Jainism A Guide for the Perplexed

Jainism  A Guide for the Perplexed

path. of. knowledge”. and. Buddhism. Between 900 and 500 bce a new genre of Hindu literature was composed: the Upanis ̇ads of the jña ̄nama ̄rga (“the path of knowledge”).17 The Upanis ̇ads advocated beliefs, values, and practices that ...

Author: Sherry Fohr

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474227551

Category: Religion

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Jainism is arguably the most non-violent and austere religion in the world. While lay Jains attempt to never harm humans or animals, the strict non-violence followed by the highly revered monks and nuns also proscribes harm to any living being, even a microscopic organism. And while laywomen (and a few laymen) undergo long and difficult fasts, the longest being for one month, renouncers' austerities also include pulling their hair out by the roots two to five times a year, walking bare-foot throughout India most of the year, and, in the case of some monks, not wearing any clothing at all. Jainism: A Guide for the Perplexed is a clear and thorough account of this fascinating tradition, explaining many basic Jain values, beliefs and practices in the same way they are taught to Jains themselves, through the medium of sacred narratives. Drawing from Jainism's copious and influential narrative tradition, the author explores the inner-logic of how renouncers' and laypeople's values and practices depend on an intricate Jain worldview.
Categories: Religion

Creative Victory

Creative Victory

energy level comes on par with the importance of what they know ; energy tends to be cumulative , and if warriors follow an impeccable path , a moment will come one day when their memories will open up . KNOWLEDGE - CLAIMING - POWER- ...

Author: Tomas

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 0877288534

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 198

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Millions of readers around the world have been captivated by the writings of Carlos Casteneda. Now Tomas speaks to the compelling heart of that collective work through an inspirational commentary on the Toltec process of power.
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Texts in Context

Texts in Context

The path of devotion is superior , ' ' says Vallabha , because " on the path of knowledge the senses and the power of action are fruitless . ' Although Vallabha does not reject the path of knowledge , he clearly subordinates it .

Author: Jeffrey R. Timm

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791407969

Category: Religion

Page: 324

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The major religious traditions of South Asia are ‘religions of the book’. All accept basic arrays of texts of scriptures, often seen as sacred reservoirs of meaning and power. The West has viewed these texts as ‘bibles’ of their respective traditions, projecting onto them Western values and concerns. This book challenges such misconceptions by revealing the complex character of scripture and its interpretation in South Asian religions. Texts in Context explores the hermeneutical traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, and Sikhism. The question of how we should understand the diversity of text-traditions is approached by asking “How have traditional thinkers — the exegetes within these traditions —understood and utilized scripture?” The answers, though remarkably diverse, do reveal important similarities and take the discussion of scripture in India to a deeper level. This book makes accessible to the non-specialist sensibilities and approaches that have previously received little attention in the West, but have formed the basis for traditional efforts to understand and utilize scripture. It is a collaboration between contemporary thinkers and their traditional counterparts, whose voices emerge as they consider the sacred words of the religious traditions of South Asia.
Categories: Religion

Coming To Public Judgment

Coming To Public Judgment

10 The path of knowledge ( " the unshaken heart of well - rounded truth " ) is exalted , whereas the path of opinion is that along which the crowd wanders ignorantly , befuddled , helpless , deaf and dumb , without discernment .

Author: Daniel Yankelovich

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815602545

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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In his most important book to date, Daniel Yankelovich, the dean of American public research, offers a prescription for strengthening the public's hand in its silent power struggle with the experts.
Categories: Political Science

The Theory of the Knowledge Square The Fuzzy Rational Foundations of the Knowledge Production Systems

The Theory of the Knowledge Square  The Fuzzy Rational Foundations of the Knowledge Production Systems

production of knowledge with information as an input and decision-choice modules as a technical processor. ... The path of knowledge search is the same in that the knowing activities take place in the same epistemological space that ...

Author: Kofi Kissi Dompere

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783642311192

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 212

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The monograph is about a meta-theory of knowledge-production process and the logical pathway that connects the epistemic possibility to the epistemic reality. It examines the general conditions of paradigms for information processing and isolates the classical and fuzzy paradigms for comparative analysis. The sets of conditions that give rise to them are defined, stated and analyzed to abstract the corresponding sets of laws of thought. The fuzzy paradigm with its corresponding logic and mathematics is related to inexact symbolism for the defective information structure where the results of the knowledge production must satisfy the epistemic conditionality, composed of fuzzy conditionality and fuzzy-stochastic conditionality under the principle of logical duality with continuum. The classical paradigm with its corresponding logic and mathematics is related to exact symbolism for exact information structure where the vagueness component of the defectiveness is assumed away, and where the results of the knowledge production must satisfy no epistemic conditionality or at the maximum only the stochastic conditionality under the principle of logical dualism with excluded middle. It is argued that the epistemic path that links ontological space to the epistemological space is information. The ontological space is taken as the primary category of reality while the epistemological space is shone to be a derivative. Such information is universally defective and together with assumptions imposed guides the development of paradigms with their laws of thought, logic of reasoning, mathematics and computational techniques. The relational structure is seen in terms of logical trinity with a given example as matter-information-energy transformational trinity which is supported by the time trinity of past-present-future relationality. The book is written for professionals, researchers and students working in philosophy of science, decision-choice theories, economies, sciences, computer science, engineering, cognitive psychology and researchers working on, or interested in fuzzy paradigm, fuzzy logic, fuzzy decisions, and phenomena of vagueness and ambiguities, fuzzy mathematics, fuzzy-stochastic processes and theory of knowledge. It is further aimed at research institutions and libraries. The subject matter belongs to extensive research and development taking place on fuzzy phenomena and the debate between the fuzzy paradigm and the classical paradigm relative to informatics, synergetic science and complexity theory. The book will have a global appeal and across disciplines. Its strength, besides the contents, is the special effort that is undertaken to make it relevant and accessible to different areas of sciences and knowledge production.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Hermeneutics and Truth

Hermeneutics and Truth

The ideal of knowledge that is determined through the concept of method consists in pacing out a path of knowledge so consciously that it is always possible to retrace one's steps. Metho- dos means the path of repeated investigation ...

Author: Brice R. Wachterhauser

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810111189

Category: Philosophy

Page: 255

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The claim that all human thought involves "interpretation," that all human thought is in some way relative to a contingent context of cognitive, theoretical, practical, and aesthetic considerations, has become widely accepted, but waht we understand by "truth" and how we should best pursue it are questions raised with renewed force once a hermeneutical starting point has been embraced. Brice R. Wachterhauser's collection Hermeneutics and Truth is an attempt to contribute to this concersation. No thinkers have wrestled with the issue of truth and interpretation in more illuminating ways for the Continental tradition of philosophy than Heidegger and Gadamer. Hermeneutics and Truth is a dual focus on Heidegger and Gadamer, but it concentrates primarily on Gadamer's efforts to think through the issue of truth for hermeneutics and only secondaily on Heidegger's thought on this issue.
Categories: Philosophy

Gospel of the Open Road

Gospel of the Open Road

Without the sturdiness and level-headedness of the warrior's way there is no possibility of withstanding the path of knowledge. 15 In the language of Tantra, the hero must have a sadhana, a path of discipline, understanding, ...

Author: Robert C. Gordon

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595158003

Category: Religion

Page: 492

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Gospel of the Open Road reclaims Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Henry David Thoreau as America’s spiritual birthright. It rescues them from literary history, and reveals them in their true light: as democracy’s prophets of the soul. Emerson, Whitman, and Thoreau were religious seers who developed a new form of spirituality, and Gospel of the Open Road explains, in scholarly yet passionate fashion, the deep wisdom that is their enduring legacy. It presents them as a viable spiritual path for those who do not belong, and do not want to belong, to any organized religion.But this book does more. It draws fascinating parallels between the new spirituality taught by Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau and ancient spiritual wisdom as found in shamanism, Goddess worship, Tantra, Taoism, Confucianism, Vajrayana and Zen Buddhism, and Hinduism. This book is an evocative synthesis of humanity’s most venerable spiritual wisdom and the most modern of philosophical, social, psychological, political, scientific, and Humanistic concepts. It traces the New Age spiritual revolution to its source in Emerson, Whitman, and Thoreau, and explains how to apply their spiritual teachings to our everyday life here on Earth.
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The Astral H D

The Astral H D

The esoteric tradition represents one of two rival initiatory paths toward reintegration3: the path of knowledge (via nahash and gnosis) and the path of faith. The latter is followed through conventional religion, as exemplified by the ...

Author: Matte Robinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628924190

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Modernist poet H.D. had many visionary and paranormal experiences throughout her life. Although Sigmund Freud worried that they might be 'symptoms,' she rebelled, educating herself in the alternative world of the occult and spiritualism in order to transform the raw material into a mythical autobiography woven throughout her poetry, prose, and life-writing. The Astral H.D. narrates the fascinating story of how she used the occult to transform herself, and provides surprising revelations about her friendships and conflicts with famous figures-such as Sigmund Freud and the Battle of Britain War Hero Hugh Dowding-along the way.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Well of Remembrance

The Well of Remembrance

FIRST OF the three great Odinic paths of knowledge is related in the story of his selfsacrifice on the World Tree and his discovery of the mysterious runes. One could say this is the path of sorcerers, shamans, and soothsayers—those who ...

Author: Ralph Metzner

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834829312

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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In his introduction to The Well of Remembrance, author Ralph Metzner provides a telling explanation of the theme of his work: "This book explores some of the mythic roots of the Western worldview, the worldview of the culture that, for better and worse, has come to dominate most of the rest of the world's peoples. This domination has involved not only economic and political systems but also values, basic attitudes, religious beliefs, language, scientific understanding, and technological applications. Many individuals, tribes, and nations are struggling to free themselves from the residues of the ideological oppression practiced by what they see as Eurocentric culture. They seek to define their own ethnic or national identities by referring to ancestral traditions and mythic patterns of knowledge. At this time, it seems appropriate for Europeans and Euro-Americans likewise to probe their own ancestral mythology for insight and self-understanding." Focusing on the mythology and worldview of the pre-Christian Germanic tribes of Northern Europe, Metzner offers a meaningful exploration of Western ancestry.
Categories: Social Science

The Instruction

The Instruction

By taking the path of Respect, he conferred its advantage, dignity, upon her. And since all paths are reciprocal, he, in turn, dignified himself rather than slipping into the risk, which is disrespect. The Path of Knowledge Advantage: ...

Author: Ainslie MacLeod

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781591798897

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Have you ever sensed that your life has a deeper, more meaningful purpose, but you don't know what it is? If so, you're not alone. To help you and the millions like you, psychic Ainslie MacLeod's spirit guides have given him a systematic approach to uncovering who you really are—and the life your soul has planned for. They call it The Instruction. Now, for the first time, this unique teaching is offered as a step-by-step program for realizing personal fulfillment. The Instruction will take you through 10 doorways to unveil the life plan your soul created before you were even born, including: Your Soul Age—Determining how it shapes your beliefs and behaviors Your Soul Type—Are you a Hunter? Thinker? Creator? What your Soul Type reveals about your true self Your Powers—Connecting fully and permanently with your spirit guides to create your destiny Your Talents—Using your past lives to enhance the present By taking you on a journey beyond this plane, Ainslie MacLeod uses a groundbreaking system to help you unlock the secrets of your soul's purpose, and illuminate the path of your life with The Instruction.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit