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The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You (Self-Realization Fellowship) 2 Volume Set
The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You (Self-Realization Fellowship) 2 Volume Set
by Paramahansa Yogananda
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $38.08
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented book, January 9, 2006
This two volume set is beautifully presented with glossy colour and non- colour prints.

The book is similar in style to Yogananda's comments on the Bjagadavad Gita, where he takes a line or two of scripture and then reflects and expands upon it.

The result is a very interesting read into the life of Christ and a deeper esoteric study of what Christ was saying. Obviously, given Yogananda's background, this interpretation is laced with eastern Mysticism and Christ is seen as a self-realised Yogi come to awaken mankind to their own cosmic consciousness.

If you have read much of Yoganana's other writings there won't be too much here content wise that you have not come across before. However it is still a fascinating read.

Some of the many topics included are:

- The law of Karma

- Man's three bodies, spiritual, mental and physical

- The nature of miracles and healings

- Descriptions of the astral worlds

- Mediatation, union with the Christ consciousness

- The role of satan (Maya)

Well worth the price of admission but for the Yogananda beginner I would suggest "Man's eternal Quest" or "Autobiography of a Yogi".

For those inerested in a new take on Christ's teachings this is an interesting and at times revelatory read.

Everything Must Go (CD & DVD)
Everything Must Go (CD & DVD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, December 18, 2005
This is one hell of a funky album from beginning to end.

It's different to 'Two against Nature' as it is more organic sounding with a very warm texture to it. The songs hit a groove and stay there, but in a good way, with smooth guitar lines and organ riding over tight drum beats.

"Godwhacker" is a beautifully funky track - "things I miss the most" is playful and fun.

There simply isn't a dud track on the album.

The lyrics are sly and soulful.

If you like blues based funk with jazzy flourishes, you are more than likey gonna love it.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more of that jazz, December 12, 2005
This review is from: Jazz (Audio CD)
This is a varied and interesting album. I'm not sure there are many other bands that could mix up musical styles the way that Queen do here.

The album starts off with "Mustapha" with Freddie singing in some strange middle eastern spiritual kind of way, before Brian's guitar comes in about half way through to heavy it up. A really distinct track.

Most people would have heard "Fat Bottomed Girls" so there's not much point going into detail here. Great guitar and harmonies in the chorus. Lot's of fun.

"Jealousy" is a Freddie piano ballad with some strange modal playing by Brian. Haunting.

"Bicycle Race" - everybody knows this one. Great use of ringing bells in the middle.

"Let Me Entertain You" - A good Queen rocker with fun lyrics..tongue in cheek.

"Dead on Time" - A really fast Brian May rocker..great guitar

The second half of the album slows down and we get a variety of ballads.. the Seventyish sounding 'Only Seven days"..the soulful and sad "Leaving home ain't Easy" and "Dreamer's Ball", a jazzy style ballad.

"Don't stop Me Now" is the only fast song on the second half and is a fantastic piece with a sense of play in the lyrics.

"Fun It" is a Roger song and you can see from the disco type beat here that it was only a small step away from "Another One Bites the Dust"

The final song "More of that Jazz" is an adventurous piece with splices of the "highlights" of the album thrown in for good measure.

Whilst this offering isn't as solid as "A Night at the Opera" it is certainly an entertaining and varied piece of work.

More than worthy of a listen.

End of Days
End of Days
DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Governor of California V's the devil, December 11, 2005
This review is from: End of Days (DVD)
Arnie actually does a good job in this film of at least trying to act.

The plot is a little ludicrous, the devil returning every 1,000 years to mate with a human to have diabolical offspring. But somehow it is still engaging.

The special effects are good, especially the church scene at the end of the movie.

Crucifixions abound and there is no shortage of blood splattered scenes for the more horror minded.

There are absolutely no subplots involving any characters other than Arnie. Arnie's friensdhip with his co-worker is tokenistic and somewhat cliche.

It could have been a very good film but ends up being a good "b" grade film - not the the huge comeback "A" grade block buster it was designed to be.

Hollywood Ending
Hollywood Ending
DVD ~ Woody Allen
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, December 4, 2005
This review is from: Hollywood Ending (DVD)
This is a funny film and has some fine performances from all involved.

Woody has some great one liners and neurotically stumbles metaphorically and literally (he goes psychosomatically blind) through the movie.

The movie can tend to drag a little in places, but there is enough witty exchanges to keep it ticking along nicely and then leave you with a feel good Hollywood ending.

Obviously not in the calibre of his finest work, but still very much worth the ride.

Fletch Lives
Fletch Lives
DVD ~ Chevy Chase
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the original but still damn witty, November 30, 2005
This review is from: Fletch Lives (DVD)
This movie is no way as good as the first one, but don't let that put you off. It has some very funny and witty moments throughout with some great one liners by Chevy.

Highlights include:

- Chevy as Claude Henry Schmoot, a guest healer on a tv evangelist show

- Chevy as a member of the KKK

- Chevy confessing his sins to evangelist preacher "I parked in a handicapped zone. Actually on a handicapped person - but I told him I'd be back in five minues so that's not such a big deal."

The film does run out of steam towards the end a little but is definitely worth a view.

Sucking in the Seventies
Sucking in the Seventies
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selection of tracks, November 21, 2005
What you get with this album (that you don't get with 'Made in the shade") is not only a selection of music on already released music from the stones, but a few unreleased gems.

These gems are:

- Everything is turning to gold

- Mannish Boy (Live)

-When the Whip Comes down (live)

- If I was a Dancer (Dance part 2)

Of these gems, for my money, the best are evertything is turning to gold and If I was a Dancer.

Worth the price of admission for the unreleased stuff alone, however the stuff included is also great and the album really plays well as a whole.

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
by Maharaj Nisargadatta
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and deep book, November 20, 2005
This book is layed out in the easy to read style of a few pages per chapter and in a question and answer style. The questions asked of Nisargadatta Maharaj are on a broad range of subjects. The answers given are always thoughtful and profound. So profound in fact that you have to stop reading and ponder them as you go.

Topics addressed iclude:

- Suffering

- Pleasure and pain

- Desire

- The false and the real

to name but a few.....

This book will lead you towards a union with the absolute through the stripping away of everything you think you are and know.

Best Of Rick Springfield
Best Of Rick Springfield
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of 80s pop/rock, November 9, 2005
Whilst critics will always pan Rick Springfield as a light weight throwaway, what they may fail to realise is that he can write some of the most cleverly crafted pop/rock you are likely to hear.

This album is a testimony to Rick's song writing skills. There are more hooks and catchy choruses here than your average starlet today could even dream of writing.

All the hits are here:

-Jessie's Girl

- Affair of the heart

- Don't Talk to strangers etc.

My only beef is that they didn't include the excellent "Written in Rock" track. Maybe next time.....

Buy it if you love great 80's pop/rock

The Wall
The Wall
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but hard to get through in one setting, October 9, 2005
This review is from: The Wall (Audio CD)
No doubt that this album is nothing short of brilliant, but be warned it's not an easy one to sit through, as it takes the listener on an emotional roller coster ride.

OK, so a lot of other people have explained that this is a concept album, and it is true, the album is loosely held together by the notion of the one man's journey behind his own emotional wall. However, do not be put off by this, as their are many songs here that can, and do, stand on their own - Such as "Comfortably Numb", ":Another Brick in the Wall part 2", "Run Like Hell" "Young Lust" and "Hey You".

There are a lot of tracks on the album that are there to seque together the real meaty songs and as such they can be considered "filler" but when listening to the overall album you can see where they fit.

The album is a dark ride and could be considered depressing if the melodies and vocal harmonies weren't so beautiful. "Goodbye Ble Sky" has a depressing Lyric but is held up by the Beach Boy like harmonies and Dave Gilmours airy accoustic guitar work. "Comfortably Numb" has the beautiful contrast of the dark verses (sung by Waters) rising up to the ethereal/dreamy chorus sung by Gilmour, before his guitar takes you to another place in the outro.

You've gotta be in the mood to listen to some of this album's more theatrical points (like The Trial, which is a mind bender and something you would be more likely to find in an Oliver Twist like musical).

Still, there is much great music on this CD and it's well worth a listen, if you haven't already.

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