By Gershom Scholem
Concise details from the publisher:
A choice of lectures at the positive factors of the circulation of mysticism that begun in antiquity and keeps in Hasidism today.
Forward by means of Robert Altar, with this Scholem dedication:
TO THE reminiscence OFWALTER BENJAMIN (1892–1940)
The pal of an entire life whose genius united the insightof the Metaphysician, the interpretative energy of the Criticand the erudition of the Scholar
DIED AT PORT BOU (SPAIN)
ON HIS manner INTO FREEDOM
From a reader:
"... He covers the mystic Abraham Abulafia and his prophetic Kabbalism (and the way it broke Kabbalism in two), the Zohar and Moses de Leon, En-Sof (the hidden God), the 10 Sefiroth (numbers) and Sefirotic improvement over the years (from Sefer Yetzirah to the Zohar), additionally the Shekhinah (the woman facet of God), Isaac Luria (the Lion) and his scholars (his Cubs), and the beautiful impression the exile from Spain had at the Kabbalah in general.
The final lectures hide Sabbatai Sevi and the catastrophe he triggered the Jewish humans. He practically destroyed Judaism itself for 250 years afterwards. The influence continues to be felt to at the present time. He additionally indicates the fashionable Hasid's (the Ultra-Orthadox Jews) and the way the Kabbalah and the Zohar influance their teachings and ideology. He additionally indicates why normal Orthadox Jews stay away from the Kabbalah (calling it Jewish witchcraft) and why they considear the Hasid's to be cultists of a type (even although the Kabbalah was once Orthadox Judaism for three hundred years earlier than the arrival of Sabbatai Sevi - which Mr. Scholem painfully issues out).
I have in basic terms scrached the outside of the issues this publication comprises. when you can purchase one e-book on Jewish mysticism, this is often it. it really is worth the purchase."
By H. P. Blavatsky
This version of H.P.B.’s “Voice of the Silence” is a replica of the 1889 variation released by way of William Q. pass judgement on, to which verse numbers were extra. Romanized Sanskrit phrases were up to date to fashionable IAST criteria, aside from 3 deviations intended to help in right pronunciation. The Voice of the Silence represents a suite of fragments from an historic and unknown textual content known as "The publication of the Golden Precepts". It outlines the 2 paths of non secular enlightenment: the 1st, the trail of religious selfishness, the place the target is one's personal break out from pain; and the second one, the trail of non secular altruism, the place the objective is to offer oneself totally to uplifting all of humanity. This moment course is named the trail of the Bodhisattva and is modeled at the Buddha's teachings. it truly is to motivate the few real mystics during this global to undertake this direction of unselfish and unceasing carrier to humanity that the Voice of the Silence used to be written. these attracted to this sort of course will locate all they should begin their trip during this little ebook. "Undoubtedly Madame Blavatsky had in a roundabout way been initiated into the deeper facet of Mahayana educating after which gave out what she deemed clever to the Western world..." (Eastern Buddhist, previous sequence, 5:377) "Here is the genuine Mahayana Buddhism." (The center method, August 1965, p. 90.) — D.T. Suzuki, Zen Buddhist "I think that this ebook has strongly prompted many honest seekers and aspirants to the knowledge and compassion of the Bodhisattva Path." — H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama
THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING and THE booklet OF PRIVY COUNSELING are the 1st explorations within the English language of the soul’s quest for God.
Written in heart English by way of an unknown fourteenth-century mystic, THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING expresses with attractiveness a message that has encouraged such nice non secular thinkers as St. John of the pass and Teilhard de Chardin, in addition to numerous others looking for God. providing a realistic advisor to the lifetime of contemplation, the writer explains that standard options and earthly techniques needs to be buried underneath a “cloud of forgetting,” whereas our love needs to upward push towards a God hidden within the “cloud of unknowing.” THE booklet OF PRIVY COUNSELING, additionally incorporated during this quantity, is a quick and relocating textual content so that it will enlightenment via a complete lack of self and a awareness simply of the divine.
William Johnston, an expert on fourteenth-century mysticism and spirituality, presents an obtainable dialogue of the works, detailing what's identified in regards to the historical past of the texts and their writer. In a brand new foreword, Huston Smith attracts on his broad wisdom of the kinds of spiritual adventure to light up the relevance of those works for modern readers.
By Joel S. Goldsmith
Goldsmith explains the Circle of Eternity--the foundation of his method of mysticism--and tells tips on how to go beyond the "parenthesis'' of our daily lives that falls among start and dying.
By Fort, Charles; Fort, Charles Hoy; Méheust, Bertrand; Myers, Frederic William Henry; Myers, Frederic William Henry; Vallee, Jacques; Vallée, Jacques; Méheust, Bertrand; Kripal, Jeffrey John; Vallee, Jacques; Myers, Frederic William Henry; Fort, Charles
Most students brush aside study into the mystical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings evidently attends to occasions past the area of empirical technology, have proven scant curiosity within the topic. however the heritage of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped resource of perception into the sacred and by way of tracing that historical past throughout the final centuries of Western proposal we will be able to see its capability centrality to the severe research of religion.
Kripal grounds his research within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the heritage of paranormal examine: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and stand-up comedian Charles castle; astronomer, laptop scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and thinker and sociologist Bertrand Méheust. via incisive analyses of those thinkers, Kripal ushers the reader right into a beguiling global someplace among truth, fiction, and fraud. The cultural background of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technology fiction; chilly struggle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate courting among recognition and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the Impossible, a stunning and profound examine how the magical bridges the sacred and the scientific.
By Philip Gardiner, Gary Osborn
This is often the extreme tale of the invention of the last word secrets and techniques of a few of the world's so much enigmatic mysteries - together with the Holy Grail, the Elixir of lifestyles and the Philosopher's Stone.
By Katherine Martin
By Eknath Easwaran
The mantram, or mantra, is a brief, strong, religious formulation from the world’s nice traditions, repeated silently within the brain, each time, at any place. Examples of mantrams are Rama, Rama, utilized by Gandhi, or My God and My All, repeated through St. Francis of Assisi, or Om Mane Padme Hum. Easwaran taught using the mantram for over 40 years as a part of his passage meditation application. He explains how the mantram works, and provides sensible instructions for utilizing it to concentration our recommendations and entry deeper assets of power, endurance, and love. The mantram may help us fill up our strength, unlock creativity, and heal outdated conflicts. those resonant words paintings both good for folks with kids, colleagues at paintings, in a dating, in sickness or melancholy, or even on the time of dying. And Easwaran exhibits how repetition of the mantram can open the door to a lifestyles that's more and more significant and pleasing.
By Raymond Jonas