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By Marianne Rankin

ISBN-10: 0826498213

ISBN-13: 9780826498212

This finished new creation appears at non secular studies from prior to give, from the stories of the founders of the most important international non secular traditions to occasions within the lives of standard buyers. Mystical and close to dying reviews are incorporated. Examples are drawn from various resources, together with unique debts from the Alister Hardy spiritual event study Centre Archive on the college of Wales, Lampeter in addition to many given to the writer in individual.

Interpretations of those reports stick to, from spiritual, philosophical and clinical viewpoints. quite a few questions are thought of. Is there a standard middle to religious event? Do those reviews supply evidence of the lifestyles of God or of the potential of survival of dying?

This interesting paintings concludes with an assessment of what will be realized approximately recognition, faith and what it truly is to be human.

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On what became known as ‘the Night of Qadr’ (Power or Glory), recorded in Surah (Section) 97 of the Qur’an, We revealed this on the Night of Qadr. Would that you knew what the Night of Qadr is like! Better is the Night of Qadr than a thousand months. On that night the Angels and the Spirit by their Lord’s leave come down with each decree. That night is peace, till break of dawn. He had a vision of the Angel Jibril (Gabriel), who instructed him to ‘Read’ or ‘Recite’ (Qur’an means recitation). This is recorded in Surah 96 of the Qur’an, which begins, In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Recite in the name of your Lord who created – created man from clots of blood.

He was brought up a Hindu and made his fortune as a jeweller. It was not until he was 60 years old, that his spiritual revelations began, in the form of visions of Shiva which occurred over a period of several months. He gained an insight into the divine which led to him giving up the business and founding a movement of Raja Yoga, which emphasized meditation and aimed at purity of body and soul, with members dressing symbolically in white. Brahma Baba lived until the age of 93. He was succeeded by Dadi Prakashmani (1923–2007) as Chief Administrative Head (Dadi means elder sister).

He was considered to be the 24th and last Tirthankar or ‘Fordmaker’ providing humans access to salvation. On his death at the age of 72 he was considered to have become a Siddha or pure consciousness, having attained Nirvana. His teachings were based on a view of the universe as eternal, uncreated. Mahavira enjoined complete non-violence, or ahimsa, and his teaching of not harming any form of life led monks to sweep the ground before walking to ensure no loss of insect life and even to wear a mask to avoid swallowing any living creature.

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