Madame Blavatsky: The Woman Behind the Myth

Recklessly very good, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky scandalized her nineteenth century international with a arguable new faith that attempted to synthesize japanese and Western philosophies. If her contemporaries observed her as a freak, a charlatan, and a snake oil salesman, she considered herself as a distinct individual born for excellent issues. She firmly believed that it used to be her future to enlighten the area. Rebelliously breaking conventions, she was once the antithesis of a pious non secular chief. She cursed, smoked, overate, and had to airbrush out yes inconvenient evidence, like husbands, fans, and a child.

Marion Meade digs deep into Madame Blavatsky’s existence from her delivery in Russia one of the aristocracy to a penniless exile in Europe, around the Atlantic to ny the place she grew to become the 1st Russian lady naturalized as an American citizen, and at last relocating directly to India the place she demonstrated the overseas headquarters of the Theosophical Society in 1882. As she chased from continent to continent, she left in her aftermath a path of enthralled fans and the guidelines of Theosophy that undergo to today. whereas disregarded as a feminine messiah, her efforts laid the foundation for the recent Age move, which sought to reconcile jap traditions with Western occultism. Her teachings entered the mainstream through growing new recognize for the cultures and religions of the East—for Buddhism and Hinduism—and curiosity in meditation, yoga, specialists, and reincarnation.

Madame Blavatsky used to be distinctive. here's her richly extraordinary tale advised with compassion, perception, and an try and plumb the reality in the back of these incredible accomplishments. 

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Revelations of Christ: Proclaimed by Paramhansa Yogananda by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda

By Paramhansa Yogananda

This galvanizing ebook, proposing the lessons of Christ from the event and standpoint of Paramhansa Yogananda, one of many maximum non secular masters of the 20 th century, ultimately deals the clean point of view on Christ's teachings for which the area has been ready. This e-book provides us with a chance to appreciate and observe the Scriptures in a extra trustworthy manner than the other: through learning less than these saints who've communed without delay, in deep ecstasy, with Christ and God.

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Gandhi: A Spiritual Biography

In his Autobiography, Gandhi wrote, “What i would like to achieve—what i've been striving and pining to accomplish those thirty years—is self-realization, to determine God nose to nose. . . . All that I do in terms of conversing and writing, and all my ventures within the political box, are directed to this related end.” whereas hundreds of thousands of biographies and histories were written approximately Gandhi (1869–1948), the majority of them have eager about the nationwide, political, social, monetary, academic, ecological, or familial dimensions of his lifestyles. only a few, in recounting how Gandhi led his kingdom to political freedom, have seen his fight basically as a look for non secular liberation.
transferring the point of interest to the understudied topic of Gandhi’s religious existence, Arvind Sharma retells the tale of Gandhi’s existence via this lens. Illuminating unsuspected dimensions of Gandhi’s internal global and uncovering their awesome connections together with his outward activities, Sharma explores the eclectic spiritual surroundings during which Gandhi was once raised, his trust in karma and rebirth, his conviction that morality and faith are synonymous, his attitudes towards tyranny and freedom, and, probably most vital, the mysterious resource of his energy to set up new norms of human behavior. This booklet enlarges our realizing of 1 of history’s so much profoundly influential figures, a guy whose belief within the energy of the spirit helped free up millions.

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Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal

In some ways, twentieth-century the United States was once the land of superheroes and technological know-how fiction. From Superman and Batman to the wonderful 4 and the X-Men, those pop-culture juggernauts, with their "powers and skills a ways past these of mortal men," delighted readers and audiences—and concurrently embodied a number of our goals and fears approximately sleek lifestyles and the onrushing future.

But that is simply scratching the skin, says Jeffrey Kripal. In Mutants and Mystics, Kripal deals a brilliantly insightful account of ways comedian publication heroes have helped their creators and lovers alike discover and show a wealth of paranormal stories neglected via mainstream technology. Delving deeply into the paintings of significant figures within the field—from Jack Kirby’s cosmic superhero sagas and Philip ok. Dick’s futuristic head-trips to Alan Moore’s intercourse magic and Whitley Strieber’s communion with visitors—Kripal exhibits how creators became to technology fiction to show the truth of the inexplicable and the magical they skilled of their lives. multiplied attention chanced on its language within the metaphors of sci-fi—incredible powers, extraordinary mutations, time-loops and mammoth intergalactic intelligences—and the deeper impacts of mythology and faith that those in flip drew from; the wildly artistic paintings that stuck the imaginations of thousands. relocating deftly from chilly battle technology and Fredric Wertham's anticomics campaign to gnostic revelation and alien abduction, Kripal spins out a hidden background of yankee tradition, wealthy with legendary topics and shot via with an information that there are different realities a ways past our daily understanding.

A bravura functionality, fantastically illustrated in complete colour all through and brimming over with terrific own tales, Mutants and Mystics is that rarest of items: a booklet that's absolute to broaden—and perhaps even blow—your mind.

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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

By Alan Watts

On the root of human clash is our basic false impression of who we're. the semblance that we're remoted beings, unconnected to the remainder of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” global with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of expertise and our violent and antagonistic subjugation of the flora and fauna. In The Book, thinker Alan Watts offers us with a much-needed resolution to the matter of non-public id, distilling and adapting the traditional Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to assist us remember that the self is actually the basis and flooring of the universe. during this mind-opening and revelatory paintings, Watts has crafted a primer on what it capacity to be human—and a handbook of initiation into the vital secret of life.

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The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)

By Scott Cunningham

One of the secrets and techniques of genuine magic is that it's managed by means of the brain. The extra issues on your ritual to assist your brain go along with your objective, the extra strong your ritual might be. coloured candles, scented oils, average incenses, and extra all upload to the influence of the magic you want to do. But how have you learnt which incense to burn? Is it attainable so as to add scented oils jointly to get a extra strong oil? and the way do you're making your individual appropriately-scented tools? 

The solutions to questions like those and hundreds and hundreds extra are available in The whole publication of Incense, Oils and Brews through world-famous writer Scott Cunningham. this can be a drastically accelerated and rewritten model of The Magic of Incenses, Oils and Brews. It comprises over a hundred new formulation, proportions for every component to the recipes (the so much asked function from his prior book), the right way to replacement constituents, and masses extra. along with the formulation, it is also the precise equipment of constructing all of those scented instruments, together with how one can extract the essences from the herbs.

Each one of many formulation during this magic booklet is particular and straightforward to make. do you want success? Take 2 elements vetivert, 2 elements allspice, 1 half nutmeg, and 1 half calamus, grind them jointly as finely as attainable, then sprinkle the powder in a circle round you, starting and finishing within the East and relocating clockwise. sit down inside of this circle and soak up the powder's energies. additionally incorporated are alternative routes to exploit magical powders that might have you ever arising together with your personal rules for them, too.

There is a legion of recipes for incenses. There are 3 for the sunlight and for consecrating talismans. There are incenses for every of the astrological indicators and ones that can assist you learn larger and achieve good fortune. you are going to additionally locate incenses for every of the planetary impacts. There are 4 for Saturn alone!

This compendium of magical lore is an important software for each magical individual on any magical direction, even if you're a newbie or an expert.

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Pilate's Wife: A Novel of the Roman Empire

By Antoinette May

A daughter of privilege within the strongest empire the realm has ever identified, Claudia has a special and aggravating "gift": her goals have an uncanny manner of coming precise. As a rebellious baby seated beside the tyrannical Roman Emperor Tiberius, she first spies the robust gladiator who will eventually be her one actual ardour. but it's the formidable Justice of the Peace Pontius Pilate who intrigues the impressionable younger lady she turns into, and Claudia reveals her approach into his palms by way of a mysterious historical magic. Pilate is her grand future, top her to Judaea and plunging her right into a seething cauldron of open uprising. yet following her buddy Miriam of Magdala's confession of her ecstatic love for a charismatic spiritual radical, Claudia starts off to event terrifying visions—horrific premonitions of warfare, injustice, untold devastation and damnation . . . and the crucifixion of a divine martyr whom she needs to do every little thing in her energy to save.

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The Four Noble Truths

This ebook comprises the fundamental advisor to a few of the valuable Buddhist teachings in accordance with the hot united kingdom lectures via his holiness.

This quantity includes:-

‘The 4 Noble truths’, essentially the most vital tenets of Tibetan Buddhism.

The have to stability religious and fabric values.

‘Compassion, the foundation for Human Happiness’

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