Reincarnation in Modern Life

Reincarnation in Modern Life

Author: Pietro Archiati

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 0904693880

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 142

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Reincarnation is usually considered to be an ancient, non-Christian doctrine originating in the East. Is it compatible with the teachings of Christianity? In a lively and fluid style, Pietro Archiati describes the approach to reincarnation taken by the spiritual master Rudolf Steiner--an approach that is wholly relevant to Western consciousness and steeped in true Christianity. By applying and developing Steiner's ideas, Archiati brings the concept of reincarnation to bear on many aspects of modern life, including such vexed issues as abortion and rape. He addresses the question of whether reincarnation appears in the New Testament, and explains how we can understand theological problems such as Christ's Resurrection and the resurrection of the body from this wider context.

Culture and Everyday Life

Culture and Everyday Life

Author: Andy Bennett

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446225875

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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'Bennett provides a well organized, very readable and interesting discussion of a number of significant everyday cultural forms and I am confident student readers will find the book very valuable' - Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth Culture and Everyday Life provides students with a comprehensive overview of theoretical models, issues and examples of contemporary cultural practice. Bennett begins by summarising and situating - in everyday settings - the key theoretical models applied in the study of existing cultural practices. This entails a systematic study of how academic thinking about mass culture has changed, from critical accounts of early mass cultural theorists to radical postmodernist critiques of mass cultural accounts and to 'the cultural turn', which explored how various social identities are culturally constructed. Following this are themed chapters that cover a particular aspect of late modern culture, such as media, music, fashion, tourism and counter-cultural ideologies and movements. In each case a comprehensive literature review is provided and its theoretical and empirical relevance to our understanding of the relationship between culture and everyday life in contemporary society is explained. Lucid, meticulous and illustrated with a host of examples, this is a superb text for teaching and research in the Sociology of Culture and Cultural Studies.

Encyclopedia of Reincarnation and Karma

Encyclopedia of Reincarnation and Karma

Author: Norman C. McClelland

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786456752

Category: Religion

Page: 321

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Featuring over 1,200 topical entries arranged alphabetically, this encyclopedia provides diverse and detailed coverage of the related subjects of reincarnation and karma. Its in-depth examination ranges from ancient beliefs to those of the present, incorporating all relevant world cultures. A series of broad thematic entries cover foundational aspects while over a thousand highly focused entries deal with various societies and organizations which support the concepts of reincarnation and karma; specific religious groups, sects, and associations; key individuals both historic and modern; and related beliefs, concepts, and practices.

(Un)Believing in Modern Society

(Un)Believing in Modern Society

Author: Jörg Stolz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134800124

Category: Architecture

Page: 310

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This landmark study in the sociology of religion sheds new light on the question of what has happened to religion and spirituality since the 1960s in modern societies. Exposing several analytical weaknesses of today's sociology of religion, (Un)Believing in Modern Society presents a new theory of religious-secular competition and a new typology of ways of being religious/secular. The authors draw on a specific European society (Switzerland) as their test case, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to show how the theory can be applied. Identifying four ways of being religious/secular in a modern society: 'institutional', 'alternative', 'distanced' and 'secular' they show how and why these forms have emerged as a result of religious-secular competition and describe in what ways all four forms are adapted to the current, individualized society.

Karma in Human Life

Karma in Human Life

Author: Bob Woodward

Publisher: CLAIRVIEW BOOKS

ISBN: 9781912992430

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 95

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Whilst the concept of karma is derived from ancient Eastern religious tradition, the word is very much part of contemporary vocabulary. We speak of karma in the sense of individuals getting ‘what they deserve’ – usually in a negative sense. But is karma a retributive law or is it based on healing and love? In his latest thought-provoking work, Dr Bob Woodward investigates such issues in conversation with his spirit guides. Beginning with the most basic question, ‘What is karma?’, they discuss how this law of destiny relates to illness, human freedom, relationships and individual development – but also to major crises on the world stage, such as the coronavirus pandemic, wars and conflict, global warming and climate change. They also examine how such key matters might relate to ‘world karma’ rather than personal destiny. Bob’s spiritual guides speak of the law of karma as being, ‘...filled with compassion. It is not a law which makes people or beings subservient to some almighty and dictatorial power. It is a law which is generated by love itself, and is there to bring order, recompense and compassion to all beings and their mutual relationships.’ Karma in Human Life offers answers to many puzzles and enigmas relating to modern-day life on earth.

The Divinity that Shapes our Life

The Divinity that Shapes our Life

Author: C. B. K. Menon

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781039115859

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 450

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In The Divinity that Shapes our Life: Epiphany on the Path of Karma C.B.K. Menon shares the story of his childhood poverty in South India in the 1940s and 50s, and his gradual emergence out of it, with dramatic academic success, a remarkable journey across Europe as a national student leader, and finally settling in Canada. With humour and poetic flair he skillfully conveys the stories and events of his life in India and Canada - from heart-rending to hilarious - all done in a compelling manner that takes the reader on a delightful journey through time and place. A rationalist at heart, he relates dispassionately experiences that border on the paranormal, including a roguish ghost, the mystery of a haunting, and uncanny predictions that materialized. And also, in spite of the struggle of being raised between two households separated by alcoholism and infidelity, he progressively becomes aware of the reality of providence guiding his life through unexpected success. And just when it seems he’s finally on a pinnacle, a shocking experience brings him to a powerful epiphany that alters forever his understanding of karma, and takes him beyond binary notions of happiness and unhappiness. In an engaging and sparkling style, Menon tracks the thread of spirituality running through the tapestry of his life, culminating in a profound awareness of the seminal role played by the inner divinity in each individual’s life.

The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction

The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction

Author: Dorothy Scarborough

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547028994

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction is a work by Dorothy Scarborough. It explore the roots and history of horror and fantasy literature, providing fans with knowledge of many important authors and books in the genre.

Eschatology

Eschatology

Author: Hans Schwarz

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802847331

Category: Religion

Page: 452

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Schwarz guides readers through the range of opinions on the subject of the future, telling how readers' understanding of eschatology has developed and laying out the factors that must be considered when speaking meaningfully about the Christian hope in the 21st century. He surveys the teachings about the future in the Old and New Testaments and addresses the views of Christian and secular thinkers throughout history.

Practising Destiny

Practising Destiny

Author: Coenraad van Houten

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 190263621X

Category: Education

Page: 246

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Increasingly, people are realizing that education must continue throughout life. We face the choice of remaining as we are or developing ourselves. Through his extensive experience of leading seminars and training, the author developed three paths for adult learning: "vocational learning," "destiny learning," and "spiritual research learning." He describes the sevenfold path of destiny learning that leads through group-work to karmic knowledge. He also describes the seven professional fields of the adult educator as an aid to self-education.

Amerindian Rebirth

Amerindian Rebirth

Author: Canadian Anthropology Society. Meeting

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 080207703X

Category: History

Page: 446

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Until now few people have been aware of the prevalence of belief in some form of rebirth or reincarnation among North American native peoples. This collection of essays by anthropologists and one psychiatrist examines this concept among native American societies, from near the time of contact until the present day. Amerindian Rebirth opens with a foreword by Gananath Obeyesekere that contrasts North American and Hindu/Buddhist/Jain beliefs. The introduction gives an overview, and the first chapter summarizes the context, distribution, and variety of recorded belief. All the papers chronicle some aspect of rebirth belief in a number of different cultures. Essays cover such topics as seventeenth-century Huron eschatology, Winnebago ideology, varying forms of Inuit belief, and concepts of rebirth found among subarctic natives and Northwest Coast peoples. The closing chapters address the genesis and anthropological study of Amerindian reincarnation. In addition, the possibility of evidence for the actuality of rebirth is addressed. Amerindian Rebirth will further our understanding of concepts of self-identity, kinship, religion, cosmology, resiliency, and change among native North American peoples

The Mysticism of Ordinary and Extraordinary Experience

The Mysticism of Ordinary and Extraordinary Experience

Author: Harry L. Serio

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725291027

Category: Religion

Page: 206

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We are so much more than we appear to be. The "why" of our existence is far more complex than the "how" of our being. Mysticism probes the hidden nature of who we are, why we are, and our relationship to our Creator. We catch glimpses of this not only in the ordinary experiences of life, but also through extraordinary and unusual encounters with mystery. Mysticism is the awareness of our reality.

Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life

Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577319221

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies. But he is also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions, as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas — and lifestyle — of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures that Watts delivered at American universities throughout the sixties, he challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture's most hallowed constructs. Watts treads the familiar ground of interpreting Eastern traditions, but he also covers new territory, exploring the counterculture's basis in the ancient tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. In the process, he addresses some of the era's most important questions: What is the nature of reality? How does an individual's relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with Watts's playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher at his prime, exploring and defining the sixties counterculture as only Alan Watts could.