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God Without Religion: Questioning Centuries of Accepted Truths
     

God Without Religion: Questioning Centuries of Accepted Truths

by Sankara Saranam, Arun Gandhi (Foreword by)
 

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In a groundbreaking approach to today’s tough spiritual and social dilemmas, God Without Religion offers an intelligent and compassionate bridge from dogmatic belief systems to progressive spirituality. The son of self-exiled Iraqi Jews, Sankara Saranam shows why organized religion has long been the cause of humanity’s worst wars and most acute suffering--then guides

Overview

In a groundbreaking approach to today’s tough spiritual and social dilemmas, God Without Religion offers an intelligent and compassionate bridge from dogmatic belief systems to progressive spirituality. The son of self-exiled Iraqi Jews, Sankara Saranam shows why organized religion has long been the cause of humanity’s worst wars and most acute suffering--then guides us beyond our divisive history into more expansive perceptions capable of creating a unified, peaceful future. Through a series of penetrating inquiries and practices, readers are invited to examine their beliefs, turn inward, and develop a direct understanding of God.

Editorial Reviews

Creations Magazine

Bold, blunt and blazing with rebel spirit, former monk Sankara Saranam leaves no stone unturned in this compelling critique of organized religion.

Fertile Journal

Introduces the age-old approach to spiritual inquiry for modern-day readers, broadening your view of all of life.

The Monthly Aspectarian

Offers a purer path toward God's love through personal reflection and spiritual investigation.

Youth Today

This rich, well-organized collection of games for groups of all kinds (ages 12 and up) offers valuable tips for game leaders."

From the Publisher

God Without Religion asks some difficult questions and advocates a more intelligent and thoughtful approach to the spiritual life. . . . Read it slowly, in sections, and become a positive influence toward religious understanding in the world.”
—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul

“This fine, fierce, wise, and deeply helpful book challenges everyone to find a direct relationship with the divine beyond the confines of the past, and offers rich advice and a bevy of powerful practices that can sustain such a relationship and continue to expand it.”
—Andrew Harvey, author of The Direct Path and Sun at Midnight

“In this day when religions seem to be caught in stages of mindnumbing dogma, justification of violence, and meaningless ritual that do no more than sanctify greed and secular superiority, Sankara Saranam’s book offers hope and relief. You don’t have to be Jewish, Christian, or Muslim to see the real message here—God is part of us all and Western religions may be getting in the way of that realization if they continue on their present paths.”
—Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., theoretical physicist, author of The Yoga of Time Travel, and a National Book Award winner

“This book’s bold message is vital. It is a path straight up the mountain that avoids the swamps of religious dithering, divisiveness, and destructiveness. It is a way out of darkness. It affirms the unity of all humans not only with one another, but with all of life and the Absolute. If we are to survive on the earth, heeding this message is not merely optional but required.”
—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Beyond the Body and Reinventing Medicine

"This is a courageous, stand-out book for readers ready to part the veil of illusion and see the truth that every religious tradition must periodically and systematically reexamine itself and account for its teachings."
—Meredith Jordan, author of Embracing the Mystery

"Written with clarity and elegance, [God Without Religion] explores the mysteries of faith and spiritual commitment with sensitivity and wisdom."
—Ahrar Ahmad, PH.D., professor of political science, Black Hills State University

"Sankara Saranam has created one of the most extraordinary books of our time . . . presenting us with a historical perspective on the political underbelly of our organized religions, then drawing science and spirituality together to offer us a new profile of divinity—one that casts light on the relationship between human existence and the cosmos, one that extends salvation to us all."
—Hank Wesselman, PH.D., anthropologist and author of The Spiritwalker Trilogy and The Journey to the Sacred Garden

"God Without Religion is a rare book, combining spiritual insight and practice with social criticism and an appreciation of the many contradictions of modern life. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to maintain intellectual integrity while simultaneously retaining reverence for the unity of all things."
—Jeffery Mishlove, PH.D., President, Intuition Network; author of The PK Man; and former host of Thinking Allowed, a national public television series

"Unlike other books that tear religion down without offering anything in its place, God Without Religion sets out helpful alternative approaches to personal spirituality. This is an inspiring, positive, wonderful book that emphasizes the truth that we are spiritual beings making a human journey. Reading it will greatly enhance your personal relationship with the creator-energy."
—Joseph Dispenzam, author of The Way of the Traveler and Live Better Longer

"God Without Religion opens a door to spiritual practice that organized religions have closed for centuries. Sankara Saranam has written a spiritual masterpiece. I highly recommend it to all spiritual seekers."
—Rev. Dr. Michael Ellner, President, HEAL (Health Education AIDS Liaison-NYC), coauthor of Quantum Focus, and winner of the IMDHA Pen and Quill Award

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972445016
Publisher:
Pranayama Institute
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
1 - 9 Years

What People are Saying About This

Jeffrey Mishlove
"A rare book, combining spiritual insight and practice with social criticism and an appreciation of the many contradictions of modern life."
PhD President, Intuition Network; author of The PK Man; and former host of Thinking Allowed, a national public television series
Thomas Moore
"God Without Religion advocates a more intelligent and thoughtful approach to the spiritual life . . . and offers positive ways to develop a spiritual viewpoint."
Author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul
Hank Wesselman
"One of the most extraordinary books of our time . . ."
PhD Anthropologist and author of The Spiritwalker Trilogy and The Journey to the Sacred Garden
Larry Dossey
"This book's bold message is vital."
MD, Author of Healing Beyond the Body and Reinventing Medicine
Andrew Harvey
"[A] fine, fierce, wise, and deeply helpful book."
Author of The Direct Path and Sun at Midnight
Fred Alan Wolf
"Offers hope and relief."
PhD Theoretical physicist, author of The Yoga of Time Travel, and a National Book Award winner
Michael Ellner
"A spiritual masterpiece."
Rev. Dr., President, HEAL (Health Education AIDS Liaison-NYC), coauthor of Quantum Focus, and winner of the IMDHA Pen and Quill Award
Meredith Jordan
"A courageous, stand-out book for readers ready to part the veil of illusion."
Author of Embracing the Mystery

Meet the Author

Sankara Saranam, writer and researcher, world traveler and lecturer, also plays classical guitar, composes music, and writes poetry. An ascetic and mystic, he was initiated in the advanced techniques of Kriya Yoga Pranayama as a monastic in the Self-Realization branch of the Swami Order founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. He now devotes his life to making pranayama techniques available worldwide at no cost.

Born in 1968 to Iraqi Jewish parents who had fled their homeland years before, Sankara was raised in the Midwest and New York City. He received his bachelor of arts degree in Religion from Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his master’s degree in Eastern Texts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He currently resides in a log cabin in northern Georgia with his wife and their young son.

Sankara writes a weekly online column that is read by students in over seventy countries. For information about his speaking engagements and teachings, please visit The Pranayama Institute’s Web sites: www.pranayama.org and www.godwithoutreligion.com.

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