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The purpose of this book is to present an account of Jesus as he appears in the Islamic tradition, where he is generally described as a prophet. In the early days of Islam there were Christian tribes and monasteries in Arabia, which were gradually absorbed into the new religion as it gained in strength. . Before long Christianity was wiped out of Arabia, but as the conquests extended beyond the bounds 'of the Arabian penninsula, the Muslims came into contact with other Christian communitites. Ch.......

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The Hermetic Museum was a collection of tracts published at Frankfort in the seventeenth century. This selection includes:THE GOLDEN CALF,
A SUBTLE ALLEGORY
CONCERNING THE SECRETS OF ALCHEMY,
AN OPEN ENTRANCE TO THE CLOSED PALACE OF THE KING,
THE NEW CHEMICAL LIGHT,
THE THREE TREATISES OF PHILALETHES,
and THE ALL-WISE DOORKEEPER.



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Decoding Alchemy

Robert Anderson Plimer
It is tempting in modern times to think of alchemy as merely a precursor to chemistry or even some form of psychological initiation into the soul. This book is written with an obvious love of both the spiritual and practical side of the subject. It makes an imaginative and radical break with modernism and lets the emblems from the Mutus Liber speak and reveal their inner meaning. In no way does it reveal the Mutus’ secrets in relation to mineral alchemy, yet it gives the student of the su.......

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John or Jan Ruysbroeck, hermetic and mystical writer, was born in 1293 at Ruysbroeck, near Brussels; he died at Groenendael in 1381. He ran away from his mother at the age of eleven, and placed himself under the guidance of his uncle, a priest who followed a life modelled on simplicity and fervour. John was ordained in 1317, and for the next twenty-six years he continued with his uncle in a life of austerity and retirement. In 1343 he and two friends established themselves at the hermitage of Gr.......

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The Jataka Tales or Birth-Stories, of which there are 547 filling six volumes in English translation, are stories told by the Buddha of his previous births as bird, animal, man.. They were remembered and recorded by his followers not long after his death.
Throughout the stories we see the line of life possessing those spiritual qualities which blossom in Buddhahood acting in and through various types of bodies, always helping, always reasoning, acting after forethought, full of effort and anima.......

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As a story, the life of Milarepa is unique and inspiring. He was born in 1052. Wronged in childhood, he left home to become apprenticed to a sorcerer, quickly became proficient in the black arts, then returned and destroyed his enemies. Realising that he was making bad karma for himself, he turned towards truth and started on the search for a teacher who would liberate him from his violent past. After various false starts he came to Marpa, probably one of the greatest spiritual masters of all ti.......

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Rabi'a of Basra was a unique personality among the early Sufis, one who was a true mystic. She died in A.D. 801. She is probably the greatest of the women saints of Islam. Margaret Smith's description of her Life and Teachings is accompanied by an account of the place of women saints in Islam. This Llanerch paperback is a facsimile of the 1984 Cambridge University Press reprint, with a new introduction by Annemarie Schimmel.

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Ruysbroeck

E. Underhil
A facsimile reprint of Evelyn Underhill's book first published in 1915. The following comments are condensed from an editorial note to this edition: "We are equally poorly off for studies of the life and doctrine of this great Flemish contemplative of the fourteenth century. And yet Jan van Ruysbroeck is thought, by no few competent judges, to be the greatest of all the medieval mystics; and, indeed, it is difficult to point to his superior. Miss Evelyn Underhill is, therefore doing lovers of my.......

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For centuries the Crest Jewel has been accepted by the followers of Sankara (Sankaracharya) as containing the authentic message of the great Indian Master who embodied in himself a unique combination of knowledge (jnana), devotion (bhakti) and action (karma), and who set out as a spiritual teacher at the age of sixteen, travelling the length and breadth of the land.

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John of Ruysbroeck, hermetic and mystical writer, was born in 1293 at Ruysbroeck, near Brussels; he died at Groenendael, where he had founded a community, in 1381. He wrote as the spirit moved him, and loved to wander and mediate in the solitude of the forest. As a mystical writer, he stands unrivalled in what may be termed his grasp of the metaphysics of mysticism, and in the combined beauty, simplicity, and loftiness of his language and style. Late in life he declared that he had never committ.......

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The Book of Lambspring and the Golden Tripod

A. Lambspring, B. Valentine, T. Norton and J. Crem
This selection from the seventeenth century collection of alchemical texts, called the Hermetic Museum, includes the beautifully illustrated work of Abraham Lambspring, the ‘Practica’ of Basil Valentine the Benedictine, the ‘Believe-Me’ or Ordinal of Thomas Norton, an English Sage, and the Testament of John Cremer.

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Four texts from the important seventeenth century collection called the Hermetic Museum: 'The Glory of the World' or 'Table of Paradise'
'The Sophie Hydrolyth' or ‘Waterstone of the Wise’ 'The Golden Tract' and ‘The Book of Alze.’

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The Message of Milarepa

Sir Humphrey Clarke
trans. Sir Humphrey Clarke

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'Attar, Sufi poet and mystic, is best known for his book which is translated in English as The Conference of the Birds. Margaret Smith's sympathetic and competent work includes an account of 'Attar's life, and mystical doctrine, followed by translated selections from his major works. This paperback book is a facsimile of the first edition, of 1932, in John Murray's Wisdom of the East series.

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Mrs Philpot's illustrated book includes chapters on tree worship, the God and the tree, wood-demons and tree-spirits, the tree in relation to human life, the tree as oracle, the universe-tree, paradise, May celebrations and Christmas observances. It was first published in 1897, and the present paperback is a facsimile of that edition.

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The theme of the Sutras is the great regeneration, the birth of the spiritual from the psychical man; the same theme which Paul so wisely set forth in writing to his disciples in Corinth, the theme of mystics in all lands.

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