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    Satsahasrika-hevajra-tika, a commentary on te Hevajratantra, a Vajrayana or Esoteric Bddhist text, is published here for the first time. It is second such commentary to be available in print. A fragment of Sanskrit text only is available, the author being Dasabhumisvara Vajragarbha. Althoug the Tibetan translation of the commentary available in bsTan.hgyur comments on the whole of Hevajratantra, the editor has doubts about the authoriship of later chapters.

    In the course of te commentary, the author throws light on the socio-religious ethos of his days and is hightly critical of many of the then current practices. Besides this, the commentary furnishes many technical details which are difficult to understand without a guru well-versed in the esoteric lore.

    In order to complete the picture, the summaries of the chapter, from Tibetan translation are suppilied by the editor. MsSVig

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    Padma Publishing, 1993

    This collection of oral teachings presents
    traditional Tibetan Buddhist wisdom to Western
    readers in Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's
    uniquely accessible style. Rare among introductions
    to the spiritual path, the book interweaves
    stories from Rinpoche's native Tibet
    with a step-by-step exploration of the foundation
    and essence of Vajrayana Buddhism.

    Chagdud Tulku speaks here of why we
    suffer and how we can address the causes of
    suffering to create ultimate freedom for ourselves
    and others. He offers methods for
    working with the mind in daily life; for reducing
    anger, attachment, ignorance, jealousy,
    and pride; for practicing effortful and effortless
    meditation; and for developing wisdom
    and compassion.

    Gates to Buddhist Practice illuminates
    and clarifies themes in Buddhist thought for both
    new and experienced readers, providing insight
    and instruction to people of all spiritual backgrounds
    in all walks of life. MsSVig

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    This volume offers the first critical edition, with English translation and commentary, of seven astrological texts by Ibn Ezra:

    (1) the complete Hebrew text of the first version of Sefer ha-Mivharim (Book of Elections);
    (2) the complete Hebrew text of the second version of Sefer ha-Mivharim;
    (3) the Hebrew text of the recently discovered fragment of the third version of Sefer ha-Mivharim;
    (4) the complete Hebrew text of the first version of Sefer ha-She'elot (Book of Interrogations);
    (5) the complete Hebrew text of the second version of Sefer ha-She'elot;
    (6) the Hebrew text of the recently discovered fragment of the third version of Sefer ha-She'elot; and
    (7) the complete Hebrew text of the extant version of Sefer ha-Me'orot (Book of the Luminaries).

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    ....According to the Greek view, the course of acute diseases is determined by “crises” or “critical days,” when marked changes in the symptoms of a disease take place and it tends to reach a climax, whether good or bad. From antiquity to the Middle Ages, the Moon’s position with respect to its position at the onset of the disease were thought to be connected to the time and character of these “critical days”....

    MsSVig

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    Publisher: Counterpoint, 2013

    Having translated The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra, and following with The Platform Sutra, Red Pine now turns his attention to perhaps the greatest Sutra of all. The Lankavatara Sutra is the holy grail of Zen. Zen’s first patriarch, Bodhidharma, gave a copy of this text to his successor, Hui-k’o, and told him everything he needed to know was in this book. Passed down from teacher to student ever since, this is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha. Although it covers all the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, it contains but two teachings: that everything we perceive as being real is nothing but the perceptions of our own mind and that the knowledge of this is something that must be realized and experienced for oneself and cannot be expressed in words. In the words of Chinese Zen masters, these two teachings became known as “have a cup of tea” and “taste the tea.”

    This is the first translation into English of the original text used by Bodhidharma, which was the Chinese translation made by Gunabhadra in 443 and upon which all Chinese Zen masters have relied ever since. In addition to presenting one of the most difficult of all Buddhist texts in clear English, Red Pine has also added summaries, explanations, and notes, including relevant Sanskrit terms on the basis of which the Chinese translation was made. This promises to become an essential text for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding or knowledge of Zen.

    "Buddhism can be daunting to the casual Western reader—daunting in its antiquity, the strangeness and profusion of its names, and the complexity of some of its concepts . . . Red Pine eases the path to the Lankavatara Sutra with plentiful notes, explanations, and study questions, as well as his plainspoken translation. Through his work, seekers may get closer to the notions of perception and experience of perception the sutra teaches." —Library Journal

    About the Author:
    Red Pine (Bill Porter) was born in Los Angeles in 1943 and attended graduate school at Columbia University. An acclaimed translator, his published works include three major Buddhist texts: The Platform Sutra, The Diamond Sutra, and The Heart Sutra. He is also the author of Zen Baggage, Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. Red Pine has lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has traveled extensively in China, visiting Zen temples and seeking out hermits. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington. MsSVig

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    Master Cheng's New Method of Taichi Ch'uan Self-Cultivation
    is the culmination and completion of Cheng Man-ch'ing's life
    work: the Simplified Method of Yang style Taichi. This text is
    his final book, translated into English here for the first time.
    Now students of all taichi styles have a chance to study the
    methods of Cheng Man-ch'ing directly, with the aid of 180
    photographs and 160 foot diagrams.
    Master Cheng provides practitioners with a complete and
    concise guide to the Short Form, enabling them to make rapid
    progress. Expanding from the mechanical outline in T'ai Chi
    Ch'uan: A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health and Self-
    Defense, Cheng goes into great detail describing the postures,
    and more importantly, how to transition smoothly from one
    stance to another. As in his previous work, Cheng Tzu's Thirteen
    Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan, he continues his explanation of
    taichi's place in the history of Chinese philosophy, drawing
    parallels with the / Ching, and sampling from the Yellow
    Emperor's Classic. For martial artists in pursuit of internal
    achievement, this will be an essential volume.

    I tried to OCR it but I can't get the diagrams to come out right. Maybe someone else can do it right. MsSVig

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    An Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels: Acupuncture, Alchemy, and Herbal Medicine

    Li Shi-Zhen s Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi jing ba mai kao) is among the most remarkable texts in the Chinese medical literature. Bringing together writings on acupuncture, herbal medicine, and internal cultivation (nei dan), it argues that aspiring adepts and physicians alike must understand the full scope of the extraordinary vessels if they hope to achieve their respective goals.  Although the Exposition is a cornerstone of the extraordinary vessel literature, it is rarely, if ever, considered on its own terms. Li s approach to extraordinary vessel acupuncture and herbal medicine reflects a perspective that differs considerably from the strategies familiar to most modern readers. His work on the extraordinary vessels is every bit as innovative in its own milieu as his other seminal writings, Pulse Studies of the Lakeside [Recluse] (Bin-Hu mai xue) and Comprehensive Outline of the Materia Medica (Ben cao gang mu), are in theirs.  This volume is the first translation of the Exposition published in English, and it is among the most comprehensive discussions of the text available in any language. It is divided into five parts. Part I provides an introductory overview of the main themes running throughout the text: theory, acupuncture, herbal medicine, internal alchemy, and pulse diagnosis. Part II contains the Chinese text and translation of the Exposition itself. Part III presents extensive commentaries on the text, and Part IV discusses the influence of Li Shi-Zhen s extraordinary vessel writings on subsequent pre-modern and modern physicians. Part V consists of appendices containing tables of herbs, prescriptions, acupuncture holes, and the people and books mentioned in the Exposition. There is also an extensive bibliography, point/hole and herb/formula index, and general index.


    Publication Date: March 1, 2010 | ISBN-10: 0939616696 | ISBN-13: 978-0939616695 | Edition: 1 MsSVig

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    John Whalen-Bridge & Gary Storhoff - Writing as Enlightenment:

    Buddhist American Literature into the Twenty-first Century


    From the Foreword:

    In the eighth century AD, an Indian Buddhist poet and philosopher named Shantideva penned, in verse, a treatise on compassion that immediately became—and has remained—a classic work of Buddhist literature. Entitled The Way of the Bodhisattva, the poem eloquently describes how the thought of enlightenment(bodhicitta) — that spark of compassionate caring for others that ignites in the hearts and minds (for citta in Sanskrit means both “heart” and “mind”) of those entering on the Mahayana path — arises, is maintained, increased, and strengthened. No small feat for a poem of just slightly more than nine-hundred verses and for a poet-philosopher who was known in his day as a lazy, good-for-nothing monk!

    Thankfully, writing has continued to help enlighten us. Even in this so-called postmodern age, literature and art can still be employed in the service of human beings. How this is done, in manifold and distinctive ways, is the subject of this volume, Writing as Enlightenment, the third in the series on American culture and Buddhism, co-edited by Gary Storhoff and John Whalen-Bridge. . .

    In this wonderfully rich collection of offerings, the authors represented here speak to us about Buddhism’s place in America’s postmodern culture.
    ~~ Jan Willis

    Contents:

    Part I. Widening the Stream: Literature as Transmission
      1. The Transmission of Zen as DUal Discourse: Shaku Soen & Okakura Kakuzo
      2. Black American Buddhism: History & Representation

    Part II. The New Lamp: Buddhism & Contemporary Writers
      3. Some of the Dharma: The Human, the Heavenly, and the "Real Work" in the writings of Gary Snyder
      4. "Listen & Relate": Buddhism, Daoism, and Chance in the Poetry & Poetics of Jackson Mac Low
      5. A Deeper Kind of Truth: Buddhist Themes in Don DeLillo's Libra

    Part III. Speaking as Enlightenment: Interviews with Buddhist Writers
      6. "The Present Moment Happening": A Conversation with Gary Snyder About Danger on Peaks
      7. Embodied Mindfulness: Charles Johnson & Maxine Hong Kingston on Buddhism, Race, and Beauty
      8. Poetry & Practice at Naropa University

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    Acupuncture in the Treatment of Depression: A Manual for Practice and Research

    This pioneering book unites both western and traditional Chinese medicine to present a step-by-step methodology for evaluating and treating depression with acupuncture. Using research-oriented trials, it addresses fundamental issues in acupuncture research and offers guidelines for the design of acupuncture treatment studies.

    Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 1 edition (September 21, 2001)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0443071314
    ISBN-13: 978-0443071317 MsSVig

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    Book Description:

    A holistic guide to improving one’s vision both physically and spiritually

    • Explains how blurred vision is a reflection of other imbalances in the body, mind, and spirit

    • Offers natural methods for improvement of poor eyesight and stress-related difficulties, including dyslexia and ADHD

    • Combines the core values of the Bates method of natural vision improvement and Taoism

    Fewer than three percent of children in North America are born with visual defects, yet as they become adults nearly two thirds will become reliant on prescription lenses to see clearly. Virtually nonexistent in pre-industrialized cultures, this epidemic of blurred vision can be traced to mental, physical, and spiritual imbalances in modern society. The traditional “quick fixes” of eyeglasses and contact lenses only serve to cover the true cause of blurred vision while increasing eye-strain, and often progressively worsen eyesight as the eyes become trained to work within the confines of the corrective lenses. The advent of refractive surgery carries even more serious risks.

    In Restoring Your Eyesight, Doug Marsh offers a natural alternative that shows readers how to improve their eyesight by taking conscious control of their vision health. He combines proven methods pioneered a century ago by eye doctor William Bates with the ancient Chinese wisdom of Taoism. Marsh describes how vision goes deeper than the eyes and optic nerves, extending well into the layers of the mind, emotions, and spirit. Eyesight difficulties are often connected to behavioral and stress-related syndromes, such as dyslexia, ADHD, stuttering, TMJ, and anxiety disorders. He draws upon the core values of the Bates method and Taoism--rhythm, softness, return, balance, and wholeness--to provide guidelines for a holistic healing of outer and inner vision.
    MsSVig

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    The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine

    The Web That Has No Weaver" is the classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese alternative medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in synthesizing Western and Eastern healing practices.
    This revised edition is the product of years of further reflection on ancient Chinese sources and active involvement in cutting-edge scientific research. MsSVig

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    This is the PDF version of the JPG files posted:http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=44638
    Thanks to the original uploader.


    Master Cheng's New Method of Taichi Ch'uan Self-Cultivation is the culmination and completion of Cheng Man-ch'ing's life work: the Simplified Method of Yang style Taichi. This text is his final book, translated into English here for the first time.
    Now students of all taichi styles have a chance to study the methods of Cheng Man-ch'ing directly, with the aid of 180 photographs and 160 foot diagrams.
    Master Cheng provides practitioners with a complete and concise guide to the Short Form, enabling them to make rapid progress. Expanding from the mechanical outline in T'ai Chi Ch'uan: A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health and Self-Defense, Cheng goes into great detail describing the postures, and more importantly, how to transition smoothly from one stance to another. As in his previous work, Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan, he continues his explanation of taichi's place in the history of Chinese philosophy, drawing parallels with the / Ching, and sampling from the Yellow Emperor's Classic. For martial artists in pursuit of internal achievement, this will be an essential volume. MsSVig

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    Universal Astrology: dignities and debilities, house strengths, interpreting aspects, malefic and benefic planets, relationships to the sun, retrogradation, fixed stars, and others. It ends with a couple of extensive chapters on how to delineate houses, with an lengthy example of a delineation of a natal chart.

    Introduction wrote:

    "... This compendium is not a course in itself, but an organized collection of and introduction to most practical concepts and techniques for use by modern students of traditional astrology. In it I draw on the wisdom and experience of many astrologers and scholars from the past and present. Part I introduces universal astrology, the basic concepts and delineation techniques applicable to all areas of astrology. Further Parts will introduce natal astrology and its predictive techniques, mundane astrology, and horary astrology. ..."

    MsSVig

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    The present volume represents the first critical edition of the Hebrew text of the two versions of Abrahan Ibn Ezra’s Sefer ha-'Olam (Book of the World), accompanied by an English translation and commentary. Sefer ha-'Olam was the first theoretical work in Hebrew to discuss the theories and techniques of historical and meteorological astrology, as they had accumulated from Antiquity to Ibn Ezra’s own time, and drew on Greek, Hindu, Persian, and Arabic sources.

    This volume also incorporates the first critical edition, again accompanied by an English translation and commentary, of the Hebrew translation, ascribed to Ibn Ezra, of Masha'allah’s Book on Eclipses,a work on mundane astrology. Other appendices contain three brief texts in which Ibn Ezra either conveyed his own opinion about world astrology or presented astrological techniques that are not discussed in the two versions of Sefer ha-'Olam. MsSVig

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    No other text is as important to Buddhists, especially Zen Buddhists, and this translation includes commentary from major Chinese and Japanese historical sources. Zen Buddhism is often said to be a practice of "mind-to-mind transmission" without reliance on texts --in fact, some great teachers forbid their students to read or write. But Buddhism has also inspired some of the greatest philosophical writings of any religion, and two such works lie at the center of Zen: The Heart Sutra, which monks recite all over the world, and The Diamond Sutra, said to contain answers to all questions of delusion and dualism. This is the Buddhist teaching on the "perfection of wisdom" and cuts through all obstacles on the path of practice. As Red Pine explains: "The Diamond Sutra may look like a book, but it's really the body of the Buddha. It's also your body, my body, all possible bodies. But it's a body with nothing inside and nothing outside. It doesn't exist in space or time. Nor is it a construct of the mind. It's no mind. And yet because it's no mind, it has room for compassion. This book is the offering of no mind, born of compassion for all suffering beings. Of all the sutras that teach this teaching, this is the diamond. " MsSVig

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    After a hard day’s industry, Nikki Wyrd and Julian Vayne were sitting around chatting when the subject of spirits raised itself; rather than subsequently write about what they discussed, they recorded their brilliant musings for our delectation and delight…

    ‘Spirit’ as a term covers a multitude of more precise definitions, from the classic genius loci to deity, to ghostly apparitions, faery, daemonic entities, and egregores of events and groups, to name but a few. Do they exist, in the normal sense of that word, as discrete things in a parallel dimension? Are they merely figments of our imaginations? Or, perhaps something else entirely?


    For more than two decades, Nikki Wyrd has been intensely involved in group magickal practices. A lifelong member of the Illluminates of Thanateros, she is currently head of the British Isles Section. An organiser of occult conferences, Vice Chancellor of Arcanorium College, and holder of a BSc in Ecology.

    Julian Vayne has been involved with the magickal world for over 20 years. He has published numerous articles, led a variety of esoteric workshops and courses and is a prominent figure in contemporary British occultism. His interests include drugs and magick, permaculture and the politics of sustainability, teaching and graphic art. He lives in Devon where he tends his newly planted orchard. MsSVig

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    Gerald Gardener: Britain's Wicca Man (2012) [TVrip - 1 MP4]

    "Professor Ronald Hutton’s long anticipated documentary about Gerald Gardner and the history of Wicca is an excellent film that covers all the bases in a short amount of time..." - Pagan Federation London Review (5 Stars)

    "Professor Ronald Hutton is deeply knowledgeable on the history of Wicca, well-read on the latest scholarship, and has extensive contacts with surviving associates (and initiates) of Gerald Gardner..." - Wildhunt.org



    Video Trailer: http://vimeo.com/35964445

    NB: This version was broadcast on the Australian network ABC on the 9th June, 2013, as part of a programme in its "Compass" documentary series.

    It was edited to fit that programme's schedule, so it's not the full hour long documentary, which, according to a Channel Four press release, was scheduled to air in the UK sometime in 2012.

    http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-commission...

    But it never did air and one of the comments on the page linked to below speculates that some legal problem is holding things up.

    I'll try to upload the full documentary, if and when it's finally broadcast.

    Until then, this HDTV rip of the Australian ABC broadcast is about as as good as it's going to get, which, I'm sure you'll agree, is a whole lot better than nothing at all.

    I had no idea that any actual footage of Gerald Gardener existed and it was a real treat to watch it.

    It was also fascinating to see his ritual crowns, athame and original Book of Shadows, which are now in the hands of private collectors.

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    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/britains-wicca-man/episod...

    The extraordinary story of Britain's fastest-growing religious group - the modern pagan witchcraft of Wicca - and of its creator, an eccentric Englishman called Gerald Gardner.

    Historian and leading expert in Pagan studies Professor Ronald Hutton explores Gardner's story and experiences first-hand Wicca's growing influence throughout Britain today.

    Born of a nudist colony in 1930s Dorset, Wicca rapidly grew from a small New Forest coven to a worldwide religion in the space of just 70 years.

    It's a journey that takes in tales of naked witches casting spells to ward off Hitler, tabloid hysteria about human sacrifices and Gerald Gardner himself appearing on Panorama.



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    If you believe that life should be a quest for values, reasons, and purpose—filled with passion and governed by individual responsibility—then yours is the sort of mind to which the Existentialist philosophers were speaking.

    More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene, Existentialism has continued to exert a profound attraction for individuals driven to re-examine life's most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom.

       What is life?
       What is my place in it?
       What choices does this obligate me to make?


    If you want to enrich your own understanding of this unique philosophical movement, the visionary thinkers it brought together to ponder these questions, and the prominent role it still plays in contemporary thought, you now have an opportunity to do so with this 24-lecture course.

    Professor Solomon is Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin. He has written several books on a variety of philosophical topics that have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

    Course Lecture Titles

       1. What Is Existentialism?
       2. Albert Camus—The Stranger, Part I
       3. Camus—The Stranger, Part II
       4. Camus—The Myth of Sisyphus
       5. Camus—The Plague and The Fall
       6. Camus—The Fall, Part II
       7. Søren Kierkegaard—“On Becoming a Christian”
       8. Kierkegaard on Subjective Truth
       9. Kierkegaard's Existential Dialectic
       10. Friedrich Nietzsche on Nihilism and the Death of God
       11. Nietzsche, the “Immoralist”
       12. Nietzsche on Freedom, Fate, and Responsibility
       13. Nietzsche—The Übermensch and the Will to Power
       14. Three Grand Inquisitors—Dostoevsky, Kafka, Hesse
       15. Husserl, Heidegger, and Phenomenology
       16. Heidegger on the World and the Self
       17. Heidegger on “Authenticity”
       18. Jean-Paul Sartre at War
       19. Sartre on Emotions and Responsibility
       20. Sartres Phenomenology
       21. Sartre on “Bad Faith”
       22. Sartre’s Being-for-Others and No Exit
       23. Sartre on Sex and Love
       24. From Existentialism to Postmodernism MsSVig

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    In the first volume, Ten Lectures on the Use of Medicinals Based on the Personal Experience of Jiao Shu-De (Yong Yao Xin De Shi Jiang), Dr. Jiao discusses approximately 300 medicinal substances in practical terms. He begins each section with basic information about a given substance, such as taste, temperature, and entering channels. This is followed with a discussion of the functions and indications for the substance. In this section, Dr. Jiao gives the details of specific practical applications for each medicinal, including representative formulas for a given function. In the final section about a given medicinal substance, he provides information about specific preparations and dosages, as well as some comparisons with other medicinals having similar or related actions. “Ten Lectures” is not designed to replace standard materia medica, but to supplement them with copious detail on clinical applications from his own personal experience. The book also presents information about the medicinals that is not available in English language materia medica. For example, he compares and contrasts medicinals that have similar functions to help practitioners make better clinical decisions. MsSVig

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    Publisher: Counterpoint, 2010

    In the spring of 2006, Bill Porter traveled through the heart of China, from Beijing to Hong Kong, on a pilgrimage to sites associated with the first six patriarchs of Zen. In Zen Baggage, Porter takes readers to places few Westerners have ever ventured, weaving together historical background, interviews, and translations of the earliest known records of Zen along with personal vignettes into a fascinating tale of discovery.

    Porter's account captures the transformations taking place at religious centers in China but also the legacy they have somehow managed to preserve. Porter brings wisdom and humor to every situation, whether visiting ancient caves containing the most complete collection of Buddhist texts ever uncovered, enduring a six-hour Buddhist ceremony, or meeting the abbess of China's first Zen nunnery.

    Porter's Road to Heaven: Encounters with Hermits has become recommended reading at Zen centers and universities throughout America and even in China (in its Chinese translation), and Zen Baggage is sure to follow suit. MsSVig

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    http://www.amazon.com/Principles-practice-radiesthesia-textb...

    This is a rare book. It contains 5 parts on:

    1. Elements of Radiesthesia
    2. Radiesthesia on Site
    3. TeleRadiesthesia or Distant Prospection
    4. Radiation of Living Beings
    5. Telediagnosis or Distant Biological Detection

    Please contribute back by OCRing and Spellcheck/Proofreading this book.

    I recommend ABBYY Finereader 11 (or similar) for doing this work in a relatively easy way. If you plan to do that please leave a comment here so the effort won't be duplicated by others. Please upload back the final pdf. Thank you.

    Please note that the high quality scan images are posted here for a specific purpose - to make it easy to OCR/spellcheck the book and not spend 100 hours doing that from a crappy, lossy compressed pdfs that are sometimes posted here. So please don't waste your time asking why this is not a pdf file. Instead please contribute a few hours of your time and OCR and proofread the posted book. Thank you.

    MsSVig

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