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The Holy Bible New King James Version: Burgundy Genuine Leather Wide Margin Reference

The Holy Bible New King James Version

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Book Description: The NKJV Wide Margin Reference Bible. This Bible provides ample room for note-taking right in the margins. Printed on heavy paper to lessen "show-through" from ink or pencil inscriptions, each page has a wide margin completely surrounding the text. Center-column references and translation notes open doors to in-depth Bible study, and additional study helps include introductions to all the books of the Bible, a harmony of the Gospels, full-color maps, and a 66-page concordance. The beautiful bonded leather cover comes in black and burgundy, with gilded page edges and a gift box. A super value for those who want a good wide margin reference Bible in a modern translation.

The Biblia Hebraica

The Biblia Hebraica

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Book Description: The Biblia Hebraica is an essential resource for anyone who wants to do serious study of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. This edition, while being heavy and impractical for carrying to class, has the advantage of comfortably large type and a very clear font. The page layout is very good.

The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon: With an Appendix Containing the Biblical Aramaic: Coded With the Numbering System from Strong's

The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon

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Book Description: This is a wonderful resource for a student of Biblical Hebrew. I used it all the time in college and couldn't have gotten through my Hebrew classes without it. Make sure you get the index by Bruce Einspahr too.

The Urantia book on CD

The Urantia book

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Book Description: I found the Urantia Book a couple of years ago and have found it has changed me completely. It answers most questions about religion, sceince, philosophy and life on a backwards planet as viewed by a common mortal creature with little intellegence. Truly is faith inspiring and thought provoking. This book will eventually transform the world from an internal spirit leading truth, teach us how to live in peace, and show us the way to love our brother and sister mortals. Looking forward to an eventual era of light and life with the return of a universe ruler. Life on this planet can be changed by our individual actions as demonstrated by a true leader while among us. The life of this universe ruler while in the flesh has given us all an example to live by.

Buy this if you want something to flip open to at random for amusement and rare insights. Also, a wide number of the ideas contained therein were gleaned from '30s notions and various religions without reference, but (and you know it's a classic because) other small groups have since gleaned ideas (such as Thought Adjusters) from this book. So for some obscure reference possibilities, sure, maybe.

For a basis of belief, though? If the universe is actually as crammed packed with such a tediously granular and rigid bureaucracy and hierarchy as this book claims, I'll side with the Rebellion.

Autobiography of a Yogi

Autobiography of a Yogi

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Book Description: If you are looking for clear, meaningful answers to many of life's most profound questions. If you are looking for the most advanced methods of meditation and prayer. Or if you need inspiration and motivation to grow spiritually. You will find it in this book.

God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita

God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita

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Essential reading for anyone interested in yoga, whether as a practitioner or as a scholar, this book also offers a lot to those interested in other paths of transformation. This is a brilliantly executed work: verse by verse, the book provides the Sanskrit text, the English translation and Yogananda's comprehensive commentary mining the Gita's many levels of meaning. For example, Yogananda explores the Gita's depicting of events (the armies of Arjuna and his brothers arrayed against their foes) as an allegory for every aspirant's internal struggle between the forces leading towards spiritual realization and the forces (e.g. sense-slavery, sloth, lack of discrimination)that thwart it. Within this context, he also examines the dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna as a reflection of the inner dialogue between Spirit and soul (hence the "God Talks" title). On other fronts, Yogananda makes connections between the Gita and Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Sankhya philosophical traditions. In ways I am not yet able to articulate, this book helped me bridge the gap between what I categorize--imprecisely I'm sure--as yogic and non-yogic traditions. (By yogic I mean any meditative tradition that predicated on the existence of Spirit, the realization of which serves as the final goal, vs. non-yogic by which I mean meditative traditions that assert Emptiness as the final goal.) Ultimately, what makes this book so powerful is that Yogananda clearly knows whereof he speaks. The result is a book that speaks in direct and practical terms to the aspirant, while also able to satisfy the pedant.

Inner Peace : How to Be Calmly Active and Actively Calm

Inner Peace : How to Be Calmly Active and Actively Calm

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The world is full of such misery. Where can we turn? Which club? Which therapy? Which religion? It seems that we have to do so much, in order to alleviate ourselves from something so constant and simple. Namely, suffering. We need to join clubs. To join religions. To go through initiations. To afford a therapist. The author of this book is my Guru. I give no weight to any other material. I was initiated as his devotee 26 years ago. The president of the organization that he founded, Self-Realization Fellowship, was a direct disciple of his for 21 years while he was living in our presence. I live near most of their churches. I have talked extensively with their ministers and monks. But Yogananda was and is a well that you can dip your cup freely from and drink as much as you will. One is not separated from time and space. His family is the world. Credentials and titles do not matter. This book is an example of what he taught. Simplicity and the simple fact that one can reach God on the opposite side of the planet from Self-Realization Fellowship Headquarters and be a garbage collector in an unknown part of the world, if one's love for God is intense enough. I am quite assured that if one read this little book 100 times and followed it's principles devotedly, one would probably be a greater saint than anyone who lives near Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters, is a monk or nun of his organization, or those who knew him personally while he was living. He is all of ours. This book may be all you need! Others need more equipment and training, sorry to say. This book is very simplistic. Very simple. If I were stranded on a desert island, and I only had one book, I do believe it would be this one. I have all of Yogananda's lessons and service lectures bounded in my library. As well as all of his books, recordings, and the words of his devotees. And all of the yogic methods that he taught. But if one would take a tiny book such as this, and follow it with ferverous devotion, I have no doubt that eventually such a one would go as fast spiritually as anyone anyplace and at anytime. Yes. I do like the book.

(Review written by Bill Butler)

The Law of Success : Using the Power of Spirit to Create Health, Prosperity, and Happiness

The Law of Success : Using the Power of Spirit to Create Health, Prosperity, and Happiness

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This is Yogananda's discourse on success. It is really quite simple. There are three areas that we have to deal with as Yogananda explains. First is the subconscious which has to be bombarded with "positive ions" and affirmations. As well as the right kind of positive thinking. See "Scientific Healing Affirmations" on this theory. If you are financially troubled, do the "prosperity affirmation" in that book. I haven't been homeless in 3 years! And while homeless, I chanted that 50-word affirmation about 500 times in all conditions and in all weather. It's hard to practice yoga when you are broke. And I am still living out my nightmares psychologically. But let's get back to the book. The second phase is dealing with the "conscious mind". Here is where Yogananda stresses that YOU have to make some kind of conscious effort. Finally, deep prayer to God in order to receive aid. I would like to add a couple points. It is very popular today to "Find Your True Vocation". Half-truth. Yogananda stresses in his lessons that you life's vocation really begins to develop between the ages of 3 and 12. He advises a two-pronged approach. Do some of which you really love, BUT KEEP WORKING AT THE JOB YOU HATE AND EVEN TRY TO DEVELOP SOME INTEREST IN IT. Do both! And one last point. If you love being a trash collector, then do it. Yogananda's view of success has been modified greatly in the last few decades. $$$ and ***. Do what you love but eventually try to love whatever you are doing! Good luck.

(Review written by Bill Butler)

Metaphysical Meditations : Universal Prayers, Affirmations, and Visualizations

Metaphysical Meditations : Universal Prayers, Affirmations, and Visualizations

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this handy beginners guide on how to Meditate effectively will conveniently fit into your purse of pocket. It contains everything you need to begin life's most rewarding and harmonizing experience. That of MEDITATION...This book contains many gems which may be used to enhance your daily practice of affirmation, prayer and Meditation.Let it be your constant reminder to meditate often and deeply. It was the author - PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA - who was one of the most influential teachers of Meditation and Raja Yoga to the Western world in the 20th century. The Self-Realization Fellowship, which he established to carry on His spiritual legacy, is the sole authorized publisher of His writings and teachings. Read this small book, and open up a new chapter in your life! "Practice the feeing of unity in the vastness of your expanded consciousness of Meditation." ....Paramahansa Yogananda, from - Journey to Self Realization.

Man's Eternal Quest

Man's Eternal Quest

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An inspiring guide for all who wonder what lies behind the seeming realities of life, this book offers compelling evidence that it is possible for each one of us to find that elusive joy that is in fact right within us. Paramahansa Yogananda takes the reader on a profound journey that explores the little-known and seldom-explained aspects of meditation, life after death, healing, and the powers of the mind. A wealth of inspiring, in-depth, practical guidance for self-development.

The 12th Planet

The 12th Planet

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Book Description: Over the years, startling evidence has been earthed, challenging established notions of the origins of Earth and life on it, and suggests the existence of a superior race of beings who once inhabited our world. The product of thirty years of intensive research, published in 1976, THE 12TH PLANET is the first book in Zecharia Sitchin's prophetic Earth Chronicles series -- a revolutionary body of work that offers indisputable documentary proof of humanity's extraterrestrial forefathers. Travelers from the stars, they arrived eons ago, and planted the genetic seed that would ultimately blossom into a remarkable species...called Man.

The Stairway to Heaven

The Stairway to Heaven

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Book Description: Since earliest times, humanity has pondered the incomprehensible mysteries of the universe, life...and the afterlife. Was there somewhere on Earth where, after death, mortal man could join the immortal Gods? Where was this place? By whom was it established? And does it still exist today? After years of painstaking research -- combining recent archaeological discoveries with ancient texts and artifacts -- noted scholar Zecharia Sitchin has identified the legendary Land of the Gods...and provided astounding new revelations about the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and other mysterious monuments whose true meanings and purposes have been lost for eons. Ingram After years of painstaking research--combining recent archaeological discoveries with ancient texts and artifacts--noted scholar Zecharia Sitchin has identified the legendary Land of the Gods, and provides astounding new revelations about the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and other mysterious monuments whose true meanings and purposes have been lost for eons. Illustrated with maps, diagrams and photos.

The Wars of Gods and Men

The Wars of Gods and Men

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Book Description: Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series is based on the premise that mythology is not physiologically based, psychologically metaphorical, or culturally allegorical but rather the repository of ancient memories, and that the Bible ought to be read as a historical scientific document. While the debate regarding the origins of myth is far from conclusive, and the dangers of assuming that the subjectivity of the reader/researcher will not intervene are obvious, Stitch is an expert in ancient language and history. While the reader may scoff at his unfortunately characteristic long leaps of logic resulting in conclusions (such as that gods from outer space destroyed a space port on the Sinai Peninsula four millennia ago), he does present some compelling ideas not easily ignored. The series, of which this is the third volume, deserves a read by those fascinated with the search for the origins of humankind who don't mind spending time separating wheat from chaff. --P. Randall Cohan --This text refers to the Hard cover edition.

Eons ago, the Earth was a battlefield. Mighty armies clashed, led by giant warriors meticulously skilled in the art of combat. These wars would shape man's destiny and live on for centuries in legend, song and religious lore -- brutal and terrible conflicts that began lifetimes earlier on another planet.In the astonishing third volume of Zecharia Sitchin's The Earth Chronicles, the internationally renowned scholar parts the mists of myth and time to return to the violent beginnings of humanity...

The Lost Realms

The Lost Realms

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Book Description: Thousands Of Years Before the Birth

Of Christ, Giants Roamed The Earth

In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquerors came to the New World in search of El Dorado, the fabled city of gold. Instead, they encountered inexplicable phenomena that have puzzled scholars and historians ever since: massive stone edifices constructed in the Earth's most inaccessible regions ... great monuments forged with impossible skill and unknown tools ... intricate carvings describing the events and topography of half a world away.

In this, the remarkable and thoroughly researched fourth volume of THE EARTH CHRONICLES, author Zecharia Sitchin uncovers the long-hidden secrets of the lost civilizations of the pre-Columbian Americas and offers documentation of the giant gods who spawned the greatness of the Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs -- the Anunnaki -- "those who from Heaven to Earth came."

Ingram In the fourth volume of this intriguing study, Sitchin again turns to ancient sources for proof supporting his theories that millennia ago alien visitors shaped our destiny. "Exciting . . . credible . . . most provocative and compelling."--Library Journal. Original.

The Cosmic Code (The Earth Chronicles, No 6)

The Stairway to Heaven

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Book Description: One of the charms of Zecharia Sitchin is his tendency to take ancient writings as fact as opposed to myth. For example, according to clay tablets discovered by archaeologists, Gilgamesh, a king of ancient Sumeria, was punished by the gods for raping female subjects on their wedding day--a particularly naughty, though not uncommon, pastime of ancient royalty. Snickering, the tricky gods created a double of him, which, as you can imagine, created havoc in the king's life. Some time later, directed by his goddess mother, Gilgamesh walked with his double to Lebanon to attain immortality. Sitchin ponders that perhaps the double had superhuman strength and en route built a second Stonehenge discovered in the Golan Heights by Israelis during the 1967 Six Days War. Hmmm. As Sitchin concedes, there's really no way to tell who actually built this hoary structure, but the in-depth archeological and historical research gathered here to support his musings concerning an extraterrestrial secret code to construct humankind is fascinating beyond belief. --P. Randall Cohan

Many thousands of years ago, a race of extraordinary beings guided the evolution of life on Earth -- determining the existence and nature of mankind as we know it today. All powerful, all knowing, the proof of their genius is apparent in the mysterious monoliths at Stonehenge, and in a strange but highly significant sturcture of concentric stone circles in Israel's Golan Heights -- both requiring sophisticated astronomical knowledge. Teaching man to look to the heavens, they bequeathed to us...

When Time Began

When Time Began

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Book Description: The Architects of Stonehenge They came to Earth thousands of years ago to usher in mankind's first New Age of scientific growth and spiritual enlightenment. Under the guidance of these ancient visitors from the heavens, human civilization flourished -- as revolutionary advances in art, science and thought swept through the inhabited world. And they left behind magnificent monuments -- baffling monoliths and awesome, towering structures that stand to this day as testaments to their greatness. In this extraordinarily documented, meticulously researched work, Zecharia Sitchin draws remarkable correlations between the events that shape our civilization in millennia past -- pinpointing with astonishing accuracy the tumultuous beginning of time as we know it . . . and revealing to us the indisputable signature of extraterrestrial god indelibly written in stone.

Ingram Offers fascinating evidence that visitors from outer space helped usher in humankind's first New Age of scientific growth and spiritual enlightenment. By the author of The Lost Realms.

Genesis Revisited : Is Modern Science Catching Up With Ancient Knowledge

Genesis Revisited : Is Modern Science Catching Up With Ancient Knowledge

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Book Description: Genesis Revisited: Next Stop--Nabiru., November 22, 1999

Reviewer: Kathleen from Canada

I am an amateur astronomer, so I was very interested as well as concerned when I first started to read this book. To start off, I agree with the premise we are not the only beings out there, (or even within our solar system). But, his knowledge of Ancient Sumerian does nothing for his astronomy. For one thing,Uranus & Neptune & Pluto & Charon(Plutos moon-oh yes, it has one) are not made of H2O, but of Methane, Ammonia & other very toxic gases. Uranus was indeed known in ancient times, & there is the possibility its phases (like Venus) were viewed. There are several Egyptian & Babylonian & Greek & Chinese astronomy charts that show it moving across the sky, although in some cultures it was not thought of as a planet. After all, there was no such thing as our infamous-- Light Pollution. The other idea of Nabiru being twice the orbit of Pluto, & the planet not only being there, but viable for life, is unlikely in the extreme. Although, as Pioneer I & II and Voyager I & II showed, truth is usually stranger than fiction. He does though save his best for last, especially his comments on the unusual features of Mars. I truly wish it would show ancient pyramids with compounds of jet fighters & all sorts of alien apparatus & the Face! My lord, what a Face! This book is a little outdated, as the real Face showed up recently under the Mars Surveyor. It did not look like anyone I would care to know. But all in all, what he does do is get a lot of people excited to start looking into astronomy,(NASA has a great web site by the way, and you can download lots of incredible pictures, from Hubble and others) religion & our past. That is not a bad thing. And it is interesting, that the further into the past we go, the more advanced mankind was. Like many readers I am sure, it was difficult to put down. One piece of advice, he is so enthusiastic about his subject, and the reader can get very carried away, so .... keep your head. As one famous British Astronomer is reported to have stated, Every self-respecting Alien, should turn left at Pluto and keep right on going.

Divine Encounters : A Guide to Visions, Angels and Other Emissaries

Divine Encounters : A Guide to Visions, Angels and Other Emissaries

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Book Description: November 19, 2001

Reviewer: Ron Dwyer from Chicago, Illinois

In the 1970s, von Daniken presented the "ancient astronaut theory" or what has also been called the "Gods from outer space theory"--that what ancient man called "Gods" were really visiting being from outer space--supporting this view from an interpretation of ancient myths, legends, religious texts, and ancient monuments and artifacts. Zecharia Sitchin falls into this line of thought. He is known for his series of books on the 12th planet--where he claims a planet beyond Pluto orbits our sun and is inhabited by a race called in the Sumerian legends as the Annunaki, who genetically engineered homo sapiens here on Earth to be slaves.(Adamu means primitive worker according to Sitchin, and doesn't Adamu seem similar to the name Adam?) But this book--Divine Encounters--I think sort of stands outside the 12th Planet series. This book mainly focuses on the encounters human have had, as recorded in ancient legends and The Old Testament, with what has been traditionally cosidered to be supernatural beings like angels, but Sitchin interprets as encoutners with extra-terrestrials. For example, if they were angels, why would some of them be offered and accept food from their human hosts? One part I found interesting was the section on the Biblical character Noah, who Sitchin all but says is a product of genetic engineering done by the extra-terrestrials. It is observed the Noah, as an infant, had unusual eyes. And, is not one of the interesting physical features of the drawings and reports of space aliens are their eyes? It is by bringing out details in these stories, details that we have overlooked, that Sitchin makes the case for his thesis. I found this book to be an interesting read and in some ways better than some of the books in his 12th Planet series.

Breaking the Godspell : The Politics of Our Evolution

Breaking the Godspell : The Politics of Our Evolution

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Book Description: Reviewer: akin@direct.ca from Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Vancouver, B.C. My first attempt to get this book included in a bibliography for persons interested in how to help institutional religion turn the corner into the coming millennium was unsuccessful. The compiler's excuse was that "archeological material is subject to interpretation."

Freer knows that Zechariah Sitchin's interpretation is masterful when he shows readers just how much the pharoahs knew--that we imagine was "discovered" in the last 100 years. Freer is a perfect student of Sitchin's. He reads out the implications of facing a realization that astronaut "gods" (from Nibiru) engineered the Adam and Eve whose genetic tracers all humanity has carried for more than 200,000 years.

Archeology is fast becoming a "futures" science...as the orbit of Nibiru brings it back toward our planet. Some suppose we will live long enough to see it through a telescope. Others fear its "ships" will precede it.

Let your children learn Sumerian, if they won't memorize Sitchin and cherish Freer.

The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial god

The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial god

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Book Description: Will the past become our future? Is humankind destined to repeat the events that occurred on another planet, far away from Earth? Zecharia Sitchin's bestselling series The Earth Chronicles provided humanity's side of the story-as recorded on ancient clay tablets and other Sumerian artifacts--concerning our origins at the hands of the Anunnaki, "those who from heaven to earth came." In The Lost Book of Enki, we can view this saga from a different perspective through this richly conceived autobiographical account of Lord Enki, an Anunnaki god, who tells the story of these extraterrestrials' arrival on Earth from the 12th planet Nibiru. The object of their colonization: gold to replenish the dying atmosphere of their home planet. Finding this precious metal results in the Anunnaki creation of homo sapiens--the human race--to mine this important resource. In his previous works, Sitchin compiled the complete story of the Anunnaki's impact on human civilization in peacetime and in war from the fragments scattered throughout Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Hittite, Egyptian, Canaanite, and Hebrew sources--the "myths" of all ancient peoples in the old world as well as the new. Missing from these accounts, however, was the perspective of the Anunnaki themselves. What was life like on their own planet? What motives propelled them to settle on Earth-and what drove them from their new home? Convinced of the existence of a now lost book that formed the basis of ancient Sumerian texts holding the answers to these questions, the author began his search for evidence. Through exhaustive research of primary sources, he has here re-created tales as the memoirs of Enki, the leader of these first "astronauts." What takes shape is the story of a world of mounting tensions, deep rivalries, and sophisticated scientific knowledge that is only today being confirmed. An epic tale of gods and men unfolds, challenging every assumption we hold about our creation, our past, and our future.

About the Author An eminent Orientalist and Biblical scholar, Zecharia Sitchin is distinguished by his ability to translate ancient Sumerian and other ancient texts. He is a graduate of the University of London and worked as a journalist and editor in Israel for many years. He now lives and writes in New York.

Siddhartha by H. Hesse

Siddhartha

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In the shade of a banyan tree, a grizzled ferryman sits listening to the river. Some say he's a sage. He was once a wandering shramana and, briefly, like thousands of others, he followed Gotama the Buddha, enraptured by his sermons. But this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own soul. Born the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence, and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of a wandering ascetic. Still, true happiness evaded him. Then a life of pleasure and titillation merely eroded away his spiritual gains until he was just like all the other "child people," dragged around by his desires. Like Hermann Hesse's other creations of struggling young men, Siddhartha has a good dose of European angst and stubborn individualism. His final epiphany challenges both the Buddhist and the Hindu ideals of enlightenment. Neither a practitioner nor a devotee, neither meditating nor reciting, Siddhartha comes to blend in with the world, resonating with the rhythms of nature, bending the reader's ear down to hear answers from the river. In this translation Sherab Chodzin Kohn captures the slow, spare lyricism of Siddhartha's search, putting her version on par with Hilda Rosner's standard edition. --Brian Bruya

The Glass Bead Game by H. Hesse

The Glass Bead

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Final novel by Hermann Hesse, published in two volumes in 1943 in German as Das Glasperlenspiel, and sometimes translated as Magister Ludi. The book is an intricate bildungsroman about humanity's eternal quest for enlightenment and for synthesis of the intellectual and the participatory life. Set in the 23rd century, the novel purports to be a biography of Josef Knecht ("servant" in German), who has been reared in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy. This he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet

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A brilliant man's philosophy on love, marriage, joy and sorrow, time, friendship and much more. Originally published in 1923 - translated into more than 20 languages. With 12 full page drawings by Gibran.

In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man's wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran's gift to us, as well, for Gibran's prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world's great religions. On the most basic topics--marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure--his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description "divinely inspired." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have. --Brian Bruya

Tears and Laughter by Kahlil Gibran

Tears and Laughter

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This book, which is the last one that Kahlil Gibran wrote shortly before he died in 1931, is truly one of his finest. The parables and poems are comparable to his "The Forefunner" and "The Madman." It's teachings leave you with a strong sense of newly found compassion and wisdom. The wander's stories are both profound and alive in this book

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, Russell Munson

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight--how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight." Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes the story soar. Ultimately this is a fable about the importance of seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe, or neighborhood finds your ambition threatening. (At one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock.) By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan gets the ultimate payoff: transcendence. Ultimately, he learns the meaning of love and kindness. The dreamy seagull photographs by Russell Munson provide just the right illustrations--although the overall packaging does seem a bit dated (keep in mind that it was first published in 1970). Nonetheless, this is a spirituality classic, and an especially engaging parable for adolescents.

The Emperor Wears no Clothes, Jack harris

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This is the only reference book you'll need for the myriad uses of cannabis (fuel, varnish, food, medicine, recreation, soap, and more). Every environmentalist, patient, doctor, lawmaker, and citizen concerned with freedom and access to accurate information should read this book. True, Herer is not a historian, but possible inaccuracies about hemp's use in medieval and ancient religious history do not negate the central premise of this book, which is that it's ludicrous to jail people for the sale and use of this plant. Herer draws information from clinical studies of smokers that include thousands of people in several countries (U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Holland, Jamaica, Greece, etc.) over three decades. These studies, from 1969 to 2000, were conducted by MDs, PhDs, and medical anthropologists. Much of these studies were commissioned by the federal government for the purpose of FINDING harmful effects to cannabis. At the same time, Herer shows that many of the cell culture and animal studies either cannot be extrapolated to humans or are outright distortions. He also exposes the political ties and dubious research methods of the most noted anti-cannabis scientists, Heath and Nahas. (For example, Columbia University disassociated themselves from Nahas and he had to recant many of his metabolite studies.) The proceedings from 1930's congressional hearings to criminalize marijuana are transcribed here--they'll make you laugh, but they'll also make you mad. Finally, this is not just a reference book but a call to action, as Herer lists several hemp businesses you can support. People, how does it make you feel that politicians are deciding what medicine, fiber, fuel, food, and sacrament we should have access to?

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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

A Brief History of Time

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Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help nonscientists understand the questions being asked by scientists today: Where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how? Hawking attempts to reveal these questions (and where we're looking for answers) using a minimum of technical jargon. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and physicists' search for a grand unifying theory. This is deep science; these concepts are so vast (or so tiny) as to cause vertigo while reading, and one can't help but marvel at Hawking's ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions. The journey is certainly worth taking, for, as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of "the mind of God."

The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking

The Universe in a Nutshell

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Stephen Hawking, science's first real rock star, may be the least-read bestselling author in history--it's no secret that many people who own A Brief History of Time have never finished it. Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell aims to remedy the situation, with a plethora of friendly illustrations to help readers grok some of the most brain-bending ideas ever conceived. Does it succeed? Yes and no. While Hawking offers genuinely accessible context for such complexities as string theory and the nature of time, it's when he must translate equations to sentences that the limits of language get in the way. But Hawking has simplified the origin of the universe, the nature of space and time, and what holds it all together to an unprecedented degree, inviting nonscientists to share his obvious awe and love of the unseen forces that shape it all. Yes, it's difficult reading, but it's worth it. Hawking is one of the great geniuses of our time, a man whose life has been devoted to thinking in the abstract about the universe. With his help, and pictures--lots of pictures--we can seek to understand a bit more of the cosmos.

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

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At the time I was reading this book it felt like a great friend came over to stay for a while. It is fun, interesting, even just. Professor Steven Pinker brings up interesting questions, provides convincing examples for why should we care, and gives excellent answers. Did I buy everything he suggests? No, though surprisingly a good part of it. But a book on scientific matters is not expected to provide the final and only word. And yes, some parts of this book can be demanding. You may choose to just scan them and hope you've got the basic idea right. The bottom line: those who are interested with language and the possibility of effective communication between people are likely to be enriched tremendously by this book, and enjoy while at it as well.

The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil

The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computer Exceed Human Intelligence

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I've started this book really suspicious: "Is Ray Kurzweil going to be one of those 'Visionaries' who predict we'll have nanotechnology in two years, flying cars in three years, and immortality in four years?". While reading this book I both realized that Ray Kurzweil really is a 'visionary', however, this is not necessarily a bad thing. In "The age of spiritual machines" Kurzweil surveys many technologies which he believes might turn out to be major technologies of the future: Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life, Virtual Reality, Nanotechnology, and more. He tries to estimate where are we, the human species headed to, and backs all of this with very current scientific research. The second half of the book is like a series of interviews with a "person" of the future, each done in intervals of 10 years (2009, 2019, 2029 and 2099). Each depicts a certain future, at least the way Kurzweil imagines it would be. Like other reviewers have written, I believe Kurzweil is way, way, too optimistic in his time estimates. However, I do believe many of his predictions are basically right, and the way he threaded all of these various technologies into one believable future (actually, four) is truly astounding. This book was very engaging, written in a clear language. And considering the various technologies and sciences that are mentioned, this is quite an accomplishment. I don't say this often, but I do believe this book will stay with me long after I have finished it, the possibilities and futures described are inspiring and stimulating. While Mr. Kurzweil might have been wrong in a few details, and certainly in his time estimates, I believe the gist of things yet to come is in this book. VERY highly recommended.

Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics by Amir D. Aczel

Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics

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Since cyberspace became reality, the lines between "science" and "science fiction" have become increasingly blurred. Now, quantum mechanics promises that some of humanity’s wildest dreams may be realized. Serious scientists, working from Einstein’s theories, have been investigating the phenomenon known as "entanglement," one of the strangest aspects of our strange universe. According to Einstein, quantum mechanics required entanglement - the idea that subatomic particles could become linked, and that a change to one such particle would instantly be reflected in its counterpart, even if separated by a universe. Einstein felt that if quantum theory could produce such bizarre effects, then it had to be invalid. But new experiments show that not only does it happen, but that it may lead to unbreakable codes, and even teleportation, perhaps in our lifetime.

The Feynman Processor : Quantum Entanglement and the Computing Revolution by Gerard J. Milburn, Paul Davies

The Feynman Processor: Quantum Entanglement and the Computing Revolution

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In this book, the first one for the general public to explain the scientific ideas behind concepts seen before only in science fiction, physicist Milburn brings us the exciting world of phenomena of entanglement, where particles can be in two places at the same time, where matter on the quantum level can be teleported ŕ la Star Trek's famous Transporter; and where cryptographers can construct fundamentally unbreakable computer codes. Although other books and magazine articles have dealt with some of the subjects in this book, this is the first book for the layman to deal specifically with quantum computing, an area pioneered by the great physicist Richard Feynman, who first posed the challenge to scientists to devise the smallest, fastest computer elements, to take us to the absolute physical limits of computers. This book promises to both astound and educate every reader eager to keep abreast of the latest breakthroughs in physics and computers.

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