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D. Introduction Throughout time, many spiritual masters have offered teachings in service to humanity. Many who have been inclined toward self realization have, through a wide variety of different paths, reached this goal and gone on to teach others. This process remains a mystery to and yet many people at some point in their lives begin to question who they are and seek out teachings to help them answer this question.
There are multitudes of different ways that spiritual information is passed on and shared with others. In this course we will explore the many different categories of spiritual masters and teachers throughout recorded history. Review Of Literature (Exam questions are not drawn from the Review Of Literature section. ) Tao Te Ching (1963) translated by D. C. Lau from Lao Tsu’s original words is a translation of the Chinese classic. The Tao Te Ching rings clearly through the ages as a Great Pearl of timeless Wisdom. All serious metaphysicians should study this work, and meditate on its teachings.
Like all great spiritual texts, the Tao Te Ching, when deeply contemplated, reveals the true nature of the universe. Peace Is Every Step: The Path Of Mindfulness In Everyday Life (1991) by Thich Nhat Hahn is a wonderful book. Thich Nhat Hahn is a Zen Buddhist monk whose teachings come straight from the heart. Those who have discovered his work have likely been transformed by it. His words are filled with compassion, humility, and purity. In Peace Is Every Step, Te (teacher) as his students refer to him, teaches of awakening to the joy of now, the loving presence of life.
He speaks of finding joy and peace wherever one is, in looking at flowers, at the blue sky, or into the eyes of a child. Thich Nhat Hahn’s teachings apply to everyone, and this simple book is an excellent introduction to his work. The Miracle Of Mindfulnes (1975) by Thich Nhat Hahn is another beautiful gem arising from the consciousness of Te, this is a Zen masterpiece, reminding us in simple, economical, and flowing words of the wisdom of being present to life. Using anecdotes from his life, Te tells us to wake up and consciously experience each moment as the precious gift that it is.
From washing dishes to drinking a cup of tea, he encourages us to be fully present, awake, and aware, to be fully in our bodies, and experiencing the actual physical sensations of breathing and movement in these acts, this being the key to fully realizing ourselves. The Heart Of Buddha? s Teachings:Transforming, Suffering Into Peace, Joy, And Liberation (1998), by Thich Naht Hahn, presents the teachings of Buddha in a simple and lovely way. His understanding and interpretation of these teachings is flawless.
He speaks of his own relationship with suffering, and how he merged with Buddha through this. He goes to the heart of Buddha’s teachings on suffering and non? suffering, misery and happiness, and how these each exist only with the presence of the other. From chapter 1: Buddha was not a god. He was a human being like you and me, and he suffered just as we do. If we go to the Buddha with our hearts open, he will look at us, his eyes filled with compassion, and say, “Because there is suffering in your heart, it is possible for you to enter my heart. …If you have experienced hunger, you know that having food is a miracle. If you have suffered from the cold, you know the preciousness of warmth. When you have suffered, you know how to appreciate the elements of paradise that are present. If you dwell only in your suffering, you will miss paradise. Don? t ignore your suffering, but don? t forget to enjoy the wonders of life, for your sake and for the benefit of many beings. The Art Of Happiness: A Handbook For Living (1998) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Howard C. Cutler M. D. s a collaboration between H. H. the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, and Dr. Cutler, a psychiatrist. These two people broke the barriers between spirituality and psychology in order to help people realize happiness. The perspective in the book alternates between the understanding of a Western psychiatrist, and the understanding of a Tibetan spiritual leader, through a conversation in which each attempts to understand the other. The outcome is a rich dialogue of great importance, which explores questions such as…”Is happiness truly possible? and… “How is it that we find happiness? ” If you are seeking happiness, this book is recommended. Ethics For The New Millennium (1999) by His Holiness The Dalai Lama is a book dedicated toward the task of right living. An excerpt from chapter 1 reads as follows: We have, in my view, created a society in which people find it harder and harder to show one another basic affection. In place of the sense of community and belonging, which we find Great Spiritual Masters & Teachers ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 1 uch a reassuring feature of less wealthy (and generally rural) societies, we find a high a degree of loneliness and alienation. Despite the fact that millions live in close proximity to one another, it seems that many people, especially among the old, have no one to talk to but their pets. Modern industrial society often strikes me as being like a huge self? propelled machine. Instead of human beings in charge, each individual is a tiny, insignificant component with no choice but to move when the machine moves. Around this observation, H.
H. the Dalai Lama offers a cure for what ails us. This is an excellent book, and a great follow? up to The Art Of Happiness. Rumi as translated by Coleman Barks in The Essential Rumi (2001) is an exquisite translation to read. Here we find the poetry of Rumi, and if you have not experienced his work, there is nothing to do but drink from the fountain: The Many Wines God has given us a dark wine so potent that, drinking it, we leave the two worlds. God has put into the form of hashish a power to deliver the taster from self? consciousness.
God has made sleep so that it erases every thought. God made Manjun love Layla so much that just her dog would cause confusion in him. There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds. Don? t think all ecstasies are the same! Jesus was lost in his love for God. His donkey was drunk with barley. Drink from the presence of saints, not from those other jars. Every object, every being, is a jar full of joy? from The Essential Rumi Guru For The Aquarian Age: The Life And Teachings Of Guru Nanak (1996) by Steve Gilbar and Partnatma Singh talks about a particular guru named Nanak.
From the introduction by Yogi Bajan: Guru Nanak served humanity by openly teaching this technique of awareness in order to bring men out from the pit of hell into which they had been dragged by the blind, ritualistic, self? centered, spiritual egoists of that dark age. He gave men freedom of the spirit and took away the domination of these “middlemen. ” Humanity had committed the error time and time again of worshiping the man rather than the truth he represents. Guru Nanak taught that it is God who prevails through demand and the man? owever great he may be? is only the channel, the instrument for the flow of Divine Wisdom. Men are meant to praise God, and to teach others to do so, not to become objects of worship themselves. Thus, Guru Nanak reestablished righteousness and the path to glory in his own time. He made mankind understand the basic law of life: “Nanak nam Chardi kala, tere bhane sarbat ka bhala,” keep up and wish good to all. Isis Unveiled: Secrets Of The Ancient Wisdom Traditions, Madame Blavatsky? s First Work, A New Abridgment For Today (1997) by Helena P.
Blavatsky, abridged by Michael Gomes is a classic. Helena Blavatsky was a spiritual adventurer and metaphysician who founded the Theosophical Society, “A world organization dedicated to fellowship among all peoples and encouragement of the study of religion, philosophy, and science. ” In this voluminous book, Blavatsky endeavors to reveal the truth underlying the ancient mystery teachings found in many cultures. Though the original is difficult to read, the abridged edition is much more accessible.
If one is serious about metaphysics, theosophy, Egyptology, and mystery school teachings, this is a must read. Hildegard Von Bingen’s Mystical Visions: Translated From Scivias (1995) translated by Bruce Hozeski is all about Hildegard Von Bingen, an eleventh century mystical visionary who had begun to have visions and speak prophecy by the age of 15. She was a writer and an accomplished musician, and everything she wrote and composed seemed divinely inspired.
This book is a translation from her work entitled Scivias, which means Know The Path. It is a collection of her visions and the prophecy brought forth in them. There are 26 visions, and Hozeski breaks each one up into sections and discusses and interprets the rich symbolism contained within. This is a profound look into the visions of a great mystic. In Tales of Hasidim: Book One, The Early Masters (1991) by Martin Buber, translated by Olga Marx, the author tells the stories of the early leaders of this religion.
The brilliant Jewish philosopher and scholar/practitioner of the Hasidic faith, comments on the philosophy of Hasidic Judaism. His writing on The Baal Shem Tov were used in the research for this course. Martin Buber? s body of work has been profoundly influential in its focus on the value of human relationships and conscious interaction with life. His philosophical views are beautifully expressed in the now classic I And Thou (1970). If you are interested in learning more about Hasidism or human relationships, these works are invaluable to your studies.
Why The Baal Shem Tov Laughed: 52 Stories About Our Great Chasidic Rabbis (1993) by Sterna Citron is an informative piece of literature on Hasidic Judaism. From the back cover: In the year 5487, a brilliant source of light illuminated the dark skies of European Jewry. Yisroel Baal Shem Tov breathed life and joy into a population oppressed by a Great Spiritual Masters & Teachers ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 2 hostile environment and depressed by disillusionment… “These Hasidic stories are not only heartwarming and encouraging but also a source of our own character building.
While reaching the goals of the saintly individuals may be unrealistic, the principles they established and manifested in their lives should serve as guidelines for us. Even the fact that we cannot achieve their greatness should not deter us from at least trying to emulate them. ”? from Dr. Abraham J. Twerski A Simple Path (1995) by Mother Theresa and compiled by Lucinda Vardey chronicles the works of Mother Theresa, her unfailing dedication to serving those in need, and the formation of her powerful and compassionate organization, The Missionaries Of Charity.
The story of Mother Theresa and her works is an inspiration to all. This is highly recommended reading. From the back cover: “There is something else to remember? that this kind of love begins at home. We cannot give to the outside what we don? t have on the inside. This is very important. If I can’t see God? s love in my brother and sister then how can I see that love in somebody else? How can I give it to somebody else? Everybody has got some good. Some hide it, some neglect it, but it is there. ? Mother Theresa The Philosophy Of Freedom: The Basis For A Modern World Conception (1916) was translated by Michael Wilson and is an early work of philosophy by Rudolph Steiner. Steiner was a 19th? century philosopher, spiritualist and clairvoyant who created a spiritual? philosophical cosmology that he called anthroposophy. He was a student of mystery teachings, and was involved for years with the Theosophical society, as well as the Rosicrucians.
The Philosophy Of Freedom was his defining work outlining his cosmological view. From the back cover: Are we free, whether we know it or not? Or is our sense of freedom merely an illusion? Rudolph Steiner tackles this age? old problem in a new way. He says that by taking account of our own activity of thinking, we can know the reasons for our actions. And if these reasons are taken from our world of the ideals, then our actions are free, because we alone determine them. But this freedom cannot be settled for us by philosophical argument.
It is not simply granted to us. If we want to become free, we have to strive by our own inner activity to overcome our unconscious urges and habits of thought. In order to do this we must reach a point of view that recognizes no limits to knowledge, sees through all illusions, and opens the door to an experience of the reality of the spiritual world. Then we can achieve the highest level of evolution. We can recognize ourselves as free spirit. ?Michael Wilson Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts (2003) by Sophia Wellbeloved is a thorough investigation of Gurdjieff’s legacy of work.
From the back cover: “Sophia Wellbeloved has provided here a tool for delving beneath Gurdjieff’s veil of words, for both a specialized and general public… this is a work that honors Gurdjieff’s gift to the moral and spiritual welfare of mankind. ” ? Paul Beekman Taylor. “This unique book offers clear definitions of Gurdjieff’s teaching terms, placing him within the political, geographical, and cultural context of his time. Selected entries look at diverse aspects of his work. ” Teachings Of The Hindu Mystic (2001) by Andrew Harvey is a compilation of writings from the Hindu mystical tradition.
Andrew Harvey is a world? renowned author, lecturer, and teacher of the world? s spiritual traditions. He has spent many years studying Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Included are works from the Bhagavad? Gita, the Upanishads, teachings from Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharishi, as well as devotional poetry from Mirabai, Ramprasad, and others. This is a great introduction to Hindu mystic teachings, with its beautiful way of expression through lyrical verse. Brother Francis: An Anthology Of Writings By And About St. Francis Of