Play of Consciousness

A Spiritual Autobiography

Play of Consciousness

This best selling spiritual autobiography of Swami Muktananda tells the story of his journey to self-realization under the guidance of Bhagawan Nityananda, candidly describing his extraordinary experiences. Beginning with his spiritual initiation on August 15, 1947, and continuing through his enlightenment nine years later, this is a guide for seekers moving toward the same goal.

Play of Consciousness

A Spiritual Autobiography

Play of Consciousness

The autobiography of Swami Muktananda is a clear and inspiring guide to the workings of the inner spiritual energy known as kundalini.

Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain

Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain

Eddie's mother was up on a ladder cleaning the kitchen ceiling when her water broke. She was annoyed at the interruption, and the mess. Contemporary psychiatry has fallen under the sway of biological reductionism, where our patients do not receive proper care. They are treated primarily or exclusively with psychoactive drugs. The result has been a pharmaceutical epidemic, with psychiatric drug sales topping $70 billion a year. Pharmaceutical psychiatry ignores the complexities of the human condition as if the agency of human suffering can be cured by a pill. Eddie never really enjoyed swimming…. he couldn't stop water from pouring into his nose and sinuses. It didn't occur to him to tell his counselors, never mind his parents, where he could have gotten nose clips. It didn't occur to him that anyone would be responsive to his needs. In Psychotherapy of Character, Dr. Berezin presents a much-needed alternative to the prevailing doctrine, one that is grounded in an understanding of human nature. Suffering is not a brain problem, it is a human problem. He illuminates the practice and effectiveness of psychotherapy through the story of his patient, Eddie. Eddie's complicated inner life, varied experiences, and ultimate breakthrough, stand in contrast to the destructive and false promises of a magical cure. He introduces a new and inclusive paradigm of consciousness for the twenty-first century. On the surface, he lived a successful college life. Eddie was due to graduate with honors, and was accepted into a prestigious PhD program in biology. All the while, he felt alone and dead inside. No one really knew him.

The Power Play of Consciousness

The Representation of Power in Henry James's Novel the Portrait of a Lady

The Power Play of Consciousness

At the height of American Realism, in 1880, Henry James portrays his heroine Isabel Archer as caught up in a power dynamic of friendship and marriage from which she emerges as the yielding, submitting, surrendering part. She unconsciously confers power to her friend Madame Merle and her husband Gilbert Osmond and gives in to their influence, thereby falling victim to their use and abuse. By way of gradual cognition and the accumulation of knowledge, she becomes conscious of her deception and recognizes her compliance with external powers. Realizing her own internal power she eventually sets herself free. Yet Madame Merle and Osmond also give an account of the submission to external powers by ascribing power to aristocratic standards and any means to achieve them. Power in James is a matter of what or whom an individual confers power to. As such, power can be divided into positive and negative power. Positive power embraces the affirmation of one's internal power; negative power encompasses the affirmation of external powers. In my thesis, I want to trace both negative and positive power in the book, trace Isabel Archer's transformation from negative to positive power, and prove that James finds the origin of power in human consciousness. While doing so, the first part of my work deals with my conceit of what powers the characters yield to (analysis of character), whereas the second part attends to how the novel achieves that apprehension (analysis of imagery and viewpoint). I also wish to show that the story of Isabel Archer exhibits parallels to Machiavelli's 1513 political tract "The Prince," Madame Merle representing Machiavelli, Osmond resembling the Prince himself and Isabel Archer being the fettered soul of the people. But through his form of placing the center of the subject in the heroine's consciousness, James encourages the reader to view power as a matter of mind and as the perception of potential threats to one's own fears. His moral is that only the

The Play of Consciousness in the Web of the Universe

The Play of Consciousness in the Web of the Universe

When ideas are based on fundamental truths, their value must remain undiminished with the passing of time. Such is the case with this theosophical classic. Edward L. Gardner, a man of extraordinary sensitivity, offers his views on creation and consciousness. Creation: Why it happened and how it is structured. Consciousness: What it is and how it evolves. This is a book about the web-like fabric which carries within itself all the material forms of the world; bears and supports them eternally. This is a book about life and light, which is consciousness becoming self-conscious, becoming transpersonally conscious. Based closely on 'The Stanzas of Dzyan' from H.P. Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine, Gardner's contribution to truth can be a most valuable tool for all serious seekers into the nature of Reality.

Poetic Plays of Sri Aurobindo

Poetic Plays of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo was the reveler of the Life Divine and prophet of the great epic Savitri. Both the unsurpassed titles bear divine messages but for those who could read them. But his stage-worthy plays teach his philosophical ideas through entertainments. Perhaps he wrote the plays to teach integral philosophy of life to all beings. Present work entitled Poetic Plays of Sri Aurobindo is an exhaustive study of his five blank verse drama maintaining the essential elements of drama and dramaturgy from Oriental to Occidental. In his plays, we could enjoy the dramatic art of Shakespeare and Shaw, Bhasa and Kalidasa. Sri Aurobindo was the deliverer of the whole human life and hence, this book enlightens - - how to deliberate one's own self along with the all. - how to bring hormony in individual, social, national and universal life. - how to attain Universal brotherhood by revealing oneness with all other beings. - how to build children's characters, so that, they can live a manly life, reveal universal friendship and enjoy a life divine on earth.

Psychotherapy of Character

The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain

Psychotherapy of Character

Contemporary psychiatry has fallen under the sway of biological reductionism, where our patients do not receive proper care. They are treated primarily or exclusively with psychoactive drugs. The result has been a pharmaceutical epidemic, with psychiatric drug sales topping $70 billion a year. Pharmaceutical psychiatry ignores the complexities of the human condition as if the agency of human suffering can be cured by a pill. In Psychotherapy of Character, Dr. Berezin presents a much-needed alternative to the prevailing doctrine, one that is grounded in an understanding of human nature. Suffering is not a brain problem, it is a human problem. He illuminates the practice and effectiveness of psychotherapy through the story of his patient, Eddie. Eddie's complicated inner life, varied experiences, and ultimate breakthrough, stand in contrast to the destructive and false promises of a magical cure. He introduces a new and inclusive paradigm of consciousness for the twenty-first century.