How is it that we can recognize the transcendent ideal represented by figures such as Jesus, Lao-tzu, and many others who have walked among us and yet not seem to reach the same state? In The Biology of Transcendence Joseph Chilton Pearce examines the current biological understanding of our neural organization to address how we can go beyond the limitations and constraints of our current capacities of body and mind--how we can transcend. Recent research in the neurosciences and neurocardiology identifies the four neural centers of our brain and indicates that a fifth such center is located in the heart.
This research reveals that the evolutionary structure of our brain and its dynamic interactions with our heart are designed by nature to reach beyond our current evolutionary capacities. We are quite literally, made to transcend. The conflict between religion and spirit is an important part of this struggle. For more than 35 years, he lectured and led workshops teaching about the changing needs of children and the development of human society. He lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Here, in brilliant and incisive words, is the foundation for a new mind and a new world. Riveting, insightful, and penetrating, Pearce has laid out one of the most startling and powerful visions of our future. You won't be able to put this book down, and when you've read it, you won't be able to stop talking about it with everybody you know. In the last decade I finally came to appreciate what Pearce discovered long ago: that the heart and key to wellness lies in how we nurture our young--enabling them to thrive, rather than merely survive.
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Price may vary by retailer. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Table of Contents Excerpt Rave and Reviews. About The Book. Introduction Looking up at the starry sky, poet Walt Whitman asked: When we become the enfolders of those orbs, and the pleasures and knowledge of everything in them, shall we be satisfied then? And my spirit answered No, we but level that lift to pass and continue beyond.
While this force constitutes our nature and fires our spirit, an honest exploration of it must contend with this counter-question: Why, with a history so rich in noble ideals and lofty philosophies that reach for the transcendent, do we exhibit such abominable behaviors? Our violence toward ourselves and the planet is an issue that overshadows and makes a mockery of all our high aspirations.
Sat Prem, a French writer transplanted to India following World War II recently asked this question: "Why, after thousands of years of meditation, has human nature not changed one iota? In exploring the issue of transcendence, we explore by default the issue of our violence. The two are intertwined. A great being appeared some two millennia ago, looked at our religious institutions with their hierarchies of power, professional classes, policy makers, lawyers, and armies, and observed that we should "know them by their fruits.
If we examine them by the fruits they produce, rather than by the creeds, slogans, concepts, and public relations that sustain them, we would see that spiritual transcendence and religion have little in common. In fact, if we look closely, we can see that these two have been the fundamental antagonists in our history, splitting our mind into warring camps. Neither our violence nor our transcendence is a moral or ethical matter of religion, but an issue of biology. We actually contain a built-in ability to rise above restriction, incapacity, or limitation and, as a result of this ability, possess a vital adaptive spirit that we have not yet fully accessed.
Those who die believing in the One God and his message Islam receive salvation. Whoever said "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah" and has in his heart good faith equal to the weight of a barley grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah" and has in his heart good faith equal to the weight of a wheat grain will be taken out of Hell.
And whoever said, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah" and has in his heart good faith equal to the weight of an atom will be taken out of Hell. If anyone desires a religion other than Islam submission to Allah , never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost all spiritual good. Those who believe in the Qur'an , those who follow the Jewish scriptures , and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Islam also stresses that in order to gain salvation, one must also avoid sinning along with performing good deeds. Islam acknowledges the inclination of humanity towards sin. Islam teaches that no one can gain salvation simply by virtue of their belief or deeds, instead it is the Mercy of God, which merits them salvation. Islam teaches that God is Merciful. Allah accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy: For Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.
Of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil, until death faces one of them, and he says, "Now have I repented indeed;" nor of those who die rejecting Faith: for them have We prepared a punishment most grievous. Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin Most heinous indeed. Islam describes a true believer to have Love of God and Fear of God. Islam also teaches that every person is responsible for their own sins. The Quran states;.
If ye reject Allah , Truly Allah hath no need of you; but He liketh not ingratitude from His servants: if ye are grateful, He is pleased with you. No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. In the end, to your Lord is your Return, when He will tell you the truth of all that ye did in this life. Sin in Islam is not a state, but an action a bad deed ; Islam teaches that a child is born sinless, regardless of the belief of his parents, dies a Muslim; he enters heaven, and does not enter hell. Sahih al-Bukhari , Narrated Aisha, that Mohammad said, "Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and receive good news because one's good deeds will not make him enter Paradise.
There are acts of worship that Islam teaches to be mandatory. Islam is built on five principles.
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Narrated Ibn 'Umar that Muhammad said,. Not performing the mandatory acts of worship may deprive Muslims of the chance of salvation. Hinduism , Buddhism , Jainism and Sikhism share certain key concepts, which are interpreted differently by different groups and individuals. Nirvana is the profound peace of mind that is acquired with moksha liberation. In Buddhism and Jainism , it is the state of being free from suffering. In Hindu philosophy , it is union with the Brahman Supreme Being.
The word literally means "blown out" as in a candle and refers, in the Buddhist context, to the blowing out of the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion,   and the imperturbable stillness of mind acquired thereafter. In Theravada Buddhism the emphasis is on one's own liberation from samsara. In Jainism , salvation , moksa and nirvana are one and the same.
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It then becomes a siddha literally means one who has accomplished his ultimate objective. Attaining Moksa requires annihilation of all karmas , good and bad, because if karma is left, it must bear fruit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Salvation disambiguation. Being saved or protected from harm or a dire situation. See also: Redemption theology. See also: Atonement in Judaism.
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