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By Karen Armstrong

With such bestsellers as A heritage of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has constantly brought "penetrating, readable, and prescient" (The ny Times) works that experience lucidly engaged a variety of religions and non secular concerns. In Buddha she turns to a determine whose concept continues to be reverberating during the global 2,500 years after his death.
Many recognize the Buddha in basic terms from seeing numerous serene, iconic photographs. yet what of the guy himself and the realm he lived in? What did he truly do in his approximately 80 years on the earth that spawned one of many maximum religions in global background? Armstrong tackles those questions and extra by way of interpreting the existence and occasions of the Buddha during this engrossing philosophical biography. opposed to the tumultuous cultural historical past of his international, she blends heritage, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a guy whose awakening maintains to encourage thousands.

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In 40 / ESSENCE other words, just as essence has the aspects of will, love, consciousness, and so on, it has also the aspect of energy. When the chakra energy is pure, we realize that it is a self-existing energy. We have so far differentiated between essence and energy to emphasize the sense of beingness that is so distinct in essence but not manifested in energy. T h e Chinese tradition, on the other hand, deals with the acupuncture meridian system and with chi, which is the energy operating at this level.

Such experiences happen to some individuals especially at intense emotional times. When the experiences are frequent, the individual is called a visionary. T h e person might see visions of Christ, Mary, saints, angels, paradise, and hell-all kinds of scenes and happenings-usually in vivid colors, accompanied by intense emotions. These experiences are usually thought of as spiritual. They are spiritual if we define spirituality as having visions, but certainly they are not the same as the direct experience of essence.

Thus, many people end up with the conviction that discipline is necessary and useful for everybody at all times. This is obviously false; very often we find that a person is disciplined not for the work on inner development but because of the inner authority of the superego. T h e case of the obsessive-compulsive neurotic who rigorously and ritually disciplines himself and his time is well known. This is an extreme case that well illustrates how discipline can serve the false personality and therefore hinder inner growth.

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