God Without Religion: Questioning Centuries of Accepted Truths

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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 us beyond our divisive history into more expansive perceptions capable of creating a unified, peaceful future. Through a series of penetrating ...
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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.
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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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972445016
  • Publisher: Pranayama Institute
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Foreword   Arun Gandhi     xix
Preface     xxv
Introduction     xxix
Worshipping by Wondering     1
"What Is God?"
Gods Made in the Image of Men
Miracles and the Mind
Revelation and Reason
Religion and Spirituality
Terrorism in the Name of God
A Bigger Picture of Human Progress     81
The Cycle Theory
Moving Past the Dark Ages
Avenues to Knowledge
An Alternative to Organized Religion     129
A Theory of Self
Going Straight to God through Energy Control
The Self in Society
A New Myth to Spark Social Reform
Testing Today's Choices     205
Can We Know God?
Modern Spiritual Movements
Vulnerability of the Self
Celebrating Apostasy
Conclusion     267
Notes     273
Index     276

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    Essential Reading

    'God Without Religion' allows readers to discover and define God from their own awareness rather than ideas of God based on accepted religious doctrine. The author's criticism of religious belief is valid, though ultimately it is NOT antagonistic to religion as it initially appears, since all religions are at their core are based on mystical experience, the rituals and dogmas are their outer form.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    Worth a Serious Read

    If you are searching for the meaning of it all, this is a book you should read. It contains wonderful insights. Whether you prescribe to the author's views or not, it is a worthy addition to a spiritual library. Frank Scoblete: author of Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution! and Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    a practical guide for finding a nonviolent God

    God Without Religion is a great resource for all those who are disenchanted with religious distortions of God. In addition to its focus on finding God from within, the book presents practical steps for purifying one's image of God from the violent traits it has acquired in many religions. A highly recommendable title.

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