Literature and the Encounter With God in Post-Reformation by Michael Martin

By Michael Martin

All the figures tested during this study-John Dee, John Donne, Sir Kenelm Digby, Henry and Thomas Vaughan, and Jane Lead-is desirous about the ways that God may be approached or skilled. Michael Martin analyzes the ways that the come across with God is figured between those early smooth writers who inhabit the shared cultural area of poets and preachers, mystics and scientists. the 3 major issues that tell this learn are Cura animarum, the care of souls, and the decreased function of religious path in post-Reformation non secular existence; the increase of clinical rationality; and the fight opposed to the disappearance of the Holy. coming up from the equipment and commitments of phenomenology, the first mode of inquiry of this examine is living in contemplation, now not in a spiritual feel, yet within the realm of belief, attendance, and recognition. Martin portrays figures reminiscent of Dee, Digby, and Thomas Vaughan now not the eccentrics they can be depicted to were, yet fairly as engaging in a non secular mainstream that have been noticeably altered by means of the disappearance of any type of vital or ordinary religious course, an issue which was once extra advanced and exacerbated through the increase of technological know-how. therefore this research contributes to a reconfiguration of our inspiration of what 'religious orthodoxy' particularly intended through the interval, and calls into query our personal assumptions approximately what's (or used to be) 'orthodox' and what 'heterodox.'

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The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation by Robert Lomas

By Robert Lomas

Freemasonry has a deep goal which might be ignored within the rush of the trendy global. Its ritual says it's a excessive and critical topic. yet how can anyone realize the truths it outlines? How do you turn into an begin and a grasp? a brand new, spiritually-aware iteration is looking this query and important solutions. This publication responds in an without warning visible approach. utilizing phrases and pictures it leads you thru the religious levels of Masonic wisdom. The Craft teaches that every new apprentice shall discover a instructor to realize instruction.The open inn isn't the position for guide yet a spot for dwelling out truths which may be taught privately via contemplation of symbols. Robert Lomas has spent thirty years as a school instructor, and two decades learning Freemasonry and its ritual. during this publication he stocks his own perception into the Craft, explains his figuring out of its ritual and descriptions the stairs a Mason needs to take to discover self-knowledge. His phrases are illuminated by means of the original symbolic drawings of 2 masters of Masonic Tracing board layout. the aim of Freemasonry is to aid its participants develop into Initiates within the technology of existence. that allows you to recognize your self, then Freemasonry bargains a route to that wisdom. it's a religious experience, healthy for the athletic and adventurous brain. the key technological know-how of Masonic Initiation finds that direction.

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Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana by Mallanaga Flavius Vatsyayana

By Mallanaga Flavius Vatsyayana

Камасутра представляет собой древний индийский текст, посвящённый теме камы-любви. Многими рассматривается как основополагающий труд о любви в санскритской литературе. Автор текста — Ватьсьяяна. Полное название этого произведения — Ватьсьяна кама сутра («Афоризмы о любви, принадлежащие Ватьсьяяне»). Полагают, что автор жил в 3—4 веках н. э., вероятно, в эру Гуптов. Камасутра содержит 35 глав, собранных в 7 разделах, каждый из которых написан специалистом в соответствующей области. Части называются так: Введение (4 главы) — о любви вообще, её месте в жизни человека и о классификации женщин. О сексуальном единении (10 глав) — глубокий анализ поцелуев, различных типов предварительных ласк, оргазма, список сексуальных позиций, оральный секс, парафилии, а также ситуации любовного треугольника (семьи втроём — муж, жена и любовница мужа). О том, как найти жену (5 глав) — ухаживание и свадьба. О жене (2 главы) — как жене следует вести себя. О жёнах других людей (6 глав) — в основном об обольщении. О проститутках (6 глав). О том, как очаровывать окружающих (2 главы). Камасутра описывает всего sixty four сексуальные позиции, называя их «искусствами». Ватьсьяяна полагал, что есть eight способов заниматься любовью, по eight позиций в каждом способе. В книге они называются «64 искусства». Глава, перечисляющая сексуальные позиции, наиболее широко известна, и как книжные развалы, так и Интернет изобилуют различными её переводами (зачастую весьма далёкими от оригинала). Часто эту главу даже принимают за всю книгу целиком. Вместе с тем, сексуальным позициям посвящена всего примерно пятая часть книги. В оставшихся четырёх пятых говорится о том, как быть хорошим гражданином, а также предлагаются размышления о взаимоотношении мужчин и женщин. Камасутра называет занятия сексом «божественным единением». Ватьсьяяна полагал, что в сексе как таковом нет ничего предосудительного, но заниматься им легкомысленно — грешно. Камасутра помогала людям наслаждаться искусством секса на более глубоком уровне, и её можно считать как техническим руководством по сексуальным наслаждениям, так и историческим документом, описывающим сексуальные обычаи и практики Индии в те времена.

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The Maya and Catholicism: An Encounter of Worldviews by John D. Early

By John D. Early

Mayan ethnographer John Early examines the centuries-long hypothesis approximately why the ritual calendars of the Mayan Indians in Guatemala and the areas of Chiapas and Yucatan in Mexico revolve round gala's in honor of the Catholic saints. in the course of those gala's, on the insistence of the Maya, a Catholic priest involves their villages to have a good time mass and baptize newborns. Refuting the often-repeated thesis of a “spiritual conquest” through the Spaniards or their post-colonial successors during which the Maya have been switched over to Christianity, Early argues that the Maya establish with Catholicism regardless of their failure to include the faith in any orthodox experience. the writer explains the ambiguity by way of exhibiting that, as is frequently the case in conversion makes an attempt, the Maya tailored components of Catholicism into their latest beliefs.
            Drawing on ancient and ethnographic fabrics to find the cultural logics with which the Maya interpret their ritual habit, Early deals an in depth description of the entire components of the Mayan fairs for the saints and of the pre-Columbian Maya worldview approximately rituals and the theological techniques in the back of them. contemplating the sixteenth-century worldview of the Spanish royalty, the conquistadors, and the Catholic clergymen to bare the Spanish attitude ahead of and through their encounters with the Maya, the writer additionally cites the testimony of the Maya.
            Early offers a distinct synthesis of archaeological, ancient, ethnographic, and theological facts that exhibits using Catholic parts is totally comprehensible when it comes to the normal Mayan worldview relationship from pre-Columbian times.
 

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Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America: Lost History by Frank Joseph

By Frank Joseph

The nursery rhyme starts, ''In fourteen hundred and 92, Columbus sailed the sea blue.'' much less famous is the road that follows: ''…to study if the previous maps have been true.'' How can there be ''old maps'' of a land not anyone knew existed? have been others right here ahead of Columbus? What have been their purposes for coming and what unexplained artifacts did they depart in the back of?

The oceans have been highways to the United States instead of boundaries, and whilst discoverers positioned ashore, they have been greeted via strange population. In studying the Mysteries of historical the USA, the writer of The Atlantis Encyclopedia turns his sextant in the direction of this hemisphere. here's a selection of the main arguable articles chosen from seventy problems with the notorious historic American journal. they vary from the invention of Roman relics in Arizona and California's chinese language treasure, to Viking rune-stones in Minnesota and Oklahoma and the mysterious religions of old americans. Many questions could be raised together with:

What function did extraterrestrials have within the lives of historical civilizations?

What historical pyramids and towers let us know concerning the those who equipped them?

Are they a few kind of portals to a different size?

What prehistoric applied sciences were stumbled on, and what can they let us know approximately early settlers, their non secular ideals, and attainable other-worldly viewers?

Did El Dorado exist, and what of the mythical Fountain of sweet sixteen?

Was Atlantis in Cuba?

What are America’s misplaced races and what occurred to them?

Discovering the Mysteries of old the USA brings to the fore the once-hidden real previous of America’s earliest civilizations

Frank Joseph is the writer of The Atlantis Encyclopedia (New web page Books), in addition to a dozen different books on background, prehistory, and metaphysics. He has been the editor-in-chief of old American journal in view that its first factor in 1993. He lives in Wisconsin.

Wayne may well is the founder-publisher of historic American. Laura Lee is the award-winning manufacturer and host of the nationally syndicated ''The Laura Lee Show''. David Hatcher Childress wrote the best-selling misplaced towns sequence. Zecharia Sitchin is the writer of the best-selling Earth Chronicles sequence. Andrew Collins is world-renowned for his constant bestsellers, together with Gateway to Atlantis.

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Working on the Railroad, Walking in Beauty: Navajos, Hozho, by Jay Youngdahl

By Jay Youngdahl

For over 100 years, Navajos have long past to paintings in major numbers on Southwestern railroads. As they took at the hard paintings of laying and anchoring tracks, they became to conventional faith to anchor their lives.

Jay Youngdahl, an lawyer who has represented Navajo staff in claims with their railroad employers when you consider that 1992 and who extra lately earned a master's in divinity from Harvard, has used oral background and archival study to jot down a cultural heritage of Navajos' paintings at the railroad and the jobs their non secular traditions play of their lives of difficult hard work clear of home.

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Abraham. One God, Three Wives, Five Religions by Frances Worthington

By Frances Worthington

In Abraham: One God, 3 better halves, 5 Religions, writer Frances Worthington explores the 3 wives/concubines (Sarah, Hagar, and Keturah) of Abraham, and lines their lineage to 5 diversified religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, the Babi religion, and the Bahai religion. reading the scripture and traditions of those 5 "Abrahamic" faiths, this advanced tale additionally attracts seriously from a wealthy number of old resources that offer a desirable backdrop. The narrative follows the lifetime of Abraham from his start, via his marriages and the beginning of his kids, and his repeated exiles. It additionally presents nice perception into the lives of the founders of the 5 Abrahamic Faiths—Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb, and Baha'u'llah—and illustrates how their lives reflect that of Abraham. the ultimate chapters give some thought to genetics and the unfold of universal DNA via varied populations all over the world and the non secular ancestry uniting us all. the mix of...

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‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity by N. Mottahedeh

By N. Mottahedeh

This edited quantity of especially commissioned essays written for the anniversary of `Abdu'l-Baha's trip to the US tells the tale of this former prisoner's interactions with the white higher echelon of yankee society in addition to his influence at the lives and writings of significant early figures within the African-American civil rights stream.

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