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Guy Stroumsa - Hidden Wisdom, Esoteric Traditions and the Roots of Christian Mysticism

This book investigates the problem of esoteric traditions in early Christianity, their origin and their transformation in Patristic hermeneutics, in the West as well as in the East. It argues that these traditions eventually formed the basis of nascent Christian mysticism in Late Antiquity. These esoteric traditions do not reflect the influence of Greek Mystery religions, as has often been claimed, but rather seem to stem from the Jewish background of Christianity. They were adopted by various Gnostic teachings, a fact which helps explaining their eventual disappearance from Patristic literature. The ten chapters study each a different aspect of the problem, including the questions of Gnostic and Manichaean esotericism.

CONTENTS

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Abbreviations
Introduction
I. Myth as Enigma: Cultural Hermeneutics in Late Antiquity
II. Paradosis: Esoteric Traditions in Early Christianity
III. Gnostic Secret Myths
IV. Esotericism in Mani’s Thought and Background
V. The Body of Truth and its Measures: New Testament Canonization in Context
VI. Moses’ Riddles: Esoteric Trends in Patristic Hermeneutics
VII. Clement, Origen and Jewish Esoteric Traditions
VIII. Milk and Meat: Augustine and the End of Ancient Esotericism
IX. From Esotericism to Mysticism in Early Christianity
X. Mystical Descents
XI. A Nameless God: Judaeo-Christian and Gnostic
‘Theologies of the Name’
Sources
Indices
General Index
Names
Literature

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Library of New Testament Studies - Cosmology and New Testament Theology

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For first-century people, cosmology was a fundamental part of their worldview. Whether it was the philosopher contemplating the perfection of the heavenly orbits, the farmer searching the sky for signs of when to plant his crops, or the desert-dwelling sectarian looking for the end of the world, the cosmos held an endless fascination and occupied a prominent place in their understanding of life.

For most ancient peoples, cosmology and theology were inseparable. Thus, when the Jewish and Christian Scriptural traditions begin with the bold claim, "In the beginning God created the heavens and earth," these words make statements which are at once cosmogonic, cosmological, and theological.

Scholarship has begun only recently to investigate more fully the various cosmological and cosmogonic traditions that were current in the time of the Old and New Testaments. Much of this work, however, has focused on how OT conceptions of the world compared to other Ancient Near Eastern traditions. Much less has been done on the cosmological traditions which stand behind the views of the NT writers. Even fewer works have sought to connect cosmological views with NT theology. In light of the great importance that cosmology had in ancient peoples' worldviews and theological understanding, a thorough investigation of this neglected topic is in order.

Cosmology and New Testament Theology systematically examines the NT documents to show how cosmological language and concepts inform, interact with, and contribute to the specific theological emphases of the various NT books. In some NT books, the importance of cosmology can be easily discerned, while in others what is required is a new and close examination of key cosmological terms (e.g., heaven, earth, world, creation) with an eye to the themes and theology of the book.

224 pages, 9.08 MB, PDF. Scan.

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Fr. Michael Adams - Rosaries of Divine Union, Rosaries for the Contemplative Dimension of Prayer

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Rosaries of Divine Union, Third Edition
About These Rosaries
General Instructions
The Joyous Mysteries
The Glorious Mysteries
The Divine Heart of God
The Mysteries of the Holy Spirit
Divine Healing
The Holy Names of God
A Litany of Mary
The Rosary of The Living Parables
The Kingdom of God is Like…More Parables for Contemplation
The Rosary of Beginnings
The Union of Saint Symeon
The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon
A Rosary Litany of the Divine Mother Mary as Mother of Mothers
A Rosary of Saint Michael and the Archangels
The Method of Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer and the Transformation of Divine Love
Centering Prayer New Testament Scriptural and Theological Inspirations
The Active Prayer

129 pages, 1.99 MB, PDF.

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Torstein Tollefsen - The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662), was a major Byzantine thinker, a theologian and philosopher. He developed a philosophical theology in which the doctrine of God, creation, the cosmic order, and salvation is integrated in a unified conception of reality. Christ, the divine Logos, is the centre of the principles (the logoi ) according to which the cosmos is created, and in accordance with which it shall convert to its divine source.

Torstein Tollefsen treats Maximus' thought from a philosophical point of view, and discusses similar thought patterns in pagan Neoplatonism. The study focuses on Maximus' doctrine of creation, in which he denies the possibility of eternal coexistence of uncreated divinity and created and limited being. Tollefsen shows that by the logoi God institutes an ordered cosmos in which separate entities of different species are ontologically interrelated, with man as the centre of the created world. The book also investigates Maximus' teaching of God's activities or energies, and shows how participation in these energies is conceived according to the divine principles of the logoi. An extensive discussion of the complex topic of participation is provided.

Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. The Divine Ideas and the Creation of the Cosmos
3. The Logos, the logoi, and Created Beings
4. The Divine Activity
5. The Concept of Participation
Concluding Remarks
Bibliography
Index

250 pages, 2.76 MB, PDF.

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Melchisedec Toronen - Union and Distinction in the Thought of St. Maximus the Confessor

Union and Distinction in the Thought of St Maximus the Confessor presents the writings of a key figure in Byzantine theology in the light of the themes of unity and diversity. The principle of simultaneous union and distinction forms the core of Maximus' thought, pervading every area of his theology. It can be summarized as: Things united remain distinct and without confusion in an inseparable union. As Melchisedec Toronen shows, this master theme also resonates in contemporary theological and philosophical discussions.

Contents:

Introduction

Part I. Logic

1. Tools
2. Imagery

Part II. Trinity

3. The Principles
4. Monad and Triad
5. Knowing the Trinity
6. Nature, Difference, and Number
7. Activities and Wills
8. Union
9. The Creation Song
10. ‘Spiritual Hierarchy’
11. Transparent Words

Part V. Spiritual Life and Human ‘Architecture’

12. The Twofold Commandment of Love
13. Confusion and Fragmentation
14. Distinction and Unification

Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

212 pages, 1.11 MB, PDF.

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Sara Rappe - Reading Neoplatonism, Non-Discursive Thinking in the Texts of Plotinus, Proclus, and Damascius

Neoplatonism is a term used to designate the form of Platonic philosophy that developed in the Roman Empire from the third to the fifth century A.D. and that based itself on the corpus of Plato's dialogues. Sara Rappe's challenging and innovative study is the first book to analyze Neoplatonic texts themselves using contemporary philosophy of language. It covers the whole tradition of Neoplatonic writing from Plotinus through Proclus to Damascius. In providing the broadest available survey of Neoplatonic writing the book will appeal to classical philosophers, classicists, as well as students of religious studies.

Contents

Preface: Discursive Strategies and Neoplatonic Texts page
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

1 Introduction. Representing a Tradition: Exegesis, Symbol, and Self-reflection

PART I: LANGUAGE IN THE ENNEADS

2 Plotinus' Critique of Discursive Thinking
3 Non-discursive Thinking in the Enneads
4 Introspection in the Dialectic of the Enneads
5 The Symbolism of the Enneads

PART II: TEXT AND TRADITION IN NEOPLATONISM

6 History of an Enigma: Mathematical Symbolism in the Neoplatonic Tradition
7 Transmigrations of a Myth: Orphic Texts and Platonic Contexts
8 Language and Theurgy in Proclus' Platonic Theology
9 Damascius' Ineffable Discourse
10 Conclusion: Reading Neoplatonism
References
General Index
Index Locorum

289 pages, 6.25 MB, PDF. Scan.

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Everett Ferguson - Inheriting Wisdom, Readings For Today From Ancient Christian Writers

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." So many contemporary issues require nuanced consideration and a sensitive response--yet human nature and spiritual need remain remarkably constant. Practical, moral, and spiritual struggles are not peculiar to modern life. Early Christian writers looked at all things through the lens of God and Christ, and Inheriting Wisdom allows us to see through their eyes and gain a sharper perspective on the concerns of the twenty-first century. Introduced, arranged, and translated by Everett Ferguson, these pragmatic quotes allow the ancient authors to speak for themselves. Organized around practical themes, the words of Tertullian, Jerome, John Chrysostom, Basil of Caesarea, Clement of Alexandria, and others offer rich fare for study or devotional reading--and provide refreshing guidance through today's real-world concerns.

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Pilgrim Simon - The Meaning of Personal Revelation, Understanding Mystical Experience, Visions and Dreams

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Contents

1.1 Mystics and the inner meaning of Scripture
1.2 Surface and depth
1.3 Orthodox hermeneutics
1.4 Light in an earthenware lamp
1.5 Analogies – explaining the unexplainable
1.6 Outward forms and inner meanings
1.7 An example: Understanding Abraham and Moses
1.8 Inward and outward are one
1.9 Trends in hermeneutics
1.10 Different styles of writing
1.11 Understanding different types of writing
1.12 Parables
1.13 Allegories
1.14 Symbols
1.15 Types
1.16 Some personal examples
1.17 Degrees of knowledge
1.18 Spiritual discrimination
1.19 Mystical awareness and rational awareness
1.20 Revelation and interpretation
1.21 Revelation and unveiling
1.22 The source of spiritual metaphor and analogy
1.23 Inherent or embedded meaning
1.24 Relative meaning and the Absolute
1.25 The limits of orthodox hermeneutics
1.26 Direction and impetus – the Spiritual Journey
1.27 Techniques of self-interpretation of personal imagery
1.28 Conclusions
1.29 Iconoclasm and Theomorphism
1.30 Relative forms, paradigms and world religions
1.31 Sacred literature

38 pages, 371 KB, PDF.

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Harry T. Hunt - Lives in Spirit, Precursors and Dilemmas of a Secular Western Mysticism

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Lives in Spirit explores the dynamic conflicts that both energized and distorted the spiritual development of key precursor figures of a contemporary secular or "this-worldly" mysticism. With its historical roots in the early Gnostics and Plotinus, this characteristically Western spirituality re-emerges with the secularization and loss of traditional religious belief of modernity. The lives, works, and direct experiences of Nietzsche, Emerson, Thoreau, Jung, Heidegger, Gurdjieff, Crowley, and contemporary feminist mysticism are considered in terms of transpersonal psychology (Almaas), the sociology of mysticism (Weber and Troeltsch), and contemporary psychoanalysis (Winnicott, Bion, Kohut). Spiritual or essential experience is seen as an inherent form of human intelligence, which while potentially and even increasingly impacted by personal dynamics and social crisis, is not reducible to them.

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I: Psychological and Cultural Bases of
Inner-Worldly Mysticism in Modern Western Society

Chapter 1. Phenomenology and Psychodynamics of Transpersonal Experience

Descriptive Phenomenologies
Personal Development, Psychodynamics, and Metapathology

Chapter 2. A.H. Almaas and the Synthesis of Spiritual

Development and Psychoanalytic Object-Relations Theory
Almaas, Transpersonal Psychology, and Psychodynamic Perspectives
Multiple Forms of Essence: A Cartography of the Numinous
Issues and Controversies

Chapter 3. The Sociology of Inner-Worldly Mysticism in Max Weber and Ernst Troeltsch

Max Weber on Radical Salvation Movements
Inner-Worldly Mysticism as the “Secret Religion of the Educated Classes
Dilemmas and Societal Implications of Contemporary Inner-Worldly Mysticism

Part II: The Historical Roots of Inner-Worldly Mysticism:

Prototypes of Crisis and Resolution in Plotinus, Epictetus, and Gnosticism

Chapter 4. Plotinus and Hellenistic Inner-Worldly Mysticism

Epictetus and Personal Presence
Plotinus and the Formless Dimensions
Cognition and Contemplation: The Plotinian Psychology of Silberer and Jung, and the Origins of Transpersonal Psychology
Object-Relational Patterns in Plotinian Contemplation: Mirroring and Splitting
Plotinus on the Metapathologies of the Gnostics

Chapter 5. Gnosticism: Mystical Dualism and the Metaphysics of Hate

The Elements and Social Background of Gnosticism
Some Specific Gnosticisms: Metapathologies and Implied Dynamics
Egyptian Hermeticism
Barbelites, Cainites, Ophites, and Sethians: Mystical Satirists of the Old Testament
Valentinus and Ptolemy: Heterodox Christian Gnostics and the Redemption of Sophia
Manichaeanism: A Radical Prophetical Dualism
“Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself ”: The Problem of Splitting in Mystical Gnosticism
Freud’s Gnostic Metapsychology of the Newborn

Part III: Transpersonal Anticipations and Conflicts in Nineteenth-Century Precursors to a Naturalistic Inner-Worldly Mysticism

Chapter 6. Nietzsche

Aspects of Essence in Nietzsche’s Thought and Experience Dilemmas of Inner-Worldly Mysticism
Jung and Heidegger
Socrates and Heidegger
Heidegger and Weber

Part V: Roots of a Contemporary This-Worldly Spirituality

Chapter 10. George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff: A Near Eastern Inner-Worldly Mysticism in the Modern West

Gurdjieff’s Life and Teachings
Gurdjieff’s Anticipations of Object-Relations Theory
Object-Relational Dilemmas in Gurdjieff’s Life and System
The Schizoid Position
The Paranoid Position
The Depressive Position: Making Reparation and the Capacity for Concern
Gurdjieff and Almaas
A Final Note on Gurdjieff in Nazi-Occupied Paris

Chapter 11. Aleister Crowley, Sexual Magick, and Drugs: Some Ambiguities of Sex, Will, and Power in Inner-Worldly Mysticism

Crowley’s System of Mystical Will
The Practices: Astral Travel and the Invention of the Speedball
Crowley and Spiritual Realization
False Will
False Love
False Power and the Role of Hatred
The Horrific Childhood of Aleister Crowley
Contrawise: The Avoidance of Essential Power and Will in Jerry Garcia
Crowley and the Dilemmas of Contemporary Spirituality

Chapter 12. Feminist Spirituality: The Return of Sophia

Psychology, Gender, and Transpersonal Experience
Socio-Cultural Bases of a Feminist Shamanism
The Feminist Roots of Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and Theosophy
Contemporary Feminist Spiritualities
The Autobiography of Jean Houston
Limitations of a Feminist Inner-Worldly Mysticism

Part VI: Transpersonal Psychology, New Age Spirituality, and the Human Sciences

Chapter 13. Concluding Reflections

Reconciling Transpersonal Approaches and the Human Sciences
Contemporary Societal Implications
Inner-Worldly Mysticism and Deep Ecology: The Weberian Dilemma Revisited
Consciousness Evolution vs Cultural Globalization
A Closing Word from Kierkegaard
Notes
References
Index

370 pages, 1.20 MB, PDF.

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Andrew Hardy - Christian Mysticism Throughout Church History

A] Establish a biblical base for this definition and practice.
B] Explore the history of Christian Mysticism, significant individuals considered Christian mystics, and the approaches they used. Document your research appropriately.
C] Relate what you learn to your experience of direct spiritual encounter with God through the Holy Spirit and what the Bible teaches.

In this paper Christian Mysticism will be explored within three contexts. Firstly, a definition will be sought within the context of a biblical base for a definition, and then for its practice or application to the Christian life. Secondly, there will be an exploration of the history of Christian Mysticism since its inception within Western and Eastern Church history. It is impossible to do justice to all the individuals who have taken this journey; hence a categorisation of significant schools of thought will be attempted within the context of an applied theology of practice; with key proponents being explored within their context. Thirdly, arising from this exploration I will seek to demonstrate how this relates to my experience of direct spiritual encounter with God by the agency of the “Spirit of Jesus”.

61 pages, 667 KB, PDF.

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Guy Stroumsa - Another Seed, Studies in Gnostic Mythology

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Abbreviations and Methods of Citation
Introduction: Gnostic Mythology and the Sethian Myth

PART ONE: FROM ORIGIN OF EVIL TO ORIGIN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Chapter 1: Unde Malum: From Apocalyptic Literature to Gnostic Myth

Apocryphal Literature
Rabbinic Texts
Philo and the Church Fathers
Gnostic Reinterpretation

Chapter II: The Archons as Seducers

The Daughters of Men
The Seduction of Eve
Eve and the Archons in Nag Hammadi Texts
Eve and the Serpent
Birth of Cain and of Seth
Norea
Barbelo
The Seduction of the Archons
Giants and Abortions

PART II:.THE GNOSTIC RACE

Chapter III: Seth and the Child

Seth
The Child

Chapter IV: Gnostic Salvation History

The Apocalypse of Adam
The Hymn of the Child
Cataclysms, Steles and Advents of the Savior

Chapter V: Sacred Geography

Seiris
The Promised Land

Chapter VI: Sons of God or Sons of Seth?

PART III: ECHOES AND REPERCUSSIONS

Chapter VII: Gnostic Elements in Hermetic Traditions

Chapter VIII: Gnostic Myths in Manichaean Garb

The Figure of Seth
The Seduction of the Archons
The Abortions
The Giants and the Book of Giants
Conclusion: The Gnostic Sexual Myth
Bibliography

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Robin Amis - A Different Christianity, Early Christian Esotericism and Modern Thought

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This book presents the esoteric original core of Christianity with its concern for illuminating and healing the inner life of the individual. It is a bridge to the often difficult doctrines of the early church fathers, explaining the spiritual psychology of the fathers that underlies the current renewal of spirituality in the Greek church. This renewal, like this book, is closely linked to the understandings of the modern monks and abbots on Mount Athos. A Different Christianity is useful to the practitioner, as well as to the scholar, providing new insights into the problems of studying and following the spiritual path outside of a monastery.

410 pages, 11.8 MB, PDF.

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Andrea Diem - The Gnostic Mystery

Abstract

Comparative studies often reveal similarities between greatly different cultures, even if those cultures are geographically separated by thousands of miles or historically distinct by thousands of years. This has been especially true in religion, where similar ideas have been propounded by tribes or clans who have on the surface no contact-historically or geographically--with one another. For the phenomenologist this kind of transcultural link or synchronicity is important because it raises the question of how religious ideas emerge and develop over time. Are religious ideas part of an innate, biological, developmental sequence which manifest over the course of human evolution? Or are religious ideas simply the product of historical transfusion, played over the course in time where one tribe touches another tribe thereby transforming concepts in a very material and socially determinable way?

Although this thesis does not answer those profound questions, it does provide a remarkable example of religious synchronicity, where two diverse spiritual traditions Gnostic and Sant--posit very similar ideas about salvation and the nature of God. In this thesis I demonstrate how Gnostic and Sant Mat ideas concerning ontology, cosmology, and soteriology are remarkably close, despite the fact that the Gnostic tradition arose in the Middle East in the first and second century C.E. and that Sant Mat emerged in North India in the 14th and 15th century. My main sources are the Nag Hammadi Library for the Gnostic tradition and the writings of Tulsi Sahib and Shiv Dayal Singh for the Sant tradition.

121 pages, 403 KB, PDF.

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Geoffrey K. Mondello - The Metaphysics of Mysticism, A Commentary on the Mystical Philosophy of St. John of the Cross

Contents:

Home
Preface to the Philosophy of St. John of the Cross
Foreword to the Philosophy of St. John of the Cross
An Introduction to the Philosophy of St. John of the Cross
The Mystical Tradition and St. John of the Cross
The Presuppositions of the Philosophy of St. John of the Cross
The Role of the Will in the Philosophy of St. John of the Cross
The Role of Understanding in the Philosophy of St. John of the Cross
The Role of Memory in the Philosophy of St. John of the Cross
The Metaphysics of the Dark Night of the Soul
The Metaphysics of the Night of the Spirit
The Problem of Induction as Pseudo-Problematic
Prolepsis: Objections to the Mystical Experience
Being, Becoming, and Eternity
A Biography of St. John of the Cross
Epilogue to the Metaphysics of Mysticism

271 pages, 1.04 MB, PDF.

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Mary E. Wilson - Gothic Cathedral As Theology and Literature

Keywords

Number symbolism, Sacred geometry, Light metaphysics, Divine illumination, Universal salvation

Abstract

There is a tendency in modern times for life to be divided into strictly separated categories-our music is divided into bins at the record store according to sometimes arbitrary genre distinctions, courses offered by one university department often cannot be counted towards a degree in another department, and students from middle school through college are outraged when they learn that "spelling counts" in a history paper. These distinctions, which are second nature to us even in childhood, were not as numerous or as strict in the medieval European understanding of life. Even when there were systems of division, such as the classification of scholarly subjects according to the Trivium and Quadrivium, the classifications were seen as interconnected and were meant to be studied together. I don't believe we can hope to truly understand any aspect of medieval culture if we examine these aspects in isolation according to our own categories.

My hope is to come to a greater understanding of some part of medieval culture by examining in combination two aspects of this culture that are not normally combined in modern study-sacred architecture and sacred literature. I will explore correlations in the use of sacred geometry, number symbolism, light metaphysics, and optics in Gothic cathedral architecture and sacred literature of the same period. I will also explore the evolution of cathedral architecture from the Romanesque model to the Gothic model in terms of correlations with an evolving approach to popular theology as reflected in the literature of the period.

More specifically, I will look at the use of sacred geometry and number symbolism as a central element of sacred architecture regardless of style and period and the increasing importance of light metaphysics and optics in Gothic architecture as a reflection of a changing approach to popular theology culminating in such thirteenth and fourteenth century writings as those of Robert Grosseteste, Chaucer, and Dante, particularly his Divine Comedy, which present to a popular audience a complex theology which would previously have been reserved for a clerical audience.

Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Number Symbolism and Sacred Geometry

Number Symbolism
Sacred Geometry

Chapter 3: Light Metaphysics and Optics

Chapter 4: Gothic Cathedral Architecture

France
England
Spain
Holy Roman Empire
Italy

Chapter 5: Literature

Robert Grosseteste
The Revelation of the Monk of Eynsham
The York and Towneley Cycle Plays
William Langland
The Pearl-Poet
Chaucer
Dante

Chapter 6: Conclusion

Works Cited
About the Author

205 pages, 6.91 MB, PDF.

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Corinne Ware - Saint Benedict on the Freeway, A Rule of Life for the 21st Century

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How can we heal the rift between our daily lives and the sacred? How can we live a life capable of hearing "the still small voice" of God while experiencing the speed and sensory overload of modern life? This book is Ware's answer to these questions. She acknowledges that others have addressed the questions. On the one hand there are books which have significant depth but speak in academic or "in-group" language and provide little help adapting these insights to everyday life. On the other hand, there are practical "how-to" exercises which assist in very particular spiritual experiences but which do not offer integrated, sustainable, life-changing patterns. St. Benedict on the Freeway fills this gap. It "translates into twenty-first century life spiritually formative practices worked out in the past, creatively adapting those disciplines to contemporary daily life."

This adaptation is the heart of Ware's book. She attempts first to draw attention to our own awareness of God. She discusses how a "Rule" functioned for Benedict's time, and how it can function for us as a liberating reminder of God instead of as another repressive and burdensome taskmaster. Ware also asks how the hours of prayer--vigils, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, compline--can increase our spiritual awareness even if our 'community' does not stop for prayer at designated times during the day. Also, Ware explores prayer in dimensions beyond the spoken word.

The author targets what she terms "something more"-people: those who want to grow spiritually but do not know how to do so. Typically these people go on retreats and hear inspirational speakers, but their everyday lives lack the luster of those occasional times. They go from one spiritual oasis to another, wishing for something that will sustain them in between. St. Benedict on the Freeway responds to this yearning as both a book for personal reading and a resource for small groups in the church.

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St. John Climacus - The Ladder of Divine Ascent

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The Ladder of Divine Ascent was the most widely used handbook of the ascetic life in the ancient Greek Church. Popular among both lay and monastics, it was translated into Latin, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Old Slavonic, and many modern languages. It was written while the author (who received his surname from this book) was abbot of the monastery of Catherine on Mount Sinai. As reflected in the title, the ascetical life is portrayed as a ladder which each aspirant must ascend, each step being a virtue to be acquired, or a vice to be surrendered. Its thirty steps reflect the hidden life of Christ himself. This work had a fundamental influence in the particularly the Hesychastic, Jesus Prayer, or Prayer of the Heart movement. Pierre Pourrat in his History of Christian Spirituality calls John Climacus the "most important ascetical theologian of the East, at this epoch, who enjoyed a great reputation and exercised and important influence on future centuries."

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Rabbi Yitzchak Luria - Apples From The Orchard (Mystical Teachings of the Arizal)

The central figure of the Kabbalah as it is studied today is Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (1534-1572), known universally as the Holy Ari (“Lion”), the acronym formed by the initials of his title, “the G-dly Rabbi Yitzchak” (Ha-Eloki Rabbeinu Yitzchak), or as the Arizal “the G-dly Rabbi Yitzchak of blessed memory” (Ha-Eloki Rabbeinu Yitzchak, zichrono livrachah).

The Arizal’s teachings cover many topics, including mystical cosmology, eschatology, reincarnation, the anatomy of the soul and the mystical significance of the commandments. This book is a collection of the Arizal’s teachings on the Torah, in which he expounds on the mystical dimension of the stories and laws in the Torah.

The Arizal never wrote a commentary on the Torah per se; in fact, he hardly wrote anything. His teachings were recorded by his disciples, principally Rabbi Chaim Vital (1543-1620). The teachings in the present anthology are culled from several of Rabbi Vital’s works, chiefly Sha’ar HaPesukim, Sefer HaLikutim, and Likutei Torah.

Among the most fascinating of the Arizal's teachings are his expositions on the Torah itself. Using the classic methods of rabbinic interpretation (with a marked emphasis on gematria), the Arizal unfolds before us a hidden dimension of the stories and laws of the Torah, showing how they reflect the inner dynamics of reality and how our knowledge and observance of the Torah is crucial to the proper functioning of creation.

In this book, the reader is offered a selection of these teachings. They are presented with interpolated explanations that clarify the original text's terse prose and a commentary that shows how these sometimes obscure teachings can be applied to everyday life.

The translations and commentary I present here were originally produced on a weekly basis and circulated via the Internet. It was thought worthwhile at this point to present them in book form, even though there still remains a sizeable amount of the Arizal’s material on the Torah to be translated. Please G-d, when this additional material is ready, we will reissue this book and include a short biography of the Arizal as well as a description of how his teachings were recorded and edited in the generations immediately following his passing.

The translation of the text of the Arizal’s teachings is accompanied by explanatory notes and charts to assist the reader in understanding the text.

Moshe Wisnefsky, translator

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Lawrence Brian Fine - Techniques of Jewish Mystical Meditation for Achieving Prophecy and the Holy Spirit in Teachings of Isaac Luria and Hayyim Vital

Contents:

Chapter I - Maggidic revelations in teachings of Isaac Luria
Chapter II - The practice of yihudim, part one
Chapter III - The practice of yihudim, part two
Chapter IV - Reading in the Mishnah - a technique of meditation thought by Hayyim Vital
Selected bibliography
Appendix

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Michael Laitman - Gems of Wisdom, Words of the Great Kabbalists from All Generations

This is a collection of quotes and excerpts from generations of great Kabbalists, including Rav Yehuda Ashlag, author of the Sulam [Ladder] commentary of The Book of Zohar. This compilation reveals the spiritual concepts of Kabbalah in every realm of human life, using poignant and thought-provoking passages with accurate references from authentic Kabbalistic sources as well as the greatest Kabbalists of all time. A student or a spiritual searcher can use this book as compass in their quest to find true spirituality. The quotes from Gems of Wisdom: words of the great Kabbalists from all generations will become an indispensable source book the reader will constantly revisit and utilize. It is a priceless gift to any person who is a kabbalah student or wishes to explore this age old wisdom.

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Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira - Experiencing the Divine, a Practical Jewish Guide

In the early 1920's, R. Kalman Kalonymus Shapira wrote a small book entitled Bnai Mashshavah Tovah, Experiencing the Divine. (R. Kalman Kalonymus Shapira is also known as the Piaseszner rebbe and, after his collection of sermons written in the Warsaw ghetto, the Aish Kodesh.)

In this book, he presents a theory and a practice of attaining meditative closeness to God, using the emotions as a vehicle to deveikut, or God-consciousness.

Equally, he describes in detail the rules governing what might be called a spiritual therapy group that he advises spiritual seekers to organize in order to intensify their practice.

This little book, discovered in the wreckage of post-Holocaust Warsaw (where R. Shapira was murdered by the Nazis in 1942), has become recognized as a jewel of Jewish spiritual literature.

Contents:

I. The Goal of This Group

The Composition of the Group
One: Beyond The Honors of This World
Two: To Extinguish the Fire
Three: To Keep a Secret
Four: Who May Join This Society

II. Techniques and Theory

One: Overcoming Our Forgetfulness
Two: Working Upon the Mind
Three: The Need to Strengthen Mindfulness
Four: Exercising Mindfulness
Five: The Importance of Thought and Imagination
Six: Pure Mindfulness
Seven: From Image to No-image
Eight: Thought and Feeling
Nine: Feeling in Prayer
Ten: See God in Everything
Eleven: Strengthening Holy Feeling
Twelve: The Spiritual Nature of Reality
Thirteen: Becoming a Person Who Sees God
Fourteen: Bringing Ourselves to Perceive Godliness
Fifteen: Truth and Sincerity
Sixteen: Overcoming Idleness
Seventeen: Beyond the Intellect of This World
Eighteen: Music–Revelation of the Soul
Nineteen: Proper Self-Evaluation
Twenty: A Child of the King

III. Guidance and Principles

One: Read This Book with Feeling
Two: Practice the Techniques
Three: Prayer–The Sparks of Your Soul
Four: Focus and Passion in Prayer
Five: Attaining Good Traits
Six: Overcoming Pointless Thoughts
Seven: Yearn to Come Back to God
Eight: Improve Your Character
Nine: Torah Learning
Ten: Personal Commitment
Eleven: Inspiring Literature
Twelve: Use Your Time Well
Thirteen: Plan Your Day
Fourteen: Utilize the Sabbath Well
Addendum: The Love and Fear of God

IV. Rules of the Group

One: The Statement of Commitment
Two: You are an Elevated Person
Three: How Often to Meet
Four: Torah Learning
Five: Insights and Inspiration
Six: Drinking L’chaim!
Seven: Song and Dance
Eight: The Camp of God’s Presence
Nine: One-on-One Camaraderie
Ten: Keep a Low Profile
Eleven: On the Job
Twelve: Respect Group Members
Thirteen: Group Members from Out of Town
Conclusion: You Will Succeed

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Moshe Chaim Ephraim of Sudilkov - Degel Machaneh Ephraim, Banner of the Camp of Ephraim

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim of Sudilkov was born in Medzhybizh, Poland 1748 and died there on the 17th of Iyar in 1800. He was best known as the Baal Shem Tov's grandson and for the work Degel Machaneh Ephraim.

His famous treatise, the Degel Machaneh Ephraim (Banner of the Camp of Ephraim), was published by his son, Rabbi Yacov Yechiel, in Koretz in 1810, and is one of the classic works of Hasidism. It has since been reprinted many times. The work not only contains his discourses on the weekly portion of the Torah, but also records his mystical “visions” from 1780-1786. He quotes the discourses he heard from his illustrious grandfather and from Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk. According to Rokhel, the book was so cherished by the Hasidic community that Ephraim was also known by its abbreviated title, “Hadegel”.

Contains kabbalistic and gematric analysis of Torah portions.

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Elliot R. Wolfson - The Hermeneutics of Visionary Experience and Interpretation in the Zohar

This paper analyses the processes of revelation and interpretation as they function in the classic work of medeival Jewish mysticism, the Zohar. The author points out that visionary experience ofthe divine is not only central to Zoharic theosophy, but that the act of textual study itself must be understood in the light of this phenomenon insofar as the text is nothing but the configuration of divine light. The author demonstrates that the phenomenological structure of these two modes is identical according to the Zohar. Hence, the kabbalist who interprets scripture attains the level of Moses who received the Torah at Sinai.

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Moshe Idel - Ta'anug, Erotic Delights from Kabbalah to Hasidism

Describing feelings is a notoriously difficult thing to do. The problem is enhanced when those who do so use a language that is not their vernacular, and even more so when that language is part of sacred scriptures, which are understood as paradigmatic and as informing or teaching some sublime forms of experience that took place in the glorious past. Caught between the artificiality of the language and the authority of the sacred texts, the dimension of personal experience is often attenuated and sometimes even obliterated. Clichés, models, paragons, rituals, and ideals canonized in the ancient past are powerful obstacles to representing present experiences. These observations certainly apply to Jewish mystical literatures, written in their vast majority during the Middle Ages, and later, in Hebrew and Aramaic, under the strong impact of biblical and other Jewish canonical values and writings. Jewish thinkers and mystics used ancient terminology not only to express their own experiences during the Middle Ages, but also to develop complex systems of thought which emerged from the appropriation of signifi cant parts of Greek and Hellenistic philosophy, which were grafted on the canonical Jewish writings. As part of this process, among many other things they developed a variety of views regarding delight.

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Moshe Idel - Transmission in Thirteenth-Century Kabbalah

The study of the transmission of elements of culture, and their role in intellectual, religious, and other cultural change, may be carried out from various angles. Two in particular provide a salutary contrast to students of culture. On the one hand, there is translatio stadii, the translation of the subject from one cultural sphere to another, one school of thought to another. In the case of religious change, elements are transferred from one religion to another and cause change so great as to generate the recognition that another religion has been produced or, in cases of lesser change, generate syncretistic phenomena. In any case, transmission is viewed abstractly, in a gross way; systems impinge on one another, interact and become transmuted.

My primary concern is to examine the importance of one type of transmission, that is, oral transmission, during the first generation of Spanish kabbalists. Kabbalah, the major form of medieval Jewish mysticism, emerged in the thirteenth century and produced a large variety of voluminous documents that can be studied in some detail.

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Sanford Drob - Towards a Kabbalistic Psychology, C.G. Jung and the Jewish Foundations of Alchemy

Contents:

Jung’s Understanding of the Impact of Kabbalah on Alchemy
Kabbalah as the Spiritual Foundation of Alchemy
The Jewish Alchemists: Abraham Eleazar and Esh M’saref (The Refiner’s Fire)
Alchemical References in Kabbalistic Texts
Kabbalah and the Coniunctio Symbolism
Jewish Mysticism and Jungian Psychology
Notes

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Rabbi Moshe Cordovero - Tomer Devorah, The Palm Tree of Deborah

Moses ben Jacob Cordovero, one of the most profound and systematic exponents of the teachings of the Zohar and a leading figure in the circle of mystics for which sixteenth-century Safed in Palestine was renowned, was born in 1522 and died at the age of 48, in 1570. The little book Tomer Devorah is an ethical treatise devoted to the doctrine of the Imitation of God. The book was first published in Venice in 1588.

o Chapter 01 The 13 Attributes of Mercy
o Chapter 02 Attaining the Qualities of Kether
o Chapter 03 Attaining the Qualities of Chokmah
o Chapter 04 Attaining the Qualities of Binah
o Chapter 05 Attaining the Qualities of Chesed
o Chapter 06 Attaining the Qualities of Gevurah
o Chapter 07 Attaining the Qualities of Tiferet
o Chapter 08 Attaining the Qualities of Netzach, Hod and Yesod
o Chapter 09 Attaining the Qualities of Malkuth
o Chapter 10 Ascending the Tree

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Klaus Herrmann - Jewish Mysticism in the Geonic Period, The Prayer of Rav Hamnuna Sava

Contents

Introduction
The Prayer of Hamnuna Sava, the magical texts of the Cairo Genizah and mysticism in the Geonic period
Analysis of the Main Features of THS - The Preparation of the Ritual
The Incantation Prayer
Conclusions

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Michael D. Swartz - The Dead Sea Scrolls and Later Jewish Magic and Mysticism

This is a 12 page article from [Dead Sea Discoveries, Vol. 8, No. 2, Qumran and Rabbinic Judaism (2001)]. The first paragraph, in conjunction with the title, serves as a fine preview of the article's central intent(s); it reads:
"Students of the Rabbinic period who study the phenomena we call magic and mysticism have good reason to appreciate the efforts of Qumran scholars over the past five decades, as their labors have yielded pal- pable results for the history of Hekhalot and magical literatures. While historians of talmudic law may have to reason by analogy on how each community faced a similar legal problem, we can point to spe- cific genres of literature found at Qumran that provide precedents for later Jewish esoteric literature. Two examples, which will be discussed below, are the well-known Angelic Liturgy and a fragment of an Aramaic magical handbook. It will be argued here that both present interesting examples of persistence and transformation."

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Karl Erich Grozinger - The Names of God and the Celestial Powers Their Function and Meaning in the Hekhalot Literature

"Names and adjurations are the two main theurgic means found in the Hekhalot literature applied in connect ion with the descent to the Merkhavah and the invocation of angels to come down to earth and to reveal secrets," says Ithamar Gruenwald in his book on the Merkavah literature. He continues and maintains, with Gershom Scholem, that "that particular element in the Hekhalot Literature actually belonged to its very heart and this almost from its beginning."

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Christopher Rowland - Open Heaven, Study of the Apocalyptic in Judaism and Early Christianity

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The Open Heaven offers a comprehensive discussion of Jewish apocalyptic literature and themes in the Second Temple period and in early Christianity. In it there is a sustained challenge to the widespread view that apocalypticism is a form of eschatology, and, it has been widely recognised as a significant contribution to the discussion of apcocalypticism in religion since it was first published twenty years ago. By concentrating on the revelatory character of apocalyptic texts rather than their diverse contents the author suggests that it is this aspect of the literature which best enables us to understand their distinctive religion. The book offers a sustained argument for the view that apocalyptic literature is primarily about the disclosure of heavenly wisdom which offers recipients an understanding of life in the present. He also suggests that there may be some evidence to support the view that apocalypses include reports of visionary experience. The approach to apocalypticism in early Christianity stresses the importance of the visionary element as a decisive element in the history of Christan origins.

Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction

Part One What is Apocalyptic?

1. Knowledge of the Divine Mysteries through Revelation

Daniel and Revelation
Apocalyptic Material in Judaism and Christianity

2. Apocalyptic and Eschatology

Apocalyptic and Rabbinic Eschatologies
Transcendent Eschatology
The Qumran War Scroll and the Synoptic Apocalypse

3. Apocalypse and Apocalyptic

The Apocalypse
Types of Visions
Apocalyptic Imagery
Pseudepigraphy
Summary

Part Two The Content of the Heavenly Mysteries

4. What is Above: the Mysteries of God, the Angels, and Astronomy

The Heavenly World
The Development of an Exalted Angel in Apocalyptic Literature
Man and the World Above: the Community and the Glory of Heaven in the Qumran Scrolls
Astronomy

5. What is Below: Man and his World

Enoch's Journeys through the Universe
The Lot of Man

6. What Had Happened Previously: the Interest in Past

History in Apocalyptic
The History of Israel
The Creation of the World

7. What is to Come

The Last Stages of the Present Age
The Climax of History
Messianic Belief
The Son of Man

Part Three Towards an Understanding of the Origins of Apocalyptic and the Dates of the Apocalypses

8. A Survey of Recent Study on the Origins of Apocalyptic
9. An Attempt to Elucidate the Origins of Apocalyptic Visions Excursus: Visionary Experience and Pseudonymity

10. Dating the Apocalypses

Part Four The Esoteric Tradition in Early Rabbinic Judaism

11. The Meditation of Rabban Johanan Ben Zakkai and his Circle on the Chariot-Chapter
12. The Problems posed by the Esoteric Tradition in the Time of Rabbi Akiba
The Later Mystical Tradition

Part Five Apocalyptic in Early Christianity

13. Reports of Visions in Early Christian Literature to AD 200

The Gospels
The Acts of the Apostles
The Pauline Letters
Extra-Canonical Writings
The Evidence of Montanist Visions and the Passio Perpetuae

14. Revelation

Date and Setting
The Composition of the Book of Revelation
The Message of Revelation
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Subjects
Index of Authors

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Rabbi Bahya Ben Joseph Ibn Paquda - Duties of the Heart

This is a summarised version of the complete work. The work in full was divided into 10 chapters, each representing a "gate", or a specific Sufi virtue that Ibn Paquda explicated, which would lead to the Sufi prayer ideal of divine union with God. Taken over from the Sufis, these gates presaged the 10 Sephirot of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life (Otz Chaim). Ibn Paquda based his representation of these 10 levels of closeness to God on the Sufi al-Makki's (d. 996 CE) Qut al-Qulub, the first comprehensive manual of Sufism.

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Justin Jaron Lewis - Imagining Holiness, Classic Hasidic Tales in Modern Times

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Hasidic tales are often read as charming, timeless expressions of Jewish spirituality. The best-known versions of these stories, however, have been rewritten for audiences outside traditional Judaism and few works have explored Hasidic tales as they were created by Hasidic Jews. In "Imagining Holiness", Justin Lewis offers a radical reappraisal of how we think of Hasidic tales, calling into question received notions of authenticity. He focuses his study on the neglected Hasidic literature of the early twentieth century - primarily the work of Israel Berger and Abraham Hayim Michelson - and the literary and historical dynamics of its emergence, posing questions about its place in Hasidic society, the attitude of the Hasidim towards this literature, and orality in Hasidic tradition as manifested in these Hasidic books. Berger and Michelson wrote in the decade before the First World War, a time of loss and decline for Hasidism. Their books resisted modernity and positioned Hasidism as authentic Judaism but also reflected modern literary trends, expressed tensions within Hasidism itself, and depicted struggles between the soul and body. "Imagining Holiness" - a timely study, given the growing influence of Hasidism - will help readers understand the inner motivations of this religious culture at an important moment in its history.

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Alan F. Segal - Two Powers in Heaven, Early Rabbinic Reports About Christianity and Gnosticism

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In this study of the rabbinic heretics who believed in "Two Powers in Heaven," Alan Segal explores some relationships between rabbinic Judaism, Merkabah mysticism, and early Christianity. "Two Powers in Heaven" was a very early category of heresy. It was one of the basic categories by which the rabbis perceived the new phenomenon of Christianity and one of the central issues over which Judaism and Christianity separated. Segal reconstructs the development of the heresy through prudent dating of the stages of the rabbinic traditions. The basic heresy involved interpreting scripture to say that a principal angelic or hypostatic manifestation in heaven was equivalent to God. The earliest heretics believed in two complementary powers in heaven, while later heretics believed in two opposing powers in heaven. Segal stresses the importance of perceiving the relevance of rabbinic material for solving traditional problems of New Testament and gnostic scholarship, and at the same time maintains the necessity of reading those literatures for dating rabbinic material.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Transliterations

PART ONE - INTRODUCTION

I. Two Powers in Heaven: The History and Importance of the Problem

PART TWO - THE EARLY RABBINIC EVIDENCE

II. Conflicting Appearances of God
III. Aher, Metatron, Merkabah, and the Angel of YHWH
IV. A Controversy between Ishmael and Akiba
V. Midrashic Warnings against "Two Powers"
VI. Mishnaic Prohibitions against Unorthodox Prayer
VII. "Many Powers in Heaven" and Miscellaneous Reports
VIII. How Many Powers Created the World?
IX. Divine Powers and Angels
X. Summary of Rabbinic Findings

PART THREE - THE EXTRA-RABBINIC EVIDENCE AND CONCLUSIONS

XI. Philo
XII. Jewish Sectarian Texts
A. Apocalypticism and Mysticism
B. New Testament Christianity
XIII. The Church Fathers
XIV. Marcion
XV. Gnosticism
XVI. Conclusions
Bibliography
Indices
I. Rabbinic Writings
II. Extra-Rabbinic Writings
III. Scriptural References
IV. Subjects

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Eknath Easwaran - Passage Meditation

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Pioneered by spiritual master Eknath Easwaran, passage meditation consists of memorizing an inspirational spiritual passage and then sending it deep into consciousness through slow, sustained attention. It keeps meditation fresh and varied because readers can select the passages -- from one tradition or many -- that embody their chosen ideals. Many readers also enjoy the passages for their poetic and intellectual appeal. This form of meditation offers all the richness and depth of traditional wisdom, together with a practical method for bringing that wisdom into daily life. The book situates passage meditation as part of Easwaran's eight-point program that, based on traditional spiritual practices but adjusted for modern lifestyles, shows readers how to stay calm and focused at work and home. This edition includes a new preface of previously unpublished material by Easwaran and an epilogue that explains the story behind the book and invites new readers to join the author on this adventure in the "world within."

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Eknath Easwaran - Timeless Wisdom

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Timeless Wisdom is the companion volume to Eknath Easwaran’s Passage Meditation. Passage Meditation gives Easwaran’s instructions in his method of meditation; Timeless Wisdom is his accompanying collection of texts that are suitable for study and meditation. In this selection from the great spiritual traditions, Eknath Easwaran brings the world’s timeless wisdom within reach of the modern seeker. These passages include flashes of insight from the Hindu Upanishads, heartfelt prayers of the Christian saints, the passionate songs of the Sufis, and thoughtful teachings from the Jewish, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions. An authority on world mysticism, and outstanding translator of the Indian classics, Easwaran chooses texts that are positive, practical, and meaningful for readers today. This anthology is a compact version of Easwaran’s God Makes the Rivers to Flow, with a new preface and some new texts. This is a book to read and reread, each time drawing more from the well of inspiration in its pages.

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Manly P. Hall - Wisdom of the Knowing Ones; Gnosticism, the Key to Esoteric Christianity

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This work examines the relationship of Gnostic mysticism to the inner teachings of Plato, Valentinus, Basilden, Bardaisan, and others; the spiritual glory of ancient Alexandria; and the Gnostic essence of the Christian message. The early Church attacked Gnosticism vigorously and relentlessly, recognizing these mystical philosophers as being the most formidable adversaries to the temporal power of Christian theology. Illustrated with reproductions of Gnostic artifacts.

Manly P. Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society, a non-profit organization in 1934, dedicated to the dissemination of useful knowledge in the fields of philosophy, comparative religion, and psychology. In his long career, spanning more than seventy years of dynamic public activity, Mr. Hall delivered over 7,500 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles.

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A.D. Nuttall - The Alternative Trinity, Gnostic Heresy in Marlowe, Milton, and Blake

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The Trinity of orthodox Christianity is harmonious. The Trinity for Blake is, conspicuously, not a happy family: the Father and the Son do not get on. It might be thought that so cumbersome a notion is inconceivable before the rise of Romanticism but the Ophite Gnostics of the second century AD appear to have thought that God the Father was a jealous tyrant because he forbade Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge and that the serpent, who led the way to the Tree of Knowledge, was really Christ. This book explores the possibility of an underground "perennial heresy," linking the Ophites to Blake. The "alternative Trinity" is intermittently visible in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and even in Milton's Paradise Lost. Blake's notorious detection of a pro-Satan anti-poem, latent in this "theologically patriarchal" epic is less capricious, better grounded historically and philosophically, than is commonly realized.

Contents

LIST OF PLATES
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
Introduction
I BLAKE: THE SON VERSUS THE FATHER
II RAISING THE DEVIL: MARLOWE’ S DOCTOR FAUSTUS

(i) Calvinists and Hermetists
(ii) Flying Men and Gnostics

III MILTON

(i) Satan’s Shield
(ii) Milton’s Theodicy: The Argument from Freedom
(iii) The Garden as Maze
(iv) The Fortunate Fall
(v) Arianism, Monism, Materialism
(vi) The Invisible Christ
(vii) The Language of Trees: Unstable Mythologies

IV BLAKE

(i) Godly Nudists
(ii) The Matrix of Blake’s Thought
(iii) Blake and Milton
(iv) Antinomian Blake
(v) Contraries

INDEX

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Matt Goldish - The Sabbatean Prophets

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In the mid-seventeenth century, Shabbatai Zvi, a rabbi from Izmir, claimed to be the Jewish messiah, and convinced a great many Jews to believe him. The movement surrounding this messianic pretender was enormous, and Shabbatai's mission seemed to be affirmed by the numerous supporting prophecies of believers. The story of Shabbatai and his prophets has mainly been explored by specialists in Jewish mysticism. Only a few scholars have placed this large-scale movement in its social and historical context.

Matt Goldish shifts the focus of Sabbatean studies from the theology of Lurianic Kabbalah to the widespread seventeenth-century belief in latter-day prophecy. The intense expectations of the messiah in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam form the necessary backdrop for understanding the success of Sabbateanism. The seventeenth century was a time of deep intellectual and political ferment as Europe moved into the modern era. The strains of the Jewish mysticism, Christian millenarianism, scientific innovation, and political transformation all contributed to the development of the Sabbatean movement.

By placing Sabbateanism in this broad cultural context, Goldish integrates this Jewish messianic movement into the early modern world, making its story accessible to scholars and students alike.

Contents

Preface
Prologue
1 Messianic Prophecy in the Early Modern Context
2 Messianism and Prophecy in the Jewish Tradition
3 Nathan of Gaza and the Roots of Sabbatean Prophecy
4 From Mystical Vision to Prophetic Eruption
5 Opponents and Observers Respond
6 Prophecy after Shabbatai’s Apostasy
Notes
Index

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Mor Altshuler - The Messianic Secret of Hasidism

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This book describes a circle of Eastern European Kabbalists that established Hasidism, an important movement that has influenced Jewish Mysticism, Yiddish culture and Hebrew literature. It uncovers the messianic motivation, concealed in Hasidic writings after the failure of their 1740-1781 attempts to hurry redemption.

The book opens with the Besht, the legendary founder of Hasidism, and continues with the first Hasidic court, founded by one of his prominent disciples, the preacher of Zlotshov. The group's redemptive activities are revealed through their mystical rituals, their self-image as representatives of the ten Sefirot, and the status of their leader, "the Righteous One," as a vivid symbol of the divine influx.

The book is especially important for scholars and students of Judaism as well as scholars of mysticism and messianism, seeking to comprehend the transformation of an mesianic circle of devotees into a mass movement that changes the culture of an entire nation.

About the Author

Mor Altshuler, Ph.D. (1995) in Jewish Thought, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is a scholar of Jewish mysticism. She has published extensively on Hasidism and her current study on sixteenth-century Golden Age of Kabbalah is being published in academic forums, including Frankfurter Judaistische Beiträge. (2004).

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Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan - The Bahir, Illumination

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The first book in any language to reveal the methodology of the ancient Kabbalists, this is one of the oldest and most import of all ancient Kabbalistic texts. a complete Hebrew text of THE BAHIR is included.

The Bahir is one of the most important of all classical Kabbalah texts. Until the revelation of the Zohar in 13th century Spain, the Bahir was one of the most influential and widely quoted primary source of Kabbalistic teachings. It is quoted in every major book of Kabbalah, the earliest being the Ravad's commentary on Sefer Yetzirah, and it is cited numerous times by the Ramban in his commentary on the Torah. It is also quoted in the Zohar. One of the most important concepts revealed in the Bahir is that of the Ten Sefirot. Also included is a discussion of reincarnation, an interpretation of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom, the twelve diagonal boundaries, and numbers that play a highly significant role in Kabbalistic study. Part One provides a modern translation of the text. Part Two is Aryeh Kaplan's commentary.

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Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan - Sefer Yetzirah, the Book of Creation in Theory and Practice

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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.

This translation is based on Gra version of the Sefer Yetzirah and includes the author's extraordinary commentary on all its mystical aspects including kabbalistic astrology, Ezekiel's vision and the 231 gates. Also included are three alternative versions to make this volume the most complete work on the Sefer Yetzirah available in English. This translation is based on Gra version of the Sefer Yetzirah and includes the author's extraordinary commentary on all its mystical aspects including kabbalistic astrology, Ezekiel's vision and the 231 gates. Also included are three alternative versions to make this volume the most complete work on the Sefer Yetzirah available in English.

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Chauncey Giles - Perfect Prayer, How Offered, How Answered

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CONTENTS

I. Efficacious Prater
II. Nature and Use of Prayer
III. Hypocritical and Vain Prayer
IV. Conditions and Nature of Genuine Prayer
V. The Proper Object of Worship
VI. Hallowing the Lord's Name
VII. The Lord's Kingdom; What it is: How to Pray for it
VIII. Doing the Lord's Will in the Earth as in Heaven
IX. Daily Bread; What it is: How to Pray for it
X.The Forgiveness of Sin
XI. Temptation; Its Cause, Nature, and Use
XII. Deliverance from Evil; How to Pray for it, How to Obtain it
XIII.The Kingdom, Power, and Glory of the Lord; What they are; How we can ascribe them to Him
XIV. Summary View of the Lord's Prayer. The Logical Relation op the Special Petitions

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Chauncey Giles - Progress in Spiritual Knowledge

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1895. Contents: A Biographical Sketch; Progress in Spiritual Knowledge; The Doctrines of the New Church a Spiritual Science; God and Man; The Divine Method of Creating; Man a Form Receptive of Life; The Kingdom of God Within You; Human Beauty: Its Origin, Nature and the Means of Acquiring It; The Origin of Evil; Sin and Its Punishment; The Divine Mercy in Suffering and Evil; The Atonement: Who Made It, Why It was Necessary, How It was Effected; The First and Second Death; Heaven; Children in Heaven; The Ministry of Angels to Infancy; Nature a Divine Language; Parables; The End of the World; The Second Coming of the Lord; How to Get the Most Good out of Labor and this World; and Peace in the Lord.

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Chauncey Giles - Lectures on the Nature of Spirit, and of Man as a Spiritual Being

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Swedenborgian New Church doctrines.

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Chauncey Giles - The Spiritual World and Our Children There

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CONTENTS:

LECTURE I - THE NATURE OF SPIRIT AND OF THE SPIRITUAL WORLD
LECTURE II - MAN ESSENTIALLY A SPIRITUAL BEING
LECTURE III - THE DEATH OF MAN
LECTURE IV - THE RESURRECTION OF MAN
LECTURE V - MAN IN THE WORLD OF SPIRITS
LECTURE VI - THE JUDGMENT OF MAN
LECTURE VII - MAN'S PREPARATION FOR HIS FINAL HOME
LECTURE VIII - THE STATE OF MAN IN HELL
LECTURE IX - MAN IN HEAVEN
APPENDIX - THE LORD'S RESURRECTION BODY NOT MATERIAL

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Nan C. Merrill - Lumen Christi...Holy Wisdom, Journey to Awakening

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This inspiring book contains admonitions, challenges, and encouragements for the reader to move up another step on the spiritual ladder. In short, these are spiritual self-help exercises for personal improvement. The gentle hints and suggestions come in the form of meditations and brief contemplative insights, which will help the hesitant inquirer who is making the first gestures towards inner contentment.

Nan C. Merrill is the author of Psalms for Praying and Meditations and Mandalas: Simple Songs for the Spiritual Life, also published by Continuum International. She edits the monthly newsletter, Friends of Silence, has served with urban parish teams, and facilitated retreats for thirty years. She lives in Jericho, Vermont.

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William Ryan - The Beloved is My Refuge, a Guide to Consecrated Life in Prayer of the Heart

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A text of comprehensive teaching in Prayer of the Heart - The Ancient Practice of Inner Communion with God.

Contents

Introduction

Theme I- A Theology of Unitive Love and Consecrated Life

Chapter 1-Unitive Love- Liberating Our Hidden Singular Desire
Chapter 2 - The Mystical Tradition of the Prayer of the Heart
Chapter 3- Communion with God in Creation

Theme II- Consecration in Silence Through Prayer of the Heart

Chapter 4- Prayer of the Heart- Communion with God in Interior Silence
Chapter 5- Consecration in Silent Prayer of the Heart
Chapter 6- Observing the Mind- Abiding in the Heart
Chapter 7- Consecration of Mind and Emotion-Liberation from Thoughts and Compulsions

Theme III- Consecration of Daily Life

Chapter 8- Consecration of Every Moment-Ceaseless Prayer in Daily Life
Chapter 9- Consecration of Mind in Daily Life

Theme IV- Consecrated Movements of Transformation

Chapter 10- Consecration of Relationships- the Praxis of Loving
Chapter 11- Consecration of the Transfigured Self

Theme V- Consecrated Commitment to the Way of the Heart

Chapter 12- Guard of the Heart
Chapter 13- Walking Contemplation
Chapter 14- Immersion in Prayer of the Heart Practice- The Intensive Retreat
Chapter 15- Vows of Practice-Rule of Life

References
Prayer of the Heart Resources
About the Author

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John F. Nash - From the Zohar to Safed, Development of Theoretical Kabbalah

Groundwork for the theoretical Kabbalah was laid in the 13th century by the monumental Sefer ha-Zohar, or “Book of Splendor.” But its full potential was realized 300 years later when an elite group of scholars gathered at Safed in Galilee. Moses Cordovero, Isaac Luria, Chaim Vital, and others codified the Zoharic teachings and built the elaborate system of theoretical, or “theosophical,” Kabbalah we recognize today. This article reviews the origins of the Zohar and the circumstances that led to the formation of the Safed community. It then proceeds to explore the development of major aspects of the theoretical Kabbalah over the 300-year period. Emphasis is placed on the Kabbalistic doctrine of divine emanation; the story of creation, fall and redemption; and teachings on ethics, the human soul, and spiritual progress. The article also notes that, despite patriarchal attitudes toward women, the Safed scholars articulated in some detail the qualities of the Divine Feminine.

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John F. Nash - Origins of the Christian Kabbalah

This article explores the emergence of the Christian Kabbalah from its Judaic antecedents. The birth of that major feature of the western esoteric tradition was made possible by the confluence of traditions in the High Middle Ages and Renaissance when Jewish mystical texts and insights became available to Christian scholars. The Christian Kabbalah first appeared in Florence in the early 15th century and spread to Germany and the rest of Europe. It had obvious theological applications, but much interest also focused on discovering the timeless underpinnings of all world religions and on healing the breach among Christians, Jews and Muslims. The Christian Kabbalah was part of a more general investigation of occult traditions which included Hermeticism—a combination of astrology, alchemy and magic. Unfortunately, from the standpoint of the tradition’s purity, Hermeticism steered the Christian Kabbalah away from its intellectual and mystical roots toward a preoccupation with magic. Not surprisingly, ecclesiastical authorities became increasingly suspicious, although hostility was also motivated by prevailing anti-Semitism. In any event, the Christian Kabbalah—like its Judaic antecedent—never became a mass movement; it remained the pursuit of a small elite of scholars, aristocrats and churchmen.

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John F. Nash - The Shekinah, the Indwelling Glory of God

Over the course of two millennia the Shekinah rose from an impersonal expression of God’s glory in the world almost to the status of a divine hypostasis. The Shekinah possibly had biblical roots but took definite form as a feminine aspect of God in the rabbinic period and gathered strength through the Middle Ages. The 16th-century scholars of Safed invested her with much theological and devotional importance. According to legend the Shekinah was betrothed to the Holy One but was exiled or lost in the wilderness. Her exile mirrored the Babylonian exile and the diaspora, but it also was seen as the result of human failings. In response, pious Jews—and perhaps by implication humanity as a whole—must find her, prepare the royal wedding feast, and present the adorned Shekinah to the waiting bride-groom. Meanwhile, the Shekinah served as a divine (but personalized) mother/daughter, a source of inspiration, and even a reminder of moral behavior. Clearly, the Shekinah was the product of a particular religious culture, but she remains vitally relevant to modern quests to understand the Divine Feminine and the immanence of God.

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Moshe Idel - Kabbalah of the Divine Names

Contents:

I. Kabbalah as Theosophy in Modern Scholarship
II. Kabbalah and Transmission of the Divine Name: Earlier Sources
III. Early Kabbalistic Views
IV. Theosophical Understandings of the Divine Name
V. Abraham Abulafia's Kabbalah of Divine Names
VI. Two Types of Kabbalah
VII. Three Sources of Kabbalah
VIII. The "Easy" Kabbalah

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Moshe Idel - Hitbodedut, On Solitude in Jewish Mysticism

Solitude is a common component in many mystical techniques. It was intended to attain a state of separation from the ordinary life by premeditatedly avoiding the regular relationship with people and with ordinary matters which may distract the mystic from the process of concentration on his way to experience a closer relation to the divine. As such, the tendency to solitude is found among most of the classical forms of mysticism in major forms of religion, more eminently in Christianity, in Islam and in Hindu asceticism. In the earliest forms of Judaism, the status of this mystical practice is, however, much more precarious. In the Bible, major figures are portrayed as attaining important revelations or performing crucial religious deeds in moments or periods of solitude, as it is the case of the perceptions of Moses, Elijah, or the High Priest in the Holy of the Holies.

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Robert Goodis - Kafka and Kabbalah

The ideas of Kabbalah, Talmud, and Tanakh, contradictory to existentialism for their philosophically Jewish nature, are prevalent throughout the text and subtext of Kafka’s writing. While his intent remains moot, these influences prove necessary to properly interpreting and understanding The Trial and lead readers to question whether Kafka intended to promote Jewish or existentialist philosophy and with which of the two he aligned himself. This essay shall prove, through evidence in religious context, that Franz Kafka wrote his literature not existentialistically but rather, with Jewish undertones. Based on common Jewish methods of education through literature and common Jewish symbolism, diction, and themes, Kafka’s unfinished novel, The Trial, shows an intrinsically didactic Jewish nature, even though he wrote the piece long before he began studying Jewish thought. Beliefs such as the futility of theurgy--futile for its ultimately isolating and corrupt pretenses--and the requirement of action and punishment play a large role in both the Jewish scriptures and Kafka’s writings. These philosophical details, along with other such Jewish concepts, run rampant throughout The Trial in both the indirect and direct forms—as exemplified by Kabbalah, Talmud, and Tanakh. While Kafka presents such strong Jewish influence in his writing, however, he also battles subtly the very philosophy to which critics most commonly attribute his works: existentialism. Kafka’s supposed moral ambiguity rather presents itself, through the Kabbalistic lens, as a social commentary on the effects of such ethical bankruptcy as the existentialist influence suggests. This uncommon perception of conceptually Kafkan traits not only implies Kafka’s literary genius, but also leads the educated reader to realize the true philosophical intensity and sheer intellect of the man.

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Moshe Idel - Inner Peace through Inner Struggle in Abraham Abulafia's Ecstatic Kabbalah

The ecstatic kabbalist Abraham Abulafia created a detailed system according to which inner struggle is an important component of Judaism. He was especially interested in the issue of the killing of imagination and, as we will see in upcoming discussions, was concerned with Neoaristotelian noetics in which main combatants are imagination and the intellect. This agonic type of religiosity that is necessary in the beginning allows for the emergence of the next step in his mystical path, the harmonic one, in which the actualized and 'liberated' intellect is capable of cleaving to a supernal intellect capable of receiving prophecy.

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Yechiel Shalom Goldberg - The Foolishness of the Wise and the Wisdom of Fools in Spanish Kabbalah

The talmid hakham, the student whose wisdom was learned from a sage and foundexpression through his knowledge of the Written and the Oral Torah, was the ideal persona of rabbinic Judaism. The title rabbi or rav—meaning “my master” or “master”—signified the institutional status of the talmid hakham and signified his role as the authority who possessed and transmitted the wisdom that God revealed to Israel through the prophets. This wisdom was primarily identified with the Written Torah but found its fullest elaboration in the Oral Torah. Some rabbis not only preserved and transmitted traditions regarding the observance of the commandments (halakhah) and other exoteric matters but were involved in the revelation, preservation, and transmission of secret knowledge regarding areas of legal, cosmological, and theological concern, as suggested in M. Hagigah 2:1. This mishnah contains injunctions that either limit or prohibit the transmission of certain types of knowledge derived through דרישה (investigation) and that prohibit most cosmogonic, cosmological, and eschatological speculation.

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Pinchas Giller - Leadership and Charisma among Mizrahi Modern Kabbalists, In the Footsteps of Shar’abi- Contemporary Kabbalistic Prayer

The Jews of the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin have enjoyed many powerful leaders and theologians since the era of Maimonides, and the force of their leadership has taken many forms. Some have lead through argument and the force of their ideas, and some have lead through their charisma and the impenetrability of their religious personalities. The legacy of Maimonides’ teaching is evident in the rabbinical academies and in the interaction of Judaism with modernity. Yet other interpretations of Judaism characterize the Judaism of North Africa and the Middle East, and presently, none is more compelling than the mystical prayer ritual of the disciples of R. Shalom Shar’abi.

The role of the leader is also central to the mythos of Kabbalah. The classical movements of Kabbalah were circles gathered around a single charismatic figure. The hero of the Zohar, Shimon Bar Yohai, directed a circle of mystics. The members of the kabbalistic renaissance in the 16th century Galilee hill town of Zfat were similarly gathered around such charismatic figures as Yosef Karo, Moshe Cordovero and Isaac Luria. All of these figures commanded circles of students, circles in which membership was prized and exclusion dreaded. The eros of such leadership and movement also surrounds the original circles of Polish hasidism. Finally, the kabbalists who flourished in the Middle East in early modernity is similarly centered around the personality of a single kabbalist whose personality dominates the schools of Eastern Kabbalah to this day, the 18th century mystic Shalom Shar’abi.

Shar’abi’s form of meditative prayer is presently a living form of Kabbalah which is enjoying a renaissance, in spite of its exotic and obscure nature. In Jerusalem, Safed, New York and Los Angeles, Jewish mystics regularly pray in elevated states of high concentration and silence. As they complete the Jewish prayer rite, these mystics contemplate complex and abstruse linguistic formulae. These formulae, known as the kavvanot or “intentions,” are based on a complex set of associations, employing Divine Names, mystical symbols and complex vocalized mantras.

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David Chaim Smith - The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis

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The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis is the first book of its kind. It rigourously re-examines the first three chapters of Genesis from a radical non-theistic position, completely removing the concept of a creator God. Despite the 'heretical' postion, the book utilizes a traditionally precise kabbalistic vocabulary and structure. Previous that have attempted to unpack the text invariably rely on theistic dogma and mythology. Smith's book is absolutely devoid of conventional religious 'truth', and probes the ultimate mysteries using epistemological and ontological questioning from gnostic realization. The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis was previously only available to a small group of Smith's students and close colleagues, but it is now apparent that this work is enormously important and had to be made available to a wider audience.

About the Author

David Chaim Smith was born in 1964 in New York City. His education and early career was as a visual artist throughout the 1980s. In 1990 he began an immersion into the Hermetic Qabalah, which included ritual work with several occult orders. In 1997 he abandoned visual art for dedication to mystical practice, from which came a unique blend of Chassidic mysticism and traditional Kabbalah with Hermeticism. This coalesced through working with the 13th century text 'The Fountain Of Wisdom', which he mapped out diagrammatically. The resulting symbol system served as the basis for his 2007 return to visual art. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Rachel.

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Rachel Elior - Breaking the Boundaries of Time and Space in Kabbalistic Apocalypticism

The Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492 uprooted and dispersed large numbers of Jews and left traumatic impressions on the following generations of the Jewish people throughout the course of the sixteenth century. Similarly, the expulsion engendered many queries into the religious significance surrounding the tragic event. The banishment was perceived neither as a mere historical incident nor as an arbitrary political decision of the secular powers. In other words, these events could not be compensated or accounted for within the stipulations of realistic-historical circumstance. The catastrophe was interpreted in religious terms as part of an all encompassing and predetermined apocalyptic process signifying the End of Days. Therefore, the Expulsion was perceived as an initial manifestation of approaching events.

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Robert M. Haralick - The 10 Plagues And The 10 Sefirot

There are ten plagues and there are ten Sefirot. Each plague corresponds to one Sefirah. The sequence of the ten plagues corresponds to the sequence of the ten Sefirot, starting at the bottom of the tree and going to the top of the tree proceeding exactly in reversed order, as it explains to us in the Zohar.

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Shaul Magid - Hasidism On The Margin

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"Hasidism on the Margin explores one of the most provocative and radical traditions of Hasidic thought, the school of lzbica and Radzin that Rabbi Gershon Henokh founded in nineteenth-century Poland. Shaul Magid traces the intellectual history of this strand of Judaism from medieval Jewish philosophy through centuries of Kabbalistic texts to the nineteenth century and into the present. He contextualizes the Hasidism of Izbica-Radzin in the larger philosophy and history of religions and provides a model for inquiry into other forms of Hasidism."

Contents

Part 1. The Piety of Secrecy: Esotericism, Faith, and the Hasidic Construction of Origins

1. Retrieving the Origins of Kabbala: Gershon Henokh of Radzin’s “Primordial Torah of Abraham” and Its Dialectical Disclosure
2. Recircumcising the Torah: The Synthesis of the Zohar and the Guide of the Perplexed and the Hasidic Reconstruction of Esotericism
3. What Is Hasidism?: A Hasidic Search for Origins

Part 2. Hasidism and the Hermeneutical Turn: Reading Scripture against Itself

4. The Redemptive Foundation of Sin: A First Step in Recovering Determinism
5. Human Perfection and the Fulfillment of Abrahamic Religion: From Circumcision to Abraham’s Death
6. Reconciliation and Fragmentation: The Second Rupture and the Final Stage of Exile

Part 3. The Law and Its Discontents

7. In and Around the Law: Antinomianism and Mitzvot in Izbica/Radzin Hasidism

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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David Bakan - Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition

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Bakan challenges the commonly held view of Freud that he was a patently secular, rationally and scientifically-orientated intellectual, educated in modern culture and with only a modicum of formal Jewish education. He argues that Freud was influenced in his major and revolutionary life work by a mystical tradition that he seemed to know little about, and which, as a mysticism, would be antithetical to science.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Background of Freud's Development of Psychoanalysis

1: The Problem of the Origins of Psychoanalysis
2: Hypotheses Relating the Origins of Psychoanalysis to Freud's Personal Life
3: Psychoanalysis as a Problem in the History of Ideas
4: Anti-Semitism in Vienna
5: The General Question of Dissimulation
6: Did Freud Ever Dissemble?
7: Freud's Positive Identification as a Jew
8: Freud's Relationship to Fliess and His Other Jewish Associates

Part II: The Milieu of Jewish Mysticism

9 Early Kabbala
10: Modern Kabbala
11: The Zohar
12: The Chmielnicki Period
13: Jewish Self-Government
14: The Sabbatian Episode
15: The Frankist Episode
16: Chassidism

Part III: The Moses Theme in the Thought of Freud

17: The Moses of Michelangelo
18: Some Relevant Biographical Items
19: Moses and Monotheism--A Book of Double Content
20 Moses as an Egyptian
21: Moses Was Killed By the Jews
22: Freud's Messianic Identification

Part IV: The Devil as Suspended Superego

23: Introduction
24: The Transition
25: The Hypnosis and Cocaine Episodes
26: The Discovery of the Transference
27: The "Flectere . . ." of the Interpretation of Dreams
28: Freud's Paper on Demoniacal Possession
29: The Composition of The Interpretation of Dreams
30: Accretion of Meanings to the Devil Image

Part V: Psychoanalysis and Kabbala

31: The Problem of Scholarship
32: Techniques of Interpretation
33: Sexuality
Epilogue
Index

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Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum - The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.

THE ESSENTIAL RABBI NACHMAN is a rich treasury of his inspiring sayings and profound teachings on all aspects of life with a wide selection of his artlessly beautiful, witty and profoundly deep tales and parables. These are among the most priceless jewels of the Jewish heritage and have universal application to people of all backgrounds and beliefs. The selections included here have been newly translated from the original sources into the simplest possible language of today in order for Rabbi Nachman to speak to each one of us softly, clearly and directly, heart to heart.

THE ESSENTIAL RABBI NACHMAN is for those who seek one book that covers the entire span of Rabbi Nachman's ideas, teachings and tales. Those with access to the Hebrew originals will readily see that many of the intricacies of the Rebbe's dazzling hermeneutics based on multiple Biblical, Talmudic, Midrashic, Halachic and Kabalistic sources have been omitted, while in some cases lengthy passages have been briefly summarized. The purpose has been to provide a clear thread of meaning for those whose primary concern is to discover Rabbi Nachman's actual message and how to apply it.

CONTENTS

Introduction
Life of Rabbi Nachman
Sources
Rabbi Nachman’s Song of Delight
The Unique Charm of Rabbi Nachman: Rabbi Nachman on himself

TEACHINGS:

Faith
Simplicity
Joy
The Purpose of Life
Serving God
Knowing God
Hitbodedut: Meditation and Personal Prayer
The Power of Speech
Prayer
Music, Song and Dance
Memory
Will and Desire
Patience
Courage
Torah Study
Purity of Thought
Purity of Mind and Heart
Wealth and Livelihood
Self Care and Eating
Clothes
Family
Charity
Shabbat and Festivals
Friendship
Attachment to the Tzaddik
Teshuvah: Returning to God
The Land of Israel
Mashiach
Today!!!

DREAMS AND VISIONS:

Tell this to your children
The visitor

PARABLES:

The Clay-Digger
Kaptzin Pasha
The Bitter Herb
The Treasure
The Turkey-Prince
The Tainted Grain
The Chandelier
The Horse and the Pump
Mirror image
The Sad Tzaddik
The Fixer

STORIES:

Why the Tzaddik tells stories
The Lost Princess
The Humble King
The Fly and the Spider
The Rabbi’s Only Son
The Sophisticate and the Simpleton
The Exchanged Children
From The Prayer Leader:
The Prayer Leader
The Country of Wealth
The Hand
From The Seven Beggars:
The Lost Children
The Blind Beggar
The Lost Gardener
The Beggar with no Hands

Tikkun HaKlali: The General Remedy

The Ten Psalms: English Translation
English Transliteration of the Hebrew

Rabbi Nachman’s Grave

Rabbi Nachman’s Rosh Hashanah

The Breslover Chassidim

A Day in the Life of a Breslover Chassid

Seven Pillars of Faith

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Centering Prayer in Daily Life and Ministry

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Stemming from the work of Thomas Keating, "Centering Prayer in Life and Ministry" allies meditation practices with silent prayer and offers a powerful method of attending to the word of God. This collection of essays contains many key insights into the meaning and practice of centering prayer.

CONTENTS

FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION

1) The Practice of Attention/Intention

2) Lectio Divina: The Gate Way to the Spiritual Journey and Centering Prayer

3) The Christian Contemplative Tradition and Centering Prayer

4) An Episcopalian Perspective on Centering Prayer

5) Taize and Centering Prayer: An Innovative Collaboration

6) Systems Theory and Centering Prayer

7) Pastoral Care with Centering Prayer

8) Christian Community and Centering Prayer

9) Priestly Spiritual Formation with Centering Prayer

10) From Conversion to Contemplation: Reflections on a Spiritual Journey

APPENDIX - The Method of Centering Prayer

CONTRIBUTORS

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Edmund G. Gardner - Dante and the Mystics, A Study of the Mystical Aspect of the Divine Commedia

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CONTENTS

I. THE MYSTICISM OF DANTE
II. DANTE AND ST. AUGUSTINE
III. DANTE AND DIONYSIUS
IV. DANTE AND ST. BERNARD
V. DANTE AND THE VICTORINES
VI. DANTE AND THE FRANCISCAN MOVEMENT
VII. DANTE. ST. FRANCIS, AND ST. BONAVENTURA
VIII. DANTE AND THE TWO MECHTHILDS
IX. THE SCIENCE OF LOVE

APPENDIX

I. Dante and St. Peter Celestine
II. Dante, Joachim, and Siger

WORKS AND EDITIONS CITED
TABLE OF SOME PARALLEL PASSAGES IN THE WORKS
DANTE AND THE MYSTICAL WRITERS QUOTED
INDEX

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Paul Oliver - Mysticism, A Guide for the Perplexed

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This is a guide to mysticism: one of the most enduring and fascinating aspects of religious life, and one of the most difficult to unpick. Mysticism is one of the most enduring and fascinating aspects of religious life, and one of the most difficult to unpick. It has, over the centuries, inspired many of the leading figures in different faiths to seek a sense of union with God or with the spiritual forces in the universe, and is increasingly part of the spiritual mainstream. Designed for students grappling with this complicated area, this will enable readers to understand the nature of mysticism, and to examine in detail the traditional methods used by mystics in seeking an intimate understanding of the spiritual world. Including a detailed survey of mystical trends within all the main world religions, and case studies of the lives of important mystics, "Mysticism: A Guide for the Perplexed" also examines the nature of the mystical lifestyle, and examines the extent to which ordinary people can develop a sense of personal mysticism. "Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

CONTENTS

Introduction

Part I: What is Mysticism?

1. The Concept of Mysticism
2. Approaches Used by Mystics
3. Lifestyles of Mystics

Part II: The Traditions of Mysticism

4. Buddhist Mysticism
5. Sufism
6. The Nature Mysticism of Taoism and Shinto
7. Christian Mysticism
8. Kabbalah
9. Hindu Mysticism
10. Sikh and Jain Mysticism

Part III: The Purpose of Mysticism

11. The Mystical Goal
12. Mystical and Orthodox Traditions

Glossary
Bibliography
Further Reading
Index

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F.C. Happold - Mysticism, A Study and an Anthology

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
THE STUDY

1 The Nature and Scope of this Book
2 The Perennial Philosophy
3 The Astronomer's Universe
4 The Problem of Knowledge
5 The Nature of Scientific Truth
6 The Evolution of Life: An Interpretation
7 What we shall understand by the term Mysticism
8 The Mysticism of Love and Union and the Mysticism of Knowledge and Understanding
9 Nature-Mysticism, Soul-Mysticism, and God-Mysticism
10 Characteristics of Mystical States
11 The Nature of Mystical Experience
12 The Mystic Way
13 The Purgation of the Self
14 Man's Knowledge of God
15 The State of Contemplation
16 The Degrees of Prayer
17 The Mystical Element in Buddhism
18 The Higher Stages of Contemplation
19 The Contemplation of Immanence
20 The Unitive Life
21 The Lesser Mystic Way: The Mysticism of Action
22 Mysticism and Dogma: The Insights of India, Palestine, and Greece
23 Mysticism and Dogma: The Christian Revelation
24 The Coinherence of Spirit and Matter XI.
25 The Validity of Mysticism
26 Conclusion: The Mystic's Universe THE ANTHOLOGY

INTRODUCTION

1 Prologue: The Timeless Moment
2 There is Nothing that is not Spirit: The Upanishads
3 The Tao which can be Spoken is not the True Tao: Tao Te Ching
4 The Mysticism of Loving Faith and Selfless Action: The Bbagavad Gita
5 Emptiness and Compassion: Buddhist Mysticism
6 The Father of Christian Mysticism: Plato
7 Christo-Mysticism: St John and St Paul
8 The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You: The Oxyrhynchus Sayings of Jesus
9 Departure and Return: The Hymn of the Robt, of Glory
10 The One and the Many: Plotinus, the Enneads
11 The Divine Darkness: Dionysius the Areopagite: The Mystical Theology
12 Theosis: the Deification of the Creature: The Mysticism of the Eastern Orthodox Church
13 The Mysticism of the Intellect: St Augustine Tbe Confessions
14 The Mysticism of Love: St Bernard of Clairvaux
15 The Four Degrees of Passionate Love: Richard of St.Victor
16 The Sufi Path of Love
17 Intellectual Vision: Dante
18 Godhead, God, and the Soul: Meister Eckhart
19 The Active, Inward, and Superessential Lives: The Blessed John Ruysbroeck
20 Nothing Burns in Hell but Self-will: The Theologia Germanica
21 The Royal Road of the Holy Cross: Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
22 God May Well be Loved but not Thought: The Cloud of Unknowing
23 Practical Directions for the Following of the Spiritual Life: Walter Hilton, The Ladder of Perfection
24 The Homeliness of God: Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
25 The Coincidence of Opposites: Nicholas of Cusa
26 The Degrees of Prayer: St Teresa of Avila
27 The Way of Absolute Detachment: St John of the Cross
28 Nature-Mysticism and Christo-Mysticism: Thomas Traherne
29 The Divine Indwelling: William Law
30 Nature-Mysticism and Soul-Mysticism: Richard Jefferies
31 The Mysticism of the Divine Milieu: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
INDEX

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Gnosticism: A Source Book of Heretical Writings from the Early Christian Period

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This Gnostic anthology was originally prepared for a series published under the auspices of the Comittee on the History of Religion of the American Council of Learned Societies.

CONTENTS:

THE OLDEST CHRISTIAN GNOSTIC SYSTEM

SOME EARLY GNOSTIC DOCUMENTS FOUND IN COPTI

MINOR DOCUMENTS OF THE SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES

BASILIDES AND ISIDORE

VALENTINUS AND HIS SCHOOL

SELECTIONS FROM THE HERMETIC WRITINGS

PAGAN OPPOSITION TO GNOSTIC THOUGHT

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Austin Cooper - Julian of Norwich: Reflections on Selected Texts

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Julian of Norwich (c. 8 November 1342 – c. 1416) is thought of as one of the most important English mystics.

In this little book the writer seeks to lead the reader through some of the teachings of Julian of Norwich by suggesting reflections on various short extracts from her writing. This is not offered as a theological commentary on Julian's teaching or a literary analysis of her prose.

Presents 29 meditations, each on a brief extract from the long version of Julian's Revelation.

Contents

Introduction
1. God revealing
2. Wanting God
3. Waiting on God
4. Knowing God
5. Filled with grace
6. Grace shared
7. Journeying Godward
8. There is no doer but He
9. Through combat
10. Through pain
11. Learning compassion
12. The hope of glory
13. The foretaste of glory
14. Sin
15. God revealing and concealing
16. Learning compunction and contrition
17. Union with God
18. Knowing self
19. Lord and servant
20. A marvellous mix up
21. God as mother
22. God and Church
23. Through the course of time
24. Waiting patiently
25. A rough passage
26. Becoming wise, gentle, faithful
27. A real God
28. All things working together for God
29. Peace beyond understanding

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Frank Graziano - Wounds of Love, The Mystical Marriage of Saint Rose of Lima

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The Peruvian mystic St. Rose of Lima (Isabel Flores y Oliva, 1586-1617) was canonized in 1671 as the first saint of the New World and remains the object of widespread devotion today. In this engrossing new study, Frank Graziano uses the example of St. Rose to explore the meaning of female mysticism and the way in which saints are products of their cultures.

Virginity, austerity, eucharistic devotion, incessant mortification, and mystical marriage to Christ characterized the devotional regimen that structured St. Rose's entire life. Many of her mystical practices echo the symptoms of such modern psychological disorders as masochism, depression, hysteria, and anorexia nervosa. Graziano offers a sophisticated argument not only for the origins and meaning of these behaviors in Rose's case, but also for the reason her culture venerated them as signs of sanctity. In the process he explores a wide range of themes, from the idea of suffering as an expression of love to the assimilation of childhood trauma through religious repetition.

Graziano also offers a penetrating analysis of the politics of Rose's canonization. He finds that her mystical union with God--bypassing the institutional channels of sacrament and priestly mediation--was inherently subversive to the bureaucratized Church. Canonization was a cooptation by which Rose's competing claim to Christ was integrated into the Catholic canon.

The book concludes with a fascinating exploration of mystical eroticism, with its intense experiences of vision and ecstasy. The eroticized suffering of many mystics is shown to be very human in origin: the mystic's wounded love is projected onto a God conceived to accommodate it.

Wounds of Love is based on a decade of research in archives, rare books, and an extraordinary range of secondary sources. Introducing an innovative method that integrates history, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, and clinical psychology, this compelling work offers a bold new interpretation of female mysticism.

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Mateus Soares de Azevedo - Ye Shall Know the Truth, Christianity and the Perennial Philosophy

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This book aims at explaining, discussing, and developing in a new key, the spiritual, philosophical and artistic patrimony of the Christian tradition in its intellectually challenging dimension - as well as to consider its future possibilities. Behind the book lies the belief that one of the main factors responsible for the contemporary decadence, lack of vigor, and indeed the tragic crisis, of traditional religion is the indifference that is shown towards its sapiential or 'knowledge' dimension. The essays here envisage religion primarily as knowledge of a sacred character - not as 'social service' nor as a merely ethical system. The authors of the 'Perennial Philosophy' here support the vision that the intellective dimension is central to the human being; knowledge, profoundly understood, is the very heart of man.The decisive characteristic of this anthology is therefore that it deals primarily with the sapiential aspect of religion. The reader will not find in it anything that smacks of 'religious nationalism,' formalism without spirit, or expedients intended to appeal to anything less than the central intellectual faculty of man.

CONTENTS

Foreword
Introduction

I. Foundations

1. The Question of Evangelicalism
2. The Veil of the Temple: A Study of Christian Initiation
3. Mysticism

II. Spirituality

4. The Power of the Name: The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Spirituality
5. The Rosary as Spiritual Way
6. The Virgin

III. Sacred Art

7. The Royal Door
8. Shakespeare in the Light of Sacred Art
9. Theology of the Icon
10. Are the Crafts an Anachronism?

IV. Comparative Religion

11. Paths that Lead to the Same Summit
12. A Christian Approach to the Non-Christian Religions: All Truth is of the Holy Spirit
13. The Christians of Moorish Spain
14. The Bishop of Tripoli
15. The Monk and the Caliph

V. The Universality of the Christian Mystics

16. Saint Bernard
17. Characteristics of Voluntaristic Mysticism
18. Sages and Saints of our Epoch in the Light of the Perennial Philosophy

VI. The Modern Deviation

19. The Abolition of Man
20. The End of a Tradition
21. The Dragon that Swallowed St. George
22. Christendom and Conservatism

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Biographical Notes
Index

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Michael M. Morbey - Parallels to the Byzantine-Hesychast, Divine Essence-Energies Distinction

ABSTRACT:

The Byzantine-Hesychast Essence/energies distinction is paralleled by

1. The traditional Reformed distinction of God as transcendent (and incomprehensible) in His essence and immanent in His power;
2. The orthodox Jewish Kabbalistic distinction of God (en-sof, the infinite) and the Sephiroth (Law spheres) or organic Torah and divine language, in which His creative power unfolds;
3. The Reformational Cosmonomic Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd as Christian Theosophy: God’s Self-revelation in the Word and the words;
4. Early New Testament Jewish Christian Angelomorphic Christology.

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Edward Leen - Progress Through Mental Prayer

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Contents:

Introduction

PART I: THE NATURE OF PRAYER

Chapter I: The Aim Of Mental Prayer
Chapter II: Perseverance In Prayer
Chapter III: Vocal Prayer
Chapter IV: The Ordinary Process Of Mental Prayer
Chapter V: The Transforming Effect Of Mental Prayer
Chapter VI : The First Stage In The Transformation
Chapter VII: The Second Stage In The Transformation
Chapter VIII: The Third Stage In The Transformation
Chapter IX: Mount Thabor

PART II: METHOD IN MENTAL PRAYER CONSIDERED IN ITS FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

Chapter X: The Vision Of Faith Purified By Mental Prayer
Chapter XI: The Preliminary Acts In Mental Prayer

# 1. Method in Mental Prayer
# 2. Remote Preparation for Mental Prayer
# 3. Immediate Preparation for Mental Prayer
# 4. Entry into mental prayer

Chapter XII: The Body Of Mental Prayer

# 1. The Exercise of Prayer for Beginners
# 2. The Exercise of Prayer for Those More Advanced
# 3. Application and Example

Chapter XIII: Progress In Mental Prayer: Its Effect On Method

PART III: ELEMENTS THAT MAKE FOR PROGRESS IN MENTAL PRAYER

Chapter XIV: Dispositions Requisite For Mental Prayer

# 1. Purity of Conscience
# 2. Purity of Heart
# 3. Purity of Mind
# 4. Purity of Will
# 5. Strong Devotion.
# 6. Knowledge of Self
# 7. The Christian Motive

Chapter XV: Spiritual Reading

# 1. A Preparation for Meditation
# 2. What we are to Read
# 3. How We are to Read
# 4. How to Profit by the Lives of the Saints

Chapter XVI: Mortification: A Condition Of Life

# 1. Disorder is in our soul from Adam's sin: mortification aims at restoring order
# 2. The right use of Pleasure: contentment of the mortified man
# 3. The Practice of Mortification

Chapter XVII: Silence: A Means To Recollection

# 1. The Decline in Spiritual Life
# 2. Silence one of the Church's Traditional Antidotes to Spiritual Decline
# 3. The Power of the Tongue for Good or Evil
# 4. How to Control the Tongue
# 5. Silence Indispensable for Recollection

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Father Sergei Sveshnikov - Mental Imagery in Eastern Orthodox Private Devotion

The work is an analytical comparison of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox attitudes toward mental imagery. In this presentation, I wish to focus specifically on the Orthodox tradition of prayer.

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Fr. Julio Penacoba - Listening to God in Prayer, the Habit of Daily Mental Prayer

This booklet is all about learning how to listen to God in prayer. When two persons meet and communicate, they both speak and listen to each other. Likewise, prayer is supposed to be a two-way communication with God where we speak and listen to God. It is easy to speak to God in prayer but not everybody is familiar with how to listen to Him. And yet, coming to think of it, listening to God is more important than speaking to Him. There is plenty of material about prayer. Much of it --beginning with the fourth section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church-- is very good and deep. I still decided to offer this booklet as a help to get people started with the habit of daily mental prayer or meditation. It has a practical approach. I simply attempted to put into writing the experience of countless ordinary people who have learned to do mental prayer guided by the secular spirituality of Saint Josemaria Escriva. The good news is that it works. There are literally hundreds of thousands of ordinary and busy people who practice daily mental prayer as a dialogue with God. They spend daily some time (somewhere between 15 minutes to one hour) talking and listening to God about their daily concerns (theirs and God's). During that time, they get things from God that influence the way they live, work and relate with others.

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Sam Anthony Morello - Lectio Divina and the Practice of Teresian Prayer

To approach the subject of Teresian prayer (that is, prayer after the pattern of St. Teresa of Avila) we need a broad perspective. This is necessary, although perhaps surprising, because there is no distinctively Teresian way to pray. There is not even a uniquely Carmelite way to pray. Carmel’s spirituality is rooted in the greater tradition of lectio divina (literally, divine reading), a particular way of reading and praying over the Scriptures. This is why we read at the very heart of the Carmelite Rule of St. Albert: Each one of you is to stay in his own cell or nearby, pondering the Law of the Lord [i.e., sacred Scripture] day and night and keeping watch at his prayers unless attending to some other duty (Rule, no. 8). Pondering sacred Scripture was the way the early monks, the desert fathers and mothers, and in fact the people of the bible, prayed. And the monks developed a traditional method for doing that, the ingredients of which we find rehearsed in John of the Cross when he writes: Seek in reading and you will find in meditation; knock in prayer and it will be opened to you in contemplation (Sayings, #158). [1] We will see how those four elements of lectio perfectly serve Teresian prayer, or better said, how the Teresian approach to prayer serves lectio. But let us first examine some underlying Teresian notions and principles, looking at Teresa's methods and her preferred prayer orientation, as well as her understanding of the goals of prayer. All of these might be called Teresian attitudes, wonderfully helpful attitudes that enrich the monastic tradition of prayer and can broaden contemporary approaches to prayer.

Contents:

Introduction

Teresian Notions

Mental Prayer
Vocal Prayer
Meditation

Teresian Characteristics and Attitudes

Attention
Affection
Christ and the Virtues
The Contemplative Dimension

Teresian Methods

Vocal Prayer
Reading
Images
Reflection, Intuition, and Self-Knowledge
Affective Prayer and Resolutions
Recollection

Lectio Divina, Framework of Teresian Prayer

The Elements of Lectio
Reading
Meditation
Prayer
Contemplation

Injecting the Teresian Spirit into Lectio Divina

Teresian Lectio: Reading the Word with Teresa
Teresian Meditatio: Meditating with Teresa
Teresian Oratio: Prayerful Expression with Teresa
Teresian Contemplatio: Contemplating with Teresa

Conclusion
Questions for Study and Discussion

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Bernadette Roberts - What Is Self, A Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of Consciousness

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This extraordinary philosophical treatise on the nature of self and God follows on the author's now-classic book, The Experience of No-Self. The book includes fascinating chronicles of her own spirtual journey.

Contents

Foreword by Jeff Shore
Foreword by Ric Williams
Introduction

PART I: What Is Self?

Definition of Terms
Consciousness and the Senses
The Function of Consciousness
The Knowing-Self
The Feeling-Self
Unity of Consciousness
Summary of the System of Consciousness
The Ego
No-Ego Experience
Beyond Transformation: The Pathless Path
The Critical Turning Point
Beyond the Turning Point: Unmasking the True Self
Ecstasy: The Vehicle of Crossing Over
No-Self Experience
Distinguishing Between No-Ego and No-Self
Conclusion
One Way to View the Passage
Appendix I: The Divine Experienced by Consciousness
Appendix II: True Nature of Death and Resurrection
Appendix III: Compendium of the Self Experience
The Knowing-Self
The Feeling-Self
Unity of Consciousness
Consciousness and Senses: Two Separate Systems
Ego-Self
True Self
Phenomenal Self
No-Self
Beyond No-Self

PART II: Three Views of Consciousness

Introduction
Three Views of Consciousness or Self
Three Views of Ego
Different Views of the Unconscious
The Archetypes
Conclusion
Appendix I: Essence of the Divine
Appendix II: Personal Discovery of Buddhism
Part II Bibliography

PART III: The Christian Passage

Chapter One: An Overview

Introduction
Christ’s Revelation
Two Different Types of Oneness
Limitations of the Historical Christ
Experience of Oneness and Beyond
The Eucharistic Christ
The Unitive Mystery of Christ
The Fine Line between Two Dimensions
The Divine beyond the Unitive View
Experience vs Reality
Knowing Without a Knower
Did Christ Know He Was God?
The Ultimate Mystery of Christ
The Eternal Body of Christ

Chapter Two: Steps in My Christian Passage

Introduction
God as Immanent
God as Immanent and Transcendent
Transformation Process or Dark Night of the Spirit
The Marketplace
Falling Away of Union: No-Self
Resurrection
Ascension
Incarnation
In the End

Appendix I: How Is Christ Different from Ourselves or One of a Kind among Men?

Introduction
Two Sides of the Incarnation
Experience and Manifestation: The Difference
Summary
Postscript

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William A. Meninger - The Committed Life, an Adaptation of The Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

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A masterful updating of a classic work. St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), bishop of Geneva and founder of the Visitation Order of nuns, was renowned for his teachings on spirituality. His masterpiece in the field of spiritual literature was "The Introduction to the Devout Life. Revolutionary in its day and noted for its charm, warmth, and clarity of language, it set forth a spirituality oriented toward life in the world, an approach quite different from that of St. Francis de Sales's contemporaries, who saw spiritual perfection as possible only in religious life. While the message of "The Introduction to Devout Life" is still valid today, the fact is that its expression is quite dated. In this book, as in "Bringing 'The Imitation of Christ' Into the 21st Cemtury, Father Meninger is not offering a new translation or paraphrase of a spiritual classic. Rather, he is attempting to express the teachings of the original in a wholly contemporary idiom. Father Meninger has not hesitated to change, omit, or add to the original where necessary, the better to highlight the heart and charisma of St. Francis de Sales's teachings.

Contents

Introduction

PART ONE - On Being a Christian

1. True Commitment
2. The Value of Commitment
3. Commitment Is for Everybody
4. Spiritual Friendship
5. On Spiritual Aerobics
6. Strength in Our Commitment to Christ
7. Attachment to Past Sins
8. Getting Ready
9. First Meditation: The Totality of Our Dependence on God
10. Second Meditation: Why Am I Here?
11. Third Meditation: The Gifts of God
12. Fourth Meditation: Unlovingness
13. Fifth Meditation: Death
14. Sixth Meditation: Judgment
15. Seventh Meditation: Hell
16. Eighth Meditation: Heaven
17. Ninth Meditation: Choice of Heaven
18. Tenth Meditation: Making a Commitment to God
19. General Confession
20. A Resolution toward Christian Commitment
21. God's Response
22. On Being Free to Love God
23. Freedom from Stupidities
24. The Struggle against the False-self System

PART TWO - Prayer and the Sacraments

1. Our Need for Prayer
2. The Presence of God
3. Ask God for Help
4. The Next Step: Use of the Imagination
5. The Meditation
6. Decisions Resulting from Meditation
7. How to Conclude Your Mediation
8. Some Helpful Advice
9. Spiritual Dryness
10. Daily Prayer in the Morning
11. Evening Prayer
12. Daily Recollection
13. Simple Ways to Be Recollected
14. Weekday Eucharist
15. Devotions: Public and Private
16. The Communion of Saints
17. The Holy Scripture
18. Personal Graces
19. The Sacrament of Reconciliation
20. Holy Communion

PART THREE - Living Out Your Commitment

1. The Variety of Virtues and the Call to Commitment
2. Further Advice on the Virtues
3. Patient Endurance
4. Humility about Possessions
5. Real Humility
6. Humiliations
7. Your Reputation
8. Gentleness
9. Patience with Ourselves
10. On Overdoing It
11. On Obedience
12. On Chastity
13. Personal Chastity
14. Spiritual Poverty
15. We Can Be Poor While Rich
16. We Can Be Rich While Poor
17. Friendship and Its Counterfeits
18. Dalliances
19. Real Friendship
20. Friendship with the Opposite Sex
21. Dealing with False Friendships
22. Some Final Advice on Friendship
23. Mortification
24. Society and Solitude
25. Clothing
26. Speaking of God
27. Conversations
28. On Judging Others
29. On Harming Another's Good Name
30. On Simplicity of Speech
31. On Recreation
32. Questionable Recreations
33. Dangerous Recreations
34. Lawful Amusements
35. Daily Faithfulness
36. On Being Reasonable
37. Desires
38. To Spouses
39. The Sanctity of Marital Union
40. Advice to Widows and Widowers
41. Advice to Single People

PART FOUR - Dealing with Temptations

1. Concerning a False Wisdom
2. On Courage in Commitment
3. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil
4. A Further Teaching on Temptation
5. Self-willed Temptations
6. Severe Temptations
7. Smaller Temptations
8. Further Advice Regarding Smaller Temptations
9. Be Strong
10. Anxiety
11. On Depression or Sadness
12. On Consolations 135
13. Spiritual Dryness 137
14. An Exhortation to Persevere

PART FIVE - How to Renew and Preserve Your Commitment to Christ

1. The Need for Renewal
2. The Value of Your Commitment
3. An Examination of Conscience
4. Toward God
5. Your Neighbors
6. Yourself
7. A Look at Your General Attitude
8. More on General Disposition
9. Considerations
10. The First Consideration: Your Own Nobility
11. The Second Consideration: The Beauty of a Good Life
12. The Third Consideration: Good Example
13. The Fourth Consideration: Gods Love for Us
14. Consider Gods Eternal Love for You
15. General Conclusions: A Prayer
16. Remember
17. Dealing with Discouragements
18. Conclusion

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Evelyn Underhill - Essentials of Mysticism and Other Essays

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These nine essays deal with various aspects of the general subject of mysticism. Some discuss its general theory and practice and others deal with its application as seen in the lives and works of the mystics, from the pagan Plotinus to the Christian contemplatives of our own day.

Contents: essentials of mysticism; the mystic and the corporate life; mysticism and the doctrine of atonement; the mystic as creative artist; education of the spirit; place of will, intellect, and feeling in prayer; mysticism of Plotinus; three medieval mystics; mysticism in modern France.

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Woodrow Kroll - Proverbs, The Pursuit of God's Wisdom

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We all make choices. Why not learn to choose wisely?

You’re constantly making decisions. Some are important, some are not. But the guidance you rely on to make those choices is vital.

Woodrow Kroll’s Bible study, Proverbs: The Pursuit of God’s Wisdom, points to God as the ultimate source of wisdom and guidance plus gives practical ways to apply God’s standards to every area of life. Each of the thirteen lessons includes a Scripture passage, devotional, thought-provoking questions, and a challenge to go deeper. Great for personal, family, and small-group study!

98 pages, 2.35 MB, PDF.

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Lost Books of the Bible For Dummies

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Lost Books of the Bible For Dummies is your one-stop guide to once-hidden works that add a new dimension to Biblical teachings. Most people have heard about the discovery of strange ancient religious writings that are not part the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament, such as the Gnostic Gospels. Now, you will find new insights and a fresh perspective on long-lost works that may have once been in the running for Biblical inclusion, but didn't make the final cut.

This easy-to-understand guide examines the sometimes weird, provocative, and profoundly moving texts that have been "lost" as well as those hotly debated works that are in some Bibles and not others. You will come away with a clearer understanding of the Judeo-Christian religion and the development of the Biblical canon. You’ll learn about the origins of the Bible, explore early scriptures, and understand why translations affect the meanings of texts. You’ll even learn how the Greek influenced early Biblical writing. Find out how to:

• Explain what the term “lost books” means
• Understand the definition of “canon”
• Take translation differences into consideration
• Divide early writings into style categories
• Take another look at scripture with the Dead Sea Scrolls
• See how the Greeks influenced early scripture
• Decode apocalyptic visions

Complete with a list of ten of the weirdest Jewish lost books, ten of the weirdest Christian lost books, ten sayings of Jesus NOT in the Bible, and ten “lost books that every student of the Bible should read, Lost Books of the Bible For Dummies is your one-stop guide to understanding and reading the Biblical lost books.

389 pages, 6.10 MB, PDF.

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Norman Livergood - Rediscovering Plato and the Mystical Science of Dialectic

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Writes author, Norman D. Livergood: „Plato’s philosophy preserves and contributes to human evolution major conceptions of truth, goodness, and beauty.“

„When a society such as the United States undergoes a period of imperialistic dictatorship, as it is now doing, we must reinvigorate the original principles on which the nation was founded and rediscover our heritage.“

„This book offers a synopsis of the elemental foundation-structures of the human heritage as first presented by Plato. Further, it includes keys to Plato’s mystical philosophy of Dialectic, which the discerning reader can use to develop Higher Awareness.”

256 pages, 2.55 MB, PDF.

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Stephen A. Hoeller - Gnostic Catechism

CONTENTS

Preface
Prayers and Creeds
Lesson I. Of God And The Universe
Lesson II. Of The Spiritual Worlds and the Demiurge
Lesson III. Of the Human Being
Lesson IV. Of Gnosis and Salvation
Lesson V. Of the Lord Christ
Lesson VI. Of Our Lady Sophia
Lesson VII. Of the Holy Spirit and Grace
Lesson VIII. Of the Church and the Communion of Saints
Lesson IX. Of the Sacraments or Mysteries
Lesson X. Of the Sacraments, Considered Singly: Part I
Lesson XI. Of the Sacraments, Considered Singly: Part II
Appendix A. Prayer
Appendix B. The Gnostic in the World
Bibliography

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Questions About Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is one of the most wide-spread and laudable attempts today to introduce people to the life of prayer and dispose them for contemplative prayer. But it is precisely because Centering Prayer is doing such important work that we would like to address these open questions to the world-wide Centering Prayer community in a spirit of gentle inquiry with the hope that any dialogue that results will only strengthen this movement.

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Alexander T. Pocceto - The Image of Jacob’s Ladder in the Writings of St. Francis de Sales

The metaphor of a spiritual ladder or stairway is deeply embedded in our human consciousness. For many cultures, religions and thinkers, this image conveys both the deep longing and striving for self-transcendence and a higher or more perfect form of human existence and blessedness. It connotes an innate desire to be part of or in communion with a higher power or person that is believed to be capable of bringing about this transformation by degrees or in a gradual manner. Thus the ancient Egyptians built one of their pyramids as an enormous stairway designed “to facilitate the ascension of the soul of the king toward his father Rê, the sun-god.” A similar idea is found in the ziggurats in the Assyrian-Babylonian culture. These were constructed with the purpose of assisting those mounting toward heaven by steps to encounter the divine being. Taoism in China described the various stages or steps required to come in contact with “the mysterious heaven.” Various Indian philosophies spoke of the different rungs on “the ladder of salvation” to achieve perfect happiness. We find the image of the ladder in Plato which, after various steps, leads to the contemplation of the Idea. Among Muslims, there is a legend that Mohammed ascended to heaven by means of a ladder, and the Islamic writer, Avincenna, wrote at length on the “mystical ascension.

The use of the imagery of the ladder is certainly not confined to ancient and pre-modern civilizations or to religious and philosophical contexts.

The object of this investigation is to examine how St.Francis de Sales (1567-1622), the Doctor of Love, utilizes the image of Jacob’s ladder to deepen and enrich our understanding of his spirituality and of our humanity.

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Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev - Mystical Prayer in Isaac of Nineveh

The theme of prayer is undoubtedly the most frequently discussed and most thoroughly developed theme in St Isaac of Nineveh, an East Syrian ascetical writer of the seventh century. When reading his works, one not only receives a clear idea about how he and other members of the Church of the East prayed in his times: one also gains a detailed picture of the theory and practice of prayer in the whole of the Eastern Christian tradition. In this paper we shall outline the most characteristic features of Isaac’s doctrine of prayer, in particular, his teachings on different outward aspects of prayer; on the prayer before the Cross; on reading; on night vigil; on the prayer for one’s neighbour, the Church and the world; and on the highest mystical stages of prayer.

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Joel S. Goldsmith - Practicing the Presence

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The celebrated guide to the awareness of the devine and transcedental in our daily lives. This modern spiritual classic is one of the three books. Goldsmith felt contained the essence of all his teachings.

Joel Goldsmith (1892-1964), one of America's great mystics, spent his life lecturing on "The Infinite Way" -- his personally developed principles of spirituality. He is the author of more than 30 books, including The Art of Spiritual Healing, Living the Infinite Way, and The Thunder of Silence.

CONTENTS

Introduction
I Spiritual Consciousness
II Demonstrate God
III God the Only Power
IV The Infinite Nature of Individual Being
V Love Thy Neighbor
VI To Him That Hath
VII Meditation
VIII The Rhythm of God
IX A Moment of Christhood
X The Vision to Behold

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Brian L. Lancaster - The Essence of Kabbalah

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The Essence of Kabbalah explains the mysticism of the Torah and the other books in the Hebrew Bible, and presents an overview of the historical trends that have shaped Kabbalah as it is known today. It examines the interpretative methods that are viewed as unlocking the secrets of the Torah - those teachings that point to the inner fabric of creation.

Contents:

Introduction: What is Kabbalah?

Chapter 1: Why Kabbalah?

To see the face of the King
The essence: Israel, Torah, Kabbalah
On knowing the Name
The mastery of self
Healing the world

Chapter 2: Jewish Mysticism: The Biblical Origins

An authentic tradition?
Theoretical Kabbalah
Meditative Kabbalah
Magical Kabbalah

Chapter 3: The Rise of Kabbalah

The path of creation
The heart of Kabbalah
The upward path
Revitalization and popularization
Kabbalah’s new age?

Chapter 4: Kabbalah and Creation

It’s behind you, stupid!
The mirror of consciousness
Brief excursus: Letters of creation 1
The recapitulation of tsimtsum

Chapter 5: The Concealed Torah

A dance of concealing and revealing
Jacob and Joseph

Chapter 6: A Mysticism of Language

The Name of God
Letters of creation 2
The fundamentals of sound

Chapter 7: Prayer and Concentrative Practice

The gate of prayer
Visualizations
Kabbalah and Halakhah

Chapter 8: Kabbalah Today

Of golems and the imitation of God
Mirroring the mind
The dimensions of all

Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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Rabbi David Aaron - Seeing God, Ten Life-Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah

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Seeing God by Rabbi David Aaron presents as its subtitle promises "Ten Life-Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah." Aaron, whose founding of the Isralight Institute in Jerusalem helped establish him as one of today's most popular spirituality gurus, writes in a crisp, clear style that offers eminently practical advice for those who wish to see God in their daily lives. The book's first chapter, "Getting Rid of God," does away with "the male, Zeus-like avenger floating about in heaven," which Aaron calls "a childish and counterproductive" concept. In place of "God," Aaron offers Hashem, a Hebrew term that means "the name," which stands for "Ultimate Reality Who embraces everything and fills everything"--a theological and lexical shift that emphasizes divine immanence in the world. Seeing God then elaborates 10 qualities of Hashem, derived from the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical text. Readers are encouraged to acknowledge and emulate these qualities, which range from Gevurah (kindness) to Malhut (communal consciousness). Each chapter concludes with "Seeing Exercises" and questions for contemplation ("Can you think of three things that you have done to bring justice into the world?"), whose purpose is to demonstrate that "Hashem is right here, right now, waiting to be seen, wanting to be known."

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Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok - The Sefirotic Ascent in the Shaharit Morning Prayer Service

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Moshe Idel - Jewish Mysticism in Spain, Some Cultural Observations

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Joseph B. Lumpkin – The Books of Enoch, A Complete Volume

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The Books of Enoch: A Complete Volume Containing - 1 Enoch (The Ethiopic Book of Enoch), 2 Enoch (The Slavonic Secrets of Enoch), 3 Enoch (The Hebrew Book of Enoch).

For the first time, the major books making up the body of Enochian literature are presented to the public in a single volume. Joseph Lumpkin is the author of the best-selling work, "The Lost Book of Enoch." His work on both 1 Enoch and 2 Enoch have met with wide acceptance and plaudits. Now Lumpkin has completed his work on The Third Book of Enoch. 3 Enoch has not been available to the general public for over eighty years, until now. His previous releases of 1 Enoch and 2 Enoch are placed along side The Hebrew Book of Enoch (3 Enoch,) which has been translated using Hebrew source materials and contains "in-text" commentary. This volume contains copious notes and commentaries in all three books, designed to guide the reader through the difficulties of language, theology, and mystical references. It is a necessary resource for those engaged in the study of religion, religious history, or mysticism.

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Klaus Herrman - Re-Written Mystical Texts,The Transmission Of The Heikhalot Literature in the Middle Ages

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Yakov Shammai Azriel - The Quest for the Lost Princess in Rabbi Nachman of Braslav's Book of Stories from Ancient Times

One of the most innovative and original Hasidic leaders and thinkers, Rabbi Nachman of Braslav (1772 – 1810), related thirteen long, complex fables during the final four years of his life. This doctoral thesis presents an analysis of the quest for the Lost Princess in Rabbi Nachman of Braslav's "Book of Stories in Ancient Times." The image of the Lost Princess and the quest to find and rescue her, which appear in four of these stories (including the first and the last ones), are central symbols in Rabbi Nachman's thought. The most important key to an analysis of this image and theme lies in understanding the symbols and concepts of the Jewish mystical tradition (the Kabbalah), as Rabbi Nachman himself suggested.

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Rachel Elior - Early Forms of Jewish Mysticism

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Michael D. Swartz - Like the Ministering Angels, Ritual and Purity in Early Jewish Mysticism and Magic

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Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto - Klalut Hailan, The Principle Elements of The Tree of Life

"The Principle Elements of The Tree [of Life]", a synopsis of the Ari's basic work of Kabbalah, "The Tree of Life", comprised of 10 pithy, Mishna-like chapters.

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James J. DeFrancisco – Tikkun, The Practical Essence of Kabbalah

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Moshe Idel - Jewish Magic from the Renaissance Period to Early Hasidism

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Carlos del Valle - Abraham Ibn Ezra's Mathematical Speculations on the Divine Name

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Christopher P. Benton - Sefer Yetzirah, the Cube of Space, and the Emergence of the Tree of Life

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Christopher P. Benton - An Introduction to the Sefer Yetzirah

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Rabbi Nachman - Be Happy

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Rabbi Nachman and Rabbi Nosson - Kuntress, There is Still Hope

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Yitzak Ahron - Kabbalah of the Mother Letters

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Meditative Instructions of R. Nahman of Breslov

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From the Well of Kindness - Teachings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

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Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi - The Siddur Tehillat Hashem, Kabbalistic Prayerbook

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Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok - The Usage of Holy Names

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Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok - The Order of Spiritual Evolution

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Kabbalah4All - Weekday Shacharit Prayerbook

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Yehuda Liebes - Studies in Jewish Myth and Jewish Messianism

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Michael E. Brandt - An Analysis of the Priestly Blessing Using Gematria

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Jerome Gellman - Hasidic Mysticism as an Activism

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Jason B. Parnell - The Theurgic Turn in Christian Thought

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Meditating Day and Night on the Law of the Lord - Lectio Divina

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Fr. Luke Dysinger - Accepting the Embrace Of God, the Ancient Art of Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina & Carmel’s Attentiveness to the Bible

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Frithjof Schuon - The Fullness of God

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A.J. Welburn - Reconstructing the Ophite Diagram

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Fr. Dylan James - Mental Prayer or Daily Meditation

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Go Deeper with God Guide

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Andrei A. Orlov - Praxis of the Voice, Divine Name Traditions in the Apocalypse of Abraham

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Andrei A. Orlov - Celestial Choirmaster, The Liturgical Role of Enoch-Metatron in 2 Enoch and the Merkabah Tradition

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Andrei A. Orlov - What is Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism

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Andrei A. Orlov - Vested with Adam's Glory, Moses as the Luminous Counterpart of Adam in the DSS and in the Macarian Homilies

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Jonathan Goldman - Learning to Intone the Divine Name

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Peter Shafer - The Hidden and Manifest God, Some Major Themes in Early Jewish Mysticism

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Contents

Preface

l. Introduction

2. Hekhalot Rabbati

God
God as King upon His Throne
The Appearance of God
Angels
The Bearers of the Throne
The hayyot ha-qodesh
The Heavenly Praise
Individual Angels
Man
The yored merkavah
Israel
The Adjuration

3. Hekhalot Zutarti

God
The Power of the Divine Name
Can one see God?
Shlur Qomah
God as King
Angels
The hayyot ha-qodesh
The hayyot and the Throne
Guardians and Examiners; Individual Angels
Man
The Ascent of Moses and 'Aqiva
The Danger of the Divine Name
The Book of Merkavah Mysticism
Ascent and Adjuration

4. Ma'aseh Merkavah

God and His Name
Angels
The Heavenly Praise
Gatekeepers
Angels of Revelation
Man
The Prayer as Means to the Ascent
The Protagonists of the Heavenly Journey
The Prayer as Means of the Adjuration

5. Merkavah Rabbah

God
God and His Name
Shiur Qomah
Angels
The Heavenly Praise
Sandalphon and Merarron
Angels of Revelation
Man
The Mystery of the Divine Name
Who Uses the Mystery?
The Magical Use of the Name
Mastering the Torah
The Adjuration
The Ascent of Aqiva

6. 3 Enoch

God
Contents
The Shekhinah on the Throne
Transcendence of God?
The Appearance of God
The Names of God
Angels
The Angelic Hierarchy
The Heavenly Praise
Merarron
Man
The Heavenly Journey of the yored merkavah
Eschatology and Anthropology

7. Results

Man bern,een God and the Angels
God
Angels
Man
The Hidden and Manifest God
Transcendence and Immanence
Ecstatic Heavenly Journey and Magicai-Theurgic
Adjuration
Esoteric and Exoteric
Conclusion

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Rabbi Edward L. Nydle – The Legend of Lilith

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Author’s Introduction
Chapter 1: Religion: Eyes Wide Shut
Chapter 2: Lost in Translation
Chapter 3: Origins of Evil
Chapter 4: All in the Family
Chapter 5: The Nature of Evil
Chapter 6: Break on Through to the other side
Chapter 7: The Gates of Eden
Chapter 8: Adam before the fall
Chapter 9: Please allow me to introduce myself
Chapter 10: The Harlot, Bride, and Queen
Chapter 11: Adam Raised a Cain
Chapter 12: After the Flood
Chapter 13: Just Like a Woman
Chapter 14: Don’t Lose Your Head
Chapter 15: Weapons of Mass Deception
Chapter 16: Encounters of the Third Kind
Chapter 17: Lilith and Jung
Chapter 18: Symbolic Meanings
Appendix
Supplemental Reading

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Hamutal Bar-Yosef - Mysticism in Twentieth-Century Hebrew Literature

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Challenging the notion that Jewish mysticism ceased to exist in the Hassidic enclaves of early nineteenth century Europe, Hamutal Bar-Yosef delves into the mystical elements of 20th century Israeli literature. Exploring themes such as unity, death, and sex, Bar-Yosef traces the influence and the trends towards secular mysticism found in Russian, Yiddish, and early Hebrew writers, and examines the impact of Zionism in creating a modern, living mystical literature. An exciting new text for anyone studying modern Hebrew literature.

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Rabbi Edward L. Nydle - Inner Exodus, Your Path to Freedom

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Power of Pesach
Chapter 2: Bread from Heaven
Chapter 3: Possibilities of Possibilities
Chapter 4: Got Leaven?
Chapter 5: Leaven of the Pharisees
Chapter 6: The Four Cups
Chapter 7: Preparing for Passover
Chapter 8: Drawing the Spirit from Ritual Objects
Chapter 9: The Omer: Rebuilding the Light
Chapter 10: The Secret of Lag B’Omer
Chapter 11: Shavuot: Connecting to the Tree
Chapter 12: Shavuot: A United Yisrael

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Moshe Tzvi HaLevi Berger – Museum of Psalms, Visual Meditation

Moshe Tzvi HaLevi Berger, born in Transylvania in 1924, is a living embodiment of the strength of the human spirit. A Holocaust survivor, he went on to study art at both the Belle Arte in Rome and the Beaux Arts in Paris. His art has been showcased in over 100 one-man exhibitions across three continents. Mr. Berger has the distinction of being the first artist to exhibit his paintings at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

In addition to being a master with the painter’s brush, Moshe Tzvi has been a serious student of Kabbalah for many years, probing the words of the ancient Kabbalists for enlightenment and inspiration. From 1988-2003, Moshe Tzvi first combined his artistic talents and Kabbalistic erudition in painting “The Psalms”, giving “visual voice” to each of the 150 Psalms – a series that granted the world visual access to the greatest work of spiritual poetry known to man.

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M.Alan Kazlev - Lurianic Kabbalah, Sri Aurobindo, and the New Physics

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Rabbi Edward L. Nydle - Ten Utterances (Aseret HaDibrot)

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Elliot R. Wolfson - Jewish Mysticism, a Philosophical Overview

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Johannes B. Schmidt - System Theory and Mystical Kabbalah

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Leo Schaya - The Great Name of God

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Elliot R. Wolfson - Venturing Beyond, Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism

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Are mysticism and morality compatible or at odds with one another? If mystical experience embraces a form of non-dual consciousness, then in such a state of mind, the regulative dichotomy so basic to ethical discretion would seemingly be transcended and the very foundation for ethical decisions undermined. Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism is an investigation of the relationship of the mystical and moral as it is expressed in the particular tradition of Jewish mysticism known as the Kabbalah. The particular themes discussed include the denigration of the non-Jew as the ontic other in kabbalistic anthropology and the eschatological crossing of that boundary anticipated in the instituition of religious conversion; the overcoming of the distinction between good and evil in the mystical experience of the underlying unity of all things; divine suffering and the ideal of spiritual poverty as the foundation for transmoral ethics and hypernomian lawfulness.

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Nurbhai and Newton - George Eliot, Judaism And The Novels, Jewish Myth and Mysticism

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This is the first study to argue that Jewish Mysticism influenced not only her Jewish novel, Daniel Deronda, but all of George Eliot's novels. The reader is left with a very different George Eliot from that assumed by most previous criticism. Though previous studies have attempted to qualify the still-dominant view that Eliot is firmly a part of the realistic tradition, this study goes further by demonstrating that a cohesive mythic structure with its basis in Jewish mysticism is identifiable in her fiction.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Jewish Myth, Mysticism and George Eliot's Fiction
1 George Eliot and Kabbalism: Historical and Literary Context
2 Kabbalistic Philosophy and the Novels
3 From Formless Matter to Matter with Form
4 The Relationship between Creator and Creature
5 Ideals of Perfection
6 Science, Pseudo-Science and Transgression
7 Investing Form with Essence
8 Homelessness and Speechlessness
9 The Messianic Potential
10 Conclusion: Social Critique, Education, Allegory
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Elliot R. Wolfson - Through a Speculum That Shines, Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism

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A comprehensive treatment of visionary experience in some of the main texts of Jewish mysticism, this book reveals the overwhelmingly visual nature of religious experience in Jewish spirituality from antiquity through the late Middle Ages. Using phenomenological and critical historical tools, Wolfson examines Jewish mystical texts from late antiquity, pre-kabbalistic sources from the tenth to the twelfth centuries, and twelfth- and thirteenth-century kabbalistic literature. His work demonstrates that the sense of sight assumes an epistemic priority in these writings, reflecting and building upon those scriptural passages that affirm the visual nature of revelatory experience. Moreover, the author reveals an androcentric eroticism in the scopic mentality of Jewish mystics, which placed the externalized and representable form, the phallus, at the center of the visual encounter.

In the visionary experience, as Wolfson describes it, imagination serves a primary function, transmuting sensory data and rational concepts into symbols of those things beyond sense and reason. In this view, the experience of a vision is inseparable from the process of interpretation. Fundamentally challenging the conventional distinction between experience and exegesis, revelation and interpretation, Wolfson argues that for the mystics themselves, the study of texts occasioned a visual experience of the divine located in the imagination of the mystical interpreter. Thus he shows how Jewish mystics preserved the invisible transcendence of God without doing away with the visual dimension of belief.

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Solomon Ibn Gabirol - The Improvement of the Moral Qualities, Tikkun Middot HaNefesh

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"The Improvement of the Moral Qualities" is an ethical treatise composed by Gabirol at Saragossa in 1045, at the request of some friends who wished to possess a book treating of the qualities of man and the methods of effecting their improvement. The work is highly original in two respects. He attempted to systematize the principles of ethics independently of religious dogma, emphasizing the correlation and interdependence of the physical and the psychical in ethical conduct. He also arranged the virtues and vices in relation to the physical senses; each sense becoming the instrument, not the agent, of two virtues and two corresponding vices.

Gabirol's ethical theses were based on the four humors. The qualities of the soul were made manifest through the senses; and these senses in turn were constituted of the four humors. Just as the humors could be modified one by the other, the senses could be controlled and the qualities of the soul be trained towards good or evil. In attributing the virtues to the senses, Gabriol made it clear that he was referring only to the five physical senses, not the "concealed" senses, such as perception and understanding, which are part of the nature of the soul. In order to cultivate his soul, man must know its peculiarities, study himself as he is, closely examine his character and inclination, habituate himself to the abandonment of whatever draws him into close contact with the physical and temporal, and aim at the spiritual and the abiding. This effort in itself is blessedness. A man's ability to make such an effort is proof of divine benevolence.

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W.J. Colville - Kabbalah, the Harmony of Opposites

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A Treatise Elucidating Bible Allegories and the Significance of Numbers.

Contents: General Outline of Kabbalah; Inner Significance of the 22 Letters Comprising the Hebrew Alphabet; Book of Concealed Mystery; Humanity, Spiritual and Physical; Kabbalistic Use and Significance of Numbers; Kabbalistic Views of the Human Soul, its Nature and Destiny; Kabbalistic Doctrine Concerning Cause and Effect (Karma); Secret Tradition in Israel. Zohar-Serpent and Fall of the Angels; Biblical Traditions Kabbalistically Considered; Abraham, Melchisedec, Moses and the Law; Doctrine of the 3 Temples of the Messiah; Kabbalistic Teachings Concerning the Soul, Its Nature and Its Destiny.

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Abraham Abulafia - Meditations on the Divine Name

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"Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord put His spirit upon them!"
-Moses, Numbers 11:29

"The method of pronouncing the Name is found in the book Light of the Intellect by Abraham Abulafia, and this method is the secret of Sefer Yesira"
-Moshe Cordovero, Or Yakar on Zohar, Song of Songs

"I began to fathom the gist of Abulafia's books and even attempted to perform a few of his instructions to the letter and experienced that they caused changes in my states of consciousness"
-Gershom Scholem, From Berlin to Jerusalem

Amidst the rich panoply of Jewish Kabbalah, Abraham Abulafia resonates the most with modern, philosophically minded seekers of direct mystical experience. Abulafia creatively combined Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed and the ancient Sefer Yesira into an integrated method of concentrating on the Divine Name that opens the path to fulfilling the soul's deepest spiritual longings. Intense practice of Abulafia's meditative techniques propels the attentive soul into a state of awakened receptivity where the active divine influence can reach down to meet and illuminate the human intellect.

Abulafia was unique amongst Jewish mystics in providing precise instructions for personal spiritual practice. I have translated meditations from three of Abulafia's major mystical handbooks "that reveal the true knowledge of the Divine Name" as he puts it. These particular texts achieved a wide underground circulation amongst Jewish mystic elites despite a severe rabbinical ban on Abulafia promulgated by Shlomo ben Adret.

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Reb Mendel’s Kabbalah Mini-Series for Beginners

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Elliot R. Wolfson - Beneath the Wings of the Great Eagle, Maimonides and Thirteenth Century Kabbalah

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Elliot R. Wolfson - Via Negativa in Maimonides and Its Impact on Thirteenth Century Kabbalah

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Elliot R. Wolfson - The Doctrine of Sefirot in the Prophetic Kabbalah of Abraham Abulafia

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Laura Duhan Kaplan - Body and Soul, Roots of Remezim in Philo of Alexandria

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Robert Sagerman - The Serpent Kills or the Serpent Gives Life, The Kabbalist Abraham Abulafia's Response to Christianity

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Martin Buber - I And Thou

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Primal Scream Hitbodedut Meditation

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Sipory Masiyot - Rebbe Nachmans Stories

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The Soul

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Psalm 145 - Kabbalistic Meditation

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Joel Goldberg - Mystical Unity, Individuality and Individuation in Provencal and Catalonian Kabbalah

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Moshe Idel - Multiple Forms of Redemption in Kabbalah and Hasidism

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Moshe Idel - Kabbalah, New Perspectives

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Moshe Idel - Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia

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Moshe Idel - Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510, A Survey

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Moshe Idel - Language, Torah, and Hermeneutics in Abraham Abulafia

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Gustav Dreifuss - The Union of Opposites in the Kabbalah

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Alan Brill - The Spiritual World of a Master of Awe, Divine Vitality, Theosis, and Healing in the Degel Mahaneh Ephraim

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With Letters of Light, Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Jewish Apocalypticism, Magic, and Mysticism

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Lawrence Kushner - The Book of Letters, a Mystical Alef-Bait

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Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi - Adam and the Kabbalistic Tree

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Robert Lomas - Turning the Hiram Key, Rituals of Freemasonry Revealed

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Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov - Angels and Other Mysteries of the Tree of Life

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Phylotus - Esoteric Masonry or the Storehouse Unlocked

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Kyriacos C. Markides - The Mountain of Silence

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Pekka Ervast - The Esoteric School of Jesus

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Pekka Ervast - The Sermon on the Mount or The Key to Christianity

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Henderson, Sherwood – Transformation of the Psyche, The Symbolic Alchemy of the Splendor Solis

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Ann Davies - This is Truth about the Self, a Qabalistic Interpretation of Pattern on the Trestleboard

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Adam McLean - The Magical Calendar, a Synthesis of Magical Symbolism from the Seventeenth-Century Renaissance of Medieval Occultism

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The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart, the Man from Whom God Hid Nothing

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Meister Eckhart - Selected Writings

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Michael Marshal - The Transforming Power of Prayer, From Illusion to Reality

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Dana Spiegel - The Odyssey as a Psychological Hero Journey

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Joscelyn Godwin - The Harmony of the Spheres, The Pythagorean Tradition in Music

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Gerald G. May - The Dark Night of the Soul, A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth

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Frithjof Schuon - Songs for a Spiritual Traveler, Selected Poems

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