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    • The Bengali Mystic

    • 88 Insights from Sri Ramakrishna
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Sri Ramakrishna is one of the most thoroughly studied saints in the last 150 years. He is by any measure one of the most extraordinary mystics to have emerged from India. Ramakrishna has impacted the lives of millions around the world and he continues to intrigue and puzzle spiritual seekers and scholars alike. After reading many of Sri Ramakrishna’s wonderful sayings, filled with such rich and earthly analogies, I thought it would be instructive to choose 88 of his insights and put them in a short, introductory book.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Gnostic Jesus

    • Esoteric Christianity
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book covers four distinct areas concerning the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Taken as a whole, it provides a new way of looking at Jesus and early Christianity.

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    • By Jeremy on 05-19-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Making of a Spiritual Movement: The Untold Story of Paul Twitchell and Eckankar

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Seth Habhegger
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One of the first critical studies ever done on the hidden history of Paul Twitchell and Eckankar. It was first completed as a term paper when David Lane was only 20 years old as an undergraduate student at CSUN. Later, it evolved into a very controversial book which caused a worldwide stir in the Eckankar organization. Contains extensive documentation on how Paul Twitchell created a fictional mythology about himself while denying his association with certain spiritual teachers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The classic and original critique of Eckankar

    • By Dr, Scott Flaubert on 06-07-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Inner Visions and Running Trains

    • Baba Faqir Chand and the Tibetan Book of the Dead
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Surprisingly, one of the more lucid insights on the philosophy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead comes from a Hindu mystic, named Baba Faqir Chand, who apparently was not familiar with the original Tibetan text or its English translation. Although Faqir was not conversant with the Bardo Thotrol, he was nevertheless steeped in its philosophy as taught to him by his guru, Shiv Brat Lal of Gopiganj. Faqir Chand, like his lama counterparts, spent much of his life in meditation, attempting to consciously go through the dying process in order to prepare himself for his final exit.

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    • Logic and Intuition

    • Selections from the Writings of Charles Sanders Peirce
    • By: David Christopher Lane, Charles Sanders Peirce
    • Narrated by: John Alan Martinson Jr.
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Charles Sanders Peirce is perhaps the greatest philosophical mind to emerge from the United States. He was hugely influential on William James, Alfred North Whitehead, and many other eminent thinkers. This small volume includes two famous essays by Peirce, "The Fixation of Belief" and "Questions Concerning Certain Faculties Claimed for Man." Also included is a short, intellectual biography of Peirce which focuses on his many contributions to science and philosophy. Chosen and very slightly edited by Professor David Christopher Lane, PhD.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Why I Don't Eat Faces

    • A Neurophilosophical Argument for Veganism
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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    The moral imperative behind vegetarianism is precisely this: to imagine the pain of an animal and then to ask yourself one straightforward question: Do I need to kill it in order to live? And, if you do not need to eat animals to live a good life, then ask yourself the following, and perhaps more pertinent, questions: Is slaughtering a cow, beheading a chicken, or hooking a fish necessary? Is my palate the driving force behind my ethical values?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good Intentions Went Preachy

    • By Espanolish on 09-20-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Mystical Heart of Islam: Rumi and Sufism

    • By: David Christopher Lane - editor, F. Hadland Davis
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is an abridged edition of a classic text on Rumi and Sufism which was first published in London in 1920 under the title The Persian Mystics and authored by F. Hadland Davis. This special edition contains selections from the poetry of Rumi. Also included is an analysis of Sufism and the concept of love. Edited by Professor David Christopher Lane, PhD.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Four Scientists Who Changed the World: From Astronomy to Physics to Geology to Biology

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    I recently came upon an old book entitled Famous Men in Science by Sarah Knowles Bolton that was first published in 1889. In her enjoyable and easy to read text, Bolton provides a glimpse of 14 distinguished thinkers, ranging from such luminaries as Carl Linnaeus to Louis Agassiz. Since the book is not readily available, here at the MSAC Philosophy Group we thought it might be helpful to select four biographies from Famous Men in Science and republish them in a new and readable format.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Swami Who Inspired the World

    • A Glimpse of the Great Sage Vivekananda, an Abbreviated Selection from Nivedita's Writings
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Emma Jordan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book is an abbreviated selection from the original 1910 book, The Master as I Saw Him, written by Bhagini ("Sister") Nivedita. Although there are now a number of newer publications of this classic (due to the fact it is now in the public domain), I thought it might be helpful to come out with an abbreviated edition, which focuses on the first quarter of the book. It is my hope that this short volume may serve as but an introductory glimpse into the life and work of one of the truly outstanding exponents of Indian philosophy and spirituality. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Ganesha Chronicles

    • Explorations in Hinduism
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Meghan Crawford
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book contains brief stories about famous Hindu myths, including Ganesha, Garuda, and Rama. It also includes two pertinent excerpts on advaita vedanta or non-dualist thinking from one of its earliest exponents and one from a famous modern sage, Ramana Maharshi.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • If you are going to read learn how to pronounce the important words

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-29-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Enchanted Land

    • A Journey with the Mystics of India
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Cliff Truesdell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book describes the life and work of eight Indian mystics, including Ramana Maharshi, Sawan Singh, Paramahansa Yogananda, Baba Faqir Chand, Sushil Kumar, Tripta Devi, and Pratap Singh. Includes the author's personal interaction with several of them, as well as a detailed account of shabd yoga and the inner journey that occurs during meditation.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Shyness

    • How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness
    • By: Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the 1970s, a small group of leading psychiatrists met behind closed doors and literally rewrote the book on their profession. Revising and greatly expanding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short), they turned what had been a thin, spiral-bound handbook into a hefty tome. Almost overnight the number of diagnoses exploded. The result was a windfall for the pharmaceutical industry and a massive conflict of interest for psychiatry at large.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Eye Opener For All

    • By Richard J. Peach on 03-22-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Future Thinking

    • Exploring Consciousness and the Digital Horizon
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book explores the following topics: Global Positioning Intelligence, the future of books, reverse engineering the brain, understanding consciousness, a critical analysis of Jeffrey Kripal's understanding of the paranormal, and a critical analysis of Edgar Cayce.

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    • Lord Dunsany's Tales of Wonder

    • Stories from a Magical World
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Erik Yount
    • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Lord Dunsany was Edward Plunkett's pen name, and he was a very successful author of numerous books, plays, and short stories. He possessed a remarkable imagination and created fantastical landscapes peopled with unique characters. To listen to his short stories is to be transported to another time and to another place and, in the midst of it all, to be enthralled by the marvel of it all.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • a great stories with not so great naration

    • By Anonymous User on 06-19-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Pali Buddha: The Dhammapada

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Ryk Bowers
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The MSAC Philosophy Group is pleased to announce a new edition of that timeless classic in spiritual literature, The Dhammapada. Attributed to Buddha, this early text in Buddhism sheds a clear light on the teachings of the four noble truths and the eightfold path. This translation is from Max Mueller, the famous 19th century Indologist.

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    • Why Living Today Is Better Than Yesterday

    • Illuminating Steven Pinker's Theory of Progress
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    According to Steven Pinker in his new book, Enlightenment Now, the best time is precisely now. The only thing holding us back is waking up to it. Lest we forget, we are the lucky 8 billion who have been favored to be born human. We are, in sum, winners in the Darwinian lottery of life. This audiobook provides an illustrated glimpse into Pinker's idea that things have gotten better on planet Earth. Also provides new insights into a concept called "The Meta-Person Project".

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Chandian Effect

    • Explaining the Modus Operandi Behind Near-Death Experiences, Religious Visions, and Other Paranormal Projections
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Steve Williams
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Chandian Effect describes subjective visionary manifestations in which a devotee has a transpersonal encounter involving a sacred figure or form, of which the object of devotion is unaware. The term was first coined by David C. Lane, and so called because Faqir Chand was the first Sant Mat guru to speak at length about the unknowing aspects of such encounters.

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    • The Temptations of Prince Agib: Why the Famous Arabian Nights Story Reveals the Secret of Being Human

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In reading the fantastic tale of Prince Agib's adventures in the justly famous Arabian Nights, I was struck with how deeply insightful it was about the human condition. Although the story is so incredible that even one's imagination is stretched by its incredulity, the message it conveys is so universal and so human that one cannot help but be awed by its moral implications. Blaise Pascal brilliantly captures Prince Agib's and our own dilemma when he writes, “All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” 

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    • DA: The Strange Case of Franklin Jones

    • By: David Christopher Lane, Scott Lowe
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One of the first books ever published to objectively study the life and work of Franklin Jones, also known as Bubba Free John, Da Free John, Adi Da, an infamous cult leader who attracted both devotees and detractors. Contains original essays by Professor Scott Lowe (University of Wisconsin) and Professor David Lane (Mt. San Antonio College).

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Somerset Maugham's Rain

    • A Philosophical Journey
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Christy Williams
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Many critics consider "Rain" to be Maugham's finest short story and it has proven to be wildly successful for an essay that is less than 16,000 words, eventually earning him over a million dollars. What makes the story standout, besides its exotic setting in the South Pacific, is the archetypal conflict between the pull of the flesh and the pull of the spirit.

    Regular price: $6.95

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