A Universal God

Karen Armstrong: A History of God

A God accessible to or within everyone

"These all taught a universal ethic, insisting that God or the Absolute needed no temple, transcended all, was accessible to or within everyone, and that compassion was the

"And this faith can become such a blinding effect on people that you develop absurd types of groups which call themselves as Christians, Hindus, Muslims... exclusive, blind, fanatic

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A Universal Jesus

Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way

Jesus for modern believers

"Equally appealing for modern believers, the Jesus of the hidden gospels has many points of contact with the great traditions of Asia. This concept makes it vastly easier to promote

"In between Jesus Christ and His destroying incarnation of Mahavishnu, called as Kalki, there is a time given to human beings to rectify themselves, for them to enter into the

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A Universal Spirit

Gwenaël Verez, The Search for the Divine Mother

Holy Spirit, Mother Kundalini within

"Prophets of the past, who gave rise to the great religious movements, spoke in allegorical terms of the eternal feminine power which leads to the revelation of our Divine

"You see, the Holy Ghost is the Mother. When they say about the Holy Ghost, She is the Mother... And this feminine thing in every human being resides as this Kundalini, as you have seen

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A Universal Pouring

Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Holy Spirit and Salvation

Ruach 'poured' on those born of Spirit

"This is the mystery of pneuma and qi. It is wind as well as spirit. It moves and work like wind, blowing where it wills. This actually is similar to the Old Testament concepts of 'soul' and

"We start feeling actually, in our fingers, the cool breeze (Ruach), and also from our head, a cool breeze coming up... This is real baptism. This is what was said, that you are to be 'born again'

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Promised Messiah

The Jewish Messiah

Predestined: Israel and Messiah's birth

"For thousands of years the Jewish people has longed for messianic deliverance; sustained by this belief the community has endured persecution and suffering, confident that they will ultimately

"Even in the Judaism or when they believe in the coming of the Saviour (Messiah) for their salvation, even they have talked about." The Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh 3/21/1923—2/23/2011

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Promised Paraclete

Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17

The Paraclete, Jesus' successor

"The Paraclete, Jesus' successor, is described in personal terms... The Paraclete represents direct, intimate divine involvement, supporting and teaching believers and challenging the world

"Christ didn't say that 'I am the Destination.' He said, 'I'll send you the Holy Ghost; I'll send you a Comforter (Paraclete); I'll send you a Redeemer; I'll send you a Counselor" He talked about the future

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Promised Mudathir

The Holy Qur'n

77:1-50 Al Mursalat (Those Sent Forth)

"The five things or phases ... considered in detail, refers to (a) Winds in the physical world, (b) Angels in the spiritual world, and (c) Prophets in the human world, connecting it with the spiritual world.

"So it is all described in Koran. There's a complete Surah describing about 'The Sent One', means 'The Avatar', means 'The Incarnation'. And also said that 'you won'tRead More

Promised Advent

The Advent

"I have come for this Special Time"

"The necessity to return to the Divine Mother in order to become a New Adam, a second born, a Divine Child has been asserted by Lord Jesus. It is time that those western seekers who have

"I am an Old Woman of thousands of years. So I know everything."
"I was also born in a Christian family and I was shocked the way they interpreted Christ's life and the way they talked

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Earth-bound Guide

Aramaic Made EZ, Danny Mahar

But She will teach you everything

"Where then do we go for direct textual evidence that the Holy Spirit was, in the origins of Christianity, considered feminine? We go to the existing Greek minuscules copied in the early part of

"And you know that I've given at least 500 lectures in London alone. And there are tapes of my lectures. These are available. I mean we don't make any profits as usual, but you must

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Earth-bound Spirit

Berard L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology

Paraclete sends another Paraclete

"Virtually every quality ascribed to the Paraclete has a parallel in what was said of Jesus. Jesus himself says that the Father will send another Paraclete, thus clearly indicating that his own

"And He (Jesus) has predicted that ... 'I will send you the Redeemer; I'll send you the Comforter'. If they were true disciples of Christ, they would have waited for this time to come.

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Earth-bound al-Ruh

The Holy Qur'n

Surah 78: Al Naba (The Great News)

"The Creator then said, 'I appoint that person (surat) ... to be the Lady of the Resurrection (Khatun-i Qiyamat), who will on the Resurrection Day be the helper of human beings.

"This is your individual Mother within you. This is the Ruh I am talking about. Just by ritualism you cannot achieve God. You have to be connected with God. For all the people of the world who

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Earth-bound Devi

Lynn Foulston, At the Feet of the Goddess: Divine Feminine in Local Hindu Religion

Devi promised to return if needed

"Devi originated at a time of cosmic crisis ... Just as Visnu promised to manifest himself in order to protect the cosmic balance, Devi, too, promises to return if needed.

"Now, the principle of Mother is in every, every scripture - has to be there.... And, this feminine thing in every human being resides as this Kundalini, as you have seen."

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Seek Total Recall

The Randall House Bible Commentary

Of mysteries which are beyond world

The Comforter sent by the Father in Jesus' name will "recall to their minds Jesus' teachings, will enable them to understand truly and completely, and will develop and expand them

"I am here to tell you all these things which Christ could not tell, and to fulfill what He wanted to say. All those things I am saying to you, it has already worked. You all have got realization Read More

Seek Resurrection

Resurrection in the New Testament, F.J. Lambrecht

Resurrection occurs before Judgment

"The general resurrection occurs just before the final judgment and the meting out of rewards and punishments. It involves the reunion of body and soul, which at the moment of death had

"In between Jesus Christ and His destroying incarnation of Mahavishnu, called as Kalki, there is a time given to human beings to rectify themselves, for them to enter into the

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Seek Purification

Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Divine grant of purifying Spirit

"God will purify 'man'—understood generically—from all evil acts by means of 'a spirit of holiness,' and that God will also sprinkle upon 'man' 'a spirit of truth' like waters of purification.

"But you have to come here because it is a very deeper way of cleansing. And who is going to cleanse you? I am the washer woman. I have to do the job. So better come to the laundry Read More

Seek God's Kingdom

The Election of Israel: The Idea of the Chosen People

Atehalta de-ge'ula: Redemption Begins

"All that can be known about the final redemption, then, is that the estrangement between God and Israel and God and the world will ultimately be overcome. And God's

"The Kingdom of God that we were promised is at hand. This is not a phrase out of a sermon or a lecture, but it is the actualization of the experience of the highest Truth which is absolute Read More

Seek Inner Paraclet

F. B. Meyer, Love to the Utmost

Jesus: "I have been one Paraclete"

"Jesus promises that the Paraclete will be the 'new' advocate' to dwell within his disciples always: 'I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate ... [who] will be in you.' (John 14:16-17)

"I am with you. I am with you at every step, at very place. You may go anywhere. At every place I am with you, completely, in person, by mind and in every aspect. Whenever you will Read More

Seek Inner Ruh

Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Ar-Ruh-Al-Qudus, Holy Spirit within

"An early stream of Aramaic-Syriac Christian tradition portrayed the Spirit as feminine... In the Gospel of the Hebrews, the Holy Spirit is seen as Christ's mother and also the power that transports

"And even in Koran, Mohamed Sahab says that all the Heavens lie at the lotus feet of the Mother. Among them, among Muslims there are Sufis who are realized souls and also accepted in Read More

Seek Inner Shekinah

She Who Dwells Within

Shekinah, She who dwells within us

"The term Shekinah is an abstract noun of feminine gender derived from the Hebrew root Sh-Kh-N, meaning 'to dwell' or 'to abide.' The word Shekinah first appears in the Mishnah and Talmud

"Some people say, 'Mother, you heal us or cure us'—is not true. It is your own Kundalini. It's your own Mother within you. Everybody has an individual Mother. When She rises, She actually Read More

Seek Inner Spirit

Tau Malachi, Living Gnosis: A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity

Holy Spirit of Christ is a feminine Spirit

"Thus, the choice among orthodox and fundamental Christians to speak of the Holy Spirit as male is a distortion of the actual languages of the Scriptures... Holy Spirit is spoken of as

"Now people, Christianity is another absurd thing they teach, that there is the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost but not the Mother. How can you have a Son and a Father without the Mother Read More

Seek Shakti Within

Shakti: Realm of the Divine Mother

Brahman is latent Devi

"All the gods—Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha, Indra, and so on—can do their respective work only if they are united with Shakti. So Maha Maya can be considered the sole cause of this entire

"I have to tell you the story about the Sahasrara Day, about which it was decided long time back, before I incarnated. They had a big meeting in the heavens. All the thirty-five crores of gods Read More

Seek Spirit Within

Womanspirit Rising

Jesus: "My Mother the Spirit"

"The secret Gospel to the Hebrews likewise has Jesus speak of 'my Mother, the Spirit.' And in the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus contrasts his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, with his divine

"So the time has come for all of us to understand that all religions are one. They are part and parcel of One God and that all Incarnations are supporting each other, nourishing each other and Read More

Seek Bhavani Within

Hinduism: A Short Introduction by Klaus Klostermaier

Divine Mother of Transcendental ∞

"One Supreme Goddess: 'Bhavani is worshipped by the gods in all her repeated incarnations. She always kills demons by incarnating herself on earth and she protects all creation in heaven, earth

"It is one of the main teachings of the profound traditional wisdom of India, that the Primordial Mother is the origin of all things and everything tends to flow naturally back towards Her. Read More

Seek Lalita Within

Sri Lalita Sahasranama

Lalita Devi assures birth will be final!

"It is by repeating the names of other deities in hundreds of thousands of births that faith is generated to repeat the names of Sri Devi. Just as it is in the last of all his births that a person

"Now if you say the thousand names of the Goddess; thousand names of the Goddess are so precise. I mean you can verify them in Me. I am just like that. Whatever it is good or Read More

Seek Antaryamin

Seeking Mahadevi: Constructing the Identities of the Hindu Great Goddess

Goddess in a way that God is not

"Kinsley uses the name Mahadevi or 'Great Goddess' to refer to the supreme, singular Goddess underlying all goddesses. One could in fact see the use of the prefix 'Maha-,' 'great,' in

"But today it is the day I declare I am the One who have to save the humanity. I declare I am the One who is Adi Shakti, who is the Mother of all Mothers, who is the Primordial Mother, the Read More

Seek Antarjami

Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Only Aykaa Mayee opens Dasam Dvar

"The notion of dasam dvar, written as dasam duar, occurs several times in the Guru Granth"
"The term bhagauti is the feminine form of a word for Lord or God. i.e., Goddess [Sanskrit

"Meditation is nothing but the state of remaining in the constant company of the every-loving Bhagawati." (Bhagauti)
"Shri Guru Nanak has talked about the Goddess, the Devi. The first Read More

Seek Tao Within

The Tao of Abundance

Chi: Her primordial Elixir of Life to all

"The image of the primordial Mother was embedded deep within the soul of the Chinese people who, as in Egypt, Sumer and India, turned to her for help and support in time of need.

"Lao-Tse is the man who talked about this thing, He's the one who told them about Kundalini and they don't know who is Lao-Tse. Especially in America, I don't know what sort of Chinese live Read More

Seek Mother Within

In the beginning we were all female

"In the beginning ... was a very female sea. For two-and-a-half billion years on earth, all life-forms floated in the womb-like environment of the planetary ocean- nourished and protected

"How can you think of a father, and a son and not of the mother? Holy Ghost is the Primordial Mother. And She is reflected within us as the Kundalini. And in the heart is reflected God Almighty Read More

Seek Inner Feminine

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

A spirituality that affirms life

"We want to tell the truth about our lives, to see the truth through other women's lives. We want to trust a Feminine Source of wisdom. We long for the whole, empowered woman who

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Seek Inner Goddess

C. MacKenzie Brown, The Devi Gita: The Song of the Goddess

Sakti lies dormant within all beings

"She is the universal, cosmic energy known as Sakti, and the psychophysical, guiding force designated as the Kundalini (Serpent Power) resident within each individual. She is eternal,

"Kundalini is our Mother, we are Her only children, and She has been with us through all our lives just waiting for the moment of fulfillment."

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Seek Inner Guru

The Graceful Guru

Everyone has Holy Mother-Guru within

"In the medieval period, there is an ultimate feminine guru represented in a classical text: the Goddess. It is she, not a wife or a saint, who assumes the public role of teacher and is

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Seek Inner Universe

EnlightenmentNext July 2008

Creation of the five basic elements

"In the last few decades, the cultural conversation about science and religion has become less a scholarly debate and increasingly like a barroom brawl. Atheists and theists are wrangling

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The Divine says:

Mahanirvana Tantra of the Great Liberation

"external worship is the lowest of all"

"So long as a man has not real knowledge, he does not attain final liberation, even though he be in the constant practice of religious acts and a hundred austerities. The knowledge of the

"The ultimate act against the Spirit is to worship that which has no Spirit ... The Atma and its expression is the sole Reality in the Universe. Identification with anything else causes Read More

The Patriarchs say:

Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now

"My or our God is the only true God"

"The word God has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. I use it sometimes, but I do so sparingly. By misuse, I mean that people who

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The Critics say:

Malachi Martin, The Encounter

"Each one of them hides from the ...

"... ultimate test of its validity and truth behind a wall of unknowing and expectation. All three chorus that only on the 'Last Day,' when the 'End' comes, when 'God' decides, will it be clear

"Now fanaticism itself is absolutely against religion, against your innate religion within yourself because it creates poison. It's a venomous thing. It makes you hate others. When Read More

The mystics say:

The Complete Guide to World Mysticism

"Knock on yourself as upon a door"

"Abandon the search for God and the creation and other similar matters. Look for Him by taking yourself as the starting point. Learn who it is within you who makes everything his own and

Q: "What is God, for you, and is God a separate entity?" "Yeah, He is. He is, and God for me is the one who is witnessing everything.... God is reflected within you as the Spirit in your heart. Read More

Happy Ending

EnlightenmentNext Magazine Issue 23

Can religions save us Huston Smith?

"So, will the 'happy ending' or final salvation that the traditions prophesy actually manifest? And, if so, do you believe that will eventuate—as the traditions predict, through

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The New Millennium

Walter Mercado, Beyond The Horizon

Christ is coming but spiritually

"The New Millennium opens an era of renewed and individual spirituality, in which we will no longer seek interpretations of the scriptures from others, but will connect directly with the universal

"So this is a New Age that we are talking about here, right now here, that it is going to work out in such a manner that there will be all enlightened personalities together and they will know what is Read More

Cosmic Chi

The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other

Chi: Divine and Universal

"Chi is the cosmic energy that is present in the world and is mentioned or captured in the majority of world religions. It is in the realm of this Spirit that all religions open themselves and reach out

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The Kingdom of God

George Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament

A Gift of Salvation and Life Eternal

"This immortal resurrection life is the life of the Age to Come (Lk. 20:35). The evils of physical weakness, sickness, and death will be swallowed up in the life of the Kingdom

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Christ the Rebel

The Gospel of Thomas by Stevan L. Davies

A rebel with the vision of evolution

"Jesus' full revolutionary vision in all its outrageousness, grandeur, and radical passion is to be discovered in a close reading of the Gospel of Thomas. The greatest of

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Christ the Mystic

Resurrecting Jesus by Adyashanti

"I am guarding it until it blazes."

"Like many people, my sense of who Jesus was was primarily informed by the prevailing culture. The Jesus that I knew was really the Jesus I saw on TV and in movies, the Jesus depicted from the

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Brokers for Christ

Tricia Gates Brown, Spirit in the writings of John

Brokers they rely on are imposters

"The final Spirit-Paraclete saying of John's Gospel appears at 16.12-15. Jesus has still many things to say to the disciples that they can presently not bear. But when the Spirit of Truth

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Second Birth of Man

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Jesus' teachings reveal universality

"The teachings of Jesus as understood in harmony with the revelations of the Great Ones of India will revive the practical methods of the intuitive knowing of truth through Self-realization.

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21st. Century India

Spiritual Heritgae of India

India will conquer her conquerors

"Preempting the place that is now held by technology, religion will be restored to its earlier importance and the center of world happenings will wander back ... to the East

"A day will dawn when the whole world would bow to this country in reverence. Then people would know who Jesus Christ was, and from where He came. He would then be worshipped ... on this sacred land.

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The Holy Spirit

Role of the Holy Spirit in Protestant Systematic Theology

Spirit transcends all religions

"The recognition of the Spirit in other religions allows the church the possible discernment of Christ-like practice in the other, and in so much as Christ-like activity takes place, then this can also

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A Human Guide

Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'n, and Science

Paraclete a human being like Jesus

"Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth to take up the role defined by John i.e. to be a prophet who hears God's words and repeats his message to man. This is

"I am the Adi Shakti. I am the one who has come on this Earth for the first time in this form to do this tremendous task . The more you understand this the better it would be. You will change

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Human Saviors

Miracles surpassing that of Savior

"Jesus solemnly assures the disciples that they will, in the future, perform even greater miracles than He. By this He means to say that through the power of the Holy Spirit, they will bring

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God Version 2.0

The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times

Why God Version 2.0 has a future

"Every age creates a God that serves only for a while (although that while can be centuries). Our age makes the most minimal demand on spirit: We want a deity that we can freely ignore.

"So the time has come for all of us to understand that all religions are one. They are part and parcel of one God and that all Incarnations are supporting each other, nourishing each other and caring for each other Read More

Age of the Spirit

The Future of Faith, Harvey Cox

A transition between Ages

"It is evident that different forms of 'spirituality' can lead to either self-indulgence or a deepened social engagement, but so can institutional religion. Recent studies have

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A Supreme Being

The Mayan Prophecies for 2012

The Return of Quetzalcoatl

"Quetzalcoatl/Kukulcan have important associations with the esoteric parallel of Hinduism's secret knowledge of k'ulthanlini (kundalini) and the seven chakras, the body's

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Sri Mataji's Promise

Shri Adi Shakti: The Kingdom Of God

"I will tell you all the secrets."

"Let us hope that HH Mataji Nirmala Devi will, one day, grant us a book fully displaying the process of Man's second birth and spiritual ascent. She indeed promises, 'I will tell you all the secrets

"Tell Jagbir now to leave it to Her." Shri Mataji "Special personalities from Montreal, Canada will give evidence to confirm my Incarnation." Shri Mataji, Sydney, Australia-April, 1994

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Goddess of Moksa

The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition

Her salvific power is knowledge based

"The Goddess's role as the dispeller of illusion who helps one achieve liberation (moksa) is indeed fundamental to her identity. Yet this role is essentially epistemological, for in

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Missing Messages

God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments

Jesus limited what He told disciples

"The teaching ministry of the Paraclete is presented as superior to that of Jesus because the Paraclete will teach them 'all things' and will remind them of 'everything' that Jesus

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4000 BC Sages

Complete Idiot's Guide To Hinduism

The Eternal and Internal religion

"One of the great ironies of religious history is that, although the religions that came out of the Near East—Judaism, Islam, Christianity—adamantly reject most of Hinduism's fundamental teachings

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Christianity Lite

John Arthur, Hard To Believe

Leaders have prostituted Gospel

"It's Christianity for consumers: Christianity Lite, the redirection, watering down, and misinterpretation of the biblical gospel in an attempt to make it more palatable and popular.

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Promised Evolution

John, O'Day, Gail R. and Hylen, Susan E.

A life that triumphs over death

"The 'eternal life' Jesus offers believers is one that is like Jesus' own life, both as it is witnessed during his earthly life and in his life on the other side of resurrection. Both represent a life that

"Easter is extremely symbolic ... Resurrection of Christ has the message of Christianity. Through Resurrection Christ has shown that one can be resurrected with the body that you have. Read More

Present Presence

Robert Kysar, John

Paraclete presence in believers' lives

"Because of the presence of the Paraclete in the life of the believer, the blessings of the end-times—the eschaton—are already present. At times John speaks as if that final consummation

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Holy Spirit Baptism

Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries

Baptism that surpasses heaven

"Baptism is a transcendent reality instituted by the historical Jesus (Seth) that reflects an actual ritual. It effects regeneration by the Holy Spirit, gnosis (deliverance from the world), and

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Resurrection Wind

Wind of Heaven will sweep world

"Resurrection can be judged as one of the sharpest Valentinian differences from dogmatic Christianity, a difference that appears in Sufism and other esoteric traditions, and in many

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Direct Experience

Enlightenment Without God

Of Ultimate Truth and Consciousness

"First of all, the philosophy of the Upanishads frees one to cast away his intellectual slavery to blind faith, superstitions, sectarian beliefs, and dogmas. Then it helps one to

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Blind Faith

Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness

Of Balu and Amma's $pirituality

"Balu came flying back into [Amma's] room. 'It's not what you think,' [i.e., sperm on towel]... He continued, "It's umm... kanji vellam (sticky rice water) and bleach. Yes, that's what it is. My towel

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Intellect Slavery

Elaine Pagels, The Secret Gospel of Thomas

Of Sci-fi Writer and his religion

"Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial

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Sectarian Strifes

Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History

Of Patriarchy and their religions

"Yet, organized religion has a very long history of curtailing and containing spirituality, one's personal and private relationship with God, the sacred, or the divine. Perhaps there will always be the

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Can those who lead-

Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels

"It's within you," Luke says.

According to the renowned historian Elaine H. Pagels the Gospel of Thomas "does not tell the story about the life and death of Jesus, but offers the reader his 'secret teachings' about the

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Give Cool Breezes?

Michael Welker, The work of the Spirit: pneumatology and Pentecostalism

Pneumatological Paraclete

"When Jesus says to Nicodemus, the wind blows where it chooses and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is

"The Cool Breeze coming out of your head, that's called as Chaitanya Lahari, that's called Cool Breeze of the Holy Ghost. When John the Baptist talked about baptism, he meant this. He didn't

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Give Second Birth?

You Can Experience ... A Spiritual Life: Food, Fellowship, and a Celebration of God's Bounty

Nicodemus: "Tell me how"

"Jesus was talking to Nicodemus about a new beginning, a fresh start, and a chance to become a new person by entering into a life-changing, personal relationship with God. And once that

"And He said it very clearly to Nicodemus that 'You have to be born again' when he asked, 'Am I to enter back into my mother's womb?' And He said it so clearly. Those who don't want Read More

Give Self Discovery?

Jean-Yves Leloup, The Gospel of Thomas

Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you"

"In the social sciences of the near future, positive forms of primary human spiritual and psychic experiences will be recognized as the sources of classic myths and religious doctrines.

"They are so much full of anti-religious temperament that you cannot just bear them. It's better to finish Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, all isms, oneb Read More