Teachings of the Hindu Mystics: Andrew Harvey
Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. When we do think of dying, we are more often concerned with how to avoid the pain and suffering that may accompany our death than we are with really confronting the meaning of death and how to approach it. Sushila Blackman places death - and life - in a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have left this world with dignity. Graceful Exits offers valuable guidance in the form of 108 stories recounting the ways in which Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen masters, both ancient and modern, have confronted their own deaths. By directly presenting the grace, clarity, and even humor with which great spiritual teachers have met the end of their days, Blackman provides inspiration and nourishment to anyone truly concerned with the fundamental issues of life and death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Shah, Dawn Harvey, Emily Zeller, Steven Menasche, Fred Stella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019878/bk_adbl_019878_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In addition to his own credentials as a writer, poet, teacher and mystic, Andrew Harvey became a dedicated friend and follower of the late Father Bede Griffiths, a scholarly, saintly Benedictine monk who founded and lived for decades in a Hindu-Christian ashram in South India. This unusual dialogue eloquently communicates the blessings of this extraordinary man. Father Bede, says Harvey, was ´´the simplest and most eloquent spokesman of the Holy Spirit that our time has seen . . . one of the most important people of this century, an authentic prophet, someone who lived out the life of Christ.´´ Listen in to a thoughtful, inspiring explanation of why this is so, illustrated by audio excerpts of Father Bede himself, plus a devotional Indian song by Russill and Asha Paul. Harvey is the author of The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi (North Atlantic Books 1994), and co-author of Dialogues with a Modern Mystic (Quest 1994). Topics explored in this dialogue include: why Bede was ´´one of the most important people of this century, a religious community that embodies a Christian-Hindu symbiosis, the foundation of Father Bede´s lucid optimism, the lessons of Father Bede´s last years and days, Bede´s own description of his ashram, the value of meditation, in Bede´s words, honoring the divine darkness in our selves and our experience, what the Black Madonna represents, Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri as an Indian counterpart of Bede, the poetic and mythical aspects of Ireland. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Toms. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/newd/000053/rt_newd_000053_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this comprehensive and groundbreaking work, mystical scholar Andrew Harvey unearths traces of the sacred feminine in major world religions - Hinduism, Islam (Sufism), Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity - and in aboriginal and indigenous wisdom traditions. Harvey takes a strong stand against our dependence on ´´gurus´´ and ´´masters´´, proposing instead an egalitarian model of spiritual community based on intimate groups of mutually supportive guides and friends. The Return of the Mother is an eloquent and passionate call to all to rediscover and reclaim an authentic and empowering relationship with the divine and re-create a sacred life in this world. Andrew Harvey is a renowned writer, lecturer, and teacher. An Englishman born in India, Harvey was educated at Oxford and at 21 became the youngest fellow in the history of All Soul´s College. In 1977 he returned to India and began a lifelong spiritual quest, studying and practicing Hindu mysticism at the ashram of Sri Aurobindo, with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Thuksey Rinpoche and with the Christian mystic Bede Griffiths. Returning to teach and write in Europe and America, Harvey continued his explorations with extensive study in Eastern and Western mystical literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Harvey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000828/bk_pnix_000828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pamela Wollenberg, a 20-year-old girl from Harvey, Illinois, in a previous incarnation the daughter of a Scottish nobleman, killed herself in a leap from the tower of her castle. Ruth MacGuire, who now lives a peaceful life in an abandoned inn in Connecticut, found memories under hypnosis of earlier lives as a Puritan girl dying of consumption before reaching America, and as a British officer´s wife, raped in a bloody Hindu uprising in India. June Volpe was a belle of Atlanta before the Civil War and, as Elizabeth Simms, was killed by her son on a new plantation in Florida. She now lives the quiet life of a Pennsylvania housewife. These are just a few of those who have been...Born Again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Pierce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019440/bk_acx0_019440_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Eisner and Harvey Winner In this fourth volume of the award-winning graphic novel biography, Buddha slowly discovers that his destiny lies in a path not readily available to him. With fellow ascetics Dhepa who has complete faith in the purifying quality of painful physical ordeals, and Assaji, who can predict everyone´s death to the hour, Buddha travels through the kingdom of Magadha into the Forest of Uruvela, where The Middle Path and Enlightenment wait beyond a series of death-defying trials. Awake under the Pippala tree... 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.