Spiritual Paths and Their Meditation Techniques - The Insider's Guide to The World's Best and Worst Spiritual Paths and Practices
"How You Can Finally Know if What Your Teacher is Saying is Correct and Whether Your Meditation Practice is on the Right Track "
If you're like me, you've got lots of books on spiritual schools and practices ... too many and most of them useless ... and yet every now and then you buy some more because you still wonder if you're missing something. When you read those books, this guy says this ... and that guy says that ... and you wonder who is right or wrong or whether everything or just part of what they have to say is truly worthwhile to follow.
In your town you might hear about this group over there doing chi-gong and ask why the other schools aren't doing it if it's so effective. Or ... you might hear about this group doing a particular form of meditation over there and you wonder if you're missing something, too. You see another group of folks reciting mantras all day or doing strange visualization practices, or you watch John Edwards on TV, and you know something is "wrong" or "off" but you can't quite put your fingers on it or come up with the right words to put around the situation.
You might know something is in spaceville with unusual "spiritual" claims ... crystals, channeling, astral bodies, whatever ... but you're not 100% sure when you hear about these things because there's still that 1% of doubt. You're might definitely be seeking a real spiritual path for yourself, but when all sorts of smart folks go running off after these crazes it makes you wonder and QUESTION their sanity or your own.
You are definitely interested in these topics, but there's so many competing stories out there that you're confused and you'd really like to know how to differentiate between what's fair and honest and what's just plain simple quackery. You don't want to waste your money and you don't want to be disappointed.
Does that sound like anyhting you've experienced?
With thousands of books and knowledge of hundreds of practices and traditions, that's how I felt until I asked my own teacher to speak about all these schools and practices and trainings, and to spill his guts discussing what he really felt was wrong with these paths! I wanted to clear up this problem, and so I combined his insights with what I had personally found about about all these traditions after years of studying countless paths and denominations in every country and culture. I did so much research and added so much information to to this book that you won't have to search through thousands of books to come to some conclusions yourself.
This book is the answer to those nagging concerns because it was written EXACTLY to answer these sorts of nagging concerns. It will help you quickly identify what useless amidst the world's genuine spiritual traditions and meditation techniques so that you don't waste your precious money, time and efforts.
Here you'll find the true dependable core of universal cultivation principles that tell where things are right or wrong with various spiritual traditions and meditation techniques. But you don't even have to do any of that interpretation yourself since we already do it for you.
People who meditate need to know how to guide themselves, so they need to know the by-roads of spiritual practice they should definitely avoid - as seductive as they are - and the proper ways to cultivate your mind and body according to the true common principles of practice consistently rediscovered by various spiritual greats. That's what this book is about.
This information will not only make you more knowledgeable than your friends but will speak to you personally telling you why certain "spiritual" practices and approaches must be considered "tumors" you should avoid, while others offer safe alternatives you can try. Sometimes knowing what to avoid on the spiritual trail is as useful as knowing what to follow.
The comments most often received on this book is that it blows away all the "popular spirituality" teachings in common practice. That's because it structures the field of spiritual striving and empowers you to analyze almost any spiritual practice for determining whether it's a waste of time or can help you. You won't be cheated or confused anymore. You will finally have a way to determine that the personal path of practice you choose is the right one.
This extremely easy-to-read book (probably the best book I've written because it's been edited several dozen times!) doesn't pull any punches in saying what's right and wrong, what's legitimate and what isn't on the road of spiritual practice and results. Chakras, chi-gong, astral bodies ... they're all discussed.
Spiritual Paths and Their Meditation Techniques proves what it says and cites countless examples to back things up. If you need guidance for your own spiritual practice and a road map that cuts through New Age chatter, this is the best source to turn for your answers. I've included tons of information on various Western and Eastern schools to clear up the most common cofusions people have about cultivation. After reading this book you can finally say No! and stop wasting money on all sorts of books, seminars and teachers that make you feel good but waste your efforts.
When you analyze the teachings, tenets and practices of many spiritual streams according to the common principles of basic cultivation science, their falsity or truthfulness becomes immediately apparent without any need of arguments. But to do this you need to reference basic cultivation principles -- just as this book teaches you how to do -- after which you'll rarely be misled again. You might even start to feel sorry for those not in the know.
With this information you will always be able to determine what's legitimate and what's not on the spiritual road, and you'll be armed with all the principles and facts that back up your determinations.
This is the definitive guidebook for navigating through contemporary spiritual waters to make sense of all the contradictions you encounter. Sometimes things are a little bit right or wrong, so here's your chance to learn how to distinguish. It's like having your own investigative reporter at your fingertips.
To begin, inside this volume you'll learn what people were really cultivating for in ancient India and how this spiritual striving helped shape as well as warp the Indian culture. You cannot possibly understand Hinduism, yoga and other religions without first understanding this material.
Ancient India with its many cultivation schools is the true mother source for most of the spiritual techniques and philosophies common today, and yet most people ignore this fact entirely. If you don't yet understand mother India and the various cultivation schools and approaches she spawned through Hinduism, Brahmanism and yoga, you won't be able to truly understand the effectiveness or uselessness of many currently popular cultivation methods (such as mantra, chakra meditation, prayer, kundalini cultivation, vipassana, etc.) in terms of whether they'll help you advance or not on the spiritual trail. It's by first examining the ancient roots in India that you will ultimately discover a multitude of metaphysical approaches to spiritual enlightenment.
Next you'll be introduced to a variety of different cultivation teachings on how to cultivate your body's energy (chi) channels to activate your kundalini, which is only considered a very rudimentary stage of the spiritual path! You'll also learn more about the origins of kundalini yoga and sexual cultivation than you'll find in one hundred other books.
You will even be introduced to the pranayama and kundalini cultivation equivalents in Chinese culture which hardly anyone mentions because they believe that Tibet and India have the monopoly on this type of teaching. These practices are what we call small "desire realm" teachings.
You'll also learn how and why the Indian and Chinese cultivation schools differ dramatically from one another. If spiritual striving has universal principles you should follow, why are the world's schools structured so differently? Now you'll know the answer to this question, something that's plagued the field of spiritual understanding for centuries.
Inside you'll learn why the Mind-Only school of Zen Buddhism acknowledges but ignores the physical transformations of the human body that appear on the spiritual path, and why scholars have missed this point entirely. Many of them think that Zen Buddhism is just some psychological game but this information puts these psychologists and parapsychologists to shame. It also explains why Zen - of all the cultivation schools - seems to produce the largest number of enlightened adepts. I'll give you a hint as to the secret answer... it has to do with cultivating wisdom.
Inside this book you'll not just investigate India but China as well to see how the ultimate target of Chinese cultivation -- to cultivate an actual physical body which could live forever in this world -- shaped its own early cultivation schools and techniques. The Chinese quest for a physical, rather than spiritual immortality, is what initially motivated its spiritual practitioners. This quest produced a whole host of sideways cultivation techniques that do in fact produce physical results and small superpowers, but they don't bring enlightenment.
These early Chinese cultivation methods are practiced by many New Agers today, but the Chinese actually discarded these techniques centuries ago when they learned about their deficiencies, so grab this information. For instance, true Taoism discarded the micro- and macro-cosmic circulation techniques as true ways to practice. If you want to understand the history of many cultivation techniques in popular practice today such as this, or just want to understand Buddhism or Taoism, you must obtain this material.
Inside you'll also learn the four step method (and other techniques mentioned by Shakyamuni Buddha) for cultivating extreme physical longevity, such as an immortal physical body, that you can cultivate yourself. In examining Chinese cultivation we'll go over the multi-denominational findings of Wei Bo-yang -- who was the Chinese equivalent to Thomas Aquinas -- and will examine mantra practices, yoga, tantra, pranayama and kundalini cultivation influences and how they combined to produce a whole new series of cultivation techniques. You'll also find out how the adherents of all these individual schools found their own spiritual practices deficient, and how they endeavored to correct these deficiencies. Many of them finally switched to Mind-only cultivation when they found that their practices did not produce the results they desired.
This is the key stuff to know ... how and why the successful practitioners of these various techniques found their own schools and systems lacking, and what they did find that worked. That's what you need to know today because of all this conflicting information coming public. No matter what their origins, we reveal that the cultivators from diverse schools commonly discovered the very same lessons that are missing in popular religion. Now you'll have those lessons for yourself ... in fact, all our books are about the self-empowerment possible through this information.
Finally you'll learn about esoteric Tibetan Buddhism, which many people mistakenly consider the highest evolutionary peak of the world's cultivation schools. In short, Tantra, Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism have a history of catastrophe and have actually produced far more failures than successes in cultivation. Why? Because of an excessively tilted bias towards the physical body. People get attached to the states of physical bliss or mental joy they can cultivate with these techniques, or get confused by the superpowers that arise, or just start clinging to the teachings themselves to create their own self-inflicted impediments.
After you read this synopsis, you'll understand how it's impossible for this form-based school -- which focuses on chakras, kundalini, chi channels, and states of emptiness and physical bliss -- to be the supreme cultivation vehicle of the world. Any true Zen master would just laugh at you on hearing that, but now you'll clearly see why and will have the facts to back you up!
The one short chapter on Tibetan Buddhism and esoteric tantra puts larger scholarly works and many popular translations to shame. It sheds more perspective on tantra, chi mai, and kundalini cultivation than most all the other Tibetan works put together that I have in my library, and I have hundreds of works myself on this topic alone. Lama Tsong Khapa's struggles in correcting the corrupted form of Zen that had developed in Tibet, tantric sexual cultivation and breaches of discipline ... along with modern troubles in chi-gong, yoga, New Age cultivation, and Taoist practice spawned by Tibetan yoga ... are all revealed.
To know these mistakes is to avoid them rather than embrace them! Now you can finally know them ... you'll have private information no Esoteric master is going to teach you. If you think you will find this material at the feet of some monk or within modern texts on Tibetan Buddhism or Tantra, then you'll just end up spending your time and money without getting anywhere. Sure you can practice that path but save yourself by getting smart.
Zen Buddhism is introduced from an aspect never approached before and its popular masters (Hui-neng, Lin-chi, etc.) are discussed along with the effectiveness of their preferred teaching styles. To know whether you should or should not study Zen koans, read this material for yourself. Find out how the Zen school degraded as students started falling into many mistaken roads of practice, such as pursuing the silent illumination of "NOW". Sorry, but that avenue of practice might be popular but it won't change your body, enable you to cultivate dhyana, purify your thoughts and emotions or help you escape the rounds of birth and death.
As a warning regarding the correct types of spiritual practice, please remember that all genuine spiritual cultivation and meditation techniques must also effect a positive transformation of the physical body. Furthermore, spiritual progress doesn't just mean to calm one's thinking and open your field of awareness. Therefore, what people are now starting to champion today as true cultivation practice was actually discarded centuries ago in Zen, yet popular proponents don't know this at all.
You will also learn about the development of Western cultivation streams and their own particular cultivation meditation methods. Islamic cultivation, Byzantium cultivation, Jewish and Christian cultivation are all discussed. These are cultivation schools largely ignored in the EAst. However, you'll learn that the Western traditions used the same cultivation techniques as in the East (mantra, meditation, visualization practice, etc.) and produced the same states of spiritual knowing as a result (St. Thomas, St. Theresa, etc. achieved the same spiritual end states). This is ground breaking spiritual material because you'll be able to link Jewish prophets with eastern gurus.
You'll also trace Grecian cultivation from Socrates through Plato and Aristotle, and examine Jesus' stage of cultivation in light of Eastern cultivation schools and concepts! The "lost Christianities" disagreed on whether Jesus was a singular exception in humanity or a general example that anyone can follow. You'll learn how to compare eastern and western cultivation schools, and you will even delve into medieval western internal alchemy along with the path of cultivation practice most appropriate for today.
This one book puts organized religion, meditation techniques and spiritual striving into a grand but simple perspective, shows you how spiritual practices have changed over the centuries as their deficiencies were found, identifies which of those early but mistaken paths are being reborn today but should be avoided, and flat out tells you how you should correctly practice meditation yourself.
In knowing about previous spiritual approaches and meditation methods that were discovered to be effective or defective, you'll be able to clearly see what to avoid in today's popular spiritual landscape. You will understand a multitude of different spiritual approaches and how you should meditate yourself. You won't be able to get sidetracked anymore, you will develop security in your own spiritual roots, and will become able to correct your own path of practice regardless of whether or not you have a personal spiritual master. As an introduction to the path of spiritual striving, you've got to get this book. You just click the button below.
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