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50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books by Tom Butler-Bowdon

By Tom Butler-Bowdon

Such a lot of folks are seeking a religious course. even if our purposes might vary, we proportion an analogous uncomplicated motivation: to reduce anguish and improve our feel of fulfillment.50 non secular Classics: undying knowledge from 50 Books of internal Discovery, Enlightenment and function is an inspirational consultant that introduces you to diverse principles relating to enlightenment, achievement, and goal, principles that span centuries, continents, religious traditions, and secular ideals. during this 3rd paintings of a sequence that begun with the award-winning 50 Self-Help Classics, Tom Butler-Bowdon explores the complexities of human spirituality by way of reviewing works from a number of the world's maximum figures, together with: Muhammad Asad; St. Augustine; Black Elk; Carlos Castaneda; Pema Chodron; Mohandas Gandhi; Hermann Hesse; Aldous Huxley; Carl Gustav Jung; C.S. Lewis; Malcolm X; Thich Nhat Hanh; Starhawk; mom Teresa; Eckhart Tolle. motivate your self to arrive your individual non secular capability with tales of conversion and non secular awakening. extend your notion and attain a deeper experience of function and peace of brain. achieve perception into life's gigantic questions and humanity's religious evolution with a few of our best secular and non secular thinkers.

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Nevertheless, those who wish to maintain a beneficial relationship with a local god are advised to continue paying regular visits to that god’s shrine (even if they talk in the car as they drive there), bowing before the shrine to show respect and placing small gifts before the shrine as a sign of gratitude. Similarly, in a traditional home, the housewife is expected to occasionally leave a bowl of water or some rice cakes for her household gods. Such expectations do not constitute commandments; they are more Folk Religion and Animism 29 like rules of etiquette applied to interactions between human beings and spiritual beings.

Many natural events, such as strong winds, are identified with spirits and deities and are credited to their deliberate activity. If rain does not fall when our crops 20 K O R E A N S P I R I T UA L I T Y need it, that indicates we have failed to perform those rituals that are necessary to convince the rain god to shower his favor on our fields. If someone in our household falls ill, that means we have failed to take the steps necessary to keep disease-bearing spirits at a distance. If our village fails to prosper, it is because we have not treated the village tutelary deity properly and have thus released that deity from his or her obligation to protect and assist us.

Indigenous origins are usually considered one defining characteristic of folk religion. Another characteristic of a folk-religious belief or practice is that it is unique to a particular place or people. The lack of clearly defined doctrines or a well-defined institutional structure and hierarchy is another hallmark of folk religion. These are all characteristics of the traditional spiritual practices of the Korean people: animism and shamanism. Korean animism and shamanism have been have been so closely intertwined and so prevalent on the Korean peninsula for so long that most observers would say they form the original religion of Korea.

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