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Discussion in 'Religions Q&A' started by RayofLight, Apr 4, 2021.

  1. Audie

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    Different taste in books! I would not read
    any of those even ifn was dead.
     
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  2. JustGeorge

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    Will your reading list be different when you're dead?

    What do you plan on reading now that you wouldn't read while dead?
     
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  3. RayofLight

    RayofLight He/they

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    To each their own.
     
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  4. Audie

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    Add 'Confessions of Saint Augustine" to those
     
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  5. Audie

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    Yep!
     
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  6. PureX

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    In the end what you'll discover is that we all envision the Divine Mystery in whatever way we think best suits our natures. Angry, vengeful people believe in an angry, vengeful God. Frightened people believe in a scary God. Weak people believe in an all-powerful God. Kind and loving people believe in a kind and loving God. And so on it goes. God is a mystery that we can then endow with whatever characteristics we personally relate to, an best understand. Because that's the God that validates who we are, the most.

    But for those few who manage to figure this out, they can choose the god-image that best comports with who they want to become, instead of who they already are. And in pursuing a relationship with that God, can in time effect real changes in their own nature. (For the better, hopefully.)
     
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  7. Orbit

    Orbit I'm a planet

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    I just finished:

    "Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation" by Kristin Kobes du Mez

    "Drugs Use for Grownups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear" by Carl L. Hart

    I'm about halfway through:

    "The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon" by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan.
     
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    "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer - Wonderful personal narrative on Native American Spirituality of the Northeast.
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    "Odin’s Wife: Mother Earth in Germanic Mythology" by Reaves, William P.

    "Becoming Nature: Learning the Language of Wild Animals and Plants" Tamarack Song - Reconnecting with our natural world. This is what drew me to my pagan religion.

    "Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves" by Frans De Waal. He has been a champion among scientists reminding us that we are related and connected to this world.

    " The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World" . by Peter Wohlleben. He does a wonderful job and explaining the amazing new discoveries on trees that can change your perspective when walking through a forest.



    "Old Norse Religion in long-term perspectives." Collection of writers in the field of Norse studies It was the Road to Midgard project in Sweden.
     
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  9. RayofLight

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    Sounds like those could be useful to me. Might have to look for them.
     
  10. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहं ब्रह्मास्मि
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    I'm only on Chapter 4; Advice to Householders, so I'll need to get further into it and go back through it after I've read it to offer any real perspective. I haven't been reading it in one sitting, so to speak. I've put it down for months at a time and have picked it back up.

    So far, it has deepened my understanding of India's culture, and I find myself looking at maps to get a perspective on the locations described in the book. I find Sri Ramakrishna to be a fascinating person, and some of what he says resonates with me to a point, and this may sound a bit weird, that I already had some of these understandings, though I'm not sure where I got them, and it's almost like I'm reading them a second time, though I've never read the book.

    It does have a bhakti-heavy feeling, but that's understandable given that the translator (the book was originally penned in Bengali) is a disciple of the Holy Mother (Sarada Devi), who was Sri Ramakrishna's wife. The term "God" is used quite liberally throughout the book, and I'm still trying to figure out if this points to Brahman. I suppose I'll better understand as I read on.
     
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    SalixIncendium अहं ब्रह्मास्मि
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    How do you know you wouldn't like them unless you've read them?

     
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  12. Israel Khan

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    [QUOTE="JustGeorge, post: 7097352, member: 69421"
    I read this book every year or two, almost seemingly against my will... and get so upset. But I seem to be able to refrain from doing it again later on....[/QUOTE]

    I have read it twice so far. I have to read it probably every year too so that I can see how relevant it is in our current world.
     
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  13. Israel Khan

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    I will be on the lookout for that
     
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  14. JustGeorge

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    Its taken me awhile to get through. Think I started it back in December. I don't think its really meant to sit down and read cover to cover; some of it is too repetitive for that.

    I'm not sure at what point you begin to see his arguments that the formless God of jnani and the God with form of bhakti are the same. It is said at several points that he sees Kali as Brahman, and spends a lot of time debating God with and God without form(especially with Narendra). As fascinating as Sri Ramakrishna is, I find the devotees to be equally as interesting. Especially Narendra, of course, (interesting to hear some of his background), though as I near the end of the book, I admit I find 'M', the one who records all of this, to be intriguing as well, as I note he's often accused of being too silent. Makes me wonder why, and what kind of a person he was. (Leave it to me to ponder the irrelevant.)


    I have read it twice so far. I have to read it probably every year too so that I can see how relevant it is in our current world.[/QUOTE]

    The telescreens and the smartphones creep me out. Just can't do it.
     
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  15. oldbadger

    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    The Rubaiyat of Omar Khyamm
    Beautiful prosaic translation and a message to enjoy the day, take some wine with a loved one, and to let the claims of religion pass on by, because life is too fleeting to waste a moment of it.

    Wonderful book. :)
     
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  16. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहं ब्रह्मास्मि
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    I think the moment of his own realization that the two are one was when he cut Kali down with a blade. At least that was my take-away. What are your thoughts?
     
  17. JustGeorge

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    Yeah, I could see that there.

    It seemed like at that point, he got rid of his last 'crutch' that was keeping him from realizing Brahman.

    Like a real crutch, its necessary for one to use when regaining strength to walk on one's own, but to use it once no longer needed makes more problems.
     
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  18. Deeje

    Deeje Avid Bible Student
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  19. RayofLight

    RayofLight He/they

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    I finished all except the Luciferian mind one. I decided not to read it after I found out its a book about how evil Luciferianism is from a Christian perspective. I borrowed 10 more:

    The Door to Witchcraft: A New Witch's Guide to History, Traditions, and Modern-Day Spells
    Tonya A. Brown

    The Left Hand Path: Philosophy & Praxis, Volume I
    Asenath Mason

    Upon The Great Goddess of The Left-Hand Path
    Baal Kadmon

    Awakening Lucifer
    Asenath Mason

    Tree Magic Witchcraft Book: An Ultimate Guide For Starter, Wiccan Tree Magic In Rituals: Dark Wicca Magic
    Marcos Naugler

    Dream Gates & Astral Paths
    Edgar Kerval

    Luciferian Order: To Know, Dare, Will and Keep Silent
    Lucian Black

    The Satanic Bible: 50th Anniversary ReVision
    Michael Aquino

    Queer Paganism (Full Colour): A spirituality that embraces all identities
    Jo Green

    Norse Mythology: Learn about Viking History, Myths, Norse Gods, and Legends
    Amy Hughes
     
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  20. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein On the funeral pyre of existence
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    I used to be Facebook friends with him. He's interesting.
     
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