Writers, Thinkers and Friends

In this page we present other spiritual masters along the mystical path who have bequeathed their respective legacies to us by their teachings and the schools and traditions they have passed on to us through their followers, disciples and students. You will also encounter other spiritual seekers who are adherents of nondualist oneness or who have enhanced our understanding of human consciousness and its evolution. At the end of the page is a list of recommended relevant source reading materials.

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Integral Spirituality
Ken Wilber, pioneer of Integral Psychology and Integral Spirituality; co-host of The Great Integral Awakening.  He is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. (Read Wilber’s works if you are the type of person who likes to have your intellect mind tickled and picked a lot.)
 
Listen to Ken Wilber below, speak on how mystics are at the very leading edge of evolution and the difficulty which that entails.

 
You can find a list of his published works at Amazon.com.
 

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Maya Calendrics
Carl Johan Calleman, research scholar and authority on the Mayan calendar in relation to evolving human consciousness.  He interpreted the Mayan calendar as a timeline for the evolutionary process underlying the development of human consciousness leading to its culmination in unity consciousness as the final phase.  His timeline validated a similar timeline which unfolded within me from the Spirit years before, when I plotted and extrapolated the evolution of human consciousness based on the collaborative work of Fr. Thomas Keating and Ken Wilber.  

On the basis of his understanding of the Mayan calendar and his corresponding timeline of developing human consciousness, Carl succeeded in outlining the divine plan behind creation, the completion and fulfillment of which we are presently experiencing in our world.

You can find a list of his published works at Amazon.com.
 
 

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The Sufi

If you are interested in learning Sufism, the mysticism in Islam, drink and learn from the Nimatullahi Sufi Order.  There is a lot of information and resources available at their site.
 
The pivotal features of the Islamic belief are: Islam, Iman, and Ihsan.  Islam is the outward practice of the religion.  Iman is the belief in the unseen and what the prophets have informed us of.  Ihsan is to worship Allah as though one sees him. Traditionally scholars were able to teach each of these essential parts of Islam. The Imams of Sharia or “sacred law” taught at the level of Islam.  The Imams of Aqida or “tenets of faith” taught Iman.  The Imams of Sufism taught at the level of Ihsan. (Taken from a BBC article on Sufism)
 
Rumi.   If you are a fan or devotee particularly of Sufi mystic Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī, consider visiting The Threshold Society of the Mevlevi Order.
 
Facsimile of "I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz" by Daniel LadinskyHafez (also Hafiz).   If you like the poetry of Sufi mystic Hafiz (real name, Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šhīrāzī) as I do, who considered himself to be drunk with his love for God, you can read some of his poems at the Peaceful Rivers Web site. You can also check out the published paraphrased “renderings” of Hafiz’s poems by Daniel Ladinsky at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.
 
Here are other good Internet resources for learning Sufism:

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The Taoist

Photograph of Lao Tzu Statue in Quanzhou, China

Statue of Lao Tzu in Quanzhou, China

Taoism is the mysticism that is indigenous to China. It predates Christianity by at least five hundred years in terms of its first written source. Taoist teachings are attributed to a Chinese sage called Lao Tzu. They are compiled and written in a manuscript known as the Tao Te Ching.

The late Alan Watts, a modern-day mystic of the last century, provides a very good introduction to Taoism in his following lecture.

[Acknowledgement to Fractal Youniverse for posting the video above in YouTube.com]


Taoism is perhaps the simplest, clearest, most concise, and the noblest expression of the mystical teaching.

Yin and Yang Image

Yin and Yang

It rises readily above the moral duality that typically plagues western systems of spirituality. Instead of opposing forces or powers, the Taoist teachings speak of the complementary Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) principles inherent in the unitary essence of the Tao. Light and darkness are not conflicting or opposite forces to Taoism. Rather they are the playful expressions of the Tao by which the light is made plainly visible by the darkness.

      The Tao
      that can be told
      is not
      the eternal Tao.

[Acknowledgement to EastCultures 东方文化 for posting the above animation video at YouTube.com]


Below are audiobooks of the Tao Te Ching you can listen to.

[Acknowledgement to fawn talk movie for publishing the audiobook at YouTube.com]

[Acknowledgement to the things you forgot for publishing the audiobook at YouTube.com]


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Nondual Oneness
The following Web sites are owned or operated by advocates and proponents of nondual oneness.  Visit their sites to discover how other individuals are realizing and living advaita or nondualist oneness in their lives.

Jeff Foster
Life Without A Centre is the official site for U.K.-based Jeff Foster.

Life Without A Centre is all about non-separation (‘nonduality’) between you and your world. It is about the origin of suffering, and the discovery of freedom within that very suffering. It is about the ways in which we try to run away from uncomfortable and painful experiences, and the possibility of discovering ease and relief right in the midst of those very experiences. It is about seeking, and the end of seeking. It is about seeing life as it is.– Jeff Foster –

Question:  So this isn’t about ‘destroying the ego’, as some spiritual teachings require us to do?
Answer:  No. Think about it: The attempt to destroy the ego, transcend the mind, kill the self, get rid of the ‘me’ – in other words, the spiritual search – is really just a war with life. It’s water fighting water.
Only an ego would want to get rid of an ego.
Only an ego would claim to have destroyed the ego.

– Jeff Foster –

Below is an interview of Jeff Foster you can watch. Here is the link to another interview of Jeff.
 

Kalki Bhagavan
OnenessForAll.com is a site maintained by followers of Kalki Bhagavan. They are known for the enlightenment movement that dispenses deeksha.

This site is a gift to the oneness phenomenon that is happening around the world in these times. As we see it, a real connection with the divine can never be organized…it is happening within. And OnenessForAll.com is a free space with no organization behind it. This site is dedicated to the divine…We pray for it to be full of grace and a portal for the divine to reach as many as possible with love, joy, bliss and freedom.
(From “OnenessForAll.com”)

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Religion and Comparative Religion Scholars

Karen Armstrong
Ms. Karen Armstrong is a very eminent scholar, researcher, author, and lecturer on the subjects of religion and comparative religion. She is truly remarkable, fabulously brilliant and wholly passionate with respect to her life’s work and accomplishments and her scholarly reflections and views. If you have not yet discovered her, here is your chance.


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The Neuroscientists
The following noteworthy neuroscientists are honored and recommended here for their pioneering contributions in using science to break new ground in our understanding and appreciation of higher spirituality.

Jean Bolte Taylor
Enjoy this lengthy interview of brain stroke survivor Dr. Jean Bolte Taylor by Oprah Winfrey.

[Acknowledgement to Yen Ikahi for posting the video above at YouTube.com]

You can read more about Dr. Taylor at our site’s The Science Connection on The Brain.


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Recommended Readings
(The following list of reference reading materials is constantly being revised with additional book sources.)


Contemporary Mysticism

The Mystical Experience

    • The Ecstatic Journey: Walking the Mystical Path in Everyday Life (formerly subtitled “The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience”) by Sophie Burnham (Ballantine Books, N.Y.)
    • The Common Experience by J.M. Cohen and J.F. Phipps
    • Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind by Richard Maurice Bucke

Evolution of Human Consciousness

 

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Scroll painting of Lao Tzu.

Lao Tzu, Founder of Taoism


Allow yourself to yield, and you can stay centered.
Allow yourself to bend, and you sill stay straight.
Allow yourself to be empty, and you’ll get filled up.
Allow yourself to be exhausted,
and you’ll be renewed.

Having little, you can receive much.
Having much, you’ll just become confused.

(Lao Tzu, “Tao Te Ching,”
Brian Browne Walker translation)

 

 
 
 
 

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