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Old 04-19-10, 07:01 AM   #463
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Old 04-19-10, 08:37 AM   #465
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Reuben Swinburne Clymer - Mastership The Divine Law



238 pages, 2.73 MB, PDF.

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Reuben Swinburne Clymer - Soul Consciousness



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Reuben Swinburne Clymer - The Philosophy of Fire



"The underlying principles in all true religions is the Philosophy of Fire. The very foundation of the Secret Doctrine and the Ancient Mysteries is this same Philosophy of Fire — Symbol of God — Life of Love, In the work before the reader, quotaticms have been made from the Secret Science of the Greater Fraternities which were instrumental in shaping the religious beliefs of the people. The only one not thus considered is Zoroaster and his doctrine.

Before the time of Zoroaster, the Persians, like the early Egyptians, worshiped in the open air, long after other nations had constructed temples, as they considered the broad expanse of the heavens as a sublime covering for their devotion of the Deity. Their places of sacrifice were much like those of the northern nations of Europe, composed of circles of upright stones. They abominated images, and worshiped the Sun and Fire, as representative of the Omnipresent Deity."

259 pages, 5.92 MB, PDF. Scan.

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Old 04-22-10, 05:10 AM   #466
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Richard Smoley - Conscious Love: Insights from Mystical Christianity

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"Smoley, former editor of the journal Gnosis and author of Inner Christianity and Forbidden Faith, is adept at unknotting the paradoxes of spiritual traditions and making new connections across centuries and languages. In his newest book, he tackles the vexed question of love, which he avers has a unique place at the center of Christian spirituality yet eludes precise classification-as most know, there are at least four words translated as "love" in New Testament Greek alone. Smoley has written that rare book that should exert a strong appeal for Christian and non-Christian readers alike. Highly recommended." - (Library Journal,July 2008)

Though love is a perennial topic for writers of all kinds, much of what is written aboutlove is simplistic and unsatisfying. In Conscious Love, Richard Smoley—an expert on the esoteric traditions of mystical Christianity—incorporates insights and wisdom about love from noted thinkers in literature, art, philosophy, sociology, cultural criticism, and even neurology. This remarkable book offers a blueprint for infusing conscious love into human relationships.

230 pages, 1.73 MB, PDF.

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Fred Gettings - Secret Symbolism in Occult Art

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"Occult arts and sciences (alchemy, astrology, numerology, the tarot, spirit forces, witchcraft. magic and others) were practiced openly in ancient society. Occult wisdom was a part of everyday existence until the Middle Ages when Christianity renounced it as anti-Christ. Erudite scientists and enlightened practitioners were forced into hiding and their teachings were perpetuated by local artists and visionaries.

The accoutrements of the spiritual sciences, the unusual mythological symbolism - a mystery unto itself - conceal the seminal principles. But it must be remembered that these circuitous images were not part of the original doctrine.

Hiding the secret teachings behind painted veils became the best way to prevent a repetition of the disaster that befell the Knights Templar, who were falsely accused of hideous crimes, tortured and murdered by those who opposed their beliefs.

In Secret Symbolism in Occult Art, Fred Gettings leads a tour of occult art and its symbolism from prehistoric times, through the turbulence of the Inquisition and up to the present, where it has once again become a part of everyday life. Many of our words, letters and sounds are occult in origin and contain hidden energies in their symbolism.

The Egyptian ankh, which protects its wearer from harm, the six-rayed star known as the seal of Solomon and the evil eye are well known and part of many occult teachings - perhaps part of the collective unconscious as well. Other more esoteric symbols such as the bell ringer and the salamander in the flame will be recognized by initiates. These symbols preserve the records of numerous enlightened persons, living in different times and places.

In Secret Symbolism in Occult Art, artists include Piero della Vecchia, Albrecht Dürer, William Blake and Arthur Rackham, clairvoyant C.W. Leadbeater, Rosicrucian Jacob Boehme and many other convey the secrets of the hidden realm. Fred Gettings, in turn studies their fascinating symbols, putting each work of art in its historic and spiritual context for a full appreciation of its meaning."

Contents includes:

Introduction: The Occult Veil
1. The Star Wisdom of the Occultists
2. The Astral World: The Invisible Sea
3. The World of Man
4. Earth Magic and Earth Spirits
5. Black Magic: The Use of Unseen Powers
6. Amulets and Charms: The Invisible Power of the Evil Eye
7. Demon: The Unseen Works of Evil
8. Alchemy: The Secrets of Inner Rebirth
Index

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George Winslow Plummer - The Master's Word

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It is with the hope that this book will meet a long felt want on the part of some, and stimulate others to independent thought and research that it is sent forth to do it's work among the Brethren. By the orthodox and the slaves of creed it will be strongly condemned as heretical and atheistic.

125 pages, 1.69 MB, PDF. Scan.

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E.R. Goodenough - By Light, Light, The Mystic Gospel of Hellenistic Judaism

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Florentino Garcia Martinez - Qumran and Apocalyptic: Studies on the Aramaic Text from Qumran

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The present volume contains a selection of studies on the Aramaic texts from Qumran, originally published in Spanish but thoroughly revised here, which investigate the contributions made by the Qumran manuscripts to the study of the Apocalyptic Tradition. The first three papers collected here are concerned with apocalyptic texts belonging to the Enochic Tradition (Book of Noah, Books of Enoch, Book of Giants) and show how the fragmentary copies found at Qumran have radically altered the way in which we understand them. The next two studies deal with two texts which were previously unknown and which stem from the Danielic Tradition (4QPrNab, 4QpsDan Ar); they both notably enrich our knowledge of the traditions of Daniel. The last two studies discuss two Qumranic apocalypses (4Q246, 11QNJ) which reveal the richness and the diversity of the theological conceptions circulating within the Apocalyptic Tradition. The book offers a most up-to-date survey of research on these manuscripts and makes a fresh contribution to the understanding of Qumran and of the Apocalyptic Tradition.

252 pages, 10.1 MB, PDF. Scan.

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Newman, van der Horst - Early Jewish Prayers in Greek

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In this book, a series of 12 Jewish prayers, composed by Greek speaking communities, have been collected, translated, and provided with a historical and philological commentary. These prayers, ranging in time from the second century BCE to the fourth century CE, offer unique insights into a wide variety of forms of Jewish spirituality, both in the Land of Israel and in the Diaspora. They have been preserved on papyrus, on stone, and as part of Christian church orders into which some of them have been incorporated in a christianized from. These prayers are therefore of great interest to scholars of both early Judaism and ancient Christianity.

317 pages, 1.56 MB, PDF.

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Jonathan Garb - The Chosen Will Become Herds: Studies in Twentieth-Century Kabbalah

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Review

"Garb shows how 20th-century Kabbalah impacted multiple political, religious, and cultural arenas in Israel and beyond. Simply put, this is the best available map of modern Kabbalah."-William Parsons, Rice University (William Parsons )

"Garb''s monograph is the grounding study of twentieth-century Kabbalah. The volume offers a profound appreciation of the social and political forces in play amongst the schools that study and produce Kabbalistic literature in our day."-Daniel Abrams, Bar Ilan University, Editor of Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts (Daniel Abrams )

"Jonathan Garb presents a fascinating picture of the latest phase of development in Jewish Mysticism, in particular its complete break with esoteric restrictions and traditions."-Moshe Halbertal, New York University School of Law (Moshe Halbertal )

"Jonathan Garb traces the astonishing transformation of the Kabbalah from an obscure, initially devalued scholarly domain to a bold, generative movement of twentieth-century mystical speculation. His approach is at once critical, skeptical, and empathic in the finest sense of the word, and the story he tells is illumined by a broad comparative vision and by his immense erudition in the classical Jewish sources. This essay is an exemplary instance of modern, historically informed comparative religion."-David Shulman, Hebrew University (David Shulman )

"The best book I''ve read on modern Jewish mysticism. Jonathan Garb gives us an insightful overview of contemporary Kabbalah and Hasidism, including the impact of Zionism, postmodernism, New Age, and the internet."-David R. Loy, author of Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy (David R. Loy )

"The first comprehensive survey of the major developments in the history of Kabbalah as well as the spiritual life in Israel in the twentieth-century.This is an original piece of scholarship, written by a first-rank scholar."-Moshe Idel (Moshe Idel )

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The popularity of Kabbalah, a Jewish mystical movement at least 900 years old, has grown astonishingly within the context of the vast and ever-expanding social movement commonly referred to as the New Age. This book is the first to provide a broad overview of the major trends in contemporary Kabbalah together with in-depth discussions of major figures and schools.

A noted expert on Kabbalah, Jonathan Garb places the “kabbalistic Renaissance” within the global context of the rise of other forms of spirituality, including Sufism and Tibetan Buddhism. He shows how Kabbalah has been transformed by the events of the Holocaust and, following the establishment of Israel, by aliyah. The Chosen Will Become Herds is an original piece of scholarship and, in its own right, a new chapter in the history of Kabbalah.

231 pages, 4.93 MB, PDF.

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D.H.S. Nicholson - The mysticism of St. Francis of Assisi

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PARTIAL CONTENTS:

CHAPTER I: Universality of the doctrine of self-annihilation - An apparent contraction, and its possible causes - The self in modern psychology: the self as known and the self as knower – The repertory of selves and the necessity for choice - The division into selves is arbitrary: its purpose is to gain clearness of comprehension - The two selves in mysticism - Body, Soul, and Spirit – The interaction of the „I“ and the selected self – Views of the mystics - Theologia Germanica – Molinos - Lady Julian - St . Paul - Lopukhin – Conclusions – Christ as the Higher Self Annihilation of the lower self

CHAPTER II: Self-annihilation the negative side of St. Francis' life - His view of it in general – His method of attributing nothing to the lower self - His avoidance of unnecessary eccentricity – And fearlessness where eccentricity was demanded - His struggle against shyness as a tendency of the lower self - His avoidance of praise - And acceptance of blame - His condemnation of spiritual envy as proceeding from the lower self - His conception of self-annihilation making for an interior largeness - His fight against spiritual complacency - The new birth and the virtues – True independence is dependence on God

CHAPTER III: The monastic vows subdivisions of the doctrine of self-annihilation - Obedience the subjugation of the will to separateness – Two methods of universalizing the will, by intensification and denial - The second that of mysticism - The substitution of the will of another for the personal will - The Church as an already constituted authority for the Catholic - The mystic's need for actual experience not inconsistent with the attempt to suppress the personal will – His access to a higher court than that of the Church - This occurs only at certain stages - The office of the Church until they have been reached – The mystic's desire for universality as against the exclusiveness of the Churches - His resulting disregard for them at certain times - But he is an individual as well as a mystic - Examples of obedience to the divine will rather than that of the Church from the life of St. Teresa - As to her method of prayer - And the monastery of St.Joseph - Her own belief as to her obedience - Her assertions of certainty - Treatment of mysticism by the Church – Contempt – Suppression - Assimilation - The Church's limitation of mysticism - Its value and danger

CHAPTER IV: The three monastic vows the foundation of St. Francis' life and Order – Obedience and chivalry - True obedience and the simile of the corpse - This is on the negative side of progress - Obedience and the gratification of the personal will - St. Francis' distinctions in this connection - His realization of the danger of appropriation - The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil - His view of the sense of personal achievement - God the Doer - Obedience to unspoken commands St. Francis' subjection of his own will and his renunciation of the leadership of the Order - His request for the appointment of someone whom he should obey - His recognition of an authority above the Church Examples of his independence in details - His submission to the Church not unbroken - The approval of the First Rule The Indulgence of the Portiuncula - St. Francis not always successful in the struggle against the Church's formalism The Hugoline Rule for the Poor Ladies, and the Second Rule - His committal of the Order to the Church – His view of the use of authority as compared with humility - Apparently conflicting views of obedience due to his conception of it as a means only - His reverence for the First Rule - Its observance higher than obedience as such St. Francis' unorthodox view of penance - His attitude towards the priesthood - His respect for the priests as administrators of the Sacrament – His desire to keep the peace with them - His respect for the Church - St. Francis concerned with life rather than dogma - His conformity as evidenced by the Rules - Submission and freedom

CHAPTER V: The importance of attention as directing desire - The power of whole-hearted desire - The secret of the saints - Poverty a means of avoiding division of desire - Literal poverty and detachment - Willingness essential to poverty - Poverty without it of no avail - Poverty a fight against all tendencies to appropriation - It stands for a redirection of attention and rests on a revaluation - Detachment superior to literal poverty - Detachment neither indifference nor insensibility - Two aspects of detachment, negative and positive -The greater difficulty of detachment
Summing up

CHAPTER VI : General Franciscan view of poverty - The sources of St. Francis' conception of poverty - The imitation of Christ - The personification of poverty - Its effect on the world - The growth of the conception - The declaration – Rome - San Damiano - The Disinheritance - Rivo Torto and absolute non-ownership - Destruction of the houses at the Portiuncula and Bologna – All things belong to God and are therefore to be held in common – The novice and the psalter – The gift of property the return of a loan – Ownership and theft - Property as a hindrance to love – As unduly occupying the attention - As promoting disunion - Willing poverty and union - Man as a pilgrim and an exile - The profession of poverty necessitates begging - All things an alms – A limit to begging - The modern disapproval of begging - The brethren earned their livelihood and made a return for what they begged

CHAPTER VII: The larger concern of poverty - It stands for the subjugation of the intellect to the spirit - Two lines of defence for this position - The argument from the nature of the intellect and its inherent limitations - The argument from experience - Contemplation a state into which the working of the intellect does not enter - Contemplation preceded by meditation – Philosophical support of this position - M. Bergson's view of the original purpose of the intellect - Its dissection of matter - Its difficulty when dealing with ideas - It cannot think becoming, or comprehend life - Comparison with Ruysbroeck and the Cloud of Unknowing - A faculty superseding intellect - M. Bergson on instinct and intelligence – Intuition in man - Comparison with mysticism - Individual and universal consciousness - The step beyond reason - The awakening of the potentialities of intuition by going within - The difficulty of describing spiritual experience in terms of reason - Intuition as revealing the unity of spiritual life - The one life behind manifestation - Eckartshausen and intuition - Conclusion

CHAPTER VIII: St. Francis as poet and the avoidance of intellectualism - His contempt for learning not overemphasized - Learning and pride - Intellectual appreciation and vital understanding - The school at Bologna and the Chapter of Mats - The knowledge of the mind and the knowledge of the heart according to St. Francis - The perfect - Minister General and learning - Appointment of St. Anthony of Padua as reader of theology – The schools and simplicity - Extremes of simplicity - St. Francis and the limitations of the intellect - Learning and tribulation - The intellect and prayer - Learning and the tendency to appropriation - The intuitive faculty in St. Francis

CHAPTER IX: Freedom and subjection in the monastic vows - The body and the emotions - The body as symbolizing division and so the lower self - The inability of the senses to cognize God - This inferiority necessitates control -Asceticism based on this need for control – The suggestion of transmutation - Certain points in common with asceticism - Both concerned with desire rather than with action - Different methods of arriving at a common end Temporary suppression and fulfilment - The demand for abstinence from sexual activity rests on a fear of exaggeration and over-attention - The difficulty of dedication - The normal selfishness of sexual desire

CHAPTER X: St. Francis and monasticism - His recognition of the need for asceticism - It produces peace - His first realization of the need for physical control - St. Francis and the lepers - His restraint ofthe bodily appetites - Doubt of its continuing necessity - St. Francis' dislike of too strict legislation - His avoidance of the extremes of traditional asceticism - His teaching as to the danger of exaggeration – His admission of his own too great severity – His recognition of the sanctity and value of the body - The body as symbolizing the lower self for St. Francis - Examples of his use of body in this sense - His willing acceptance of physical hardships - His teaching and practice as regards the acceptance of pain St.Francis and chastity - Jacqueline of Settesoli - St. Clare St. Francis' struggle with desire - Woman as the spouse of Christ

CHAPTER XI : Love as motive the positive side of the method of mysticism - The love of God for man and of man for God - The universality of love - Its selflessness - Its source the spirit - Continual opportunities for its exercise in the world - Human and spiritual love - Rarity of complete selflessness in human love - Its exclusiveness - Universality The dependence of human love on sympathy - Its points in common with spiritual love - A preparation therefor, as meditation for contemplation - The mystic's humility grounded in love - Spiritual experience his particular domain - Variety of such experiences – They cause no pride in the mystic - Mystical phenomena not essential - St. John of the Cross – Lady Julian - The mystic's desire to avoid the way of psychic phenomena - Evidence of writers on mystical theology - This desire an implication of love

CHAPTER XII: Love the motive of St. Francis' life - The incident of the leper - The gifts to the poor - Love as the source of joy - The glad acceptance of life and the need for reform – Such acceptance founded on a love for God - St.
Francis and the welcome of temptation – His rejoicing at hardships and his continual joy – His veneration for the love of God - His prayer for love - His insistence on joy among his companions - Joy founded on love as a protection against sin - Gladness and asceticism - Prayer a source of spiritual joy - The selflessness of St. Francis' attitude towards mystical experience - His reticence concerning it exemplified in the case of the Stigmata - His fear of personal adulation and of an exaggerated belief in an external sign - His teaching as to the folly of mentioning mystical experiences - His appreciation and enjoyment of them - His feeling of his own unworthiness to receive them – His teaching that they should be offered to God - The avoidance of self-glorification in preaching and all works St. Francis' conquest of pride by love

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St. Macarius - Fifty Spiritual Homilies of St. Macarius the Egyptian

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George A. Maloney, S.J., provides a great service by bringing to the public the first modern English translation of the spiritual homilies and Great Letter of Pseudo- Macarius, a Syrian monk of the fourth century whose identity is still the subject of scholarly investigation.

The Fifty Homilies, in the form of a practical, monastic pedagogy, reveal the typical traits of Eastern Christian asceticism, with particular emphasis on the spiritual combat, the action of the Holy Spirit, and the importance of interior prayer. The Great Letter discusses the purging of the passions to bring the Christian into a state of tranquility and integration, and addresses the monastic community with instructions regarding organization, humility, and prayer.
392 pages, 30.5 MB, PDF. Scan.

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Jeanette Agnes - The Seventh Seal

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Lizzete A. Fisher - The Mystic Vision in the Grail Legend and in the Divine Comedy

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William Kingsland - The Gnosis Or Ancient Wisdom In The Christian Sculptures

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This book is the last work of William Kingsland and was completed shortly before his death. "In this work Kingsland shows how the fundamental teachings given to the world at the beginning of the Christian ere were derived from the Gnosis or Ancient Wisdom, but in time have become so perverted that the modern interpretation of Christianity represents merely their debased survival."

Contents: Religion and Religions; The Bible; The Ancient Wisdom or Gnosis; The Genesis Narrative; The New Testament Scriptures, The Gospels; The New Testament Scriptures, Paul's Epistles; Practical Religion; Bibliography.

230 pages, 5.49 MB, PDF. Scan.

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Emile Gebhart - Mystics and Heretics in Italy at the End of the Middle Ages

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1922. The religious and moral condition of Italy before the time of Joachim of Flora; Joachim of Flora; Francis of Assisi; The Emperor Frederic II and the Rationalistic Spirit in Southern Italy; Exaltation of the Franciscan Mysticism; The Eternal Gospel; John of Parma; Fra Salimbene; The Holy See and the Spiritual Franciscans; Popular art and Poetry; The Mysticism, the Moral Philosophy and the Faith of Dante; Notes, List of works by Gebhart; Index.

302 pages, 17 MB, PDF. Scan.

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John Wright Buckham - Christ and the Eternal Order

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CONTENTS

Part I - THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRIST

Chapter

I. The Christology of To-day
II. Revelation : Progressive and Final
III. The Christocentric View-point
IV. Christ Interpreting God
V. Christ Interpreting Nature
VI. Christ Interpreting Man
VII. The Worship of Christ

Part II - ASPECTS OF CHRIST

VIII. The Human Christ
IX. The Historic Christ
X. The Eternal Christ
XI. The Living Christ
XII. The Cosmic Christ

Part III - THE POTENCIES OF CHRIST

Chapter

XIII. Christ Pre-present and Pre-potent
XIV. Christ Indwelling
XV. Christ in Conscience
XVI. Christ Regenerating
XVII. Christ Atoning
XVIII. Christ Risen
XIX. Christ Returning
XX. Christ and Social Redemption
XXI. The Kingdom of Christ

APPENDIX
I. Historical Sketch of the Christocentric Theology
II. Vital Issues of the Harnack Controversy

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Henry C. Sheldon - The Mystery Religions and the New Testament

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Contents: A Glance at the Characteristic Features of the Mystery Religions; Some Special Phases in the Content or History of the Mystery Religions; Distinctive Points in Which the Mystery Religions Show Agreement or Contrast with Christianity; Question of Paul's Indebtedness to the Mystery Religions for Characteristic Terms and Ideas; Question of Paul's Indebtedness to the Mystery Religions for His Conceptions of Baptism and the Eucharist; Question of Indebtedness of the Johannine Writings, and of Other Positions of the New Testament.

This book is of great value to every student and lover of wisdom.

166 pages, 5.43 MB, PDF. Scan.

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Curtiss - The Mystic Life

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The Teachings of the Order of Christian Mystics Awaken the Inner Life.
The Mystic Life, when first published in 1934, was a distillation of the teachings of the American Order of Mystics. In this new edition the theme has not been changed; the message is age-old and points the reader towards at-one-ment with the Christ Light within. Devoid of the finer points of theological discussion and brash intellectualism, it suggests we live patiently, with simplicity and kindness; in exactly the way humanity has been taught throughout its history, by all of the world's Masters.

An introduction to mysticism and a clear exposition of its meaning, its scope and its importance in the daily life. Just the thing to place in the hands of one who is beginning to aspire and think for himself.

CONTENTS

Foreword vii

I The Mystic Life
II The Path of Discipleship
III Illumination
IV The Mystic Christ
V The Daily Life

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Curtiss - The Pattern Life

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The Teachings of the Order of Christian Mystics Awaken the Inner Life.

Every seeker and initiate is destined to walk the same well trodden path of those that have come before. There is but one universal story of the initiate. The One Pattern Life we are all in the process of unfolding. Based on the Life of the Master Jesus.

The most astonishing yet revealing interpretation of the Gospel story. Gives it a new spiritual yet logical and scientific appeal.

The result of Dr. Curtiss' 20 years of painstaking and scholarly research in the fields of comparative religion, philosophy, psychology and symbolism.
The results are astonishing if not sensational in the religious field. Not dry scholastic argument, but applied to the daily experiences of our lives.
Gives the only satisfactory explanation of the many inaccuracies and flat contradictions in the Gospels.

Accepts the historical facts recently discovered, but definitely refutes the materialistic conclusions of the "higher critics" and mythologists. A great reconciler of conflicting opinions and theories.

Contents

• Introduction. The Universal Solar Myth. The basis of all world religions.
• The Annunciations. To Elizabeth and Zacharias. To Mary and Joseph. Why made by Gabriel?
• The Immaculate Conception. Why disputed for ages? Was Joseph the real father of Jesus?
• The Birth of the Christ. Actual date unknown. Why Dec. 25th was chosen. Its meaning in our daily lives.
• The Wise Men and the Star. How could a star stand still over a certain spot and then turn South? What it really was. Who were the Wise Men?
• The Shepherds and the Sheep. Why the revelation was made to humble shepherds and not to the high priests.
• The Manger and the Swaddling Clothes. Why was Christ born in a stable? Meaning of swaddling clothes.
• Gifts of the Wise Men. Symbology of gold, frankincense and myrrh, their meaning.
• Herod and the Wise Men. Gives the key to many otherwise unexplained experiences in our lives.
• The Flight and Massacre. Were any children actually slain? How many? Why denied by St. Luke?
• Twelve Years of Age. Where was Jesus during His early years? Why 12 is an important age.
• The Baptism. John. Why did Jesus need to be baptized by John? Its meaning.
• The Baptism. The Christ. Why did Jesus wait until He was 30 before baptism?
• The Baptism. The Jordan. The physical features of the Jordan. Their significance.
• The Temptation. The Fast. Why did Jesus need to fast 40 days? Its significance.
• The Temptation. The Tempter. Why did Jesus submit to temptation by the devil when He knew who it was?
• The Marriage in Cana. How and why was the water turned into wine? Its symbology and application.
• The Betrayal. Why did Jesus permit Judas to betray Him when He knew of the intention long in advance?
• The Crucifixion. Why was this tragedy permitted? Why between thieves? Its significance.
• Three Days in the Tomb. What took place during that interval? Its meaning.
• The Resurrection. How could Jesus survive, appear and disappear through closed doors at will?
• The Ascension. How was Jesus' body changed so that "flesh and blood" could inherit the kingdom of heaven?
• Elaborate Appendix. Star map of the heavens. The actual astronomical events of the Sun Cycle. Various birth dates. Why Dec. 25th was chosen. Inaccuracies and flat contradictions explained.
• Will cause as many happily changed lives as any other of "The Curtiss Books."
• Illustrated with a hitherto unpublished picture of the Master Jesus.

323 pages, 6.10 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/nARwFz5t/Curtiss_-_The_Pattern_Life.html

Curtiss – The Temple of Silence

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The Teachings of the Order of Christian Mystics Awaken the Inner Life.

The most inspiring treatise on Meditation and Entering the Silence. There is no problem that cannot be solved, no question that cannot be answered if we truly enter this Temple of Silence and ask for guidance. For here, before the altar of this Inner Temple, the All-Father will send His Light direct into the heart of every true worshipper at this inner shrine.

Some may see the glorious company of the Saints. Some may hear the Psalms of Life like a mighty chorus of many voices of surpassing sweetness. This choir is made up of the songs of thanksgiving and praise that each heart sings as it finds itself a worshipper in the Temple of Silence.

Others may hear the Music of the Spheres, the stately rhythmic cadence of the stars and planets as they follow their appointed ways through space. Others may but feel the presence and receive the comfort of the perfect harmony and oneness of all. Still others may seem to be clasping hands with a band of fellow Disciples which reaches around the world. But all will feel the waves of spiritual life-force bathing and filling them. Here will spiritual realisation illuminate our consciousness, for we have become one with the Knower and can drink at the fountain-head of wisdom.

Practical working directions given.

Contents

• The Temple of Silence
• The Great Silence
• Entering the Silence.
• The Scientific Method
• The Noon Silence Service.

84 pages, 1.02 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/g0rteNiT/Curtiss_-_The_Temple_of_Silenc.html

Curtiss - Potent Prayers

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The Teachings of the Order of Christian Mystics Awaken the Inner Life.

A long felt want finally filled. A collection of inspired and inspiring prayers for all occasions and for every need and mood. Published in small, handy form convenient for the pocket or hand-bag, and accessible at all times.

By its regular use all aspirants may experience the manifold blesssings and joys, the protection and comfort of the spiritual forces which these mystical prayers actually invoke. Divine Invocation at its most potent.

Contents

• The Lord’s Prayer
• Prayer for Light
• Sunrise Prayer
• Morning Prayer
• Sunset Prayer
• Evening Prayer
• Midnight Prayer
• Prayer to the Divine Indweller
• Prayer to the Divine Mother
• For Realisation
• Healing Prayer
• How to Use the Healing Prayer
• Prayer of Protection
• How to Use the Prayer of Protection
• Prayer of Devotion
• Prayer of Demonstration
• Prayer for World Harmony
• Prayer for the Christ Power
• Prayer for Christ’s Coming
• Prayer My Christ is Here
• Prayer of the Three Doors
• Grace before Meals
• To Conquer Fear
• To Challenge Psychic Manifestations
• Prayer for Coming Conditions
• Prayer to the Source
• Prayer for the Atoms
• Prayer to the White Warriors
• Prayer for Understanding
• Prayer to Purify the Flesh
• Prayer for Power to Conquer
• Prayer for Freedom
• Prayer for the Awakening
• I Will Arise
• Prayer for Things Needed
• Invocation to the Flame
• Prayer to the Chariot of Fire
• Teach Me To Learn My Lesson
• For What to Say
• Prayer for the Indian
• Prayer for a Spiritual Wall
• He Walks with Me
• I Lay Me Down
• Prayer to the Lord of Light
• Prayer for Consecrating the Hands
• Prayer for the Golden Fruits
• Prayer to the Soul
• Prayer of the Sanctuary
• Prayer of Consecration
• To be Efficient
• Gratitude
• Tests of Teachings
• Prayer to the Forth-Coming
• Addition to Grace at Meals or after any Gift
• Prayer of Thanksgiving
• A Prayer for World Peace

68 pages, 2.19 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/Ir7huTfr/Curtiss_-_Potent_Prayers.html


Curtiss - Gems of Mysticism

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The Teachings of the Order of Christian Mystics Awaken the Inner Life.

Inspiring passages selected from the writings of Dr. Frank Homer and Mrs. Harriette Augusta Curtiss.

Gives best simple insight into Mysticism.

One might wade through the religious philosophising of every people and place and not receive the inspiration one will get out of a ten minute perusal of this little book.

Golden in their wisdom and luminous with love, the treasured thoughts grouped herein have been to me as life itself. Meditate on them in gratitude and they shall give you Light in the hour of darkness, Courage in defeat, Faith in time of trial, Patience in adversity, Love when beset by hate, Wisdom in the midst of error, and the Key to find the Master whom you seek. Where your secret thought is, there are you. Let this little book guide you into the Gates of Wisdom, aye, to the Heart of Love itself. Compiled by a pupil of the Order, Forest K. Davis

Contents

• Spiritual Growth.
• Duty.
• Karma.
• Reincarnation.
• The Christ.
• Masters of Wisdom.
• Miscellaneous.

106 pages, 2.3 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/mX5kUCMh/Curtiss_-_Gems_of_Mysticism.html

Curtiss - The Divine Mother

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The Teachings of the Order of Christian Mystics Awaken the Inner Life.

The most beautiful gem of the series.

Today, as never before, a cry of heart-hunger goes up from a humanity which has waited so long for a real understanding of all that, age after age, it has accepted, has striven to live for, has died for, yet has not fully understood or received. This great hunger-cry is not a cry for physical things but is the fulfilment of the days so long foretold of old: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”

To all such the Divine Mother comes holding in her outstretched arms the radiant form of Her Son, the Lord of Glory, the fruit of Her bringing forth. With the birth of Her Son in this New Age She brings to our remembrance all that has been told us, all that has been whispered to our hearts during the dark watches of the long night, all that the Light has revealed in the mystical depths of our consciousness. And in Her loving voice, soft as the whisper of a gentle air from heaven, She says: “Children, behold My Son!” And She beckons to the heart-hungry and says: “Welcome to my feast. It is spread for all who will come and partake and live. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world.”

Contents

• The Divine Mother.
• The Bringer Forth.
• The Midnight Prayer.
• The Waters of Life.
• The Comforter.

88 pages, 2.09 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/RXaKuYmH/Curtiss_-_The_Divine_Mother.html

Curtiss - The Inner Radiance

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The Teachings of the Order of Christian Mystics Awaken the Inner Life.
Forty splendid chapters covering almost every phase of the mystic life, occultism and spiritual philosophy, from the stock market collapse and the depression, and the remedy, to the zodiac, the elementals, divine fire, redemption, King Arthur and his knights, King Desire, and the Christ Star.

Contents

• The Inner Radiance: that mysterious power which pushes all things on to perfection.
• The God Man: God in the process of manifestation in man.
• As in the Days of Noah: planets returning to similar relations and producing similar conditions today. How to master them.
• Spiritual Co-operation: a law of the universe.
• Man and the Zodiac: how the 12 signs are represented in man.
• The Lord from Heaven: how the spiritual man descends into the human.
• The Soul Language: the inner language of spiritual consciousness.
• Transmigration: the doctrine, the atoms. Not reincarnation.
• Cosmic Causes of World Conditions and the Remedy: Cosmic and Karmic factors, Dr. Curtiss' lecture before the Chamber of Commerce.
• The Mystic Rose: why a symbol of Divine Love.
• The Great and the Small: all things are relative.
• The Lords of Karma: the events of life neither fate nor punishment, but opportunities.
• Redemption: the esoteric doctrine. Why necessary.
• Reliance: of the outer upon the inner.
• The Great Work: the mystery of Spiritual Alchemy.
• King Desire: his meaning and mastery.
• The Mystery of the Elements: the conscious forces back of Nature. Hymn to the Elements.
• Man and the Elementals: role of the Gnomes, Undines, Sylphs and Salamanders.
• The Realm of Be-ness: the mystery of Being from non-being.
• Saturn and Cyclic Law: role of Saturn as tester and Initiator.
• God, Man and the Planet: their relation. The Book of Remembrance.
• The Third Eye: functions of the pineal gland.
• The Mount of Attainment: the end of the Path.
• The Round Table: symbology of King Arthur and his knights.
• Divine Fire: fire of life, of mind. Cosmic fire.
• The Glory of the Lord: how recognized and contacted.
• Lessons by the Way: The ancient continents.
• Lesson of the sage-brush. Nature's symbology.
• The King of Glory: where and how he reigns.
• The Christ Star: the shepherds and the Wise Men. The five points.
• Preparation: for the Second Coming

395 pages, 7.65 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/EfhJTJC3/Curtiss_-_The_Inner_Radiance.html

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Aldous Huxley - The Perennial Philosophy

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An inspired gathering of religious writings that reveals the "divine reality" common to all faiths, collected by Aldous Huxley

"The Perennial Philosophy," Aldous Huxley writes, "may be found among the traditional lore of peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions."

With great wit and stunning intellect—drawing on a diverse array of faiths, including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christian mysticism, and Islam—Huxley examines the spiritual beliefs of various religious traditions and explains how they are united by a common human yearning to experience the divine. The Perennial Philosophy includes selections from Meister Eckhart, Rumi, and Lao Tzu, as well as the Bhagavad Gita, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Diamond Sutra, and Upanishads, among many others.

Contents
Introduction page
I That Art Thou
II The Nature of the Ground
III Personality, Sanctity, Divine Incarnation
IV God in the World
V Charity
VI Mortification, Non-Attachment, Right Livelihood
VII Truth
VIII Religion and Temperament
IX Self-Knowledge
X Grace and Free Will
XI Good and Evil
XII Time and Eternity
XIII Salvation, Deliverance, Enlightenment
XIV Immortality and Survival
XV Silence
XVI Prayer
XVII Suffering
XVIII Faith
XIX God is not mocked
XX Tantum religiopotuit suadere malorum page
XXI Idolatry
XXII Emotionalism
XXIII The Miraculous
XXIV Ritual, Symbol, Sacrament
XXV Spiritual Exercises
XXVII Perseverance and Regularity
XXVIII Contemplation, Action and Social Utility
Bibliography

377 pages, 13.8 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/NtnkJnZu/Aldous_Huxley_-_The_Perennial_.html

Teresa A. Blythe - 50 Ways To Pray

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A spiritual director, writer and commentator on popular culture, Blythe can say her prayers in many different ways. This helpful and friendly book is jammed with prayer practices from a variety of Christian traditions. Organized by chapters that group prayers by type (body prayers, prayers of imagination, discernment, etc.), each prayer practice is clearly explained step-by-step. The result is a textbook not only of techniques but also a generous understanding of the many modalities of prayer. The author goes through 9 different prayer styles - contemplative prayer, praying with scripture, praying with the imagination, praying with media, to name a few - and within each style gives several different ways to pray in that particular style. She gives a very brief history of each style, and clear, step-by-step directions on the specific prayers. Also included is a leader's guide for use with groups. Blythe finds that prayer can be walked, talked, breathed, drawn or even inferred from television and movies. The breadth of the book provides an imaginative jump start for anyone with a narrow conception of how to pray or a limited repertoire of rote prayers. A leader's guide at the back of the book provides instructions for anyone working with prayer groups. However, this leader's guide section could be more clearly integrated into the text by including page numbers in each chapter that would take the reader clearly back to the relevant pages in the leader's guide. Overall, this book is an excellent resource with breadth and depth for religious educators, spiritual group leaders and anyone wishing to deepen his or her own prayer life.

232 pages, 11.9 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/jb8LZl64/Teresa_A_Blythe_-_50_Ways_To_P.html

Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism (Merkava, Hasidism,...) related works and articles:


Raymond Jacques Tournay - Seeing and Hearing God With the Psalms

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This investigation into the prophetic dimension of the Psalms shows how the postexilic period and especially the world of the Chronicler around 300 BCE provide the main setting for the Psalms, even royal psalms. The Levitical singers of the Second Temple 'made up for the silence of the classical prophets': an idealized David, musician and prophet, is depicted as leader of the cultic prophets and of the entire inspired community. In this way theophanic descriptions and oracular material in the style of the classical prophets were developed and preserved through the Psalms.

312 pages, 13 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/BikNguQ9/Raymond_Jacques_Tournay_-_Seei.html

Liturgical Perspectives: Prayer and Poetry in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah, 48)

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The papers published in this volume were presented at the Fifth Orion International Symposium (Jerusalem, 2000), which focused on prayer and poetry in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The volume examines the recently published poetical and liturgical texts from Qumran against the background of Second Temple Judaism, its biblical antecedents, and later rabbinic developments.

The essays treat a variety of prayers and religious practices, as well as major issues in the history of Jewish liturgy. Topics range from magic, mysticism and thanksgiving to lamentation, fast day rituals, communal worship, and the relationship between the prayers from Qumran and the traditional Jewish prayers. The application of new Scrolls material to this breadth of topics constitutes an important contribution to the study of religious poetry, religious practice, and liturgy.

295 pages, 11.1 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/GiRzh829/Liturgical_Perspectives_Prayer.html

Kabbalah articles, both academic with esoteric and exoteric approach to study, and some esoteric and practical articles:

Adam Afterman - Letter Permutation Techniques, Kavannah and Prayer in Jewish Mysticism
Daniel Abrams - A Critical Return to Moshe Idel's Kabbalah
Elliot R. Wolfson - The Use of Models to Study Continuity and Discontinuity in Kabbalistic Tradition
Gedaliahu G. Stroumsa - Gnosis and Judaism in Nineteenth Century Christian Thought
John F. Nash - Abraham Abulafia and the Ecstatic Kabbalah
Jonathan Garb - Moshe Idel's Contribution to the Study of Religion
Lessons in Prayer and Meditation, an Intro to Kavanot System of Meditation Used by the Ari'zal, Rashash Schools of Kabbalah
Michael Fishbane - Spiritual Transformations of Torah in Biblical and Rabbinic Tradition
Moshe Idel's Reading of the Talmudic Legend of the Four Sages Who Entered the Pardes
Philip Wexler - Mystical Jewish Sociology
Prayer Guide - Darche Tefillah of Congregation Avodat Yisrael
Ron Margolin - Moshe Idel's Phenomenology and its Sources
Ronit Meroz - Between Sefer Yezirah and Wisdom Literature
Ronit Meroz - The Middle Eastern Origins of Kabbalah
Seven Branches of the Menorah, Kabbalistic Meditation on Psalm 67
The Mystical Significance of the Hebrew Alphabet
The Role of Kabbalah in Founding of the USA
Warren Zev Harvey - Idel on Spinoza
Yehuda Liebes - Zohar and Iamblichus
Isaiah Wassilevsky - Chassidism, a Resumé of Modern Hebrew Mysticism
Jacques Derrida and the Kabbalah

http://www.4shared.com/document/yEUnA-JI/Adam_Afterman_-_Letter_Permuta.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/l8DEqkiG/Daniel_Abrams_-_A_Critical_Ret.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/zOVvP-vM/Elliot_R_Wolfson_-_The_Use_of_.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/72OwRm2g/Warren_Zev_Harvey_-_Idel_on_Sp.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/-jOmGSde/The_Role_of_Kabbalah_in_Foundi.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/SzYredfT/The_Mystical_Significance_of_t.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/9vv20lo5/Seven_Branches_of_the_Menorah_.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/RmdTs3RW/Ronit_Meroz_-_The_Middle_Easte.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/0kbwXgwO/Ronit_Meroz_-_Between_Sefer_Ye.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/qwnx0vgz/Ron_Margolin_-_Moshe_Idels_Phe.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/tMHF4EiQ/Prayer_Guide_-_Darche_Tefillah.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/SNLU5pC6/Philip_Wexler_-_Mystical_Jewis.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/wTpoBg0I/Moshe_Idels_Reading_of_the_Tal.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/QBzd3yXj/Michael_Fishbane_-_Spiritual_T.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/looZewnD/Lessons_in_Prayer_and_Meditati.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/bduiHRs0/Jonathan_Garb_-_Moshe_Idels_Co.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/fXyWTOCh/John_F_Nash_-_Abraham_Abulafia.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/01EdoAHF/Yehuda_Liebes_-_Zohar_and_Iamb.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/-gpjJ1Yu/Isaiah_Wassilevsky_-_Chassidis.html
http://www.4shared.com/document/TEdwOggM/Jacques_Derrida_and_the_Kabbal.html
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Andrei A. Orlov - From Apocalypticism to Merkabah Mysticism

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The present volume contains essays dealing with the Second Temple Jewish traditions and documents preserved solely in their Slavonic translations. It examines these Slavonic pseudepigraphical materials in the context of their mediating role in the development of early Jewish mystical traditions from Second Temple apocalypticism to Merkabah mysticism attested in rabbinic and Hekhalot materials. The book represents the first attempt to study Slavonic pseudepigrapha collectively as a unique group of texts that share common theophanic and mediatorial imagery crucial for the development of early Jewish mysticism. The study demonstrates that mediatorial traditions of the exalted patriarchs and prophets played an important role in facilitating the transition from apocalypticism to early Jewish mysticism.

503 pages, 2.4 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/u4SfNeYf/Andrei_A_Orlov_-_From_Apocalyp.html

Vita Daphna Arbel - Beholders of Divine Secrets, Mysticism and Myth in the Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature

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Beholders of Divine Secrets provides a fascinating exploration of the enigmatic Hekhalot and Merkavah literature, the Jewish mystical writings of late antiquity. Vita Daphna Arbel delves into the unique nature of the mystical teachings, experiences, revelations, and spiritual exegesis presented in this literature. While previous scholarship has demonstrated the connection between Hekhalot and Merkavah mysticism and parallel traditions in Rabbinical writings, the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocalyptic, early Christian, and Gnostic sources, this work points out additional mythological traditions that resonate in this literature. Arbel suggests that mythological patterns of expression, as well as themes and models rooted in Near Eastern mythological traditions are employed, in a spiritualized fashion, to communicate mystical content. The possible cultural and social context of the Hekhalot and Merkavah mysticism and its composers is discussed.

263 pages, 1.22 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/OJcv59vA/Vita_Daphna_Arbel_-_Beholders_.html
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Hello to all. New to the site. Great books, thanks for sharing.
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Hello to all. New to the site. Great books, thanks for sharing.
Welcome. These books can help you on the way of ascension.

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G. Granger Fleming - The Dynamic of All-Prayer

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Contents

Foreword
Introduction - Back to the Trenches

I. The Desire for Prayer
II. The Final Incentive
III. The Functional Character of Prayer
IV. Staying and Waiting
V. Prayer; a World Factor
VI. Prayer: a Process
VII. Kings and Priests
VIII. Finding Expression
IX. The Transmutation of the Visible
X. The Unveiling of the Invisible
XI. The Godward Side of Prayer
XII. The Enlargement of God's Sphere
XIII. The Spirit of Prayer
XIV. Prayer Cumulative
XV. In the School of Prayer
XVI. Corporate Expression
XVII. Full Assurance
XVIII. Expenditure and Recoupment
XIX. Mystical Prayer
XX. Reasons for Non-Prayer
XXL In the Workshop of Prayer
XXII. The Burning Heart
XXIIL The Practice of Prayer
XXIV. Prayer and Faith
XXV. All-Prayer

222 pages, 2.77 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/xctykcrE/G_Granger_Fleming_-_The_Dynami.html

R.H. Coats - The Realm of Prayer

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Man's noblest art is the art of holding fellowship with God. In no other activity of the spirit do we exercise so many of our highest faculties, or direct them towards an object so sublime. For prayer is the converse of the soul with God, and the shaping of our entire inward and outward life according to His will, as the result of that converse. This is an artistry the materials for which we must find within ourselves. It is the function of prayer, as the highest of all the arts, to make the soul of man a habitation of God in the Spirit a temple not made with hands, whose foundation shall be faith; whose soaring columns, hope; whose over-arching dome, the wide expanse of love.

Contents

Chapter I - The Dignity Of Prayer

Chapter II - The Nature Of Prayer
Chapter III - The Development Of Prayer
Chapter IV - The Theology Of Prayer
Chapter V - The Psychology Of Prayer
Chapter VI - The Laws Of Prayer
Chapter VII - The School Of Prayer
Chapter VIII - The Prayer Of Petition
Chapter IX - The Prayer Of Intercession
Chapter X - Prayer And The Natural Order
Chapter XI - Prayer And Healing
Chapter XII - The Prayers Of The Old Testament
Chapter XIII - The Prayers Of The New Testament
Chapter XIV - The Prayers Of Jesus
Chapter XV - The Prayers Of The Sanctuary
Chapter XVI - The Prayers Of The Secret Place
Chapter XVII - The Prayer Of Mystic Union

Appendix Of Quotations
A. The Nature Of Prayer
B. The Necessity Of Prayer
C. The Value Of Prayer
D. The Efficacy Of Prayer
E. Great Souls At Prayer
F. The Practice Of Prayer
G. Methods Of Prayer
H. Difficulty And Distraction In Prayer
J. Dryness And Fatigue In Prayer
K. Prayer Without Ceasing
L. Intercessory And Eucharistic Prayer
M. Liturgical And Free Prayer
N. The Prayer Of Mystic Union
Index

356 pages, 21.2 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/ZCyCs-rG/RH_Coats_-_The_Realm_of_Prayer.html


W.H. Hutchings - The Life of Prayer

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278 pages, 12.1 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/MJRuXcaO/WH_Hutchings_-_The_Life_of_Pra.html


E. Herman - Creative Prayer

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In this heartfelt work of enlightenment and faith, Brigid Herman attempts to find meaning and value in prayer as a creative process. True prayer, she claims, is "man's loving response to the love of God." And since divine love is the supreme act, then man's only worthy response can be one of unreserved self-giving. Herman's inspired and compassionate views, first published nearly a century ago, make essential reading for anyone embarking on the path to salvation and inner peace. The wife of a Presbyterian minister, writer BRIGID EMILY HERMAN (1876-1923) was born in Prague and eventually settled in London. Known for her works on theology and the devotional life, she also wrote The Meaning and Value of Mysticism, The Secret Garden of the Soul, and The Finding of the Cross.

248 pages, 13.8 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/Ce6yHfbu/E_Herman_-_Creative_Prayer.html

Evelyn Underhill - The Spiral Way

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Evelyn Underhill was a prolific writer, with dozens of books and hundreds of articles to her credit. Underhill wrote about mysticism in the beginning of her career, but later focused more on the spiritual life as lived by ordinary people. Written by Underhill under the pseudonym John Cordelier, The Spiral Way is a Christian look at the journey of the spirit. With chapters structured to parallel the Roman Catholic tradition of the Mysteries of the Rosary, Underhill relates the spiritual journey to the life of Jesus Christ. This book, subtitled Mediations Upon the Fifteen Mysteries of the Souls Ascent, examines those mysteries in three phases. The Joyful Mysteries (the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Presentation in the Temple, and the Child amongst the Doctors) examines the ascent of the soul. The Sorrowful Mysteries (the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging, the Crown of Thorns, the Bearing of the Cross, and the Crucifixion) expands upon the trials and the agony experienced along an often difficult path. The third phase, the Triumphant Mysteries (the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Coming of the Holy Spirit, the Assumption, and the Coronation) fulfills the promise of the souls glorious ascension of ultimate redemption.

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Evelyn Underhill - Concerning the Inner Life

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1926. This little manual for the guidance of clergymen carries with it a quiet assurance and inward strength which will make it extremely helpful to the general reader. Miss Underhill is universally recognized as an authority on mysticism and has the depth and expansiveness of spiritual experience which she enjoins on all leaders. This work contains three lectures originally delivered at the Liverpool Diocese.

Evelyn Underhill, a novelist and poet, published her first book in 1902 but her growing interest in mysticism led in 1911 to her greatest work, 'Mysticism'. This classic text immeditately established Underhill as the leading writer in the field, and she continued her work by writing many more significant and acclaimed books and essays. In 1921 she became Upton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at Manchester College, and was the first woman to give a series of lectures on theology at Oxford.

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Evelyn Underhill - House of the Soul

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This little book is in no sense a literary work. It merely consists of the notes of a series of informal addresses which were given to a small group of like-minded people; and is intended rather to stimulate meditation than to give information. Its readers are asked of their charity to judge it from this point of view.

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Evelyn Underhill - The Golden Sequence

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This is a personal little book. Its aim is not the establishment of some new thesis. It merely represents the precipitation of my own thoughts, as they have moved to and fro during the last few years, along a line which has the spiritual doctrine of St. John of the Cross at one end, and the philosophy of Professor Whitehead at the other: though I fear that few traces of the influence of these august god-parents appear in the finished result. The book, then, does not pretend to completeness; and is not to be regarded as a treatise, still less as a manual of the spiritual life. It consists of what ancient writers on these themes were accustomed to call considerations; offered to those who share the writer's passion for the exploration of the realities, and interpretation of the experiences, which are signified by the familiar words and symbols of dogmatic religion.

CONTENTS

Spirit

I What Is Spirit ?
II God Is Spirit
III Spirit As Power
IV Spirit As Person
V The Revelation Of Spirit

Spiritual Life

I Created Spirit
II Man Natural And Supernatural
III Creative Spirit
IV Life Finite And Infinite
V The Gifts Of The Spirit
VI The Twofold Life

Purification

I The Essence Of Purgation
II The Cleansing Of The Senses
III The Cleansing Of The Intellect
IV Memory And Imagination
V Will And Love

Prayer

I The Span Of Prayer
II Adoration
III Communion
IV Action
V Conclusion

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Evelyn Underhill - The Mystic Way, a Psychological Study in Christian Origins

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It is the object of this book to trace out that type of life, that peculiar quality of consciousness, which is called "mystical," from its earliest appearance within Christianity; to estimate, so far as is possible, the true character and origin of the Christian mystic, and define the qualities which differentiate him from those other mystics who have been evolved along other lines of spiritual development, Oriental, Neoplatonic, or Mahomedan. It is now acknowledged by many psychologists—amongst whom Leuba and Delacroix are of special importance, since their conclusions are entirely free from theological bias—that the Christian mystic does possess such differentiating characters; and represents, so far as the psychical nature of man is concerned, a genuine species apart. Leuba, indeed, does not hesitate to call him one of the most amazing and profound variations of which the human race has yet been witness. This being so, his origin and real significance have surely a special importance for those interested in the spiritual evolution of humanity.

We are still too often told that Christian mysticism is no integral part of Christianity: sometimes, even, that it represents an opposition to the primitive Christian ideal. Sometimes we are asked to believe that it originated from Neoplatonic influence; that Pagan blood runs in its veins, and that its genealogy goes back to Plotinus. Far from this being the case, all the doctrines and all the experiences characteristic of genuine Christian mysticism can be found in the New Testament; and I believe that its emergence as a definite type of spiritual life coincides with the emergence of Christianity itself, in the person of its Founder.

CONTENTS

Preface

I MYSTICISM AND HUMAN LIFE

I The Instinct for Transcendence
II The Quest of a Thoroughfare
III The Finding of the Thoroughfare
IV The Mystic Way
V The Christian Mystic

II MYSTICISM AND CHRISTOLOGY

I The Synoptic Record
II The Baptism and Temptation
III The Illuminated Life
IV The Way of Sorrow
V The Deified Life

III ST. PAUL AND THE MYSTIC WAY

I The Growth of the New Man
II The Laws of the New Life

IV THE JOHANNINE MYSTIC

I A Gospel of Experience
II The Logos-life in Voice and Vision

III THE MYSTIC WAY IN THE FOURTH GOSPEL

V The Mystic Life in the Early Church
I The Age of Enthusiasm
II Alexandria and the Art of Contemplation
III The Monastic Ideal
IV A Mystic of the Desert

VI THE WITNESS OF THE LITURGY

I The Outer Mystery
II The Inner Mystery

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Evelyn Underhill - Life of the Spirit and the Life of Today

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Contents: Characters of the Spiritual Life; History and the Life of the Spirit; Psychology; Contemplation and Suggestion; Institutional Religion; The Individual; Education and the Spiritual Life; Social Order; List of Works Cited; Index.

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Evelyn Underhill - Ruysbroeck

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"Ruysbroeck is Evelyn Underhills biography of 14th-century Flemish mystic John of Ruysbroeck. An ordained priest, Ruysbroeck was active for many years in Brussels before retiring to the Sonian Forest, where many of his surviving works were written. He is perhaps best remembered for conceiving of the spiritual ladder of Christian attainment and its three stages of progress: the active life, the inward life, and the contemplative life. Unlike many mystics, he believed that the soul in its journey was capable of finding God but would never unify with God, maintaining always its own identity. And yet, though remembered for his mysticism, Ruysbroeck at times could be a traditionalist, forcefully writing in favor of historic Church customs. A highly readable and thorough examination of both his life and works, Rusybroeck is a classic profile of the man considered by some to be the greatest of all medieval Catholic mystics. British writer of prose and poetry EVELYN UNDERHILL (18751941) was a fellow of Kings College for Women and Kings College, and was the first woman to lecture to the clergy in the Church of England. Through her radio appearances and her stint as editor of the political magazine The Spectator, she was a familiar voice in British public life between the wars. She authored more than 30 books (some under the pseudonym John Cordelier), including Concerning the Inner Life and Radiance: A Spiritual Memoir."

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Evelyn Underhill - Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness

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This book falls naturally into two parts; each of which is really complete in itself, though they are in a sense complementary to one another. Whilst the second and longest part contains a somewhat detailed study of the nature and development of man's spiritual or mystical consciousness, the first is intended rather to provide an introduction to the general subject of mysticism.

Exhibiting it by turns from the point of view of metaphysics, psychology, and symbolism, it is an attempt to gather between the covers of one volume information at present scattered amongst many monographs and text-books written in divers tongues, and to give the student in a compact form at least the elementary facts in regard to each of those subjects which are most closely connected with the study of the mystics.

First published in 1911, Mysticism remains the classic in its field and was lauded by The Princeton Theological Review as 'brilliantly written [and] illuminated with numerous well-chosen extracts . . . used with exquisite skill.' Mysticism makes an in-depth and comprehensive exploration of its subject. Part One examines The Mystic Fact, explaining the relation of mysticism to vitalism, to psychology, to theology, to symbolism, and to magic. Part Two, The Mystic Way, explores the awakening, purification, and illumination of the self; discusses voices and visions; and delves into manifestations from ecstasy and rapture to the dark night of the soul.

CONTENTS

PART I - THE MYSTIC FACT

PREFACE

CHAPTER I - THE POINT OF DEPARTURE
CHAPTER II - MYSTICISM AND VITALISM
CHAPTER III - MYSTICISM AND PSYCHOLOGY
CHAPTER IV - THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MYSTICISM
CHAPTER V - MYSTICISM AND THEOLOGY
CHAPTER VI - MYSTICISM AND SYMBOLISM
CHAPTER VI I - MYSTICISM AND MAGIC

PART II - THE MYSTIC WAY

CHAPTER I - INTRODUCTORY
CHAPTER II - THE AWAKENING OF THE SELF
CHAPTER III - THE PURIFICATION OF THE SELF
CHAPTER IV - THE ILLUMINATION OF THE SELF
CHAPTER V - VOICES AND VISIONS
CHAPTER VI - INTROVERSION. PART I. RECOLLECTION AND QUIET
CHAPTER VII – INTROVERSION PART II. CONTEMPLATION
CHAPTER VIII - ECSTASY AND RAPTURE
CHAPTER IX - THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
CHAPTER X - THE UNITIVE LIFE
APPENDIX - A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF EUROPEAN MYSTICISM FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA TO THE DEATH OF BLAKE.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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Emanuel Swedenborg - Heaven and Hell

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The Swedenborg Foundation has done handsomely by its eponymous visionary with this first volume in a new 25 part set of translations for his of his work. They have begun with a fine new translation of Emmanuel Swedenborg's most famous work, a description of the many heavens and hells that make up the great 18th-century thinker's cosmology, at once perfectly logical and perfectly eccentric. Swedenborg's afterworld is a kind of reflection and amplification of our own, and his vision of moving and active collective of heavens, occupied by the very real blessed dead, has been a tremendous influence on Goethe, Emerson, and Jorge Luis Borges, among many others. Dole's translation has the clarity and simplicity of Swedenborg's Latin, and the notes and supplementary material are wonderfully balanced and informative. Highly recommended.

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Emanuel Swedenborg - On the White Horse Mentioned in Apocalypse

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The White Horse Mentioned in the Apocalypse Chapter 19 With Particulars Respecting The Word and Its Spiritual or Internal Sense Extracted from the Arcana Coelestia

(First published, in Latin, 1758)

CONTENTS

The Word and its spiritual or internal sense (1-5)
The necessity and excellence of the Word (6)
The Word cannot be understood except by those who are enlightened (7)
The Word cannot be understood but by means of doctrine from the Word (8)
In the Word there is a spiritual sense, which is called the internal sense (9)
The internal sense of the Word is principally intended for the use of angels, and it is also for men (10)
In the internal or spiritual sense of the Word there are innumerable arcana (11)
The Word is written by correspondences, and thus by representatives (12)
The literal or external sense of the Word (13)
The Lord is the Word (14)
Those who are against the Word (15)
The books of the Word (16)
Further particulars respecting the Word (17)

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Emanuel Swedenborg - The Soul or Rational Psychology

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From the author's statement in his preface to the treatise on the Soul, as well as from the tenor of his scientific and philosophical writings throughout, it is unmistakably clear that the search for the soul was the real end and inspiring motive of all his labours. The ardour with which he sought this precious knowledge is evinced by the frequent tentative and preliminary essays scattered through his writings, in which he records his fragmentary glimpses of his subject, and pursues as it were the fleeting vision of a sublime figure forever eluding his grasp.

Thus in his prologue to the work entitled The Animal Kingdom, the author publishes a "Summary of his intended work;" in the course of which, after a series of anatomical studies, is placed an Introducton to Rational Psychology,
"consisting of new doctrines through the assistance of which," he remarks, "we may be condueled from the material organism of the body to a knowledge of the soul which is immaterial ; these are, the doctrine of Forms, the doctrine of Order and Degrees, also, the doctrine of Series and Society, the doctrine of Influx, the doctrine of Correspondence and Representation, lastly, the doctrine of Modification."

This Introduction to Rational Psychology the author had actually furnished already in the First Part (chapter viii.) of the Economy of the Animal Kingdom, published some years previously. In the projected Summary the Introduction was to be followed immediately by the Rational Psychology itself, which should comprise "the subjects of Action, of External and Internal Sense, of Imagination and Memory; also of the Affections of the Animus, of the Intellect, that is, of the Thought and of the Will, and of the Affections of the Rational Mind, also of Instinct ; lastly of the Soul, and of its State in the Body, its Intercourse, Affections, and Immortality, and of its State when the Body dies. The work to conclude with a Concordance of Systems."

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Emanuel Swedenborg - The Last Judgement and Babylon Destroyed

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CONTENTS

I. The destruction of the world is not meant by the Day of the Last Judgment (1-5)
II. The procreations of the human race on the earths will never cease (6-13)
III. Heaven and Hell are from the human race (14-22)
IV. All who have ever been born men from the beginning of creation, and are deceased, are either in Heaven or in Hell (23-27)
V. The Last Judgment must be where all are together, thus in the spiritual world, and not on earth (28-32)
VI. The Last Judgment exists when the end of the church is; and the end of the church is when there is no faith because there is no charity (33-39)
VII. All things which are predicted in the Apocalypse are at this day fulfilled (40-44)
VIII. The Last Judgment has been accomplished (45-52)
IX. Babylon and its destruction (53-64)
X. The former heaven and its abolishment (65-72)
XI. The state of the world and of the church hereafter (73-74)
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Emanuel Swedenborg - The Four Doctrines With The Nine Questions

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Emanuel Swedenborg - The Nature of Intercourse Between Soul and Body

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Contents:

I. That there are two Worlds, a Spiritual World inhabited by Spirits and Angels, and a Natural World inhabited by Men.
II. That the Spiritual World first existed and continually subsists from its own sun; and that the Natural World first existed and continually subsists from its own sun
III. That the sun of the Spiritual World is pure Love, from Jehovah God, who is in the midst of it
IV. That from that Sun proceed Heat and Light; and that the Heat proceeding from it in its essence is Love, and the Light thence in its essence is Wisdom
V. That both that Heat and that Light flow into Man, the Heat into his Will, where it produces the good of love, and the Light into his Understanding, where it produces the truth of wisdom
VI. That those two elements, viz. Heat and Light, or Love and Wisdom, flow conjointly from God into the soul of man, and by this into the mind, its affections and thoughts, and from these into the senses, speech, and actions of the body
VII. That the sun of the Natural World is pure fire; and that the world of nature first existed and continually subsists by means or this sun
VIII. That therefore every thing which proceeds from this sun, regarded in itself, is dead
IX. That what is Spiritual clothes itself with what is Natural, as a man clothes himself with a garment
X. That Spiritual Existences so clothed in man, are what enable him to live as a Rational and Moral Man, thus a Spiritually Natural Man.
XI. That the reception of that Influx is according to the state of Love and Wisdom with man
XII. That the Understanding in man is capable of being elevated into the Light, that is, into the Wisdom, in which are the angels of heaven, according to the improvement of his reason; and that, in like manner, his Will is capable of being elevated into the Heat of heaven, that is, into the Love of heaven, according to the deeds of his Life: but that the Love of the Will is not elevated, except so far as the man wi is and does those things which the Wisdom of the Understanding teaches
XIII. That it is altogether otherwise with beasts
XIV. That there are three Degrees in the Spiritual World, and three Degrees in the Natural World, hitherto unknown, according to which all influx takes place
XV. That Ends are in the first degree, Causes in the second, and Effects in the third
VI. That hence is evident what is the nature of Spiritual Influx, from its origin to its effects

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Emanuel Swedenborg - On the Worship and Love of God

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In 1744, Swedenborg he had a vision of Christ, and another in 1745. He then abandoned his scientific writings to concentrate on theological writings and research. He began in this venue with a brief work entitled The Worship and Love of God, an imaginative re-telling of the Genesis creation story, somewhat in the tradition of the Renaissance hexameron. Emanuel Swedenborg, the noted Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian, who is best known for his later writings in which he presents ideas both Christian and ecumenical, for a new spiritual era or new church to be known as the New Jerusalem. "On the Worship and Love of God" is a tale in poetic prose that blends spiritual insight with natural philosophy. Although often overshadowed by other works of Swedenborg's, this work is a force in its own right and demonstrates that our love is the finest worship we can offer God.

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Emanuel Swedenborg - Psychological Transactions

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Emanuel Swedenborg - The True Christian Religion, Containing the Universal Theology of the New Church

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Foretold by the Lord in Daniel VII. 13, 14; and in Revelation XXI. 1, 2. Swedenborg, a noted Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian, best known for his later writings, in which he presents ideas both Christian and ecumenical, for a new spiritual era or new church to be known as the New Jerusalem. In The True Christian Religion, his last published work, Swedenborg details the universal theology of the new church, and informs mankind that with the advent of the New Church, now it is permitted to enter with understanding into the mysteries of faith. The publication of The True Christian Religion marked the culmination of Swedenborg's dual mission-to serve as an instrument for the establishment of a new heaven, and a new church on earth. These, he believed, would be established by the Lord alone among those who freely acknowledged His sovereignty and led a good life.

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Emanuel Swedenborg - Commentary on the Psalms

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Originally published in 1910. PREFACE: THIS COMMENTARY, the third of the series, is like the pre vious volumes ( Commentary on Matthew and Com mentary on John, by the same author) drawn entirely from the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. For every passage of the Psalms which is therein quoted or referred to, all that he has written is given, except in isolated cases where abridgments have been necessary to avoid making the COMMENTARY too bulky for ready reference, or for topical reading. Reiterations of the same statements have been avoided by a reference to preceding chapters and verses. This work throws new light upon many portions of the Book of Psalms. In the Doctrine concerning the Lord, No. 37, Swedenborg writes about it: It maybe well to mention that it has been granted to me to go through all the Prophets and the Psalms of David, and to examine each verse singly and to see what is there treated of. It has been seen that nothing else is treated of but the church established and to be established by the Lord, the Lord's advent, His combats, glorification, redemption and salvation, and heaven from Him; and at the same time their opposites.

Meditation is often used for religious purposes. Some people feel blessed while meditating on prayers, while others feel a Divine connection when they meditate on the Bible. Psalms are popular for meditation because, for the most part, they are quite joyous and offer praise to God.

How to Meditate on Psalms

Psalms are poems that are meant to be accompanied by music. In the Bible it speaks of how David, (who wrote many of the Psalms,) puts Levites in charge of the service of song. If possible, it can be helpful to put on some instrumental music that plays quietly in the background. Stringed instruments are preferred for this meditation.

When ready to begin meditating, read a Psalm and then meditate on it. Think about the theme the Psalm is trying to convey. Think about all of God's attributes and the importance of God in life. Imagine a bright, gold light coming down from Heaven and surrounding you. At the end of the meditation, be sure to give thanks for everything that was experienced.

Psalms Meditation Exercise

All too often, a person is confused about something and needs some help in making a decision. Many people find Psalms to be comforting and a way to find answers to questions.

After reading a Psalm, begin meditating to clear the mind. Focus on the breathing and nothing else. Once the mind is cleared, ask God a question about what is troubling you, then see what answers enter the mind.

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Some very rare articles on perennial philosophy of Christian esoterism and mysticism:


Anthropology of Prayer

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Rene Guenon - Saint Bernard

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Do Not Resent, Do Not React, Keep Inner Stillness

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Dimensions of Prayer

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Christian Esotericism and Primordial Tradition

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Controversy over the Divine Body and Vision of Glory in Some Late Fourth, Early Fifth Century Monastic Literature

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Diversity of Revelation

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From Seer to Saint, Psychotherapeutic Program od the Book of Revelation

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Greek Orthodox Christian Mysticism

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Hesychasm and the Origins of Christian Meditative Discipline

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Hesychia, An Orthodox Opening to Esoteric Ecumenism

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Hidden Manna and the Holy Grail, the Psychedelic Sacrament in Arthurian Romance

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Hidden Manna, Psychedelic Sacrament in Medieval Roman Catholicism

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Hierarchy Versus Anarchy, Dionysius Areopagita, Symeon the New Theologian, Nicetas Stethatos, and Their Common Roots in Ascetical Tradition

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Praise, An Esoteric Practice

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Liturgy and Mysticism, The Experience of God in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Part I

http://www.4shared.com/document/TE1iVjLx/Liturgy_and_Mysticism_The_Expe.html
Liturgy and Mysticism, The Experience of God in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Part II

http://www.4shared.com/document/cpUM0J84/Liturgy_and_Mysticism_The_Expe.html
Modes of Prayer

http://www.4shared.com/document/uQzmP-fM/Modes_of_Prayer.html
On Earth as It Is in Heaven

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Outline of the Christic Message

http://www.4shared.com/document/OMp-cys8/Outline_of_the_Christic_Messag.html
Prayer Fashions Man

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Roots of Christian Mysticism - The Eastern Orthodox Tradition

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Selections from Christian Spirit

http://www.4shared.com/document/BjgFAPAs/Selections_from_Christian_Spir.html
The Contribution Of Saint Gregory Palamas To Hesychasm

http://www.4shared.com/document/UK0X8u_k/The_Contribution_Of_Saint_Greg.html
The Essence of the Prayer of the Heart

http://www.4shared.com/document/mIjzkkzE/The_Essence_of_the_Prayer_of_t.html
The First Millenium of Christianity

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The Mysterious Darkness of Unknowing, Paradise Lost and the God Beyond Names

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The Particular Nature and Universality of the Christian Tradition

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The Pierced Heart of the Virgin

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The Question of Protestantism, the Mystical Doctrine

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The Spiritual Virtues

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The Spirituality Of Andrei Rublev's Icon Of Holy Trinity

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The Torn Veil

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The Virgin in the Thought of Frithjof Schuon

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The Visible Christ and the Invisible Trinity

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The Yoga of Hesychasm

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Veni Creator Spiritus - Early Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

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Weaving the Symbolism of Light

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William Stoddart – Mysticism

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Leonard Lessius - The Names of God and Meditative Summaries of the Divine Perfections

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„Hence following the example of St.Denis the Areopagite whose works have for 50 years exercised on me a most marvellous charm, I have resolved to explain very briefly the divine perfections or attributes ascribed to God by the Holy Books. In this short exposition I omitted designedly the testimony of the Scriptures and the Fathers and also theological proofs in order that the reader may more readily form a clear idea of these divine attributes, excite in his heart affections worthy of such sublime considerations and by this exercise, as St. Denis says, make his soul „deiform“ or like unto God.“

271 pages, 2.18 MB, PDF. Scan.

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Katharine Francis Pedrick - The Practical Mystic

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In the history of thought, the truly religious Mystics of all times have been idealists, but of a distinct type. It has been of Interest to define this type again, that we may be quite sure of the modern mystic's place in the spiritual development of mankind. The experiences of the spiritually intuitive are of interest; but the laws underlying such experiences are of the utmost moment to us, and should be formulated. Especially at this time do these laws merit our attention, and for very practical reasons we are urged to their investigation.

230 pages, 9.17 MB, PDF. Scan.

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W.K. Fleming - Mysticism in Christianity

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The object of the following pages is to provide an introduction to the study of mystical thought as it has developed itself within the confines of the Christian Faith. Interest in Mysticism has in recent times become so pronounced and wide-spread that it is hoped that, even amongst the various and excellent works which have appeared in response to that interest, room may perhaps be found for an attempt to present the subject in its historical sequence, and in such a form as may best meet the wants of the general reader.

My grateful thanks are due to the Dean of St. Paul's, by whose kind permission I am enabled to quote, amongst the definitions of Mysticism given, several of those which he has collected in Appendix A of his "Christian Mysticism", as well as to avail myself generally of the help afforded by his invaluable works on the subject; and, amongst other works consulted, I wish to express my special indebtedness to Baron von Hugel's "Mystical Elements inReligion", Professor Rufus Jones' "Studies in Mystical Religion", Miss Underhill's "Mysticism", and Fr. Sharpe's recent book, "Mysticism: Its True Nature and Value".

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I - What is Mysticism ?
CHAPTER II - The Mystical Element in the Gospels and Epistles
CHAPTER III - The Montanists, the Gnostics, and the Alexandrines
CHAPTER IV - Neo-Platonism
CHAPTER V - The Influence of Neo-Platonism in Christianity
CHAPTER VI - Three Types of Medieval Mysticism
CHAPTER VII - The German Mystics of the Middle Ages
CHAPTER VIII - English and Italian Mystics
CHAPTER IX - Spanish and French Mystics
CHAPTER X - Post-Reformation Mysticism in England—Browne and Traherne
CHAPTER XI - Post-Reformation Mysticism in England—The Caroline Poets and the Cambridge Platonists
CHAPTER XII - Puritan Mystics—Bunyan and Fox
CHAPTER XIII - Behmen and Law
CHAPTER XIV - Modern Mysticism
Bibliography
Indices

316 pages, 17.7 MB, PDF. Scan.

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E.I. Watkin - The Philosophy of Mysticism

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„At a time when so many volumes issue from the press on the subject of mysticism, Western or Oriental, Christian or non-Christian, Universal or the mysticism of an individual or School, it will be well to indicate the aspect under which mysticism is viewed in this Work. Many modern writers confine their treatment of mysticism to its psychological aspect, for they regard mystical experience as a wholly subjective state, devoid of objective validity or intellectual significance. To me, however, it is as impossible to divorce cognition from experience as it would be impossible with Mr. Bertrand Russell to banish value from ontology.“

Contents

I. Introductory

II. The Divine Immanence

III. Unity Of God

Appendix To Chapter III

IV. The Transcendence Of God

Introduction To Chapter V

V. The Relation Between The Soul And God

VI. Views Of The Mystic Way

VII. The Negative Way

VIII. The Active Night

IX. Mystical Experience Previous To The Night Of Spirit

X. The Passive Night Of Spirit

XI. Purgatory And The Passive Night Of Spirit

XII. The Transforming Union: Or Mystical Marriage

Appendix To Chapter XII

XIII. On The Mystical Interpretation Of Scripture

XIV. The Witness Of Nature Mysticism To The Teaching Of Catholic Mysticism Studied In The Mysticism Of Richard Jefferies

XV. St John The Poet

Epilogue

420 pages, 37.5 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/kenu9V06/EI_Watkin_-_The_Philosophy_of_.html


Richard De Bary - Mystical Fellowship

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Herein is the whole heart of the Catholic Mysticism of Fellowship. It is the purpose of this book to bear witness to its chief and central realities. When these things are apprehended, it will be time enough to show how their apprehension will be the forerunning of a Mystical Parousia of Christ.

The Mystical Gospel of Fellowship taught in these pages in the written words of the Saints of Christ, although they were written long ago, yet bring us instinctively not into any past world, but into the good world of the future which is descending out of Heaven from God.

The purpose, however, of this book is not to preach the Mystical Gospel, but rather to bring readers in contact with some of its treasures, and to show these treasures in an order and interpretation in which the value to the present and to the future can be well ascertained.

The note of the Mysticism of Fellowship, that is, of genuine Catholic Mysticism, is its apprehension of the living, and, so to speak, corporeal, reality of every dogma of the Church of God. The treasure and precious coin in any bank are not correct or incorrect opinions or theories about money; but they are realities, which, as all the world knows, must be preserved intact, and which will never come back again of themselves once they are dissipated or lost.

This work is a call to see what precious realities have been kept by the bankers or custodians of dogma; in order that eventually they may be distributed among the people; that is, interpreted in their real value; and from thence desired asprecious coin.

328 pages, 16.7 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/S0lWHV7Z/Richard_De_Bary_-_Mystical_Fel.html


Rufus Matthew Jones - Studies in Mystical Religion

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No one doubts to-day that one of the main approaches to the meaning of religion is through the nature of the soul of man. It would no doubt be a mistake to push the method of the inner way to the exclusion of all other methods of studying religion, but it is certain that nobody can tell us what religion is until he has sounded the deeps within man, and has dealt with the testimony of personal consciousness.

The mystics have in all ages and in all lands - semper et ubique - been intent on finding a direct way to God. They have been voices, often crying in the wilderness, announcing the nearness of God, and calling men from the folly of seeking Him where, from the nature of the case, he could not be found. Their message strikes a note which appeals profoundly to our generation, and for obvious reasons there has been a revival of interest in them. I hope these studies of mine will contribute to this interest, and will throw positive light on the problems of mystical religion.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Nature and Value of First-hand Experience in Religion

CHAPTER I - The Mystical Element in Primitive Christianity
CHAPTER II - Ministry and Organization in the Early Church
CHAPTER III - Montanism: A Return to Prophecy
CHAPTER IV - Roots of Mysticism in Classical Literature
CHAPTER V - Mysticism in the Church Fathers
CHAPTER VI – Dionysius The Areopagite
CHAPTER VII - A Great Light in the Dark Ages—John the Scot, called Erigena
CHAPTER VIII - The Waldenses, an Anti-Sacerdotal Sect
CHAPTER IX - St. Francis and the "Spiritual Franciscans"
CHAPTER X - A Group of Pantheistical Mystics
CHAPTER XI - Brotherhood Groups in the Thirteenth Century
CHAPTER XII - Meister Eckhart
CHAPTER XIII - The Friends of God
CHAPTER XIV - The Brethren of the Common Life
CHAPTER XV - The Pre-Reformation in England—Wyclif and the Lollards
CHAPTER XVI - The Anabaptists
CHAPTER XVII - Anabaptism in England
CHAPTER XVIII - The Family of Love
CHAPTER XIX - The Seekers and the Ranters
CHAPTER XX - Individual Mystics in the Period of the English Commonwealth
APPENDIX
INDEX

560 pages, 32.2 MB, PDF. Scan.

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