The Search for Enlightenment

The book identifies the key works of political protest, philosophical exploration, and religious enquiry, and at the same time encompasses such diverse forms as the novel, short story, poetry, and drama.

Author: John Leigh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742500470

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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In this fresh exploration of eighteenth-century French writing, John Leigh celebrates the ideas and hopes that animated its central figures and examines the extent to which authors--and their readers--shouldered heretofore-unknown responsibilities and confronted new doubts. The book identifies the key works of political protest, philosophical exploration, and religious enquiry, and at the same time encompasses such diverse forms as the novel, short story, poetry, and drama. Conveying a vivid sense of the energy and genius of the Enlightenment as embodied in its famous and controversial writers--Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot, and Rousseau--the author also considers the achievements of influential but unsung authors such as Mabillon, Olympe de Gouges, Chénier, and de Sade.

The Search for Enlightenment

This book explores the trade unions' role in adult education, the Marxist challenge to conventional schools of thought, and the role and potential of adult education in a period of rapid social change.

Author: Brian Simon

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000022442154

Category: Adult education

Page: 334

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Presents a collection of essays that describes and seeks to analyse the relationship between adult education and the process of social change. This book explores the trade unions' role in adult education, the Marxist challenge to conventional schools of thought, and the role and potential of adult education in a period of rapid social change.

Postmodernism and the Search for Enlightenment

" "This wide-ranging book should have general appeal across a broad spectrum of disciplines-among them, literature and the arts, philosophy, social and political theory, and intellectual history.

Author: Karlis Racevskis

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: UOM:39015029945642

Category: Philosophy

Page: 158

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"Ever since the explosion in relationships of power during the 1960s, the humanities have become a battlefield. What had previously been thought of as merely academic concerns have spilled over academic boundaries and attracted the attention of politicians, government officials, members of the media, and, ultimately, the general public. As a way of addressing this turmoil, Karlis Racevskis considers the legacy of the Enlightenment and revaluates modernity's claims for objective knowledge and the traditional model of reason. How relevant, he asks, are the Enlightenment ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality in today's attempts to understand society and gauge the prospects for civilization? What responsibility can or should intellectuals assume in promoting Enlightenment values? What, in the end, constitutes a humanistic education?" "Drawing largely on the work of Foucault, Racevskis elucidates the philosophical and political problems at issue in the debate and the changes taking place in our ways of seeing ourselves and our relations with others. He shows how the theme of enlightenment has been a central component in the conflicts that pit modernists against postmodernists, Marxists against post-Marxists, and liberals against conservatives, and he juxtaposes the arguments in such a way as to place reason and enlightened action in a new perspective. One result of the upheaval, argues Racevskis, is a sense of renewed purpose and intensity in the study of the humanities that constitutes a fundamental reorientation in our ways of understanding society. Viewing the tension between the chaos of current theories and the comfort of traditional values, not with horror but with excitement, he suggests how postmodern criticism can be seen as a dynamic and promising development in the renewal and expansion of the liberal arts." "This wide-ranging book should have general appeal across a broad spectrum of disciplines-among them, literature and the arts, philosophy, social and political theory, and intellectual history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Rational Mysticism

John Horgan investigates a wide range of fields—chemistry, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, theology, and more—to narrow the gap between reason and mystical phenomena.

Author: John Horgan

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547347804

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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The author of The End of Science chronicles the most advanced research into such experiences as prayer, fasting, and trances in this “great read” (The Washington Post). How do trances, visions, prayer, satori, and other mystical experiences “work”? What induces and defines them? Is there a scientific explanation for religious mysteries and transcendent meditation? John Horgan investigates a wide range of fields—chemistry, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, theology, and more—to narrow the gap between reason and mystical phenomena. As both a seeker and an award-winning journalist, Horgan consulted a wide range of experts, including theologian Huston Smith, spiritual heir to Joseph Campbell; Andrew Newberg, the scientist whose quest for the “God module” was the focus of a Newsweek cover story; Ken Wilber, prominent transpersonal psychologist; Alexander Shulgin, legendary psychedelic drug chemist; and Susan Blackmore, Oxford-educated psychologist, parapsychology debunker, and Zen practitioner. Horgan explores the striking similarities between “mystical technologies” like sensory deprivation, prayer, fasting, trance, dancing, meditation, and drug trips. He participates in experiments that seek the neurological underpinnings of mystical experiences. And, finally, he recounts his own search for enlightenment—adventurous, poignant, and sometimes surprisingly comic. Horgan’s conclusions resonate with the controversial climax of The End of Science, because, as he argues, the most enlightened mystics and the most enlightened scientists end up in the same place—confronting the imponderable depth of the universe.

The Search for Enlightened Leadership

Its goal is the enlightenment of the mind. The Socratic Method can be regarded
as a creative thinking process. It has four steps: awareness, frustration, insight,
and verification. Individuals who are searching for solutions to problems and
have ...

Author: Richard J. Grady

Publisher:

ISBN: 1881908194

Category:

Page: 160

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Ending the Search

This is a profound guidebook for those sincerely wishing to end their search for
enlightenment. It is full of inspirational stories, exquisite signposts, and wisdom
born of a life where no leaf remained unturned in coming to realize what ...

Author: Dorothy S. Hunt

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781683640646

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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What is life when seeking ends? Just what is, nothing more or less— an ordinary person doing ordinary things, not wishing to be more or less, content to simply be herSelf. —Dorothy Hunt, Only This Do you ever feel as if your spiritual search is getting you nowhere? That despite sincere intention and effort, you’re reaping frustration instead of fruit? In Ending the Search, Dorothy Hunt unravels a dilemma that has vexed countless people on a spiritual path. “You may have tried all manner of practices, meditation, guru shopping, chanting, prayer, and still you have not attained your heart’s desire,” she writes. “This book is about the ego’s spiritual ambition, its search for its idea of ‘enlightenment,’ its struggles and its eventual fate as seeker becomes the sought.” Ending the Search explores the deep spiritual impulse to awaken and the ways a future-focused mind “co-opts” or veils what is timelessly free, loving, and ever present. Dorothy invites us to follow our longing for truth, love, or enlightenment back to their source—the Heart that is beckoning us beyond separation. While describing and honoring different practices and paths taken in one’s search for Truth, she emphasizes the practice of self-inquiry as taught by Ramana Maharshi. We are invited to search not for an idea of something “out there,” but for the true identity of the seeker, the unnamable Mystery that is compassionately aware, existing right now in each of us. The book also looks at the processes of embodiment and surrender, the need for “ruthless honesty” without self-judgment, and in its concluding section, shares a vision of life lived authentically. “The spiritual search is a call to remember who or what you essentially are,” explains Dorothy Hunt. “What ends the search is actually present from the very beginning, beckoning you to come Home. In truth, you are what you seek, yet you must make the discovery for yourself.” This is your invitation, with Ending the Search. Highlights: • The nature of spiritual ambition • When practice becomes problematic • How the thinking mind separates us from the moment • Silence and stillness, our greatest teachers • Ego and the trance of separation • The human heart as a doorway to the infinite • The freedom of Presence • The price of Realization • Gurus, spiritual teachers, and charlatans • Undoing core egoic beliefs • Resting the mind in the Heart of Awareness

The Quest for Enlightenment

Passed down since Brahma's time through an unbroken chain of gurus and disciples, that same profound knowledge is ours in The Quest for Enlightenment.The author of Quest is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whom scholars ...

Author: A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

ISBN: 9780892132928

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

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At the dawn of time, Brahma sat in trance, seeking inspiration to create the universe. Who am I?' he wondered. Where have I come from? What should I do? Then the Supreme Being, Krsna, revealed Himself, flooding Brahma's heart with transcendental knowledge. Passed down since Brahma's time through an unbroken chain of gurus and disciples, that same profound knowledge is ours in The Quest for Enlightenment.The author of Quest is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whom scholars and spiritual leaders worldwide recognize as the most distinguished teacher of Indian culture and philosophy of the modern age. With his spiritual lineage reaching back through Brahma to Sri Krsna, Srila Prabhupada is uniquely qualified to present the timeless Vedic teachings on yoga, meditation, reincarnation, and self-realization that have helped countless seekers in their search for ultimate peace and happiness

My Cosmic Quest

Their answers, recounted in this book, were not just for Paul but for all of humanity, offering us guidance on how to raise our awareness as we enter a new era of collective enlightenment. Nonfiction.

Author: Paul Gavan

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781524608026

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 136

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I learned from my spirit guides the Family of Light, that humanity is in this world but not of it. Speaking to me through a spiritual medium, the Family of Light described a veil of illusion that catches even those of us who know, prompting us to forget that there is a connection between ourselves and the divine and that, as human beings, we have the exalted charge to live in an awareness of that connection. With these words, Paul Gavan begins this account of his spiritual journey and of the communicationsthe teachings, observations, advice, and predictionsthat he has received from his spirit guides and the Family of Light. Working through a spiritual medium, Paul asked questions of these spirits who communicated to him from higher dimensional realms. Their answers, recounted in this book, were not just for Paul but for all of humanity, offering us guidance on how to raise our awareness as we enter a new era of collective enlightenment. Nonfiction.

The Most Important Thing

The quest for enlightenment is all about extraordinarily deep observation and
about being curious toward our current experience. Many of us think that the
search for enlightenment is a quest for an experience that is not now present, ...

Author: Adyashanti

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781683641926

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 168

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From esteemed teacher Adyashanti, a collection of writings on the search for the ultimate reality beneath the narrative of our lives “Our inner lives are every bit as astonishing, baffling, and mysterious as the infinite vastness of the cosmos.” —Adyashanti We all define our lives through the lens of stories. Whether we see ourselves as heroes or victims, good people or bad, everyone lives according to interwoven strands of narrative. “And yet,” teaches Adyashanti, “the truth is bigger than any concept or story.” Drawn from intimate, deep-dive talks, The Most Important Thing presents writings devoted to the search for the ultimate reality of a self that exists beyond the bounds of storytelling. Here you will find vivid anecdotes and teaching stories that illuminate the felt experience of Adyashanti’s teachings—those moments of grace in which every stone, tree, ray of light, and fraught silence reveal that none of us is alone and no one is ever truly isolated from the whole of existence. These selections consider: Exploration of the true meaning of birth, life, and death Why grace can arrive both through struggle and as an unexpected gift Meditation as the art of “listening with one’s entire being” Why a good question can be far more powerful than a concrete answer How the things you choose to serve shape your life Discovering the wisdom found in surprise, sadness, and uncertainty Embodying your innate and inextricable connection with the total environment The nature of ego and the ways it manifests The moments of grace upon which all great religions pivot What is the story of your life? Is it happy or adventurous? Sad or lonely? In The Most Important Thing, Adyashanti shows you how to look past your personal narratives, delve inward, and connect with the truths that fundamentally animate all of us.

The Sun Seeking Light

Who This Book Is For... This book is written for those who have had the disillusionment or realization that no accomplishment, no object, no amount of money or relationships will give you the peace and happiness you truly desire.

Author: Joshua Benavides

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1494397226

Category: Self-Help

Page: 94

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The price for truth isAll your most treasured thoughts,Beliefs, perceptions, and opinions. Thus begins Joshua BenAvides' inquiry into the nature of truth, spiritual enlightenment, nonduality and self-realization. The Sun Seeking Light: Ending The Search For Spiritual Enlightenment invites the reader to come to a profound and direct realization of "who and what you really are" - as pure, ever-present, formless awareness. The Sun Seeking Light: Ending The Search For Spiritual Enlightenment is a series of 72 verse-like pointers or contemplations that relentlessly "points" the reader to examine and experience the ever-present reality that is beyond form, beyond concepts, and beyond imagination. Unlike many other books that add more and more concepts about what spiritual enlightenment is and how to achieve it, this little book clearly points the reader to realize that the spiritual enlightenment that is sought for somewhere other than our direct experience, here and now, is just a concept, just a mirage. Although most people can read this amazing little book in under 30 minutes, its profound spiritual impact can last a lifetime. Who This Book Is For... This book is written for those who have had the disillusionment or realization that no accomplishment, no object, no amount of money or relationships will give you the peace and happiness you truly desire. It's for those who have a sincere desire for what is true and what is real. It's for those who search for a happiness and peace that is not dependent upon circumstances, situations or attainments. And it's for those who, after years of meditation and practices, still haven't experienced the promise of "awakening" or "spiritual enlightenment". This book is especially for you.

Tragedy and Enlightenment

dangers inherent in all searches for a single or unitary form of truth. Dramatic
dialogue, with its portrayal of diverse characters, motivations, and points of view,
is relentlessly multivocal, even multiperspectival, and heterogeneous. Against the
 ...

Author: Christopher Rocco

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520331358

Category: Drama

Page: 248

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This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1997.

Spiritual Enlightenment The Damnedest Thing

Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment, and how the rule can be broken. :: Book One of Jed McKenna's Enlightenment Trilogy.

Author: Jed McKenna

Publisher: Wisefool Press

ISBN: 9780980184822

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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A MASTERPIECE of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path. Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment, and how the rule can be broken. :: Book One of Jed McKenna's Enlightenment Trilogy. Contains Bonus Material.

Lost Enlightenment

A reserved version of this thesis is in Larbi Sadiki, The Search for Arab
Democracy (New York, 2004), 208–18. Chapter 7 6. François De Blois, “A
Persian Poem, Lamenting the Arab. 1. Gafurov, ed., Istoriia tadzhikskogo naroda
2:129–32; ...

Author: S. Frederick Starr

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691165851

Category: History

Page: 680

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In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds--remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all of these figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from Central Asia--drawn from the Persianate and Turkic peoples of a region that today extends from Kazakhstan southward through Afghanistan, and from the easternmost province of Iran through Xinjiang, China. Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects. They gave algebra its name, calculated the earth's diameter with unprecedented precision, wrote the books that later defined European medicine, and penned some of the world's greatest poetry. One scholar, working in Afghanistan, even predicted the existence of North and South America--five centuries before Columbus. Rarely in history has a more impressive group of polymaths appeared at one place and time. No wonder that their writings influenced European culture from the time of St. Thomas Aquinas down to the scientific revolution, and had a similarly deep impact in India and much of Asia. Lost Enlightenment chronicles this forgotten age of achievement, seeks to explain its rise, and explores the competing theories about the cause of its eventual demise. Informed by the latest scholarship yet written in a lively and accessible style, this is a book that will surprise general readers and specialists alike.

Peace Corps Nepal

He becomes interested in Buddhism and begins to study the sacred teachings. He travels to India with friends, treks into the mountains, and experiences one adventure after another in this epic novel you will never forget.

Author: Anderson Andrews

Publisher:

ISBN: 1647864917

Category: Fiction

Page: 662

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Experience the enchanted mountain kingdom of Nepal through the eyes of one of the early Peace Corps Volunteers ... as he discovers the magic & mystery of Tibetan Buddhism. It was the best of times ... it was the worst of times ... trekking through the Himalayan Mountains, often wearing nothing but shorts, an old t-shirt, leather sandals, with no backpack ... just a small shoulder bag for food. Discover what it was like to be one of the early volunteers in the United States Peace Corps, from 1971 to 1973 ... when a young man right out of college goes to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal to teach agriculture to local villagers. He thought he was there to save the world but soon finds out that he must first find a way to save himself. He becomes interested in Buddhism and begins to study the sacred teachings. He travels to India with friends, treks into the mountains, and experiences one adventure after another in this epic novel you will never forget. You'll learn about this wondrous part of the world ... as you also discover the magic and mystery of Tibetan Buddhism that few have ever come to understand.

Hellbent for Enlightenment

Rosemary Hamilton's account of her life as a follower of the notorious Indian spiritual teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (now known as Osho). Rosemary was Rajneesh's personal cook at Rajneeshpuam, the controversial Oregon ashram.

Author: Rosemary Hamilton

Publisher:

ISBN: 1883991153

Category: Religion

Page: 211

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Rosemary Hamilton's account of her life as a follower of the notorious Indian spiritual teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (now known as Osho). Rosemary was Rajneesh's personal cook at Rajneeshpuam, the controversial Oregon ashram. She remained with her teacher after his deportation from the United States, following Rajneesh back to India. A fascinating account of one woman's spiritual odyssey, as she abandons a successful career in search of enlightenment. With the guidance of Rajneesh, Rosemary follows an unusual path, utilising the unorthodox spiritual techniques (sacred sexuality, dynamic meditation techniques, and a joyous tweaking of the sacred cows of religious orthodoxies -- East and West) that made Rajneesh so popular and controversial.

The Enlightenment

This oustanding sourcebook brings together the work of major Enlightenment thinkers to illustrate the full importance and achievements of this great period of change.

Author: Paul Hyland

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415204496

Category: History

Page: 467

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This oustanding sourcebook brings together the work of major Enlightenment thinkers to illustrate the full importance and achievements of this great period of change.

Siddhartha

Ostensibly, it is the story of an Indian youth, born a privileged Brahmin, who rejects his upbringing and seeks meaning to his life in a series of adventures, from wandering ascetic to indulgent hedonist.

Author: Hermann Hesse

Publisher:

ISBN: 1907523065

Category: Fiction

Page: 104

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Hermann Hesse's masterpiece challenges almost every possible world-view in seeking an answer to the mystery of existence. Ostensibly, it is the story of an Indian youth, born a privileged Brahmin, who rejects his upbringing and seeks meaning to his life in a series of adventures, from wandering ascetic to indulgent hedonist. But Hesse uses this quest to reveal the necessity of experimentation, of experience, in the search for enlightenment - and ultimately, the wisdom of following one's own heart.