Saint Magnus
MACDONALD, IAIN
0863151647 / 9780863151644 1993 Paperback 
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This early account of the life of the Scottish saint, St Magnus, includes a brief introduction, containing the saint's historical and ecclesiastical background. It aims to give the modern reader an insight into the spirit of medieval Christianity. Other books in the series are: "St Margaret", "St Mungo" and "St Ninian".
[When referring to this item please quote our ID 11374] 
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