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About Alan Jacobs
Next, he discovered Ramana Maharshi and became familiar with his extensive literature and spiritual practice. He is currently President of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation, UK.
Alan's first book was 'Dutch And Flemish 17th C Painters: A Collectors Guide for McGraw Hill'. He then compiled an anthology, 'Poetry For The Spirit', published by Watkins Publishing and Barnes & Noble.
As a poet he has versified for O Books 'The Bhagavad Gita', 'The Principal Upanishads' and 'The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius', as well as compiling a major prose anthology, 'The Ocean Of Wisdom'. For Watkins Publishing, he edited 'Ramana, Shankara and the Forty Verses', versified 'The Essential Gnostic Gospels' and compiled an anthology, 'The Wisdom of Ramesh Balsekar'.
XLibris have published a volume of his own poetry, 'Myrobalan of The Magi', and a history of London from a spiritual perspective, 'Mysterious London'. He has recently completed an anthology, 'The Wisdom of the Native American Indians', 'Plato's Republic: An Abridgemnent and Modernisation' and 'When Jesus Lived In India', all for Watkins Publishing.
His latest book, published by O Books, is a Utopian novella exploring up-to-now undiscovered land of the legendry Emperor Prestor John, found in Ethiopia, founded on Gnostic principles: 'Eutopia: The Gnostic Land of Prestor John' describes their direct path to Self-realization.
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In 1945, several gospels, hidden since the first century, were found in the Egyptian Desert at Nag Hammadi. This discovery caused a sensation as the scrolls revealed the mysteries of the Gnostics—a movement which emerged during the formative period of Christianity. 'Gnosis', from the Greek, broadly meaning 'hidden spiritual knowledge', was associated with renouncing the material world, and focusing on attaining the life of the Holy Spirit. Many Christian sects are derived from the esoteric knowledge of Gnosticism.
The gospels selected here by Alan Jacobs reveal intimate conversations between Jesus and his Disciples. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene sheds new light on his relationship with his favorite follower, while the Gospel of Thomas consists of mini-parables of deep inward and symbolic meaning—many of which are not found in the New Testament. The wisdom in this inspiring collection of texts is wholly relevant to our lives today, addressing the questions of good and evil, sin and suffering, and the path to salvation.
When your soul hungers for peace, knowledge or comfort, there is no answer as profound as poetry. In a world that is increasingly noisy and disconnected from the Divine, this wonderfully inspiring collection of poems for the soul from mystics of all traditions encourages readers to listen to their own hearts, marvel at the wonder of nature and explore profound truths of life, death, eternity and God. With its elegant design and comprehensive selection of poets, the volume is ideal for gifting. Themed chapters allow readers to choose topics to explore, including:
DIVINITY – what is the nature of God or the One?
TRANSCENDENCE – what deep truths can we find in our spiritual quest?
LOVE – how can we give and cherish most profoundly?
DEVOTION – how should we explore and affirm our faith?
PEACE – how can we find stillness amidst turmoil and loss?
NATURE – what lessons can we learn from creation?
SPIRIT – what is sacred about the individual self?
From the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas and the Song of Solomon to the Divine Comedy and the Rubaiyat of Mar Khayyam, readers will find all the great mystical writers, including Attar, Ansari, St Francis of Assisi, Lao Tzu, John Donne, John Bunyan, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Elizabeth Barratt Browning, Christine Rossetti and Walt Whitman, as well as many fine but lesser-known spiritual writers. A book to give as a thoughtful gift, and also one to treasure.
V. 58, Sri Ramana Ashtottara
Sri Ramana Maharshi, the sage of Arunachala – the holy mountain of Lord Shiva, was one of the world’s most influential spiritual teachers of our time. He taught the infallible way to Self-realisation through his unique method of ‘Self-Enquiry’ and the total devotional surrender of the egotistic mind to the inner Satguru dwelling in each one’s spiritual heart.
He always spoke from the high authority of direct Self-knowledge. He could, and still does, invoke the real Self of pure Existence-Consciousness-Awareness-Love through the Silence of his Presence in his devotees. During his lifetime he led many to Self-realisation. His ashram at Tiruvannamalai is an active spiritual centre imparting the grace and knowledge of his Teaching. This brief biography acquaints you with significant details of his divine life and the essence of his Teaching.
The author Alan Jacobs is well-known for his several books and anthologies including: Poetic Transcreations of the Bhagavad Gita and The Principal Upanishads. He also contributes to Ramanasramam’s spiritual journal, the Mountain Path. He is President of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation, UK.
SOCRATES WITHOUT TEARS is a beautifully written Novella which reveals the exciting discovery of the long lost Dialogues of Socrates by his devoted pupil Aeschines. They give us a totally different picture of Socrates' great wisdom told with amusement and irony. It shows Socrates connection with Eastern Non Dual Thought and portrays the mildly camp atmosphere of the Symposium in graphic form .It will appeal to all seekers after truth in a palatable form and as the title says 'without tears'.