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Readers of books still exist, so it is time to have a topic on the subject.

This first one was a gift to me The Descent of the Gods: The Mystical Writings of G.W. Russell-A.E.. Always admired this mystic, artist, thinker and worker for brotherhood. Since AE was a member of the TS and steeped in Theosophy, like many Irish in and around Dublin of the 1880s, the fact that this 770+pp book was compiled by two theosophists is proper.

The Iyers have a good 80pp Introduction to AE's life, writings and mysticism. This online shop, (unless you live in MI) just got several copies in good condition. It is in hardback, Colin Smythe 1988.

Check out their site - https://www.wizardsbookshelf.com

Contents of his best known mystic writing, Candle of Vision, which is the first text in the compilation.
CONTENTS

Preface

Retrospect
The Earth Breath
The Slave Of The Lamp
Meditation
The Many-Coloured Land
Analytic
The Mingling Of Natures
The Memory Of Earth
Imagination
Dreams
The Architecture Of Dream
Have Imaginations Body?
Intuition
The Language Of The Gods
Ancient Intuitions
Power
The Memory Of The Spirit
Celtic Cosmogony
The Celtic Imagination
Earth
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I think of earth as the floor of a cathedral where altar and Presence are
everywhere. This reverence came to me as a boy listening to the voice of
birds one coloured evening in summer, when suddenly birds and trees
and grass and tinted air and myself seemed but one mood or
companionship, and I felt a certitude that the same spirit was in all. A
little breaking of the barriers and being would mingle with being.
Whitman writes of the earth that it is rude and incomprehensible at first.
"But I swear to you," he cries, "that there are divine things well hidden."
Yet they are not so concealed that the lover [of Earth] may not discover them...

So the lover of Earth obtains his reward,
and little by little the veil is lifted of an inexhaustible
beauty and majesty. It may be he will be tranced in some spiritual
communion, or will find his being overflowing into the being of the
elements, or become aware that they are breathing their life into his own.

Or Earth may become on an instant all faery to him, and earth and air
resound with the music of its invisible people. Or the trees and rocks
may waver before his eyes and become transparent, revealing what
creatures were hidden from him by the curtain, and he will know as the
ancients did of dryad and hamadryad, of genii of wood and mountain.

Or earth may suddenly blaze about him with supernatural light in some
lonely spot amid the hills, and he will find he stands as the prophet in a
place that is holy ground, and he may breathe the intoxicating
exhalations as did the sibyls of old.

Or his love may hurry him away in dream to share in
deeper mysteries, and he may see the palace chambers
of nature where the wise ones dwell in secret, looking out over the
nations, breathing power into this man's heart or that man's brain, on
any who appear to their vision to wear the colour of truth.
From Candle of Vision, Earth chapter.
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Stephen C Meyer's latest big idea, in book form, is explored in this one hour interview with Peter Robinson:

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Cynical Theories is too dry & dull for many, but the content is clarity itself:

https://medium.com/curious/in-defense-o ... 5c226c797a
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Ten Global Trends

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An amazing, surprising and encouraging book, hope everyone reads it:

https://www.cato.org/books/ten-global-t ... hould-know
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A five minute review of Ten Global Trends:

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Re: Light from Many Lamps

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Since its original publication in 1951, Light from Many Lamps has established itself as
a classic work of inspiration. Now available in 1988 for the first time in paperback, Lillian
Eichler Watson's treasury can be shared with new generations.

Here are not only the best of the world's most inspiring thoughts and ideas, but
the stories behind them: how they came to be written and what their impact has
been on others. Light from Many Lamps is not only a storehouse of inspired and
inspiring reading; it is a collection of brief, stimulating biographies as well. There
are selections from John Burroughs, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth
Barrett Browning, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William Cullen Bryant,
Mary Pickford, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Shakespeare, Hippocrates, Saint
Paul, Confucius, Henry David Thoreau, plus many others.

Light from Many Lamps represents years of research and preparation, the
culmination of a lifetime's ambition. It is a carefully planned, skillfully integrated
guide to happier, more confident living... and every quotation, however brief,
offers invaluable insight and guidance on the challenges of daily life:

• Happiness and the enjoyment of living
• Faith and inner calm
• Courage and the conquest of fear
• Confidence and achievement
• Self-discipline and the development of character
• Personality and relationship to others
• Peace of heart and mind
• Love and family life
• Contentment in later years
• Hope for the future

Light from Many Lamps is a distillation of the greatest thoughts, ideas and
philosophies that have been handed down to us through the ages. It is a book of
infinite richness and abiding values—to turn to over and over again, as to a friend;
a book of moral, spiritual and ethical guidance—an unfailing source of comfort
and inspiration for all.
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Watson's Introduction begins like so:
WE WHO live today stand at the apex of a vast pyramid of human
development, slowly accumulated through the many long struggling
generations of the past. We are the heirs of all that has ever
been accomplished, all that man has ever done to improve himself
and the world in which he lives. We are the heirs of all that man
has ever dreamed, thought out, fought and died for—all that he has
eloquently written or expressed and left behind for the guidance
of future generations.

Today when we face what is probably the greatest challenge history
has ever known—today when millions of people are troubled,
uncertain, and confused—the rich deposits of inspiration left by
preceding generations take on a new and vital significance. There
has never been a time when people were more desperately in need
of faith and hope, of courage and peace of mind, of standards and
ideals by which to live, and above all an abiding belief in the
future and in the progress of mankind. There has never been a
time when the tried and tested philosophies of the past were more
urgently needed to give perspective and understanding—to give
people something to cling to, something on which to build the
strong, firm structure of their own lives.

But where in the staggering wealth of ideas and ideals that have
come down from the past can you find exactly the help, the guidance,
and the inspiration you need today? Where in the thousands
upon thousands of books, papers, and records which preserve and
transmit the best that man has ever written or spoken are you likely
to find the words that can mean most to you now, that can have
the greatest impact and influence on your daily life?

The purpose of Light from Many Lamps is to help meet this
need. It brings the highlights of man's enormous inspirational heritage
within the compass of a single volume. Here is the winnowed
best of the most brilliant and constructive thinking of all times,
past and present, selected to meet the needs and problems of today.
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The first of Watson's ten areas of life is Happiness. Here is John Burroughs (d. 1921), naturalist & poet on happiness:
It is often said that a contented mind is the first condition of happiness,
but what is the first condition of a contented mind? You will be
disappointed when I tell you what this all-important thing is—it is so
common, so near at hand, and so many people have so much of it and
yet are not happy. They have too much of it, or else the kind that is
not best suited to them.

What is the best thing for a stream? It is to keep moving.
If it stops, it stagnates. So the best thing for a man is
that which keeps the currents going—the physical, the moral, and the
intellectual currents. Hence the secret of happiness is—something to
do; some congenial work. Take away the occupation of all men, and
what a wretched world it would be!

Few persons realize how much of their happiness is dependent
upon their work, upon the fact that they are kept busy and not left
to feed upon themselves. Happiness comes most to persons who seek
her least, and think least about it. It is not an object to be sought; it is
a state to be induced. It must follow and not lead. It must overtake
you, and not you overtake it. How important is health to happiness,
yet the best promoter of health is something to do.
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Seneca has a little different view of happiness:
True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man;
to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future;
not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied
with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient; for he that is so
wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us, and
within our reach; but we shut our eyes and, like people in the dark,
fall foul of the very thing we search for without finding it. Tranquillity
is a certain equality of mind which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress.

There must be sound mind to make a happy man; there must be
constancy in all conditions, a care for the things of this world but
without anxiety; and such an indifference to the bounties of fortune
that either with them or without them we may live content.
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W. Beran Wolfe (1900-35) on happiness:
Just as no one can be happy in work which is centered entirely about
his own person and deals exclusively with the satisfaction of his own
immediate needs, so no one can be entirely happy in social relations
which focus only in himself and his immediate and narrow sphere
of influence. To find happiness we must seek for it in a focus outside
ourselves.

If you live only for yourself you are always in immediate danger
of being bored to death with the repetition of your own views and
interests. It matters little, for psychological purposes, whether you
interest yourself in making your town cleaner, or enlist in a campaign
to rid your city of illicit narcotics, or whether you go in for boys'
clubs. Choose a movement that presents a distinct trend toward greater
human happiness and align yourself with it. No one has learned the
meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of
his fellow men.
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There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.
Henry Drummond (d. 1897)
I believe the root of all happiness on this earth to lie in the realization
of a spiritual life with a consciousness of something wider than materialism;
in the capacity to live in a world that makes you unselfish
because you are not overanxious about your personal place; that makes
you tolerant because you realize your own comic fallibilities; that gives
you tranquillity without complacency because you believe in something
so much larger than yourself.
Sir Hugh Walpole (d. 1941)
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This collection of 18th century thinkers on Tolerance who valued freedom of speech & thought is especially fitting for these times:

https://www.openbookpublishers.com/read ... 1/mode/2up
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From the Tolerance collection:
What do you say to a man who tells you that he prefers to obey God not men, and who is convinced he will earn his place in heaven by slitting your throat?
Voltaire
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Every sort of energy and endurance, of courage and capacity for handling life's evils, is set free in those who have religious faith.


William James q. in Light from Many Lamps
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Knowles & Estrin discuss Intellectuals by Paul Johnson:

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Two in one volume from BDK publishers, which always has quality translations. The new one has a famous Mahayana text by Asanga on the Middle Way. The other text is a Chinese version of Nagasena's visit with Menander. A free PDF version is also available.

https://bdkamerica.org/product/analysis ... -nagasena/
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American Marxism

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American Marxism by Mark Levin has sold over one million copies, so it does have popular appeal. May that appeal translate into action to save USA from the fate of other nations like Canada, New Zealand, UK & Australia.

https://billmuehlenberg.com/2021/09/26/ ... ark-levin/
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