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Saturday, 25. October 2008
The Apologetics Index
The Apologetics Index provides 31,800+ pages of research resources on religious cults, sects, new religious movements, alternative religions, apologetics-, anticult-, and countercult organizations, doctrines, religious practices and world views. These resources reflect a variety of theological and/or sociological perspectives.
AI's publishers, Anton and Janet Hein-Hudson, and their team members support freedom of religion in thought and expression, as well as the freedom to present research information that helps people make informed decisions about various movements, belief systems and world views.
The publishers operate from an evangelical, Christian point of view. However, Apologetics Index evaluates cults both theologically and sociologically.
This website documents significant doctrinal differences between the essential teachings and practices of historical Christianity and those of other religions, including religious movements that claim to be compatible with Christianity.
Apologetics Index also addresses abusive churches and movements, as well as a variety of other cult research issues and controversies. In the process, we look at controversial movements and issues within the Christian community - discussing anything from aberrant teachings to full-blow heretical sects.
You'll notice that we're not neutral. However, we do our best to balance our personal opinions with links to pro-, contra-, and neutral perspectives.
Thursday, 21. August 2008
Mysteries of the Beyond - Interview with Erich von Däniken
Author Erich von Däniken is certainly one of the most famous and also most controversial authors of our time. He has not only written 29 books in 32 languages with a total circulation of 63 million, but he also traveled the world all over, explored many unknown isssues and gave uncounted talks in universities, congress forums and many TV programs in Europe as well as abroad. With this exclusive interview I would like to present some aspects of this colourful personality. I could touch on themes like his biggest discoveries, his opinions on UFO and crop circles as well as his vision of the year 2012 and his latest book and film projects.
A film made by Swiss videographer Kedar Misani.
Sunday, 18. May 2008
You Can Heal Your Life - The Movie
This moving film offers an intimate look into metaphysical teacher Louise Hay's fascinating and inspirational life.
It's based on the best-selling book of the same name is hosted by author and teacher Louise L. Hay. This film gives penetrating insights into Louise’s fascinating personal story; and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. It also reveals how she applied these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life.
A number of luminaries in the fields of self-help, philosophy, health, spirituality, and New Thought join Louise, giving their take on success, happiness, and the myriad ways in which people can heal their own lives. And there are also gripping firsthand accounts from others who have been positively affected by Louise’s work.
Louise L. Hay: You Can Heal Your Life - The Movie, 2007
Runtime: 90 minutes
Features appearances by:
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Candace B. Pert, Ph.D.
Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D.
Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Jerry and Esther Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham)
Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.
Music is composed by Grammy Award Winner Musician Jim Brickman.
Monday, 28. April 2008
Ex-Scientology Kids Share Their Stories
He's one of the biggest box-office draws in history, but in recent years Tom Cruise has become more than just the face of his films. He has also become the face of his religion -- Scientology.
A recent video of Cruise ( Note: see also this video of Cruise ) -- made for a Scientology event and leaked online -- showed the star's unbridled passion for his religion and piqued the public's interest in a belief system that has long been surrounded by controversy.
"I think it's a privilege to call yourself a Scientologist," Cruise said in the video.
Cruise is a vocal supporter and close friend of Scientology's worldwide leader, David Miscavige, who took over the reins of power when science fiction author and founder L. Ron Hubbard died in 1986.
Miscavige says Scientology can offer its followers greater ability in all areas of life, rid people of negativity, and make them "clear."
But some former members of the Sea Organization, or Sea Org (Scientology's version of clergy -- the group of people who essentially run the church), including a niece of Miscavige, see another side to the religion. They spoke to "Nightline" about how they became increasingly disillusioned with the Church of Scientology, until they decided it was time to leave.
Exscientologykids.com was created by three young women who used to be members of the church, including Jenna Miscavige Hill, who is a niece of Scientology's leader David Miscavige. Hill's parents joined when she was 2 years old. Both her parents were high-ranking members of Sea Org.
"What we're told is that [members of the Sea Org] have to work so hard because they're helping other people," Hill, 24, recalled. "Your family isn't the most important thing."
Life on 'the Ranch' and at Scientology's 'Mecca'
From ages 6 to 12, Hill lived at a Scientology-owned property in California that was known as "the ranch," where she said children as young as 6 had long days. In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic classes and studying Scientology, she said there were physical chores.
"These projects ranged from rock hauling, taking rocks out of the creek, picking them up, hauling them up a hill, putting them in a pile -- these were usually to make rock walls," she said.
As a little girl Hill said she remembers weeding for hours, "no matter how hot or how cold it was outside."
In an official response to a Radar magazine article that included Hill's story, the Church wrote, "Children were never forced to engage in manual labor. Claims to the contrary are categorically denied."
The Church has said about the ranch, which was closed in 1999, that the facilities were "nothing short of spectacular."
Hill said she was asked to sign a billion-year contract to prove her devotion to the Church, because "in Scientology, they believe that you live lifetime after lifetime."
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Wednesday, 12. March 2008
What is Freedom?
my teachings have but one taste, that of freedom."
But what is freedom? What does it really mean?
A short film by Alan Clements, duration 6 minutes.
Visionary author, artist, and human rights activist Alan Clements was the first American to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Burma where he lived in meditative silence for the better part of a decade.
Then, without warning or reason, the military dictatorship ruling Burma gave him 24 hours to get out of the country. Clements disrobed as a monk and became a maverick activist working for human rights and freedom in some of the most volatile areas of the world.
For further information visit World Dharma.
Wednesday, 05. March 2008
Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky?
Elena Petrovna Gan, July 30 - July 31, 1831, better known as Helena Blavatsky - Russian: Елена Блаватская - or Madame Blavatsky, born Helena von Hahn, was a founder of the Theosophical Society in New York, 1875. She left humanity a voluminous number of writings, of which the theosophical standard work 'The Secret Doctrine' is the most well known.
Henry Olcott, Blavatsky, Hartmann and others -- click it for a larger view
History of the Theosophical Society
Organized in New York City in 1875, the Society's principal founders were Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the first Russian woman to be naturalized as an American citizen, and Henry Steel Olcott, a prominent lawyer and journalist who became the first President of the Society. Madame Blavatsky was a Russian of noble birth, whose mother was a social novelist and whose grandmother was an accomplished amateur scientist. As a young woman, she traveled all over the world in search of wisdom about the nature of life and the reason for human existence. Eventually, Blavatsky brought the spiritual wisdoms of the East and of ancient Western mysteries to the modern West, where they were virtually unknown. Her writings became the first exposition of modern Theosophy.
Colonel Olcott was a veteran of the Civil War, during which he had been a special investigator into corruption in the armed services and after which he was a member of the commission appointed to investigate the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. He was also an internationally renowned agricultural authority. Olcott related the timeless wisdom of Theosophy to the cultures of both East and West, applied it to everyday life, and built the Society into an international organization.
Associated with these two were William Quan Judge, a young New York attorney, and a number of other individuals interested in the philosophy expounded by Madame Blavatsky. The latter included General Abner Doubleday, the legendary founder of baseball, and later the inventor Thomas Alva Edison.
Here is a video of the history of the Theosophical Society in America. Narrated by Paul Meier, this documentary celebrates 125 years of Theosophy in America. Rare film footage and photos!
In 1879, the principal founders, Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott, moved to India, where the Society spread rapidly. In 1882, they established the Society's international headquarters in Adyar, a suburb of Madras (currently Chennai), where it has since remained. They also visited Sri Lanka, where Olcott was so active in promoting social welfare among oppressed Buddhists that even now he is a national hero of that land. Today the Society has members in almost 70 countries around the world.
The administrative center of the Section in the United States (called "Olcott" in honor of the President-Founder) is located in Wheaton, Illinois, USA: Theosophical Society in America.
The Theosophical Society - International Headquarters – Pasadena, California.
The Theosophical Society - International Headquarters - Adyar, India.
Theosophical Movement FAQ
AnandGholap - Most Important Books Online on Theosophy.
Articles and Books by Helena Blavatsky and other Theosophists
800 + Theosophical On-line Documents.
Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky?
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was the first person to state that all world religions are from the same source. In the Victorian Age, this statement was heresy.
Critically acclaimed and appearing regularly on Russian television, "Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky?" was produced to vindicate the name and reputation of Helena Blavatsky for the Russian public. Because her writings were in English and censored by the Communist Party, this 1991 production is an important historical work - the first Russian film on her life.
Madame Blavatsky, her sister, cousin and her enemy, Mr. Soloviov - who smeared her name and reputation after her death - are brought to life by great Russian actors in a modern-day confrontation.The award-winning actress Irina Muraviova portrays Blavatsky with an uncanny resemblance to her in both appearance and spirit.
Filming took place in the house where Blavatsky was born as well as in India and a Mongolian Buddhist Monastery where areas and activities seldom witnessed by foreigners were filmed live.
Official Site: Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky?
A film by Karine Dilanyan (49 minutes)
The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky by the Theosophical Society in America.
Blavatsky Study Center - Extensive material on the life, writings & teachings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.
Alternative Link: Blavatsky Study Center.
Articles and Quotes by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.
Friday, 15. February 2008
In Pictures: Maharishi Cremated
Thousands of followers of the Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, have attended his cremation in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.
The Maharishi, thought to have been 91 years old, died in his sleep last week in his home in the Netherlands. (see related entry: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Died)
The Maharishi's followers paid tribute to him over the last weekend, filing past his body which was placed in traditional cross-legged meditation posture, draped in white.
The body was cremated on a pyre by the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, a site revered by Hindus.
Correspondents say some 2,000 followers from other parts of the world joined the crowds. Among them was the filmmaker David Lynch.
"In life, he revolutionised the lives of millions of people," Lynch told the Reuters news agency. "In his passing away he is bringing the West and East together as well."
Devotees of the Maharishi, who is credited with bringing meditation techniques to the West, chanted prayers and hymns during the ceremony in Allahabad, northern India.
The Maharishi's body was prepared according to traditional customs and carried through crowds of people from all over the world.
The cremation took place at the Maharishi's retreat overlooking the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, a holy site in the Hindu religion.
Members of the Maharishi's family lit the funeral pyre, which had been decorated with flower petals and flags.
The ceremony was also watched by leaders - known as rajas - from the Maharishi's group who have vowed to continue his work aiming to bring peace and healing through meditation.
Source: BBC News
Wednesday, 06. February 2008
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The guru who introduced transcendental meditation to the West, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, died at his Dutch home overnight, aides said on Wednesday. He was said to be 91.
The reclusive Indian mystic shot to international prominence when the Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - visited him in the foothills of the Himalayas in 1968 to learn his transcendental meditation techniques.
Film footage of the four Beatles sitting cross-legged and dressed in white robes with garlands of flowers was beamed round the world. Beach Boy Mike Love, singer Donovan and U.S. actress Mia Farrow joined the sessions.
The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, 1968 (02:56)
The Beatles left the course before the end for various reasons, with much media attention given to John Lennon's statement that he left because he came to believe rumors that Maharishi had made sexual advances toward a young woman. According to several John Lennon biographies, the singer/songwriter felt "disappointed and betrayed" by Maharishi, to the extent that when Maharishi asked him why he was leaving the Rishikesh camp, Lennon reportedly snapped, "if you're so bloody enlightened, you should already know why." Paul McCartney and George Harrison disputed the rumors in subsequent interviews.
"His passing is profoundly sad. But I for one, am among the millions who are grateful for what he shared with us," said Love. "We will miss you, but your great light will shine on."
After teaching other 1960s and 70s icons, the Maharishi with the flowing hair and white beard gained a worldwide following and had more than five million people studying his methods.
"His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ... passed away peacefully," his Global Country of World Peace movement said in a statement.
"Maharishi's work is complete. He has done what he set out to do in 1957 -- to lay the foundation for a peaceful world. Now, Maharishi is being welcomed with open arms into heaven."
The Maharishi moved his headquarters to the small southern Dutch village of Vlodrop in 1990. A memorial service will be held there on Thursday before an expected funeral on the Ganges river in India, a spokesman said.
The guru periodically emerged to appeal for funds to promote world peace, building a huge business empire estimated to be worth billions of dollars ranging from real estate dealing to a company selling ayurvedic medicine and cosmetics.
In 2002, he said he could combat world terrorism and war if he could raise $1 billion (510 millin pounds) to train 40,000 expert meditators.
The Maharishi set up universities and schools all over the world and his Natural Law Party -- which promotes yogic flying, a practice that involves sitting in the lotus position and bouncing into the air -- has campaigned in dozens of countries.
Transcendental meditation, known as TM by its followers, involves reciting a mantra that practitioners say helps the mind stay calm even under pressure. It gradually gained medical respect over the decades as the Maharishi challenged Western scientists to investigate its health benefits.
Film director David Lynch, a TM practitioner, said: "It has changed my life, my world. I am not alone. Millions of other people of all ages, religions and walks of life practise the technique and enjoy incredible benefits."
Last month the Maharishi stepped down as head of his organisation and said he would be "retiring into silence".
Born in central India, the Maharishi started studying meditation after completing a degree in physics in 1940. After a retreat in the Himalayas he decided to take his techniques to the world, first visiting the United States in 1959.
According to the TM organisation, the Maharishi's message remained constant: "Life is bliss. Man is born to enjoy. Within everyone is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence, and happiness."
Text source: Reuters
Here is a documentary, aired 2007 on the History Channel, features David Lynch, John Hagelin, Deepak Chopra, Mike Love (The Beach Boys), The Beatles, Donovan, Merv Griffin and more.
Duration: 43 minutes.
-- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Purusha: Part 1 (06:15)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Purusha: Part 2 (08:54)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Purusha: Part 3 (03:51)
BBC Four: Interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Photo Collection:Early photos of Maharishi
Transcript: Larry King interview with Maharishi aired on May 12, 2002 by CNN.
Swami Lakshmanju, Tat Wala Baba, Devraha Baba and others speak on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Stories about Maharishi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Biography and Links
Maharishi official website
Transcendental Meditation official website
Transzendentale Meditation (TM) nach Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Schweiz
Transzendentale Meditation (TM) nach Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Deutschland
Here is a publication entitled 'Beacon Light Of The Himalayas', published in India in late-1955/early-1956.
This is a very scarce book and a book of historical significance, which includes transcripts of several discourses of Maharshi Bala Brahmachari Mahesh, (later known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi महर्षि महेश योगी, letters and speeches in support of his mission, many photographs taken on the occasion of the Kerala Maha Sammelan, October 1955 and an early version of 'Guiding Light' (a short biography of Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati).
See all 168 pages here: Beacon Light of the Himalayas (PDF, 45 MB).
Found on Guru Dev.
Friday, 01. February 2008
The Golden Brush
Zhang Cuiying was born in Shanghai, China on May 13, 1962. She began painting at the age of ten under the guidance of many well known traditional Chinese artists, who helped lay a solid foundation for her in the traditional use of Chinese ink and brush.
Chinese painting has a long history far beyond human written records and it is in many ways like traditional Chinese Qigong, a method of cultivating the mind and body. In traditional Chinese painting, painters are also advised to use Qi (life force energy) with their brushes in a graceful way. They often meditate a lot and have longevity. Zhang’s teachers have all lived more than one hundred years.
Unlike classical Western art which focuses on capturing the details of the subject matter like the interplay of light and color, Chinese traditional art seeks to capture the feelings and nature of the subject matter. Furthermore, Chinese paintings manifest the inner nature of the painter since every brush stroke carries the painter’s own message. Therefore, the painter must have a high standard of virtue and character.
Zhang’s paintings are simple, yet elegant, pure, and divine. She says "Chinese painting is like silent music, that enables one to experience a journey that is rich with vitality."
The Golden Brush - Traditional Chinese Painting by Zhang Cui Ying
Saturday, 22. December 2007
Life on the Other Side: A Psychic’s Tour of the Afterlife
Perhaps the greatest question ever asked is "What happens after we die?" Every human being eventually deals with this question and ponders the mysterious answer. But, until it's our turn to travel to the Other Side, we can't know what we will find. Or can we?
Whether or not you end up believing what she writes, you can't help but come away with food for thought. Most interesting! It left me with a peaceful feeling about the hereafter.
Take a comprehensive "tour" of the afterlife, includes:
the truth about ghosts and hauntings
solving "unsolvable" missing persons cases
how psychic energy can keep people healthy and improve relationships
why we shouldn't fear aging and death
must-read predictions for the new millennium
Life on the Other Side: A Psychic's Tour of the Afterlife by Sylvia Browne & Lindsay Harrison
Publisher: Signet, 2001 | 270 Pages | PDF | 1,1 MB
Sylvia Browne official website
The Society Of Novus Spiritus - Browne's church
Sylvia Brown's Online Talk Show at HayHouseradio. Next show 'Mystical Travelers' on Sunday, December 23, 2007. Free registration required.
Stop Sylvia Browne - a site critical of Sylvia Browne
King of the Paranormal by Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
Sylvia Browne Clock by James Randi from James Randi Educational Foundation.
Her biggest opponent.
Official transcript: Are Psychics Real?, Larry King Live, September 3, 2001.
(Browne and James Randi)
Official transcript: Are Psychics for Real?, Larry King Live, March 6, 2001.
(Browne and John Edward)
Official transcript: Psychic Powers Debunked in Shawn Hornbeck Case, Anderson Cooper, January 19, 2007. (Browne's manager and Randi)
Official transcript: Psychic Psychic Reality Check, Anderson Cooper,
January 30, 2007. (Browne's manager and Randi)
Sunday, 04. November 2007
Sex, The Secret Gate to Eden - Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah
This 75-minute film is a rich tapestry of sacred sex symbolism from around the world, including the Kabbala, Western Europeans alchemy symbols, Tantra, Mayan carvings, Tibetan Buddhism, and various Christian gospels. It is inspiring to see the parallels between these traditions, even if they have been interpreted radically differently over the years.
The film is very hard to describe or summarize. A few technical qualms aside, I found that this documentary was very well done. The topic was treated with the utmost respect, the narration was accessible and tantalizing, and the logical use of so many excerpts, citations, and beautiful works of art from across the globe made every moment a pleasurable and highly informative learning experience.
One symbol traced throughout the film is the theme of the serpent, or double serpent. We learn that the double serpent represents the sexual energy or kundalini of male and female rising in synergistic exchange. The serpent, or sexual energy, can either be raised to reconnect us with the Divine, or used to pursue physical gratification.
The film also distinguishes between three types of tantra: black, gray and white. It explains that black tantra emphasizes orgasmic release, thus leading to cravings and suffering. Gray tantra teaches that some orgasms are appropriate, which puts one on a slippery slope toward black tantra. White tantra, on the other hand, teaches the value of consistently channeling the sexual energy upward where it facilitates union with the Divine. White tantra is the "secret gate to Eden".
'Sex, The Secret Gate to Eden - Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah' was produced by Glorian Publishing (formerly known as Thelema Press) in 2006.
For those of you not familiar with Thelema Press, it is an organization devoted to sharing the teachings of Samael Aun Weor (see below).
Glorian is a non-profit organization translating and publishing the Gnostic books of Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez (March 6, 1917 - December 24, 1977), born in Bogotá, Colombia. He took the spiritual name "Samael Aun Weor", and also referred to himself as "Kalki Avatar". From an early age, he was interested in the occult. He referred to his teachings as the synthesis of all religions, cultures and mysteries. Therefore his writings cite teachings contained within Buddhism, Hinduism, Rosicrucianism, Christianity, Islam (Sufi), Kabbalah, Theosophy, Aztec, Mayan and ancient Egyptian tradition constituting the base of his contemporary Gnosticism.
There are numerous websites in many languages devoted to Samael Aun Weor’s teachings. One is Gnostic Teachings by Glorian features lectures, online courses, discussion forums and more. Glorian has also Gnostic Radio, free audio lectures and podcasts.
Monday, 16. July 2007
Hay House Radio - Radio For The Soul
Hay House Radio - Radio For The Soul
A very, VERY good program!
Wednesday, 11. July 2007
Neville Goddard: Imagining Creates Reality
Neville Goddard Lectures
Neville Goddard see the Bible as a grand metaphor for our personal connection with the Universe. He speaks about imagination, what is prayer and makes a lot of enlightening Bible interpretations. Imagination is his favourite tool for reality creation. A vivid way of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling reality.
Read also this article Searching for Neville Goddard by Mitch Horowitz
Neville Goddard was among the last century’s most articulate and charismatic purveyors of the philosophy generally called New Thought. He wrote ten books under the solitary penname Neville, and was a popular speaker on metaphysical themes from the late 1930s until his death in 1972. Possessed of a self-educated and uncommonly sharp intellect, Neville captured the sheer logic of creative-mind principles as perhaps no other figure of his era.
Monday, 30. April 2007
Discover the Spirit Within: Introduction to Raja Yoga Meditaion
Raja Yoga Meditation is a method of relaxing, refreshing and clearing the mind and heart. It helps you look inside to rediscover and reconnect with your original, spiritual essence. Meditation enables an integration of your spiritual identity with the social and physical realities around you, restoring a functional and healthy balance between your inner and outer worlds.
This 30 minutes film, produced by The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, aims to give some answers to the questions:
Who is God, correct unbiased understanding of god?
Reincarnation - What is Law of Karma, How it affects my life?
What is Raja Yoga Meditaion?
How can I gain lost powers with meditation?
Monday, 16. April 2007
From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only "Peace Pilgrim" walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food." In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all over the world.
3. Find your place in the Life Pattern.
A comprehensive collection of information about the life and message of Peace Pilgrim including her words in writing and audio, images, supportive materials, and links to related web sites. The complete text of the Peace Pilgirm Book and Steps Toward Inner Peace Booklet can be found on the site. Also the newsletters and the Peace Pilgrim calendars.
Peace Pilgrim (1908 - 1981).
This is a powerful documentary about this extraordinary woman, a poetic and musical exploration of her life and message, which is as relevant today as ever. Also included are interviews with Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, John Robbins, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, and many of Peace Pilgrim's friends, admirers, and relatives, along with newsreel footage from the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's, when Peace was on her walk for peace.
An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk
Scripted and edited by Sharon Janis and Night Lotus Productions.
Duration: 65 minutes.