From Out-of-body Travel Magazine: Swami Abhedananda - Forgotten Hindu Mystic (For more info - www.outofbodytravel.org) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anjali A Sarkar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017218/bk_acx0_017218_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Osamu Tezuka´s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha´s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha´s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as ascetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. Rather than recommend resignation and impassivity, Tezuka´s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon recognizing the interconnectedness of life, having compassion for the suffering, and ordering one´s life sensibly. Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal situations with ground-breaking visual dynamism by an artist who makes sure never to lose his readers´ attention. Tezuka himself was a humanist rather than a Buddhist, and his magnum opus is not an attempt at propaganda. Hermann Hesse´s novel or Bertolucci´s film is comparable in this regard; in fact, Tezuka´s approach is slightly irreverent in that it incorporates something that Western commentators often eschew, namely, humor.
Nonduality is a hard concept to grasp at first. The most fundamental proposition is that ?I´´ exist, and all else in the universe is?not I´´. Our conditioned awareness also expresses itself as a judgmental spectrum with negative at one pole and positive at the other. In other words, our dualistic viewpoint -- which we take for granted -- is at the root of our divisiveness, dissatisfaction, and conflicting values; in short, of our unhappiness. For millennia, teachers of nonduality have assured us that it is possible to transcend this limitation and thereby live in an awareness of dualities absence, which turns out to be: harmony, contentment and equanimity. These four texts from the Hindu tradition clearly delineate the One Reality, That-Which-Is.
One of the oldest and most complex of the world´s spiritual traditions, Hinduism is the religion of more than four-fifths of the Indian subcontinent´s population. Major Hindu communities also exist around the world. Dispelling many of the myths and mysteries surrounding this ancient world religion, Hinduism, Fourth Edition provides readers with an up-to-date understanding of the interconnection of religion and politics in India, problems facing Hindu communities in the diaspora, and American movements in Hinduism. The book is published by Chelsea House Publishers, a leading publisher of educational material. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vaishali Sharma. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000131/bk_redw_000131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Raja Yoga contains transcripts of lectures by Vivekananda on ´´Raja Yoga´´, his interpretation of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras, and a ´´rather free translation´´ of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras plus Vivekananda´s commentaries, which also was a series of talks. It presents Vivekananda´s understanding and interpretation of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras, ´´and a selection of hathayoga teachings on the basis of the beliefs that he shared with his students.´´ These included elements from traditional Hinduism, but also ideas from Western science, Idealism, and ´´the Neo-Vedantic esotericism of the Brahmo Samaj and Western occultism,´´ including mesmerism and ´´American Harmonial religion´´. Vivekananda adapted traditional Hindu ideas and religiosity to suit the needs and understandings of his Western audiences, who were especially attracted by and familiar with Western esoteric traditions and movements like Transcendentalism and New Thought. An important element in his adaptation of Hindu religiosity was the introduction of his four yoga´s model, which includes raja yoga, his interpretation of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras, which offered a practical means to realize the divine force within which is central to modern Western esotericism. The other three yogas are the classical karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and jnana yoga. Vivekananda´s interpretation of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras is mostly based on the part on astanga yoga, the eight limbs of yoga described in the Sadhana Pada or practice part. According to De Michelis, Vivekananda´s ideas on raja yoga mainly consists of two different models, with sometimes a third ´´mode of thought´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry J. Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109991/bk_acx0_109991_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Arthur Osborne has packed into this small volume all of the essential information relating to the life and teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950). The extraordinary teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi continue to bless the lives of countless seeking souls, and his life fills us with wonder. As a teenager-hardly seventeen-he realized the Self through a spontaneous act of Self-enquiry without conscious effort or special training imparted by a teacher. He left his home (at Madurai) in 1896 and came to Arunachala (Tiruvannamalai), where he lived as an all-renouncing sage in a state of continuous Self-realization for fifty-four years-until his mahanirvana in 1950. The author includes in this volume instructions given by Sri Ramana to early devotees, such as Sivaprakasam Pillai, Frank Humphreys, Kavyakanta, Natesa Mudaliar, and others, as well as the experiences of Paul Brunton and other later devotees. Sri Maharshi´s central message is that Self-knowledge is not something to be acquired afresh. It is only becoming aware of one´s own natural state of Pure Being, through Self-enquiry. Arthur Osborne (1906-1970) was an ardent devotee of Sri Ramana Maharshi and particularly well known as founder-editor of The Mountain Path, the spiritual journal of Sri Ramanasramam. After completing his studies at Oxford, he moved first to Poland, then to Bangkok, where he lectured at Chulalonghorn University and through a friend learnt about French metaphysician René Guénon, whose works dealt comprehensively with Hindu metaphysics, eventually translating into English his Crisis of the Modern World. He later spent four years as a prisoner of war of the Japanese before being united with his family, who were waiting at Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai. He spent the remainder of his life there, writing about Sri Ramana and related subjects. He died in 1970, his body much weakened by the effect of his years in the concentration camp.
A left-leaning judge liberates four of the most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and the CIA field officers track them back to Pakistan´s northwest frontier mountain range. But the men vanish and rejoin the dark and mysterious forces trained by Osama bin Laden high in the Hindu Kush. These are men with hatred for the United States and Great Britain, and they are sworn to hit back at the USA, which imprisoned so many of their high command. They know there is only one man who can stop them--retired Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Mack Bedford--and he is called in to assist on one of the most highly classified missions ever launched from CIA headquarters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Leggett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/000523/bk_bbca_000523_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Patanjali explores yoga fundamentals, one of the six orthodox philosophies of the Hindu religion, and is revered as one of the greatest texts of the practice of yoga. Comprised of 196 aphorisms dating back to 400 CE, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is divided into four chapters that explore the blissful state, the practice, the manifestation, and the liberation stages of yoga. The text includes the yamas, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi poses. The philosophy has influences in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism thought, but can be applied to anyone´s practice of meditation and yoga. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is an important and profound accompaniment to novices and accomplished yogis alike, as they delve deeper into the philosophy behind the practice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Welch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/104790/bk_acx0_104790_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(1994 ´Delmark´) (66:14/11) Nach 60 Jahren sein Album-Debut - verrückt. Hat mit dem Chicagoblues-Klischee nichts am Hut. T-Bone Walker, mit einem Schuß seines alten Weggefährten Nat King Cole. Die Blues Swingers sind eine 9-köpfige traditionelle R&B-Bigband. Ein wunderschönes Album / beautiful debut. He played with jazz greats like Ben Webster, knew Nat King Cole very well, and his guitar teacher was the great T-Bone Walker! And that was his style. Great 1940s Blues and R&B performed by his great 9-piece band. A highly recommended album. Guitarist/ vocalist Floyd McDaniel has been playing for over half a century in an urban hipster´s world of jump and jive, of rug cutters, geets and flivvers, all cited in the lyrics of his recordings. Its resources are T-Bone Walker - influenced blues, jazz of every variety with a Charlie Christian shadow, hokum, stage evues, wasboard bands, a long run with the Ink Spots and success in the 1940s and 1950 with the Blazes on United Records. Recently he´s been involved with the Blues Swingers, a hard - swinging R&B band led by tenor saxist/arranger Dave Clark with four horns up front and a rhythm section kicked by veteran drummers Kansas Fields (records with Bechet, Mezzrow, BG, Condon, Byas, Bird, etc.) or Hindu Hendersen, a startling if belated discovery. Floyds played the Michigan Ave. bridge, mob joints, the Cotton Club, the ´33 World´s Fair, the Apollo and now - your CD player.
Discover the origins of Buddhism and its tenets from the seminal texts Drawn from the sacred books of Buddhism, this collection reveals the insights and beliefs at the heart of the world’s fourth-largest religion. Siddhartha Guatama, a sixth-century Hindu warrior prince, renounced the world in his search for the meaning of life and became the Buddha, or ´´Enlightened One,” while meditating at Bodh Gaya. From that moment forward the Buddha sought to share his own enlightenment with all of mankind. Through the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the Buddha taught followers to let go of desire and worldly attachments in order to alleviate suffering while embracing practices of meditation, mindfulness, and right conduct. Covering the birth and death of the Buddha, as well as the major tenets of Buddhism, including karma and the middle doctrine, The Wisdom of Buddha offers a profound view of the Buddhist religion and its founder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Turetsky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009079/bk_adbl_009079_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.