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    MEDITATION- A Part of Life
    Hari Om Tat Sat Discouse #19  , 4 th. Feb 1988 in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium Duration 90.35 minutes.




         The Words that I am speaking to you are ordinary words, you know them i do not like to use any kind of jargon. But in another sense the words i am using are extraordinary because they are coming from a depth, from as space within me and certainly they are carrying with them some perfume, some fragrance of that space.
       If you are silent, the words becomes inessential and the fragrance that it is carrying
    becomes essential.
      IF the  fragrance reaches you, you have listened.
                                                          Osho.

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    The 2013 sadhana texts below were developed, researched, compiled, revised, crafted, and edited by Lama Lodro and Chrys Antaya. They are part of our volunteer project to provide valuable, historical Buddhist teachings in modern language while maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the teachings. The 2013 sadhanas have large fonts to assist those with viewing and reading challenges. Within the context of accessibility, the layout of the sadhanas is designed to save paper and preserve trees.

    We share these sadhanas with other meditators, and we dedicate the merit of this project to the great meditation teachers who have been of such benefit to us and other beings.

    The 2013 sadhana texts below are high resolution for high quality on-screen viewing and printing

    Red Tara (Red Arya Tara, Dolma Karmo) see also “Tantric Deity Motif”
    Red Arya Tara is a dynamic wisdom aspect of Tara which stimulates clarity, insight, wisdom, courage, strength, bliss, healthy exploration, and overcomes spiritual obstacles. Red Tara meditation work helps penetrate into the true nature of ourselves, the world, and the universe. Tara is a complex, powerful, and multi-faceted female aspect of Buddha-nature and represents the integration of wisdom, insight, awareness, skill, and right action. Each of the many facets of Tara work in different ways to activate and liberate our inner Buddha natures. All aspects of Tara promote improved health and longevity. Red Arya Tara's symbols are a bow and arrow made of flowers and a vase of healing nectar. MsSVig

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    Peter Underwood - The Complete Book of Dowsing and Divining (1980) [1 Scan - 248 JPG]

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Book-Dowsing-Divining/dp/...

    A book on dowsing and divining theory and practice.

    Contents

    List of Illustrations------------------------------------- 7
    Acknowledgements ------------------------------------9
    Introduction--------------------------------------------11

    1 A Short History of the Divining Rod---------------14
    2 The Authenticity of Dowsing-----------------------37
    3 Theories of Dow sing and Divining----------------47
    4 Aspects of Dowsing and Divining------------------63
    5 Dowsing Instruments and their Uses-------------84
    6 Dowsers of the Pasts-----------------------------109
    7 Meet the Dowsers---------------------------------129
    8 Dowsing and Divining in the Modern World----150
    9 How to Acquire the Art of Dowsing-------------168
    10 Adventures in Dowsing and Divining----------185
    11 Dowsing Tests and their Problems-------------203
    12 The British Society of Dowsers-----------------217

    Epilogue: a last word on how dowsing works----220
    Select Bibliography----------------------------------222
    Index--------------------------------------------------224


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    http://www.amazon.com/Born-Magnetic-Volume-Frances-Nixon/dp/...

    A rare 2 tomes on the teachings on Vivaxis (see a few other books on the topic previously uploaded here), covering topics of how to undo damage of x-rays, working with Vivaxis energies, etc.
    Vivaxis explains our electromagnetic link with the Universe -- the knowledge of which our life and health fundamentally depend on, and using it for healing our bodies.

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    http://www.amazon.com/How-Make-Million-Dowsing-Drilling/dp/0...

    This is a rare old book, talking about dowsing in general and specifically for oil.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Firewalking-New-Look-Old-Enigma/dp/B00...

    Publication Date: December 1991

    In this survey, Vilenskaya and Steffy vividly draw the boundaries of the firewalking-an ancient technique now making a dramatic comeback as a personal growth tool. Even those investigators who present conventional naturalistic explanations for the firewalk no longer deny it; some have even firewalked themselves. Inspiring accounts by participants testify that firewalking has helped many people to transcend the limitations of their previous beliefs.


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    In French
    Cet ouvrage de référence est une vaste synthèse qui présente la doctrine traditionnelle des cycles développée et appliquée à notre temps. La cyclologie, ou théorie du temps cyclique, est une conception que l'on retrouve dans la plupart des sociétés archaïques. Selon cette vision, l'écoulement du temps n'est pas linéaire, l'histoire passant pour obéir éternellement à des cycles immuables amenant un retour périodique de l'humanité face aux mêmes situations, cycles dont la durée varie selon les traditions. La plus répandue et la plus ancienne des conceptions cycliques est la mesure védique du temps en quatre âges, encore développée aujourd'hui dans l'hindouisme et le bouddhisme. Le cycle complet dure 12.000 ans environ et débute par un Age d'Or, période où l'homme possède la connaissance spirituelle et vit dans une harmonie parfaite. Puis continence le déclin (perte progressive de la connaissance) qui, en passant par l'Age d'Argent puis l'Age de Bronze, aboutit à l'Age de Fer (Kali Youga) où triomphent l'ignorance, l'égoïsme et le mal. Une conflagration (sous la forme d'un cataclysme cosmique, de guerres ou autre) purifie ensuite l'humanité pour permettre le commencement d'un nouveau cycle, donc d'un nouvel Age d'Or. Bien qu'elle soit en contradiction avec les doctrines judéo-chrétiennes qui véhiculent une vision linéaire du temps, de la Création et de la fin du monde, la cyclologie s'est perpétuée jusqu'à nos jours, véhiculée par divers courants philosophiques. A l'aide de cette théorie, Jean Phaure a la vertu de nous faire comprendre que ce que nous vivons et la fin de cycle qui nous attend n'arrive pas pour la première fois et a déjà eu lieu avec des intensités différentes. C'est un perpétuel recommencement. Jean Phaure [1928 - 2002] se définissait comme poète et métaphysicien chrétien. Il a consacré de nombreuses pages à la symbolique de l'architecture religieuse et du nombre.

    In English
    This reference book is a comprehensive summary that presents the traditional doctrine of cycles developed and applied to our time. The cyclologie or theory of cyclical time, is a design that is found in most ancient societies. According to this view, the passage of time is not linear, the story passing to obey eternally immutable cycles causing a periodic return of humanity facing the same situations, cycles whose duration varies according to the traditions. The most common and oldest cyclic designs is the Vedic time measurement into four ages, further developed today in Hinduism and Buddhism. The complete cycle takes about 12,000 years and begins with a Golden Age, a time when man has spiritual knowledge and live in perfect harmony. Continence and the decline (progressive loss of knowledge) which, through the Silver Age and the Bronze Age, leads to the Iron Age (Kali Yuga), where triumph of ignorance, selfishness and evil. A conflagration (in the form of a cosmic catastrophe, war or other) then purified humanity to allow the beginning of a new cycle, so a new Golden Age. Although at odds with the Judeo-Christian doctrines which convey a linear view of time, the creation and the end of the world, cyclologie has continued until today, conveyed by various philosophical currents. Using this theory, Jean Phaure has the power to make us understand that we live and the end of the cycle that we can not expect for the first time and has already taken place with different intensities. It repeats itself. Jean Phaure [1928 - 2002] was defined as Christian poet and metaphysician. He devoted many pages to the symbolism of religious architecture and number. MsSVig

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    Among the most important sources for understanding the cultures and systems of thought of ancient Mesopotamia is a large body of magical and medical texts written in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages. An especially significant branch of this literature centres upon witchcraft. Mesopotamian anti-witchcraft rituals and incantations attribute ill-health and misfortune to the magic machinations of witches and prescribe ceremonies, devices, and treatments for dispelling witchcraft, destroying the witch, and protecting and curing the patient. The Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals aims to present a reconstruction of this body of texts; it provides critical editions of the relevant rituals and prescriptions based on the study of the cuneiform tablets and fragments recovered from the libraries of ancient Mesopotamia.

    This is the first volume in the three-part Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals series. Volumes two and three are expected in 2015 and 2018 respectively.

    "Even in its incomplete form, Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals is a major contribution to the study of witchcraft, supernatural belief, folk medicine (both supernatural and non-supernatural), theories of magic, incantations, and ritual. This edition is required reading for any scholar with an interest in these topics."
    David Elton Gay, Indiana University

    Tzvi Abusch, Ph.D. (1972), Harvard University, is Cohen Professor of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Religion at Brandeis University. His primary fields of publication are Mesopotamian religion and literature. Some of his studies on Babylonian witchcraft are found in Mesopotamian Witchcraft (Brill, 2002).

    Daniel Schwemer, Ph.D. (2000), Habilitation (2005), Würzburg University, is Reader in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has published extensively on ancient Near Eastern religion and magic including Abwehrzauber und Behexung (Harrassowitz, 2007). MsSVig

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    What are the halcyon days? On what date do the dog days begin? What is Hansel Monday? How do Chinese, Muslim, Mesoamerican, Jewish, and Babylonian calendars differ from Christian calendars? The answers to these and hundreds of other intriguing questions about the way humans have marked and measured time over the millennia can be found in The Oxford Companion to the Year.
    The desire to set aside certain periods of time to mark their significance is a transhistorical, transcultural phenomena. Virtually all cultures have marked special days or periods: the feast day of a saint, the celebration of a historical event, the turning of a season, a period of fasting, the birthday of an important historical figure. Around these days a rich body of traditions, beliefs, and superstitions have grown up, many of them only half-remembered today. Now, for the first time, Bonnie Blackburn and Leofranc Holford-Strevens combine this body of knowledge with a wide-ranging survey of calendars across cultures in an authoritative and engaging one-volume reference work. The first section of The Oxford Companion to the Year is a day-by-day survey of the calendar year, revealing the history, literature, legend, and lore associated with each season, month, and day. The second part provides a broader study of time-reckoning: historical and modern calendars, religious and civil, are explained, with handy tables for the conversion of dates between various systems and a helpful index to facilitate speedy reference.
    The Oxford Companion to the Year is a unique and uniquely delightful reference source, an indispensable aid for all historians and antiquarians, and a rich mine of information and inspiration for browsers. MsSVig

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    Heiner Fruehauf's discussion of the cosmological significance of the Heart Official and acupuncture points.
    This material comprises a unique series about the physiology of the Chinese medicine organ networks. Based on a 10-year research project, these lectures explore a field of ancient symbolism that greatly illuminates the physical, emotional, and spiritual functions of the organ systems. Based on the introductory lecture, Macrocosmic Alchemy: The Hidden Code to Deciphering the Function of the Chinese Organ Networks. MsSVig

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    Heiner Fruehauf's discussion of the cosmological significance of the Small Intestine Official and acupuncture points.
    This material comprises a unique series about the physiology of the Chinese medicine organ networks. Based on a 10-year research project, these lectures explore a field of ancient symbolism that greatly illuminates the physical, emotional, and spiritual functions of the organ systems. Based on the introductory lecture, Macrocosmic Alchemy: The Hidden Code to Deciphering the Function of the Chinese Organ Networks. MsSVig

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    Heiner Fruehauf's discussion of the cosmological significance of the Large Intestine Official and acupuncture points.
    This material comprises a unique series about the physiology of the Chinese medicine organ networks. Based on a 10-year research project, these lectures explore a field of ancient symbolism that greatly illuminates the physical, emotional, and spiritual functions of the organ systems. Based on the introductory lecture, Macrocosmic Alchemy: The Hidden Code to Deciphering the Function of the Chinese Organ Networks. MsSVig

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    Heiner Fruehauf's discussion of the cosmological significance of the Lung Official and acupuncture points.
    This material comprises a unique series about the physiology of the Chinese medicine organ networks. Based on a 10-year research project, these lectures explore a field of ancient symbolism that greatly illuminates the physical, emotional, and spiritual functions of the organ systems. Based on the introductory lecture, Macrocosmic Alchemy: The Hidden Code to Deciphering the Function of the Chinese Organ Networks. MsSVig

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    Heiner Fruehauf's discussion of the cosmological significance of the Spleen Official and acupuncture points.
    This material comprises a unique series about the physiology of the Chinese medicine organ networks. Based on a 10-year research project, these lectures explore a field of ancient symbolism that greatly illuminates the physical, emotional, and spiritual functions of the organ systems. Based on the introductory lecture, Macrocosmic Alchemy: The Hidden Code to Deciphering the Function of the Chinese Organ Networks. MsSVig

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    Heiner Fruehauf's discussion of the cosmological significance of the Stomach Official and acupuncture points.
    This material comprises a unique series about the physiology of the Chinese medicine organ networks. Based on a 10-year research project, these lectures explore a field of ancient symbolism that greatly illuminates the physical, emotional, and spiritual functions of the organ systems. Based on the introductory lecture, Macrocosmic Alchemy: The Hidden Code to Deciphering the Function of the Chinese Organ Networks. MsSVig

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    Practical handbook of Panchakarma Procedures is a brief knowledge of various Panchakarma procedures followed in different parts of the country. It also includes some of the common therapeutic procedures popular in Kerala. Panchakarma therapy is an integral part of Ayurvedic treatment. All the learned scholars of Ayurveda since beginning to the present era have highly appreciated the importance and therapeutic efficacy of Panchakarma therapy. The description of Panchakarma is found to be popular in Ayurvedic classics viz Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hridayam, Ashtanga Samgraha, Sharngadhara and Vanga Sena etc.Classical Panchakarma includes Vamana, Virechana, Anuvasana Basti, Niruha Basti and Nasya, which require more attention and care from the physician. The procedures are also time taking. Due to these facts some of the physicians developed easier techniques with better therapeutic effects. These procedures were popular in India sometime ago but now they are becoming popular all over the world.
    This book deals with the commonly practiced, popular Panchakarma procedures minutely in simplified form for the benefit of students and Ayurvedic practitioners. It has been tried to give the material requirements, names and doses of commonly used medicines with administration time, indications and contraindications with necessary photographs. The assessment of minimum required manpower in various procedures has also been done. This book also recommends space and staff requirements for a model Panchakarma unit. Textual references are also given wherever possible.
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    Charms, Spells, Potions and Power

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    You can work magick! Conjure up love, energy creativity, harmony -- whatever you need or desire -- with Magick Made Easy. This fun and informative guide gives you everything you need to ignite your magickal powers. Master the Bewitching Art of Magick. No need to worry about dragging out the cauldron or finding eye of newt! Clear, easy-to-follow instructions walk you through the basics of spells, potions, amulets, and rituals that incorporate everyday objects and ingredients readily available around the house, at the supermarket, or in the garden. Simple but effective tools and down-to-earth techniques help you use, personalize, and refine the art of folk magick.-- Work a powerful "love spell" to snare the one you desire.-- Enhance psychic awareness.-- Learn how to grow rich and prosperous.-- Protect yourself from illness.Comprehensive, user-friendly, and endlessly entertaining, Magick Made Easy includes an essential discussion of the inner workings of magick, tips on creating a personal spell book, folklore and history, and a handy quick-reference index. It's magick at your fingertips!

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    Muhammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī,  was a Persian Muslim, polymath, a prominent figure in Islamic Golden Age, physician, alchemist and chemist, philosopher, and scholar.

    Numerous "firsts" in medical research, clinical care, and chemistry are attributed to him, including being the first to differentiate smallpox from measles, and the discovery of numerous compounds and chemicals including alcohol, kerosene, among others. Edward Granville Browne considers him as "probably the greatest and most original of all the physicians, and one of the most prolific as an author".

    Razi made fundamental and enduring contributions to the fields of medicine, alchemy, music, and philosophy, recorded in over 200 books and articles in various fields of science. He was well-versed in Ancient Persian, Greek and Ancient Indian medical knowledge and made numerous advances in medicine through own observations and discoveries.

    This Book "The Virtuous Life (al-Hawi الحاوي)".

       This monumental medical encyclopedia in nine volumes — known in Europe also as The Large Comprehensive or Continens Liber (جامع الكبير) — contains considerations and criticism on the Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato, and expresses innovative views on many subjects. Because of this book alone, many scholars consider Razi the greatest medical doctor of the Middle Ages.

       The al-Hawi is not a formal medical encyclopedia, but a posthumous compilation of Razi's working notebooks, which included knowledge gathered from other books as well as original observations on diseases and therapies, based on his own clinical experience. It is significant since it contains a celebrated monograph on smallpox, the earliest one known. It was translated into Latin in 1279 by Faraj ben Salim, a physician of Sicilian-Jewish origin employed by Charles of Anjou, and after which it had a considerable influence in Europe.

       The al-Hawi also criticized the views of Galen, after Razi had observed many clinical cases which did not follow Galen's descriptions of fevers. For example, he stated that Galen's descriptions of urinary ailments were inaccurate as he had only seen three cases, while Razi had studied hundreds of such cases in hospitals of Baghdad and Rey. MsSVig

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    John R. Hale Professor John R. Hale

    University of LouisvillePh.D., University of Cambridge
    Course no. 3650
    36 Letures

    The audio version is available here
    http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=12262

    This video version is so much better. The visuals and 3D renderings of the sacred sites, temples are breathtaking. Enjoy this fine release
    Baba









    COURSE DEscriptION
    Stonehenge. Machu Picchu. The Acropolis. The Great Pyramids at Giza. Sites such as these have captivated the world for centuries—even millennia—since their creation. They are works of great beauty whose construction required spectacular feats of engineering, involved the efforts of hundreds of thousands of individuals, and incurred a tremendous financial cost on the civilizations that created them.
    But why were these massive sites created? What impulse drove ancient cultures to devote such time and labor into these projects? Why are we so transfixed by their presence today? And what do these and other mysterious sites reveal about our ancestors—and about humanity as a whole?

    The answer to these and other eternal questions is the dynamic force of religious belief. Religion, in its many forms, is among the most powerful of all human impulses. The philosophical and intellectual side of religious practice is well studied—but religion also manifests itself physically. From cave art to intricate burial chambers to grand hilltop temples, the material expression of spirituality is less understood but offers equally deep insights into why humans believe in something larger than themselves.

    Now you can experience the thrill of discovery and learn the sacred secrets behind some of the world's most popular and mysterious ancient locales with Exploring the Roots of Religion. In 36 riveting and insightful lectures taught by award-winning Professor John R. Hale—a practicing archaeologist and masterful storyteller—you dig through the earth and learn how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about the varieties of early spiritual experience around the world. It's an experience that will add new levels of understanding to your knowledge of ancient history and especially to the integral role that religion played in some of these grand civilizations.

    Get a Three-Dimensional Perspective on Ancient Sites

    To look at these awe-inspiring sites without considering the vital importance of their spiritual contexts is to merely get a one-dimensional, postcard view of their true greatness. While these places were built with wood and stone, the mortar that held them together was the intricate rituals and belief systems of the cultures that built them.
    But in instances where no written record exists or the historical record is incomplete, how can you understand the captivating rituals and systems responsible for them?

    The answer: archaeology. This fascinating scientific field, which uses material remains to fill in gaps in the historical record, provides a useful way for us to grasp the nature of faiths and rituals that otherwise might have been lost in the mists of time. Using the unique tools and knowledge of their field, archaeologists can now determine the nature of a sacrificial ritual, compare the visible attributes of ancient deities, and map out the proper orientation of a particular temple or tomb.

    And with its unique archaeological perspective on the nature of ancient faiths, Exploring the Roots of Religion offers you a vibrant, three-dimensional perspective on these sites—perspectives that not only show you why these places are important to us in the modern world, but why these places were so revered by the peoples for whom they were a part of everyday life.

    Unearth the Roots of Religious Experience

    Every expertly organized lecture in Exploring the Roots of Religion is an incomparable and comprehensive look at specific religious archaeological sites around the world. Using the same teaching skills that have garnered him acclaim from his students at the University of Louisville, Professor Hale takes you deep inside caves and crypts and leads you through vast deserts and ancient cities around the globe—from Turkey and Polynesia to Mexico and Sweden to Cambodia and even the American Midwest. And it's a journey you can enjoy without having to leave the comfort of your own home or car.

    Professor Hale groups his lectures into six main "themes," each of which addresses a particular aspect of religious experiences in ancient times:

    In the Beginning: Most of the basic elements of religion arose during the Stone Age. Each of the sites you explore in this section—whether burial caves in Iraq, rock art in the Kalahari Desert, or stone megaliths in France—served as the genesis for sacred ideas of art, rituals, landscapes, and more.

    Quest for the Afterlife: How did early civilizations prepare their deceased for the mysteries of the afterlife? As you encounter the burial customs of the Sumerians, Celts, Vikings, and others, learn how archaeologists discovered what they know about this essential aspect of religious practice.
    Reconstructing Ancient Rituals: Witness how archaeologists reconstruct and re-create religious rituals from the silent testimony of material remains. These rituals include the bull dance ceremony of the Minoans, the consultation of the oracle in western Asia Minor, and even human sacrifices in ancient Mexico.

    Lost Gods and Fallen Temples: Equally important as a religion's rituals is its theology. At these six sites, encounter a vast pantheon of ancient gods such as Aten (the sun god made the sole Egyptian deity by a heretic pharaoh) and Quetzalcoatl (a feathered serpent who brought blessings to Aztec civilization).

    Sacred Landscapes: Unlike individual temples, these archaeological sites are so vast that their sacred nature encompasses an entire landscape, sometimes even spanning hundreds of miles. The pyramids at Giza, the Nazca Lines in the Peruvian desert, and the temple of Angkor Wat are just a few of the stirring localities you investigate.
    Communities of the Spirit: The sites in this final section deal with "revealed" faiths: those that originate with the message of a prophet or reformer. These include communities such as the Zoroastrians, the Jewish sect of the Essenes, and a Christian community that venerated their dead in the catacombs underneath ancient Rome.
    Spiritual Insights into Popular Destinations

    A majority of the sites you visit in Exploring the Roots of Religion have long been recognized as profound monuments to the grandeur of ancient history. With Professor Hale, you view these sites not as curious tourist attractions but instead as places of great religious and historical importance, packed with information about early forms of faith and the spiritual lives of our ancestors. These are among the sites you investigate:

    Lascaux Cave: This cave in the Dordogne region of France is one of the places where art was born. But archaeologists also believe its engravings and paintings played important roles in the spiritual lives of Stone-Age hunters. A mysterious scene of a wounded bison, bird-effigy, and bird-headed man represents one of the earliest examples of religious iconography.
    Machu Picchu: This ancient Incan city, located high in the mountains of Peru, is a marvel of urban planning—and also a potent example of a landscape suffused with spiritual meaning. Among its many buildings is an abstract stone altar—dubbed the "hitching post of the sun"—which marked the sun god Inti's presence at the site.

    Stonehenge: The religious symbolism of this iconic site extends far beyond the megalith construction at its center. Additional features that provide insights into the spiritual beliefs of its architects include burial mounds, cemeteries, and long ceremonial avenues.
    Easter Island: The giant stone heads dotting the landscape of this Polynesian island are more than just sculptural marvels. These gigantic statues of important ancestors or chiefs were originally erected on stone platforms (known as ahu), where they were the focus for sacred rites performed in memory of the honored dead.
    Every lecture is dedicated to a thorough look at these and other breathtaking places. For each place, youlearn the points of interest that attract the attention of archaeologists and scholars;
    survey the principal features unearthed during the site's excavation;
    discover what evidence at the site reveals about the evolution of religion; and
    compare findings with the beliefs and practices of other sites and civilizations.
    Discover New Visions of Religion

    Reconstructing ancient religious rituals from archaeological remains has been a cornerstone of Professor Hale's career. Trained at Yale and Cambridge universities, he has spent a wealth of time exploring Celtic rituals in England, sacred rock art in Scandinavia, pagan and Christian religious structures in Portugal, and more.

    It is this breadth of experience, coupled with his contagious passion for the wonders of his field, that makes Exploring the Roots of Religion such an engaging and enjoyable way to mine fascinating new knowledge from some of the world's oldest remains.

    By the final lap of your international journey, you'll have developed a new vision of religion and its crucial role in ancient history. You'll become more attuned to both spirituality's universal elements and its unique characteristics across different cultures. You'll discover clues into the early practices of religions that endure in the modern world, including Christianity and Buddhism. And you'll realize just how much credit religion deserves for the remarkable historical sites that continue to captivate the human race.

    "Future generations will still wonder at the pyramids, mounds, standing stones, and temples of our remote ancestors when the remains of our secular world have crumbled to dust," Professor Hale notes. "It is perhaps a reminder that, in all realms, the spirit is more lasting than the flesh."


    Lecture list
    1 The Roots of Religious Experience
    2 Neanderthal Burials at Shanidar
    3 Hunting Magic in Sacred Caves
    4 Myths of the Shaman
    5 Realm of the Mother Goddess
    6 Mysteries of the Megaliths
    7 Towers and Tombs of Sumeria
    8 Tomb of the First Emperor of China
    9 Feasting with the Dead at Petra
    10 Druid Sacrifice at Lindow Moss?
    11 Honoring Ancestors in Ancient Ohio
    12 A Viking Queen Sails to Eternity
    13 Dancing with Bulls at Knossos
    14 Oracle Bones in Ancient China
    15 Sun and Sexuality in Early Scandinavia
    16 Apollo Speaks at Klaros
    17 Chalice of Blood in Ancient Peru
    18 Decoding Rituals at Palenque
    19 Temple of the Goddess on Malta
    20 The Aten—Monotheism in Egypt
    21 Deities of the Acropolis
    22 Gods and Pyramids at Teotihuacan
    23 Sacred City on the Mississippi
    24 Sun and Shadow at Machu Picchu
    25 Celestial Gateway at Giza
    26 Cosmic Hub at Stonehenge
    27 Desert Lines at Nazca
    28 Skywatchers at Chaco Canyon
    29 Mountain of the Gods at Angkor
    30 The Stone Heads of Easter Island
    31 Tending Zoroaster's Sacred Fire in Iran
    32 Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran
    33 Taking Religions Underground at Rome
    34 Forging Iron at Jenne-jeno on the Niger
    35 Carving Monasteries at Ajanta in India
    36 Faiths Lost and Found


    Review
    Religions of Our Ancient ForebearsDate: March 2, 2013


    "This is an exceptional course. I found it fascinating. To begin with, Professor Hale is an excellent lecturer - in the organization and mastery of his material, in the intensity of his delivery and in his pleasing quality of voice.
    The content's scope encompasses millenia and most of the occupied globe. The lectures deal with how our ancient ancestors viewed their lives, their universe and their place in it - questions, fears and yearnings with which humans of all ages, including our own, have grappled. The content is compelling and often dramatic. I sometimes listened to three lectures, one right after the other, needing hardly a break.
    The visuals, whether actual photographs, artistic scenes or three dimensional representations, are plentiful, quite impressive and helpful.
    After viewing this course, I am encouraged to purchase further offerings from Professor Hale. Excellent job!"


    http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.asp... MsSVig

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    Know About Astrology (Complete Guide to Self-Learning Course in Astrology)



    In this book the author has tried to compile the various facets of astrological principles which are in our written domain. This book is a ready reference for those interested in the basics of Astrology as well as for those who would like to go deeper. Also with astrology becoming a tool in our daily lives it is important to know the basics and then go for consultation and queries.

    Chapters on Planets, Signs and houses, Nakshatras, Avasthas (states of planets), Yogas, Divisional charts, Ashtakavarga, Medical Astrology, Bhrigu Nadi, Marriage, Remedies, Jaimini Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry and a chapter on Chinese Astrology.

    798 pages

    There are some diagram scan errors (I did not scan it), but the book is still of good use.:-) MsSVig

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