The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Aug 16, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 257 pages
Explores St. John’s Gospel from an Eastern perspective to reveal the interconnectedness of all faiths and the need for interfaith dialogue

• Takes readers beyond academic and historical analyses by exploring the mystical foundation of the Gospel

• Includes the full text of the Gospel of John interwoven with passage-by-passage interpretations

The Gospel of John is different from the other canonical gospels in its overall point of view concerning Jesus Christ and his mission on earth. It is much more cosmological in scale and mystical in nature and has long been considered more esoteric. The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism presents an unusual and rewarding exploration of this Christian text from a Hindu perspective as Ravi Ravindra takes us into the heart of St. John’s words, eloquently and convincingly revealing the interconnectedness of all faiths and the growing need in today’s world for interfaith dialogue. For those concerned with the emergence of a universal spirituality, Ravindra provides a source of light, a translucent pool of wisdom that offers from its depths an immense and lasting spiritual vision.
 

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Contents

1
13
ALL WHO RECEIVE THE WORD ARE BEGOTTEN BY GOD
16
ETERNITY IN LOVE WITH TIME
18
THE WITNESS AS THE MIDWIFE OF THE SPIRIT
21
PREPARATION FOR WITHSTANDING TRUTH
25
2
32
TEMPLE BODY AND SPIRIT
34
3
39
11
133
AWAKE O SLEEPER ARISE FROM THE DEAD
139
ALIEN PEOPLE CLUTCHING THEIR GODS
143
12
147
THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST IS NOT OF THIS WORLD
148
UNLESS A SEED DIES IT BEARS NO FRUIT
150
LEVELS OF SEEING
153
THE YOGA OF THE CROSS
156

NONE BUT THE GROOM HAS THE BRIDE AND THE FIRE
43
4
47
THE INNER SPRING OF LIVING WATER
49
THE NEED FOR INNER UNITY
51
THE WORSHIPPERS WHOM THE FATHER SEEKS
52
THE SECRET NAME OF GOD
53
BELIEF IN SIGNS AND WONDERS
56
5
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ACTION AND REST FROM ACTION
60
ONLY THEY CAN BE JUST WHO DO NOTHING BY THEMSELVES
63
THE ESOTERIC MESSAGE OF THE TRADITION
66
6
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THE FEAR AND TEMPTATION OF BECOMING KING
72
THE POWER OF 1 AM
73
I AM AS THE BREAD OF ETERNAL LIFE
75
LEVELS OF STRUGGLE
83
7
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MY TEACHING Is NOT MY OWN
89
WHERE I AM NO ONE CAN COME
93
RIVERS OF LIVING WATER FROM THE BELLY
95
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THE HIGHEST PERSON AS THE WITNESS WITHIN
102
WITHOUT KNOWING I AM WE DIE MISSING THE MARK
104
A DISCIPLE IS ONE WHO LIVES THE TEACHING
107
LOSING OUR MINDS RIGHTLY
111
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SIGHT AS NEW BIRTH
117
INSIGHT OR MORE SIGHTS?
119
THE SIGHTED AND THE SIGHTLESS
121
10
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THE FATHER AND YOU ARE ONE
128
13
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THE TRIAL OF JUDAS
161
ONLY THOSE WHO KNOW CAN LOVE
168
14
170
THOSE WHO LOVE CAN COME TO TRUTH
173
THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING WILL NOT DIE
175
15
177
LOVE FROM ABOVE OBEDIENCE FROM BELOW
180
LEVELS OF DISCIPLES
182
LEAVE THE WORLD IN ORDER TO CHANGE IT
184
THE ETERNAL WITNESS FROM THE BEGINNING
187
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THE INNER GUIDE
191
DEATH AND NEW BIRTH
193
PARTICIPATING IN THE MIND OF CHRIST
194
17
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CONSECRATION IN TRUTH
201
18
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THE TRIAL OF PETER
209
THE KING OF THE INNER KINGDOM
211
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DELIVERING THE SPIRIT TO THE ONE WHOM HE LOVED
218
20
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THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AS THE SUBTLE BODY OF CHRIST
229
21
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THE LAMB OF CHRIST AMONG THE WOLVES OF THE WORLD
239
LET NOT HIM WHO SEEKS CEASE UNTIL HE FINDS
241
BIBLIOGRAPHY
243
INDEX
245
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Born and educated in India before moving to Canada, Ravi Ravindra holds master's degrees in technology, physics, and philosophy and a Ph.D. in physics. He was the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge and is currently professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he served as professor and chair of comparative religion and adjunct professor of physics. His other books include Science and the Sacred, Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree, Yoga and the Teaching of Krishna, and Whispers from the Other Shore. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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