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The Book of Contemplation

By Usama ibn Munqidh
  • ISBN Code: : 0141919175
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : History
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The volume comprises lightly annotated translation of a key medieval Arabic text that bears directly on the Crusades and Crusader society and the Muslim experience of them.

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How does one control and quieten the mind? How does one relieve the mind from tension and stress and take it to a state of joy and peace? How do we break free from our sense of limitaion and fear? In the 'Art of Contemplation', Swami Chinmayananda answers all these questions and gives six simple exercises which, if practised regularly, would enable us to control, quieten and free the mind. Swamiji shows how the body must first be quietened, then how to start chanting the mantra, what the various methods of chanting are, how to witness the body and the mind, how to get rid of negative emotions, and finally, how to reach the state of completeness - the absolute peace and happiness.

Summary of Thomas Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is the life itself, fully awake, fully active, and fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. #2 Contemplation is the response to a call. It is the echo of God in us, and it is the result of the two levels of awareness: first, awareness of the question, and second, awareness of the answer. We cannot attain contemplation alone, by intellectual effort. #3 Contemplation is more than just a consideration of abstract truths about God. It is awakening, enlightenment, and the intuitive grasp by which love gains certainty of God's creative and dynamic intervention in our daily lives.

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“Indeed, man may design a spaceship that can break the earth’s atmosphere and fly to the moon, yet no person has ever been able to break the atmosphere of self imposed limitations without the conscious endeavor of a triumphant thought life.” — Excerpt from book. From an eclectic blend of personal, professional, and ministerial experience, Marcus A. Roberts addresses the key to developing an effective life. That key is predicated on the cultivation of an effective thought life. Thoughts For Your Day offers individuals from a plethora of various backgrounds principles that serve as a vehicle to thoughts filled with guidance, inspiration, and destiny. In this compelling & inspiring work you will learn: • The importance of soaking your intellect in scriptures and motivational quotes • The therapeutic benefit of integrating introspective journaling into your day • A strategy for integrating the information in the book into your life

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One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd. New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."

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In life, one finds obstacles and barriers that hinder the progression of happiness. Occasionally these obstacles cause us to fall or become distracted. Perhaps it was a lost love, or the peacefulness of nature that prompted you to turn to God in prayer. One thing is clear . . . Jesus is always on your side. Through faith we make decisions that have direct bearings on the courses we choose. Within the book “Sincerely from My Heart, Poems for Contemplation” the author reflected upon many examples of how God has used spiritual influence to guide his own life. “Sincerely from My Heart, Poems for Contemplation” is a book that was written over a span of many years. Its author, Walter A. Wheat, has felt the emotions described in this book. Once a soldier, the author has experienced the effects of both life and death in war. As a father, Walter has looked back and evaluated the mistakes and tribulations he has made during parenthood. As a husband, Walter has known potential loss. In reading “Sincerely from My Heart, Poems for Contemplation,” the author hopes the reader will identify with the verbal icons and connotations of a theme that is based upon love and understanding. The emotions tapped in “Sincerely from My Heart, Poems for Contemplation,” are absolutely real. Perhaps, as you read “Sincerely from My Heart, Poems for Contemplation,” some small memory may come back to you. With this memory, you too will have assurance that God is real and He is alive today. Walter A. Wheat, M.A.

The Practice of Contemplation According to John of the Cross

By James W. Kinn
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  • Publisher : ICS Publications
  • Book Code : 1939272777
  • Total of Pages : 125
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 136
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This book is for anyone who now meditates regularly or who practiced meditation in the past. As we grow in our prayer life, John of the Cross is an excellent and encouraging guide to show us the way to the practice of contemplative prayer. Many of us learned about meditation from spiritual directors or books. We practiced a reliable form of meditation for some years with varying degrees of success. Over time, however, our prayer slowed down and became simplified. We didn't find many new ideas to occupy our intellect and our emotions quieted down. In time, many of us experienced a crisis in our prayer life; our prayer became so simple that it almost disappeared. We tried different forms of prayer, but we seemed to be reaching a dead end. Throughout all of this, we were never told that our prayer was developing naturally and positively. What we were experiencing was not a dead end but the threshold of a new way of prayer. What we needed was an experienced guide to show us the road ahead. Enter John of the Cross! He encourages us to see that the place we came to is a necessary state of our progress in prayer. John teaches us that we come to contemplation not by struggling harder to pray but by calming remaining quiet before God. He encourages us to realize that we have not come to the end of the road but are being made ready to be transported on a wonderful journey. There is no better or more encouraging guide for us on this journey than John of the Cross. The entire focus of this book is quite narrow; it concentrates on John's teaching about the beginning of contemplation.

Holy Warriors

By Jonathan Phillips
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1588369757
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : History
  • Members : 356
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From an internationally renowned expert, here is an accessible and utterly fascinating one-volume history of the Crusades, thrillingly told through the experiences of its many players—knights and sultans, kings and poets, Christians and Muslims. Jonathan Phillips traces the origins, expansion, decline, and conclusion of the Crusades and comments on their contemporary echoes—from the mysteries of the Templars to the grim reality of al-Qaeda. Holy Warriors puts the past in a new perspective and brilliantly sheds light on the origins of today’s wars. Starting with Pope Urban II’s emotive, groundbreaking speech in November 1095, in which he called for the recovery of Jerusalem from Islam by the First Crusade, Phillips traces the centuries-long conflict between two of the world’s great faiths. Using songs, sermons, narratives, and letters of the period, he reveals how the success of the First Crusade inspired generations of kings to campaign for their own vainglory and set down a marker for the knights of Europe, men who increasingly blurred the boundaries between chivalry and crusading. In the Muslim world, early attempts to call a jihad fell upon deaf ears until the charisma of the Sultan Saladin brought the struggle to a climax. Yet the story that emerges has other dimensions—as never before, Phillips incorporates the holy wars within the story of medieval Christendom and Islam and shines new light on many truces, alliances, and diplomatic efforts that have been forgotten over the centuries. Holy Warriors also discusses how the term “crusade” survived into the modern era and how its redefinition through romantic literature and the drive for colonial empires during the nineteenth century gave it an energy and a resonance that persisted down to the alliance between Franco and the Church during the Spanish Civil War and right up to George W. Bush’s pious “war on terror.” Elegantly written, compulsively readable, and full of stunning new portraits of unforgettable real-life figures—from Richard the Lionhearted to Melisende, the formidable crusader queen of Jerusalem—Holy Warriors is a must-read for anyone interested in medieval Europe, as well as for those seeking to understand the history of religious conflict.

The Mystical Poetry of Ramon Lull

By Ramon Lull
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  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 1936392291
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  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 947
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Ramon Lull, the “Apostle of Africa.” Lull lived far back in the thirteenth century, not long after the days of St. Francis of Assisi, whose disciple he was. He gives us, as it were, a pre-vision of the splendors of that ‘Golden Age of Mysticism’, which dawned for Spain three hundred years after his birth. His mystic writings and especially his ‘ART of CONTEMPLATION ’, ‘BOOK OF THE LOVER AND THE BELOVED ’ and ‘ THE GREAT ELIXIR ’ are full of the purest and noblest spirituality, compounded with the quintessence of love. The style of the poetry is more aligned to the works of the Sufi’s than of Western classical poetry. Ramon has both dug deep within the mystical arena and has climbed high into the clouds in both addressing himself, humanity and how God relates to us and we unto Him. In this effort, only the best of his Mystical Poetry are assembled here. This is the first time the these works are together.

Doctor Illuminatus

By Ramón Llull
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 0691221995
  • Total of Pages : 418
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 789
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For this new anthology, Anthony Bonner has chosen central texts from his acclaimed two-volume compilation Selected Works of Ramon Llull (Princeton, 1985). Available for the first time in an affordable format, these works serve as an introduction to the life and writings of the Catalan (properly, Majorcan) philosopher, mystic, and theologian who lived from 1232 to 1316. Founder of a school of Arabic and other languages, Llull was also a poet and novelist and one of the creators of literary Catalan. This volume contains three prefaces on Llull's life, thought, and reputation. Of Llull's works, it offers Book of the Gentile and the Three Wise Men, his seminal Christian apology; the Ars brevis, a summary of his philosophical system; The Book of the Lover and the Beloved, a celebration of mystical love in the courtly tradition; and his wittily scathing Book of the Beasts.

Jewish Mysticism

By Rachel Elior
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  • Publisher : Liverpool University Press
  • Book Code : 1786949881
  • Total of Pages : 221
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 362
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Mysticism, which transcends the boundaries of time and space and refers to a reality not grasped by means of ordinary human cognition, is one of the central sources of inspiration of religious thought. It is an attempt to decode the mystery of divine existence by penetrating to the depths of consciousness through language, memory, myth, and symbolism. Delving deep into the psyche, mystics strive to redeem perceived reality from its immediate meaning. Mystical texts constitute a history of this religious creativity, of man’s attempt to reveal the divine structure underlying the chaos of reality and thereby endow life with hope and purpose. By offering an alternative perspective on the world that gives expression to yearnings for freedom and change, mysticism engenders new modes of authority and leadership; as such it plays a decisive role in moulding religious and social history. For all these reasons, the mystical corpus deserves study and discussion in the framework of cultural criticism and research. This study is a lyrical exposition of the Jewish mystical phenomenon. It is based on a close reading of the hundreds of volumes written by Jewish mystics and incorporates mystical testimonies drawn from the different countries and cultural environments in which Jews have lived. Rachel Elior’s purpose is to present, as accurately as possible, the meanings of the mystical works as they were perceived by their creators and readers. At the same time, she contextualizes them within the boundaries of the religion, culture, language, and spiritual and historical circumstances in which the destiny of the Jewish people has evolved. The author succeeds in drawing the reader into a mystical world. With great intensity, she conveys the richness of the mystical experience in discovering the infinity of meaning embedded in the sacred text; teasing out the recurring themes, she explains the multivalent symbols. Using copious extracts from Jewish mystical sources, she illustrates the varieties of the mystical experience from antiquity to the twentieth century. She succeeds in eloquently conveying how mystics try to decipher reality by penetrating beyond its apparent boundaries: how they experience spiritual powers symbolically, imaginatively, or visually; how hidden truths are revealed in visions or dreams, in an epiphany or as ‘lightning’; how they are ‘engraved’ in the mind or illuminate in the soul. Most of the texts she draws on are written in very obscure language, but the skilful translations communicate the mystical experiences vividly and make it easy for the reader to understand how Elior uses them to explain the relationship between the revealed world and the hidden world and between the mystical world and the traditional religious world, with all the social and religious tensions this has caused.

From Contemplation to Action

By Mark G. Boyer
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532653786
  • Total of Pages : 120
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 535
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Contemplation is a spiritual process involving long, thoughtful, steady, serious, and attentive consideration or observation in order to achieve closer unity with God and to discover and understand God’s will for the contemplative. Contemplation gives rise to activity, and activity, in turn, gives rise to more contemplation. The result of contemplation is often called discernment, seeing clearly what is at first not very clear or obvious, understanding what is not immediately obvious, resulting in accuracy of spiritual perception. Divine discernment is contemplation in action; it results in insight, inspiration, and an awareness of inner truth upon which one must act. While there are countless models of contemplation leading to action, the ninth-century BCE prophets Elijah and Elisha are the examples used in this book. Both are seers, messengers, and heralds of the LORD. They appear in activity when they are needed, and they disappear into solitude and silence when they are not.

Citadel Values II

By Robert E. Freer, Jr.
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  • Publisher : University Press of America
  • Book Code : 0761852689
  • Total of Pages : 152
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 950
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Book Short Summary:

This book is an educational tool to capture the lessons and fortify students in the greater world beyond The Citadel. The essays of comfort and wisdom reflect the author's thinking and writing during tumultuous economic times and of great stress on our body politic.