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Abhayananda, Swami

Norbu, Chogyal Namkhai

Adyashanti

Neruda, Pablo

Allen, Charles

Oates, Joyce Carol

Arguelles, Jose

Padura Fuentes, Leonardo

Asturias, Miguel Angel

Penrose, Roger

Aurobindo, Sri

Rice, Anne

Barks, Coleman

Rinpoche, Sogyal

Bailey, Alice

Rushdie, Salman

Berner, Charles

South, Stephanie

Bailly, Constantina Rhodes

Stephens, John Lloyd

Brown, Dan

Stephenson, Neal

Burnham, Sophy

Thomsom, Belinda

Cameron, Julia

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Campbell, Joseph

Twain, Mark

Castaneda, Carlos

Tweedie, Irina

Cather, Willa

Whitman, Walt

Chaucer, Geoffrey

Wilson, Robert Anton

Cunxin, Li

Wolfgang von Hagen,Victor

Danielou, Alain

Yogananda, Paramahansa

Delaney, Frank

 

Dickenson, Emily

 

Eco, Umberto

 

Faulkner, William

 

Fuentes, Carlos

 

García Márquez, Gabriel

 

Gyatso, His Holiness T.

 

Gyamtso Rinpoche, Kenpo Tsultrim

 

Hawking, Stephen W.

 

Hemingway, Ernest

 

Hesse, Hermann

 

Hughes, Robert

 

Hunter, C. Bruce

 

Imbert, Enrique Anderson

 

Jenkins, John Major

 

Joyce, James

 

Kappraff, Jay

 

Kazantzakis, Nikos

 

Kingsolver, Barbara

 

Kripalvananda, Swami

 

Kripananda, Swami

 

Levitt, Atma Jo Anne

 

Lhalungpa, Lobsang P.

 

Llywelyn, Morgan

 

Luke, Helen M.

 

Markale, Jean

 

McCarthy, Cormac

 

McCourt, Frank

 

Milton, John

 

Moctezuma, Eduaardo Motos

 

Muktananda, Swami

 
 
   

 

HEMINGWAY, ERNEST (1899-1961)

IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, Scribner Paperback Fiction 1995, copyright 1986 by Mary Hemingway. et. al

This novel was not in finished form at the time of the Hemingway’s death. Some cuts and copy editing were made and a small number of minor interpolations for clarity and consistency. The publisher states, however, that nothing was added and in every significant respect the work is all Hemingway. It's a short novel and you can read it in one or two sittings.

The setting is the French Riviera in the 1920's. Hemingway takes a profound interest in his characters, young American writer David Bourne, his glamorous wife, Catherine, and a young woman with whom they both fall in love. He unfolds an intensive study of Catherine's mental state and her husband's response to her. She is uncontrollably envious of her husband's success as a writer, so much so that she yearns to change her gender.

Hemingway's writing is wonderfully taut and lean, simply refreshing. He gives hints of his approach to writing through his character David who is writing a novel about his childhood in Africa. He writes:

"In the story he had tried to make the elephant come alive again as he and Kibo had seem him in the night when the moon had risen. Maybe I can..no I can’t do it. The elephant was old and if it had not been his father (who killed it), it would have been someone else.

There is nothing you can do except try to write it the way that it was. So write each day better than you possible can and use the sorrow that you have now to make you know how the early sorrow came. And you must always remember the things you believed because if you know them they will be there in the writing and you won’t betray them. Writing is the only progress you make." p. 167 In the Garden of Eden




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PADURA FUENTES, LEONARDO

ADIÓS HEMINGWAY Copyright 2005, published by Canongate Books Ltd. Edinburgh, Scotland. 2005, First American Edition Canongate, 841 Broadway, New York , NY 10003. Translated from the Spanish by John King.

Padura Fuentes writes a murder mystery weaving the story of Papa Hemingways’s last years in Cuba with a murder investigation by ex-cop and writer Mario Conde. The skeletal remains of a man murdered by a shotgun surface on the Havana Estate of Ernest Hemingway forty years after Hemingway's death. Conde investigates the crime and provides ample details of his own experience of Hemingway and his last days in Havana. Implicating Hemingway in the murder provides fascinating albeit fictionalized insight into what led the author to suicide shortly thereafter. The story maintains its suspense consistently and creates a believable historical setting of Hemingway in Havana.




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ADYASHANTI

EMPTINESS DANCING, Selected Dharma Talks of Adyashanti Open Gate Publishing, Los Gatos, California, copyright 2004 by Adyashanti

Adyashanti lives an ordinary life while demonstrating an extraordinary gift for transmitting a simple truth: liberation is the birthright of us all. He awakened to his true nature after many years of ZEN practice. He began teaching in 1996. His teachings have been the source of inspiration and awakening for many students from diverse traditions.

In Emptiness Dancing, Adyashanti reveals valuable insights and explores important relevant themes. Discovering our true nature could be called the discovery of emptiness--the vast stillness and loving silence that lies beyond and within all that exists. He says our lives are the dance of this emptiness as it flowers into form.

Adyashanti
by The Mosaic Maker



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LEVITT ATMA JO ANN

PILGRIM OF LOVE, The Life and Teachings of Swami Kripalu Monkfish Book Publishing Company, Rhinebeck, New York, Copyright 2004 by Atma Jo Ann Levitt

This creative work provides a heart-felt introduction to the life of Swami Kripalvananda and the life-transforming yogic principles that are his legacy. Although Kripalu visited the United States from 1977 to 1981, few of his writings have been translated into English and the full impact of his wisdom is yet to be felt in the West. He was one of the greatest Kundalini yogis of the 20th century. In addition, he was a scholar, classical musician, composer, playwright, athlete, actor and consummate story-teller. He was most renowned for his practice of sahaj or spontaneous yoga and his encyclopedic writings on yoga and classical music. He lived in India, in the western state of Gujarat from 1913 to 1981.

Atma Jo Ann Levitt is a senior Kripalu Faculty member who has designed and developed many of Kripalu Center's personal growth programs. Kripalu Center is the largest residential yoga center in the world and is located in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.




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LI CUNXIN

MAO'S LAST DANCER, Penguin Books Australia, Division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd., 2003, copyright Li Cunxin, 2003

In Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin (b. 1961) relates the moving and unforgettable experience of his life growing up in a small, desperately poor village in north-east China during the time of Mao Tse-tung’s Cultural Revolution. If this were all you were to read, it would be memorable enough, for it is a beautiful, rich first hand account Mao’s China amid revolution and chaos and its affect on the lives of the peasants. But there’s more! One day, by the thinnest thread of a chance, the course of this small boy’s life is changed. He is inadvertently selected by Madame Mao’s visiting cultural delegates to participate in Chairman Mao’s great vision for China: he will audition for the Beijing Dance Academy.



Li Cunxin in Glen Tetley's
Rite of Spring

In time he will defect to the West and will dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world, become friends with a president and first lady, with movie stars and the most influential people in America. Li Cunxin tells his story with great honesty, dignity and pride.


Li Cunxin and his family



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FRANK DELANEY

IRELAND, HarperCollins Publishers Inc, New York, Copyright 2005 by Frank Delaney

Ireland is an inspired book of jeweled images created and woven with a delight that transports the reader magically into the Celtic world. It is an epic novel that captures the passionate texture of the Irish spirit and the people’s connection to the land. In 1951 an itinerant storyteller, the very last practitioner of a fabled tradition extending back hundreds of years, tells his stories to a group which includes a nine year old boy. Young Ronan grows so entranced that he devotes his life to searching out the elusive wandering storyteller. His search becomes a journey of self-discovery and immersion into the histories of his native land. The book travels through the centuries interweaving the young Ronan’s quest for the Storyteller with the evocative unfolding of the great moments in Irish history from the Ice Age to the present.



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MORGAN LLYWELYN

LION OF IRELAND, a Tom Doherty Associates book, New York, copyright 1981 by Morgan Llywelyn

Morgan Llywelyn has a great talent for historical fiction. In the Lion of Ireland she writes about the life of Brian Boru, the greatest king Ireland has ever known. With Llywelyn’s convincing characterizations and vivid detailed descriptions, Boru is a very human man who leads his people to the peak of their golden era. The story is set against the barbaric splendors of the tenth century and is rich in truth and legend where friends become deadly enemies, bedrooms turn into battlefields and dreams of glory are finally fulfilled. This book is an enjoyable excursion into Irish history.




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JEAN MARKALE

WOMEN OF THE CELTS First published in French under the title La Femme Celte by Editions Payot in 1972, copyright 1972 by Editions Payot. English Translation copyright 1975 by A. Mygind, C. Hauch and P. Henry. First U.S. Edition 1986 by Inner Traditions International, Ltd. Rochester Vermont

Women of the Celts illuminates a much neglected historical period of a people who stood halfway between earlier matriarchal societies and the later patriarchal Indo-European cultures. The first section examines authentic records of Celtic law and then interprets in detail the Celtic myths relating to women. In the Celtic sphere, history is the myth. Therefore thought provoked by the myth takes on an active power because it influences real life.

The second section explores fully the following myths: The Submerged Princess, Our Lady of the Night, The Great Queen, The Rebellion of the Flower-Daughter, The Grail or the Quest for Woman and Iseult or the Lady of the Orchard. The third part explores theories of women in social life, marriage, sexual liberation and love.

The author describes woman, “like poetry is a continuous creation, a crucible in which scattered energies are melted down, and which embraces the unique act that resolves all contradictions, abolishes time, breaks the chains of loneliness, and leads back to a lost unity.” It is a quest for the Holy Grail deep within the unconscious. The author author takes us deep into a mythical world where both man and woman become whole by realizing the feminine principle in its entirety.




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NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS

ST FRANCIS by Nikos Kazantzakis translated from the Greek by P. A. Bien, New York Simon & Schuster, copyright 1962

Nikos Kazantzakis (1885-1957) gives a passionate and highly personally vision of the life of St. Francis and goes beyond the mere telling of a story and enters the sublime world of the spirit.




St Francis of the Stigmata

He says, “While writing this legend which is truer than truth itself, I was overwhelmed by love, reverence and admiration for St Francis, the hero and great martyr. Often large teardrops smeared the manuscript; often a hand hovered before me in the air, a hand with an eternally renewed wound; someone seemed to have driven a nail through it, seemed to be driving a nail through it for all eternity. Everywhere about me, as I wrote, I sensed the Saint’s invisible presence because for me St Francis is the model of the dutiful man, the man who by means of ceaseless supremely cruel struggle succeeded in fulfilling our highest obligation, something higher even than morality or truth or beauty, the obligation to transubstantiate the matter which God entrusted to us, and turn it into spirit.”

Francis’ companion a cheerful monk, Brother Leo, is his narrator--weak in many ways of the flesh, but faithful to the master he does not fully understand. Through Brother Leo’s eyes we see the endless strife between flesh and spirit, the bitter wanderings over Europe and the Holy Land, and the struggle against complacent and entrenched men in the Church that finally led to the founding of the Franciscan Order.

It is a wonderful and captivating historical novel in all the misery and glory of medieval Italy. St Francis is tempted by life, but driven by his own restless spirit to assert his faith, goodness and submission to Christ. By his example, ordinary men discover the ability to leave their daily occupations and pleasures behind and dedicate themselves to a noble ideal often at the cost of their lives. The book will move all who read it.



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St. Francis by Cimabue


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SOPHY BURNHAM

THE ESTATIC JOURNEY: The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience by Sophy Burnham, Ballantine Books, New York , copyright 1997

Awake! For Morning
in the Bowl of Night

Has flung the Stone
that puts the Stars to Flight

RUBAlYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM

In The Ecstatic Journey Sophy Burnham describes her journey into mystical awareness, a journey of confusion, uncertainty, transition, and change. It is an inspiring book, one you will not want to put down. And when you do, it will be like saying goodbye to a dear friend.

She describes mystical experience as experiencing sensations as a form of knowledge that one responds to by surrendering to the last coherent thought and beyond. The result is immersion in a sweetness words cannot express. Her experiences set her apart and encouraged her to seek the truth of it all. She took heart in the writings of the great mystics and in addition to her own journey, she includes many quotes and stories of the great mystics. The Ecstatic Journey relates the drama and mystery of mystical experience and its power to transform your life.

Of all that God has shown me
I can speak just the smallest word,
Not more than a honey bee
Takes on her foot
From an over spilling jar.

MECHTILD OF MAGDEBURG



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It was granted me to perceive in one instant
how things are seen and contained in God.
The view was so subtle and delicate that
the understanding cannot grasp it.

ST THERESA DE AVILA


To the extent that my hands grew accustomed to labor, that my eyes and ears learned to see and hear and my heart to understand what is in it, my soul too learned to skip upon the hills, to rise, to soar . .. to embrace all the land round about, the world and all that is in it, and to see itself embraced in the arms of the whole universe.

AARON DAVID GORDON


I trust all joy.

THEODORE ROETHKE


Before anything is brought back into order, it is quite normal for it to be brought first into a kind of confusion, a virtual chaos. In this way, things that fit together badly are severed from each other; and when they have been severed, then the Lord arranges them in order.

EMANUELSWEDENBORG
ARCANA COELESTIA


There are hundreds of mute and unnamed mystics for everyone who writes a book. In fact, the most important interpreters of mysticism in all periods are those persons who quietly practice the presence of God . .. without even being conscious that they are rare and unusual persons and often without knowing the meaning of the word 'mystic.

RUFUS JONES




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GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ (1928-

THE GENERAL IN HIS LABYRINTH by Gabriel García Márquez translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, copyright 1990

García Márquez, a Colombian who lives in Mexico City, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. He wrote the internationally acclaimed novels Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude and many others.

In The General in His Labyrinth, García Márquez recounts the turbulent life of the great Simon Bolivar. It is a wonderfully creative story transmuting historical truth into magical narrative. He shows us Bolívar, the Liberator, the dreamer fired by the vision of a South America united and free from Spanish domination--a vision he both succeeded and failed in realizing. He shows Bolívar as the dazzling orchestrator of political and military intrigue, the lover, the libertine, the fighter capable of heroism, mercy and ruthlessness. He is a man of flesh and blood worthy of both adoration and anger.

The framework of the story is a seven month voyage down the Magdalena River from Bogotá to the Sea. Bolivar is not yet fifty, but made old by the pressures of war, passion, triumph and treachery. Now, forced from power, he embarks with his retinue on a journey from port to port--both a fantasy of triumph and a nightmare of loss and delusion.

As Bolivar re-examines his life, he confronts phantoms of the past and relives campaigns and amorous offensives. The General in His Labyrinth immerses you in the decades-long adventure that Bolivar set in motion and that ultimately shaped the destiny of a continent. It is a powerful re-creation of history. How Bolivar died was a stunning revelation.




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JENKINS, JOHN MAJOR

PYRAMID OF FIRE: THE LOST AZTEC CODEX by John Major Jenkins and Martin Matz, Bear & Company, Rochester, Vermont, copyright 2004.

In 1961 the Lost Aztec Codex, Pyramid of Fire or Codex Matz-Ayauhtla, was acquired in by Marty Matz from a Mazatec Indian shaman who was a keeper of the ancient wisdom. Matz transcribed the original pictographic form of the codex, a hieroglyphic manuscript, into English. He held on to it guarding its wisdom for thirty-three years until he finally sent a copy of it to John Major Jenkins in 1994.

The Nahuatl (Aztec) religion regarded all things on earth as impermanent, transitory and subject to the laws of birth, growth and death. The Nahuatl poet-philosophers (the tlamatinime) searched for and found a higher source and ground of being that, like the perennial wisdom itself, is undying.

The codices were mnemonic devices (memory aids) for recording all the sciences and wisdom of which the Aztecs had knowledge. They found in the rhythm of poetry an easy and accurate way of remembering the meaning of the hieroglyphs inscribed in their manuscripts.

Poetry was crucial in shaping the forms and thoughts expressed by their high culture and great civilization. Without knowledge of what the Aztecs called "flower and song" (poetry), it is almost impossible to understand and appreciate the true greatness of their achievements.

The wise men of Mexico did not believe they could form rational images of what is beyond, but they were convinced that through metaphors, by means of poetry, truth was attainable. This attitude was rooted in their belief in the divine origin of poetry, that it comes from above. Poetry intoxicates, enraptures, and by intensifying the emotions and the perceptual powers, it enables the poet to perceive what would ordinarily be undetectable.

From page 11 of the 13 page codex:

1 There is an occult energy in the heart that comes from Tonatiuh, the Sun and if man releases it, returning it consciously to the Sun, he becomes immortal.  But to liberate this energy, sacrifice is necessary. Man must sacrifice the desires and habits that he adores, sacrifice them in himself and turn the knife against the enemy that he carries within himself that
keeps his heart a prisoner.

8 In recent times men still remembered these words, but they have now forgotten  their significance. They have made enemies of other men to sacrifice them and tear out their hearts believing such offerings would propitiate Tonatiuh.  Such is their degeneration, such is their superstition.

14 When fear unites with knowledge, terrible things are done.

15 It is the self within ourselves that we have to sacrifice.  It is our own heart that has to be torn out of the false being and offered to the light.

18 May Xiuhtecuhtli, Lord of Fire, burn my false being,  May Itzli, Obsidian Knife liberate my heart.




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ARGUELLES, JOSE

THE TRANSFORMATIVE VISION: REFLECTAIONS ON THE NATURE AND HISTORY OF HUMAN EXPRESSION. Reprint of a 1755 Shambala Publications edition, copyright Jose Arguelles, 1975; Muse Publications, PO Box 511, Fort Yates, ND, 58538

This is a wonderful book it stretches across disciplines in its endeavor to facilitate awareness of the profound split between mind and body, the rational and irrational, the scientist and the artist, always in an effort to return to the individual his own personal and collective creative responsibility.

It is a sober reflection on the nature and history of human expression ad an apocalyptic celebration of the reunification of form and soul.He mingles directly threads of art history and cultural history with psychobiology, jungian archetypal theory and other perspectives.  form medieval time to the present. It is a perceptive and credible interpretation of history and culture.  It is far more than art history.  It is philosophical and psychological HISTORY, EATIVE HISTORY AND PANORATIC REFEITON.

THE COSMIC HISTORY CHRONICLES  5 Vol. by Jose Arguelles and Stephanie South, Law of Time Press, Interlink Productions, Ltd., Hong Kong, copyright  Galactic Research Institute, 2005-2009
Cosmic History Chronicles by Jose Arguelles and Stephanie South, Five Volumes: Books of Throne, Avatar, Mystery, Initiation, and Timespace

"When we evolve wholeheartedly into an art planet, with the realization of the planet as a work of art, then we will realize that we ourselves-each and every one of us-are the artists that the planet is calling on to instrument evolution into the supermental/superhuman dimensional cycle of galactic consciousness." Vol. III Book of the Mystery

 



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Quetzalcóatl, Aztec God,
link between the gods and man

 

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CAMPBELL, JOSEPH (1940 -1987)

THE FLIGHT OF THE WILD GANDER
Explorations in the Mythological Dimension Viking, 1969; Regnery, 1972; Perennial, 1990; HarperCollins, 1995; New World Library, 2002

Flight of the Wild Gander is a collection of some of Campbell's early essays and forwards. In it he explores the individual and geographical origins of myth outlining the full range of mythology from Grimm's fairy tales to American Indian legends.  He elaborates how the symbolic content of stories is linked to human experience and how it has changed over time reiterating the function of myth in everyday life and projecting the forms it may take in the future.  Living myths, products of the psyche, not unlike the catalytic enzymes of the body, are not invented, but occur and are recognized by mystics to be cultivated and integrated into the spiritual and psychological well being of all individuals.

Mythology is the product of nature serving two masters: the biological function of fostering a wholesome maturation of the psyche moving forward; and, secondly, a metaphysical explanation and initiatory function of a Buddha “thus come,” tathagatas opening backwards to the great mystery from whence we come.  Thus flies the wild gander to and fro across the Himalayas.

In Hindic tradition the wild goose is noted for its characteristics of discipline, stamina, grace, and beauty. This is especially true for the Ancer indicus , whose migratory route from Central Asia to India and back, forces it to fly over the Himalayas twice a year, a feat which makes it fly higher than any other known bird. So God is denoted as the "Paramahamsa," the supreme wild gander" or swan since hamsa is also translated as swan and described as an initiatory stage in yogic practice.

One etymology suggests that the words 'aham' and 'sa' are joined to become 'hamsa'... 'Aham' is 'I' and 'sa' is 'He'- meaning 'I am He'. Here 'I' refers to the jivatma - the living soul and 'He' the supreme soul. This is part of Advaita philosophy which indicates one-ness of jivatama (living soul) and paramatma (the supreme soul). The Word 'Aham' is common for many religions. From 'aham', 'ahamkara' - 'ego' is derived.





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Wild Gander

 

LHALUNGPA, LOBSANG P. (1924-2008)

THE LIFE OF MILAREPA
  A New Translation from the Tibetan, Penguin Group, (USA) Inc. 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Copyright Far West Translations, 1977, 1979; Arkana Books 1992

The Story of the Great Master Milarepa
Supremely Powerful Yogi
Showing the Path of Liberation and All-Knowingness

The Life of Milarepa is a new translation from the Tibetan by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa who was born in Lhasa, Tibet, and has passed through the disciplines of the major branches of Tibetan Buddhism under many of its greatest living masters.  He renders the biography of Milarepa, the eleventh century yogin and poet, the most reknown saint in Tibetan Buddhist history, into a simple modern English that reflects the direct power of the original.

The most beloved story of the Tibetan people,The Life of Milarepa is one of the greatest source books for the contemplative life in all of world literature. It can be read on several levels. It is a personal and moving introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and a profoundly detailed guidebook in transforming consciousness. It presents the quest for spiritual perfection, tracing the path of a great sinner who became a great saint. In addition, it is a powerful and graphic folk tale, full of magic, disaster, feuds, deceptions and humor. It awakens the awareness of Milarepa directly into the heart, uplifts, dispels illusion and in one magical sweep, it focuses the reader on purposeful being.

 



Milarepa,
The Great Tibetan Yogi


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KRIPANANDA, SWAMI (1941-   )

JNANESHWAR'S GITA, a Rendering of the Jnaneshwari , SYDA Foundation, PO Box 600, 371 Brickman Rd., South Fallsburg, NY 12779, USA; copyright 1999 SYDA Foundation

Some comments on Swami Kripananda's rendering of the Jnaneshwari, a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita completed in 1290 C.E. by the Poet-Saint Jnaneshwar:



"Jnaneshwar wrote his commentary not simply through the intellect but in the complete freedom of divine inspiration.  He has depicted the very heart of God." Swami Muktananda

"As a generous giver refuses no one, the Gita gives nothing less than final liberation to one who reads, hears or understands it." Jnaneshwar Maharaj

"In Jnaneshwari we have a marvelous text, a tremendous sustained text with a sermon on life with a sweet and gusto, a piling on of imagery, and a development of simile that is almost numbing in its power."  Dr Ian M. P. Raeside

"If, after Jnaneshwari, anyone tries to write more on the Gita, it will be as if he were dressing a dish full of nectar with pieces of coconut shell." Eknath Majaraj




Jnaneshwar's statue
Alandi, India


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DANIELOU, ALAIN ( 1907 - 1994)

THE MYTHS AND GODS OF INDIA, Inner Traditions International, Ltd., One Park Street, Rochester, Vermont 05767; copyright 1985, 1991 by Alain Danielou.

This is the Classic work on Hindu Polytheism from the Bollingen Series. The study of Hindu mythology explores the significance of the most prominent Hindu deities as the are envisioned by the Hindus themselves.  Referred to by its adherent s at the "eternal religion," Hinduism recognizes for each age and each country a new form of revelation--and for each person, according to his or her stager of development , a different path of realization.  This message of tolerance and adaptability, the very heart of Hindu polytheism resounds clearly throughout Alain Danielou's work. 

American Anthropologist states, "The physical aspects of this book and its various arrangements are beyond reproach.  The style lucid; the lack of polemic is particularly attractive. The total result is a volume that is a pleasure to behold and an invigorating experience to read."

 




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GYAMTSO RINPOCHE, KENPO TSULTRIM (1934-

PROGRESSIVE STAGES OF MEDITATION ON EMPTINESS  Prajna Editions, Zhyisil Chokya Ghatsal Publications, PO Box 5269,Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand; copyright 2001 by Kenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

In this teaching Rinpoche presents the main schools of Buddhist philosophy with their progressively more subtle and refined views of reality.  However it is not just a teaching on the view, but a presentation providing the student the means to realize it through meditation practice.  The idea of a series of meditation practices on a particular aspect of the Buddhas's teachings is that beginning with one's first rather coarse common sense understanding, one progresses through increasingly subtle and more refined states until one arrives at complete and perfect understanding.  Each stage in the process prepares the mind for the next in so far as each step is fully integrated into one's understanding through the meditation process. The topics contained are of great importance to all those who seek understanding of the profound view.




Kenpo

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ABHAYANANDA, SWAMI  

JNANESHWAR; THE LIFE AND WORKS OF THE CELEBRATED THIRTEENTH CENTURY INDIAN MYSTIC-POET

Swami Abhayananda presents a look at the life and times and the rare poetry of Jnaneshvar, the thirteenth century Indian mystic-poet. This is non duality at its most poetic:

Half the book tells of the life of Jnaneshvar. Years, names, and maps are based on historical fact (and supported by a bibliography). There are dramatic elements reserved for historical fiction. If you love the poetry of Rumi, the intensity of Ibn 'Arabi, the backdrop of fine storytelling, you must read this great book.

These two are the only ones
Who dwell in this home called the universe.
When the Master of the house sleeps,
The Mistress stays awake,
And performs the functions of both.

When He awakes, the whole house disappears,
And nothing at all is left.

Two lutes: one note.
Two flowers: one fragrance.
Two lamps: one light.

Two lips: one word.
Two eyes: one sight.
The se two: one universe
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ALLEN, CHARLES

A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET
;   PLAIN TALES FROM THE RAJ

Throughout the East there runs a legend of a great mountain at the center of the world, where four rivers have their source. Charles Allen traces this legend to Western Tibet where there stands Kailas, worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists alike as the home of their gods and the navel of the world. Close by are the sources of four mighty rivers: the sacred Ganges, the Indus, the Sutlej and Tsangpo-Brahmaputra. For centuries Kailas remained an enigma to the outside world. Then a succession of remarkable men took up the challenge of penetrating the hostile, frozen wastelands beyond the Western Himalayas, culminating in the great age of discovery, the final years of the Victorian era. A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET is an extraordinary story of exploration and high adventure, full of the excitement and color expected from the author of PLAIN TALES OF THE RAJ.

 

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ASTURIAS, MIGUEL ANGEL (October 19, 1899 – June 9, 1974)

MULATA (1982)
MEN OF MAIZE; THE MODERNIST EPIC OF THE GUATEMALAN INDIANS  Pittsburgh Editions of Latin American Literature) by Miguel Angel Asturias and Gerald Martin (Mar 1995)

Asturias was a Nobel Prize–winning Guatemalan poet, novelist, playwright, journalist and diplomat.




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AUROBINDO SRI

SAVITRI

Sri Aurobindo, born Aurobindo Ghosh or Ghose, was an Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet.

 


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BARKS,  COLEMAN

THE SOUL OF RUMI

A major all-new collection, “The Soul of Rumi” presents entirely new renditions of Rumi's poems that range over the breadth of the great mystic's themes: silence, emptiness, play, God, friendship, peace, grief, sexuality, music, and much more. This special  edition is signed and individually ding batted with a Rumi quotation by Coleman Barks. And if you are especially lucky, it will include some drawings by his grandchildren


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BAILEY ALICE 

TELEPATHY AND THE ETHERIC VEHICLE

THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE ATOM

THE SOUL AND ITS MECHANISM

 

 

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BAILLY, CONSTANTINE RHODES

SHAIVA DEVOTIONAL SOUNGS OF KASHMIR, A TRANSLATION AND STUDY OF UTPALADEVA'S SHIVASTOTRAVALI


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BERNER, CHARLES 

CHARLES BERNER'S WRITINGS

THE LILA PARADIGM 

WRITINGS FROM THE PASHUPAT LINEAGE      

 


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BROWN, DAN

THE DA VINCI CODE

Dan Brown a best selling author of The Da Vinci Code has also written Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels and Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher.



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CAMERON, JULIA

 

CASTENEDA, CARLOS

THE EAGLES GIFT

 

CATHER, WILLA

 

CHAUCER, GEOFFREY

 

DICKERSON, EMILY


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ECO UMBERTO

 

FAULKNER, WILLIAM

 

FUENTES, CARLOS

 

GYATSO, HIS HOLINESS T.

 

HAWKING, STEPHEN W.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

 

HESSE, HERMANN 

SIDDHARTHA

 

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HUGHES, ROBERT

AUSTRALIA

 

HUNTER, C. BRUCE

A GUIDE TO ANCIENT MAYAN RUINS

 

JOYCE, JAMES

DUBLINERS  published by B.W. Huebsch in 1916; reissued in 1962 by the Viking Press, Inc., 625 Madison Avenue, New York. N.Y. 10022

The Dubliners is a remarkable collectiom of stories in the moral history of Joyce's communiity.  The arrangement of the tales reveals a progression from childhood to maturity, broadening from private into public scope.

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN published by the Penguin Group, Penguin Books, USA, INC, 375 Hudson Street, NY, NY 10014, USA

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays Stephen Dedalus' Dublin childhood and youth. It provides an oblique self-portrait of young James Joyce.  At it center are questions of origin and source, authority, and authorship and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race.  It is exuberantly inventive in its style, subtly and beautifully orchestrating the patterns of quotation and repetition instrumental in its hero's quest to create his own character, his own language, life and art to "forge in the smithy of my soul the untreated conscience of my race".

FINNEGAN'S WAKE, The Viking Press, New York, Penguin Books, 40 West 23rd Street, NY, NY 10010. Copyright 1939 James Joyce.

Finnegan's Wake is Joyce's most radical and complex work, began appearing in installments in 1928 and was published inits entirety in 1939.  In this book, Joyce said he wanted to write a great comic book, toexcite laughter moe tha to know brows.  t is best to put off hte lmask of solemnity and prepaare tobe entertained.  It is one of the most entertaining books every written.

 

 

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KAPPRAFF, JAY

 

KINGSOLVER, BARBARA



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KRIPALVANANDA, SWAMI    

ASANA AND MUDRA

 

 

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LUKE, HELEN M.

DARK WOOD TO WHITE ROSE,  JOURNEY AND TRANSFORMATION IN DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY.  Parabola Books, November 1989, 656 Broadway, NY 10012, Copyright 1989 by Helen M. Luke.

The path towards consciousness and wholeness is impossible, Luke says, "without a continual dying--without repeated death of old attitudes, of superficial desires, and finally of every claim of the ego to dominance."  Through choice, responsibility, and real attention, a deeper way of looking and living is possible, a true senses of morality can develop, and a transformative equilibrium of body, mind, and feelings can result, reflecting the "symbolic life which all great religions have existed to maintain."

Luke's grounding in Jungian psychology serves as a touchstone for her interpretatiaon. She pays particular attention to differenaces in levels on the various stages on the journey, pointing out, as one reviewer said, "windows and gateways through which the reader may see great vistas through Dante's eyes."


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MCCARTHY, CORMAC

THE ROAD

 

Mc COURT, FRANK

 

MILTON, JOHN

PARADISE LOST


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MOCTEZUMA, EDUARDO MOTOS

THE GREAT TEMPLE OF THE AZTECS

 

 

MUKTANANDA, SWAMI 

THE PLAY OF CONSCIOUSNESS

 

 

NORBU CHOGYAL NAMKHAI

THE CRYSTAL AND THE WAY OF LIGHT: SUTRA, TANTRA AND DZOGCHEN

 

 

NERUDA, PABLO



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OATES, JOYCE CAROL

 

 

PENROSE, ROGER

 

 

RICE, ANNE

 

RINPOCHE, SOGYAL



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RUSHDIE, SALMAN

 

 

SOUTH, STEPHANIE

THE COSMIC HISTORY CHRONICLES  7 Vol. by Jose Arguelles and Stephanie South, Law of Time Press, Interlink Productions, Ltd., Hong Kong, copyright  Galactic Research Institute, 2005-2009

Cosmic History Chronicles by Jose Arguelles and Stephanie South, Five Volumes: Books of Throne, Avatar, Mystery, Initiation, Timespace, Transcendence, and Cube.

"When we evolve wholeheartedly into an art planet, with the realization of the planet as a work of art, then we will realize that we ourselves-each and every one of us-are the artists that the planet is calling on to instrument evolution into the supermental/superhuman dimensional cycle of galactic consciousness." Vol. III Book of the Mystery

The Book of the Cube is a self-oracle where you take the journey into the inner dimensions of nature--where mind creates reality and reality creates mind.  From the portals of mind come the dimensions of time, space and number.
Vol. VII Book of the Cube


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STEPHENS, JOHN LLOYD

INCIDENTS ON TRAVEL IN YUCATAN  in two volumes, Dover Publications, Inc. NY., 180 Varic Street, New York 14, NY.  This new Dover edition first published in 1963, is an unabridged re-publication of the work first published  by Harper & Brothers in 1843.

This is one of the great books of archaeological discovery, and at the same time one of the few really absorbing books of travel.  before Stephens' expedition to Yucatan in 1841, little was known of that area of Mexico.  The Maya Indian culture, for example, was little known to the world if at all. Stephens found, and described in this work, forty-four Mayan sites. His account of these remains is, after more than a century, still the most authoritative in existence.

Important as it is to the world of science, this work is nonetheless a great classic of travel and exploration.  Stephens' descriptions of Yucatecan folkways, manners, dress, amusement, ceremonies, etc., are extremely articulate. The frequent humorous passages are told with all the adroitness of a Mark Twain.  Whether he is depicting a fast day in Mérida, the ferocity of a bullfight, the rude pathos of an Indian burial, or his own attempts to start a photography business among the Indians, Stephens prose remains consistently penetrating and alive.

 

 

STEPHENSON, NEAL

 

 

THOMSON, BELINDA

GAUGUIN BY HIMSELF




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TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS

 

 

TWAIN, MARK

 

 

TWEEDIE, IRINA

DAUGHTER OF FIRE

 

 

WHITMAN, WALT 

LEAVES OF GRASS

 

WILSON, ROBERT ANTON

 

WOLFGANG VON HAGEN, VICTOR

 

 

YOGANANDA, PARAMAHANSA

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI

 

IMBERT, ENRIQUE ANDERSON & FLORIT, EUGENIO

LITERATURA HISPANOAMERICANA ANTOLOGIA E INTRODUCCION HISTORICA  Holt, Rinehart and Winston, INC, NY  Copyright 1960 Library of Congress Catalog Caard Number 60-6295

This anthology is prepared especially for Latin American literature students in the United States.  However it is also excellent for Spanish speaking countries.  It is not merely a scholarly text but also a great literary collection.  It contains the following sections

1. Las Literaturas Indígenas

2. Parte Primera 1492-1556

3 Parte Segundo 1556-1598

4. Parte Tercera 1598-1701

5. Parte Cuarta 1701-1808

6. Parte Quinta 1808-1824

7. Parte Sexta 1825 -1860

8. Parte Séptima 1860-1880

9. Parte Octava 1880-1895

10. Parte Nona 1895-1910

11. Parte Décima 1919-1995

12. Desde 1925-hasta hoy




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