By Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
Carl Sagan's prophetic imaginative and prescient of the tragic resurgence of fundamentalism and the hope-filled strength of the subsequent nice improvement in human spirituality
The past due nice astronomer and astrophysicist describes his own seek to appreciate the character of the sacred within the vastness of the cosmos. showing a breadth of mind not anything wanting brilliant, Sagan provides his perspectives on a variety of themes, together with the chance of clever existence on different planets, creationism and so-called clever layout, and a brand new suggestion of technology as "informed worship." initially awarded on the centennial party of the well-known Gifford Lectures in Scotland in 1985 yet by no means released, this ebook bargains a special stumble upon with essentially the most awesome minds of the 20 th century.
Joel Baden, a number one specialist at the outdated testomony, deals a arguable examine the background of King David, the founding father of the kingdom of Israel whose bloodline ends up in Jesus, hard winning renowned ideals approximately his legend in The old David.
Baden makes transparent that the biblical account of David is an try to form the occasions of his lifestyles politically and theologically. Going past the biblical bias, he explores the occasions that lie in the back of the David tale, occasions which are grounded within the context of the traditional close to East and proceed to notify sleek Israel.
The ancient David exposes an bold, ruthless, flesh-and-blood guy who completed strength whatsoever useful, together with homicide, robbery, bribery, intercourse, deceit, and treason. As Baden makes transparent, the historic David stands in competition not just to the virtuous and heroic legends, yet to our own self-definition as David’s nationwide and non secular descendants.
Provocative and enlightening, The ancient David offers the misplaced fact approximately David and poses a problem to us: how can we come to phrases with the truth of a celebrated hero who was once, in truth, just like the bold power-players of his day?
By Neale Donald Walsch
The most important chance on this planet this present day isn't the asking of questions, however the assumption that we have got the entire solutions. WHAT GOD wishes This publication, from the writer of the exceptional big apple occasions bestseller Conversations with God, is risky. Why? since it explores with startling freshness crucial query you'll ever ask - and gives with breathtaking braveness the main notable resolution you may ever think. That solution is so theologically innovative and spiritually empowering that it may swap the process human heritage. If embraced, it most definitely will swap your lifestyles. There are humans and associations on the earth, lengthy in position and lengthy in energy, that wish neither of those results to ensue. they'd relatively that you just placed this ebook down instantaneously. whilst was once the final time you learn a perilous publication?
By Alanna Kaivalya
Each of the twenty-one mantras and kirtans provided contains the Sanskrit model, the transliteration, the interpretation, feedback for chanting, the underlying fantasy, and its modern day implications. in keeping with Alanna Kaivalya’s years of educating and learning the myths and sacred texts, this booklet bargains a fashion into essentially the most life-changing points of yoga practice.
By Marianne Williamson
"If your 'weighty pondering' doesn't switch, then whether you drop some weight you will preserve an overpowering unconscious urge to achieve it again. it is less significant how speedy you shed extra pounds, and extra vital how holistically you drop some pounds; you will have your brain, your feelings, and your physique to all 'lose weight.' Weight that disappears out of your physique yet now not out of your soul is just recycling outward for a while
but is sort of bound to go back. it truly is self-defeating, consequently, to fight to drop extra weight unless
you also are keen to drop the thought-forms that at first produced it and now carry it in place."
- Marianne Williamson
What is the relationship among spirituality and weight-loss? Best-selling writer Marianne Williamson is set to reply to that question for you in her groundbreaking new ebook, bringing you 21 religious classes that will help you quit your weight endlessly. those classes shape a holistic paradigm for weight reduction, addressing the non secular, emotional, and mental parts enthusiastic about what Williamson refers to as "conscious weight loss." when you are a foodstuff addict, a compulsive eater, or somebody who for any cause sees nutrients because the enemy, this booklet is for you.
A path in Weight Loss addresses the genuine causal root of your weightloss matters: a spot inside you the place you have got forgotten your divine perfection. This forgetfulness has stressed not just your brain but in addition your physique, making you succeed in for that which can't maintain you . . . and reject that which does. As your brain reclaims its non secular intelligence, your physique will reclaim its average intelligence as well.
The 21 classes during this booklet will take you on a deep, sacred trip. One step at a time, you are going to discover ways to shift your dating with yourself-and your body-from one in all worry to 1 of affection. and you'll start to combine many of the components of yourself-mind, physique, and spirit-to develop into, once more, and in all methods, the attractive and peaceable individual you have been created to be.
As Williamson writes: "When it involves your delight in consuming, your top days aren't at the back of you yet prior to you!" So prepare to start a brand new dating with nutrition . . . and with yourself.
By Eknath Easwaran
By Guy Murchie
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"All lifestyles in all worlds" -this was once the thing of the author's seventeen-year quest for wisdom and discovery, culminating during this booklet. In a fashion unmistakably his personal, Murchie delves into the interconnectedness of all lifestyles on this planet and of such fields as biology, geology, sociology, arithmetic, and physics. He bargains us what the poet could Sarton has referred to as "a sturdy ebook to take to a wasteland island as sole significant other, so wealthy is it in wisdom and insight."
The amassing of Intentions reads a unmarried Tibetan Buddhist ritual method during the routine of Tibetan background, revealing the social and fabric dimensions of an ostensibly undying culture. via subjecting tantric perform to historic research, the e-book deals new perception into the origins of Tibetan Buddhism, the formation of its canons, the emergence of latest lineages and ceremonies, and sleek efforts to revitalize the faith via returning to its mythic origins.
The ritual procedure explored during this quantity relies at the Gathering of Intentions Sutra, the elemental "root tantra" of the Anuyoga classification of teachings belonging to the Nyingma ("Ancient") tuition of Tibetan Buddhism. continuing chronologically from the 9th century to the current, each one bankruptcy incorporates a Tibetan writer negotiating a perceived hole among the unique root text―the Gathering of Intentions―and the lived spiritual or political issues of his day. those ongoing tensions underscore the importance of Tibet's difficult esoteric ritual structures, that have continued for hundreds of years, evolving in accordance with ancient stipulations. instead of forget perform in want of philosophical issues, this quantity prioritizes Tibetan Buddhism's ritual structures for a richer portrait of the tradition.
By David G. Myers
A pleasant Letter to Skeptics and Atheists is helping readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their universal floor. For these whose pondering has moved from the spiritual thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers deals tips that could a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He indicates how skeptics and other people of religion can percentage a dedication to cause, proof, and demanding pondering, whereas additionally embracing a religion that helps human flourishing—by making experience of the universe, giving desiring to existence, connecting us in supportive groups, mandating altruism, and supplying wish within the face of adversity and demise.
By Paramahansa Yogananda
The deep yearnings for divine love and pleasure which are inside each one folks discovered many-faceted expression within the lifetime of Paramahansa Yogananda - well-known as one of many preeminent non secular figures of our time, and writer of the acclaimed vintage Autobiography of a Yogi.
Songs of the Soul is an outpouring of his direct perceptions of God - God in nature, in guy, in daily reports, and within the spiritually woke up kingdom of samadhi meditation.
Most of those poems have been written in the course of Yogananda's early years within the usa. His writings will not be the thought of renderings of a poet's fancies, yet a revelation of the internal expereinces of a soul ever conscious in Spirit, responding to the wonders of nature; to the stories of his loved motherland; to the deep impressions made by way of new associates and associates; especially, to the divine realizations born of that soul's intimate communions with God.