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About Edward Viljoen
Among his passions as a minister is helping other ministers and has served the Ongoing Ministers Education Conference for past 20 years. Other passions include music, cats, essential oils, science fiction and leading people on tours to places in the world to experience new cultures and new ways of understanding the Divine. He graduated as a Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplain in April 1999.
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The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God Retold in Simplified English is the latest title in the Essential Wisdom Library. This unique edition of the timeless epic is designed to be accessible for readers without any prior experience of Hinduism. Not simply a translation of the original, Viljoen has simplified and restated the Gita’s complex ideas, so that a first-time reader can fully appreciate the scope and beauty of this magnificent Indian classic. Written in concise, modern language the retelling vividly captures the power and depth of the original work.
Part of the Mahabharata, the Gita is a dialogue between Prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna. Its verses contain some of the key ideas of Hindu philosophy—Dharma, Moksha, and various yogic practices. Originally written well over a thousand years ago, the Gita has proven to be a timeless source of wisdom, inspiring philosophers and revolutionaries alike in the millennia since it was written.
In addition to the retelling of the text, this edition includes a character list, a glossary of important terms, and chapters exploring the back-story from the Mahabharata and the impact and meaning of the Bhagavad Gita itself. The Bhagavad Gita is an approachable way for today’s readers to engage with one of history's richest spiritual epics.
Our concept here is simple: Since what you look for you will find, look for good. But how do you put this simple concept into practice, especially in the demanding world of the workplace?
That is what this book is designed to do. Fifty-two short lessons—one per week—will give you ideas and exercises that strengthen your ability to see good in yourself, in others, and in your world.
The more good you are able to see, the more good you will experience. It is our hope that this book will help you lead a life of ever-expanding good, for yourself and others.
People often struggle to find a life filled with passion, happiness—and just plain goodness. This struggle drives many to depression and addictive tendencies. Author and New Thought minister Edward Viljoen argues that the struggle need not be an arduous or painful one—that through everyday acts of kindness, faith, and compassion we can create peaceful and contented lives. Using personal stories, practical tips, and exercises, this book shows us that regardless of our circumstances, we can create meaning and beauty in our lives and in the world. Viljoen offers deep insights, showing:
- How caring about ordinary things leads to meaningful and extraordinary life experiences
- How society's messages about perfection distract us from our ordinary goodness
- How faith is a muscle that must be exercised
People are always striving to live happy and fulfilled lives. This book reassures us that this is attainable—nothing extraordinary is required.
This wise and delightful guide to the benefits of meditation practices will help readers cultivate a calm, peaceful, and enlightened lifestyle. Drawing from his years of experience as a teacher, spiritual leader, and avid meditator, Edward Viljoen directs readers down the path to enlightenment using wisdom such as:
- Mindfulness practices—Train yourself to become absorbed in a purposefully chosen activity.
- Sitting practices—Reduce the use of mental and physical resources as much as possible by sitting still and silently.
- Creative practices—Employ such devices as journaling, observing, and focusing on a favorite literary or spiritual passage.
Featuring personal anecdotes and stories from the author’s spiritual teachings, The Power of Meditation goes beyond a simple how-to book and offers a wonderful reading experience that will inspire readers to live more wise and fulfilling lives.
In the Centers for Spiritual Living, the movement that studies Ernest Holmes’ writing, it is a tradition among some communities to dedicate the first four weeks of each new year to the first four chapters of The Science of Mind and Spirit: The Thing Itself; The Way It Works; What It Does and; How To Use It.
This book is a paraphrase of those chapters, an easy read through for beginners.
The Living Bible, unlike most translations of the Bible, is a paraphrase by Kenneth N. Taylor, written to make the text accessible to younger readers who might have difficulty with the King James Version. Remembering how much I enjoyed reading the Living Bible and how it provided for me a stepping stone to look at other classic translations, I saw how valuable a paraphrase of Ernest Holmes’ classic, The Science of Mind, would be for those beginning their study of metaphysics.