BOOKS TO HANG OUT WITH
BHAGAVAD GITA, Translations of:
Arnold, Sir Edwin, THE SONG CELESTIAL.
Besant, Annie. Theosophical Publ. House, India.
Mascaro, Juan. Penguin Class 1962 (pap).
Prabhavananda & Isherwood. Mentor. (pap).
THE HOLY BIBLE, King James Version
Blavatsky, Helen Petrovna. THE VOICE OF
THE SILENCE. India. Theosophical Publishing House.
Blofeld, John (tr.) THE ZEN TEACHINGS OF
HUANG PO. NY: Grove Press, 1959 (pap).
BUDDHA, THE LIFE AND SAYINGS OF
Moore, J.H. (tr) SAYINGS OF BUDDHA. AMS Press.
Woodward, F.L. (tr.) SOME SAYINGS OF BUDDHA: ACCORDING TO THE PALI
CANON, Oxford Press.
Allen, G.F. (Ed.) WORDS OF WISDOM. Hillary, 1959.
Chang, Garma (tr.) THE HUNDRED THOUSAND
SONGS OF MILAREPA. University Books
TEACHINGS OF TIBETAN YOGA, NY: 1963.
Conze, Edward. SELECTED SAYINGS FROM THE
PERFECTION OF WISDOM. London: Buddhist Society, 58 Eccleston Square.
BUDDHIST MEDITATION, NY: Torch (pap).
DHAMMAPADA, Translations of:
Babbitt, Irvin, NY: New Directions, (pap).
Lal, P. NY: Noonday.
Doresse, THE SECRET BOOKS OF THE EGYPTIAN
GNOSTICS. Viking Press (The
Gospel of Saint Thomas is included. This is an important work.)
Evans-Wentz, W.Y. THE JEWEL OF
TIBET'S GREAT YOGI MILAREPA.
TIBETAN YOGA & SECRET DOCTRINES.
THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD.
THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE GREAT LIBERATION.
NY: Oxford University Press.
French, Reginald M. THE WAY OF A PILGRIM.
NY: Seabury Press, (pap.).
Govinda, Lama. FOUNDATIONS OF TIBETAN
MYSTICISM. London: Rider & Co.
Gunther, H.V. (tr.) THE JEWEL ORNAMENT OF
LIBERATION. London: Rider.
Hafiz. FIFTY POEMS WITH TRANSLATION *Arberry,
Ed.) Cambridge University Press. 1947.
Humphreys, Christmas. THE SUTRA OF WEI
LANG. London: The Buddhist Society. (The Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch.)
Huxley, Aldous. THE PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY.
NY: Harper 1945, Meridian-World.
Kirpal Singh. THE JAPJI: THE MESSAGE OF
THE CROWN OF LIFE (A Study in Yoga)
Delhi: Ruhani Satsang.
(Available from Sant Bani Ashram, Franklin, New Hampshire 03235).
Lao Tzu. TAO TE CHING (Blackney, tr.) NY:
Ch'u Ta-Kao (tr.) NY: Macmillan.
Witter Bynner (tr.) Capricorn Press
Many other translations available.
Lewis, Samuel, L.
TOWARD SPIRITUAL BROTHERHOOD
INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL DANCE
THE REJECTED AVATAR.
All by Prophecy Pressworks.
M. (Swami Nikhilananda, tr.) THE GOSPEL
OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA. NY: Ramakrishna Center, 1942.
(Very high bhakti book.)
Meher Baba, DISCOURSES: VOLS. 1-4 (Adi K.
Irani, Ed.) India: Meher Pub., Kings Road, Ahmednagar, Deccan, Bombay,
Books on the works & life of Meher aba include:
GOD SPEAKS! THE THEME OF CREATION & ITS PURPOSE. NY: Dodd, Mead & Co.
Osborne, G. TEACHINGS OF RAMANA MAHARSHI,
PHILOKALIA - WORK OF THE EARLY CHURCH
Ramana Maharshi, TALKS WITH SRI RAMANA
DAY BY DAY WITH BHAGAVAN.
GURU RAMANA (S.S. Cohen).
RAMANA MAHARSHI & HIS PHILOSOPHY OF EXISTENCE.
REFLECTIONS ON "TALKS".
SADDHU'S REMINSCENCES OF RAMANA MAHARSHI (Maj. S. W. Chadwick).
SELF-INQUIRY: WHO AM I?
(These books available at various bookstores, but can be ordered
directly from Arunachala Ashram, 342 E. 6th Set, NYC. "The Mountain
Path," an excellent magazine, is also available.)
Shastri. ASHTAVAKRA GITA
THE RAYAYANA OF VALMIKI. London: Shantisadam.
SATYA SAI BABA, BRINDAVAN, and other
pamphlets. New Delhi. (C. Ramachandran tr.).
THE SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM (THE WISDOM OF
GOD). NY: Putnam (pap.).
Swami Prabhavananda (tr.) Capricorn, NY: (pap.).
St. John of the Cross.
DARK NIGHT OF THE
SOUL. NY: Doubleday, Image (pap.)
Since these proficients are still at a
very low stage of progress, and follow their own nature closely in the
intercourse and dealings which they have with God, because the gold of
their spirit is not yet purified and refined, they still think of God as
little children, and speak of God as little children, and feel and
experience God as little children, even as Saint Paul says, because they
have not reached perfection, which is the union of the soul with God. In
the state of union, however, they will work great things in the spirit,
even as grown men, and their works and faculties will then be Divine
rather than human, as will afterwards be said. To this end God is
pleased to strip them of this old man and clothe them with the new man,
who is created according to God, as the Apostle says, in the newness of
sense. He strips their faculties, affections and feelings, both
spiritual and sensual, both outward and inward, leaving the
understanding dark, the will dry, the memory empty and the affections in
the deepest affliction, bitterness and constraint, taking from the soul
the pleasure and experience of spiritual blessings which it had
aforetime, in order to make of this privation one of the principles
which are requisite in the spirit so that there may be introduced into
it and united with it the spiritual form of the spirit, which is the
union of love. All this the Lord works in the soul by means of a pure
and dark contemplation, as the soul explains in the first stanza.
As a result of this, the soul feels
itself to be perishing and melting away, in the presence and sight of
its miseries, in a cruel spiritual death, even as if it had been
swallowed by a beast and felt itself being devoured in the darkness of
its belly, suffering such anguish as was endured by Jonas in the belly
of that beast of the sea. For in this sepulchre of dark death it must
needs abide until the spiritual resurrection which it hopes for.
This was also described by Job, who had
had experience and, in these words: 'I, who was wont to be wealthy and
rich, am suddenly undone and broken to pieces; He hath taken me by my
neck; He hath broken me and set me up for His mark to wound me; He hath
compassed me round about with His lances; He hath wounded all my loins;
He hath not spared; He hath poured out my bowels on the earth; He hath
broken me with wound upon wound; He hath assailed me as a strong giant;
I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin and have covered my flesh with
ashes; my face is become swollen with weeping and mine eyes are
But there is another thing here that
afflicts and distresses the soul greatly, which is that, as this dark
night has hindered its faculties and affections in this way, it is
unable to raise its affection or its mind to God, neither can it pray to
Him, thinking, as Jeremias thought concerning himself, that God has set
a cloud before it through which its prayer cannot pass. For it is this
that is meant by that which is said in the passage referred to, namely:
'He hath shut and enclosed my paths with square stones.' And if it
sometimes prays it does so with such lack of strength and of sweetness
that it thinks that God neither hears it nor pays heed to it, as this
Prophet likewise declares in the same passage, saying: 'When I cry and
entreat, He hath shut out my prayer.' In truth this is no time for the
soul to speak with God; it should rather put its mouth in the dust, as
Jeremias says, so that perchance there may come to it some present hope,
and it may endure its purgation with patience. It is God who is
passively working here in the soul; wherefore the soul can do nothing.
Until the Lord shall have completely
purged it after the manner that He wills, no means or remedy is of any
service or profit for the relief of its affliction; the more so because
the soul is as powerless in this case as one who has been imprisoned in
a dark dungeon, and is bound hand and foot, and can neither move nor
see, nor feel any favour whether from above or from below, until the
spirit is humbled, softened and purified, and grows so keen and delicate
and pure that it can become one with the Spirit of God, according to the
degree of union of love which His mercy is pleased to grant it; in
proportion to this the purgation is of greater or less severity and of
greater or less duration.
Inasmuch as not only is the
understanding here purged of its light, and the will of its affections,
but the memory is also purged of meditation and knowledge, it is well
that it be likewise annihilated with respect to all these things, so
that that which David says of himself in this purgation may by
fulfilled, namely: 'I was annihilated and I knew not.' For, in order
that the soul may be divinely prepared and tempered with its faculties
for the Divine union of love, it would be well for it to be first of all
absorbed, with all its faculties, in this Divine and dark spiritual
light of contemplation, and thus to be withdrawn from all the affections
and apprehensions of the creatures, which condition ordinarily continues
in proportion to its intensity. And thus, the simpler and the purer is
this Divine light in its assault upon the soul, the more does it darken
it, void it and annihilate it according to its particular apprehensions
and affections, with regard both to things above and to things below.
And this is the characteristic of the
spirit that is purged and annihilated with respect to all particular
affections and objects of the understanding, that in this state wherein
it has pleasure in nothing and understands nothing in particular, but
dwells in its emptiness, darkness and obscurity, it is fully prepared to
embrace everything to the end that those words of Saint Paul may be
fulfilled in it: Nihil habentes, et omnia possidentes. For such poverty
of spirit as this would deserve such happiness.
Dark Night of the Soul, by St.
John of the Cross
Man is not an end, but a bridge between
the animal kingdom and the Super-man. He may attain the condition of
Super-man by a process of "self-upraising" (Selbstaufhebung); by an
intensity of suffering so great that it leads at last to optimism. The
first step is that which his disciples had already taken: intense
disgust of themselves, leading them to pessimism or asceticism.
Zarathustra tells them that they have not suffered enough. "For ye
suffer on account of what ye are; ye have not yet suffered on account of
what Man is." Only by attaining this supreme degree of pain and disgust
can they develop sufficient energy to cross the last gulf which
separates them from the state of Super-man.
Nietzsche and Madame Blavatsky:
Their Doctrines Stated and Compared, by Theosophical Quarterly Magazine
Tyagisananda, Swami. NARADA BHAKTI
SUTRAS. India: Bharati. Vijayam Press. Triplicare, Madras.
UPANISHADS, THE. Mascara (tr.) Penguin
Prabavananda & Manchester.
Vivekananda, Swami. RAJA YOGA. India:
Advait Ashram. (Pantanjali's sutras with exposition.)
Watson, Burton (tr.) CHUANG TZU - BASIC
WRITINGS. NY: Columbia University Press.
Wilhelm, Richard (tr.) I CHING - BOOK OF
CHANGES. NY: Princeton University Press, Bollingen Series XIX. (Also
Dutton (pap.), John Blofeld, tr.).
Willing, C.A. (publ.) THE IMPERSONAL
LIFE. Sun Center Publication. New Canaan, Conn. (P.O. Box 54, San
Yogananda, Paramahansa. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF
A YOGI. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowing, 1959.
(To get a great feeling for what it's
really like in India. He tells it just like it is.)
BOOKS TO VISIT WITH NOW & THEN
Alexander, F.J. IN THE HOURS OF
MEDITATION. Calcutta, India: Advaita Ashram.
Arberry, Arthur. DISCOURSES OF RUMI.
University of Chicago Press, 1968.
Whoever says evil of
the gnostic in reality says
of the gnostic; for the gnostic shies away from that quality, blame for
which might settle on him. The gnostic is the enemy of that quality;
he who speaks evil of that quality speaks evil of the enemy of the
gnostic and praises the gnostic; for the gnostic shies away from such
a blameworthy thing, and he who shies away from the blameworthy is
himself praiseworthy. Things become clear through their opposites.'
Hence the gnostic knows that the critic is not really his enemy and his
Discourses of Rumi, translated by A. J. Arberry
Attar, Farid Ud-Din. THE CONFERENCE OF
THE BIRDS. (Translation of Persian poem.) London: Routledge & Kegan.
Aurobindo, Sri. THOUGHTS & APHORISMS.
[Aurobindo, Sri. LIFE AND
TEACHINGS OF SRI AUROBINDO AND THE MOTHER. Pondicherry, India.]
Ayyangar. YOGA UPANISHADS. Adyar Library.
Avalon, Arthur (pseud. for Sir John
Woodroffe). SERPENT POWER.
INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA SASTRA.
GARLAND OF LETTERS.
Ganesh: Vedanta Press.
Bailey, Alice A. THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL.
(Paraphrase of Patanjali.) Lucis
Blake, William. THE PENGUIN POETS, NY:
Penguin Books (pap.).
Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna.
UNVEILED, 2 VOLS.
THE SECRET DOCTRINE. India: Theosophical Publishing House.
With the Semite, that stooping man
meant the fall of Spirit into matter, and that fall and
degradation were apotheosized by him with the result of dragging
Deity down to the level of man.... The Aryan views of the symbolism were
those of the whole Pagan world; the Semite interpretations emanated from
all were pre-eminently those of a small tribe, thus marking its national
features and the idiosyncratic defects that characterize many of the
Jews to this day -- gross realism, selfishness, and sensuality.
-- The Secret Doctrine -- The
Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy, by Helena Petrovna
Bucke, Richard M. COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS.
University Books, 1961 Dutton (pap).
Bunyan, John. PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.
Byles, Maria. JOURNEY INTO BURMESE
SILENCE. Lond: Allen & Unwin. (Day by day adventures at various Burmese
Buddhist Meditation Centers).
PATHWAYS TO INNER CALM. London: Allen & Unwin
Collin, Rodney. THEORY OF CELESTIAL
INFLUENCE. London: Vincent Stuart.
Coomaraswamy, Anana. BUDDHA & THE GOSPEL
OF BUDDHISM. NY: Torch (pap).
Danielou, Alain. YOGA: THE METHOD OF
REINTEGRATION. London: C. Johnson. 1940.
Daumal, Rene. MOUNT ANALOGUE. NY:
Pantheon, 1962. Cal: City Lights, 1968. (The ascent of the soul
symbolized by a mountain climbing expedition.)
David-Neel, Alexandra. INITIATIONS &
INITIATES IN TIBET
SECRET ORAL TEACHINGS IN TIBETAN BUDDHIST SECTS.
Maha Bodhi Society, India.
de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard. THE
PHENOMENON OF MAN.
THE FUTURE OF MAN
THE DIVINE MILIEU.
HYMN OF THE UNIVERSE.
De Cusa, Nicholas. THE VISION OF GOD. NY:
de Lubicz, Isha Schwaller. HER-BAK:
CHICK-PEA, EGYPTIAN INITIATE, Vols. I & II. London: Hodder & Stoughten,
Duncan, Ronald. SELECTED WRITINGS OF
MAHATMA GANDHI. Boston, Beacon Press.
Dutt, R.C., the RAMAYANA and the
MAHABHARATA, Everyman's Library, Dutton, NY.
Eliade, Mircea. YOGA, IMMORTALITY &
FREEDOM. NY: Pantheon, 1954.
Guillaumont, A. et. al. (tr.) THE GOSPEL
ACCORDING TO THOMAS. (Coptic Text). NY: Harper Row, 1959
Gurdjieff, George. MEETINGS WITH
REMARKABLE MEN. NY: Dutton (pap). 1963.
ALL AND EVERYTHING - BEELZEBUB's TALES TO HIS GRANDSON. NY: Dutton.
Herrigel, Eugen. ZEN IN THE ART OF
ARCHERY. NY: McGraw Hill (pap).
Hesse, Herman. JOURNEY TO THE EAST. NY:
SIDDHARTHA. NY: New Directions (pap).
STEPPENWOLF. NY: Holt Rhinehart (pap).
MAGISTER LUDI (THE GLASS BEAD GAME). NY: Unger, 1964.
Hoffman. THE RELIGIONS OF TIBET. NY:
Humphreys, Christmas. THE WISDOM OF
BUDDHISM. NY: Random House.
Huxley, Aldous. ISLAND.
Huxley, Laura. THIS TIMELESS MOMENT.
Isherwood, Christopher. RAMAKRISHNA & HIS
DISCIPLES. NY: Simon & Schuster.
Jack, Homer A. THE GANDHI READER. NY:
Evergreen, 1961 (pap).
Kapleau, Philip. THE THREE PILLARS OF
ZEN. NY: Harper & Row. Beacon (pap).
Kirpal Singh. BABA JAIMAL SINGH: HIS LIFE
Delhi Ruhani Satsang.
(Available from Sant Bani Ashrma, Franklin, New Hampshire 03235)
Krishna Prem. THE YOGA OF BHAGAVAD GITA.
THE YOGA OF THE KATHUPANISHAD. Lond: J.W. Watkins
Lefort, Rafael. THE TEACHERS OF GURDJIEFF.
London: Victor Gollancz, 1960.
Legge, James C. (tr.) THE TEXTS OF TAOISM
(in 2 parts) NY: Dover
Marsh, John. SAINT JOHN. NY: Pelican,
Meher Baba. LISTEN HUMANITY (Narr. & ed.
by D.E. Stevens)
NY: Dodd, Mead, 1957
THE EVERYTHING AND THE NOTHING. (pap).
THE PERFECT MASTER. C. B. Purdom.
AVATAR. John Adriel. Calif. J.R. Rowny Press, Santa Barbara, 1947.
THE WAYFARERS. Dr. Wm. Donkin.
WHAT AM I DOING HERE? Ivy O. Duce (pap).
(May be purchased directly from Sufism Reoriented, 1290 Sutter Street,
San Francisco, Calif.)
Merton, Thomas. THE WAY OF CHUANG TZU.
NY: New Directions (pap).
THE SEVEN STORY MOUNTAIN. (Autobiography) NY: Signet.
SILENCE IN HEAVEN. (Book of the Monastic Life) Signet.
THE SIGN OF JONAS. (Day by day account of life in Trappist monastery)
THOUGHTS IN SOLITUDE. NY: Image.
NEW SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION. New Directions.
Niehardt, J.G. BLACK ELK SPEAKS. NY:
Morrow & Co., 1932, University Nebraska (pap). 1961. (Life story of holy
man of the Ogalala Sioux).
Nikhilananda, Swami. HOLY MOTHER (Life of
Sri Sara Devi -- wife of Sri Ramakrishna). London: Allen & Unwin, 1962.
THE UPANISHADS. NY: Harper Torchbooks (pap).
Orage, A.R. ON LOVE. London. The Janus
Ouspensky, P.D. IN SEARCH OF THE
MIRACULOUS. NY: Harcourt Brace. Bantam.
Percival, H.W. THINKING & DESTINY. Word
Prabhavananda, Swami & Isherwood, HOW TO
KNOW GOD. Hollywood: Vedanta Press. (Best introduction to Patanjali
VIVEKA CHUDAMANI (CREST JEWEL OF DISCRIMINATION). Hollywood: Vedanta
Price, A.F. (tr.) THE DIAMOND SUTRA OF
THE JEWEL OF TRANSCENDENTAL WISDOM. London: The Buddhist Society, 16
Gordon Square, 1947.
THE LIFE OF RAMAKRISHNA. Romain Rolland.
RAMAKRISHNA & THE VITALITY OF HINDUISM. (Solange Lamaitre) Funk &
Ramdas, Swami. IN THE VISION OF GOD.
THE PATHLESS PATH.
WORLD IS GOD.
By writer about Ramdas:
PASSAGE TO DIVINITY - A DEVOTEE'S DIARY.
Order from Anandashrama Kanhangad Rly, Stan Kerala, So. India.
Plus many booklets.
Reps, P. ZEN FLESH, ZEN BONES. A
collection of Zen & Pre-Zen Writings. NY: Anchor Doubleday (pap).
Rilke, Rainier M. DUINO ELEGIES (MacIntyre,
tr.) Cal: University of California (pap).
THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT
THE CITY OF GOD. Modern Library.
Westminster: Library of Christian Classics. Vol. 7, 1955.
The construction of history sketched by
Augustine of Hippo is a
relevant model for understanding the framework of thought of Theology of
History, if only
for the historical reason that this model factually dominated the whole
Catholic conception of history down to the late Middle Ages. His
The City of God can be considered the elaboration par
excellence, though in a rudimentary way, of a Christian theology of
history....Augustine is considered a founding father of Christianity as a whole. He developed his thought around 400 AD, nearly 700 years before the
definitive schism between the Western and the Eastern Church (1054),
and thus his work goes beyond the later divergence between them....
model of history elaborated by Augustine is determined by the
ontological distinction between, on the one hand, the immanent level of
the temporary, mutable, and incomplete human world, and, on the other,
the transcendent level of God, who rests in eternity, immutability and
plenitude. This dichotomy is articulated in Augustine's metaphor
of the two Realms or Cities [civitates], the Earthly City and the
Heavenly City. Only the Earthly City is subject to change, which is seen
as a negative characteristic, as instability, fragility and
imperfection. This is opposed to the perfection of the Heavenly City or
City of God. The secular world as such and profane history do not
have an immediate meaning, whereas the religious world of the Christian
church occupies the foreground. More fundamentally, the emphasis does
not lie on history as such but on the transcendent and thus
extra-historical foundations of history, namely on its cause and goal in
The distinction between two realms is supported by the attribution of
different characteristics to time.... The perception of the past is
dominated by the figure of Christ, whose life and death is commemorated
in the liturgy....The present is a decisive moment of choice in favour
of God in the act of faith professed by Christians during the liturgy
and prayer....It is the dimension of the future that is of central concern however,
since salvation is at stake. This view of the future is eschatological
the sense that it refers to a set of views that has been revealed by God
about the last events of history [from the Greek eskhaton]. A
properly apocalyptic eschatology is more specific and refers to the
belief that these last events are to some extent imminent. Apocalyptic
of which Augustine is a prominent example, contains a mainly
catastrophic, deterministic, and dualistic view of history. It is
in the sense that it refers to radical events that are violent, cruel
and punishing. It is deterministic because the future is already
Finally, it is dualistic because the absolute god and absolute
evil are depicted in the sense that there is no grey or neutral zone, no
ambiguity. Apocalyptic eschatology is perhaps more current in
Orthodox Russia than in Catholic Western Europe.
History, Sofia and the Russian Nation, A Reassessment of Vladimir
Solov'ev's Views on History and His Social Committment, by Manon de
If, therefore, the salamander lives in
fire, as naturalistshave recorded, and if certain famous mountains of Sicily have been
continually on fire from the remotest antiquity until now, and yet
remain entire, these are sufficiently convincing examples that
everything which burns is not consumed. As the soul too, is a proof
that not everything which can suffer pain can also die, why then do they
yet demand that we produce real examples to prove that it is not
incredible that the bodies of men condemned to everlasting punishment
may retain their soul in the fire, may burn without being consumed, and
may suffer without perishing? For suitable properties will be
communicated to the substance of the flesh by Him who has endowed the
things we see with so marvellous and diverse properties, that their very
multitude prevents our wonder.
-- St. Augustin's City of God
then as of a snow-white rose
Displayed itself to me the saintly host,
Whom Christ in his own blood had made his bride...
I through the Rose go down from leaf to leaf. ...
... the great John,
Who, ever holy, desert and martyrdom
Endured, and afterwards two years in Hell.
And under him thus to divide were chosen
Francis, and Benedict, and Augustine.
-- The Divine Comedy of Dante
Alighieri, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It was the
year when they finally immanentized the Eschaton.
-- The Illuminatus! Trilogy, by Robert
Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Shah, Idries. THE WAY OF THE SUFI.
London: Jonathan Cape. 1968.
Sivananda, Swami. CONCENTRATION &
THE PRACTICE OF YOGA.
Snellgrove (tr.) THE JERDJRA TANTRA, 2
Vols. London: Rider & Co.
Sobhana, Dhammasudhi. INSIGHT MEDITATION.
London: Buddhapadipa Temple.
Shankaracharya. THE CREST JEWEL OF
WISDOM. (Charles Johnston. tr. Watkins Press).
Szekely, Edmond Bordeaux (tr.) THE ESSENE
GOSPEL OF JOHN
FIRST CHRISTIAN (ESSENCE) CHURCH. 1968. (Trans. from 1st century Aramaic
& Slavonic texts).
Taimni, I.K. GAYATRI - DAILY RELIGIOUS
PRACTICE OF THE HINDUS. India: Ananda Publishing House.
THE SCIENCE OF YOGA. Wheaton, Ill: Quest (pap). Theosophical Publishing
Vishnudevanada, Swami. THE COMPLETE
ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF YOGA. NY: Julian Press, 1960. (Excellent help with
Hatha Yoga theory & practice).
THE URANTIA BOOK. Chicago: Urantia
Vithaldas, Yogi: THE YOGA SYSTEMS OF
HEALTH & RELIEF FROM TENSIONS. NY: Crown Publishers, 1957. (pap).
Waddell, Helen. THE DESERT FATHERS. NY:
Constable & Co. 1946.
Waley, Arthur (tr.) MONKEY. NY: Grove
THE LEAVES OF GRASS. NY:
I will make a song for these States that
no one State may under any circumstances be subjected to another State,
And I will make a song that there shall be comity by day and by
night between all the States, and between any two of them,
And I will make a song for the ears of the President, full of weapons
with menacing points,
And behind the weapons countless dissatisfied faces;
And a song make I of the One form'd out of all,
The fang'd and glittering One whose head is over all,
Resolute warlike One including and over all,
(However high the head of any else that head is over all.)
let others ignore what they may,
I make the poem of evil also, I commemorate that part also,
I am myself just as much evil as good, and my nation is—and I say there
is in fact no evil,
(Or if there is I say it is just as important to you, to the land or to
me, as any thing else.)
I too, following many and follow'd by
many, inaugurate a religion, I descend into the arena,
(It may be I am destin'd to utter the loudest cries there, the winner's
Who knows? they may rise from me yet, and soar above every thing.)
Each is not for its own sake,
I say the whole earth and all the stars in the sky are for religion's
I say no man has ever yet been half
None has ever yet adored or worship'd half enough,
None has begun to think how divine he himself is, and how certain the
I say that the real and permanent
grandeur of these States must be their religion,
Otherwise there is just no real and permanent grandeur;
(Nor character nor life worthy the name without religion,
Nor land nor man or woman without religion.)
I do not despise you priests, all time,
the world over,
My faith is the greatest of faiths and the least of faiths,
Enclosing worship ancient and modern and all between ancient and modern,
Believing I shall come again upon the earth after five thousand years,
Waiting responses from oracles, honoring the gods, saluting the sun,
Making a fetich of the first rock or stump, powowing with sticks in the
circle of obis,
Helping the llama or brahmin as he trims the lamps of the idols,
Dancing yet through the streets in a phallic procession, rapt and
austere in the woods a gymnosophist,
Drinking mead from the skull-cap, to Shastas and Vedas admirant, minding
Walking the teokallis, spotted with gore from the stone and knife,
beating the serpent-skin drum,
Accepting the Gospels, accepting him that was crucified, knowing
assuredly that he is divine,
To the mass kneeling or the puritan's prayer rising, or sitting
patiently in a pew,
Ranting and frothing in my insane crisis, or waiting dead-like till my
spirit arouses me,
Looking forth on pavement and land, or outside of pavement and land,
Belonging to the winders of the circuit of circuits.
From my own voice resonant,
singing the phallus,
Singing the song of procreation,
Singing the need of superb children and therein superb grown people,
Singing the muscular urge and the blending.
O the orator's joys!
To inflate the chest, to roll the thunder of the voice out from the ribs
To make the people rage, weep, hate, desire, with yourself,
To lead America—to quell America with a great tongue.
Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
Wilhelm, Richard. THE SECRET OF THE
GOLDEN FLOWER. NY: Harcourt Brace.
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LETTERS ON OCCULT MEDITATION.
A TREATISE ON WHITE MAGIC.
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