“The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me”, written by Rethy Devi is one of the best ever novels of the 21st century. As long as Literature remains on earth, this title will attract more and more readers for sure.. Certainly, this novel is a book lover’s delight. Jay Kenath Writer, Actor & Journalist (Former Research Editor of The New Indian Express) “Rethy Devi could go beyond The Da Vinci Code through her novel The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me. Her language is a blend of love and frenzy, just like a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. “There is a crazy female tree, on an island surrounded by water on all the sides, which blooms only crazy flowers in all the seasons and it is me! This novel submitted for the 2014 Manbooker” Arun Arsha, Author, Novel Auschwitz (Era a capsules, A Monthly little Magazine)
The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature. The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.
Ancient and contemporary lessons for a spiritual awakening Tracing the metaphysical literary heritage of the Indian Subcontinent, A Treasury of Indian Wisdom brings us a wealth of enlightenment from the last 5000 years of Indian teachings. Beginning with the Vedic hymns, the anthology leads us into the heart of Vedantic philosophy through the Upanishads, further exploring the fundamental truths offered by Buddhist and Jain monks. Presenting the beauty and devotion in the verses of the Bhakti, Sufi and Sikh gurus as well, it culminates with contemporary ideologies of modern teachers like Sri Aurobindo, Jawaharlal Nehru and Osho. Dr Karan Singh’s selection draws from the wide-ranging wisdom of saints and scholars, thinkers and reformers, poets and leaders, and comes as an inspiration for a generation seeking its place in the world.
In part one of this book Dasarath describes how his spiritual awakening took place in the presence of his teacher, H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji). The lucid teachings in part two are a gold mine for those seeking enlightenment and a clear understanding of how one falls asleep and wakes up.
The seers and sages of Ancient India revealed fundamental principles of perennial philosophy. The Upanishads contain the essential principles of this perennial-this ageless philosophy. They contain a large number of inspiring and instructive passages and verses. It has not been possible to include all of them in this book. For the purposes of this book the author has taken those verses and passages that have a bearing on the mystical teaching of the Upanishads. It is mysticism which is the very core of the Upanishads-and so in understanding its mysticism one comes to the heart of the sublime and magnificent teaching of the Upanishads. In this age, where science and technology may lead us into a world devoid of meaning and significance. Modern man needs today a meaningful philosophy if the achievements of science are not to lead him to greater and greater destruction-but to sublime and majestic heights of creative living. It is in the Vision of Life given by the Upanishads that man can find the fundamental philosophy of Creative Living-a philosophy that can serve as a Beacon Light even in the midst of surrounding darkness, a philosophy that can lead him from the unreal to the Real, from darkness to Light, from death to Immortality.