Those who relish the stillness of doing nothing, a no-mind time, will find the path to the Now in this book. For all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind and exist only in this moment.
Vedanta, the highest form of knowledge, are ancient hindu texts called Upanishads. They enunciate the Hindu philosophy of becoming one with our true self, where there is no difference between subject and God.
Buddha must surely rank, along with Socrates or Confucius, as one of the leading philosophers of our eon. His genuine smile, calmness and clarity of mind contrasts with the confusion and turbulence in us and around us. Read on for a practical guide on humanity can transcend from suffering to nirvana.
A leading public intellectual explains what religion really means: a practical discipline that teaches us new capacities of mind and heart. Fundamentalism, ‘my god is better than your god’, bigotry are all recent corruption that must be rejected.
Probably the most famous atheist alive debunks belief in God as a delusion! And does so very convincingly, looking at each argument in favour of God and offering scientific alternatives like evolution.
A physicist explores the fantastic parallels between modern quantum physics and eastern mysticism, a subject that inspired greats like Einstein, Heisenberg and Bohr. “Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science, but man needs both.”
The leader of the Human Genome Project presents evidence for belief. God created the universe 14 bn years ago but has not needed to intervene since life began. Humans are not just evolution for they can decide between right and wrong and actively search for God.
A strong case against organized religion, which is “violent, irrational, intolerant” and against logic and reason. While his primary grouse is against Christianity, Islam and Judaism, Hitchens is against anything religious including the philosophical religions of the East.
One of the most popular of all Upanishads (Hindu spiritual texts), Kathoupanishad is the story of young Nachiketa’s dialogue with death. He tries to understand what happens after death, and in the answer understands the philosophy of living.
The world’s second-largest (and fastest growing) religion is also probably the least understood with strong views on both sides of the fence. The western media talks a lot about its fundamentalist elements, female oppression, and civil war. Trust Karen to compassionately explain the ‘real’ religion and its values – universal brotherhood, an equal society – and how its legacy is much more complex than we can think.