Vedantic Meditation: Lighting the Flame of Awareness by David Frawley

As yoga gains popularity across the U.S., many people are becoming interested in its traditional Vedic roots. While Buddhist meditation is well represented on bookshelves, there has been little Vedantic philosophy written in lay terms until now. Author David Frawley guides readers through the challenges of cultivating awareness, calming the mind, and practicing meditation according to Vedanta and Hinduism.

He examines how cultural knowledge systems in the West lead individuals to disillusionment, and speaks about how meditation can aid in understanding the true nature of one’s thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. Frawley explores meditation support practices such as yoga, mantras, kundalini, and pranayama, as well as the role of gurus, and concludes with a short, more technical essay on self-inquiry.
David Frawley (or Pandit Vāmadeva Śāstrī वामदेव शास्त्री) is a Vedic teacher and educator with numerous books in several Vedic and Yogic fields published worldwide over the past thirty years. He is the founder and director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.vedanet.com), which offers courses and publications on Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga and meditation, and Vedic astrology. He is also involved in important research into ancient Vedic texts and is a well known modern exponent of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. His work is high respected in traditional circles in India, where he has received many awards, as well as influential in the West, where he is involved in many Vedic and Yogic schools, ashrams and associations.

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Vedic Knowledge Integration with David Frawley

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The Third Covenant: The Transmission of Consciousness in the Work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Albert J. LaChance by Albert J. LaChance (Author), Rebecca LaChance Goodwin (Author)

Pub Date July 8, 2014


The Third Covenant explores the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Albert LaChance, revealing through the lens of spirituality, science, and ecology, their understanding of human origin and evolution. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, an early twentieth century geologist and priest, devoted his life as a scientist, clergyman, and mystic, to reuniting the artificial fracture between science and religion. Thomas Berry, a follower of Teilhard de Chardin and a highly respected cultural historian, furthered this reunification by repositioning the human in the unfolding of an evolving universe, integrated and interdependent with the rest of the life systems of the planet. Albert LaChance, himself a six-year, face-to-face student of Berry, brought this new paradigm into his work as a poet, psychologist, addiction recovery professional, and most importantly, as a mystic and scholar of religion. Along with his daughter, Rebecca LaChance Goodwin, LaChance explores the development of this crucial shift in human understanding and its implications for the future.

Parts I and II explore the elements of polarized thinking that makes us believe that we are separate from each other and the life systems of the planet. Thomas Berry’s list of twelve principles for understanding the universe and the role of the human in the universe process describes the creative unfolding of our place in the universe. Part III introduces practical steps for achieving personal, familial, and cultural change. LaChance outlines his Twelve Steps of Ecological Spirituality to help us move from powerlessness and isolation to a state of reawakening to self, to humanity, to all species, to the planet, and to the universe.

About the Author
The author of several books on spirituality, psychology, ecology, and religion, ALBERT J. LACHANCE, PhD, spent six years in a one-on-one relationship with Thomas Berry at his Riverdale Center for Religious Research. For seventeen years he owned and operated Greenspirit: The Center for Counseling and Consciousness in Manchester, New Hampshire. He has counseled individuals, families, and groups, and has consulted with organizations regarding interpersonal dynamics.

A graduate of Harvard Divinity School with a Master’s Degree in theological studies, REBECCA LACHANCE GOODWIN has taught and lectured on comparative religions at the high school and college levels. She has worked with Dr. LaChance for six years as a student of his work and as an editor and coauthor. She contributed the foreword to his most recent book The Way of Christ. The author lives in New Boston, New Hampshire.

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Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times by Matthew Fox

Pub Date July 08, 2014

Though he lived in the thirteenth century, Meister Eckhart’s deeply ecumenical teachings were in many ways modern. He taught about what we call ecology, championed artistic creativity, and advocated for social, economic, and gender justice. All these elements have inspired spiritual maverick Matthew Fox and influenced his Creation Spirituality. Here, Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and Teilhard de Chardin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and other radical thinkers. The result is profoundly insightful, substantive, and inspiring.

The author of thirty books, Matthew Fox has been an instrumental teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism, particularly the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. Fox teaches and speaks widely and lives in Oakland, California.

Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Times

Best selling author Matthew Fox explains how the the teachings of the 13th century religious maverick, Meister Eckhart offers insights into how we can heal today’s most pressing issues.

Matthew Fox & Meister Eckhart – Mystic Warriors for Our Time

Awareness Never Falls Asleep ~ Rupert Spira


Published on Jun 20, 2014
In this video clip, Rupert discusses how deep sleep is not a blank nothing but full to the brim with Awareness.

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