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    Mark S. G. Dyczkowski - The Cult of the Goddess Kubjika

    This is the OCR version of: http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=45331

    This is a much improved scan of the doc previously uploaded here (one of the essays): http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=25513

    This essay is about the goddess Kubjika. The cult of this obscure goddess compared with that of the much better known goddess Kali, and references are occasionally provided to the goddess Tripura. The latter, like Kubjika, figures prominently right from the start of her history in the Sakta Kaula Tantras, the former emerges initially in the Bhairava Tantras but soon becomes a member of the Kaula pantheon. For those interested in Nepalese studies an important common feature of these three goddesses and their ectypes is the central position they have held for several centuries in the esoteric Tantrism of high-caste Hindu Newars as their lineage (kula) deities. Thus the aim of this paper is twofold. One is to present a general overview of some salient features of the typology ot these forms of the sacred. The other is to present a brief introduction to Newar Saktism as the context in which the goddess Kubjika has been worshipped for most of her history. "Mark S. G. Dyczkowski ist es gelungen, mit dieser zunachst kurz gehaltenen Arbeit eine erste, grundlegende Darstellung des esoterischen Kubijka-Kults vorzulegena" Indo-Iranian Journal. (Franz Steiner 2001) MsSVig

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    Man has the quality to plunge, dive and strike to the inner moods through Tantric Yoga for self-realization. Tantra is a parallel cultivation of the Vedic wisdom through which India reached its topmost zenith. Based on the dual conception of creation, with the participation of "Shiva" and "Shakti", the germinator and the nurturer respectively, tantra is a highly complex system of philosophical thought. The Vedic rishis discovered the yoga of sexual transformation to raise the kundalini which symbolizes woman as a medium of sacrifice and the copulation as an act of sacrifice.

    In the present book, the yogic development in the Mahanadi Valley which evolved erotic mysticism has been dealt with. Based on intensive research in the field area and studying a range of archaeological findings and comparing them with historical details, the work examines the evolution of Tantric Cults, particularly the Lajja Gauri Cult in the valley, and interprets in depth the composite yogic-tantric figures and symbols that are said to depict all hatha yogic features.

    With numerous pictures, maps and other illustrations, it emphasises on the art and architectural expressions of tantric belief in the region. Furthermore, the concept of sex to super-consciousness has been described with details of intuitive knowledge. The detailed description of the erogenous zones of female during different moon days and the sixty-four sexual poses (bandhas) comprised in the Appendix are highly informative.

    The volume will be extremely useful to scholars of Indian religion, philosophy and art and informative to others keen on knowing about tantra.

    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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    Contents: Introduction. 1. Self-awareness, own being and egoity. 2. Abhavavada, the doctrine of non-being: a forgotten Saiva doctrine. 3. The Samvitprakasa -- the light of consciousness. 4. The inner pilgrimage of the Tantras. 5. Kubjika, the androgynous Goddess. 6. The cult of the Goddess Kubjika. Bibliography. Index.

    "The past thirty years have witnessed dramatic developments in the study of Agamic Saivism in general. Progress has been made on several fronts. On the one hand there has been a substantial increase in the historical and anthropological data. On the other, access has been cleared to vast reserves of unedited and unpublished sources. This book is a collection of essays which document in their own way the author's personal journey in these years through parts of the Saiva and, to some extent, the Vaisnava Tantras. Anyone who has travelled on similar paths knows how vast and marvellous the lands of this extraordinary world are.

    Self-awareness, Own Being and Egoity studies the history of the notion that the one, unique reality which is equally Siva, the self and all that appears and exists in any form, is pure, universal 'I' consciousness (ahambhava).

    Abhavavada, the Doctrine of Non-being focuses on a little known doctrine taught in the Bhairava and Kaula Tantras that Siva, who is inherently beyond characterization, is non-being.

    The Samvitprakasa is an important text for monistic Kashmiri Vaisnavism. Its author, date and teachings are the subject of chapter three.

    The Inner Pilgrimage of the Tantras deals with sacred geography. Sacred geography is not only divine. It is also human. It is more than physical, social or cultural geography. It is the geography of the land in which we live. It is not just about space or places, it is about our home. The more esoteric early Tantric cults were concerned with the roaming ascetic. But now the places he has to travel to are much increased in number. Moreover, they are no longer just simply called 'sacred lands' --- ksetra -- they are specific seats -- pithas -- of deities and meeting grounds for male initiates and Yoginis, their female counterparts. The development of the sacred geography of India we witness in these sources is paralleled by that of their public, exoteric counterparts--the Puranas.

    Kubjika, the Androgynous Goddess and The Cult of the Goddess Kubjika deal with the secret Goddess of the Malla kings, who ruled the inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley up to about the middle of the 17 century. The king's deity is that of his country and people. With two faces, the inner secret Goddess and the outer public God, the king's deity transmits its energy and grace both in the outer domain and through the network of esoteric familial Goddesses who, energies in their own right, are thereby inwardly charged. Thus the king, his Goddess and his priest together are the axis of this inner secret society which, although close to its end, still survives today."


    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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    The aim of this book is basically to introduce the reader to the fundamental principles that Trika philosophers have enunciated in their philosophical – cum-theological treatises. Such an approach has been adopted deliberately on account of the fact that Trika system of thought, which is very rich in philosophical vocabulary, is hardly known to general public in the manner of Advaita Vedanta of Samkara.

    Although non- dualistic in orientation, yet it differs radically from the monism of Samkara with regard to the nature of the Absolute and the world. The Trika philosophy rejects the Vedantic view of the Absolute as being inactive. Instead of an inactive Absolute, it thinks of the Absolute theistically, and so speaks of Paramasiva as being both consciousness and reflective awareness. As such the Absolute of Trika is equated with the absolute freedom, and so the school also is referred to as being that of Freedom. In so far as the status of the world is concerned, the Trika thinks of it as being extension/emission/reflection of Paramasiva and so is considered to be real. It means that the world, even though a reflection of Paramasiva, is actually Siva itself.

    From these main differences it can be discerned that the Trika absolutism is radically different from the one that Samkara has adumbrated. It is hoped that the reader upon reading the book will be able to have the grasp of the main philosophical principles that the Trika has enunciated and developed.

    Moti Lal Pandit, trained as a theologian and linguist, has been engaged for last three decades in such dialogic research as would disseminate knowledge concerning the essence of such forms of spirituality as has been enunciated by such major religions as Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.

    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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    Nineveh Shadrach - Magic Squares and Tree of Life: Western Mandalas of Power




    Within the pages of this book lies one of the most powerful mandalas of the Western Mystery Tradition. For the first time in English, Nineveh Shadrach has lifted the veil on a magic square whose properties astonished Magi of an age long past. They hid this square from the uninitiated with arcane terms such as the red sulfur and great elixir. They attributed its power to the rise of figures such as Alexander the Great. For hundreds of years advanced adepts of Western Occultism had no inkling of the existence of such a powerful magical artifact. Now you do. You'll expand your knowledge of authentic ancient sacred magic when you get: a) A partial translation of an ancient manuscript, revealing some of its secrets b) The blueprint for constructing this mandala of power to awaken its energy in your life c) Advanced teachings of esoteric numerology that shed light on its mysteries d) Ten additional variations, each designed to fully manifest the spiritual power of the emanations of the Tree of Life. This book is not for beginners or for those looking for quick fix spells. Anyone who has dug in hidden places in search of secret knowledge that can change lives will find a master key inside. All that is left is for you to use that key and unleash the ancient power of kings.



    From an Amazon review, so you know what you're downloading:

    Quote:



    Magic Squares and the Tree of Life reveals an ancient method that has escaped the attention of almost all advanced Western magicians through the centuries. Many beginners have asked: "But, what do I do with these squares?". The answer is actually pretty straight forward when you read the translation of the ancient manuscript. All they did is carry the magic square or keep it near by to benefit from its charm. If you have a sacred space, make it a ceiling decoration and let the energy flow.

    Some have pointed out that the introduction is only 14 pages. It is 14 pages packed with information on large sized paper and not your typical 5x8 or 6x9. It isn't the size that matters, but the content. Imagine 300 pages of neophyte materials you can get in many rehashed books vs 14 pages of advanced teachings for the grade of Adeptus Major.

    But we are quibbling here...

    This book is about the most powerful variant of magic squares (according to the Arab magicians of the Middle age) and its 10 variations as it applies to the emanations of the Tree of Life.

    Put differently, this isn't your high school physics. This is like getting the notes on the E=MC2 formula as it is revealed for the first time. Get it if you know your basics or get it because you think you can handle it or get it because you want a taste of advanced techniques



    This was uploaded a few days ago by someone else and later deleted because the PDF file didn't work.   This one is fine. MsSVig

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    Jitamitra Prasad Singh Deo - Tantric Hedonism of Mahanadi Valley: Uddiyana Pitha (2004)

    This is not a dupe. Is the OCR version of http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=45345

    Man has the quality to plunge, dive and strike to the inner moods through Tantric Yoga for self-realization. Tantra is a parallel cultivation of the Vedic wisdom through which India reached its topmost zenith. Based on the dual conception of creation, with the participation of "Shiva" and "Shakti", the germinator and the nurturer respectively, tantra is a highly complex system of philosophical thought. The Vedic rishis discovered the yoga of sexual transformation to raise the kundalini which symbolizes woman as a medium of sacrifice and the copulation as an act of sacrifice.

    In the present book, the yogic development in the Mahanadi Valley which evolved erotic mysticism has been dealt with. Based on intensive research in the field area and studying a range of archaeological findings and comparing them with historical details, the work examines the evolution of Tantric Cults, particularly the Lajja Gauri Cult in the valley, and interprets in depth the composite yogic-tantric figures and symbols that are said to depict all hatha yogic features.

    With numerous pictures, maps and other illustrations, it emphasises on the art and architectural expressions of tantric belief in the region. Furthermore, the concept of sex to super-consciousness has been described with details of intuitive knowledge. The detailed description of the erogenous zones of female during different moon days and the sixty-four sexual poses (bandhas) comprised in the Appendix are highly informative.

    The volume will be extremely useful to scholars of Indian religion, philosophy and art and informative to others keen on knowing about tantra. MsSVig

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    Mark S. G. Dyczkowski - A Journey In The World Of Tantras (2004)

    This is not a dupe. Is the OCR version of http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=45346

    Contents: Introduction. 1. Self-awareness, own being and egoity. 2. Abhavavada, the doctrine of non-being: a forgotten Saiva doctrine. 3. The Samvitprakasa -- the light of consciousness. 4. The inner pilgrimage of the Tantras. 5. Kubjika, the androgynous Goddess. 6. The cult of the Goddess Kubjika. Bibliography. Index.

    "The past thirty years have witnessed dramatic developments in the study of Agamic Saivism in general. Progress has been made on several fronts. On the one hand there has been a substantial increase in the historical and anthropological data. On the other, access has been cleared to vast reserves of unedited and unpublished sources. This book is a collection of essays which document in their own way the author's personal journey in these years through parts of the Saiva and, to some extent, the Vaisnava Tantras. Anyone who has travelled on similar paths knows how vast and marvellous the lands of this extraordinary world are.

    Self-awareness, Own Being and Egoity studies the history of the notion that the one, unique reality which is equally Siva, the self and all that appears and exists in any form, is pure, universal 'I' consciousness (ahambhava).

    Abhavavada, the Doctrine of Non-being focuses on a little known doctrine taught in the Bhairava and Kaula Tantras that Siva, who is inherently beyond characterization, is non-being.

    The Samvitprakasa is an important text for monistic Kashmiri Vaisnavism. Its author, date and teachings are the subject of chapter three.

    The Inner Pilgrimage of the Tantras deals with sacred geography. Sacred geography is not only divine. It is also human. It is more than physical, social or cultural geography. It is the geography of the land in which we live. It is not just about space or places, it is about our home. The more esoteric early Tantric cults were concerned with the roaming ascetic. But now the places he has to travel to are much increased in number. Moreover, they are no longer just simply called 'sacred lands' --- ksetra -- they are specific seats -- pithas -- of deities and meeting grounds for male initiates and Yoginis, their female counterparts. The development of the sacred geography of India we witness in these sources is paralleled by that of their public, exoteric counterparts--the Puranas.

    Kubjika, the Androgynous Goddess and The Cult of the Goddess Kubjika deal with the secret Goddess of the Malla kings, who ruled the inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley up to about the middle of the 17 century. The king's deity is that of his country and people. With two faces, the inner secret Goddess and the outer public God, the king's deity transmits its energy and grace both in the outer domain and through the network of esoteric familial Goddesses who, energies in their own right, are thereby inwardly charged. Thus the king, his Goddess and his priest together are the axis of this inner secret society which, although close to its end, still survives today." MsSVig

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    Moti Lal Pandit - An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Trika Saivism (2007)

    This is not a dupe. Is the OCR version of http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=45347

    The aim of this book is basically to introduce the reader to the fundamental principles that Trika philosophers have enunciated in their philosophical – cum-theological treatises. Such an approach has been adopted deliberately on account of the fact that Trika system of thought, which is very rich in philosophical vocabulary, is hardly known to general public in the manner of Advaita Vedanta of Samkara.

    Although non- dualistic in orientation, yet it differs radically from the monism of Samkara with regard to the nature of the Absolute and the world. The Trika philosophy rejects the Vedantic view of the Absolute as being inactive. Instead of an inactive Absolute, it thinks of the Absolute theistically, and so speaks of Paramasiva as being both consciousness and reflective awareness. As such the Absolute of Trika is equated with the absolute freedom, and so the school also is referred to as being that of Freedom. In so far as the status of the world is concerned, the Trika thinks of it as being extension/emission/reflection of Paramasiva and so is considered to be real. It means that the world, even though a reflection of Paramasiva, is actually Siva itself.

    From these main differences it can be discerned that the Trika absolutism is radically different from the one that Samkara has adumbrated. It is hoped that the reader upon reading the book will be able to have the grasp of the main philosophical principles that the Trika has enunciated and developed.

    Moti Lal Pandit, trained as a theologian and linguist, has been engaged for last three decades in such dialogic research as would disseminate knowledge concerning the essence of such forms of spirituality as has been enunciated by such major religions as Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
    MsSVig

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    Ariel's (Druidic Craft of the Wise) series of podcast lessons in beginning witchcraft. A training in the basics of witchcraft with a non-denominational approach. These techniques can be used by anyone desiring to practice the Craft whether or not they belong to a Tradition or a Coven, or are interested in wicca or a non-wiccan path.

    Contents:
    A Witch's Primer Promo
    Lesson 1: Introduction to A Witch's Primer
    Lesson 2: The Tools of the Craft
    Lesson 2 (A): Grounding and Centering Exercise
    Lesson 3: The Elements
    Lesson 3 (A): Elemental Meditation
    Lesson 4: Introduction to Trance Work
    Lesson 4 (A): Trance Induction - The Orb of Power
    Lesson 5: The Spirit World
    Lesson 5 (A): Meeting a Spirit Mentor (Meditation)
    Lesson 6: Building Your Power Base - The Fire Body
    Lesson 7: Building Your Power Base - The Water Body
    Lesson 8: Building Your Power Base - The Air Body
    Lesson 9: Building Your Power Base - The Earth Body
    Lesson 10: Building Your Power Base - The Spirit Body
    Lesson 10 (A): The Rainbow Power Meditation
    Lesson 11: Introduction to Spell Casting
    Lesson 12: Raising and Directing Power
    Lesson 13: Timing Spells
    Lesson 14: Casting a Magic Circle
    Lesson 15: Building a Thoughtform
    Lesson 16: Wand Magic
    Lesson 17: Color Magic
    Lesson 18: Introduction to Divination and Scrying
    Lesson 18 (A): Linking Up Meditation
    Specials:
    Prosperity/Money Magic
    Question and Answer #1
    Question and Answer #2
    Question and Answer #3

    http://www.magic-craft.com/ MsSVig

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    THE EVIL TWINS OF BLACK MAGICK

    • E.A. Koetting & Michael Ford •

    The two titans of demonic terror have conspired for a full 90 minute interview on the most controversial subjects in the occult.

    • Devotion to Darkness
    • Revelations
    • Reptilian Brain
    • Rites of Blasphemy
    • Origins of Demons
    • Gods
    • Sethanic Sorcery
    • The Illuminati
    • And a FUCKING lot more
    MsSVig

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    TheOccult.bz Exclusive... sharing elsewhere will result in being banned!





    Book Description

    Being is who we are. Knowledge is what we acquire. The combination of Being and Knowledge together; is our Understanding. The Fourth Way teaches how to increase our Being, enlarging our understanding of ourselves, and the world around us.

    This is an introductory exploration of The Fourth Way System. This knowledge base is the truth behind many religions, philosophies, art, and architecture. It can enlighten a person about their own position in life as well as give them the tools to open up possibilities towards becoming conscious. Increasing your being increases your consciousness. The Balance of Being puts forth the verifiable concept that there is a conscious thread that lies behind all Humanity and the Religious, Philisophical and Intellectual works, which aim at keeping man on a higher level of deeds and accomplishments.

    This Fourth Way system is a little known school of Esoteric Knowledge, which was formed at the beginning of the last century by Russian Mystic, George Gurdjieff and the Writer, P.D. Ouspensky. These two prolific authors, whose works gained popularity in the sixties in America, and in the Eighties in Europe and Russia; are highlighted in The Balance of Being. There is an interesting, short history of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, focusing on the formation of their school, The Fourth Way.
    In a world where religions, and schools of modern thought seek to diversify and quantify, The Fourth Way's aim is to harmonize this diversity of information, as well as bring it all back to the core principle of creating consciousness in it's participants.

    The Balance of Being is a source/reference book to the major works of esoteric knowledge of the last hundred years.
    MsSVig

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    ”Just as ancient Greek civilization forms the bedrock of Western thought and culture, the brilliance of Pythagoras underpins much of Western esoteric tradition. Now, his vision of universal order based on numbers joins with another venerable system of magic and divination--the tarot. "The Pythagorean Tarot "represents a level of research and scholarship rarely seen in the study of tarot, alchemy, or numerology. This unique system applies authentic Pythagorean numerology and aspects of Jungian psychology, alchemy, and mythology to the living symbolism of the tarot. The result is an authentic tarot that the ancient Pythagoreans themselves might have designed, based on a Graeco-Roman metaphysical model and incorporating the immediate, timeless power and relevance of archetypal images.”

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    2805 x 4845 px - TIFF - ready for print:-D MsSVig

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    ”Just as ancient Greek civilization forms the bedrock of Western thought and culture, the brilliance of Pythagoras underpins much of Western esoteric tradition. Now, his vision of universal order based on numbers joins with another venerable system of magic and divination--the tarot. "The Pythagorean Tarot "represents a level of research and scholarship rarely seen in the study of tarot, alchemy, or numerology. This unique system applies authentic Pythagorean numerology and aspects of Jungian psychology, alchemy, and mythology to the living symbolism of the tarot. The result is an authentic tarot that the ancient Pythagoreans themselves might have designed, based on a Graeco-Roman metaphysical model and incorporating the immediate, timeless power and relevance of archetypal images.”



    2805 x 4845 px - JPEG, as requested:-D MsSVig

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    -Artist: Francene Hart
    -Number of cards in pack: 64
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    One of the things I remember most vividly about my mother, who died when I was five years old, was that she kept a collection of crystals hanging in our kitchen window. She loved the patterns of colored light that played on the walls, on the white oven, on the tiled floor. This was magical to me, unexplained, and so, mysterious. Around my house I found other shapes - a beautiful nautilus shell my father kept on a shelf, the patterns printed in red and white on a paper box from China, the spiral design of a pinecone. When we are children, these shapes appear everywhere. We haven't forgotten to notice them, and we haven't yet stopped discovering what they feel like to us inside.

    As adults, we recreate patterns, sometimes with great intention, sometimes without an awareness of what we are doing. Throughout many religious traditions there have been expressions of spirit represented in mandalas, medicine wheels, magic circles, and so forth. What do these shapes signify, that they find their way into our deepest pursuits?

    Francene Hart, author and artist of Sacred Geometry Oracle Deck, has studied the meaning of shapes and investigated why they hold so much power to us. She has created works of beauty around specific shapes that draw forth their spiritual meaning.
    "Most recently, other geometric shapes began to appear in my artwork, layered within the themes of nature and spirit, which have been my primary motifs. I explored them intuitively at first, knowing that intuition is one of my greatest teachers. I soon discovered that various geometric patterns hold within them wisdom and insight far beyond the simple construction of line and arc. This was not just artist's ego projecting pretty patterns and images. This was information coming from an infinitely greater source."
    She explains how her studies into sacred geometry led her "on a tour of world cultures, ancient and modern." She discovered that the study of sacred geometry was a profound path, one that brought together ancient wisdom and modern technology - spirit and science. It also bridges the right and left brain, and leads one to an intuitive understanding that the universe is a "multidimensional interconnected whole."

    Sacred Geometry Oracle Deck - 33 - Seed of Life Hart concisely answers the question, "What is Sacred Geometry?" She says, "It is the study of shape and form, wave and vibration, and moving beyond third-dimensional reality. It is the 'new science of compassion.' It is the language of creation, which exists as the foundation of all matter, and it is a vehicle of spirit." Additionally, Hart explains, sacred geometry offers us an effective avenue for healing, growth, and balance.

    Hart's writing is gentle and quiet, but it strongly and directly makes its point. From her we can learn easily, and through her words we can trust we will receive a positive result for our work with the oracle. Everything is well explained, with a sense of patience and understanding. There is no rushing with this set. Emotions are calmed, the mind is opened.

    Every card (there are 64) receives two full pages: one page holds a black and white image of the card, and the second page offers a full explanation, interpretation, and reversed meaning. There is a comprehensive range of meanings in these cards, offering the many experiences (spiritual, emotional, even physical) we might encounter in our lives. There is a stronger focus on the spiritual. This oracle is intended for self-development, although it could certainly be used for more mundane divination.

    The cards themselves are beautiful. Some are truly outstanding. The colors are generally soft. The lines and patterns are striking. Hart has done a terrific job bringing shapes - or sacred geometry - to life (to spirit!). There are cards that simply detail a specific shape; there are cards that combine a scene within or around a shape. Also, be assured, these images are not limited to "simple" shapes, or ones that we might immediately expect, such as the circle, or octagon. Hart examines sacred geometry by utilizing the forms of these shapes as they transform and expand. Thus, we have not only an octagon, but octahedron; the circle becomes the mandala and the tzolkin, and a place beyond time. Designs are inspired by Mayan timekeeping, Native American spirituality, Jewish mysticism, Tibetan wisdom, and a deep love of nature. These cards are more complex than they might first appear. From that seed of childlike wonder we experience when recognizing a shape in nature, these cards transport us to a far greater understanding of the interconnectedness in life.

    For readings, these cards are deeply intuitive and effective. With these cards we go within, and then in turn - blossom outwardly. That is the feeling I get anyway! More "New Age" than some decks, I imagine this set will appeal more to New Age types, or people who are looking for a lighter (in color and energy), more subtle, positive divination tool. It will help people learn about themselves, and how they connect with the rest of the universe.

    MsSVig

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    Volume VIII of the Esoterica, journal of esoteric studies published by the Michigan State University.

    Contents:

    Folk Magic and Protestant Christianity in Appalachia
    by John Richards, West Virginia State University

    The Dionysian Body: Esotericism in the Philosophy of Norman O. Brown
    by Melinda Weinstein, Lawrence Technological University

    Hermetic Melancholia and the Suffering of Androids
    by Eric G. Wilson, Wake Forest University

    Magical Dream Provocation in the Later Middle Ages
    by Frank Klaassen, University of Saskatchewan

    Christian Theosophy
    by Arthur Versluis, Michigan State University

    + book reviews

    Visit http://www.esoteric.msu.edu where you can also read the articles from the earlier issues online. MsSVig

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    Volume IX of the Esoterica, journal of esoteric studies published by the Michigan State University.

    Contents:

    Angel in the House or Idol of Perversity?: Women in Nineteenth-Century Esotericism by Allison P. Coudert

    Of Ether and Colloidal Gold: The Making of a Philosophers’ Stone by Hereward Tilton

    ‘The Teutonicks Writings’: Translating Jacob Boehme into English and Welsh by Ariel Hessayon

    ‘The Flood’ of 1524: The First Mass-media Event in European History by Gustav Adolf Schoener

    + book reviews

    Visit http://www.esoteric.msu.edu where you can also read the articles from the earlier issues online. MsSVig

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    An article by American folklorist Tom Peete Cross discussing the folk beliefs related to witchcraft and magic among the people of North Carolina. The article appeared in July 1919 in Volume XVI of the Studies in Philology, a scholarly journal published at The University of North Carolina. MsSVig

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    More about the author
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyanasamvara_Suvaddhana

    Preface
    Tan Chao Khun Phra Brahmamuni (Suvaca Thera) originally organized series of Dhamma talks at Wat Bovoranives Vihara. He would present a semon and then, after the monks cahnted, everyone would sit in meditation.
    I was invited to continue with this and as I considered it beneficial I accepted the task. However, I also pointed out that Iwas not a meditation teacher. I still had responsibilities concerned with teacing and various other duties, and so could not fully practise developing myself, let alone attaining to a level able to train others. My dhamma explanation therefore always had to depend on the scriptures, and if I happened to stray from them, I also felt as if I had lost my way, which I could not manage on my own.
    At first, the sermons of Tan Chao Khun Bramamuni were read out. Then, in the Rains Retreat of 2504 B.E. (1961), I started to present talks of my own. These were tape recorded and later transcribed.
    The Maha Satipatthana Sutt, the Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, is regularly chanted at Wat Bovoranives Vihara. I can recite all of it which helped when I was presenting my Dhamma explanation. This Discouse is a major pilaar in the pracitse of both calm and insight, and so was chosen as the first text to present.
    The Dhamma talks were given twice weekly, on thevening of the quarter moon day adn the following night. As those that came to listen did not attend on every occassion, I would usually summarize and recapitulate the earlier talks.
    Previously I wrote about my reliance on the scriptures but in some places my explanation may actually differ from the normal interpretation. I nearly cut such passages out but in the end idn't, for I am sure that even if those additional thoughts which popped up of themselves are incorrect, they will receive the forgiveness of my readers for not being intentionally misleading. Iwill therefore leave them there for Dhamma students to investigate and consider.
    These twenty-two Dhamma talks should be read and carefully considered, so as not to stray from the true way of practice in the foundations of mindfulness.
    The teaching presented here follows the way found in the Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, which contains the essential and graduated steps of practice. It is a way which those who practice, respect and appreciate. However some people may charge that it is inappropriate and lacking benefit because it brings a feeling of weariness and depression. It is rather likely that the people who say this are actually afraid of realizing the truth. It's similar to being fearful of the doctor's examination of one's illness or closing one's eyes to the truth. This is not a characteristic of a clever person.
    If your read this book, you will discover the truth of the 'knots' and problems that exist within you. In short, this can be described as the 'knot of suffering'. You may also then see the method to unravel and safeguard against this suffering. When actually trying out this practice, you will be able to cure your own suffering in accordance with the Buddha's teaching. You will also experience a joy unknown before.

    Copyright information:
    This is an electronic version of the book: A guide to Awareness.
    (c) Mahamakut Rajavidyalaya Press, Phra Sumeru Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
    You may use this electronic version for personal use but all commerical rights are reserved by Mahamakut Rajavidyalaya Press.
    Translated by Bhikku Ariyesako and Bhikku Kantasilo MsSVig

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    Preface
    Practicing Buddhism is sometimes described as like walking through a forest on a misty day. Eventually you "get wet" and come to a deeper understanding of the teachings. The same might be said about environmentalism. Eventually, hopefully, it moves from manipulating or even saving the environment and becomes the environment. "Getting wet" in this sense is incorporating a spiritual perspective in working with and in the environment. This is called Deep Ecology.

    Buddhism and Deep Ecology belong in the same title because at their core they are both talking about how to be at home in the universe. The original meaning of ecology goes back to Greeks who saw the earth and the gods and spirits who inhabited it, as our home. Thus we have Home Economics and Economics referring to activities and transactions in the home. Being at home for a Buddhist suggests teaching about how our mental conditioning and the delusions of our impermanent self can be let go of so we can be one, or at home with the universe. This state of oneness is called Nirvana or Enlightment. The teachings of The Buddha also portray inter-connection with everything that is also part of Deep Ecology.

    It is in light of this close relationship that the World Buddhist University welcomes the oppurtunity to support hte research of a Buddhist scholar, Dr. Daniel H. Henning, who has brought these two types of teachings together in his ground breaking book, "Buddhism and Deep Ecology". At their core these streams of human insight are spiritual. There are other uses of ecology, such as in Human Ecology, but our relationship to all other life forms share that share this common home with us is so basic that it needs to be more widely studied and applied to programs in every community. In order to help more people combine the teachings of The Buddha with the principles of Deep Ecology, we have publsihed the book in a MANUAL format that will focus on key comments in the text, suggest questions and rearrange elements of the book for easier use. We hope students of Buddhism and experienced practicioners will incorporate a study of Deep Ecology into their Buddhist practice.

    Is there a Buddhist method of the study of environment? Dr. Henning, who has been associated with the World Buddhist University for several years, has taken a deductive approach in his book. He builds up his case step by step so the reader  canfollow his reasoning about how Buddhism is related to Deep Ecology. His is a very scientific, but value-oriented/consciousness approach and aids the reader in building up to an integrated understanding of the subject. It could be said that Buddhism takes a more inductive approach to the understanding of our relationship to the universe. A general teaching, like impermanence, is described and the consequences (cause and effect or Karma) are the focus of practice and understanding. How does the teaching affect our lives and how we live from day to day? After studying the deductive step by step reasoning in the MANUAL, the reader or a teacher may need to ask larger inductive question about impermanence, the impermanent self, Karma and other questions and follows the affects of experience for each person. These two processes complement each other.

    There are ways that another author could write about these subjects including different definitions, use of Pali words and the emphasis on certain concepts. However, the World Buddhist University respects the right of Dr. Henning to his own approach and except for some minor changes and adjustments presents it as his work that can be judged by its own merits. We hope that by republishing the book as a MANUAL, it will be helpful to more people in practical ways. After the retreats and purification of intention, for lay practitioners especially, there is the daily work of promoting the earth as our home and taking care of it. Beyond the caring and compassion there is the celebration and Oneness that can be sensed if we enter the spiritual nature of the total environment, our home on this earth.

    The World Buddhist University hopes you enjoy reading and using the MANUAL. There are experiential exercises described in Chapter IV that will help you put into practice the teachings in the MANUAL. This MANUAL is part of a larger program of ecological education that the University is creating with hopes that you will be part of it in the future. Please send us your suggestions and information about the programs in your community so "Buddhism and Deep Ecology" will have a positive Karmic affect throughout the world. Dr. henning offers workshops on this topic. For details about their availability see the back of the Manual.

    May all Living Beings be happy! As long we consider ourselves as "Human" Beings and, consequently, arrogant and separate from other living beings or life forms, we cannot follow the true teachings of The Buddha or of Deep Ecology MsSVig

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    Background information about the author:
    "My name is Daz Smith and for eleven plus years I have been a practitioner of CRV. This is a
    Remote viewing product designer and created by Ingo Swann and the SRI team during the
    years 1972‐1984 for the U.S. Intel services and Military.
    For years it’s been hard to learn CRV and I have seen it being mis‐explained and
    misunderstood many times during this time in discussions and comments. For this reason I
    have collated some of the important and descriptive documents from both the CIA released
    archives and from the public domain in one place to help or educate those interested in this
    trainable psychic method."

    Within this file there is:
    SRI ‐ Co‐ordinate Remote viewing (CRV) Technology 1981‐83 briefing.
    ‐ from a paper authored by Hal Puthoff and the consultant Ingo Swann.
    I have included a ‘briefing version’ of this paper as it has more explanatory
    references to the CRV process and the R&D of stages 1‐8.

    Special Orientation Techniques ‐ Stages 1‐3
    Author ‐ Hal Puthoff ‐ 1984
    Overview of the first three stages of training with examples.

    Special Orientation Techniques ‐ Stages 4
    Author ‐ Hal Puthoff ‐ 1984
    Overview of the stage4 of training with examples.

    Special Orientation Techniques ‐ Stages 5‐6
    Author ‐ Hal Puthoff ‐ 1984
    Overview of the stages 5‐6 of training with examples.

    Tom McNear CRV Training notes/manual ‐circa ‐ 1985.
    One of Ingo’s first and possibly one of his best students training notes/manual in
    document form.

    Paul Smith CRV Training notes/manual
    circa ‐ (1996 onwards in the public domain) The modern most well know and used
    CRV manual.

    Daz Smith Open Source CRV guide (2005) ‐ my guide book with examples to use
    with the available material to help MsSVig

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