A BOOK LIST – FOR STUDENTS OF ANCIENT WISDOM
There are many so-called avatars of the modern era, but none have been so elevated and hidden from western students of mysticism as Sri Chaitanya-Deva. The first rendering into any western tongue was in 1880 by the guardian of Chaitanya’s secrets, Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who sent books to leading western thinkers like Emerson and Reinhold Rost, in America & Europe. Even the likes of occultist Aleister Crowley came to know of Sri Caitanya a century before the advent of the world-wide Hare Krishna movement in 1966.
The teachings of Sri Chaitanya [1486-1534] combine and explain all previous ‘Hindu’ philosophies [viz. Brahman-ism, Vishnu-ism, Shiva-ism, Goddess-ism, Polytheism & Atheism] and by debate he showed his teachings were the essence of Islam, Buddhism & Sikhism. Modern Chaitanyite scholars, like Bhakti Ananda Goswami, scientifically prove that these teachings were at the heart of the Mystery Schools of Judea, Heliopolis in Egypt, Babylon, Ancient Greece, Ancient England and Ancient China.
It is a sad fact of Western Occultism, that in order to achieve a collective understanding of comparative mysticism, the most ancient and pure Bhakti revelation, hidden in the Vedic, Heliopolitan and Judeo-Christian texts of Radha-Krishna Bridal Mysticism, has been lost to an impersonal rendering. The New Age philosophies born of Hermetic Syncretism would generally agree to deny the supremacy of a personal relationship with the God of Gods and His Beloved. In the Western world, more than 99% of authors and translators of Eastern Vedanta & Western Mysticism are distorted by the impersonal concepts popularized by Shankaracharya, Theravadin Buddhism, Jainism and the Theosophists.
Therefore, as an introduction to the “Inconceivable One-and-Different” Bhakti doctrine of Sri Chaitanya, especially for western occult students, I have compiled the following book list, their free download links where possible, and online Libraries & Forums connected to the Chaitanyite Bhakti tradition. Please note that these books are translations and studies of original texts by those experts who are living in the tradition of each books’ Guru-Disciple lineage. No references are made to books by authors who study from outside the lineage of a culture, nor authors who claim to be channellers, alien abductees, Ascendant Masters, self-proclaimed avatars, or other such unreliable sources. Those authors who describe the forgotten unity of a world-wide Vedic federation back up their claims with recognized archaeological, scientific, linguistic and historic evidence.
RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST
Beyond Nirvana – The Philosophy of Mayavadism (by BP Kesava Goswami)
This book especially investigates the philosophy of Sri Sankaracarya, whose philosophical misinterpretations of the Vedas were so influential that not only did he succeed in driving Buddhism out of India, but what most of us now think of as Hinduism is fundamentally nothing but his brand of impersonal Mayavadism.
Meditations on the Tarot : A Journey into Christian Hermeticism (by Valentin Tomberg)
A personal and theistic study of the Tarot as a path to the Absolute Truth. Former ‘Occult Master’ Valentin Tomberg, after a lifetime of study, eventually converted to Catholicism, and concluded that His historically authentic Judeo-Catholic Faith was to that same God of the Hindus, the Trinity of Radha, Krishna and Baladeva.
Sri Isopanishad (translated by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami)
Sri Isopanisad states that everything belongs to the Lord. Everything exists on the energy of the Supreme Lord. This is also confirmed in Bhagavad-gita. Because everything is produced of His energy and exists on His energy, the energy is not different from Him – but still the Lord declares, I am not there.
Sri Brahma-Samhita (translated by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami)
Inspired by his sublime realizations and transcendental insight, Lord Brahma, the first created being in the universe, begins to offer prayers to the source of his enlightenment and the object of his devotion, Lord Sri Krsna. These exquisite verses form the heart of the Brahma-samhita. There is nothing vague about Brahms’s description of the Lord and His abode. No dim, nihilistic nothingness, no blinding bright lights, no wispy, dreamy visions of harps and clouds; rather, a vibrant, luminescent world in transcendental color, form, and sound—a sublimely variegated spiritual landscape populated by innumerable blissful, eternally liberated souls reveling in spiritual cognition, sensation, and emotion, all in relationship with the all-blissful, all-attractive Personality of Godhead.
Jaiva Dharma (by Bhaktivinoda Thakura)
This compelling narrative based on spiritually developed personalities and others in cultured Bengali life a few hundred years ago, serves as the basis of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s presentation of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy, from its basic tenets to its esoteric pinnacle. Woven into the story are penetrating philosophical questions that are commonly pondered and eternally relevant. The depth of the answers gives clarity and direction to the quest to establish ourselves in our jaiva-dharma, our soul’s constitutional function.
The Truth of God’s Love verses the Impersonal Voidism of the Western Esoteric Tradition (article by Bhakti Ananda Goswami)
The Serpent The Eagle The Lion and The Disk (by Brannon Parker)
The Ancients associated these symbols with the Divine. Many theories have been developed regarding these symbols yet the mystery still remains. This is particularly true of the aniconic winged disk symbol. How and why does the same symbol have the same meaning to so many people of diverse cultures and civilizations? The pieces of this puzzle have long been scattered throughout history, hidden amongst the mystical traditions of the world. This book represents a Startling Revelation and a Revolutionary New Look at the Origins of Humanity’s Common Mystical Experience, its Religion, Culture and the Rise of Civilization.
(book & pdf available for purchase at lulu.com)
Collection of Works by Bhakti Ananda Goswami
Prof. Bennett from Goddard University remembers BA Goswami’s scholarship as a student in 1983: “His knowledge of eastern religions, literature and philosophy is stunning, and has been largely completed through personal research and independent study. His single-minded diligence to his work is astonishing and the results are unassailable: David Sherman is an expert, operating with doctoral level ability at the undergraduate level. He has acquired an ability to trace various scriptural threads through Greek and Latin as well as Sanskrit Documents. He has traveled on invitational speaking tours through India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, speaking on theistic unity. His knowledge of Asian philosophy and world religions is vast and scholarly; he focuses frequently on developing complex interrelationships through art, symbolism, religious philosophy and iconography among various religions, referring to assorted pantheons of gods with remarkable familiarity.”
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Sophia-Maria: A Holistic Vision of Creation (By Thomas Schipflinger)
An indispensable source of reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the Sophianic movement. Schipflinger collected the material for this book over two decades. He traces Her throughout history: in scripture, art and literature, in the writing of Sophia scholars, in Russian iconography and architecture/ and in the images and incarnations of Sophia in Eastern traditions.
(book & pdf available for purchase at amazon.com)
Gods, Goddesses and Images of God in Ancient Israel (Translated by Thomas H. Trapp)
This book by Keel Et Al is extremely important for the direct evidence from Jewish Miniatures of the Jewish connection to the Afro-Egyptian worship of Helios of Rhodes and Heliopolis, the same Hari and Radha of the ancient Indian Vaisnava tradition.
(book available Amazon/eBay)
Themis: A Study of the Social Origins of Greek Religion (by Jane Ellen Harrison)
Drawing upon a range of disciplines including anthropology, classical studies, archaeology and psychology, Jane Ellen Harrison’s seminal 1912 work Themis pieces together the origins of early Greek religion. This revolutionary study traces Themis back through history, as a matriarchal tribal goddess. Addressing areas including magic, sacrifice and the origin of the Olympic games, Harrison applies archaeological discoveries to the interpretation of Greek religion. Notable is her recognition of Kouros Meghistos as the perfect youth, the God of Gods, Helios-Apollo.
Themis – Origins of Greek Religion
Hidden History of the Human Race (by Michael Cremo & Richard Thompson)
Over the centuries, researchers have found bones and artifacts proving that humans like us have existed for millions of years. Mainstream science, however, has supppressed these facts. Prejudices based on current scientific theory act as a “knowledge filter,” giving us a picture of prehistory that is largely incorrect.
A History of Indian Philosophy, Vol 1-5 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Collection of Works by Dr Richard L Thompson
Also known as Sadaputa Dasa, Thompson was an American mathematician, author and religious figure, known principally for his promotion of Vedic Creationism, and has published several works on Hindu Astronomy and Cosmology, Vedic Exobiology (UFOs), religion and the science of consciousness. He was a member of the Hare Krishna movement, and a founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, the branch of ISKCON dedicated to examining the relationship of modern scientific theories to the Vaisnava worldview.
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