Recommended Books May 2014

May 2014, Recommended Books

of loveOf Love and Other Demons

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is up to his old tricks. Del amor y otros demonios may not be in the same league as One Hundred Years of Solitude, but it is still an engrossing page-turner filled with magic, humor, political insight, shrewd social commentary, and characters who are both lovable and thoroughly aggravating. It is also proof that Latin America’s Nobel Prize-winning novelist is still in excellent form.

Set in colonial Colombia and narrated in Garcia Marquez’s usual deadpan, the story revolves around twelve-year-old Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles, only child of the Marquis of Casalduero and his degenerate commoner wife.

 

oshoThe Mind: a beautiful servant, a dangerous master

by Osho

Osho analyses the function of the human mind in connection with meditation. Responding here to a question related to a space of ‘no-mind’ or mindfulness he says: “meditation covers a very long pilgrimage. When I say “meditation is witnessing”, it is the beginning of meditation. And when I say “meditation is no-mind,” it is the completion of the pilgrimage. Witnessing is the beginning, and no-mind is the fulfillment. Witnessing is the method to reach the no-mind. Naturally you will feel witnessing is easier. It is close to you. But witnessing is only like seeds, and then is the long waiting period. ”

 

spiritual growthSpiritual Growth with Entheogens: Psychoactive Sacramentals and Human Transformation

by Thomas B. Roberts Ph.D

In this book, more than 25 spiritual leaders, scientists, and psychedelic visionaries examine how we can return to the primary spiritual encounters at the basis of all religions through the guided use of entheogens. With contributions by Albert Hofmann, Huston Smith, Stanislav Grof, Charles Tart, Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, Frances Vaughan, Myron Stolaroff, and many others, this book explores protocols for ceremonial use of psychedelics, the challenges of transforming entheogenic insights into enduring change, psychoactive sacraments in the Bible, myths surrounding the use of LSD, and the transformative ayahuasca rituals of Santo Daime.