Initiation: Human and Solar


Alice A. Bailey - 1922
    This book outlines the work of the planetary Hierarchy, in its many stages of Mastership, and gives the fourteen rules by which the neophyte may become an applicant at the Portal of Initiation.

Words to the Wise: A Practical Guide to the Esoteric Sciences


Manly P. Hall - 2008
    Subtitled "A Practical Guide to the Esoteric Sciences, " this volume examines the teachings of the Mystery Schools, the five steps of self-unfoldment, and how the practice of ancient disciplines can lead to a more purposeful life.

Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul: The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World


William C. Chittick - 2007
    Insisting upon a return to the ways of the ancient wisdom tradition, which saw the quest for knowledge of the soul, the world, and God as a unifying spiritual discipline, Chittick maintains that the study of Islamic texts cannot be treated separately from self-understanding. Fascinating, radical, and a true challenge to modern trends in academic study, this book opens a new debate in Islamic thought.

Theosophy: An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos


Rudolf Steiner - 1904
    It is organized into four parts. First, Steiner builds a comprehensive understanding of human nature: physical bodily nature; soul qualities; spirit being, or I-being; and the higher spiritual aspects. This leads us to Steiner’s description of the human being as sevenfold: -Material, physical body -Ether body, or body of life forces -Sentient soul body -Mind soul -Spirit-filled consciousness soul -Life spirit -Spirit body In the next section, Steiner offers an extraordinary overview of the laws of reincarnation and the principles of karma, as we pass from one life to the next. This prepares us for the third section, in which he shows the various ways in which we live—during life on earth and after death and in the three worlds of body, soul, and spirit.Finally, we are given a succinct description of the path of knowledge, along which each person can begin to understand the marvelous and harmonious complexity of the psycho-spiritual worlds in their fullness.

Mystical Dimensions of Islam


Annemarie Schimmel - 1975
    Through her sensitivity and deep understanding of the subject, Annemarie Schimmel, an eminent scholar of Eastern religions, draws the reader into the mood, the vision, the way of the Sufi in a manner that adds an essential ingredient to her analysis of the history of Sufism. After exploring the origins of the mystical movement in the meditations of orthodox Muslims on the Koran and the prophetic tradition, the author then discusses the development of its different stages, including classical voluntarism and postclassical theosophical mystical trends. Particular emphasis is placed on spiritual education, the different ways of leading the mystic toward the existential realization of the profound mystery of the profession of faith that “there is no deity but God.” Sufi psychology and Sufi orders and fraternities are comprehensively explored. Through an examination of mystical anthropology, which culminates in the veneration of the prophet and the saints, the questions of free will and predestination, of good and evil, are implied. The main burden of the text, however, is Sufism as reflected in Islamic poetry, and Professor Schimmel examines the various aspects of mystical poetry in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Sindhi, Panjabi, and Pashto. The author skillfully demonstrates how Sufi ideals permeated the whole fabric of Muslim life, providing the average Muslim—villager or intellectual—with the virtues of perfect trust in God and the loving surrender to God’s will. Professor Schimmel’s long acquaintance with Turkey, Iran, and the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent provides a unique emphasis to the study, and the author’s personal knowledge of Sufi practice in these regions lends a contemporary relevance to her work.

Kabbalah: Key to Your Inner Power (Mystical Paths of the World's Religions)


Elizabeth Clare Prophet - 1997
    Matt, author of The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang."An excellent synthesis of many aspects of Kabbalah and other spiritual traditions." --Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi, author of The Way of Kabbalah and Kabbalah: Tradition of Hidden Knowledge.Mystics are adventurers of the spirit. They dare to push beyond the boundaries of orthodox tradition to pursue a common goal--the direct experience of God. And they teach that while you may seek him in temple or mosque or church, you must ultimately find him in your heart. Kabbalah: Key to Your Inner Power explores the once-secret Jewish mystical tradition known as Kabbalah. With intriguing new perspectives, Elizabeth Clare Prophet shows how we can use Kabbalah's extraordinary revelations about the creation of the universe, our relationship to God and our purpose in life to unlock our own spiritual power."My goal is to bring to life the path of the Jewish mystics--to share with you their joys and ecstasies, their sacred visions and their practical techniques for experiencing the sacred in everyday life."--from the Introduction

The Coming of the Cosmic Christ


Matthew Fox - 1988
    A comprehensive description of the transformation of Christianity, by the bestselling theologian who has defined this spiritual renaissance.

The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece


Christopher D. Wallis - 2017
    This text was a concise primer, written to introduce spiritual seekers to the Recognition philosophy in less formally philosophical, more approachable language. What Kshemaraja created turned out to be one of the world’s great spiritual masterpieces, breathtaking in its brevity but stunning in its power. It came to be considered equivalent to scripture itself by later generations, because of its undeniable inspiration. This book expounds the subtleties of this spiritual and philosophical classic. One of the most powerful and revelatory spiritual masterpieces of world history, the Pratyabhijnahrdayam is one of the primary sources for the study and practice of nondual Tantrik Yoga, and it has never been accurately translated or fully explained until now.

Simulations of God: The Science of Belief


John C. Lilly - 1975
    Lilly, M.D.This book examines the sacred realms of self, religion, sex, science, philosophy, drugs, politics, money, crime, war, family & spiritual paths "with no holds barred, with courage & a sense of excitement." It provides readers with unique views of their own inner realities to help unfold new areas for growth & self-realization.

Hymn of the Universe


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin - 1961
    Pere Teilhard de Chardin, a figure-head in the unfolding of a new cycle in the life of mankind, moves us profoundly not only by the amazing lucidity of his scientific vision but also by his love, his immense love, of God, which enabled him to see, everywhere throughout the created world, what the majority of men are blind to: the constant presence of the Creator.

A New Model of the Universe


P.D. Ouspensky - 1931
    D. Ouspensky (1878 –1947) was one of the most important and influential figures in the occult movements of the twentieth century. With such books as The Fourth Dimension (incorporated in this present volume), Tertium Organum, In Search of the Miraculous, and The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution, he earned a loyal following among those seeking a deeper knowledge of themselves and their lives, and of the meaning of human existence.In the present book, Ouspensky analyzes certain older schools of thought, of both East and West, connects them with modern ideas and explains them in the light of twentieth-century discovery and speculations in physics and philosophy. In the process he explores relativity, the fourth dimension, Christian symbolism, the tarot, yoga, dreams, hypnotism, eternal recurrence, and various psychological theories.The book closes with an examination of the role of sex in the evolution of man toward superman. Anyone interested in the occult, mysticism and the relationship of those elements to scientific developments in the modern world will find much to ponder in these stimulating, thought-provoking pages.

Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul


Titus Burckhardt - 1960
    This wonderfully insightful volume introduces some of the metaphors useful for establishing attitudes required for the soul's advancement: trust, confidence, hope, and detachment. It is a reminder that when any substance or entity undergoes dissolution, it must eventually be resolved or re-crystalized in a new, possibly higher and more noble form.

Your Brain Is God


Timothy Leary - 2001
    He discusses the nature of religious experience and eight crafts of God, including God as hedonic artist. Leary also examines the Tibetan, Buddhist, and Taoist experiences. In the final chapters, he explores man as god and LSD as sacrament.

The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead


Stephan A. Hoeller - 1982
    Jungian psychology based on a little known treatise he authored in his earlier years.

The Signature of All Things


Jakob Böhme - 1621