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    Rediscovering God with Transcendental Argument provides a comparative philosophical st of the Pratyabhijna system of the medieval Kashmir Saiva thinkers Utpaladeva Abhinavagupta. Beginning with intensive descriptive and prescriptive reflections on nature of philosophy itself, the Book examines the special characteristics of the Pratyabh discourse as both philosophical apologetics and spiritual exercise. Lawrence situates Pratyabhijna speculation within the larger Context of Hindu and Buddhist deliberations al-the role of interpretation in experience, and gives a groundbreaking exposition of the epi tnology and Ontology of Siva's self-recognition. He observes the similarities and difterci of the Pratyabhijna with Christian understandings of the divine logos, and argues l the Saiva philosophy elucidates a cogent way of demonstrating the reality of God aga contemporary relativism, deconsiructionism and other forms of skepticism.

    About the Author


    David Peter Lawrence is Assistant Professor in the Division of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

    Table of Contents


    Foreword

    1. Introduction
    2. Interpretive Histories and the Scope of this Study
    3. The Task of the Pratyabhijna System
    4. The Challenge of the Buddhist Opponents
    5. A Summary of the Saiva Theory of Recognition
    6. Epistemological Applications of the Theory of Recognition
    7. Features of the Ontology of Recognition
    8. Conclusion

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    Preface

    She had been knocked by Time. She had been rendered lac-erated by her own history. When she came to me she looked like a metalled mug, battered and misshaped, rolling by a huge garbage heap. Yet she had, once upon a time, been my own student, and a brilliant student.

    At her earnest commiserations, I was to have stayed the night at her simple lodgings near the Lincoln Heights. But I could not sleep.

    She had been outpouring herself. Grief, remorse, at times anger, all the time stoked by earnestness and urgency, but never a whisper of regret or repentance.

    Her days of pride and defiance were seemingly over, as were her days of youth, strength, confidence, and beauty. But not grace. Grace still clung to her. That last blessing of ever-kind Nature still showed through her chance smiles, her movements, the different languages she spoke through her still well-kept fingers, her words, postures and attitude towards me. It was the grace of the ruins of Parthenon. She was still very graceful. Even in tears she was worth a second look.

    And suddenly she asked.

    What makes man go for a guide, a Guru? No. That was easy, very easy. What makes man suddenly taste the bitterness of loneliness, of the feeling of betrayal and emptiness? And at that hour, he extends his hands in the dark for the nearest wall. A prop; a balance; a support. Why?

    No. Not even that. False questions cover the right one. There is something in man that suddenly goes empty; and having gone empty, man seeks to fold himself, double, re-double, and gather enough strength for the next confronta-tion.

    ...

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    This little rare booklet from 1955 discusses sacrifices as a religious ritual and specifically, The Srauta Ritual And Vajapeya Sacrifice. This ritual is said to give the privilege of not being required to stand up to show respect to anyone else, and more...

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    It was G.W. Briggs who, in 1938, first wrote about Gorakhnath and the Kanphata Yogis. The present volume should make an important addition to the study of the Nathas.

    At one time, the Natha Cult was an 'obscure religious cult. Now it is considered to be a significant phenomenon in the socio - cultural scenario of India. Though divergent views have been expressed by different scholars about the origin and propagation of this cult, The Author of this book, Dr. P.K. Bandyopadhyay takes the view that it was the mingling of the Saivite tradition (Tantra) and the local cult of Dharmaraj in Bengal (Mahanad) during the days of Pala-Sena, that led to the emergence of the Natha Cult. 'Nada Sadhana' or Search for the 'Anahata' sound is the essence of the philosophy of the Natha Yogis.

    About the Author

    Ministry of Information 9, Dr. P.K. Bandyopadhyay, has keen interest in social anthropology, and as such associates himself with the North - East India Council for Social Science Research (Shillong) as its life member and the Institute of Social Research & Applied Anthropology (Calcutta) as its member. He is also a member of the Indian Society of Authors, New Delhi.

    Dr. Bandyopadhyay started his career with teaching English literature in colleges under the University of North Bengal, but then joined Indian Information Service and worked in the various media units of The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Currently, he is posted as Commissioner for Departmental Inquiries in the Central Vigilance Commission.

    Dr. Bandyopadhyay specialises in the study of North-East India has made significant contribution to books like 'The Tribes of North-East India', 'Electoral Politics in North-East India', Land Relations in North-East India', and Linguistic Situation in North East India. Independently, he authored 'Leadership Among the Mizos - An Emerging Dimension' and 'Mass Media and Leadership-A study of Print Media in Mizoram' (under print).

    Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. framework
    2. Natha Cult as an Amalgam
    3. Antiquity of Mahanad
    4. Natha Centre at Mahanad
    5. Land of Nadasadhana
    6. Historicity of Gorakhnath
    7. Tenets of the Natha Cult
    8. Divisions of the Sect
    9. REACH of the Cult

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    Namgyal Monastery Dharamsala, India

    Namgyal Monastery is a Tibetan buddhist monastery closely associated with all the Dalai Lamas since the third. Namgyal Monastery is the personal monastery of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

    Its primary role is to assist with rituals involving the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Its main tantric practices reportedly include those of Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja, and Vajrakilaya.

    Early years

    Founded in either 1564 or 1565 as Phende Lekshe Ling (on the foundations of the since defunct monastery called Phende Gon) by the Third Dalai Lama Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, Namgyal Monastery was renamed in honour of the female long-life deity Namgyälma in 1571.

    Since the completion of construction on the Potala Palace (begun by the Fifth Dalai Lama), Namgyal was traditionally housed in the red section at the top of that building in Lhasa.

    Since 1959

    Following the Tibetan uprising of 1959, Namgyal Monastery relocated to Dharamshala, India, where it continues, active, to this day. According to Namgyal's website, Namgyal (Dharamshala) has "nearly 200" monks (up from 55 in 1959), representing all four main Tibetan monastic lineages.

    In 1992, on the advice of the present Dalai Lama, Namgyal established an American branch in Ithaca, New York, including within it the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies. On February 8 of 1996, the monks of Namgyal Monastery's Institute of Buddhist Studies offered their first "Blessing of Cyberspace" as part of the "Twenty-four Hours in Cyberspace" event.

    In 1998, Namgyal incorporated a Tibetan monastery in Bodhgaya, India, called Gendhen Phelgyeling. That monastery is now known as Namgyal (Bodhgaya), and has 45 monks.

    Namgyal (Dharamsala) also manages a temple in Kushinagar (since 1967), and an elderly home in Simla (since 1992).

    Whether the People's Republic of China has maintained an institution with the same name inside Tibet is unclear.

    Tracklist:

    1. Invitation Music (2:45)
    2. Invitation of Palden Lhamo (9:32)
    3. Coronation of Palden Lhamo (2:42)
    4. Requesting Palden Lhamo (5:56)
    5. Perform virtuous actions (4:48)
    6. Beseeching the Lam - rim lincage gurus (4:09)
    7. Visualization of the Assembly Field (7:50)
    8. Invitation of the Assembly Field (2:07)
    9. Seven Limb Puja (2:40)
    10. Single - Pointed Request (2:05)
    11. Lam - rim Prayer (6:53)
    12. Prayer of the Auspicious Three Jewels (3:48) MsSVig

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    This CD is a collection of 10 devotional songs in the praise of Lord Krishna sung by legendary Padma Bhushan winner, Jagjit Singh and his wife, Chitra Singh. It is perfect for every pooja, or other devotional ceremonies.

    Track Listings
    1. Shlokas (Chitra Singh)
    2. Hey Govinda Hey Gopala (Jagjit Singh)
    3. Jai Madhav Madan Murari (Jagjit Singh)
    4. Sab Se Oonchi Prem Sagai (Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh)
    5. Hare Krishna (Jagjit Singh)
    6. Yashomati Nandan Brijvara Nagar (Chira Singh)
    7. Jai Radha Madhav (Jagjit Singh)
    8.Krishna Jin Ka Naam Hai (Jagjit Singh)
    9. Bhaj Hoon Re Mana (Jagjit Singh)
    10. Hare Krishna (Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh) MsSVig

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    MTG186: Qi Development Tools Volume 1

    In this series, Erle Montaigue shows some of the best methods for developing the Qi using stand-alone Qigong methods as well as methods taken from the Taijiquan forms and used as stand-alone methods. This series is essential to one's Taijiquan training and internal martial/healing arts training in general. All of these methods have been tried and tested and only the very best are taught. The whole series is like a tool box of interesting and very helpful tools for the development and maintenance of your own Qi level, flow and general health and wellbeing as well as enhancing your own martial art and internal power.

    MTG381: Qi Development Tools Volume 2

    The much awaited 2nd volume of Qi Development is now available! This is an exciting area covering many aspects and Qigong methods to develop the Qi and also give an insight in to how the highest level of Tai Chi is achieved. This series is a must for anyone who is trying to develop their full potential as either a martial artist or a healer. Erle begins the first two of the 12 Qi Development Tools from Wudang in this volume.

    MTG384: Qi Development Tools Volume 3

    The much awaited 3rd volume of Qi Development is now available! This is an exciting area covering many aspects and Qigong methods to develop the Qi and also give an insight in to how the highest level of Tai Chi is achieved. This series is a must for anyone who is trying to develop their full potential as either a martial artist or a healer. Erle carries on with the 12 Qi Development Tools and teaches numbers 4 to 6 so this volume takes you half way through this exciting area. from Wudang in this volume. Also covered is the beginning of how to use these tools to activate and to develop the Qi in other people (Medical).

    MTG386: Qi Development Tools Volume 4

    The much awaited 4th & final volume of Qi Development is now available! This is an exciting area covering many aspects and Qigong methods to develop the Qi and also give an insight in to how the highest level of Tai Chi is achieved. This series is a must for anyone who is trying to develop their full potential as either a martial artist or a healer. Erle carries on with the 12 Qi Development Tools and teaches numbers 7 to 12 so this volume takes you to the end this exciting area. from Wudang in this volume.

    MTG390: Qi Development Tools Volume 5

    Just the same as in any internal study, we begin with a basic or beginning way in which to begin learning. Although the 12 Qi Development Tools Qigongs are as advanced as it gets, traditionally, there was a distinction between what was taught to the beginner and what was taught once mastered. The reasoning behind this is that some of the hand movements in particular are so intricate that it would take forever to teach it at the level to a beginner. So the beginning way was always taught first. Here, Erle shows the more intricate hand moves. These will take your Qigong to a higher level. You will then be able to work out how the most advanced way of Tai Chi is to be performed. In this advanced level, there are number of other "Qi Activations" along certain meridians as we do the 12 Qigong methods. It is of course important to have learnt from the beginning 3 12 Qi Development Tools videos as Erle does not actually teach each one again, but rather adds to them.

    MTG391: Qi Development Tools Volume 6

    This volume teaches an excellent area of the 12 Qi Development Tools. The area of gaining very powerful strikes from a very short distance. Even a small person is able to gain the power from only one inch away from the target and that's where real fighting happens. If you take someone’s arm, rip it off and hit someone with it, you could kill them as an arm is a very heavy object. However, most martial artists never realize their full potential in that they will use adverse muscle groups to make their arms “light”.
    Here is where the 12 Qi Development tools come into play. Each of them teaches at a sub-conscious level, a different striking method, causing the attacking arm to remain heavy. The first Qigong Tool “HEART” teaches us how to keep the heavy hands during the normal Tai Chi fist. As soon as you THINK about striking someone, you have lost it and you will lose this ability. So the “SUNG” State gained from each of the 12 methods gives you this ability to not telegraph the attack and to not THINK before or AS you strike. Each of the 12 Qi Development Tools is shown once only as this is not a DVD to actually TEACH the 12 as that is already covered in previous volumes. But the “Heavy Hands” or putting the WEIGHT in to your hands and arms is taught for each method. Some very useful SELF DEFENCE Methods are also taught in this volume and the next along with more ideas and methods of fighting. This volume covers the first 4 of the 12 Qi Development Tools in this vein. The next volume will cover the following 8 methods.

    MTG392: Qi Development Tools Volume 7

    This Volume teaches an excellent area of the 12 Qi Development Tools. The area of gaining very powerful strikes from a very short distance. Even a small person is able to gain the power from only one inch away from the target and that's where real fighting happens. If you take someone’s arm, rip it off and hit someone with it, you could kill them as an arm is a very heavy object. However, most martial artists never realize their full potential in that they will use adverse muscle groups to make their arms “light”.
    Here is where the 12 Qi Development tools come into play. Each of them teaches at a sub-conscious level, a different striking method, causing the attacking arm to remain heavy. The first Qigong Tool “HEART” teaches us how to keep the heavy hands during the normal Tai Chi fist. As soon as you THINK about striking someone, you have lost it and you will lose this ability. So the “SUNG” State gained from each of the 12 methods gives you this ability to not telegraph the attack and to not THINK before or AS you strike. Each of the 12 Qi Development Tools is shown once only as this is not a DVD to actually TEACH the 12 as that is already covered in previous volumes. But the “Heavy Hands” or putting the WEIGHT in to your hands and arms is taught for each method. Some very useful SELF DEFENCE Methods are also taught in this volume and with more ideas and methods of fighting. This volume covers the last 8 methods and carries on from MTG391. MsSVig

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    Message of Milarepa
    Chogyam Trungpa
    Tail of the Tiger, July 1973

    Talk 1: Lineage, 3 yanas, teacher in 3 yanas, the guru principal
    Talk 2: First part of Milarepa's life: the trap of one-upmanship
    Talk 3: Revulsion with samsara
    Talk 4: Shopping for a teacher. Relationship with Marpa: cutting through spiritual and psychological materialism
    Talk 5: Returning home and entering retreat: loneliness and depression as a starting point for retreat practice
    Talk 6: On the way to mahamudra
    Talk 7: Milarepa working with others, expansive compassion as expression of mahamudra

    Talk 1: An introduction to lineage and devotion
    This first talk of the message of Milarepa seminar, July 17, 1973, introduces Milarepa as a lineage holder of the Kagyupa lineage, a "lineage which belongs to the devotional tradition." Devotion, here, is connected to developing "a basic understanding of the nature of ego," and, having realized that, developing renunciation. In the Kagyu Buddhist teachings, a basic understanding of the complete Buddhist path is emphasized, working with all the subtleties of life, not vajrayana alone.

    Talk 2: First part of Milarepa's life: the trap of one-upmanship
    In this second talk of the Message of Milarepa seminar, Trungpa Rinpoche discusses the first part of Milarepa's life, the family chaos, aggression, and his own retaliation, murdering many family members. It is "the confused and wretched ego manifesting itself" which "destroys Milarepa's life." The second part of his life, "trying to thin out the confusion, chaos, and neurosis" and the third part, when "the whole thing opens into the mahamudra state of mind..." are discussed in subsequent talks.

    Talk 3: Revulsion with samsara
    This third talk of the Message of Milarepa seminar could be entitled "Revulsion with Samsara." Later in the 1970s, Trungpa Rinpoche changed the translation of the Tibetan word Zhen-lok, as found in the Kagyu lineage supplication, from "renunciation" to "revulsion," as in "Revulsion is the foot of meditation." Such revulsion, nausea with samsara, could lead to renunciation, turning away from samsara, the inspiration to "step out and breathe fresh air." Those two movements: from nausea to stepping out, seem to be the basic logic of this talk.

    Talk 4: Shopping for a teacher. Relationship with Marpa: cutting through spiritual and psychological materialism
    In this talk, Trungpa Rinpoche discusses Milarepa's initial spiritual shopping for a teacher — the extraordinary promises, the fascination — and his inability, initially, to discover "a real person who could communicate with him." The talk also describes how Marpa became that real person for Milarepa. We could share that problem in our own spiritual search — the tendency to be fascinated, haunted by our own fascination, and ultimately our inability to relate with teachers and teachings. We also could philosophize and romanticize our shifting view of the teacher, and therefore of ourselves, the versions of ego that we keep developing and protecting.

    Talk 5: Returning home and entering retreat: loneliness and depression as a starting point for retreat practice
    Trungpa Rinpoche begins by recapping the failure of the psychological and spiritual materialistic "tactics and methods" as applied by Milarepa, as well as students nowadays, all the things we may do to idealize and attempt to "win over the guru." The "credential of one's ego and one's existence" is not accepted by the guru, to the point of the student feeling unworthy. At this point, some "breakthrough" could take place, understanding that one cannot hold onto such ego-credentials. At that point, as in Milarepa's case, the guru could become very "friendly, inviting, and kind, unexpectedly."

    Talk 6: On the way to mahamudra
    This talk tracks the evolution of Milarepa's poetry, the tone of his poetry, from loneliness and the romanticism of loneliness — feeling the entrapment of samsara and mocking samsara — towards a more appreciation-based poetics. A greater appreciation of the natural and unnatural things of this world develops. Out of that, there is further evolution towards the manifestation of "madness," carelessness, transcending moralism. A further change of tone in his poetry, more akin to mahamudra, will be addressed in the next talk, in the context of his teaching relationships with Rechungpa and Gampopa.

    Talk 7: Milarepa working with others, expansive compassion as expression of mahamudra
    In this final talk of the Message of Milarepa seminar, the theme, from the last talk, of true mahamudra experience having to do with appreciating the world, entering the world, working with the world, is continued. On the whole, a continuing thread through all three yanas of Tibetan Buddhism — hinayana, mahayana, vajrayana — is sympathy and kindness, warmth and compassion. In the vajrayana, this is characterized by Trungpa Rinpoche as "expansive compassion... joy, or pleasure, rather than [just] compassion."

    Chogyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom. MsSVig

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    Chogyam Trungpa - One Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
    Karme Choling, Barnet, Vermont, August 1970

    Talk 1 - Introduction
    Talk 2 - Challenge from a Wise Demoness
    Talk 3 - Songs of Realization
    Talk 4 - Woman's Role in the Dharma
    Talk 5 - Challenge from the Logicians
    Talk 6 - The Realization of Megom Repa
    Talk 7 - Sahle Aui and Her Understanding
    Talk 8 - Story of the Yak Horn
    Talk 9 - Rechungpa's Repentance
    Talk 10 - The Holy Gampopa
    Talk 11 - Conversion of the Scholar Lodun
    Talk 12 - Beer Drinking Song
    Talk 13 - Farewell to Holy Gampopa

    Chogyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
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    Book Description

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Expertly written by Gerald Daniel Brittle, a nonfiction writer with advanced degrees in literature and psychology specializing in mystical theology. Don't miss the the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie "The Conjuring."

    Note- A large PDF version is here: http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=30116 MsSVig

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    Chogyam Trungpa - Techniques of Mindfulness
    Tail of the Tiger (Karme Choling), Barnet, Vermont; August 1974

    Talk 1: Techniques of Mindfulness
    Trungpa Rinpoche begins this first talk by drawing the students away from speculative notions about the nature of spirituality and motivation, thoughts of power or transcendental happiness, or the project of searching for the best or easiest spiritual path. Instead, he asks us to consider mind itself as the necessary starting point and the basis for the path.

    Talk 2: Mindfulness of Body/Forms
    In this second talk on mindfulness of body/forms, Trungpa Rinpoche starts off by presenting mindfulness of body as being related to "the need for a sense of solidness, sense of being, sense of groundedness," in contrast to the vagueness and grasping of ego-process described in talk 1, and the tendency to "perch," to put special demands on one's body. Here, he describes how placing one's body simply on the ground with good posture and placing the mind simply on the breathing brings a sense of being, a sense of groundedness.

    Talk 3: Mindfulness of Life/Livelihood
    This particular talk on mindfulness of life, or livelihood, (also "life attitude") addresses, first of all, the general misunderstanding that the meditative state is something to be captured, then cherished and nursed. "This brings regression on the path." Such an approach kills "freshness", and turns meditation into a "domestic hassle," "house chores," "a painful demand."
    Instead, while the object of awareness is focused on, "at the same time we disown it." Being willing to disown the object of awareness and disowning the meditative state itself is an attitude and approach which brings confidence. One is confident enough not to have to secure one's practice, but just to "tune in" to practice. Trungpa Rinpoche refers to this approach, connecting to the tangibility of the meditative state and letting that go, as "touch and go."

    Talk 4: Techniques of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Effort
    This is a talk about discipline, patience, and exertion in relation to practice and everyday life conduct. It is about the effort involved in relating to mind-itself, simple self-consciousness.

    Talk 5: Mindfulness of Mind
    This talk is about relating to the variety of experiences in practice, experiences of clarity and confusion.
    Ground: Balance of tight and loose, inclusive and restrictive
    Path: Simplicity, the small immediacy of experience, the dot of nowness
    Fruition: The imperialism of mindfulness. Mindfulness and totality

    Talk 6: Parrots and Rhinoceroses
    Since the mindfulness teachings are not just about practicing on the cushion but relate to everyday life practice and conduct, living in the world, Trungpa Rinpoche always includes teachings on such subjects in his mindfulness seminars. This talk is largely about two different and potentially complementary approaches to lifestyle, the chatty "parrot" and the solitary "rhinoceros," warnings for potential teachers and proud solitary meditators, and basic instructions for working with mind in postmeditation.
    The necessity of formal meditation practice
    Basic instructions for postmeditation
    Lifestyle: parrots communicating in their practice communities and the solitary discipline of rhinoceroses
    Bringing a sense of balance to parrot group approach and solitary rhinoceros approach through awareness
    A warning to deceptive parrot-teachers and proud rhinoceroses

    Talk 7: Practice and Study
    In this talk, presented at Shambhala Mountain Center in August 1974, to a group that included many students and faculty from The Naropa Institute, Trungpa Rinpoche talked about the importance of bringing together practice and study, intuition and intellect, which are like "eating food and having exercises," respectively.
    One sided emphasis: the "experiential" vs. the "intellectual"
    The Buddha and the great Buddhist kings were not drop outs
    The need to train and open up our vision
    The importance of the intellectual world, and how meditation complements that
    Study tips

    Chogyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
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    Shirley MacLaine's Inner Workout:
    Meditations for Relaxation and Stress Reduction


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    The original can be located here at: http://www.theoccult.bz/details.php?id=37220

    Technical data:
    1 DVD - MP4 Format
    (converted from the originaly uploaded ISO, all kudos to
    Video: MPEG-2, 704x480 (4:3 aspect ratio)
    Audio; AC3, 2ch, 48kHz
    VHS Release Date: 1988
    Run Time: 71 minutes 10 seconds

    I personally admire Shirley's spirit so much, so this hard to find video will be a litle treasure in my vaults.

    The following description is a verbatim copy of the original:

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    This recording was made over 23 years ago, but its beauty and peaceful soothing effect continues on.  It is a wonderful work on using meditation for relaxation and stress reduction.

    Here are some comments from Amazon on it:

    "Shirley MacLaine does an excellent job of explaining the chakra system. She includes meditations for each chakra which involve visualizations of colours. If visualizing is any challenge then this could help develop that ability with practice and patience.

    "The presentation starts with a short tutorial about the Eastern Indian Chakra system (Indian version of the Asian CHI). And then goes into an opened eyed meditation which leads you through a balancing of these Chakras or energy centers we have in our body. It ends with a closed eyed meditation all led by Shirley M.

    "I watched the tutorial once and now, I skip it and go straight to the opened eyed meditation. The music and visuals are stunning and hypnotic and by the time I'm done with the 20 minutes or so it takes to complete, I feel like I have had a true break. I'm relaxed and refreshed.
    Sometimes I watch it before I go to bed at night and I sleep great!!!
    The closed eyed meditation at the end is nice but the open eyed meditation seems more accessible and enjoyable.

    "If you are interested in meditation but have a hard time letting go of the worries of the day or you mind seems so active you cannot seem to find that quiet space in yourself, try this video. I believe it is an easier way to give our mind, body and soul a real nurturing break

    "I found this video on the Chakras to be extremely helpful and healing. The first part on the description of the Chakras was very informative and the actual open-eye meditation was excellent. I use this video for self healing and for others. It is also good for group sessions.

    "I would recommend this video to anyone who is searching for inner peace, healing, change, or personal growth." ...

    MsSVig

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    amazon description

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    What do teenagers get stressed about? Their looks, spots, homework, bullies, parents, allowances, exams, falling out with mates and, of course, having enough money for those so-cool jeans! Young herself and perfectly in touch with what makes them tick, practising white witch, Marie, covers all the issues pertinent to the modern teenager, giving them the means of replacing adolescent powerlessness with a sense of control, and helping them to establish their self-image and self-esteem. The huge contemporary appeal of white witchcraft - especially in the teenage market - will mean this imaginative title will simply float off the shelves!


    from back cover:

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    You have the power ~ just use it!
    If you've ever had a really bad hair day... if you've ever sat hugging your mobile waiting for him to call... if you've ever agonised over a science exam... Don't just wish for help from your friends and family. Do something about it!
    Want to look good and feel great about yourself? Like to help a fried or soften up your parents? Need to sort out that bully, patch up an argument or make sure that party is really hot?
    You're a teenager with a huge amount of energy and power. Once you understand how you can tap into that power, you can use it to charge up any situation. All you need to understand is how you can access nature's own energy fields.
    Plug yourself in, and change the way you look at life with the positive power of white witchcraft. Get a better life for you and your friends.


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    *scanned by me kaizokuhime
    sorry about the back cover image - this was an ex-library copy of the book and when the library stickers where removed I guess it left a bunch of gunk on the back cover. :-/ MsSVig

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    Chogyam Trungpa - The Question of Reality
    AKA: The Don Juan Seminar
    Barnet Vermont, August 1973

    In this four-talk series, Trungpa Rinpoche examines the parallels between the path portrayed in Carlos Castaneda's books on Don Juan and the path of Buddhist Tantra.

    Chogyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom. MsSVig

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    Finding God Through Sex: A Spiritual Guide To Ecstatic Loving And Deep Passion For Men And Women by author, spirituality and human sexuality expert David Deida is an informative, thoughtful, emotional, and quite practical guide to the art and craft of enriching our spiritual life and taking deep pleasures in the love and sexuality that is God's gift to humankind. From learning how to connect and balance lust and love, to learning to open oneself to ecstasy, to lowering barriers to our innermost emotions, Finding God Through Sex is a profoundly insightful, spiritually sensitive, and accessibly written guide which is highly recommended reading in both matters of the physical flesh and the needs of the soul. MsSVig

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    Notions of magic and healing have been changing over past years and are now understood as reflecting local ideas of power and agency, as well as structures of self, subjectivity and affect. This study focuses on contemporary urban Russia and, through exploring social conditions, conveys the experience of living that makes magic logical. By following people's own interpretations of the work of magic, the author succeeds in unraveling the logic of local practice and local understanding of affliction, commonly used to diagnose the experiences of illness and misfortune.

    About the Author
    Galina Lindquist was born in Russia, and trained as anthropologist in Sweden. She received her degree at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm, for the study of urban shamans in Scandinavia. Since then she has done work in medical anthropology and anthropology of religion, with a special focus on folk religious and healing practices. Her other areas of interest are play, ritual, and anthropology of consciousness. MsSVig

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    TheOccult.Bz Gb Exclusive - Keep It Here

    Amid the great genres of European magical books are the Scandinavian
    Svartkonstböcker, or ‘Books of Black Arts’, the privately kept practical
    manuals of magic used by rural charmers and practitioners of folk magic.
    Incorporating charms, prayers, and curses, as well as medicine, alchemy
    and physical experiments. Many of these books survive today in
    universities and private collections. While bearing some relationship to
    the corpus of  European grimoires which feature angelic and demonic
    magic, the Svartkonstböcker as texts of magic are a class all their own.
    Salomonic Magical Arts consists of two such volumes, originally
    handwritten in the early eighteenth century, and named "The Red Book"
    and The Black Book" by one of their owners. These volumes passed through
    the hands of priests, and cunning men, before coming to rest in academic
    institutions. Invoking a variety of spiritual powers ranging from Christ
    to Beelzebub, its magical formulae, numbering in excess of 450
    individual receipts, serve as a testament to the endurance of sorcery in
    the early modern era. First published in Swedish in 1918, Salomonic
    Magic Arts is here published in English for the first time. Introducing
    the work is a substantive essay by the translator, which places the book
    in its cultural and magico-historical context, including Swedish
    cunning-folk traditions (trolldom), the European grimoire tradition,
    traditional magical healing, pagan belief, and the relationship between
    folk magic and the church. Salomonic Magical Arts is illustrated
    throughout with sigils and magical seals drawn by Maria Olsson after the
    original source documents, and were commissioned for this first English
    edition.

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    This is a very nice Bhajan sung when Rama's Army was making ram Setu to cross 100 leagues of Sea to reach Lanka.…

    A Bhajan is any type of devotional song. It has no fixed form: it may be as simple as a mantra or kirtan or as sophisticated as the dhrupad or kriti with music based on classical ragas and talas.[1] It is normally lyrical, expressing love for the Divine. The name, a cognate of bhakti, meaning religious devotion, suggests its importance to the bhakti movement that spread from the south of India throughout the entire subcontinent in the Moghul era.


    Anuradha Paudwal is a popular playback singer in Bollywood in India. She has been one of the leading playback singers since Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. She was the first singer to challenge the monopoly of the Mangeshkar singers, with a spate of successes in the Hindi Playback industry. She studied at Xavier's College in Mumbai (Bombay). She was married to Arun Paudwal, who worked with music director S. D. Burman as his assistant. Anuradha's career started in 1973 with the movie, Abhimaan, (starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan) in which she sang a melodious "shloka". In the same year she made her Marathi film debut with "Yashoda" (music by Datta Davjekar). In 1974, she brought out a record of Non-film Marathi songs or "bhav geeten" which became very popular. In 1976, she got her break as a playback singer in Hindi films with Kalicharan(starring Shatrugan Sinha and Reena Roy). Her first solo was in the movie, Aap Beeti, (starring Hema Malini and Shashi Kapoor). Laxmikant-Pyarelal were the music-composer duo for that movie. She also occasionally sang songs for composers Rajesh Roshan (Des Pardes), Jaidev (Dooriyan, Laila Majnu), Kalyanji-Anandji (Kalaakar, Vidhataa), and Usha Khanna (Souten, Sajan Bina Suhagan). Anuradha sang in a number of Marathi movies including the memorable "Disate Majalaa" (Ashtavinayak), "Raja Lalakaari", and "Kaalyaa Maatita Maatitaa". Most of these movies had music by the duo of Anil-Arun, Arun being her husband, who collaborated with Anil Mohile to form a pair.

    Read more at: http://entertainment.oneindia.in/celebs/anuradha-paudwal/biography.html




    MsSVig

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    At the peak of her career, Anuradha announced that she would only sing for T-Series and started concentrating on devotional music. This turned to be very successful. This CD is an example of the same. It is excellent music for meditation. It helps bring peace to the inner soul with beautiful rendition by Anuradha Paudwal.

    Om Namah Shivaya (Sanskrit Oṃ Namaḥ Śivāya ॐ नमः शिवाय) (Tamil Om Nama civaaya ஓம் நமசிவாய ) is one of the most popular Hindu mantra and the most important mantra in Shaivism.

    Its translation is "adoration (namas) to Śiva", preceded by the mystical syllable "Aum".

    It is also called Panchakshara, the "five-syllable" mantra (viz., excluding the Aum). The Tamil Saivaite hymn Tiruvacakam begins with the five letters 'na''ma''ci''vaa''ya'.It is part of the Shri Rudram Chamakam, a Hindu prayer taken from the Yajurveda, and thus predates the use of Shiva as a proper name, in the original context being an address to Rudra (later Shiva), where śiva retains its original meaning as an adjective, meaning "auspicious, benign, friendly", an euphemistic epithet of Rudra. The Panchakshara should be recited by Shiva devotees during pooja, homa, Japa and while smearing Vibhuti. MsSVig

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