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  • 02:01

    April 20, 2015 10pm PDT- The Alternate Life of Buddha with Harvey Craft

    in Paranormal

    Harvey Kraft is an American author, and a Spiritual Archeologist adept at interpreting ancient mythic language. Mr. Kraft’s new alternative biography of the historical Buddha titled The Buddha from Babylon: The Lost History and Cosmic Vision of Siddhartha Gautama is the culmination of 15 years of research into the Buddha’s lifetime and enlightened visions. Sixteen years ago he lost his 23-year-old daughter after a heart operation. She inspired him to search for answers and write this book. He has dedicated his life and teachings in her honor.
    http://BuddhaFromBabylon.com/

    http://www.amazon.com/Buddha-Babylon-History-Siddhartha-Gautama/dp/1590791436
    Also B&N, and selected bookstores

  • 01:10

    HARVEY KRAFT-DOUBLE AWARD WINNING AUTHOR OF THE BUDDHA FROM BABYLON

    in Spirituality

    ENVISION THIS: Great achievements are born from your Universal-Mind, the realm of full potential and higher consciousness.


    Harvey Kraft is author of the epic book, The Buddha from Babylon: The Lost History and Cosmic Vision of Siddhartha Gautama, a DOUBLE WINNER! 2014 USA Best Book Awards: History & Eastern Religions. Groundbreaking research underlies this profound new bio of the Buddha emerging out of the greatest mystery of 6th C. BCE – a murder, coup and purge in Babylon. Using Spiritual Archeology, the book investigates the roots of world religions and enlightenment.  In this compelling, alternative biography of the Buddha you'll discover that in the sixth century B.C.E. the seer-philosopher Siddhartha Gautama was a popular leader in Babylon. After a mysterious assassination, as a Persian general seizes the throne and orchestrates a religious purge, Siddhartha must head for the Indus where he finally achieves Perfect Enlightenment and unveils his cosmic vision of Existence.


    His profound work explores the quest for understanding the meaning of life. Against the backdrop of conquerors seeking immortality, an enlightened leader declares that the noble path to peace, compassion and harmony will be achieved through the self-transformation of mortals to a higher evolutionary state. It’s being called a “seminal work” brimming with insight and farsighted visions, providing a “revolutionary” look at spiritual history, the original views of the soul, sin, the afterlife, reincarnation, karma, and the world's shared legacy, the quest for divine salvation.


     Harvey’s website is www.BuddhaFromBabylon.com


     


    Please see Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature by your co-hosts at Amazon.

  • 00:20

    Literature and Spirituality #13

    in Books

    Our passage from the Word of God today is 1 Chronicles 29:29 which reads: "Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer."


    Our quote today is from F. Scott Fitzgerald. He said: "That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong."


    In this podcast, we are using as our texts: "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt, and "Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing" by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase any one of these books from our website.

  • 00:20

    Mahayana Buddhism (Understanding World Religions #29)

    in Buddhism

    Our quote for today is from Buddha. He said, "There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."


    In this podcast, we are making our way through Garry R. Morgan's book, "Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day."


    Our Understanding World Religions topic for today is, "Mahayana Buddhism" 


    Early in Buddhism's development, disputes about the correct meaning of Gautama's teaching divided his followers into various schools of thought. Within ten years of his death, there were sixteen different factions. Several councils, one convened by Emperor Asoka, attempted to bring unity but failed. Over the next several centuries, these groups organized themselves, elaborated on their doctrinal views, and deepened what became permanent divisions. 


    The Hinayana ("exclusive way") groups were more conservative; today Theravada is the only remaining Hinayana branch. The Mahayana ("expansive way") schools, largely because of their flexibility in accommodating other religions, were more successful in their missionary efforts and now are Buddhism's largest branch. Various types of Mahayana Buddhism are found in China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of Asia. 


    Central to the Mahayana system is the belief that in addition to what he taught publicly, the Buddha gave a number of secret or hidden teachings to a select and qualified few. This idea gave authority to additions and changes as the movement spread and developed. One of the first was that Gautama was more than a man. This deification of Buddha as an eternal being who came to help humankind led to Buddhism's decline in India, even while helping it spread elsewhere. Hindus simply adopted Gautama as one of Vishnu's ten avatars, and by encouraging his worship, drew devotees back into Hinduism. 


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  • 00:56

    ALL HAIL MAITREYA!!!

    in Religion

    According to Buddhist tradition, Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha (also known as Sakyamuni Buddha).The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya refers to a time in the future when the dharma will have been forgotten by most on the terrestrial world. This prophecy is found in the canonical literature of all major schools of Buddhism. Maitreya has also been adopted for his millenarian role by many non-Buddhist religions in the past such as the White Lotus as well as by modern new religious movements such as Yiguandao.

  • 00:25

    Cebrating Wesak, the Buddha and the Mother

    in Spirituality

    Tonight is Wesak, the full moon in Scorpio and the celebration of the birthday, enlightenment and mahasamadhi of Gautama Buddha. In the Masters and the Path, clairvoyant C.W. Leadbeater tells us that at the precise timing of the full moon, Gautama Buddha appears physically in the Himalayas and pours out a tremendous blessing to the earth, the light of which is then funneled through every heart who can receive it. 

  • 00:35

    Happy Wesak! Sacred Ritual for Oneness

    in Spirituality

    Today, we celebrate the birth,enlightenemnt and mahasamaddhi of Gautama Buddha, Lord of the World. Join me as we give this Sacred Ritual for Oneness in his name and flame. Namaste!

  • 01:17

    Harvey Kraft - Spiritual Archeologist, Buddha from Babylon

    in Spirituality

    The author, speaker and transformational leader had been a student of Buddhism for forty-five years. He is a spiritual archeologist adept at interpreting ancient mythic language. He wrote The Buddha from Babylon after 15 years of extensive research fulfilling his personal quest to unearth the meaning of Buddhist wisdom.


    According to new research, before he attained enlightenment, the historical Buddha may have been a seer-stargazer and the philosopher-king of Babylon. In a compelling, alternative biography of the Buddha, author Harvey Kraft asserts in The Buddha from Babylon that in the sixth century B.C.E. Siddhartha Gautama embarked for India after a Persian general seized the throne on the heels of an assassination of the Emperor and the purge of Babylon’s religious order.
    The book then follows Siddhartha to India where he achieves Enlightenment and unveils Buddhism’s grand cosmic vision of Existence — a deep revelation that echoes today’s quantum cosmology, espouses pacifism and compassion, and predicts a future of harmony for humanity.

  • 02:01

    Melchizedek Gospel—Response in the Orient (Part 6)

    in Religion

    Buddhism took origin in a historic person; and while Gautama made no superhuman claims, his disciples early began to call him the enlightened one.  According to his original teachings, salvation is achieved through faith, rather than through magic.  The great truth of Siddhartha’s teaching was his proclamation of a universe of absolute justice; he taught the best godless philosophy ever invented by mortal man.


    [NOTE: Archive page of symmetryofsoul.org includes referenced 'Sections' previously studied in The Urantia Book. Broadcast begins each Tuesday at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (02:00 GMT). Check worldtimezone.com for local time.]

  • 02:01

    Melchizedek Gospel—Response in the Orient (Part 5)

    in Religion

    Like many other spiritual and moral teachers, both Confucius and Lao-tse were eventually deified by their followers. But China failed to progress in the true path of the development of that God-consciousness which is indispensable to individual and social evolution. In India, Gautama Siddhartha, another prophet of the sixth century B.C., taught many truths; but he too failed to perceive the personality of God.


    [NOTE: Archive page of symmetryofsoul.org includes referenced 'Sections' previously studied in The Urantia Book. Broadcast begins each Tuesday at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (02:00 GMT). Check worldtimezone.com for local time.]

  • 02:42

    SUNDAY TALK- QUEST FOR THE SPIRIT- THE BUDDHA

    in Spirituality

    ANCIENT BLACK BUDDHA

    The statues of ancient Buddahs of the East depected him as having wolly hair is always shown in corn rows, or in a pepper corn style with small tight curls. Original statues of Buddha clearly show him to be Africoid, with the wide nose, thick lips and frizzy, nappy, hair which are distinctive Negro characteristics. In most ancient temples throughout Asia where he is still worshipped, he is shown as jet Black. In fact, in most of the ancient temples of Asia and India, statues of the gods and goddesses have Africoid features with woolly hair in the pepper corn style, while some even have dreadlocks. These pictures of Buddha portray him in no uncertain terms as a Negro with kinky, coiled hair, a flat nose and full lips.


    There are absolutely no historical records that portray Buddha as Aryan or White. 
    The first people who conceptualized and worshipped the divine image of the Negroid mould of humanity were the Negroes, and they actually started the practice of Buddhism, the world's first missionary religion. Buddha was an Enlightened Master from the Sakya clan of the Naga Race, and was the first man on earth to preach the great principles of equality, liberty and fraternity. He caused the Nagas to become conscious of their own mind power as opposed to the mantra power. 
    Buddhism, whose doctrines include the Golden Rule, was established 500 years before Christianity in the area now called the Middle East (Africa). Buddha is not a name but a title meaning Enlightened One, Blessed One, or to Become awake. Over the centuries, there have been several recorded Buddhas like Gautama, Sakayanumi, and Siddhartha. Black Buddhist missionaries introduced Buddhism to China, Japan and other countries.