Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is best known as the cofounder of theosophy, which is essentially a selective conflation of Hindu and Buddhist ideas combined with Blavatsky´s idiosyncratic system of cosmology. The Voice of the Silence, first published in 1889, is described by the author as ´´chosen fragments from the Book of the Golden Precepts, for the daily use of disciples´´. While the legitimacy of the source document has been questioned by scholars, the celebrated Buddhist authority D. T. Suzuki stated that the book demonstrated a deep understanding of advanced Buddhist principles. This book is a useful introduction to Blavatsky´s system of philosophy and is much more accessible than her major works, The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Denis Daly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/001635/bk_mike_001635_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.
Easing into the Bhagavad Gita is the fourth book in the growing Easing Into Collection. Previously part of Easing into the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras, this is a newly edited and updated short introduction to what is sometimes called the Hindu Bible. The work features 10 great ideas that define the core meaning of this rich piece of literature. Each chapter poses five questions designed to stimulate group discussion or journal writing, making the work useful in both community settings and for home-based comparative religion study while not overwhelming the curious comparative religion beginner. Ten original poetic responses round out this offering, creating ready-made invocations or closing words. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosemary Watson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088261/bk_acx0_088261_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No topic has gripped the public imagination so dramatically as the spectre of global jihadism. While much has been said about the way jihadists behave, their ideology remains poorly understood. Shiraz Maher charts the intellectual underpinnings of Salafi-jihadism from its origins in the mountains of the Hindu Kush to the jihadist insurgencies of the 1990s and the 9/11 wars. His groundbreaking introduction to Salafi-jihadism recalibrates our understanding of the ideas underpinning one of the most destructive political philosophies of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lara Sawalha. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032172/bk_adbl_032172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yoga is divided into several branches, ranging from that which teaches the control of the body, to that which teaches the attainment of the highest spiritual development. In the work we will not go into the higher phases of the subject, except when the ´´science of breath´´ touches upon the same. The Science of Breath touches yoga at many points, and although chiefly concerned with the development and control of the physical, has also its psychic side, and even enters the field of spiritual development. In India there are great schools of yoga, comprising thousands of the leading minds of that great country. The yoga philosophy is the rule of life for many people. The pure yogi teachings, however, are given only to the few, the masses being satisfied with the crumbs which fall from the tables of the educated classes, the Oriental custom in this respect being opposed to that of the Western world. But Western ideas are beginning to have their effect even in the Orient, and teachings which were once given only to the few are now freely offered to any who are ready to receive them. The East and the West are growing closer together, and both profiting by the close contact, each influencing the other. The Hindu yogis have always paid great attention to the science of breath, for reasons which will be apparent to the student who listens to this book. Many Western writers have touched upon this phase of the yogi teachings, but we believe that it has been reserved for the writer of this work to give the Western student, in concise form and simple language, the underlying principles of the yogi science of breath, together with many of the favorite yogi breathing exercises and methods. We have given the Western idea as well as the Oriental, showing how one dovetails into the other. We have used the ordinary English terms, almost entirely, avoiding the Sanskrit terms, so confusing to the average Western listener. The first part of the book ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Logan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123583/bk_acx0_123583_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thomas Merton, one of the great mystics of the 20th century, had a deep interest in Islam and its mystical tradition of Sufism. Now, you can join one of Catholicism´s great scholars on a fascinating journey through Merton´s encounter with Islam. Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk whose numerous books made the Christian spiritual classics accessible to modern audiences. A pioneer in interreligious dialogue, he developed a profound interest in the mystical traditions of the world´s major religions. In addition to his multiple relationships with non-Catholic Christians, he engaged in correspondence with Jewish, Muslim, Zen Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu thinkers. Mystics, Muslims, and Merton focuses on Merton´s engagement with Islam. Your presenter is Prof. Sidney Griffith PhD, an expert in Muslim-Christian relations and a lifelong reader of Thomas Merton. Throughout the course, you will journey through the broad spectrum of Merton´s encounters with Muslims. You will look at Thomas Merton´s interest in Islamic mysticism, particularly in the traditions of Sufism. You will start by looking at his openness to ´´sharing the experience of the Divine light´´ with members of other religions. Then, as you explore Merton´s correspondence with scholars of Sufism and practicing Sufis, you will gain great insight into the spiritual mind of Thomas Merton. Thomas Merton was a remarkable spiritual thinker, and his interactions with Muslims provide a model of interfaith dialogue today. If you are interested in Merton´s ideas, you will love this course. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Sidney H. Griffith STL PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000123/bk_nykm_000123_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.