This volume examines the ways in which a feminine Divine figure, described variously as the Goddess, Sophia and the Divine (or Eternal) Feminine, has manifested Herself throughout history to guide... More > and encourage those who worship Her. Descriptions of these visitations - described in the present work as 'visions' - have been found in a wide range of written accounts including materials not traditionally regarded as 'religious', such as philosophy, literature, and those areas of study - alchemy, astrology, theosophy, and various magical traditions - known as Western Esotericism. Chapter 1: Sophia and feminine Wisdom: from Proverbs to Suso. Chapter 2: From Boehme to Goethe: visions of Sophia in early modern Europe. Chapter 3: Sophia and the Russian mystical tradition. Chapter 4: Prophetic visions of the Divine Feminine in 19th/20th century Europe.< Less
Many enlightened yogis are invisible to history and only known through brief mentions in the songs of the householder sants and of the Sufis who interacted with them. But these yogis played a key... More > role in transmitting Kundalini awakening down through the centuries, and that is why we should remember them today when mass Kundalini awakening has become possible through the work of the Maratha saint, H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and the Sahaja Yoga movement.
This book is a companion to Enlightened Sufis (2012) and continues my biographical researches in the history of Spirituality begun in Saints, Sufis and Yogis (2009).< Less
In this book the reader will find an exploration of the surviving texts written and used by the early Christians and Gnostics that were discarded by later generations as heretical and thus excluded... More > from the Christian Bible. In so doing use has been made of the latest academic research to present these texts with commentary that enables an understanding of the societal context, thus equiping the reader who wishes to reflect on the deeper meaning of the texts.< Less