Learning Tools and Practice Aids

   

The resources and references you will find in this page are examples of material that can help you on the spiritual journey. They are tools for deeper spiritual learning and aids to assist you in your spiritual practice. The presented materials are far from being an exhaustive compilation; however, the collection is generally sufficient to establish your individual awareness in the teachings and practice of contemporary mysticism. They are, also, suggestive of comparative similar other reference or source materials elsewhere, that you might wish to examine, study or explore at a future time.

Daily Word
Daily Word, a publication by Unity, has uplifting daily messages based on Unity’s teachings of mystical Christianity. Click the image below to view the current edition of Daily Word online. "Daily Word" published by Unity

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Reminders from God
Reminders from God is an online spiritual resource which gives you access to some very helpful tools in maintaining the awareness of God’s presence in your life daily and constantly.  I recommend the site and its offered features to supplement your daily contemplation reminders or affirmative statements of the letter of truth.  The reminders are based on a very popular, most spiritually uplifting and nurturing devotional book titled God Calling, edited by A.J. Russell.

Image of the “Divine Compass&lrquo; at the Reminders from God site.

Divine Compass

The site also offers an interactive “Divine Compass” which provides appropriate reminders for overcoming negative emotional situations.  Click on the image of the “Divine Compass” above, to open the online interactive version.
 

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BibleGateway
If you would like to dig deeply into knowing and understanding the Judaeo-Christian scriptures, BibleGateway.com is a free online Bible study resource which gives you access to the different translation versions of the Christian Bible. The site offers several search features that can make Bible study a cinch.

BibleGateway.com Web Ste

For those of you who are interested in pursuing a personal Bible study program based on the principles of mysticism, Facsimile of book cover for Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture.I highly recommend that you begin your scripture study with the book titled Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture by Joel Goldsmith. Use the book and the Infinite Way teachings as a foundation for building your Bible study program (for that matter, the scripture study of other faiths). The important thing to remember is to keep your understanding of scripture at the unitive or mystical level of understanding at all times.

Another option for you is to avail of our spiritual mentoring services as a companion and guide to your individual scripture study whether Christian-based or other faith based.
 

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Qur’an
Qur’an is a free online resource for reading the verses of The Holy Qur’an or Koran, Islam’s holy scriptures.

The Qur’an



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CLASSICS OF HINDU MYSTICISM

Bhagavad Gītā
The Bhagavad Gītā (Sanskrit: भगवद्गीता) of the Hindu religion is said to be the counterpart of the Christian religion’s Gospels. Both constitute an important part of their respective holy scriptures. Just as the Gospels embody the teachings of Yeshua (Jesus), the Bhagavad Gītā is the main repository of Krishna’s teachings.

The Bhagavad Gītā is written originally in the old Sanskrit language of India. Here are some online English translation versions of the Gītā verses. Click the links to go to the website where they are respectively published or made available.
Poster for the Bhagavad Gita

  • A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada‘s widely available translation of the Gītā used by the Hare Krishna community (International Society for Krishna Consciousness).

  • Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God, with a commentary by Swami Mukundananda
     
  • Bhagavad Gita (The Message of the Master), by Yogi Ramacharaka (The Yogi Publication Society)
     
  • The Bhagavad Gita in English, translated by Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th.,D.D.
     
  • Bhagavad Gita, an original translation by Jayaram V
     
  • Bhagavad Gita by Swami Sivananda (The Divine Life Society)
     
  • Srimad Bhagavad Gita, a translation by Dr. K. Anantha Ram (text in PDF file format)
     
  • Gita Supersite
     
  • The Srimad Bhagavad-Gita published by the Bhagavad-Gita Trust.  This version features a number of different commentaries, thereby providing a fuller understanding of the verses.  Reproduced below is the greeting at their Web site, which serves as a good introduction to the Gītā.

    Namaste! Welcome to the Bhagavad-Gita online. We are happy you have arrived and it will be our pleasure to serve you. Here you will be presented transcendental knowledge of the most profound spiritual nature as revealed in the Bhagavad-Gita. It is the divine discourse spoken by the Supreme Lord Krishna Himself and is the most popular and well known of all the sacred scriptures from ancient India. Always being revered as a true source of spiritual knowledge it reveals the purpose and goal of human existence. In conjunction to this we will be presenting precise Vedic verification of the Supreme Lord Krishna’s divine incarnations as evidence confirming His supreme position. In Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 10, verse 20, the Supreme Lord reveals that He manifests as the immortal soul within each and every living entity. No where else within any other religious scripture is this information available. Our purpose is to make the eternal knowledge of Bhagavad-Gita freely available to everyone all over the Earth.

Note: If you are planning on purchasing your own copy of the Bhagavad Gītā for serious spiritual study, I highly recommend the translation from Sanskrit to English with commentaries and notes, made by Swami Nikhilananda, founder of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York.  His translation is available in both hardcover and paperback.


Upanishads
The Upanishads collectively is another piece of classic literature in Hindu mysticism. It is a compilation of detailed mystical teachings and wisdoms that are presented in story form or discourses. Active links are provided for each of the available publications that you can access for free. Your understanding of Hindu mysticism is not complete without the Upanishads.

 

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The Gospel of John

The movie The Gospel of John is a beautiful film depicting the ministry and teachings of Yeshua or Jesus of Nazareth based on the Gospel According to St. John. Released in 2003, it is probably the best movie ever produced of its genre about the life and teachings of Yeshua/Jesus the Christ. du m

The movie is a faithful portrayal of the Gospel According to St. John.  It is a three-hour epic film (there is a shorter abridged version) that follows John’s Gospel faithfully and precisely, without additions to the story coming from other Gospel accounts, nor the omission of intricate or controversial passages arising from the Gospel’s gnostic flavor. It has been adapted for the screen on a word-for-word basis from the American Bible Society’s Good News Bible translation. Of the four canonical gospels in the New Testament, John’s Gospel is best known for its mystical content, where you find the series of I am…” declarations made by the Christ.

I like this film’s portrayal of Yeshua very much.  You see him smile and laugh; you see him furious and angry. You will see the beauty of his soul, the irresistible appeal of his manhood, and the affable love that outlines his face.  This is the Yeshua who was the rabbi-mystic of the Gospel books. This is the Yeshua I have come to know, honor, and love as my spiritual teacher.

When you watch the movie, note the excellent portrayals and the nuanced scenes depicting Yeshua recruiting his apostles, Yeshua and his mother at the Cana wedding (probably his own wedding), Nicodemus’ late night private tutorial session with him, the astounding encounter between him and the gutsy Samaritan woman at the well (an outstanding Gospel paradigm for the contemplation process), Yeshua’s nurturing home life with his full-blood brothers, the miracles and healings he performed, his affinity to the Bethany sisters Martha and Mary and their brother Lazarus, and his highly misunderstood relationship with Mary the Magdalene whose characterization undergoes a transformation from her introduction in the movie as a bright orange dressed party-lover to her later subdued personality as a spiritual devotee in dark colored clothing.

Note that this is the only “Jesus movie” wherein the same Mary (the Magdalene) sits with the twelve male apostles at the last supper as the only female in their company and is subsequently shown as the only female in Yeshua’s entourage at the Gethsemani garden. It shows how accepted and integral Mary was in the inner circle of Yeshua’s students and disciples, a matter made expressly evident in some of the Gnostic gospels.

Now, immerse yourself in the engaging, delightful experience of this exceptional movie.

[Acknowledgment to 2028 END for posting the video on YouTube.]

 

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Islam and Sufism

Here is an informative PBS documentary on the religion and culture of Islam titled Islam — Empire of Faith.

[Acknowledgment to Muhammed Omer for posting the video on YouTube.]


Allahu Akbar.



If you wish to learn about Sufism, the mysticism of Islam, the documentary below is an excellent video presentation of the subject.

You may refer to our site’s related page and blogs.
 

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“Banned from the Bible” Series
This History Channel documentary extensively presents the problems with the existing canonical books of the Judeo-Christian religions. The books of the Bible were so narrowed down to include only those writings that served the purpose of establishing and maintaining a preferred set of dogmatic beliefs and teachings, to the exclusion of the more mystical schools of the Christian teaching. Thus did the institutionalized Christian church and clergy dilute and pervert the purity of the original teachings rooted in a nondualistic mysticism.

Watch the videos in this series to see the books that were Banned from the Bible, starting with the first one in the series (video below).

A subsequent documentary titled Banned from the Bible: Secrets of the Apostles (video below) followed the first documentary.

Then The History Channel produced a full sequel, Banned from the Bible II to the original Banned from the Bible documentary. Here is that sequel.

 

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Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years

Here is an excellent documentary about the historical rise of Christianity as a religion during the last two thousand years. The documentary comes in two parts.

Part 1: The First 1000 Years

[Acknowledgment to Matteo Zilli for posting the video on YouTube.]

Part 2: The Second 1000 Years

[Acknowledgment to Christian Strength Tv for posting the video on YouTube.]

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The Kabbalistic Tradition
Mysticism in the Jewish religion (Judaism) has its roots in the Kabbalah (Hebrew: קַבָּלָה‬, literally “parallel/corresponding,” or “received tradition”).

The following video documentary is a good introduction to Kabbalah. [Acknowledgment to Raphael Panameno for posting the video on YouTube.]

Here is an excellent lecture series that provides a detailed presentation of the Kabbalistic teachings.

[Acknowledgment to WeTube for posting the video on YouTube.]

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Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
This four-part video series on the subjects of spiritual awakening and consciousness is highly recommended for all discerning and aspiring or practicing mystics of the 21st century.




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The Freedom Movie 2: A Spiritual Awakening
The Freedom Movie 2: A Spiritual Awakening is a documentary about experiencing enlightenment by becoming aware of the truth of being.  It can serve as a good reviewer of the mystical principles and teachings we have been presenting here in our site.  I recommend this documentary as an effective tool for pulling together and synthesizing all that you have thus learned about the mystical life.


 

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Buddhism and the Buddha
Watch the PBS film documentary below, The Buddha, about the life and the teachings of the Buddha. The documentary is made by director, writer, and cinematographer David Grubin; it is narrated by actor Richard Gere.  The video is an engaging, well-made, highly informative introduction to Buddhism and its teachings.

[Acknowledgment to SubscriptionFreeTV for posting the video at YouTube.]

If you wish to read about the Buddha’s life story and his teachings based on the preceding documentary or to view parts of the same documentary at the PBS website, click on the Buddhist painting below.  (The scene shows the “First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma” when the Buddha begins teaching the dharma to his first students, the five ascetics.) "First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma" painting.

Listen to this excellent lecture by mystic Alan Watts on the subject of Buddhism.

[Acknowledgment to Fractal Youniverse for posting the lecture at YouTube.]


We have other online videos on Buddhism at YouTube. (Click on the link to watch these other videos.)

 

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The Berzin Archives
The Buddhist Archives of Dr. Alexander Berzin is a rich treasure trove of information and materials for learning Tibetan Buddhism. It is a collection of translations and teachings by Dr. Alexander Berzin primarily on the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Covering the areas of sutra, tantra, Kalachakra, dzogchen, and mahamudra meditation, the Archives presents material from all five Tibetan traditions: Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, Gelug, and Bon, as well as comparisons with Theravada Buddhism and Islam. Also featured are Tibetan astrology and medicine, Shambhala, and Buddhist history. Dzogchen and mahamudra are the finest forms and expressions of Tibetan Buddhist mysticism. Click the image below to go to The Berzin Archives site.

 


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Zen Buddhism
As Buddhism moved eastward from India passing through the Tibetan Himalayas and China and the Korean peninsula, it reached its last Asian stop, Japan, in the unique Buddhist style we know and recognize today as Zen Buddhism. Zen bears the unmistakable influence of Ch’an Buddhism, the Buddhist style that took root in China where Buddhism met and came to be influenced by Taoism, the mysticism indigenous to China. There are Buddhist scholars today who believe that Zen Buddhism is really Ch’an Buddhism cloaked merely by the influence of Japanese culture when Buddhism reached the shores of Japan.

[Acknowledgment to nimmerland for publishing the video on YouTube.]

[Acknowledgment to MangaClub for publishing the video on YouTube.]

[Acknowledgment to Alan Watts for publishing the video on YouTube.]

The Sōtō Zen school or Sōtō-shū (曹洞宗) is the largest of the three traditional sects or schools of Zen in Japanese Buddhism, the others being Rinzai-shū (臨済宗) and Ōbaku-shū (黄檗宗).

Here is a movie about the life of Zen teacher Dōgen Zenji, a favorite of mine. Master Dōgen is a founder of the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan.

[Acknowledgment to Ada for publishing the video on YouTube.]

[Acknowledgment to Martin Goodson for publishing the video on YouTube.]


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The Yogis of Tibet
Here are documentaries about the Buddhist monks and holy men (yogis) from Tibet, who were forced to flee their home in Tibet because of the Communist Chinese government.

[Acknowledgment to MANA_STAR Network for publishing the video on YouTube.]

[Acknowledgment to Rafael Panameño for publishing the video on YouTube.]

[Acknowledgment to Hideto Edward Uno for publishing the video on YouTube.]


 

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The Bible’s Buried Secrets
Here is another highly interesting and truly informative NOVA video by PBS, the documentary The Bible’s Buried Secrets.  With the aid of biblical archaeology, the documentary presents how the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament Bible, came into existence as written scripture.  It is a fascinating story of how certain then-existing Canaanite inhabitants reinvented themselves culturally, socially, economically and religiously into the distinctive Israelites we know of biblically as being the source of the Abrahamic faiths.  The documentary provides a historical timeline reconstruction based on the archaeology. It also tells us the origins of the Hebrew God’s personal name, Yahweh, and reveals the startling discovery that Yahweh originally had a female consort (goddess).  The Old Testament will never be the same to you after seeing this excellent documentary (a 13-part video at YouTube.com).  Do not miss this documentary.
 


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A History of God
A History of God is an excellent documentary based on British author Karen Armstrong’s best-selling book “A History of God.” Learn how the religious understanding of God developed and unfolded in the course of human civilization and history.


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Through the Wormhole: “Is There a Creator?”
The following video is the episode titled Is There a Creator? from the science program series Through the Wormhole, hosted by actor Morgan Freeman.  It will stimulate your mind into thinking about how the episode’s various scientific conjectures approximate the spiritual teachings on mystical reality.  


 

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The Pyramid Code

Screen shot of The Pyramid Code.The Pyramid Code is a made-for-television documentary series of five (5) episodes that explores the pyramid fields and ancient temples in Egypt, as well as ancient megalithic sites around the world, looking for clues to matriarchal consciousness, ancient knowledge and sophisticated technology in a Golden Age.  The series is based on the extensive research done in 25 trips to Egypt and 51 other countries around the world by Dr. Carmen Boulter formerly from the Graduate Division of Educational Research at the University of Calgary in Canada.  (Watch the documentary below.)

The Pyramid Code features interviews with prominent scholars and authors in multi-disciplinary fields: geology, physics, astrophysics, archaeology, biological engineering, magnetic field theory, hieroglyphics, and Egyptology.  I highly recommend this relevant and wonderful documentary.  (One of the five episodes is featured in my post “The 9th of March, 2011: The Final Phase of Evolving Human Consciousness”.)


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The Pharmacratic Inquisition
The Pharmacratic Inquisition is a documentary (video below) produced by Gnostic Media.  The documentary is a DVD companion for the book titled Astrotheology & Shamanism: Christianity’s Pagan Roots (A Revolutionary Reinterpretation of the Evidence) by Jan Irvin and Andrew Rutajit.  It presents the thesis that shamanism is the root of the Christian religion’s beliefs and practices, and it does so from the perspective of gnosticism and the mystery or wisdom schools. The documentary may be open to much debate, but it does a nice job of shaking off the crust from our religious belief systems.


 

 

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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