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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious experience > Mysticism

The Power of Words (Paperback): Simone Weil The Power of Words (Paperback)
Simone Weil
R140 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R28 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'There are certain words which possess, in themselves, when properly used, a virtue which illumines and lifts up towards the good' The philosopher and activist Simone Weil was one of the most courageous thinkers of the twentieth century. Here she writes, with honesty and moral clarity, about the manipulation of language by the powerful, the obligations of individuals to one another and the needs - for order, equality, liberty and truth - that make us human. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

Tales of the Holy Mysticat - Jewish Wisdom Stories by a Feline Mystic (Paperback): Rachel Adler Tales of the Holy Mysticat - Jewish Wisdom Stories by a Feline Mystic (Paperback)
Rachel Adler
R326 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R61 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Where the Heavens Kiss the Earth - Mystical Insights for Personal Growth (Paperback): Rabbi Karmi Ingber Where the Heavens Kiss the Earth - Mystical Insights for Personal Growth (Paperback)
Rabbi Karmi Ingber
R308 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dark Eyes, Lady Blue - Maria of Agreda (Paperback): Marilyn H. Fedewa Dark Eyes, Lady Blue - Maria of Agreda (Paperback)
Marilyn H. Fedewa
R405 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R76 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Dark Eyes, Lady Blue tells the story of Sister Maria of Agreda's remarkable life. Maria was born in Agreda, Spain, in 1602, and vowed there as a nun at age seventeen. From birth to her death in 1665, she never left the small town. Yet her accomplishments had a lasting impact in Spain and as far away as the American Southwest, where she is celebrated to this day. Although cloistered in Agreda's Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, Maria grew to be a renowned mystic, a widely read author, and an advisor to the King of Spain. She experienced religious ecstasy that inspired her visionary writings and - quite remarkably - communications with the Jumano Indians of what would later become the states of Texas and New Mexico. When Spanish missionaries met the Jumano Indians, their chief expressed a desire to be baptized because of the supernatural visits from the mystical ""lady in blue."" This fresh telling of Maria's story is one that will appeal to readers young and old and provides an unforgettable perspective on early American exploration of Texas and New Mexico.

Repose of the Spirits, The - A Sufi Commentary on the Divine Names (Paperback): Ahmad Sam'ani Repose of the Spirits, The - A Sufi Commentary on the Divine Names (Paperback)
Ahmad Sam'ani; Translated by William C Chittick; Introduction by William C Chittick
R952 Discovery Miles 9 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Turn Me to Gold - 108 Poems of Kabir (Paperback): Andrew Harvey Turn Me to Gold - 108 Poems of Kabir (Paperback)
Andrew Harvey; Photographs by Brett Hurd
R542 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Lesser Key of Solomon (Paperback): Aleister Crowley, S. L. MacGregor Mathers The Lesser Key of Solomon (Paperback)
Aleister Crowley, S. L. MacGregor Mathers
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Studies In Islamic Mystic (Hardcover, New Ed): Nicholson Studies In Islamic Mystic (Hardcover, New Ed)
Nicholson
R2,884 Discovery Miles 28 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Sea Without Shore - A Manual of the Sufi Path (Hardcover): Nuh Ha Mim Keller Sea Without Shore - A Manual of the Sufi Path (Hardcover)
Nuh Ha Mim Keller
R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mysticism (Hardcover): Evelyn Underhill Mysticism (Hardcover)
Evelyn Underhill
R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Practical Tanya - Part One - The Book for Inbetweeners (Hardcover): Chaim Miller The Practical Tanya - Part One - The Book for Inbetweeners (Hardcover)
Chaim Miller
R926 Discovery Miles 9 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sufism - A New History of Islamic Mysticism (Hardcover): Alexander Knysh Sufism - A New History of Islamic Mysticism (Hardcover)
Alexander Knysh
R666 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R132 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A pathbreaking history of Sufism, from the earliest centuries of Islam to the present After centuries as the most important ascetic-mystical strand of Islam, Sufism saw a sharp decline in the twentieth century, only to experience a stunning revival in recent decades. In this comprehensive new history of Sufism from the earliest centuries of Islam to today, Alexander Knysh, a leading expert on the subject, reveals the tradition in all its richness. Knysh explores how Sufism has been viewed by both insiders and outsiders since its inception. He examines the key aspects of Sufism, from definitions and discourses to leadership, institutions, and practices. He devotes special attention to Sufi approaches to the Qur'an, drawing parallels with similar uses of scripture in Judaism and Christianity. He traces how Sufism grew from a set of simple moral-ethical precepts into a sophisticated tradition with professional Sufi masters (shaykhs) who became powerful players in Muslim public life but whose authority was challenged by those advocating the equality of all Muslims before God. Knysh also examines the roots of the ongoing conflict between the Sufis and their fundamentalist critics, the Salafis--a major fact of Muslim life today. Based on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, Sufism is an indispensable account of a vital aspect of Islam.

The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume 2 - A Verse-by-Verse Commentary: Chapters 7-12 Like a Thousand Suns (Paperback, 2nd... The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume 2 - A Verse-by-Verse Commentary: Chapters 7-12 Like a Thousand Suns (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Eknath Easwaran
R491 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A comprehensive manual for living a spiritual life, based on a verse-by-verse commentary on India's timeless scripture - from the author of its best-selling translation. (The ebook The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living 9781586381455 includes all three volumes in this series.) The Bhagavad Gita is set on the battlefield of an apocalyptic war between good and evil. Faced with a dire moral dilemma, the warrior prince Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. Easwaran points out that Arjuna's crisis is acutely modern. The Gita's battlefield is the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage. Arjuna represents each of us, and Sri Krishna is the Lord, instructing us in eighteen chapters of lofty wisdom as we face the social, environmental, and global challenges that threaten our world today. Easwaran is a spiritual teacher and author of deep insight and warmth. His verse-by-verse commentary interprets the Gita's teachings for modern readers, explaining the Sanskrit concepts and philosophy and applying them with practicality, wisdom, and humor to every aspect of our work, our relationships, and our lives. With everyday anecdotes, stories, and examples, he shows that the changes we long to see in the world start with the transformation of our own consciousness. The practical exercises recommended by Easwaran to achieve transformation are part of a spiritual program he developed for his own life. They are accessible to people from all backgrounds and cultures. Urging us to adopt a higher image of the human being, he assures us that peace and unity are within reach. Each volume of this series covers six chapters of the Gita. Each may be read on its own, but all three volumes together form an in-depth, verse-by-verse explanation of this ancient scripture and its relevance today. Each volume includes instructions in Easwaran's eight-point program of passage meditation. Volume 1: The first six chapters of the Gita explore the concept of the innermost Self and source of wisdom in each of us. Easwaran explains how we can begin to transform ourselves, even as householders engaged in busy lives. Volume 2: The chapters in this volume go beyond the individual Self and investigate the Supreme Reality that underlies all creation. Here, Easwaran delves into the unity of life, and builds a bridge across the seeming divide between scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom. Volume 3: The final six chapters put forth an urgent appeal for us to begin to see that all of us are one - to make the connection between the Self within and the Reality underlying all creation. Global in scope, the emphasis is on what we can do to make a difference to heal our environment and establish peace in the world. Easwaran's commentary is for all students of the Gita, whatever their background, and for anyone who is trying to find a path to wisdom, love, and kindness in themselves and our troubled world. Written as an authoritative, accessible guide to a much-loved scripture, it is a handbook for finding peace and clarity within. This second edition incorporates revisions made across all three volumes following the author's final instructions.

Living in Happiness - The Call to Return (Paperback): Lori A. Steiner Living in Happiness - The Call to Return (Paperback)
Lori A. Steiner
R263 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R50 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Los 72 Nombres Sagrados de Dios (English, Hebrew, Spanish, Paperback): Maricarmen-Raje Blasco Ruiz Los 72 Nombres Sagrados de Dios (English, Hebrew, Spanish, Paperback)
Maricarmen-Raje Blasco Ruiz
R539 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R103 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Masnavi, Book Two (Paperback): Jalal al-Din Rumi The Masnavi, Book Two (Paperback)
Jalal al-Din Rumi; Translated by Jawid Mojaddedi
R263 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'You don't seek guidance from those drunken men, So why insist they mend their rags again? God's lovers stand beyond all faiths, as they Are shown by God Himself a higher way.' Book Two of Rumi's Masnavi is concerned with the challenges facing the seeker of Sufi enlightenment. In particular it focuses on the struggle against the self, and how to choose the right companions in order to progress along the mystical path. By interweaving amusing stories and profound homilies, Rumi instructs his followers in a style that still speaks directly to us. In this volume, stories such as 'Moses and the Shepherd', 'The Foolhardy Man who Trusted a Bear's Good Intentions' and 'Mo'awiya and Satan' are among the most popular in the entire Masnavi. The most influential Sufi poem ever written, the six books of the Masnavi are often called 'the Qur'an in Persian'. Self-contained, as well as continuing the journey along the spiritual path, Book Two is here translated into rhyming couplets in the style of Jawid Mojaddedi's prize-winning translation of Book One. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Everything is Spiritual - A Brief Guide to Who We Are and What We're Doing Here (Paperback): Rob Bell Everything is Spiritual - A Brief Guide to Who We Are and What We're Doing Here (Paperback)
Rob Bell
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In Everything is Spiritual, the author Rob Bell explores how ideas about creation, love and connection shaped him and how they shape every one of us. Bell observes that more than anything, people want to understand their purpose here on earth. And when you embrace who and where you come from, including your wounds, your pains and your regrets, you will discover that lurking there in the mess of life is an invitation to expand - just as the universe has been expanding for 13 billion years. Written in a lyrical, almost stream of consciousness style this wide-ranging book shares stories from Bell's life to illuminate lessons about the world around you to help you find purpose, meaning and connection. 'Rob Bell might have left the church, but he will always be my minister - in the purest and most uncorrupted sense of that word. Nobody else can take ancient teachings and modern science, and blend them together into wisdom that makes sense to me, and heals me. Rob's unorthodox and bold thinking stirs my intellect, comforts my heart and makes me believe that - within all the frightening chaos of the unknowable universe - I still have a sacred place. His work is a sacred gift to a troubled world.' - Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic

Sefer Yetzira/the Book of Creation - The Book of Creation in Theory and Practice (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Aryeh Kaplan Sefer Yetzira/the Book of Creation - The Book of Creation in Theory and Practice (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Aryeh Kaplan
R851 R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Save R188 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan has translated Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest and most mysterious of all kabbalistic texts, and now brings its theoretical, meditative, and magical implications to light. He expounds on the dynamics of the spiritual domain, the worlds of the Sefirot, souls, and angels. When properly understood, Sefer Yetzirah becomes the instruction manual for a very special type of meditation meant to strengthen concentration and to aid the development of telekinetic and telepathic powers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Secrets of the Fourth Way (Paperback): Alan Francis Secrets of the Fourth Way (Paperback)
Alan Francis
R385 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Modern Sufis and the State - The Politics of Islam in South Asia and Beyond (Paperback): Katherine Pratt Ewing, Rosemary R.... Modern Sufis and the State - The Politics of Islam in South Asia and Beyond (Paperback)
Katherine Pratt Ewing, Rosemary R. Corbett
R780 R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Save R77 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sufism is typically thought of as the mystical side of Islam. In recent years, it has been held up as a supposedly peaceful alternative to the spread of forms of Islam associated with violence, an embodiment of democratic ideals of tolerance and pluralism. Are Sufis in fact as otherworldy and apolitical as this stereotype suggests? Modern Sufis and the State brings together a range of scholars, including anthropologists, historians, and religious-studies specialists, to challenge common assumptions that are made about Sufism today. Focusing on India and Pakistan within a broader global context, this book provides locally grounded accounts of how Sufis in South Asia have engaged in politics from the colonial period to the present. Contributors foreground the effects and unintended consequences of efforts to link Sufism with the spread of democracy and consider what roles scholars and governments have played in the making of twenty-first-century Sufism. They critique the belief that Salafism and Sufism are antithetical, offering nuanced analyses of the diversity, multivalence, and local embeddedness of Sufi political engagements and self-representations in Pakistan and India. Essays question the portrayal of Sufi shrines as sites of toleration, peace, and harmony, exploring cases of tension and conflict. A wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection, Modern Sufis and the State is a timely call to think critically about the role of public discourse in shaping perceptions of Sufism.

Catafalque (Hardcover): Peter Kingsley Catafalque (Hardcover)
Peter Kingsley
R1,859 Discovery Miles 18 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume 3 - A Verse-by-Verse Commentary: Chapters 13-18 To Love Is to Know Me (Paperback,... The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume 3 - A Verse-by-Verse Commentary: Chapters 13-18 To Love Is to Know Me (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Eknath Easwaran
R515 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R92 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A comprehensive manual for living a spiritual life, based on a verse-by-verse commentary on India's timeless scripture - from the author of its best-selling translation. (The ebook The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living 9781586381455 includes all three volumes in this series.) The Bhagavad Gita is set on the battlefield of an apocalyptic war between good and evil. Faced with a dire moral dilemma, the warrior prince Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. Easwaran points out that Arjuna's crisis is acutely modern. The Gita's battlefield is the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage. Arjuna represents each of us, and Sri Krishna is the Lord, instructing us in eighteen chapters of lofty wisdom as we face the social, environmental, and global challenges that threaten our world today. Easwaran is a spiritual teacher and author of deep insight and warmth. His verse-by-verse commentary interprets the Gita's teachings for modern readers, explaining the Sanskrit concepts and philosophy and applying them with practicality, wisdom, and humor to every aspect of our work, our relationships, and our lives. With everyday anecdotes, stories, and examples, he shows that the changes we long to see in the world start with the transformation of our own consciousness. The practical exercises recommended by Easwaran to achieve transformation are part of a spiritual program he developed for his own life. They are accessible to people from all backgrounds and cultures. Urging us to adopt a higher image of the human being, he assures us that peace and unity are within reach. Each volume of this series covers six chapters of the Gita. Each may be read on its own, but all three volumes together form an in-depth, verse-by-verse explanation of this ancient scripture and its relevance today. Each volume includes instructions in Easwaran's eight-point program of passage meditation. Volume 1: The first six chapters of the Gita explore the concept of the innermost Self and source of wisdom in each of us. Easwaran explains how we can begin to transform ourselves, even as householders engaged in busy lives. Volume 2: The chapters in this volume go beyond the individual Self and investigate the Supreme Reality that underlies all creation. Here, Easwaran delves into the unity of life, and builds a bridge across the seeming divide between scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom. Volume 3: The final six chapters put forth an urgent appeal for us to begin to see that all of us are one - to make the connection between the Self within and the Reality underlying all creation. Global in scope, the emphasis is on what we can do to make a difference to heal our environment and establish peace in the world. Easwaran's commentary is for all students of the Gita, whatever their background, and for anyone who is trying to find a path to wisdom, love, and kindness in themselves and our troubled world. Written as an authoritative, accessible guide to a much-loved scripture, it is a handbook for finding peace and clarity within. This second edition incorporates revisions made across all three volumes following the author's final instructions.

The Book of LIES (Hardcover): Aleister Crowley The Book of LIES (Hardcover)
Aleister Crowley
R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Revival from Below - The Deoband Movement and Global Islam (Paperback): Brannon D Ingram Revival from Below - The Deoband Movement and Global Islam (Paperback)
Brannon D Ingram
R649 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R132 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Deoband movement-a revivalist movement within Sunni Islam that quickly spread from colonial India to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and even the United Kingdom and South Africa-has been poorly understood and sometimes feared. Despite being one of the most influential Muslim revivalist movements of the last two centuries, Deoband's connections to the Taliban have dominated the attention it has received from scholars and policy-makers alike. Revival from Below offers an important corrective, reorienting our understanding of Deoband around its global reach, which has profoundly shaped the movement's history. In particular, the author tracks the origins of Deoband's controversial critique of Sufism, how this critique travelled through Deobandi networks to South Africa, as well as the movement's efforts to keep traditionally educated Islamic scholars (`ulama) at the center of Muslim public life. The result is a nuanced account of this global religious network that argues we cannot fully understand Deoband without understanding the complex modalities through which it spread beyond South Asia.

Tryptamine Palace - 5-Meo-Dmt and the Sonoran Desert Toad (Paperback): James Oroc Tryptamine Palace - 5-Meo-Dmt and the Sonoran Desert Toad (Paperback)
James Oroc
R505 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R178 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A journey from Burning Man to the Akashic Field that suggest how 5-MeO-DMT triggers the human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field
- Examines "Bufo alvarius" toad venom, which contains the potent natural psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT, and explores its entheogenic use
- Proposes a new connection between the findings of modern physics and the knowledge held by shamans and religious sages for millennia
The venom from "Bufo alvarius," an unusual toad found in the Sonoran desert, contains 5-MeO-DMT, a potent natural chemical similar in effect to the more common entheogen DMT. The venom can be dried into a powder, which some researchers speculate was used ceremonially by Amerindian shamans. When smoked it prompts an instantaneous break with the physical world that causes out-of-body experiences completely removed from the conventional dimensions of reality.
In "Tryptamine Palace, " James Oroc shares his personal experiences with 5-MeODMT, which led to a complete transformation of his understanding of himself and of the very fabric of reality. Driven to comprehend the transformational properties of this substance, Oroc combined extensive studies of physics and philosophy with the epiphanies he gained from his time at Burning Man. He discovered that ingesting tryptamines unlocked a fundamental human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field of modern physics, known to the ancients as the Akashic Field. In the quantum world of nonlocal interactions, the line between the physical and the mental dissolves. 5-MeO-DMT, Oroc argues, can act as a means to awaken the remarkable capacities of the human soul as well as restore experiential mystical spirituality to Western civilization.

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