Saturday, 25. October 2008
The Apologetics Index

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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.

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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.


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Category: New Age & New Religion | People & Organisations |




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.


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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!


The Theosophical Society in America - An Illustrated History 1875-2000
(44 minutes)



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.

Further Links:
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.


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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?


Who Are You, Madame Blavatsky
A film by Karine Dilanyan (49 minutes)




Further Links:
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.


Horoscope for Helena Blavatsky:

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Category: Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion | People & Organisations |




Saturday, 22. December 2007
Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary

Shakti Gawain is a pioneer in the field of personal development. For over twenty-five years, she has been a best-selling author and internationally renowned teacher of consciousness. The first book I read was 'Creative Visualization', followed by 'Living in the Light'.

This is an updated New Age classic and a good handbook for those starting their deeper spiritual journey. Well written and easy to understand.

Self-knowledge is vital to success in life and this book helps you begin to learn who you are, truly. Not who you think you are.

She explains our role as channels of energy, and our job is to allow this energy to flow freely through us into the world for positive change. She demonstrates how problems can result from blocking this flow, and shows how dissolving blockages through meditation and other methods can heal and empower us. The book is divided into background theory and practical application.

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Part One describes a set of principles, including:
  • A New Way of Life
  • The Higher Power Within Us
  • Intuition
  • Becoming a Creative Channel
  • Exploring Our Many Selves
  • The World As Our Mirror
  • Spirit And Form
  • The Male And Female Within, and Men And Woman
  • East And West: A New Challenge.


Part Two describes living the principles, including:
  • Trusting Intuition
  • Feelings
  • Balancing Being and Doing
  • Authoritarian and Rebel
  • Relationships
  • Our Children
  • Work and Play
  • Money
  • Heath
  • Your Perfect Body
  • Life and Death
  • Transforming Our World, and A Vision

Shakti's writing style provides a nice blend of ideas, personal experiences, meditations, and exercises. I especially like her call for acceptance and balance in dealing with seeming contradictions in our nature. Much of what she describes I can see in myself and in others. I recommend reading the book to see if there is something of value to you in 'Living in the Light'.

Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation
by Shakti Gawain
New World Library, 1998 (Revised Edition) | 224 pages | PDF | 2,8 MB
Category: Books & Magazines | New Age & New Religion |


Wednesday, 05. December 2007
Video Interview: John Anthony West on Alternative Egypt

Earlier this year, I linked to the Conscious Media Network where you can find a lot of video interviews on consciousness, enlightenment and human potential.
All for FREE.

Now, Conscious Media Network has new interesting video interviews added for December:

First check out the interview with alternative Egyptologist John Anthony West, best known for his theory that the Sphinx was constructed much earlier than as claimed by academia.

John Anthony West: Alternative Egypt (Running time = 31 mins)

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Conscious Media Network has also interviewed:

David Icke on our Future Paradigm (Running time 30 mins).
David gives us insight into his new direction and how he believes we will be operating as a collective species. Essentially, he says that freedom of information brings us paradise. Suppresion of information brings us captivity. Creating a collective consciousness through truthful information will be the route to creating the new matrix, one that is optimistic, life affirming and joyful.

Matthew and Terces Engelhart on Café Gratitude (Running Time = 60 mins)
Café Gratitude (now in several locations) is the love child of Matthew and Terces and is the culmination of a lifetime of conscious living. It is their expression of a world of plenty. Food and people are a celebration of their aliveness and they select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and their customers, as they believe that we are all one and the same.

Dr. Manjir Samanta-Laughton on Punk Science (Running Time = 40 mins)
Punk Science charts the current revolution in science that is arising from rebels around the world and gaining ground. This brave new world is not one devoid of meaning or thought, but one alive with consciousness, where we dance in a field of light imbued with the mind of God. This is not a book of dogmatic religion. Punk Science stays firmly in the domain of logic and of science to demonstrate how the separate fields of science and spirituality are starting to look incredibly similar.

There are more than 100 episodes to see, if you scroll down the site! E.g. Alex Grey on Art and Consciousness, Robert Schoch on the Pyramids, David Icke on The Illuminati, and much more.

Visit Conscious Media Network by Regina & Scott Meredith.
It's well worth take the time to browse around ...
Category: Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion |


Wednesday, 05. September 2007
Conscious Media Network Video Podcast

Earlier this year, I linked to the Conscious Media Network where you can find a lot of video interviews on consciousness, enlightenment and human potential. All for FREE.

Now, Conscious Media Network has new video interviews added for September:

Now we know that for some people, the subject of Crop Circles raises eyebrows and even a few giggles. After watching this interview, I doubt there will be anyone who could say this is the subject of hallucination or fantasy, there is just too much information documented to disprove them.

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Freddy Silva

Freddy Silva: Crop Circles - Hard Evidence (Running time 30 mins)


We have interviewed Gary Schwartz before on the subject of Mediums and life after death. In this interview, Gary talks not only about the notion of Self Science but backs it up with a remarkable story about Ravens.

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Dr. Gary E. R. Schwartz

Gary Schwartz: Self Science (Running time 43 mins)

For the September see and listen also:

Sai Maa on Humanity in Unity. Her Holiness Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi has become the first woman ever bestowed the title of Jagadguru Bhaktimayi Meera Bai in the five thousand year history of the Vaishnav Saint Society on January 22, 2007 at the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Prayag, India. 'Jagatguru' is the highest title that can be received, and it means Master of the Universe.

Mark Abadi on Stillness. It is Mark's ultimate desire to push forward the boundaries of modern psychological and physiological understanding of integrated health and wellbeing. With a traditional and non traditional scientific training he has the ability to bridge the gap between science and spirituality, connecting the 'dots' of all maverick scientists and healers with those of a more traditional nature for the advancement of Humanity.


There are more than 100 episodes to see, if you scroll down the site! E.g. Alex Grey on Art and Consciousness, Robert Schoch on the Pyramids, John Anthony West on Egypt and early civilizations, David Icke on The Illuminati, and much more.

Check it out at Conscious Media Network by Regina & Scott Meredith.
Category: Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion |


Wednesday, 22. August 2007
Richard Dawkins - The Enemies of Reason

Brand new stuff today!

Here you can watch both parts of Prof Richard Dawkins' new documentary "The Enemies of Reason" - following on from his attack on religion, "The Root of All Evil", in book form "The God Delusion" - sold a million copies (!). In his new television series he sets his sights at the whole new age carnival, including astrology, tarot, psychics, homeopathy and other 'gullibiligy'.

Dawkins is horrified that 25% of the British public has some belief in astrology – more than in any one established religion – and that more newspaper column inches are devoted to horoscopes than to science.
The gullible age by The Sunday Times.

Now the evolutionary biologist has turned his wrath on "new age" alternative therapies, describing them as based on "irrational superstition". Prof Dawkins says that alternative remedies constitute little more than a "money-spinning, multi-million pound industry that impoverishes our culture and throws up new age gurus who exhort us to run away from reality".
New age therapies cause 'retreat from reason' by The Telegraph.

So how many of these practitioners are crooks? “The psychics, I think, mostly are,” he says. “But with one spiritualist I couldn’t make out if he was a charlatan or not. It’s possible that they sort of know that they’re cold-reading, but they still think it’s the spirits channelling through them.”
Richard Dawkins and the New Age fakers by The Times.

My view:

I consider myself a skeptic towards paranormal phenomena in general. However, I like to believe that there are things in this universe that transcend science. Things that cannot be measured or tested. The world and the universe would grow terribly dull if everything could be explained. If everything could be tested, measured and listed in tables, figures and proven in various experiments.

It is true that scientific medicine has raised our life span. I don't believe this means that all alternative medicine is useless. And I don't see the alternative medical community as being at war with the mainstream medical community at all.

Of course, there are a lot of charlatans out there who will take advantage of the people and frauds who scam people out of their money. But there are also true mediums with a genuine gift.

However - surprisingly good TV and very interesting, includes interviews with Steve Fuller, Deepak Chopra, Satish Kumar, and Derren Brown.
You decide!


Part 1, aired on Channel 4, 13 Aug 2007:
Prof Richard Dawkins tackles the epidemic of irrational, superstitious thinking which is blotting the light of logic and evidence. After garnering tips on psychics' entirely earthly trade secrets from the illusionist Derren Brown, Dawkins attends a seance and confronts the medium. Time and again, the interviewees appeal to personal revelation or second-hand anecdote to justify their belief. -- Channel 4

Slaves to Superstition (48 minutes)



Part 2, aired on Channel 4, 20 Aug 2007:
Prof Richard Dawkins looks at how health has become a battleground between reason and superstition. A third of us now spend a total of over 1.6 billion a year on superstitious alternative remedies, but 80% of them have never been subjected to properly conducted trials. -- Channel 4

The Irrational Health Service (48 minutes)



Related Entry:
Richard Dawkins - The Root of All Evil?
Category: Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion |


Wednesday, 04. July 2007
The Mormons

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest-growing religions and, relative to its size, one of the richest. Church membership, now at over 12 million and growing, sweeps the globe. But from the moment of its founding in 1830, the church has been controversial. Within a month, it had 40 converts and almost as many enemies. In the early years, Mormons were hated, ridiculed, persecuted and feared. Yet in the past several decades, the Mormon church has transformed itself from a fringe sect into a thriving religion that embraces mainstream American values; its members include prominent and powerful politicians, university presidents and corporate leaders.

An exploration into the epic story of one of the most powerful, feared and misunderstood religions in American history.
The Mormons by FRONTLINE.

Watch the Full Program Online
240 minutes / Streaming Windows Media & Quicktime Formats

Category: Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion |


Thursday, 22. March 2007
The Book of Life

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Alesha Sivartha was a medical doctor, artist, lecturer and a deeply spiritual man. His writings and drawings speak clearly of his conviction in the oneness of Body and Mind, in the oneness of our Physical and Spiritual Constitutions.

The twelve chapters in The Book of Life correspond with Sivartha's twelve aspects of a well rounded human being. Almost all of his theories and mind maps boil down to the number Twelve (12). If his mind maps make your brain spin, refer back to this Table of Contents for clarification on his twelve fundamental themes. It was Dr. Sivartha's hope that all people of all ages would integrate one hour of our daily activities with the learning and practice of each of these twelve subjects.


The Book of Life is at once Scientific and Biblical: Evolutionist, Creationist, Messianic, and Spiritualist. All woven together to create a fascinating mixture of ancient and modern points of view. His father was a Hindu, his mother a Unitarian, and Sivartha believed that Science could finally answer the Deepest Mysteries to prove Religion. The Book of Life is Dr. Alesha Sivartha's record of such Discoveries from 1859 to 1878. Some might call it Biblical Humanism with a Judaic twist; others call it Theosophy.

Whispers With Sivartha is the dream child of one of Sivartha's rare non-Christian descendents, his great-great-grandson, a California Buddhist with Spiritualist tendencies. Even so, I hope to distill practical ways for people of all faiths to live The Book of Life in this modern day.

-- Don Ross, June 2005.

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The Book of Life by by Dr. Alesha Sivartha (1834-1915).

An Homage by Don Ross to his great-great-grandfather Alesha Sivartha. Amply illustrations of anatomical maps, mostly brain-based.



In 2004 a rare books publishing company reprinted Sivartha's 7th, final and largest edition of The book of life: The spiritual and physical constitution of man. Since 2005 available as a reprint at Amazon.

Category: Books & Magazines | New Age & New Religion |


Tuesday, 06. February 2007
Conscious Media Network


A preview of an interview with author Graham Hancock on Shamanism (full interview freely available at Conscious Media), done shortly after the release of his book Supernatural.


Here you can find a lot of free video interviews on consciousness, enlightenment and human potential. From the practical to the mystical.

Conscious Media Network by Regina & Scott Meredith.

This is a journey you can take at your own pace in the safety of your own home. It may not always be comfortable and some of you may find the material challenging or somewhat disturbing, but it will always be enlightening. There are so many fascinating people here that we feel sure you will find something that makes you wonder. Whatever your interest, we hope there will be material here that you'll find inspiring and engaging; and some that will cause you to 'question everything'.

All the interviews are available for immediate viewing right here on the website, totally FREE, along with our selection of conscious movies, music, radio, videos and articles. There is even a video podcast so you can download them to your computer to play at full screen, burn onto DVD to show your friends or convert them so they play on your video iPod - great for long journeys or for listening to on your daily commute.
Category: Meditation & Mind | Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion |


Friday, 25. August 2006
Auroville - Matrimandir - The soul of the city

Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.

The city-in-the-making is located on the Coromandel Coast in south India. It draws its inspiration from the vision and work of the renowned Indian seer and spiritual visionary, Sri Aurobindo. His spiritual collaborator, The Mother, founded the township in 1968.


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Auroville is a place, for more than 36 years, an increasing number of people from all over the world have been quietly and painstakingly working on the construction of a new township, a new way of living, a new way of being. Something is being attempted here for the benefit of all.
"Man is a transitional being, he is not final. Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature," observes Sri Aurobindo. "There is something that he is not yet which he has to be; he is reaching always towards the something yet unrealised; his whole life and nature is a preparation, an endeavour of Nature towards what is beyond him."
Auroville is to be a major vehicle of this evolutionary thrust and, eventually, a platform for transformation.


The Vision
In terms of physical development, Auroville aims at becoming a model of the 'city of the future' or 'the city the earth needs'. It wants to show the world that future realisations in all fields of work will allow us to build beautiful cities where people sincerely looking towards a more harmonious future will want to live.

The City of the Future

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There are twelve gardens surrounding the structure, converging around it in the huge petal crown from which the Matrimandir arises.

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In 1969, when discussing the gardens, the Mother indicated that they would have to be of such quality and beauty that people visiting them would experience, physically and concretely, the significance of each garden: "One must know how to move from consciousness to consciousness."


Garden names: Existence, Consciousness, Bliss, Light, Life, Power, Wealth, Utility, Progress, Youth, Harmony and Perfection.

The Garden

The Mother said: "Let it not become a religion. The failure of religions is... because they were divided. They wanted people to be religious to the exclusion of other religions, and every branch of knowledge has been a failure because it has been exclusive. What the new consciousness wants (it is on this that it insists) is: no more divisions. To be able to understand the spiritual extreme, the material extreme, and to find the meeting point, the point where that becomes a real force."

Welcome to Matrimandir - The Soul of the City (Homepage)

Photographs by
Luigi “Bumshiva” Fedele: Matrimandir - A Living Soul.

Check also the rest of this site. Some good material about Sri Aurobindo and
The Mother.

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Ein paar deutsche Seiten:
Matrimandir - Achim B. Kunst.
Ein Artikel von Renate Börger: Auroville - eine Vision in Arbeit.
Die Übermenschen von Pondicherry - von Richard Beiderbeck.
Category: Buildings & Places | New Age & New Religion |


Thursday, 15. June 2006
Rastafari / Rastafarianism

In den dreißiger Jahren formte sich auf Jamaika eine Gemeinschaft, die der Überzeugung war, der 1930 in Äthiopien zum Kaiser gekrönte Ras Tafari Makkonen sei der lebende Gott auf Erden. Auf diesen Mann hin nannten sie sich Rastafaris, Rastas oder ähnlich. Sie führen ihre Geschichte zurück auf den israelischen Stamm Juda, König David, König Salomon und sehen sich als die wahren Israeliten, das biblische Volk Gottes.

Es bildeten sich verschiedene Rasta-Kommunen, die teils Organisationen, Sekten und Kirchen gründeten, wie z.B. die "Rastafarian Brethen United Front" oder die "United Curch of Rastafari". Einige gründeten die Zeitung "Rasta-Voice", andere ernannten sich selbst zu Sprechern der Bewegung und wieder andere lehnten das Gründen von Organisationen gänzlich ab.

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Rastafari Revolution von René Jäger. (German)
Eine vielschichte Rastafari Site. Mit Grundlagen, Literatur, Rastaart und Ital Food.

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Die Tatsache, daß es fast nur englischsprachige Literatur über Rastafari gibt, hat mich dazu bewogen, einige wichtige Texte über das Thema zu übersetzen. Die Übersetzungen und Artikel sind unter Teachings zu finden. Einige Downloads mit mehr oder weniger wichtigen Dokumenten rund um das Thema und darüber hinaus werden ebenfalls bereitgestellt. Seit kurzem existiert auch eine kleine Auflistung von Literatur.

Rastafari.de (German)

Übersetzungen einiger Kerntexte und Interviews.


Eine weitere Seite mit deutsche Übersetzungen von Reden Haile Selassies und andere wichtige Dokumente: Rastafari-Archiv von RasRahim. (German)

Rastafarianismus aus emanzipatorischer Sicht oder: Warum coole Kids keinen Reggae hören! Eine linke Kolumne von Crustpunk.de. (German)

Rastafari is a young, Africa-centred religion which developed in Jamaica in the 1930s, following the coronation of Haile Selassie I as King of Ethiopia in 1930. Rastafarians believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile as the result of colonisation and the slave trade. Rastafari theology developed from a prophecy allegedly made by Marcus Garvey, a political activist who wanted to improve the status of fellow blacks.
"Look to Africa for the crowning of a king to know your redemption is near."
Marcus Garvey, 1927 (attributed)

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Rastafari became internationally visible when Reggae music took off in the 1960s. The faith spread beyond Jamaica and can now be found in Europe, the USA, Africa, Australasia and Canada.
There are approximately one million world wide adherents of Rastafari as a faith, but probably many more people class themselves as Rastafarians in a social sense rather than in a religious one.


All about Rastafari by BBC. (English)
Check out the related links on the right side, like Life as a Rasta woman by Margaret Polack.
Being a Rastafarian means different things to different people. As for me, being a Rasta woman means that I am ordained by God to emanate his will here on earth and to keep the 10 commandments.
Faith is hope in the unseen, to know that the Lord Almighty God will never let us down come what may. When we are in need of peace, strength, courage and solutions, if we have faith and do his will he will never fail us.

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Rastafarians have developed a unique language and outward appearance, best exemplified by the dreadlock Hairstyle. Rastafarians also have placed a high value on smoking marijuana (ganja), which is used for meditation and to reflect completely on the word of Jah. Rasta has never been strictly defined, but it continues to exist it pockets all over the world, though mainly in Jamaica. The demise and common man's death of Haile Selassie in 1974 discouraged some believers, and Rastafarians have never been liked by the authorities due to its endorsement of marijuana and its excitation of violence. Nevertheless, Rastafarians continue to follow the word of Jah: "ever-loving, ever-fearful, ever-sure as Selassie I the First."

The Essence of Rastafarianism by Pat Hartman. (English)

Well-written site explaining basic Rasta ideas.


Besides an introduction and the basic belief system of Rastafari this site has a brief comparison to the religions of Rastafari to Christianity and Judaism, an article many Rastafarians Refer to as the Prohecy by Marcus Garvey, and much about H.I.M. Haile Selassie. Further learn more about Rastafarian use of Marijuana (Ganja) and other symbols and about the origins of dreadlocks & the use of it by some for monetary. Also where is Rastafari going and what are some of the trends. And much more.

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Rastafari by Jamaican.com. (English)
Category: New Age & New Religion |


Sunday, 07. May 2006
Falun Gong’s Challenge to China

This documentary is an insider report on a spiritual practice that has become the target of a massive political crackdown by the Chinese government. It is a timely story of repression and resistance inside the world's fastest growing spiritual movement.



This streaming video takes 56 minutes 59 seconds.
Produced by Globalvision.

For more information see related entry Falun Gong - Falun Dafa.
(English & German)

Unfortunately, this video has some mistakes. Sometimes the footage is not compatible with the audio. However the content is worth it to hear the clip ...
Category: Meditation & Mind | Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion | People & Organisations |


Tuesday, 02. May 2006
Hugo Stamm’s Blog

Hugo Stamm, Redaktor des Zürcher "Tages-Anzeigers", ist einer der Pioniere und bekanntesten Schweizer Experten im Bereich der Sektenprävention. Er hat zu dieser Thematik auch mehrere Bücher geschrieben.

Seit einer Weile betreibt er einen Blog, den ich ab und an verfolge. Dort geht es neben Sekten auch um Esoterik allgemein, Aberglaube, Islam, Scientology und anderes mehr. Alles wird rege diskutiert in Form von Kommentaren.

Nicht alles - aber sehr vieles - was Hugo Stamm schreibt hat etwas für sich. Natürlich wird er oft kritisiert, meist von Leuten, welche zu wenig über die jeweilige Sache informiert sind (ausser er ist wirklich mal daneben ...). Ich finde es gut, dass jemand im riesigen Bereich "Esoterik" auch kritische Fragen stellt, Hintergründe aufzeigt, auf Gefahren hinweist, gegen den Missbrauch kämpft - und das macht Hugo.

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Zudem greift er immer wieder Themen auf, über die ich selber gerne nachdenke. Reinschauen lohnt sich: Hugo Stamm's Blog. (German)

Ausserdem veröffentlicht er seine Zeitungsartikel auch im Internet:
Sekten-Kolumnen. (German)

Und hier ein gutes Interview: Esoterikboom & Sinnsuche - Spiritueller Ausverkauf unter dem Deckmantel der Esoterik. Hugo Stamm nimmt das Phänomen kritisch unter die Lupe. (German)
Category: New Age & New Religion | People & Organisations |


Sunday, 16. April 2006
The New Age - A Pathway to Paradise?

This documentary gives an objective, behind-the-scenes look at the New Age Movement. The video contains interviews with well-known New Age leaders like David Spangler and Benjamin Creme, as well as interviews with leading Christian authorities on the New Age like Dave Hunt, Constance Cumbey and Martin and Diedre Bobgan.

The video takes you into the center of some New Age activities and examines many New Age ideas from holisitc health, yoga, hypnosis and trancendental meditation to New Age education practices, global government and the human potential movment.

Even though this video is from 1983 the content obtains till this day. And it's a piece of history.



This streaming video takes 1 hour 47 minutes.

Produced by WCFC TV in Chicago.
Category: Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion |


Sunday, 26. February 2006
Chuang Yen Monastery Tour

Take a tour of this unique monastery in New York, USA, where the largest statue of Lord Buddha resides indoors. This is the largest in entire Western Hemisphere.

See for yourself how beautiful it is ...



This streaming video takes 29 minutes 20 seconds.
Produced by Amolak Sehgal.
Category: Monks & Ascets | Movies & TV | New Age & New Religion | Religion & Early Cultures |


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