The Song of Songs and the Eros of God: A Study in Biblical by Edmée Kingsmill

By Edmée Kingsmill

Sleek biblical scholarship translates the music as a set of affection lyrics. For Edmée Kingsmill, to the contrary, the essence of the track is mystical. A central problem of this examine, notwithstanding, is to discover the connection among the 117 verses of the music and people biblical books to which they aspect. underneath the metaphors a community of allusions is being woven, conveying an image contrary to that we discover within the prophets who, faced with the continuous 'adultery' of Israel, poured forth their condemnations with unwearying ardour.

In dramatic distinction, the track provides a paradisal photograph: 'For, lo, the iciness is earlier, the rain is over and long past. The flora look within the land, and the time of making a song is come' (Song 2: 11-12). therefore, in featuring definitely the right, the purpose of the Song's writer is proven to be encouragement. The inclusion of this poem within the biblical canon is known, consequently, to be primary to the aim of the biblical literature: to carry everyone to like the God of affection.

The e-book is in elements. the 1st and longer half is anxious with issues, together with the connection of the tune to the early Jewish mystical literature. the second one half is a brief statement meant for the reader drawn to the textual content up to within the similar inquiries to which the textual content offers rise.

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The Great Liberation: Mahanirvana Tantra by Sir John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon)

By Sir John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon)

The Indian Tantras, that are various, represent the scripture (Sastra) of the Kaliyuga, and as such are a voluminous resource of current and useful orthodox "Hinduism". The Tantra Sastra is, in truth, no matter what be its historial beginning, a improvement of the Karmakanda (using that time period within the common experience of formality component of the scripture), promulgated to satisfy the wishes of that age. Siva says: "For the good thing about males of the Kali age, males bereft of strength and based for life at the foodstuff they devour, the Kaula doctrine, O auspicious one! is given" (Ch. IX, verse 12). To the Tantras we needs to consequently glance if we'd comprehend aright either ritual, yoga, and sadhana of all types as they exist to-day, as additionally the final rules of which those practices are however the target expression.

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Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western by Hugh B. Urban

By Hugh B. Urban

Sexuality and the occult arts have lengthy been linked within the western mind's eye, however it used to be now not till the 19th century that a huge and complex physique of literature on sexual magic—the use of intercourse as a resource of magical power—emerged. This publication, the 1st heritage of western sexual magic as a contemporary religious culture, areas those practices within the context of the bigger discourse surrounding sexuality in American and eu society during the last one hundred fifty years to find how sexual magic was once remodeled from a terrifying medieval nightmare of heresy and social subversion right into a glossy perfect of private empowerment and social liberation. concentrating on a chain of key figures together with American spiritualist Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Julius Evola, Gerald Gardner, and Anton LaVey, Hugh city lines the emergence of sexual magic out of older western esoteric traditions together with Gnosticism and Kabbalah, that have been steadily fused with recently-discovered jap traditions akin to Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. His learn supplies awesome new perception into sexuality within the smooth period, particularly on concerns comparable to the politics of contraception, the type of sexual “deviance,” debates over homosexuality and feminism, and the function of sexuality in our personal new international of post-modern spirituality, shopper capitalism, and the Internet.

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Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend by Anna L. Dallapiccola

By Anna L. Dallapiccola

Presents over 1,000 available, informative and authoritative entries that resolution any significant query approximately Hinduism, it's mythology, practices, customs and legislation India is so monstrous that every of its areas is a land in its personal correct, with varied languages, customs, and cultural traditions. but shared social structures, firmly grounded in non secular ideals, give you the cohesive strength that unites over one thousand million humans of alternative backgrounds. Hinduism is the most faith of India, and this new dictionary presents an unequalled perception to all facets of Hindu lifestyles, previous and current. a few thousand illustrated entries elucidate the historical past of Hinduism, its mythology, artwork, structure, faith, legislation, and folklore. the advance of Hinduism is gifted from its historic manifestations in neighborhood cults and epic poems to modern day fairs and customs world wide. The advanced dating among the multitude of gods, goddesses, and semi-divine beings is delivered to gentle within the articles on faith and mythology, whereas its wealthy imagery is published within the entries on structure, sculpture, portray, dance, and theater, together with artistic endeavors illustrated the following for the 1st time. meals and etiquette, the caste process, Ayurvedic drugs, love and marriage, and modern practices are only many of the themes explored. Maps and entries at the significant towns and areas of pilgrimage in India, in addition to a concise chronology and a listing of relevant dynasties, offer a transparent review of the geography, heritage, languages, and colourful spiritual and cultural traditions of Hinduism. This quantity will function a full of life and vital consultant for these getting ready a trip to India, for Indians residing within the West, for college kids, or for somebody attracted to the subcontinent. 275 b/w illustrations.

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Gandhi's Pilgrimage Of Faith: From Darkness To Light by Uma Majmudar

By Uma Majmudar

Thousands all over the world revere Mahatma Gandhi, but just a couple of understand the guy Mohandas Gandhi and the interior trip of his soul. This pioneering ebook fills the non secular void in Gandhian literature by means of concentrating on the soul and the substance of the guy. Uma Majmudar indicates that, opposite to well known trust, Gandhi's upward push to greatness used to be no longer meteoric; it used to be, really, a continual means of religion improvement, punctuated through conflicts, crises, and turning issues. utilizing James W. Fowler's thought of "Stages of religion" as a consultant, Majmudar undertakes the 1st developmental learn to investigate the basic function of religion in reworking Gandhi's existence. She proposes that the facility that nourished Gandhi's soul was once his ever-growing religion within the final triumph of fact and within the innate Godliness of the human soul. besides making a useful contribution to various cross-cultural disciplines, the ebook additionally deals whatever targeted to these wishing to embark all alone religion developmental trip, guided by way of Gandhi's instance.
"Majmudar wishes us to the touch and believe Gandhi. he's not on a pedestal, he isn't made up of granite or bronze, he's hot and vulnerable." -- from the Foreword by means of Rajmohan Gandhi

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The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of by Heinrich Zimmer

By Heinrich Zimmer

Probably Joseph Campbell's identify will draw humans to Heinrich Zimmer's paintings. That's most likely what Bollingen and Princeton UP notion at any rate.

There is extra Zimmer at the tracker. i believe a few of his paintings is within the public domain.

Contents:

The Dilettante between Symbols

Part I
Abu Kasem's Slippers
A Pagan Hero and a Christian Saint
Four Romances from the Cycle of King Arthur
I. Gawain and the golf green Knight
II. The Knight with the Lion
III. Lancelot
IV. Merlin
The King and the Corpse

Part II
Four Episodes from the Romance of the Goddess
I. The Involuntary Creation
II. The Involuntary Marriage
III. The Voluntary Death
IV. Shiva Mad
On the Sipra Shore

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from Princeton UP:

Drawing from jap and Western literatures, Heinrich Zimmer offers a variety of news associated jointly via their universal predicament for the matter of our everlasting clash with the forces of evil. starting with a story from the Arabian Nights, this subject unfolds in legends from Irish paganism, medieval Christianity, the Arthurian cycle, and early Hinduism. within the retelling of those stories, Zimmer discloses the meanings inside their probably unrelated symbols and indicates the philosophical wholeness of this collection of myth.

The famous Indologist Heinrich Zimmer, born in Germany in 1890, got here to the us in 1940, on the top of his profession, and was once lecturing at Columbia collage while he died in 1943. His different works within the Bollingen sequence contain Myths and emblems in Indian paintings and Civilization and Philosophies of India.

Review:

"This good-looking quantity of essays . . . is the yield of what should be known as an Indologist's vacation. . . . Expertly edited through Joseph Campbell, those essays relaxation upon Zimmer's belief--a trust which he stocks with Jung and others--that the non secular historical past of archaic guy nonetheless survives in "the deeper subconscious layers of our soul.'"--Saturday assessment of Literature

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The Hindu View Of Life by S. Radhakrishnan

By S. Radhakrishnan

A undying treatise on what constitutes the Hindu lifestyle faith in India can seem to be a complicated tangle of myths, with many various gods and goddesses worshipped in numerous forms.This complexity stems from a love of story-telling, up to anything, however it is just the skin expression of Indian religion. underneath are available a method of unifying ideals that experience guided the lives of normal households for generations. the following, some of the most profound philosophers of India explains those and different comparable strategies intrinsic to the Hindu philosophy of lifestyles.

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