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    • 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 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.

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    • 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

    • Epistemological Borderlands

    • Essays on Evolutionary Transcendence
    • By: David Christopher Lane, Andrea Diem-Lane
    • Narrated by: Benjamin Lee
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This audiobook contains distinct essays on Darwinian epistemology, the future of shabd yoga, Ken Wilber's Atman Project, Clarence Darrow's agnostic philosophy, and the debate between Richard Feynman and John Lilly over the reality/non-reality of out-of-body experiences. Excerpt from one of the chapters: I think it is important to distinguish methodological naturalism from a philosophically absolutist position, since trying to ground all things down to the empirical realm and testable realm is a practical process and doesn't necessarily mean that nothing else exists beyond what we can scientifically discern. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • When Machines Become Masters

    • Samuel Butler on Darwin Among the Machines
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This audiobook focuses on two of Samuel Butler's more intriguing writings concerning machine evolution and intelligence, including his most famous piece, "Darwin Among the Machines", and his chapter on Erewhon in "The Book of the Machines". Professor David Christopher Lane has written a brief introduction. Also included is a small biography of Samuel Butler.

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    • The Cultic Mind

    • Critical Responses to Believing Defenses
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Royce Roeswood
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This little book focuses on two famous spiritual leaders: Adi Da and Paul Twitchell and how devotees of each try to defend their actions. The author then presents a counter-critique to their respective defenses. Also included is a brief essay on Ken Wilber's transcendental sociology, as well as a spirited defense of a neuroscientific approach to understanding consciousness.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Mystical Divide

    • From UFOs to the Shadow of a God Man to Speaking in Tongues
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Ian Kingsley
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book provides a critical overview of such subjects as mysticism, speaking in tongues, John-Roger Hinkins and MSIA, Sathya Sai Baba, astrology, near-death experiences, and UFOs. Previously published under the title The Mystical.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Listening to the Inner Sound

    • The Perennial Practice of Shabd Yoga
    • By: Andrea Diem-Lane, David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Listening to the inner sound to achieve higher states of consciousness has a long history and can be found in different religious traditions around the world (ranging from Gnostic Christianity to Islamic Sufism to Tibetan Buddhism). In this presentation, we will explore the originations of shabd yoga and trace it over time (in its various manifestations) up until the present day. In so doing, we will want to learn how listening to the inner sound is theologically interpreted in varying cultures on distinct continents.  

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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. 

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    • Pali Buddha: The Dhammapada

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Ryk Bowers
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 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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    • The Voyage of Unknowing

    • Nicholas of Cusa On Learned Ignorance
    • By: David Christopher Lane, Andrea Diem-Lane
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    I first encountered the mystical logic of Nicholas of Cusa when I read S.L. Frank's magnificent (and underappreciated) volume, The Unknowable. I was both mesmerized and haunted by Cusa's koan-like summation of his philosophy when he wrote, "The unattainable is attained by its unattainment." As Socrates and other mystic-philosophers before him, Nicholas of Cusa had realized through mathematics and geometry that infinity cannot be comprehended by that which is finite.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • I did like this book

    • By big-time fanboy on 05-15-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Ecstatic Memory

    • A Glimpse of Rumi
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although there is now a plethora of books by and about Rumi, I thought it might be instructive to republish a small portion of Edward Henry Whinfield's English translation of Rumi's Persian masterpiece. I think it is vitally important in today's social climate to focus on those aspects of Islam which elevate humankind and I can think of no better place to start than with the Sufi mystics of Islam, of which Rumi is the most famous (and perhaps finest) example.

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    • Beauty

    • By Mary M. Wolf on 09-17-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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.

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    • Evolutionary Limits

    • The Darwin-Wallace Debate
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jim Bratton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The first part of this work includes four original essays by Professor David Christopher Lane on the Darwin-Wallace debate, focusing on the contentious issue of whether or not natural selection can explain the human mind or soul. In part two we have included the two original essays by Darwin and Wallace in 1858 concerning their discovery of evolution by natural selection as presented to the Linnean Society in London, England.

    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.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Darwin 101

    • Evolution, Consciousness, and Reflections
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book provides a wide overview of Darwin's views on a variety of subjects. It also draws out some of the implications of his groundbreaking work on psychology and philosophy.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tom Blake

    • A Surfer's Philosophy
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: J. Keith Jackson
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Tom Blake changed the face of surfing and has long been lauded as one of the true pioneers and innovators in the sport. Although much has been written about him and his contributions (culminating in Gary Lynch's magisterial biography of him, Tom Blake: The Uncommon Journey of a Pioneer Waterman, published in 2001), very little work has been done on Tom Blake's Einsteinian philosophy.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Sir Arthur Eddington: On the Nature of Things

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Neil Reeves
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is not too often that a brilliant scientist is also a wonderfully gifted writer. Sir Arthur Eddington was both. Brought up as a Quaker (he was a pacifist during World War One), Eddington was by all accounts a brilliant mathematician and physicist, who eventually became a professor of astronomy at Cambridge University. Sir Arthur Eddington is perhaps most famous for partially confirming Albert Einstein's theory of relativity back in 1919.

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    • On The Nature of Things

    • By Anonymous User on 03-27-17

    Regular price: $6.95

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