The Third Eye by Lobsang Rampa (book review)

“The Third Eye” was the first book of an author called Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, published in 1956, soon afterwards to become a global bestseller. The story of this author is quite interesting. Lobsang Rampa was supposedly an advanced Tibetan lama who lived in the 19th century Tibet. Some time after he passed away from his life, an Englishman was contacted through a metaphysical mean in the 20th century, and was asked if he is willing to let go of his physical body so that a Tibetan lama Lobsang Rampa could use it, because the latter had a mission to fulfill and he needed a mature body that he could use. Continue reading

In Search of the Miraculous (book review)

In Search of the Miraculous is a book written by a Russian philosopher and esotericist, P.D. Ouspensky, and was published towards the end of his life in the 1940’s. The book consists of recollection of conversations and talks by Gurdjieff, whom Ouspensky met while coming back to his hometown in Russia from one of his trips in Asia, and in general the part of Ouspensky’s life that he spend studying under Gurdjieff’s guidance. In that first conversation of theirs, when they first met, Gurdjieff impressed him a lot with his knowledge and so Ouspensky decided to join his esoteric school and attends many private and public meetings with him. During that time, Ouspensky noted down a lot of things said by Gurdjieff regarding his system of teaching (the Fourth Way etc.) that he learned during his travels in Asia, particularly in some of the monasteries that he was admitted access to, but also regarding other important subjects of esoteric matters and psychology. Continue reading

The Flight of the Feathered Serpent – A book review

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The Feathered Serpent must fly. When you know what the flight of the Feathered Serpent is, you will know what to do. Until then…make it clear that the Message of the Immortals vibrates throughout the centuries.

One of the spiritual books that had the most impact on me was The Flight of the Feathered Serpent, by Armando Cosani. He was a journalist in Spain during the Second World War, and after his injury he started going to church, turning to Jesus. It was then when he was approached and befriended by a mysterious person who throughout the time of their friendship did not introduce himself to him, but nevertheless they became great friends Continue reading

The Smoky God: Journey to the Inner World (Book Review)

Antartica sunset. Copyrights of v1ctor
Antartica sunset. Copyrights of v1ctor

I’ve read The Smoky God book a couple of years ago and it definitely left me with an interesting impression. I love reading adventure books, especially when it has incorporated some metaphysical experiences that actually have a basis in reality. This one definitely seems like a genuine experience of Norwegian sailor Ola Jenses and his father. Continue reading

Memories of Reincarnation, by Grace Cooke

ancientMemories of Reincarnation is an updated version of the book The Illumined Ones, written by Grace Cooke. In it the author describes in detail parts from two of her lifetimes, many thousands of years ago – one in South America and another in Egypt.

The author claims that the information contained in the book originate from her ability to “tune-in to a super-normal consciousness and steady thinking back into the past. It was an arduous creative effort, not of which is called imagination but of memory, to recover a past that is imperishable in the soul.” She also claims that at one point in her life she got in contact with some higher beings from a higher dimension, who have collectively introduced themselves to her as White Eagle. Since then they used her as a channel to pass on messages to humanity. Personally I’m very sceptical with the approach of letting another soul to take control of your body, for obvious reasons. At one point in the book she says that one of those teachers is someone she was very close to during the two lives she describes in this book. Continue reading

Autobiography of a Yogi (book review)

yogiAutobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda was an interesting read. In it, Yogananda writes about his life and spiritual journey, starting from spiritual experience from early childhood, and his wonderings in search of a guru. Eventually he finds a guru that he believes was destined to be his teacher, Sri Yukteswar Giri. From then on he spends a lot of time in his ashram, learning from him, while at the same time period attending college. After he learned fair amount, he decides to spread the teachings in USA and to open his own school in India.

There are many insightful things in it and I’m glad I’ve read it. It increased my understanding of karma, it gave me some insights into some aspects of non-physical realms, astrology and many other things. At one point there is narration of several stories about Babaji – famous yogi who apparently lives with the same physical body for millions of years. In one of them he manifested real material palace in the midst of Himalayan mountain in order to help his disciple with something. When that was completed, he made it vanish. He explained how that was done, he compares it to this physical world and what would it take for the palace to remain longer, just as this physical world remains. There are many more extraordinary stories, many entailing developed yogis who exhibit amazing powers. Continue reading

The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

Mother_of_the_World“Come to us and within us, Divine Ancient, for we are part of Thyself.”

This great Gnostic text is discovered in the 18th century, and is thought to originate from 2nd century AD. The book consists of Jesus’s teachings. According to it, when Jesus resurrected, he remained on Earth for 11 more years. During that time he was teaching his disciples. The book is divided into several parts that are continuing one upon another, but with different spiritual topics.

First and the largest part is about the story of Pistis Sophia. According to Samael Aun Weor, she is one of the higher aspects of our own Inner Being. Other parts are about the teachings relating to high planes of existence, their structures, about the Infinite, about the things that happen “behind the curtain” pertaining to this physical life, and more. Two or three apostles had a role of scribes and were writing down what Jesus was saying. Among regular apostles, there were also Mary Magdalene, Mary (Jesus’s mother), Martha and Salome. Continue reading