Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Sayings of Lao Tze By Lionel Giles, M.A.


This is Lionel Giles' translation of the Tao te Ching, from the Wisdom of the East series. Giles (1875-1958) was Keeper of the Department of Oriental Books and Manuscripts at the British Museum.

He also translated Sun Tzu's Art of War . This translation is long out of print, which is a shame, because it is a very clear English rendition of this very difficult and profund text.

The mention of this classic, or "Treatise of the Way and of Virtue" (as it may be translated for want of better English equivalents), brings us naturally to the vexed question as to whether the text which has come down to us can really be attributed to the hand of Lao Tz ŭ, or whether it is not rather a garbled and unauthorised compilation of his sayings, or even the mere forgery of a later age.

The Chinese themselves, it may be remarked, are almost unanimous in denying its authenticity. It has been urged that we must make allowance here for Confucian bias; but the internal evidence alone should suffice to dispel the notion, to which many eminent sinologues have clung, that the Tao Tê Ching in its present form can possibly represent the actual work of Lao Tz ŭ.

On the other hand, it is highly probable that much of it is substantially what he said or wrote, though carelessly collected and pieced together at random. Ss ŭ-ma Ch’ien, who published his history in 91 B.C., and was consequently removed from Lao Tz ŭ by a much longer period than we are from Shakespeare, tells us that the Sage wrote a book of five thousand and odd words; and, indeed, by that time the Tao Tê Ching may possibly have existed in something like its present shape.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Course In Miracles By Foundation For Inner Peace

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This "combined" edition from the Foundation for Inner Peace is the only complete version that includes all of the writings that Dr. Helen Schucman, the Scribe of A Course in Miracles, authorized to be printed. It consists of a Text, Workbook for Students, Manual for Teachers, and Clarification of Terms.

Also included are the supplements "Psychotherapy : Purpose, Process and Practice" and "The Song of Prayer," extensions of the Course principles which were dictated to Dr. Schucman shortly after she completed the Course itself.

A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to universal love and peace - or remembering God - is by undoing guilt through forgiving others, healing our relationships and making them holy.

Emphasizing that it is but one version of the universal curriculum, it uses the language of traditional Christianity, but expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. Over 2-million English language copies in print.

A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe : Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science By Michael S. Schneider

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The Universe May Be a Mystery, But It's No Secret Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture.

This is a new view of mathematics, not the one we learned at school but a comprehensive guide to the patterns that recur through the universe and underlie human affairs. A Beginner's Guide to Constructing, the Universe shows you : Why cans, pizza, and manhole covers are round. Why one and two weren't considered numbers by the ancient Greeks. Why squares show up so often in goddess art and board games. What property makes the spiral the most widespread shape in nature, from embryos and hair curls to hurricanes and galaxies. How the human body shares the design of a bean plant and the solar system. How a snowflake is like Stonehenge, and a beehive like a calendar. How our ten fingers hold the secrets of both a lobster and a cathedral. And much more.

The Book of Secrets : Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life By Deepak Chopra

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We all want to know how to find a soul mate, what career would be most fulfilling, how to live a life with meaning, and how to teach our children well. We are looking for a personal breakthrough, a turning point, a revelation that brings with it new meaning. The Book of Secrets--a crystalline distillation of insights and wisdom accumulated over the lifetime of one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time--provides an exquisite new tool for achieving just that.

Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, faith, and the most elusive one of all : who we really are. We are still mysteries to ourselves, despite the proximity of these answers, and what we most long to know remains lodged deep inside. Because answers to the questions at the center of life are counterintuitive, they are often hidden from view, sequestered from our everyday gaze.

In his ongoing quest to elevate our experience, bestselling author Deepak Chopra has isolated fifteen secrets that drive the narrative of this inspiring book--and of our lives. From "The World Is in You" and "What You Seek, You Already Are" to "Evil Is Not Your Enemy" and "You Are Truly Free When You Are Not a Person," The Book of Secrets is rich with insights, a priceless treasure that can transport us beyond change to transformation, and from there to a sacred place where we can savor the nectar of enlightenment.

"The Book of Secrets is the finest and most profound of Deepak Chopra’s books to date. Want the answers to the secrets of life? Let me recommend that you start right here." -- Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success : A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams By Deepak Chopra

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The creation of wealth has always been regarded as a process that requires hard work and luck--often at the expense of others. In this remarkable book, the author of Quantum Healing and other bestsellers reveals how to align with the subtle yet powerful, unseen forces that affect the flow of money in our lives.

Buddha : A Story of Enlightenment By Deepak Chopra

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Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed y those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer will, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.

Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha captivates and inspires—ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Savor : Mindful Eating, Mindful Life By Thich Nhat Hanh

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Most books about nutrition and diet stress the calorie content of foods, saturated fats, trans fats, carbohydrates, portion size, and the balance between energy intake and energy expended.

This book is dierent. This book is not only about what to eat. This book also teaches how to eat. If you are someone who is concerned about your weight, perhaps you have tried dieting in the past. Maybe you have gone from cutting calories, to excluding fats, to avoiding “carbs,” to taking a chance on the grapefruit diet or some other fad.

Perhaps you have even lost weight—only to gain it right back within a few months. You know something is wrong and you feel not in control of your own body.

You are convinced that something has to change, but where do you begin?

The answer, provided in this book, is not to begin with what you put on your plate. Rather, you begin with what is already inside you, with your awareness and experience of every moment you live—what the authors call mindfulness.

While the concept of mindfulness derives from Buddhist teaching, anyone can become more mindful in nourishing our bodies. Many distractions in daily life reinforce the mindless ingestion of food, and mindless eating is a strong driver of weight gain and obesity.

With awareness and practice, it is possible to become more mindful in our eating—and in our lives. This book tells you how to do it. Authored by an eminent spiritual leader and a renowned nutritionist, this work infuses science into wisdom and wisdom into science.

It is a practical guide to eating mindfully and points the way to attain a healthier weight and a more satisfying life.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

100 Ways To Become More Conscious : How To Raise Your Consciousness, compiled by jebalkober

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100 great way to help you become a more conscious human being.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Way Of The Golden Elixir : A Historical Overview of Taoist Alchemy By Fabrizio Pregadio

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Chinese alchemy has a history of more than two thousand years, re- corded from the 2nd century BCE to the present day. Its two main branches, known as Waidan, or External Alchemy, and Neidan, or In- ternal Alchemy, share in part their doctrinal foundations but differ from one another in the respective practices.

Waidan (lit., “external elixir”), which arose earlier, is based on the compounding of elixirs through the manipulation of natural sub- stances and the heating of ingredients in a crucible. Its texts consist of recipes, along with descriptions of ingredients, ritual rules, and pas- sages concerned with the cosmological associations of minerals, met- als, instruments, and operations. Neidan (lit., “internal elixir”) borrows a significant part of its vocabulary and imagery from its earlier coun- terpart, but aims to produce the elixir within the alchemist’s person, using the primary components of the cosmos and the human being as ingredients. Neidan texts cover a wider spectrum of subjects compared to Waidan; at its ends are, on the one hand, spiritual teachings on the Dao (the Absolute, and the origin of the manifested world) and, on the other, descriptions of physiological practices.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Master Mind : The Key to Mental Power, Development & Efficiency By Theron Q. Dumont

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Theron Q. Dumont was the pseudonym used by William Walker Atkinson, a highly prolific author and leader of the New Thought movement. Atkinson was one of the first authors to write about the law of attraction, or in other words that "like attracts like".

Decades before Esther and Jerry Hick's "Money and the Law of Attraction" or Rhonda Byrnes "The Secret", he taught taught readers how to use the power of thought to attract wealth, health, happiness and success.

In the timeless classic The Master Mind Atkinson teaches us that "Our world is very much what we choose to pay attention to." He gives us the tools we need to permanently rid ourselves of the slave mentality and become Master Minds in our own right. "Man has it in his power to make of himself what he will‚ to become his own mental creator, instead of allowing others to create his mentality for him.

Too long has man bowed to environment and outer circumstances : he is now learning to be his own environment, by means of creating the same from within. Have you decided whether you shall be the Master, or the mastered? There comes a time in the life of each one of us when this question must be answered‚ the course chosen. It may be that this time has come to you in the reading of these lines. Are you ready to answer it, and to make the decision? Remember the question. It is this: ‘Mastery or Servitude‚ Which?’" This book includes the full original text meticulously re-typeset and designed.

Physics of the Impossible : A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel By Michio Kaku

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Teleportation, time machines, force fields, and interstellar space ships—the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe's physical laws may permit in the near and distant future.Entertaining, informative, and imaginative, Physics of the Impossible probes the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Secret of the Golden Flower By Richard Wilhelm

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The Secret of the Golden Flower a Chinese Taoist book about meditation, was translated by Richard Wilhelm (also translator, in the 1920s, of the Chinese philosophical classic the I Ching). Wilhelm, a friend of Carl Jung, was German, and his translations from Chinese to German were later translated to English by Cary F. Baynes.

According to Wilhelm, Lü Dongbin was the main originator of the material presented in the book (a section below, Reception from Chinese Taoists, suggests that the material is from Quanzhen School founder Wang Chongyang, a student of Lü Dongbin). More recently (1991), the same work has been translated by Thomas Cleary, a scholar of Eastern studies.

There are significant differences between the Wilhelm and Cleary translations. Wilhelm was introduced to the work by his Chinese teacher, while Cleary arrived at his own translation and interpretation. Some translations are given with the word mystery for the word secret in the treatise's title.

Classic works of Chinese philosophy preserve a spectrum of pre-modern science, from a time when philosophy and science were less distinct than they appear to be now. The foundations of their teachings often appear incompatible with modern science, yet the teachings are of significant efficacy in providing a degree of awareness that might otherwise remain obscured by modern society’s attention to more stringent standards of rational thought (for a further discussion of possible benefits, see Meditation).

To use Chinese terms, these philosophical works include yin thought with yang thought, that is, they reflect intuitive as well as rational perception. Intuitive perception accumulates and improves with practice and time. Rational thought benefits from an enhanced acuity of intuitive perception.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Adventures Beyond the Body : How to Experience Out-of-Body Travel By William Buhlman

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Explore new worlds . . .

If you ever wondered what might lie beyond the reality we experience every day, if you've ever thrilled to accounts of out-of-body travel and longer to go alone for the ride, this fascinating, practical guide is for you.

America's leading expert on out-of-body travel tells the riveting story of his travels to other realms and offers easy-to-use techniques to guide you on your journey of a lifetime'and beyond.

Travel into parallel realities . . .

William Buhlman has trained out-of-body travelers in his workshop for more than a decade, teaching people how to project their consciousness outside the limits of their physical bodies and to explore dimensions and worlds beyond everyday life.

Now he vividly recounts how own adventures in the parallel universe described in the new-physics theories of Stephen Hawkins, Paul Davies, and Fred Alan Wolf and presents his step-by-step guide to astral travel'including exercises, tips, techniques, and answers to your every question about out-of-body experiences. And discover surprising truths about reality, past lives, the soul, and life after death.

Astral travel, Buhlman reveals, not only can expand your conscious'it can help verify the existence of the soul, teach you about past lives, and enhance your daily life. Find out in this compelling handbook for everyone who wants to venture beyond the body and take the ultimate trip.
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