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Old 09-02-10, 11:54 AM   #505
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Mosley and Hill - The Power of Prayer around the World

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There are as many different ways to pray as there are faiths in the world. Mosley and Hill describe the various methods and offer tips on using the most appropriate ones at the most effective times. Some prayers are informal and conversational, others ask for specific results, and still others take place in a church or other institutional setting. Mosley and Hill advise anyone who wants to pray more effectively and with greater satisfaction to try several approaches, depending on one's attitude at the moment and on the particular situation. For example, instead of pacing up and down at an airport waiting for the flight to depart, practice simple meditation techniques to instill peace and tranquility. Mosley and Hill also examine how prayer is used in different religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Most people may learn nothing new from this slim book, but especially those who have neglected the art of prayer will probably appreciate its support and encouragement. June Sawyers

Universally, the power of prayer has being recognized by many cultures for immeasurable time. Whether it be a part of a formal service recited with a congregation of worshipers or an individual, quiet moment, prayer is part of the lives of people from a variety of religions. There seems to be an innate urge among humanity to connect with a higher source of energy and love when we need guidance or direction, and this is called prayer. By reading prayers from religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam, from cultures in Africa, India, Egypt and China, we begin to share the sense of a common experience. The deepest inner feelings and longings are similar, concern for family, assistance in healing, a longing for peace, or a wish for a greater wisdom. Prayer then becomes more than a means to an end; it becomes a state of humility and of awe. It can exist whether we are washing the floor or composing a symphony. Prayer is communion with the Divine, a universal loving creative force that exists in a variety of ways for people around the world. This book brings together an inspirational collection of prayer suitable to all ages and traditions. In addition, it offers insight and guidance about the nature of prayer that will be useful for the serious seeker.

105 pages, 1.42 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/C6Z_K7PZ/Mosley_and_Hill_-_The_Power_of.html

Panayotis Tzamalikos - Origen: Cosmology and Ontology of Time

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"Professor Panayotis Tzamalikos has become a recognised authority on Origen's understanding of Time. This erudite and closely argued new study sheds further light on a pivotal theme in Origen's thought, uncovering generalised misapprehensions about 'Platonism' and 'Greek views' of complex issues. A fine achievement.' George Newlands, (Professor of Divinity, University of Glasgow)."

Origen's Cosmology and Ontology of Time constitute a major catalyst and a massive transformation in the development of Christian doctrine. The author challenges the widespread impression about this theology being bowled head over heels by its encounter with Platonism, Gnosticism, or Neoplatonism, and casts new light on Origen's grasp of the relation between Hellenism, Hebrew thought and Christianity. Against all ancient and modern accounts, the ingrained claim that Origen sustained the theory of a beginningless world is disconfirmed. He is argued to be the anticipator and forerunner of critical notions, with his innovations never having been superseded. While some of the accounts afforded by subsequent Christian writers were more extended, they were not fuller. Of them, Augustine just fell short of even accurately echoing this Theory of Time, since he introduced affinity with Platonism at points where Origen had instituted a radical dissimilarity. With his background fruitfully brought into the study of these questions, Origen's propositions are genuine innovations, not mere advances, however massive.

422 pages, 15.5 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/y1vECJHX/Panayotis_Tzamalikos_-_Origen_.html


Brian Ogren - Renaissance and Rebirth, Reincarnation in Early Modern Italian Kabbalah

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Metempsychosis was a prominent element in Renaissance conceptualizations of the human being, the universe, and the place of the human person in the universe. A variety concepts emerged in debates about metempsychosis: human to human reincarnation, human to vegetal, human to animal, and human to angelic transmigration. As a complex and changing doctrine, metempsychosis gives us a well-placed window for viewing the complex and dynamic contours of Jewish thought in late fifteenth century Italy; as such, it enables us to evaluate Jewish thought in relation to non-Jewish Italian developments. This book addresses the problematic question of the roles and achievements of Jews who lived in Italy in the development of Renaissance culture in its Jewish and its Christian dimensions.

333 pages, 2.86 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/DCBGSaIf/Brian_Ogren_-_Renaissance_and_.html


Archimandrite George - The Lords Prayer

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Meanings in Gospel discourse are formulated in the Holy Spirit and therefore with enduring value and a view to eternity.

Every teaching, parable, story and description, as well as every phrase, every word and ever "detail" contained in the Gospel οf Christ is οf greatest depth and significance. These αre not exhαusted by α mere superficiαl interpretαtion, the most our own poor spiritual measure can conceive. This is αlso true οf the God-given prαyer known to αs ''Our Father", which the Lord Himself gαve to His Church as αn exαmple οf prαyer for αll of us.

Our Holy Fαthers lived the Gospel of Christ. They kept His holy commαndments. Their life, their discourse became extensions of the Gospel, αnd their experience in the Spirit οf God enriches the holy Tradition οf the Church. They reveαl the great depth ofthe sαving words οf the Lord Christ αnd prove thαt His commandments "are not heavy", but cαn be αpplied by Christiαns in αny αge, αnd thus they keep control over our lαck οf faith, neglect αnd sloth. With our old and modern Holy Fαthers αs interpreters of the Lord's Prαyer, we investigate αnd touch its depths, directing it to the Lord.

46 pages, 7.88 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/KY5Ry7KW/Archimandrite_George_-_The_Lor.html


Boesel & Keller - Apophatic Bodies, Negative Theology, Incarnation and Relationality

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The ancient doctrine of negative theology or apophasis--the attempt to describe God by speaking only of what cannot be said about the divine perfection and goodness--has taken on new life in the concern with language and its limits that preoccupies much postmodern philosophy, theology, and related disciplines. How does this mystical tradition intersect with the concern with material bodies that is simultaneously a focus in these areas? This volume pursues the unlikely conjunction of apophasis and the body, not for the cachet of the "cutting edge" but rather out of an ethical passion for the integrity of all creaturely bodies as they are caughtup in various ideological mechanisms--religious, theological, political, economic--that threaten their dignity and material well-being. The contributors, a diverse collection of scholars in theology, philosophy, history, and biblical studies, rethink the relationship between the concrete tradition of negative theology and apophatic discourses widely construed. They further endeavor to link these to the theological theme of incarnation and more general issues of embodiment, sexuality, and cosmology. Along the way, they engage and deploy the resources of contextual and liberation theology, post-structuralism, postcolonialism, process thought, and feminism.The result not only recasts the nature and possibilities of theological discourse but explores the possibilities of academic discussion across and beyond disciplines in concrete engagement with the well-being of bodies, both organic and inorganic. The volume interrogates the complex capacities of religious discourse both to threaten and positively to draw upon the material well-being of creation.

481 pages, 1.94 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/u7uZRXwv/Boesel__Keller_-_Apophatic_Bod.html


Richard J. Foster - Celebration of Discipline

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When Richard Foster began writing Celebration of Discipline more than 20 years ago, an older writer gave him a bit of advice: "Be sure that every chapter forces the reader into the next chapter." Foster took the advice to heart; as a result, his book presents one of the most compelling and readable visions of Christian spirituality published in the past few decades. After beginning with a simple observation--"Superficiality is the curse of our age.... The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people"--Foster's book moves to explain the disciplines people must cultivate in order to achieve spiritual depth. In succinct, urgent, and sometimes humorous chapters, Foster defines a broad range of classic spiritual disciplines in terms that are lucid without being too limiting and offers advice that's practical without being overly prescriptive. For instance, after describing meditation as a combination of "intense intimacy and awful reverence," he settles into such down-to-earth topics as how to choose a place and a posture in which to meditate.

Perhaps most interesting and useful is Foster's chapter on the controversial Christian discipline of submission. According to Foster, submission does not demand self-hatred or loss of identity. Instead, it simply means growing secure in the conviction that "our happiness is not dependent on getting what we want" but on the fulfillment that naturally flows from love of one's neighbors. Such wise and encouraging suggestions have helped many readers to discard the idea that discipline is an onerous duty and to move toward a liberating and simpler idea of discipline--whose defining character, as Foster never forgets, is joy. --Michael Joseph Gross

Contents

Foreword by D. Elton Trueblood
Introduction
1. The Spiritual Disciplines: Door to Liberation

Part I. The Inward Disciplines

2. Meditation
3. Prayer
4. Fasting
5. Study

Part II. The Outward Disciplines

6. Simplicity
7. Solitude
8. Submission
9. Service

Part III. The Corporate Disciplines

10. Confession
11. Worship
12. Guidance
13. Celebration
In Celebration of Celebration of Discipline
358 pages, 1.24 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/hsLLbrZk/Richard_J_Foster_-_Celebration.html


Richard J. Foster - Life with God, Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation

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Starred Review. Foster (Celebration of Discipline) has built a career exploring foundational spiritual practices like fasting, prayer, study and worship. Here he zeroes in on Bible study to help Christians grow in their faith. Although Bible study is nothing if not a well-trod topic, Foster breathes new life into it by drawing on ancient resources: he is especially interested in the age-old practice of lectio divina, sacred reading that requires the attention of both mind and heart. Foster cautions several times that lectio divina is neither a magical solution to problems nor an approach that bypasses the living God by treating the Scriptures as a sort of Ouija board. He warns that the Bible is also not an owner's manual for successful living or even moral living; we shouldn't read it merely to serve our own needs. Rather, lectio divina offers an invitation to enter the Bible as a story (or a complex group of stories) and enter its river of life. As usual, Foster's work is not for those readers who are seeking quick answers or a behavioral checklist of what the Bible says they should do. Rather, it is a deep reflective guide to spiritual rumination and growth.

243 pages, 710 KB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/4sR5asOA/Richard_J_Foster_-_Life_with_G.html

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Parke-Taylor - Yahweh: The Divine Name in the Bible

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Table of Contents

Title Page
Table of Contents
Preface
Abbreviations
I The Name of God
II The Tetragrammaton Before Moses
III The God of the Fathers
IV The God of Moses
V The Tetragrammaton in the Old Testament
VI The Tetragrammaton Within Judaism
VII The Tetragrammaton Within Christianity
Select Bibliography
Index of Biblical References
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects

145 pages, 3.37 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/iPIJwCla/Parke-Taylor_-_Yahweh_The_Divi.html


A.M. Cassiday - Evagrius Ponticus: the Early Church Fathers

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Evagrius Ponticus (c.345–99) was a seminal figure for Eastern monasticism and had a strong influence on Western monasticism as well. He left more writings than any other father from the Egyptian desert. However, many of his writings were lost after he was condemned as an Origenist in the sixth century. During the twentieth century, numerous works were recovered (especially in ancient oriental translations from the original Greek) but very few of these works are available in English translation; many of them are not readily available at all.

This collection presents complete works drawn from the full range of his writings, many of which have not previously appeared in English, offering translations of some of Evagrius’ letters, his notes on various books of the Bible, his treatises and his ‘chapters’ (a genre popularised by Evagrius that consists of condensed, interconnected sentences). All of the works included here are translated in full. The translations aim to present the material accurately and accessibly. The volume is prefaced by a substantial introductory essay that presents Evagrius, his works and influence, and modern scholarship about him in a way that is of great use to students and also comprehensible to beginners.

Christian mystic and writer whose development of a theology of contemplative prayer and asceticism laid the groundwork for a tradition of spiritual life in both Eastern and Western churches.

Evagrius was a noted preacher and theological consultant in Constantinople when a personal spiritual crisis prompted him to leave for Jerusalem to become a monk. He soon withdrew into the Egyptian desert, where he spent the rest of his life evolving his mystical theology in theory and practice while he supported himself by copying manuscripts.

Historical research since 1920 has suggested that Evagrius produced the first major philosophical–theological exposition of monastic mysticism by developing the Neoplatonic biblical theology of the 3rd-century Christian teacher Origen. Evagrius’ Gnostic Centuries emphasized that the essential function of spiritual beings is to experience union with God, the transcendent One, expressed as pure light. Because of an original, alienating fault, the intellectual world, notably man, can find reconciliation only by an ascetical, self-mortifying process whereby the spirit regains its rule over matter and realizes its capacity to experience the divine simplicity. Evagrius’ other written works, only fragments of which are extant in the original Greek, survive mainly in Syriac and Latin translations. They include the Monachikos (“The Monastic Life”), a treatise, “On the Eight Principal Vices,” and several biblical commentaries.

His spiritual doctrine affected Christianity in the Greek tradition through the 6th-century Neoplatonic philosopher-mystic Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, the 7th-century mystical theologian Maximus the Confessor, and the 14th-century Byzantine monastic centre at Mt. Athos in northeastern Greece. In the Latin culture, he inspired the 5th-century monastic writer John Cassian. Western Christianity, however, has long suspected Evagrius of heresy. His teachings were denounced by the second general Council of Constantinople in 553 as permeated with Origenist errors, viz., subordinationist views on the Trinity, and the doctrine of the preexistence of souls. Nevertheless, he is considered the great doctor of mystical theology among the Syrians and other Eastern Christians, and his philosophy is sometimes seen as the Christian analogue of Zen Buddhism.

265 pages, 935 KB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/Uklnt2vF/AM_Cassiday_-_Evagrius_Ponticu.html


J. Christopher King - Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture

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Christian exegesis of the Song of Songs has long interacted creatively with - and, more recently, reacted critically against - the allegorical interpretation developed by Origen of Alexandria (c.185-c.254) in his Commentary and two Homilies on the Song of Songs. Interest in Origen's exegesis of the Song's narrative elements has dominated past scholarship, which has almost entirely ignored how Origen assesses the Song itself, in its unity as a revealed text. This study aims to show that the Commentary and Homilies - when read in light of Origen's hermeneutic, his nuptial theology, his understanding of the prophetic mediation of inspired texts, and his doctrine of last things - clearly portray the Song of Songs itself as the divine Bridegroom's perfect marriage-song. As such, it mediates Christ's eschatological presence, as the 'spirit' of Scripture, in and through the intelligible structures of the text itself.

Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction

1. Origen and the spiritual reading of the Song of Songs
2. Origen, the nuptial motif, and the Song of Songs
3. Origen’s grounds for the wholly spiritual reading of the Song of Songs
4. Origen on the hermeneutical unity of the Song of Songs
5. Origen on the hermeneutical finality of the Song of Songs

Conclusion: the Song of Songs as the spirit of Scripture
Select bibliography
Index

305 pages, 3.14 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/UjfwTe4f/J_Christopher_King_-_Origen_on.html


Evagrius of Pontus - The Greek Ascetic Corpus

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Evagrius of Pontus (c.345-399) was one of the most prominent figures among the monks of the desert settlements of Nitria, Sketis, and Kellia in Lower Egypt. Through the course of his ascetic writings he formulated a systematic presentation of the teaching of the semi-eremitic monks of these settlements. The works of Evagrius had a profound influence on Eastern Orthodox monastic teaching and passed to the West through the writings of John Cassian (c.365-435). This is the first complete English translation of Evagrius' Greek ascetic writings, based on modern critical editions, where available, and, where they are not, on collations of the principal manuscripts. Two appendices provide variant readings for the Greek texts and the complete text of the long recension of Eulogios. The translations are accompanied by a commentary to guide the reader through the intricacies of Evagrian thought by offering explanatory comments and references to other Evagrian texts and relevant scholarly literature. Finally, detailed indexes are provided to allow the reader to identify and study the numerous themes of Evagrian teaching.

Contents:

Abbreviations
Introduction

TRANSLATION

1. The Foundations of the Monastic Life: A Presentation of the
Practice of Stillness
2. To Eulogios. On the Confession of Thoughts and Counsel
in their Regard
3. [To Eulogios.] On the Vices Opposed to the Virtues
4. On the Eight Thoughts
5. The Monk A Treatise on the Practical Life
6. To Monks in Monasteries and Communities and Exhortation
to a Virgin
7. On Thoughts
8. Chapters on Prayer
9. Reflections
10. Exhortations 1-2 to Monks
11. Thirty- Th ree Ordered Chapters
12. Maxims 1-3
Commentary
Appendix i: Variant readings
Appendix 2: Eulogios—Text of Lavra

410 pages, 4.5 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/GOchxxuW/Evagrius_of_Pontus_-_The_Greek.html


Norman Russell - The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition

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Deification in the Greek patristic tradition was the fulfillment of the destiny for which humanity was created - not merely salvation from sin but entry into the fullness of the divine life of the Trinity. This book, the first on the subject for over sixty years, traces the history of deification from its birth as a second-century metaphor with biblical roots to its maturity as a doctrine central to the spiritual life of the Byzantine Church. Drawing attention to the richness and diversity of the patristic approaches from Irenaeus to Maximus the Confessor, Norman Russell offers a full discussion of the background and context of the doctrine, at the same time highlighting its distinctively Christian character.

433 pages, 3.8 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/tbvLN7B0/Norman_Russell_-_The_Doctrine_.html


Eric Butterworth - The Universe Is Calling: Opening to the Divine through Prayer

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The popular Unity minister who authored the acclaimed Discover the Power Within You offers a non-theological, non-ritualistic guide to prayer for contemporary seekers of oneness, guidance, and self-regulation.

193 pages, 1.88 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/jsDKfM7B/Eric_Butterworth_-_The_Univers.html


Friedrich Heiler – Prayer: a Study in the History and Psychology of Religion

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This comprehensive study explores the central role of prayer through the ages, from ancient indigenous prayer rituals to today's large-scale public worship.

Prayer is the great bond of union of Christendom; and not only of Christendom, but of all mankind. Prayer is the most tangible proof of the fact that the whole of mankind is seeking after God; or - to put it more correctly - that it is sought by God. Mankind at prayer is a proof of the universal revelation of God. For it is precisely in prayer that we have revealed to us the essential element of all religion, which Friedrich von Hugel, as well as Nathan Soderblom, were never tired of pointing out, viz.: the prevenience and givenness of the grace of God. Prayer is not man's work, or discovery or achievement; but God's work in man-" for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (Rom. 8.26).

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Prayer as the Central Thenomenon of Religion
Sources for the Study of Prayer
(a) Prayers
(b) Personal Testimonies about Prayer
(c) Purely External Testimonies

CHAPTER I - PRIMITIVE PRAYER

CHAPTER II - RITUAL PRAYER

CHAPTER III - PRAYER IN THE RELIGION OF GREEK CIVILIZATION

CHAPTER IV - CRITIQUE AND IDEAL OF PRAYER IN PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT

CHAPTER V - PRAYER IN THE EXPERIENCE OF GREAT RELIGIOUS PERSONALITIES

CHAPTER VI - GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MYSTICISM AND PROPHETIC RELIGION

CHAPTER VII - PRAYER IN MYSTICISM

CHAPTER VIII - THE VARIANTS OF MYSTICAL PRAYER

CHAPTER IX - PRAYER IN PROPHETIC RELIGION

CHAPTER X - THE PERSONAL PRAYER OF GREAT MEN. POETS AND ARTISTS

CHAPTER XI - PRAYER IN PUBLIC WORSHIP

CHAPTER XII - PERSONAL PRAYER AS A LAW OF DUTY AND GOOD WORKS

CHAPTER XIII - THE ESSENCE OF PRAYER

409 pages, 4.9 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/KFjiWGKg/Friedrich_Heiler_-_Prayer_a_St.html


Larry W. Hurtado - Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity

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This outstanding book provides an in-depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life, beliefs, and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the late second century.
"Lord Jesus Christ" is a monumental work on earliest Christian devotion to Jesus, sure to replace Wilhelm Bousset's "Kyrios Christos" (1913) as the standard work on the subject. Larry Hurtado, widely respected for his previous contributions to the study of the New Testament and Christian origins, offers the best view to date of how the first Christians saw and reverenced Jesus as divine. In assembling this compelling picture, Hurtado draws on a wide body of ancient sources, from Scripture and the writings of such figures as Ignatius of Antioch and Justin to apocryphal texts such as the "Gospel of Thomas" and the "Gospel of Truth."

Hurtado considers such themes as early beliefs about Jesus' divine status and significance, but he also explores telling devotional practices of the time, including prayer and worship, the use of Jesus' name in exorcism, baptism and healing, ritual invocation of Jesus as "Lord," martyrdom, and lesser-known phenomena such as prayer postures and the curious scribal practice known today as the "nomina sacra."

The revealing portrait that emerges from Hurtado's comprehensive study yields definitive answers to questions like these: How important was this formative period to later Christian tradition? When did the divinization of Jesus first occur? Was early Christianity influenced by neighboring religions? How did the idea of Jesus' divinity change old views of God? And why did the powerful dynamics of early beliefs and practices encourage people to make the costly move of becoming a Christian?

Boasting an unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage — the book speaks authoritatively on everything from early Christian history to themes in biblical studies to New Testament Christology — Hurtado's "Lord Jesus Christ" is at once significant enough that a wide range of scholars will want to read it and accessible enough that general readers interested at all in Christian origins will also profit greatly from it.

768 pages, 55.7 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/0y5cgmd8/Larry_W_Hurtado_-_Lord_Jesus_C.html


Kevin Corrigan - Evagrius and Gregory: Mind, Soul and Body in the 4th Century

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Evagrius of Pontus and Gregory of Nyssa have either been overlooked by philosophers and theologians in modern times, or overshadowed by their prominent friend and brother (respectively), Gregory Nazianzus and Basil the Great. Yet they are major figures in the development of Christian thought in late antiquity and their works express a unique combination of desert and urban spiritualities in the lived and somewhat turbulent experience of an entire age. They also provide a significant link between the great ancient thinkers of the past – Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Clement and others – and the birth and transmission of the early Medieval period – associated with Boethius, Cassian and Augustine.

This book makes accessible, to a wide audience, the thought of Evagrius and Gregory on the mind, soul and body, in the context of ancient philosophy/theology and the Cappadocians generally. Corrigan argues that in these two figures we witness the birth of new forms of thought and science. Evagrius and Gregory are no mere receivers of a monolithic pagan and Christian tradition, but innovative, critical interpreters of the range and limits of cognitive psychology, the soul–body relation, reflexive self-knowledge, personal and human identity and the soul’s practical relation to goodness in the context of human experience and divine selfdisclosure. This book provides a critical evaluation of their thought on these major issues and argues that in Evagrius and Gregory we see the important integration of many different concerns that later Christian thought was not always able to balance including: mysticism, asceticism, cognitive science, philosophy, and theology.

Contents: Preface; Evagrius and Gregory: ascetic master, pastoral father; Christian upheavals; Mind, soul, body; an overview of Evagrius' and Gregory's thought; The meaning and scope of impassibility or purity of heart in Evagrius and Gregory; Uncovering the origins and structure of the 7 deadly sins tradition: Evagrius and the 8 'reasonings'; Gregory and the fall of intellect; Body into mind: the scientific eye in Evagrius; Gregory's anthropology: Trinity, humanity and body-soul formation; The human in the divine: the dialogical expansion of mind and heart in Evagrius; Pathways into infinity: Gregory of Nyssa and the mystical life; General conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

256 pages, 4.3 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/mgDb-0ck/Kevin_Corrigan_-_Evagrius_and_.html


The Phenomenology of Prayer (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy)

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This collection of ground-breaking essays considers the many dimensions of prayer: how prayer relates us to the divine; prayer's ability to reveal what is essential about our humanity; the power of prayer to transform human desire and action; and the relation of prayer to cognition. It takes up the meaning of prayer from within a uniquely phenomenological point of view, demonstrating that the phenomenology of prayer is as much about the character and boundaries of phenomenological analysis as it is about the heart of religious life.

312 pages, 2.49 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/wlVzd5yl/The_Phenomenology_of_Prayer__P.html


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Old 09-15-10, 01:08 AM   #507
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Oh! My dear friend from another place and time!

You're welcome. I'm just doing what benefits me and others. Doing this for about three years or so. And my other mission is to redeem mystical side of Christianity, which is ironical, because I'm not Christian.
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Julius Evola - Meditations on the Peaks: Mountain Climbing as Metaphor for the Spiritual Quest

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Evola articulates the close relationship between the physical rigors of mountain climbing and the ascent of the initiate toward self-transcendence.

Julius Evola, a leading exponent of esoteric thought, was also an ardent mountain climber who personally scaled the peaks of the Tyrols, Alps, and Dolomites. For Evola the physical conquest of a mountain, with all the courage, self-transcendence and mental lucidity that it entails, becomes an inseparable and complementary part of spiritual awakening. It is no coincidence that many ancient cultures chose mountains as the abodes of their gods and considered the rigorous ascent of peaks as the task of heroes and initiates. In modern times, which tend to suffocate the heroic with naked self interest, the mountain still forms part of the profound dimension of spirit where the soul finds within itself more than what it thought itself to be. In Meditations on the Peaks, Evola combines recollections of his own experiences with reflections on other inspirational men and women who shared his view of the transcendent greatness of mountains.

116 pages, 1.11 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/2hzlumq_/Julius_Evola_-_Meditation_on_t.html


Douglas Burton-Christie - The Word in the Desert, Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism

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The growing scholarly attention in recent years to the religious world of late antiquity has focused new attention on the quest for holiness by the strange, compelling, often obscure early Christian monks known as the desert fathers. Yet until now, little attention has been given to one of the most vital dimensions of their spirituality: their astute, penetrating interpretation of Scripture. Rooted in solitude, cultivated in an atmosphere of silence, oriented toward the practical appropriation of the sacred texts, the desert fathers' hermeneutic profoundly shaped every aspect of their lives and became a significant part of their legacy. This book explores the setting within which the early monastic movement emerged, the interpretive process at the center of the desert fathers' quest for holiness, and the intricate patterns of meaning woven into their words and their lives.

353 pages, 18 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/MGRwNade/Douglas_Burton-Christie_-_The_.html


D.T. Suzuki – Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

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This book has no pretension to be a thorough, systematic study of the subject. It is more or less a collection of studies the author has written from time to time in the course of his readings, especially of Meister Eckhart as representative of Christian mysticism. For Eckhart's thoughts come most closely to those of Zen and Shin. Zen and Shin superficially differ: one is known as Jiriki, the "self-power" school, while the other is Tariki, the "other-power" school. But there is something common to both, which will be felt by the reader. Eckhart, Zen, and Shin thus can be grouped together as belonging to the great school of mysticism. The underlying chain of relationship among the three may not be always obvious in the following pages. The author's hope, however, is that they are provocative enough to induce Western scholars to take up the subject for their study.

CONTENTS

Preface
1 Meister Eckhart and Buddhism
2 The Basis of Buddhist Philosophy
3 ‘A Little Point’ and Satori
4 Living in the Light of Eternity
5 Transmigration
6 Crucifixion and Enlightenment
7 Kono-mama (‘I Am That I Am’)
8 Notes on ‘Namu-amida-butsu’
9 Rennyo’s Letters
10 From Saichi’s Journals
Notes

209 pages, 607 KB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/o_Wz81tz/DT_Suzuki_-_Mysticism_Christia.html


Timothy Lim - The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

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Everyone has heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but amidst the conspiracies, the politics, and the sensational claims, it can be dificult to separate the myths from the reality. Timothy Lim here presents the true facts and leading theories behind the cultural and historical background of the scrolls, and examines their significance for our understanding of the Old Testament and the origins of Christianity and Judaism. He also tells the fascinating story of the scrolls since their discovery, explains the science behind their deciphering and dating, and does not omit the cast of characters, scandals, and controversies that have hastened the scrolls' rise to the status of cultural icon.

153 pages, 2.37 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/ja9nkVWS/Timothy_Lim_-_The_Dead_Sea_Scr.html


J. Glen Taylor - Yahweh and the Sun: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Sun Worship in Ancient Israel

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This challenging provocative book argues that there was in ancient Israel a considerable degree of overlap between the worship of the sun and of Yahweh-even that Yahweh was worshipped as the sun in some contexts. As an object created not by humankind but by God himself, the sun as an object of veneration lay outside the bounds of the second commandment and was considered by many to be an appropriate 'icon' of Yahweh of Hosts. Through its ivestigation of 'solar Yahwism', this book offers fresh insight into several passages (e.g.Genesis 1; 32.23-33; Joshua 10.12-14; 1 Kings 8.12; Ezekiel 8.16-18; Psalms 19; 104) and archaeological data regarding the orientations of Yawistic temples, the "lmlk" jar handles, horse figurines, and the Taanach cult stand. The book argues that the struggle between Yahweh and other deities in ancint Israel took place within the context of the development of Yahwism itself.

321 pages, 6.18 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/vnF9DNSX/J_Glen_Taylor_-_Yahweh_and_the.html


Mirecki, BeDuhn - The Light and the Darkness, Studies in Manichaeism and Its World (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies)

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This is the second volume of scholarly studies in Manichaeism which were originally presented before the Manichaean Studies Group of the Society of Biblical Literature from 1997 through 1999. Like its predecessor, Emerging from Darkness: Studies in the Recovery of Manichaean Sources (Brill, 1997), this volume presents international scholarship from leading researchers in the growing field of Manichaean studies. Here the researchers move from the continuing foundational work of recovering Manichaean sources to the necessary task of understanding the relationship of Manichaeans to the larger world in which they lived. That relationship took several distinct forms, and the contributions in this book analyze those forms, examining the relationship of Manichaeism with diverse cultural, social and religious traditions.

232 pages, 51 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/GG1G0Fv3/Mirecki_BeDuhn_-_The_Light_and.html


Conrad Rudolph - Reading the Text of Hugh of St Victor's Mystic Arc

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„Perhaps nowhere in medieval culture do art, science, and theology better converge than in Hugh of Saint Victor's The Mystic Ark, a work that was conceived, not coincidentally, at a moment of previously unrivalled con troversy over art and of perceived threat by science to theology. The time was one of enormous social, intellectual, and political change; change in which the emerging and often contentious schools of Europe played a central role, particularly in the crucial areas of science and the systemati zation of theology. The Mystic Ark is the name of both a painting made by Hugh for the school of Saint Victor and the text that describes it, the two being created sometime from 1125 to early 1130. It was no accident that it was from within this highly charged and itself radically changing world of the education of the intellectual elite that The Mystic Ark originated.

The Painting of The Mystic Ark presents an elaborate visual summary of the entire history of salvation in a religious sense, all of human history that matters from the beginning until the end of time, pointedly in association with all of creation, both spiritual and physical, and under divine dispensation. Imposed on top of this universal history and fully integrated with it is a complex schema of individual salvation that is also related to the salvation of humankind as a whole.

More specifically, the painting effects its meaning through the depiction of Christ embracing the cosmos, with the six days of creation pro ceeding from his mouth. The cosmos is composed of the three cosmic zones of ether, air, and earth, all of which is heavily dependent on figurai forms found in the traditions of pedagogic schemata (Figs. 2 and 4). The zone of ether is indicated by the representations of the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac and the Twelve Months, arranged in two concentric rings. In the region of air, the Twelve Winds are portrayed along with a rather complete quaternary harmony. Through the earth fully represented as a mappa mundi, itself a major vehicle for Hugh's theoretical views on the history of salvation the Chosen People are shown, first wandering from Egypt to the Promised Land, and then being dragged off into captivity in Babylon (Fig. 5, no. 18, 19). Symbolically coterminous with the earth, an image of the Ark of Noah is the focus of this complex composition, an image that is meant to be understood as holding four exegetically dis tinct readings as the Ark of Noah, the Ark of the Church, the Ark of Wisdom, and the Ark of Mother Grace.“

123 pages, 15.3 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/sysUy2yG/Conrad_Rudolph_-_Reading_the_T.html


Gordon L. Miller - The Way of the English Mystics

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A distinctive feature of Western religous life in recent years has been the rediscovery of the contemplative tradition in Christianity. Within the Christian mystical tradition, England holds a unique place, with a number of major figures from the Middle Ages and later whose writings have fascinated generations of readers. This book presents seven of them, five from the medieval period, the golden age of English mysticism - Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, the author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe; and two from later centuries - William Law and George Herbert. Each chapter consists of an introductory essay on the life and writings of each individual, followed by carefully chosen extracts from their writings. Those from the medieval period are in fresh new translations. All these writers see the spiritual life as an ongoing process, a pilgrimage. This inner pigrimage requires no outer excursions, but throughout the ages spiritual pilgrims have undertaken physical pilgrimages as well. One aim of this book is to encourage its readers to continue this tradition by visiting sites from which the writings arose.So each chapter is provided with a map of the area of immediate interest and a drawing of the place most associated with each figure, and the introductory essays contain practical information about how to get there. No other anthology of mystical and spiritual writings describes the lives and locations of these individuals in this way. Gordon L. Miller, Ph.D., is a writer and historian living near Seattle, Washington. He attended Milligan College and Christian Theological Seminary. This book developed from a period of post-graduate study at Cambridge University , when he visited the sites described in the book, a journey which, he says, "made the historical grounding of the English mystical tradition much more real to me". He is also the author of Wisdom of the Earth: Visions of an Ecological Faith.

190 pages, 6.98 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/5Q2Y6-5O/Gordon_L_Miller_-_The_Way_of_t.html
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I had not logged into this community for a long time. When I logged in today, I got a pleasant surprise in the form of your thread. I had missed it very much. Good that I located you again.

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Benedicta Ward - The Sayings of the Desert Fathers



The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. First recorded in the fourth century, their Sayings-consisting of spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables, and reflections on life-influenced the rule of St. Benedict, set the pattern for Western monasticism, and have inspired centuries of poetry, opera, and art.

Organized around key themes-Charity, Fortitude, Lust, Patience, Prayer, Self-control, and Visions-this edition of the Sayings is fresh, accessible, and authoritative

302 pages, 1.3 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/Q5tgQ_60/Benedicta_Ward_-_The_Sayings_o.html


Michael Haad - The Templars: History & Myth



An order of warrior monks founded after the First Crusade to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Templars developed into one of the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world. Yet two centuries later, the Knights were suddenly arrested and accused of blasphemy, heresy and orgies, their order was abolished, and their leaders burnt at the stake. Their dramatic end shocked their contemporaries and has gripped people's imaginations ever since. This new book explains the whole context of Templar history, including, for the first time, the new evidence discovered by the Vatican that the Templars were not guilty of heresy. It covers the whole swathe of Templar history, from its origins in the mysteries of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem through to the nineteenth century development of the Freemasons. The book also features a guide to Templar castles and sites, and coverage of the Templars in books, movies and popular culture, from "Indiana Jones" to the Xbox360 game Assassin's Creed.

193 pages, 1.08 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/iZz45CNi/Michael_Haag_-_The_Templars_Hi.html


Steven Fanning - Mystics of the Christian Tradition



From divine visions to self-tortures, some strange mystical experiences have shaped the Christian tradition as we know it. Full of colourful detail, Mystics of the Christian Tradition examines the mystical experiences that have determined the history of Christianity over two thousand years, and reveals the often sexual nature of these encounters with the divine.

In this fascinating account, Fanning reveals how God's direct revelation to St Francis of Assisi led to his living with lepers and kissing their sores, and describes the mystical life of Margery Kempe who 'took weeping to new decibel levels'. Through presenting the lives of almost a hundred mystics, this broad survey invites us to consider what it means to be a mystic and to explore how people such as Joan of Arc had their lives determined by divine visions.

Mystics of the Christian Tradition is a comprehensive guide to discovering what mysticism means and who the mystics of the Christian tradition actually were.

300 pages, 2.07 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/nWDuID-s/Steven_Fanning_-_Mystics_of_th.html

Casper Labuschagne - Numerical Secrets of the Bible: Rediscovering the Bible Codes



Were you intrigued, but disappointed by The Bible Code?

Labuschagne's book is not the work of an amateur, but was written by one of Europe's leading biblical scholars and deals with one of the most important recent discoveries in the field of biblical study, namely that the books of the Bible are numerical compositions. The biblical writings were not written in an off-hand manner, but were meticulously composed according to compositional techniques in which the counting of words plays a crucial role. It goes without saying that this discovery has far-reaching consequences for our views on the formation and the structure of the text of the Hebrew Bible and of the Greek text of the New Testament.

The author introduces the reader to the fascinating world of number symbolism in biblical times, he demonstrates how well-known symbolic numbers, such as 7 and 12, and especially the lesser known holy numbers 17 and 26, which represent the numerical value of the name YHWH, were used to give structure to the text and to deepen its contents.

Among other fascinating findings, this study confirms the medieval Jewish tradition that Holy Scripture consists of the name of God set in succession, or interwoven in the fabric of the text.

211 pages, 5.92 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/qeApumD_/Casper_Labuschagne_-_Numerical.html


David Brakke - Demons and the Making of the Monk; Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity



Demons--whether in embodied form or as inward temptation--make vivid appearances in early Christian monastic literature. In this finely written study of demonology and Christian spirituality in fourth- and fifth-century Egypt, David Brakke examines how the conception of the monk as a holy and virtuous being was shaped by the combative encounter with demons.
Brakke studies the "making of the monk" from two perspectives. First, he describes the social and religious identities that monastic authors imagined for the demon-fighting monk: the new martyr who fights against the pagan gods, the gnostic who believes he knows both the tricks of the demons and the secrets of God, and the prophet who discerns the hidden presence of Satan even among good Christians. Then he employs recent theoretical ideas about gender and racial stereotyping to interpret accounts of demon encounters, especially those in which demons appear as the Other--as Ethiopians, as women, or as pagan gods.

Drawing on biographies of exceptional monks, collections of monastic sayings and stories, letters from ascetic teachers to their disciples, sermons, and community rules, Brakke crafts a compelling picture of the embattled religious celibate. Demons and the Making of the Monk is an insightful and innovative exploration of the development of Christian monasticism.

324 pages, 5.05 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/URi7Wly2/David_Brakke_-_Demons_and_the_.html


Christian Apocrypha and Early Christian Gospels



A wide range of texts -- some showing Gnostic tendancy or influence -- survived within the Christian tradition outside of the New Testiment canon. This section of the library offers a large collection of these documents. Note that texts discovered in the Nag Hammadi collection are listed in the Nag Hammadi Library section, and are not included here. Texts of a primarily Gnostic character are cataloged in the Gnostic Scriptures and Fragments section of the Library

Contents
Apocryphal Acts
• The Acts of Andrew
• The Acts and Martyrdom of Andrew
• The Acts of Andrew and Matthew
• The Acts of Barnabas
• The Acts of John
• The Acts of John the Theologian
• The Acts and Martyrdom of Matthew
• The Martyrdom of Matthew
• The Acts of Paul
• The Acts of Peter
• The Acts of Peter and Andrew
• The Acts of Peter and Paul
• The Acts of Philip
• The Acts of Thomas
• The Consummation of Thomas
Apocalyptic Texts
• The Revelation of John the Theologian
• The Revelation (or Vision) of Paul (from the Ante-Nicene Fathers)
The Revelation of Paul (another version, source is not identified)
• The Apocalypse of Peter (from the Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol X.) Note that an entirely different text of this name is found in the Nag Hammadi Library.
The Apocalypse of Peter (another translation, from The Apocryphal New Testament)
• The Revelation of Stephen
• The Apocalypse of Thomas
• The Apocalypse of the Virgin
Apocryphal Gospels
• The Infancy Gospel of Thomas: Greek Text A
• The Infancy Gospel of Thomas: Greek Text B
• The Infancy Gospel of Thomas: Latin Text
• A Compilation of the Thomas Texts (c. 5th Century)
• An Arabic Infancy Gospel
• The Gospel of James
• The Gospel of the Nativity of Mary
• The Gospel of Mary of Bethany (or Magdalene)
• The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew
• The Gospel of Nicodemos (The Acts of Pilate)
• The Gospel of Bartholomew
• The Gospel of Peter
• The Gospel of the Lord by Marcion
• The Secret Gospel of Mark

Other Early Christian Writings
• Didache.
• The Shepherd of Hermas
• The Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus, King of Edessa.
• Ephraim of Syria`s The Pearl: Seven Hymns on the Faith.
• Ephraim of Syria`s Hymn Against Bar-Daisan.
• The Epistle of the Apostles.
• The Teachings of Addeus the Apostle.

487 pages, 3.37 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/CR5cZhk3/Christian_Apocrypha_and_Early_.html


Joannes Richter - Secret Colour Codes in the Bible



Contents

Introduction
The National Library
Ancient Egyptian Arts
Medieval paintings
Birds as religious Symbols
Colouring codes in the Pentateuch
Androgynous Adam in the 2nd century AD
Codings for androgynous symbolism
Early Hebrew Bibles
The Zohar
Colour Codings in the medieval Bibles
Categorizing Bibles
Red & blue Initials
Heading lines
Numbering lines
Initial lines
Genealogical trees
Background colours
The divine garments
Garments for the Creator God
Creation of Adam and resolving Eve
Identification of colouring symbols
Modern androgynous symbolism
The Russian tri-colour Banner
Other modern Banners
Conclusion

72 pages, 9.03 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/jpU6Raif/Joannes_Richter_-_Secret_Colou.html


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I accidentally came across your thread in this forum and would like to really thank you in public for spreading the light...

Although you have faced a lot of obstacles in your path, you have managed to overcome them successfully and thus help thousands of people to have access to invaluable and thought provoking material!

Keep up the good work!

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You're welcome. I'm doing this for many reasons, one being "love thine neighbors". In this way I'm at the same time repaying my karma, and helping others to achieve greater level of understanding. One other reason comes to mind: if I spread the literature web-wide, it will come up easier in google search, people will be able to learn more about what's being hidden from the plain sight, the intellectual and spiritual fruit of Eden. Before I was online doing this stuff, a few years ago, it was very hard to find these kind of books, but now we are working to correct that.
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Daniel P. Schrock - The Dark Night A Gift of God



Schrock is a gifted pastor and spiritual guide who has gained rich insights into what occurs as one lives seriously the Christian life of prayer and service. As he knows from his studies and his experience as a pastor and confidant, Schrock has learned much about the darkness that often descends on one in varying degrees and intensity as one grows as a disciple of Jesus Christ. In this book he shares what he has discovered about the darkness that descends like a disturbing shadow over the spiritual life of those who have passed beyond the beginning stage of the Christian walk. This initial stage is a time when one’s enthusiasm for the Lord dominates one’s feelings. The dark night is a process of maturation, a time to become a more loving Christian.

One never has to guess what Schrock means as he explores the dark night. He is always clear, and he writes with a fresh, engaging, and even passionate style. Moreover, Schrock wears his wisdom lightly. He has a profound respect for those whom he pastors; warmth for his readers permeates every page of this book.

John of the Cross discovered that the dark night is a reflection of God’s providential guiding. It is an experience in which God “speaks in the night” and in which God draws ever closer to the human heart. John was a gifted poet who described the dark night in its paradoxical transition from meditation to gifted prayer with these lines, the wisdom of which is easily detected in Schrock’s lively and inspiring prose.

I suspect that many readers will pause to mull over the wisdom distilled so diligently by a very experienced spiritual guide.

218 pages, 980 KB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/jrWvybDq/Daniel_P_Schrock_-_The_Dark_Ni.html


Martha Himmelfarb - The Apocalypse; A Brief History



This accessible and enlightening history provides insights into the fascinating genre of apocalyptic literature, showing how the apocalypse encompasses far more than popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world might suggest.
• An accessible and enlightening history of the "apocalypses"--ancient Jewish and Christian works -- providing fresh insights into the fascinating genre of literature
• Shows how the apocalypses were concerned not only with popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world, but with reward and punishment after death, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and other secrets of nature
• Traces the tradition of apocalyptic writing through the Middle Ages, through to the modern era, when social movements still prophesise the world’s imminent demise

Contents:

Acknowledgments
Chronology
1 Revelation in the Age of the Torah
2 The Book of the Watchers and Ascent to Heaven
3 The Book of Daniel and the Kingdom of the Holy Ones
4 The Heavenly Messiah
5 The Heavenly Temple, the Fate of Souls after Death, and Cosmology
6 Tours of Paradise and Hell and the Hekhalot Texts
7 Eschatology in the Byzantine Empire
8 Apocalyptic Movements in the Modern Era
Further Reading
Index

190 pages, 1.29 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/lpRA-p-5/Martha_Himmelfarb_-_The_Apocal.html


Paul Richard Blum – Philosophy of Religion in the Renaissance



The Philosophy of Religion is one result of the Early Modern Reformation movements, as competing theologies purported truth claims which were equal in strength and different in contents. Renaissance thought, from Humanism through philosophy of nature, contributed to the origin of the modern concepts of God. This book explores the continuity of philosophy of religion from late medieval thinkers through humanists to late Renaissance philosophers, explaining the growth of the tensions between the philosophical and theological views. Covering the work of Renaissance authors, including Lull, Salutati, Raimundus Sabundus, Plethon, Cusanus, Valla, Ficino, Pico, Bruno, Suárez, and Campanella, this book offers an important understanding of the current philosophy/religion and faith/ reason debates and fills the gap between medieval and early modern philosophy and theology.

Contents

1 From Faith and Reason to Fideism: Raymond Lull,
Raimundus Sabundus and Michel de Montaigne
2 Nicholas of Cusa and Pythagorean Theology
3 Giordano Bruno’s Philosophy of Religion
4 Coluccio Salutati: Hermeneutics of Humanity
5 Humanism Applied to Language, Logic and Religion: Lorenzo Valla
6 Georgios Gemistos Plethon: From Paganism to Christianity and Back
7 Marsilio Ficino’s Philosophical Theology
8 Giovanni Pico against Popular Platonism
9 Tommaso Campanella: God Makes Sense in the World
10 Francisco Suárez—Scholastic and Platonic Ideas of God
Epilogue: Conflicting Truth Claims
Bibliography
Index

222 pages, 34 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/FjsK_Oak/Paul_Richard_Blum__Philosophy_.html


Michael E. Lodahl – Shekhinah/Spirit: Divine Presence in Jewish and Christian Religion



This study in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit revolves around three interrelated problems, all approached from within the context of Jewish-Christian conversation: exclusivism, evil and eschatology. Hence, it isdivided into Parts I, II and III, with each part containing two chapters.

In Chapter 1argue that the traditional Christian approach to pneumatology has participated in, and contributed to, the Church's exclusivist claim to be the sole community bearing the presence of God's Spirit. I try to show also how this claim has had particularly disastrous consequences for the people and faith of Israel.

Chapter 2, then, represents a reply to the problem as outlined in Chapter 1, for it offers a way of taking seriously the history of Jewish interpretations of the divine Spirit as the proper context for formulating Christian pneumatology. A process-relational understanding of God and creation, which is assumed throughout, is in Chapter 2 specifically explicated as the basis for a reconstruction of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. In many ways that chapter provides the key argument of the entire work.

In Chapter 3 I continue to appropriate Jewish insights into the mode and activity of God's presence in creation, looking specifically to the work of the medieval kabbalists Moses de Leon and Isaac Luria. I believe they are important because of the ways in which they incorporate a serious attention to evil into their ideas about God, creation and humanity's role in redemption. Their deliberations provide the foundation for Chapter 4, which is an attempt to write pneumatology as it comes into contact with, and is transformed by, the problem of evil. As mentioned earlier, I believe that both the quality and the quantity of extreme and senseless human suffering in the Holocaust have made it a paradigmatic evil of our century.

Chapter 4 attempts to ask, then, whether and how God was present in the Holocaust. It cannot be considered an answer to Chapter 3 in the way that Chapter 2 is an answer to Chapter 1. For when it is the unimaginable suffering and senseless death of fellow human beings that is under theological consideration, it seems more appropriate to allow the questions to be raised in all their radicality than confidently to provide answers to them all. I have in Chapter 4 drawn upon the writings of Martin Buber, Emil Fackenheim and Arthur Cohen to help me hear those questions more clearly.

In Chapter 5, through an imaginative reading of selected gospel narratives, I present the outlines of an intentionally post-Holocaust Spirit Christology. Because the problem of Part HI is eschatology, Chapter 5 can also be characterized as a Christology which is in tension with traditional eschatological estimations of Jesus' significance. But a pneumatology which is responsive to the Christian tradition cannot ignore the eschatological framework which shaped not only the Church's doctrine of Christ, but also its doctrine of the Holy Spirit from the very beginning.

Thus, Chapter 6 provides a reply in the form of a reinterpreted eschatology which takes seriously what I believe to be God's intentions in the divine activities of creation and covenant-making.

244 pages, 22.2 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/lflvDYSH/Michael_E_Lodahl__Shekhinah_Sp.html


Isaac Israeli - A Neoplatonic Philosopher of the Early Tenth Century



Recognized as one of the earliest Jewish neo-Platonist writers, Isaac ben Solomon Israeli (ca.855–955) influenced Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars through the Middle Ages. A native of Egypt who wrote in Arabic, Israeli explored definitions of such terms as imagination, sense-perception, desire, love, creation, and “coming-to-be” in his writings.

This classic volume contains English translations of Israeli’s philosophical writings, including the Book of Definitions, the Book of Substances, and the Book on Spirit and Soul. Additionally, Isaac Israeli features a biographical sketch of the philosopher and extensive notes and comments on the texts, as well as a survey and appraisal of his philosophy. Restored to print for the first time in decades, Isaac Israeli will be essential reading for students and scholars of medieval philosophy and Jewish studies.

CONTENTS

FOREWORD ( by ALFREDY IVRY)
ABBREVIATIONS
INTRODUCTION
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE (by S. M. STERN)

PART I - TEXTS WITH COMMENTS

I. THE BOOK OF DEFINITIONS—Preliminary Note, Translation, and Comments (by S. M. STERN)
II. THE BOOK OF SUBSTANCES—Preliminary Note, Translation, and Comments (by S. M. STERN)
III. THE BOOK ON SPIRIT AND SOUL—Preliminary Note, Translation, and Comments (by S. M. STERN)
IV. THE MANTUA TEXT—Preliminary Note, Translation, and Comments (by A. ALTMANN)
V. AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK ON THE ELEMENTS—Preliminary Note, Translation, and Comments (by A. ALTMANN)

PART II - THE PHILOSOPHY OF ISAAC ISRAELI (by A. ALTMANN)

A. The Downward Way
I. THE CREATOR
II. FIRST MATTER AND FIRST FORM (WISDOM)—INTELLECT
III. THE THREE SOULS—NATURE
IV. CREATION, EMANATION, AND NATURAL CAUSALITY
V. THE ELEMENTS AND COMPOSITE SUBSTANCES

B. The Upward Way
VI. PURIFICATION—ILLUMINATION—UNION
VII. THE ROLE OF PHILOSOPHY
VIII. THE ROLE OF PROPHECY
INDEX OF NAMES
INDEX OF SUBJECT-MATTER

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Zaleski, Kaufman - Gifts of the Spirit: Living the Wisdom of the Great Religious Traditions



Drawing on the wisdom of teacher from the world's great religious traditions, including Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Ram Dass, Mother Mary Clare Vincent, Joan Halifax, and Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, Gifts of the Spirit deepens our appreciation of such everyday routines as waking up, eating, and working, as well as the abundant rewards of enjoying music, gardening, walking, and being with others. Vivid descriptions of rituals from around the world help us find new spiritual meaning in life's key passages.

Discover everyday spiritual riches through:
• Zen arts of cooking and eating
• Jewish and Native American coming-of-age rituals
• Bedouin rules of hospitality and friendship
• Mindful approached to pregnancy and birth
• Ancient Christian practices that nurture the dying
• Shaker philosophies of daily work and craft
• The Buddhist way to a peaceful night's sleep

301 pages, 30.5 MB, PDF.

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Annette Y. Reed - Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity: The Reception of Enochic Literature



In the Book of the Watchers, an Enochic apocalypse from the third century BCE, the "sons of God" of Gen 6:1-4 are accused of corrupting humankind through their teachings of metalworking, cosmetology, magic, and divination. By tracing the transformations of this motif in Second Temple, Rabbinic, and early medieval Judaism and early, late antique, and Byzantine Christianity, this book sheds light on the history of interpretation of Genesis, the changing status of Enochic literature, and the place of parabiblical texts and traditions in the interchange between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

Contents:

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Angelic Descent and Apocalyptic Epistemology: The Teachings of Enoch and the Fallen Angels in the Book of the Watchers
2 From Scribalism to Sectarianism: The Angelic Descent Myth and the Social Settings of Enochic Pseudepigraphy
3 Primeval History and the Problem of Evil: Genesis, the Book of the Watchers, and the Fallen Angels in Pre-Rabbinic Judaism
4 The Parting of the Ways? Enoch and the Fallen Angels in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity
5 Demonology and the Construction of Christian Identity: Approaches to Illicit Angelic Instruction among Proto-Orthodox Christians
6 The Interpenetration of Jewish and Christian Traditions: The Exegesis of Genesis and the Marginalization of Enochic Literature
7 The Apocalyptic Roots of Merkabah Mysticism? The Reemergence of Enochic Traditions in Rabbinic Judaism
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Primary Sources
Subject Index

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Francis Melville - Secrets of High Magic



The great masters of high magic may no longer be among us, but their wisdom remains?and their secrets are here to be revealed. True high magic is the art (and science) of using little-known or long-forgotten forces and objects from nature to achieve benevolent changes in the individual's consciousness or in the surrounding physical environment. It encompasses a wide array of doctrines and techniques, including the conjuring of spirits and nonhuman entities, ritual divination, the making and consecration of wands, swords, and talismans, and exploration of other universes. The essence of high magic has been captured in this handsomely bound book. The author gives instructions for making a magic altar and creating tools of magic. He also gives basic instruction in divination methods that include geomancy, I-Ching, and tarot cards. He goes on to explain the pentagram, the hexagram, the ritual of the rose cross, and advanced techniques that are intended to invoke deities. Here is practical, lucid instruction in the methods of self-initiation to a wide array of occult traditions.

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Joseph Benner - The Way to the Kingdom



BEING DEFINITE AND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELFTRAINING AND DISCIPLINE, ENABLING THE EARNEST DISCIPLE TO FIND THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS

CONTENTS

SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM
Our Immediate Purpose, The Kingdom, Inner Work, The Plan, Definite Work

THE LIGHT WHICH LIGHTETH EVERY MAN
Meditation, Groups

I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE
I Am the Way, Personality, Meditation, The Meditation Exercises, The Importance of Daily Study

I AM THE DOOR
I Am-the Only Way, I Am the Door, The Prayer, One Method of Healing

I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
An Easter Thought, I Am the Resurrection and the Life, The Path, Healing, Spiritual Growth, One Must Pay for Wisdom

IF YE ABIDE IN ME!
Occultism, In the Home, Practical Work, A Serious Problem

I HAVE CHOSEN YOU!
Mammon, Husband and Wife, Practical Work

I, IF, I BE LIFTED UP
God, Christ and the Higher self; would You Heal Yourself, Harmony

WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER
The Soul, The "Fall" into Generation, The Reason for Redemption, Desire

EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN
Reincarnation, The Personality, The Light

NOW ARE WE SONS OF GOD
Teachers, A Personal Letter

WE ARE COME UNTO MOUNT ZION
Fear, the Law of Prosperity, Received in a Group Meeting

AS A MAN THINKETH IN HIS HEART
The Great Secret

WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH
Practical Work, Groups

THE IMPERSONAL LIFE
Being Yourself, The Impersonal Life

THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM
From "The Spirit Spake," A Vision

JESUS, THE CHRIST
Second Easter Thought, Christ Jesus

CHRIST THE LOGOS
The Easter Ceremonies

BELIEVETH THAT YE HAVE RECEIVED, AND YE SHALL HAVE
Jesus Ever Present, Speaking the Word

THE COMFORTER
Occult Teachings

APPENDIX
Meditation No. 1, I Alone Am, A Prayer, Meditation No. 2, Speaking the Word, Books for Supplemental Reading

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Jan Van Ruysbroeck - The Spiritual Espousals



Contents: Translators note; Introduction; The Prologue; Book I ? The Active Life; Book II ? The Life of Yearning for God; Book III ? The Life of Contemplation of God

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John Bunyan - Pilgrim's Progress



Pilgrim's Progress is a great work of Christian literature. Originally composed in the 17th century, this spiritual allegory has entertained and delighted innumerous readers for over 300 years. Part I tells of "Christian" and his journey to "Celestial City;" Part II tells of the journey of Christian's wife Christiana and their children to Celestial City. The two parts work together as a unified whole, which describes and depicts the believer's life and struggles. Indeed, given the easy style of the book, readers of all ages can understand the spiritual significance of the depictions in the story. However, Pilgrim's Progress does not simply instruct readers with spiritual allegories; it entertains them as well, through Bunyan's creative story telling. Enjoyable and spiritually instructive, Pilgrim's Progress is highly recommended.

One of the most powerful dramas of Christian faith ever written, this captivating allegory of man's religious journey in search of salvation follows the pilgrim as he travels an obstacle-filled road to the Celestial City. Along the way, he is confronted by monsters and spiritual terrors, among them Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. An enormously influential seventeenth-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language.

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Neville Goddard - Awakened Imagination



Neville Goddard was one of the quietly dramatic and supremely influential teachers in the New Thought field for many years...In a simple, yet somehow elegant one-hour lecture, Neville was able to clarify the nature of God and God's relationship to every person. He spoke of God in intimate terms as though he knew god very well, which he did. --Roy Eugene Davis
The Power that makes Achievement and Attainment Inevitable.

Using short quotations from the Bible and from Blake, Yeats, Emerson, Lawrence, Quintillian, Hermes, and the Hermetica, Neville reveals the Power that makes the achievement of aims, the attainment of desires, inevitable; showing that the Christ is the human imagination.
Contents:
AWAKENED IMAGINATION

l. WHO IS YOUR IMAGINATION?
2. SEALED INSTRUCTIONS
3. HIGHWAYS OF THE INNER WORLD
4. THE PRUNING SHEARS OF REVISION
5. THE COIN OF HEAVEN
6. IT IS WITHIN
7. CREATION IS FINISHED
8. THE APPLE OF GOD'S EYE

THE SEARCH

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Neville Goddard ? The Power of the Awareness



Neville Goddard was one of the quietly dramatic and supremely influential teachers in the New Thought field for many years...In a simple, yet somehow elegant one-hour lecture, Neville was able to clarify the nature of God and God's relationship to every person. He spoke of God in intimate terms as though he knew god very well, which he did. --Roy Eugene Davis
THE POWER OF AWARENESS allows those who rebelled against a regid religious upbringing to renew some of the images etched in their consciousness, only in a more loving, positive and universal way. Neville shows how change of consciousness is the critical factor in life, for consciousness is the only reality, the first and only cause-substance of the phenomena of life.

Contents:

1. I AM
2. CONSCIOUSNESS
3. POWER OF ASSUMPTION
4. DESIRE
5. THE TRUTH THAT SETS YOU FREE
6. ATTENTION
7. ATTITUDE
8. RENUNCIATION
9. PREPARING YOUR PLACE
10. CREATION
11. INTERFERENCE
12. SUBJECTIVE CONTROL
13. ACCEPTANCE
14. THE EFFORTLESS WAY
15. THE CROWN OF THE MYSTERIES
16. PERSONAL IMPOTENCE
17. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
18. BE YE DOERS
19. ESSENTIALS
20. RIGHTEOUSNESS
21. FREE WILL
22. PERSISTENCE
23. CASE HISTORIES
24. FAILURE
25. FAITH
26. DESTINY
27. REVERENCE
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Neville Goddard - Your Faith is Your Fortune



CONTENTS

1. Before Abraham Was
2. You Shall Decree
3. The Principle of Truth
4. Whom Seek Ye?
5. Who Am I ?
6. I Am He
7. Thy Will Be Done
8. No Other God
9. The Foundation Stone
10. To Him That Hath
11. Christmas
12. Crucifixion and Resurrection
13. The I'm-Pressions
14. Circumcision
15. Interval of Time
16. The Triune God
17. Prayer
18. The Twelve Disciples
19. Liquid Light
20. The Breath of Life
21. Daniel in the Lions' Den
22. Fishing
23. Be Ears That Hear
24. Clairvoyance-"Count of Monte Cristo"
25. Twenty-third Psalm
26. Gethsemane
27. A Formula for Victory

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Abraham Abulafia - Sefer Ha-Ot: The Book of the Sign



Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia was the main exponent of Prophetic Kabbalah, a special vaiant of. Kabbalah that is supposed to bring the aspirant in direct contact with God. Born in Spain, a student of the writings of Moses Maimonides and of Hillel, from twenty years of age he began a life of ceaseless wandering.

His first prophetic book, Sefer ha-Yashar (Book of the Righteous), was written in 1279. Abulafia dreamed of dissolving the differences between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In the next year, he went to Rome in order to convert Pope Nicholas lll. The Pope, then in Suriano (now called Soriano in Viterbo province), heard of it and issued orders to burn the fanatic as soon as he reached that place.In preparation, the stake was already erected close to the gate, but it was not in the least disturbed. Abulafia set out for Suriano and reached there on August 22, 1280. While passing through the outer gate, he heard that the Pope had succumbed to an apoplectic shoke during the preceding night. Retuming to Rome, he was thrown into prison by the Minorites, but was liberated after four weeks.

A short time later, Abulafia compiled his Sefer ha-Ot (fhe Book of the Sign) on the little island of Comino, near Malta, in years 1285-1288. This is the book that we present here as a complete unabridged translation for the first time in the English language. Sefer ha-Ot is one of the rare autobiographical book in Kabbalah, which can be well considered an apocalyptic book. Abulafia relates his experiences and visions, some of which are really frightening. The whole book, as he states at the end, is a dialogue between him and God Himself

For anyone is not acquainted with the kabbalistic techniques of prophecy, certain passages of this book will be hard to understand. Abulafia shifts from one word to another, connecting them through their numerical value (Gematria), letter assonances and other ways. At a certain point, the prophetic flux in his mind forces him to write sequences of letters that have no real meaning until the vision becomes clear, and then the message transpires out. His life merges with the subject of the vision, and he becomes the prophet Zechariyahu. God Himself commands him what he must do, and then sends him on his mission

Index of contents

Preface
Sefer Ha-Ot - The Book of the Sign
Permutations of the Tetragrammaton
The original text in Hebrew
YHVH
Images from Chaye Olam Ha-Ba (Ufe in the World to Come)

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Abraham Abulafia - Get Ha-Shemot: Divorce of the Names



Get Ha-Shemot is Abulafia's attempt to describe the general ideology and cosmology that underlie the fundamental principle of Kabbalah - that names and letters are the essential, active, and creative elements of reality. He meant it as a rule of thumb for the masters of the names to know the truth behind the names they use, because no name can properly be used without such knowledge. In this work, which was written from the start for general distribution, Abulafia outlines the cosmic stage on which his entire Kabbalah is set, and explains its general purpose - the perfection of the mind by way of the intellect. This makes Get Ha-Shemot an indispensable introduction to his entire Kabbalah. Abulafia explains that Kabbalah is the part of Torah that must remain concealed from the public, and only received by word of mouth from a worthy teacher to a worthy student. However, to set some guidelines about the form of Kabbalah, Abulafia presents us here with what he takes to be the first and fundamental principles of all of Kabbalah. This masterpiece of Kabbalah is a very lucid and actual introduction to Kabbalah both for beginners and advanced students.

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Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag ? Shamati: I Heard



Rav Michael Laitman's words on "Shamati" (as appeared in Attaining the Worlds Beyond): "Among all the texts and notes that were used by my teacher, Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag (the Rabash), there was one, special notebook he always carried. This notebook contained transcripts of his conversations with his father, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Halevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), author of the "Sulam" (Ladder) commentary on "The Book of Zohar", "The Study of the Ten Sefirot" (a commentary on the texts of the Kabbalist, Ari), and many other works on Kabbalah. "Not feeling well on the Jewish New Year in September 1991, the Rabash summoned me to his bedside and handed me the notebook, whose cover contained only one word - "Shamati" (I Heard). As he handed me the notebook, he said, 'Take it and learn from it'. The following morning, my teacher perished in my arms, leaving me and many of his disciples without guidance in this world." Committed to Rabash's legacy to disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah, Michael Laitman published the notebook just as it was written, thus retaining the text's transforming powers. Among all the books of Kabbalah, Shamati is a unique and compelling composition.

408 pages, 1.31 MB, PDF.

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R.Graves, R.Patai - Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis



This exhaustive exploration of the Hebrew myths and the book of Genesis resulted from a remarkable collaboration between one scholar raised as a strict Protestant and one raised as a strict Jew. It goes beyond Christian biblical and Judaic myth and incorporates midrashes, folk tales, apocryphal texts, and other obscure sources to extend and complete the stories. An intriguing view of the suppressed and censored pre-biblical accounts is the result, along with a rich sense of a culture consisting of oral and literary traditions, where the spiritual is deeply rooted in landscape and history.

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Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn - Creation And Redemption



We hereby present Creation and Redemption, a discourse delivered by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. This discourse, one of the first authored by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak when he arrived in America in 5700 (1940), examines the essential difference between the Hebrew months of Tishrei and Nissan, and the mystical dimensions each represents.

In the month of Tishrei we celebrate the miracle of Creation with Rosh Hashanah, the day that commemorates the birth of the world. Creation, however, is indicative of the natural order. The month of Nissan, in contrast, during which we commemorate the miraculous Exodus from Egypt, represents Redemption, or the supernatural.

These two forces exist not only within the world at large, and within the perpetual cycle of time, but they exist within each of us as well. Each of us has moments when we feel trapped within our natural, materialistic lives, when we cannot hear the voice of our own souls amidst the deafening thunder of the daily grind. Then, there are other moments, tranquil oases in time, when we experience spiritual clarity, when we perceive a higher, deeper, more meaningful Truth.

The key, then, when struggling with the obfuscation of the natural and materialistic, is to recognize that there is another dimension, a deeper dimension, where the limitations of the natural order do not exist. Nissan is the month when we were liberated from slavery to the world's superpower in a completely supernatural manner. To this Nissan-realm, there are no limitations, nothing to stand in the way of spiritual fulfillment. In fact, the physical exists only so that we may demonstrate how it too exposes the Divine truth. And when we recognize this, says Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, we can realize the supernatural even within the natural.

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Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson - On the Essence of Chassidus



CONTENTS

Publisher's Foreword
Translators' Preface
Translators' Note
Genealogy of the Founders of General
Chassidism and the Leaders of Chabad
I . The Creative Contributions of Chassidus
II . Chassidus as the "Extension of En Sof"
III . Torah: The Epitome of Perfection
IV . Some Ramifications of the Concept of Moshiach
V . The Essence of the Concept of Moshiach
VI . Chassidus as a New "Life-Force"
VII . Oil: A Metaphor for Chassidus
VIII . The Four Levels of Torah Interpretation (Pardes)
IX . The Significance of the Prayer Modeh Ani
X . Modeh Ani Interpreted on Four Levels
XI . A Chassidic Insight into Modeh Ani
XII . Awakening f r o i Sleep: The Restoration of a Jewish Soul
XIII . Resurrection as a Daily Phenomenon
XIV . Observance of the Mitzvos for Their Own Sake
XV . The Chassidic Illumination of Kabbalah
XVI . Chassidus as the Link between All Levels of Interpretation
XVII . The Chassidic Emphasis on the Relation of Essence to Details
XVIII . "The Beginning Is Wedged in the End": Essence Is Found in Action
XIX . Torah and the Transformation of the Evil Inclination
XX . The Law of Acquisition in a Chassidic Perspective
XXI . Chassidus: More than a Prelude to Moshiach
Appendix: Excerpt from a Discourse Given on the Last Day of Passover 5730 (1970).
Glossary
Index Of Quotations and References
General Index

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Rabbi Faitel Levin - Heaven On Earth



Contents:

Preface
Foreword

ONE / THE CONCEPT

1. A Down To Earth Weltanschauung
2. A Synopsis of the Dirah Betachtonim System

TWO / METAPHYSICS REVIEWED

3. Cosmology / A Hierarchy of Realities
4. Diversity and Unity
5. The G-d-World Relationship
6. The Drama of Creation
7. The Mystical Experience and Asceticism
8. The Language of Dirah Betachtonim
9. The Logic of Drah Betachtonim
10. Religious Devotion

THREE / IN FOCUS

1 I. The Nature of G-d
12. The Human / Body and Soul
13. Mitzvot / Their Spiritual Role and Function
14. The Afterlife
15. History / A Dirah Beurchtonim Perspective
16. Sociology / The Practical Application of Dirah Betachtonim
APPENDIX
NOTES
INDEX
SOURCES

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Rabbi Shalom DovBer Schneersohn - The Power Of Return



We hereby present the third discourse of the series Yom Tov Shel Rosh Hashanah 5659, entitled The Power of Return. These discourses were authored by the fifth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Shalom DovBer Schneersohn.

The current discourse, delivered on Shabbat Shuvah 5659 (1898), opens with the verse from the Haftara of that Shabbat in which the prophet Hosea exhorts the Jewish people to teshuvah, repentance: Return, 0 Israel, to the L-rd your G-d, for you have stumbled in your iniquity (Hosea 14:2).

Thus begins Rabbi Shalom DovBer's examination of the inner workings of teshuvah. Here, he explains at length how it is precisely through making a detailed and honest examination of one's character and spiritual standing-which inevitably leads one to a contrite and broken heart-that may allow one to realize his or her essential connection with G-d.

The Power of Return, like the other volumes of the Chasidic Heritage Series, features a clear, lucid translation of the original Hebrew text of the discourse, along with copious reference and explanatory notes. The facing Hebrew text has been completely reset, vocalized and broken into chapters, and has been edited against Rabbi Shalom DovBer's original manuscript. Two Appendices, as well as a full Bibliography, appear at the end of this volume.

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Robert Lomas - The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation



The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation is different and revelatory. This book will take you on an imaginative journey deep into that inner part of your consciousness that Freemasonry calls your soul. Not since the glory days of Wilmshurst, Ward, and Waite, has any serious Masonic writer attempted to look at the meaning of Masonry in such knowledgeable depth. Its ritual says it is a high and serious subject. But how can an individual discover the truths it outlines? How do you become an Initiate and a Master? A new, spiritually aware generation is asking this question and demanding answers. Using words and images, this book leads you through the spiritual stages of Masonic knowledge. The Craft teaches that each new apprentice shall find a teacher to gain instruction. The open Lodge is not the place for instruction but a place for living out truths that should be taught privately by contemplation of symbols.

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Albert Churchward - The Origin and Evolution of Freemasonry Connected with the Origin and Evolution of the Human Race



Connected With the Origin and Evolution of the Human Race. "To all my brother Freemasons throughout the world who are seeking for the truth." "In order to gain a true conception of the origin and evolution of Freemasonry, its Signs, Symbols, and all its Rituals and Ceremonies, one must have also a knowledge of the origin and evolution of the Human Race."

Contents: Periodic Laws of the Corpuscles and Socialists; Life and What It Is-Material, Spiritual and Evolutional; Sign Language; Creation and Evolution to Pygmies; Evolution of Totemic People and Origin of Some of Our Signs, Symbols, Ceremonies, and Explanations of the Same; Stellar Cult People and Origin of other Signs and Symbols-Seven Lesser Mysteries-Initiatory Ceremony-Written Language-Ancient Hittite Inscription Translated-Origin of the Operative and Speculative Masons and Differences; Lunar and Solar Cult-Other Signs and Symbols-Ten Greater Mysteries; Perversion by the Greeks and Other Nations; Horus of the Double Horizon and Early Solar Cults; Mythical Representations and Evolution of Religious Ideas; Ten Greater Mysteries; Universal Brotherhood of Freemasonry the only Effective Means for Permanent peace Throughout the World.

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Albert Churchward - The Arcana of Freemasonry



The Freemasons have changed the history of the world. Their belief in liberty and equality for all people profoundly affected both the French Revolution and the founding of the United States, as evidenced in part by the symbols on our currency. In The Arcana of Freemasonry, first published in 1915, symbol expert and renowned author Albert Churchward traces and reveals the history of this very secret order. Churchward weaves a tale of Masonry's origins in ancient Egypt and its continuance through history--all told via Masonic symbols and symbolism.

From Egyptian history and Mayan belief work through Greek mathematicians, philosophers, and metaphysicians, Churchward traces the development of the most basic symbols of Freemasonry. He also reveals the hidden symbolism found in signs and tools of modern Freemasonry and helps readers find hidden meanings in all areas of life--from art and architecture to geometry and poetry. With current novels and movies leaning heavily on Masonic mysteries as plot devices, readers will be especially interested in the more arcane symbols and the stories they tell.

Contents: Freemasonry-The Bridge of History-Uniting the Past with the Present; The soul of Masonry, The Divine Name; Second Century of Modern Masonry; Origins of Freemasonry; Freemasonry, Past and Future; Origin and Explanation of some Masonic Signs and Symbols; Egyptology and Masonry; Four Cardinal Points; Operative Masonry.

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Joseph Wild - The Origin and Secrets of Freemasonry



THERE are two forms of Masonry upon which I will speak to-night—the speculative and the operative which are not united. The operative one was tlie primary force of Masonry, while the speculative is now the most prominent. How came they to he separated? And will they ever again he united? I want to show you to-night how they came to he separated, and how Masonry itself originated, and in connection therewith, to turn your attention to the great Pyramid, for there are secrets connected with this structure that will throw some light on our Masonic conduct and ideas.

25 pages, 1.48 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/U1H6trep/Joseph_Wild_-_The_Origin_and_S.html


Timothy Hogan - Alchemical Keys to Masonic Ritual



This is the first book which establishes a direct link between the rituals of Freemasonry and the practice of both chemical and spiritual alchemy. Albert Pike understood that the symbolic degrees of Freemasonry contained alchemical secrets, but he never put the whole pattern together and showed how. This book shows these connections for the first time. This book is a must for any Freemason who wants to understand the secret meanings behind the Symbolic "Blue Lodge" ritual. Tim Hogan is a PM, 32*KCCH, KT, FRC, PSM-AMD, and Knight RC of the Royal Order of Scotland. He lectures extensively both inside and outside of the United States on Freemasonry.

53 pages, 31.8 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/NcKpDHPr/Timothy_Hogan_-_Alchemical_Key.html


Anonymous - Rituals of Fratres Lucis



The 'Brothers of Light'-also known as the Ritters des Licht, or 'Knights of Light'-was supposed to be a Masonic Rosicrucian splinter of the Order of the Rosy Cross, but authentic information concerning it is difficult to obtain. This book includes the rituals of Knight Novice of the Third year, Knight Novice of the Fifth Year, Knight Novice of the Seventh Year, Knight Levite and Knight Priest, as well as an introductory chapter on the order from A.E. Waite's Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross which comments on its many Hermetic characteristics.

52 pages, 1.16 MB, PDF. Scan.

http://www.4shared.com/document/X10tOtA0/Anon_-_Rituals_of_Fratres_Luci.html


Charles W. Leadbeater - Glimpses of Masonic History



Contents: Schools of Masonic Thought; The Egyptian Mysteries; The Cretan Mysteries; The Jewish Mysteries; The Greek Mysteries; The Mithraic Mysteries; Craft Masonry in Medieval Times; Operative Masonry in the Middle Ages; The Transition from Operative to Speculative; Other Lines of Masonic Tradition; The Scottish Rite; The Co-Masonic Order. This is part two of the "Hidden Life in Freemasonry."

480 pages, 1.2 MB, PDF.

http://www.4shared.com/document/A1Msw_5V/Leadbeater_CW_-_Glimpses_of_Ma.html


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