Learning and Practice Aids

 
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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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Bhagavad Gītā
The Bhagavad Gītā (Sanskrit: भगवद्गीता) of the Hindu religion is probably 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.
 
Here are some online sources for the Bhagavad Gītā’s verses.

  • A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada‘s translation of the Gītā used by the Hare Krishna community (International Society for Krishna Consciousness).  Click on the image below to read the Prabhupada version of the Gītā online or to listen to its audio readings in English or other languages, including the Sanskrit chanting of the Gītā.  
  • 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.
 

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The Gospel of John
The movie The Gospel of John (the video below) is a recent film depicting the ministry and teachings of Yeshua or Jesus of Nazareth.  Released in 2003, it is probably the best religious movie ever produced about the life and teachings of Yeshua/Jesus the Christ. The movie is a faithful portrayal of the Gospel according to St. John.  This three-hour epic feature film follows John’s Gospel precisely, without additions to the story from other Gospels, nor omission of complex passages.  It has been adapted for the screen on a word-for-word basis from the American Bible Society’s Good News Bible.

Of the four canonical gospels in the New Testament, this 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 will see the beauty of his soul, the irresistible appeal of his manhood, and the affable love written on his face.  This is the Yeshua who was then, as well as the Yeshua I have come to know and honor as a teacher and to love.
 
When you watch the movie, note the excellent portrayals and scenes depicting Yeshua recruiting his apostles, Yeshua and his mother at the Cana wedding, Nicodemus’ late evening learning session with him, the Samaritan woman at the well (an outstanding Gospel paradigm for the contemplation process), Yeshua’s brothers at home with him, the miracles he performed, the Bethany sisters and Lazarus, and Mary the Magdalene whose characterization transforms from her quiet introduction fully made-up and dressed in a bright orange party dress to her later subdued darker clothing.  Note how this is the only “Jesus movie” in which the same Mary sits during the last supper among the twelve male apostles as the only female in their midst and is subsequently shown as the only female in the entourage with Yeshua at the Gethsemani garden. It tells you how accepted and integral Mary was in the inner circle of Yeshua’s students, a matter more expressly revealed in the Gnostic gospels.

[Acknowledgment to John Grable for posting the video on YouTube.]

You can watch the movie in full screen mode.
 

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Islam and Sufism
Here is an informative PBS documentary on the Islamic religion and culture titled Islam — Empire of Faith. Click on the image below to view the documentary.

Graphic for the PBS documentary "Islam - Empire of Faith".

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 video to see the books that were Banned from the Bible.


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


Then The History Channel produced a full sequel, Banned from the Bible II (the video below) to the original Banned from the Bible documentary.


 
You will find all the Banned from the Bible documentaries highly informative, enriching (if not enlightening), and controversial for their implications. Share and post your comments, if any, about the documentaries in our posted blog.  You can purchase DVD copies of these documentaries at the History Channel site. Click on the image of the video DVDs at the right to shop at their site.  
 

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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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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 The Buddha by David Grubin, about the life and the teachings of the Buddha.  It is a very good, well-made introduction to Buddhism and its founder.

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

To read about the Buddha’s life story and his teachings, click on the Buddhist painting below.  (The scene shows the “First Turning of the Wheel” when the Buddha begins teaching the dharma to his first students, the five ascetics.) Buddha teaching his first students (the 5 ascetics).


We have more learning video resources on the topic of Buddhism at YouTube. (Click on the provided link to watch more videos.)

Link to other related video documentaries on YouTube.

Click the image above for more documentary 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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The Yogis of Tibet
Here is a documentary 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. They talk about their spiritual tradition in the documentary.

 

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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 God Within
Here is a profoundly insightful documentary on consciousness as God within. It is, also, a critique of modern science’s failure to take into account and include consciousness in its theory of everything.

  Our gratitude and appreciation to TheHealthRanger for posting the documentary on YouTube.

 

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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.  (Click the image below to view the documentary.)

Screen shot of The Pyramid Code.

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.

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I Am
Catch a community theater presentation or viewing of the spiritual documentary I Am.  You can, also, watch it below or on a separate browser tab or window.  It is directed by Tom Shadyac, known for films like Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, Patch Adams and Bruce Almighty.  

Listen to Tom Shadyac talk about his movie documentary project below.

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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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