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The Coronavirus Pandemic - Anthroposophical Perspectives (Paperback): Judith Von Halle The Coronavirus Pandemic - Anthroposophical Perspectives (Paperback)
Judith Von Halle; Translated by Frank Thomas Smith
R338 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What lies at the root of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the worldwide pandemic it has caused, affecting the health and livelihoods of untold millions of people? What are the deeper, spiritual realities behind COVID-19 and the global turmoil it has left in its trail? In an effort to answer these queries and many others put to her at the start of the pandemic, Judith von Halle composed two letters in March 2020, based on her own spiritual-scientific research. Published in this book together with an additional essay, she addresses questions such as: * Which entities stand behind the virus? * How and why does it affect human beings? * What measures can be taken for prevention and therapy? * What does the crisis mean to individuals and what possibilities does it offer for personal development? The author suggests that, apart from the material havoc triggered by coronavirus, the spiritual causes behind it are extremely serious and - if the present pandemic is not to be the first in a series of catastrophes - humanity is called upon to respond in a radically transformative way. In an additional article von Halle tackles the controversial issues relating to government lockdowns and the protest movements that have sprung up in opposition to them. How do these events point to real questions of individual freedom and, most importantly, how do they relate to the central event of our time - an event that, tragically, remains largely unknown? Revealing unexpected perspectives to the COVID-19 pandemic, Judith von Halle asks urgent and difficult questions and offers shattering insights for humanity's further development.

The Seduction of Religion - An Illuminating and Provocative Guide to the Religions of the World (Paperback): Paul Singh The Seduction of Religion - An Illuminating and Provocative Guide to the Religions of the World (Paperback)
Paul Singh
R405 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R59 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Seduction of Religion offers an illuminating and provocative guide to the religions of the world, focusing on the irrationality of religious beliefs. The point of this book is not to preach atheism so much as it is to encourage its readers to reflect more carefully on why they believe what they believe. Every religion, thinks it is the true religion. But clearly they cannot all be right. The Seduction of Religion places each of the major religions in its historical context and examines some of their most important doctrines in the light of reason and common sense. At the same time, it treats its reader to a host of amusing facts and anecdotes about the various religions that make the book enjoyable to read. At the heart of the book is a paradox: All religions claim to be the one true religion, but if any of them is right then all the others are wrong. The Seduction of Religion introduces its readers to the fascinating history of religions--a history that is the outworking of this thought-provoking paradox.

Then Tweets My Soul - The Best of the Church Curmudgeon (Paperback): David Regier Then Tweets My Soul - The Best of the Church Curmudgeon (Paperback)
David Regier
R290 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Symphonies of Creation - The Primal Elementary Kingdoms in the Work of Rudolf Steiner (Paperback): Oskar Kurten Symphonies of Creation - The Primal Elementary Kingdoms in the Work of Rudolf Steiner (Paperback)
Oskar Kurten; Translated by Paul King 1
R452 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R74 (16%) In stock

`No true understanding of the world is possible without an understanding of the elementary kingdoms.' - Oskar Kurten A hidden gem for students of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual-scientific research, Symphonies of Creation offers a breathtaking overview of the physical and metaphysical development of the world and humanity. In describing the elementary kingdoms, Kurten elucidates the exalted spiritual realms out of which all creation has arisen. These are the formative forces that provide successive life-waves of being with the subtle and physical forms through which their evolution becomes possible. He traces the beginnings of creation - an unformed `thought seed' in the elementary kingdoms that is elaborated by hierarchical beings at all levels, through the planes of the spiritual, soul and physical worlds - to the manifold and evolving aspects of the human being. What emerges is a picture of astonishing complexity and beauty in which all spiritual beings connected with the earth, from the highest to the lowest, work together in symphonic harmony. Rudolf Steiner spoke on many occasions and in different places of these elementary kingdoms and the multiple processes that take place within them. Kurten has sought out these references, meditated on their content and re-presents it here in an inwardly coherent synthesis. Even for those who have been studying anthroposophy for decades, this book can offer startlingly fresh insights. Symphonies of Creation is the life's work of a man who, due to severe deafness, led a retiring existence. His inner work, however, was full of life - the results of which are presented in this inspiring study.

Initiation into theology - The rich variety of theology and hermeneutics (Paperback): Simon Maimela, Adrio Konig Initiation into theology - The rich variety of theology and hermeneutics (Paperback)
Simon Maimela, Adrio Konig
R540 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R70 (13%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

This volume is an all-in-one publication introducing students and teachers at all levels of Theology to almost the entire spectrum of theologies and hermeneutics in Africa and the western world. Although a strong emphasis is placed on the contribution of Africa to Christian Theology there is no hidden agenda to tell the reader what the only 'sound' theology is. Contributors had total freedom to expand on their fields of specialization and readers can make up their own minds.

The Wisdom of Teeth - Dentosophy - A Gateway to Health: From Oral Balance to Total Balance (Paperback): Michel Montaud The Wisdom of Teeth - Dentosophy - A Gateway to Health: From Oral Balance to Total Balance (Paperback)
Michel Montaud; Translated by F. Jacquot, A. Destailleur
R388 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What if our teeth are a reflection of who we are? What if dental problems such as toothache, decay and malpositioning illustrate the deep functioning of our true self? What if, by harmonizing our mouths, we could allay many of our physical and mental ills? After years of dental practice, Michel Montaud made a breakthrough that would change his life and work completely. Without being fully conscious of what he was doing, he engaged in a dental therapy which would prove to be remarkably effective, going beyond the simple framework of mouth and teeth to extend to the human being as a whole. This guided self-therapy, which he refers to as Dentosophy, is a true alternative to the drastic measures of extraction, surgery and orthodontics. From personal experience, the author states that this approach can even remedy ailments such as chronic rhinitis and otitis, eczema, allergies, asthma, back problems and sleep disorders. Montaud describes his personal journey of discovery, initially to help his suffering son. Now, after decades of experience and numerous eloquent clinical results, he demonstrates that this human-based approach to our mouth and teeth can stimulate, at any age, the extraordinary healing potential of our bodies. With case studies and supporting photographic evidence, he shows that Dentosophy improves the general health of patients, both physical and mental. This illustrated and accessible book offers an exciting new perspective on our teeth and their innate wisdom.

Science, Politics and Gnosticism - Two Essays (Paperback, Gateway ed): Eric Voegelin Science, Politics and Gnosticism - Two Essays (Paperback, Gateway ed)
Eric Voegelin
R305 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R19 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days


Eric Voegelin, one of today's leading political theorists and author of the contemporary classic "The New Science of Politics," here contends that certain modern movements, including Positivism, Hegelianism, Marxism and the "God is Dead" movement, are variants of the Gnostic tradition of antiquity. He attempts to resolve the intellectual confusion that has resulted from the dominance of gnostic thought by clarifying the distinction between political gnosticism and the philosophy of politics. Highly provocative, this book is essential reading for students of modern politics, philosophy, and religion.

Wild Wild Guru - An insider's account of his life with Bhagwan, the world's most controversial guru (Hardcover):... Wild Wild Guru - An insider's account of his life with Bhagwan, the world's most controversial guru (Hardcover)
Subhuti Anand Waight 1
R534 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R93 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'It is a Lord of the Flies parable with Bhagwan as lord. The book is a fascinating social history, with many celebrities, from Diana Ross to Prince Charles. - Helen Rumbelow, The Times This is the story of a Englishman who gave up a job in journalism to spend fourteen years with the controversial Indian mystic Osho, also known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and frequently referred to as 'the sex guru'. His guru was always controversial with his teachings on sex and spirituality, rumours of orgies and because he owned ninety-three Rolls Royces. Early in 1976, Subhuti travelled to India to meet Rajneesh in his ashram in Pune, became initiated as his disciple and immediately began to have mystical experiences, which he attributed to the powerful energy field surrounding the guru. He stayed for six months, participating in the ashram's notorious Encounter Group and other therapies designed to release suppressed emotions and awaken sexual energy Subhuti would stay to live and work on his master's ashrams for fourteen years, first as his press officer in Pune, India, then as editor of the community's weekly newspaper when Bhagwan and his followers shifted to Oregon, USA, and built a whole new town on the massive Big Muddy Ranch. There Subhuti was a first-hand witness to the scandals and hullabaloo that accompanied the guru, including tales of broken bones in no-holds-barred therapy groups and Tantra groups that encouraged total sexual freedom, and the increasing hostility with the locals which would lead to Bhagwan's attempt to flee America, his arrest and imprisonment. . He was on the Oregon Ranch when Rajneesh's secretary, Ma Anand Sheela, plotted against rival cliques within the ashram as well as a range of murderous crimes against state and federal officials which feature in hit Netflix series Wild Wild Country. Yet, amidst it all, Subhuti could see the profound revolution in spirituality that Bhagwan was creating, leaving a lasting impact on our ideas about society, religion, meditation and personal transformation. According to the author's understanding, it was the controversy itself, plus Bhagwan's refusal to tread the path of a spiritual saint, that became the stepping stone to a new vision of what it means to be a spiritual seeker.

Being Catholic - What Every Catholic Should Know (Hardcover): Suzie Andres Being Catholic - What Every Catholic Should Know (Hardcover)
Suzie Andres
R522 R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rosicrucianism and Modern Initiation - Mystery Centres of the Middle Ages. The Easter Festival and the History of the Mysteries... Rosicrucianism and Modern Initiation - Mystery Centres of the Middle Ages. The Easter Festival and the History of the Mysteries (Paperback)
Rudolf Steiner; Introduction by Andrew Wellburn; Translated by M. Adams, F. Amrine
R472 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R80 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Steiner has been able to clarify the historical reality behind the Rosicrucian story, with all its aura of glamour and fantasy. That effected, he points to the enormity of its vision for the future evolution of ideas...' - Dr Andrew Welburn (from the Introduction) In the immediate aftermath of the 'Mystery-act' of the Christmas Foundation Conference, Rudolf Steiner chose to speak on the subject of 'Rosicrucianism and Modern Initiation Mystery Centres of the Middle Ages'. Clearly connected to the events that had just taken place in Dornach - in which he not only refounded the Anthroposophical Society but took a formal position within it - Steiner begins by exploring the intellectual life of the Middle Ages and the role that Mystery culture played within it. He throws new light on the foundations of Rosicrucianism, its principles of initiation and its inherent impulse for freedom. Steiner also discusses the secret teachings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the dawn of the age of the Archangel Michael. In the second series of lectures, entitled 'The Easter Festival and the History of the Mysteries' (April 1924), Steiner describes how festivals grew out of the Mysteries themselves. He speaks of Mysteries connected to Spring and Autumn, Adonis and Ephesus, and the significance of Sun and Moon. Throughout the volume he discusses the roles of Alexander the Great and Aristotle in world history and the significance of Aristotle's 'Categories'. Published for the first time as a single volume, the freshly revised text is complemented with an extensive introduction by Dr Andrew Welburn, detailed notes and appendices by Professor Frederick Amrine and an index. (Ten lectures, Jan. and April 1924, GA 233a)

Being Catholic - What Every Catholic Should Know (Paperback): Suzie Andres Being Catholic - What Every Catholic Should Know (Paperback)
Suzie Andres
R370 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas (Paperback): Robin Harvie, Stephanie Meyers The Atheist's Guide to Christmas (Paperback)
Robin Harvie, Stephanie Meyers
R327 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What do you get an atheist for Christmas?

If you're an atheist, you don't believe in the three wise men, so this Christmas, we bring you not three, but forty-two wise men and women, bearing gifts of comedy, science, philosophy, the arts, and knowledge. What does it feel like to be born on Christmas day? How can you most effectively use lights to make your house visible from space? And where can you listen to the echoes of the Big Bang on December 25? The Atheist's Guide to Christmas answers all these questions and more: Richard Dawkins tells an original Christmas story.Phil Plait fact-checks the Star of Bethlehem.Neal Pollack teaches his family a lesson on holiday spirit.Simon Singh offers a very special scientific experiment.Simon le Bon loses his faith (but keeps church music).AC Grayling explains how to have a truly happy Christmas.

Plus thirty-six other brilliant, funny, free-thinking pieces perfect for anyone who doesn't think of holidays as holy days.

All author advances and royalties for The Atheist's Guide to Christmas will go to Terrence Higgins Trust.

Knowledge of Spirit Worlds and Life After Death - As Received Through Spirit Guides (Paperback): Bob Woodward Knowledge of Spirit Worlds and Life After Death - As Received Through Spirit Guides (Paperback)
Bob Woodward
R340 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Based on direct communications with his eight spirit guides, Dr Bob Woodward confirms that we have all lived in spirit worlds before our birth - and that we will enter these same realms again after our material deaths. In a very real sense, these higher spirit worlds are actually our true home, he says, rather than our present physical existence, which is only a temporary abode. In consultation with his spirit guides - including a Tibetan Lama, a Jewish Rabbi, a Native American and his personal guardian angel - Bob Woodward gives a detailed survey of our lives in spirit worlds before birth and after death, our relationships there with friends, family and even pets, and our connections with both good and evil spiritual beings. He also gives a commentary on a range of subjects such as reincarnation and climate change. In a final extensive and moving interview, Woodward finds and speaks with the soul of his deceased father, who offers enlightening glimpses of life after death. Whilst the author's knowledge is grounded in decades of study of the work of Rudolf Steiner - with which he compares the results of his own extrasensory perceptions - Knowledge of Spirit Worlds is not intended as a dry philosophical study. Rather, it has a warm, experiential quality - based as it is on personal interaction with spirit entities - and emphasizes the love that connects all worlds and beings together.

Rudolf Steiner's Research into Karma - and the Mission of the Anthroposophical Society (Paperback, Revised edition):... Rudolf Steiner's Research into Karma - and the Mission of the Anthroposophical Society (Paperback, Revised edition)
Sergei O. Prokofieff; Translated by Richard Michell
R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this inspiring lecture, addressed primarily to the anthroposophic movement, Prokofieff gives an overview of how the spiritual hierarchies and Christ, the Lord of Karma, work in the ordering of human karma. We are led to the karma and mission of the Anthroposophical Society, with indications as to what needs to happen before that karmic mission can be fulfilled. Prokofieff explains why true modern Christian research into karma does not arise out of intellectual speculation, curiosity or nebulous mystical experiences. The process of karmic research based on spiritual science should lead to a fundamental transformation of human nature, leading to a full experience of the cosmos.

Temple & Contemplation (Hardcover): Corbin Temple & Contemplation (Hardcover)
Corbin
R4,797 Discovery Miles 47 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First Published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Origins of the Anthroposophical Society in the Light of the Ancient Mysteries (Paperback): Frank Teichmann The Origins of the Anthroposophical Society in the Light of the Ancient Mysteries (Paperback)
Frank Teichmann
R348 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In conducting his research into the mysteries of antiquity, Frank Teichmann made a series of discoveries that connect directly to contemporary events and the tasks of the present-day. Whilst scholarly in nature and based on extensive documentation of historical sites, Teichmann's work is no dry academic study. In The Origins of the Anthroposophical Society, he offers incisive new insights into Rudolf Steiner's seminal esoteric deed - the refounding of the Anthroposophical Society at the Christmas Conference of 1923-24 - and considers how it impacts us today. The Conference itself, says Teichmann, '...did not just appear out of nowhere, nor did it happen merely as the result of a decision on Rudolf Steiner's part. It was prepared for long beforehand.' In the emergence of the anthroposophical movement, Teichmann reveals a conscious recapitulation and renewal by Rudolf Steiner of three types of primordial mystery. He states: '... the whole anthroposophical movement together with the Anthroposophical Society as it was re-founded at the Christmas Conference of 1923, was planned and prepared for in primordial times... All [Steiner's] deeds, no matter how original they may appear in the foreground, have a deep esoteric background that contains the entire spiritual history of humanity.' This renewal had been systematically prepared by Rudolf Steiner in three phases: through the evolution and intensification of thinking via the 'mysteries of light' in Greece; experiencing the spiritual through art via the 'mysteries of space' in Egypt; and, involving the 'tasks of civilization', the 'northern' or 'earth mysteries'. Teichmann's groundbreaking book - featuring dozens of images including his own original photos of British mystery landmarks - is published here for the first time in English translation.

Cyberhenge - Modern Pagans on the Internet (Paperback, New Ed): Douglas E. Cowan Cyberhenge - Modern Pagans on the Internet (Paperback, New Ed)
Douglas E. Cowan
R938 Discovery Miles 9 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Cyberhenge, Douglas E. Cowan brings together two fascinating and virually unavoidable phenomena of the postmodern world - the electronic environment of the Internet and the emerging world of contemporary Neopaganism - Wiccans and other witches, Druids, Goddess-worshipers and ceremonial magicians - the Internet provides an environment alive with possibilities for invention, innovation and imagination. Neopagans are not only using the Net to provide information and as a vehicle to develop and expand the frontiers of their religious experience. From online Sabbath rituals to an algorithmic I Ching for which one pays with electronically banked Karma Coins, from e-covens and cyber-groves where neophytes can learn everything from the Wiccan Rede to spellworking, to arguments over the validity of online ritual and the authenticity of one's magical lineage, neopaganism on the Internet is an ongoing experiment in the creation and recreation of postmodern religious traditions.

Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings (3rd Edition) (Paperback): David G. McAfee Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings (3rd Edition) (Paperback)
David G. McAfee
R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Spiritual Translocation - The Behaviour of Pathological Entities in Illness and Healing and the Relationship between Human... Spiritual Translocation - The Behaviour of Pathological Entities in Illness and Healing and the Relationship between Human Beings and Animals - From Polarity to Triunity (Paperback)
Are Thoresen
R341 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'I wrote this book out of the needs I see at the present time. I see diseases being translocated to others - humans or animals - despite the good intentions of many therapists or doctors. The diseases are translocated because they do not exist in energetic patterns, but as expressions of spiritual beings. Energy and energy-patterns only exist in the physical world, but in the spiritual world there are only spiritual beings.' From ancient times, all cultures have known of the spiritual phenomenon of 'translocation' - the movement of a pathological entity from one human being to another, or from a human being to an animal. These pathological entities are spiritual beings, known as 'demons' in common parlance. Their translocation, says Are Thoresen, can take place as a result of conventional Western medicine, but also from the application of 'alternative' therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine. In order to have a positive therapeutic impact, Thoresen advises that practitioners, doctors and veterinarians need to acquire a deep understanding of the function and laws of pathological demonic entities and the means to influence them. Using the Middle Point or Christ-force, it is possible to transform - instead of simply translocating - the negative spiritual aspects that are at work in contemporary society. As the author states: 'I have written this book to try to investigate these possibilities, and to give my fellow travellers in spirit the insights, tools and ability to make such a change.'

Healing for Body, Soul and Spirit - An Introduction to Anthroposophic Medicine (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Michael Evans,... Healing for Body, Soul and Spirit - An Introduction to Anthroposophic Medicine (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Michael Evans, Iain Rodger
R441 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R75 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Conventional medicine focuses on the body's physical symptoms. But more and more patients are questioning the limitations of this approach and are exploring holistic approaches, such as anthroposophic medicine, which also addresses the human soul -- our individual thinking, will and feelings -- and the human spirit, our self-awareness and essence. Anthroposophic medicine is an extension of, not a replacement to, conventional medicine. This comprehensive book introduces and explores the philosophy and practice of anthroposophic medicine, which is based on principles developed by Rudolf Steiner. It discusses many alternative therapies and areas of health including artistic therapies, massage, childhood illnesses, cancer and psychiatry. Healing for Body, Soul and Spirit will inform and engage a general reader, with no medical background, who is interested in alternative and holistic approaches to human health.

Meditative Prayers for Today (Paperback, 8th Revised edition): Adam Bittleston Meditative Prayers for Today (Paperback, 8th Revised edition)
Adam Bittleston
R155 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R26 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Growing into the daily use of these meditative prayers makes us conscious of how we stand in great world rhythms. We learn to follow the alternation of waking and sleeping, the ordering of the seven days of the week, and the course of the seasons, as gifts of heavenly powers gradually become known to us. This is a small, elegant guide to aid meditation.

The Gnostic New Age - How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today (Hardcover): April... The Gnostic New Age - How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today (Hardcover)
April DeConick
R919 R695 Discovery Miles 6 950 Save R224 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Gnosticism is a countercultural spirituality that forever changed the practice of Christianity. Before it emerged in the second century, passage to the afterlife required obedience to God and king. Gnosticism proposed that human beings were manifestations of the divine, unsettling the hierarchical foundations of the ancient world. Subversive and revolutionary, Gnostics taught that prayer and mediation could bring human beings into an ecstatic spiritual union with a transcendent deity. This mystical strain affected not just Christianity but many other religions, and it characterizes our understanding of the purpose and meaning of religion today. In The Gnostic New Age, April D. DeConick recovers this vibrant underground history to prove that Gnosticism was not suppressed or defeated by the Catholic Church long ago, nor was the movement a fabrication to justify the violent repression of alternative forms of Christianity. Gnosticism alleviated human suffering, soothing feelings of existential brokenness and alienation through the promise of renewal as God. DeConick begins in ancient Egypt and follows with the rise of Gnosticism in the Middle Ages, the advent of theosophy and other occult movements in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and contemporary New Age spiritual philosophies. As these theories find expression in science-fiction and fantasy films, DeConick sees evidence of Gnosticism's next incarnation. Her work emphasizes the universal, countercultural appeal of a movement that embodies much more than a simple challenge to religious authority.

In The Shadow of the Machine - The Prehistory of the Computer and the Evolution of Consciousness (Paperback): Jeremy Naydler In The Shadow of the Machine - The Prehistory of the Computer and the Evolution of Consciousness (Paperback)
Jeremy Naydler
R599 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R109 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Contemporary life is so deeply reliant upon digital technology that the computer has come to dominate almost every aspect of our culture. What is the philosophical and spiritual significance of this dependence on electronic technology, both for our relationship to nature and for the future of humanity? And, what processes in human perception and awareness have produced the situation we find ourselves in? As Jeremy Naydler elucidates in this penetrating study, we cannot understand the emergence of the computer without seeing it within the wider context of the evolution of human consciousness, which has taken place over millennia. Modern consciousness, he shows, has evolved in conjunction with the development of machines and under their intensifying shadow. The computer was the product of a long historical development, culminating in the scientific revolution of the 17th century. It was during this period that the first mechanical calculators were invented and the project to create more complex `thinking machines' began in earnest. But the seeds were sown many hundreds of years earlier, deep in antiquity. Naydler paints a vast panorama depicting human development and the emergence of electronic technology. His painstaking research illuminates an urgent question that concerns every living person today: What does it mean to be human and what, if anything, distinguishes us from machines?

The Inner Work Path - A Foundation for Meditative Practice in the Light of Anthroposophy (Paperback): Lisa Romero The Inner Work Path - A Foundation for Meditative Practice in the Light of Anthroposophy (Paperback)
Lisa Romero
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets - Medicine and Martial Arts in South India (Paperback): Roman Sieler Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets - Medicine and Martial Arts in South India (Paperback)
Roman Sieler
R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets provides an ethnographic study of varmakkalai, or "the art of the vital spots," a South Indian esoteric tradition that combines medical practice and martial arts. Although siddha medicine is officially part of the Indian Government's medically pluralistic health-care system, very little of a reliable nature has been written about it. Drawing on a diverse array of materials, including Tamil manuscripts, interviews with practitioners, and his own personal experience as an apprentice, Sieler traces the practices of varmakkalai both in different religious traditions-such as Yoga and Ayurveda-and within various combat practices. His argument is based on in-depth ethnographic research in the southernmost region of India, where hereditary medico-martial practitioners learn their occupation from relatives or skilled gurus through an esoteric, spiritual education system. Rituals of secrecy and apprenticeship in varmakkalai are among the important focal points of Sieler's study. Practitioners protect their esoteric knowledge, but they also engage in a kind of "lure and withdrawal"--a performance of secrecy--because secrecy functions as what might be called "symbolic capital." Sieler argues that varmakkalai is, above all, a matter of texts in practice; knowledge transmission between teacher and student conveys tacit, non-verbal knowledge, and constitutes a "moral economy." It is not merely plain facts that are communicated, but also moral obligations, ethical conduct and tacit, bodily knowledge. Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets will be of interest to students of religion, medical anthropologists, historians of medicine, indologists, and martial arts and performance studies.

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