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Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

by Roberto Calasso

"A giddy invasion of stories--brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful. " --The New York Times Book Review "So brilliant that you can't look at it anymore--and you can't look at anything else. . . . No one will read it without reward. " --The Boston Globe With the same narrative fecundity and imaginative sympathy he brought to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the mind of ancient India. He begins with a mystery: Why is the most important god in the Rg Veda, the oldest of India's sacred texts, known by a secret name--"Ka," or Who? What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide. We learn why Siva must carry his father's skull, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as part of a certain sacrifice, the king's wife must copulate with a dead horse. A tour de force of scholarship and seduction,Kais irresistible. "Passage[s] of such ecstatic insight and cross-cultural synthesis--simply, of such beauty. " --The New York Review of Books "All is spectacle and delight, and tiny mirrors reflecting human foibles are set into the weave,turning this retelling into the stuff of literature. " --The New Yorker

Kaaterskill Falls

by Allegra Goodman

In the summer of '76, the Shulmans and the Melishes migrate to Kaaterskill, the tiny town in upstate New York where Orthodox Jews and Yankee year-rounders live side by side from June through August. Elizabeth Shulman, a devout follower of Rav Elijah Kirshner and the mother of five daughters, is restless. She needs a project of her own, outside her family and her cloistered community. Across the street, Andras Melish is drawn to Kaaterskill by his adoring older sisters, bound to him by their loss and wrenching escape from the Holocaust. Both comforted and crippled by his sisters' love, Andras cannot overcome the ambivalence he feels toward his children and his own beautiful wife. At the top of the hill, Rav Kirshner is coming to the end of his life, and he struggles to decide which of his sons should succeed him: the pious but stolid Isaiah, or the brilliant but worldly Jeremy. Behind the scenes, alarmed as his beloved Kaaterskill is overdeveloped by Michael King, the local real estate broker, Judge Miles Taylor keeps an old secret in check, biding his time....From the Trade Paperback edition.

Kabbalah

by Moshe Idel Shahar Arzy

In this book, the world's foremost scholar of Kabbalah explores the understanding of erotic love in Jewish mystical thought. Encompassing Jewish mystical literatures from those of late antiquity to works of Polish Hasidism, Moshe Idel highlights the diversity of Kabbalistic views on eros and distinguishes between the major forms of eroticism. The author traces the main developments of a religious formula that reflects the union between a masculine divine attribute and a feminine divine attribute, and he asks why such an "erotic formula" was incorporated into the Jewish prayer book. Idel shows how Kabbalistic literature was influenced not only by rabbinic literature but also by Greek thought that helped introduce a wider understanding of eros. Addressing topics ranging from cosmic eros and androgyneity to the affinity between C. J. Jung and Kabbalah to feminist thought, Idel's deeply learned study will be of consuming interest to scholars of religion, Judaism, and feminism.

Kabbalah and Consciousness

by Allen Afterman

An interesting modern interpretation of the Kabbalah and is very clear and concise.

Kabbalah and Ecology

by David Mevorach Seidenberg

Kabbalah and Ecology is a groundbreaking book that resets the conversation about ecology and the Abrahamic traditions. David Mevorach Seidenberg challenges the anthropocentric reading of the Torah, showing that a radically different orientation to the more-than-human world of nature is not only possible, but that such an orientation also leads to a more accurate interpretation of scripture, rabbinic texts, Maimonides and Kabbalah. Deeply grounded in traditional texts and fluent with the physical sciences, this book proposes not only a new understanding of God's image but also a new direction for restoring religion to its senses and to a more alive relationship with the more-than-human, both with nature and with divinity.

The Kabbalah Book of Sex

by Yehuda Berg

Most sex manuals focus on only one aspect: the physical mechanics of the act itself. According to Kabbalah, the key to finding real sexual pleasure lies in self-awareness, not technique. This groundbreaking book helps readers overcome shame and negative self-image and access higher levels of connection - to themselves, their partners, and to spirit. Through the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah, sex becomes the truly sacred connection it was always meant to be - thrilling, satisfying, and profound.

The Kabbalah Deck

by Edward Hoffman

The mystic tradition of the Kabbalah is no longer exclusively for people of the Jewish faith. Embraced by dreamers, seekers, and believers alike, this ancient source of wisdom and spiritual guidance offers a practical method for attaining tranquillity and fulfillment in everyday life. The unique, portable format provides an engaging, interactive way to explore Jewish mysticism. With 35 cards for meditation and divination and a 160-page book exploring the tenets of this ancient practice, The Kabbalah Deck offers the spiritual key to unlocking endless joy and inner peace with feet still firmly planted in this world.

Kabbalah for the Layman

by Rav Berg

Prior to the popularization of Kabbalah, Kabbalist Rav Berg synthesized the wisdom's key concepts into a progressive system, rather than the non-linear manner of exploration previously available. This book is the result. The kabbalistic lineage is inextricably tied to the study of the knowledge itself. To this end, Rav Berg includes historical milestones, as well as insights about master kabbalists whose lives and deaths provide a basis for learning and connection. Kabbalah for the Layman is a profound study of deep kabbalistic concepts made applicable to daily life in the 21 century. At the time of its first printing in 1981, this title was considered a revolutionary portal to expanded consciousness, Kabbalah for the Layman Volumes 1,2, and 3 became classics. Newly edited, this book contains the all three volumes for a comprehensive introduction to Kabbalah.

Kabbalah Handbook

by Gabriella Samuel

A comprehensive single-volume reference guide to the terms and ideas of Kabbalah by a longtime teacher of Jewish mysticism -perfect for the serious student and newcomer alike. People of all faiths and backgrounds are drawn to the inspiration, knowledge, and spiritual insight that Kabbalah offers. But too often writings on Jewish mysticism are impenetrable for the novice, overly simplified for the advanced student, or misrepresent and sensationalize Kabbalistic practice. The Kabbalah Handbook is the first comprehensive single-volume Kabbalah reference guide that is indispensable for Kabbalah students of every level. The Kabbalah Handbook features: - more than five hundred key terms and concepts in straightforward, easy-to-read definitions and thorough, well-researched discussions; - Hebrew, English, and Hebrew transliteration for each item; - the language of origin for each term; - a discussion of all sides of differing opinions within Kabbalistic philosophy; - pronunciation guides; - nondiscriminatory, gender-neutral language; - important historical information; - extensive cross-referencing that enables readers to find all terms, whether they are looking up a word in English or transliterated Hebrew; - twenty-eight original and innovative illustrations; - thirty-two tables and charts that organize and break down unwieldy material into manageable items; and - appendices covering topics such as the 613 Mitzvot (biblical commandments), the lunar calendar, and the sacred names of God.

Kabbalah in Italy 1280-1510

by Moshe Idel

This sweeping survey of the history of Kabbalah in Italy represents a major contribution from one of the world's foremost Kabbalah scholars. The first to focus attention on a specific center of Kabbalah, Moshe Idel charts the ways that Kabbalistic thought and literature developed in Italy and how its unique geographical situation facilitated the arrival of both Spanish and Byzantine Kabbalah. Idel analyzes the work of three major Kabbalists--Abraham Abulafia, Menahem Recanati, and Yohanan Alemanno--who represent diverse schools of thought: the ecstatic, the theosophical-theurgical, and the astromagical. Directing special attention to the interactions and tensions among these forms of Jewish Kabbalah and the nascent Christian Kabbalah, Idel brings to light the rich history of Kabbalah in Italy and the powerful influence of this important center on the emergence of Christian Kabbalah and European occultism in general.

Kabbalah: A Love Story

by Lawrence Kushner

Sometime, somewhere, someone is searching for answers... in a thirteenth-century castle... on a train to a concentration camp... in a New York city apartment. Hidden within the binding of an ancient text that has been passed down through the ages lies the answer to one of the heart's eternal questions. When the text falls into the hands of Rabbi Kalman Stern, he has no idea that his lonely life of intellectual pursuits is about to change once he opens the book. Soon afterward, he meets astronomer Isabel Benveniste, a woman of science who stirs his soul as no woman has for many years. But Kalman has much to learn before he can unlock his heart and let true love into his life. The key lies in the mysterious document he finds inside the Zohar, the master text of the Kabbalah.

The Kabbalah Method

by Rav Berg

The Kabbalah MethodWhile there can be no question that we, as a species, have established deep and penetrating channels into the "how" of things, we have made scant headway in finding the source of the mighty river "why?"Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Why did the universe come into being? Did life on earth emerge as a matter of chance, or was it the conscious act of a supreme being? Is our suffering a cruel hoax, or is it a constituent element of some grand design?Despite all our best efforts to arrive at a conclusive understanding of reality, the essential questions concerning the nature of existence remain profoundly impenetrable. Until now.In his latest book eminent Kabbalist Rav Berg uncovers the ultimate mystery - where we come from and why. In this illuminating treatise, the reader is taken on a journey that begins before our universe came into existence, where all that existed was an infinite endless realm of total fulfillment and perfection. The journey continues to modern times and into the future.Instead of having to find a new solution for each and every obstacle in your paths, the kabbalistic frame of reference allows you to return to the root cause of each matter and thus avoid the constant interruptions presented by life in the material world.The reader acquires a sense of his/her inner workings, through the careful application of kabbalistic principles. As Berg explains, we are models of the universe, as it was, is, and will be. By understanding the microcosm that is us, we connect with the macrocosm that is the infinite power of the universe.If you seriously want to learn about the Kabalistic mindset, this book is one of the best available to help you along your journey, safely, and honestly.EXCERPT:Sympathetic VibrationsEvery vessel has a certain note that causes it to reverberate louder than at any other frequency. Gently encircle the rim of a wineglass with a moistened finger to find that vessel's resonant harmonic. The singer's trick of breaking wineglasses is accomplished by singing that particular pitch at a volume sufficient to cause the glass to explode from the force of its own vibrations. By singing, an ascending or descending scale into any container the singer can readily identify the one resonant harmonic that will cause the vessel to reverberate most loudly in sympathy with the note being sung.The same can be said for the vessel that is our soul. One note, one activity, one calling, more than any other, can cause our interior Encircling Vessels to come alive with sympathetic vibrations, the same resonant harmonic that once filled our Encircling Vessels when we were all but undifferentiated aspects of the universal music of the spheres. To find this one resonant harmonic is the key to contentment and satisfaction.

Kabbalah on Sex

by Yehuda Berg

Of all human desires, the sexual urge is the strongest. Kabbalah on Sex is a stimulating, thought-provoking exploration into this important aspect of human relationships. Bestselling author Yehuda Berg provides potent insights for transforming our sex life beyond what we dare to imagine. He takes us on a far-reaching journey through time where we discover the spiritual origins of lovemaking, according to the ancient teachings of Kabbalah. Understanding the divine nature of sex helps us heal issues around shame and negative self images. Making it possible to access higher levels of connection, to our self, our partner and Spirit. Readers learn how to elevate the sexual experience to new heights of understanding and pleasure as these kabbalistic secrets concerning love, death, the human soul, the meaning of existence, and the intimacies of human encounters are revealed. All this and more awaits between the covers.

Kabbalah: The Power to Change Everything

by Yehuda Berg

From best-selling author and noted teacher and speaker Yehuda Berg comes a thought-provoking call to action on our current global crisis. Positing that our collective abdication of responsibility -- in every facet of our lives, including business and the economy, the environment, government and politics, healthcare, education, and religion -- has contributed to the problems and challenges we face, Berg asserts that taking responsibility for our actions (or lack thereof) and their consequences is the key to achieving change for the better. Berg urges readers to access the power within each of us, using the principles of Kabbalah, in order to create the consciousness shift required for lasting positive change.

Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction

by Joseph Dan

In Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction, Joseph Dan, one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism, offers a concise and highly accurate look at the history and character of the various systems developed by the adherents of the Kabbalah. Dan sheds light on the many misconceptions about what Kabbalah is and isn't--including its connections to magic, astronomy, alchemy, and numerology--and he illuminates the relationship between Kaballah and Christianity on the one hand and New Age religion on the other. The book provides fascinating historical background, ranging from the mystical groups that flourished in ancient Judaism in the East, and the medieval schools of Kabbalah in Northern Spain and Southern France, to the widening growth of Kabbalah through the school of Isaac Luria of Safed in the sixteenth century, to the most potent and influential modern Jewish religious movement, Hasidism, and its use of kabbalistic language in its preaching. The book examines the key ancient texts of this tradition, including the Sefer Yezira or "Book of Creation," The Book of Bahir, and the Zohar. Dan explains Midrash, the classical Jewish exegesis of scriptures, which assumes an infinity of meanings for every biblical verse, and he concludes with a brief survey of scholarship in the field and a list of books for further reading. Embraced by celebrities and integrated in many contemporary spiritual phenomena, Kabbalah has reaped a wealth of attention in the press. But many critics argue that the form of Kabbalah practiced in Hollywood is more New Age pabulum than authentic tradition. Can there be a positive role for the Kabbalah in the contemporary quest for spirituality? In Kabbalah, Joseph Dan debunks the myths surrounding modern Kabbalistic practice, offering an engaging and dependable account of this traditional Jewish religious phenomenon and its impact outside of Judaism.

Kabbalistic Astrology

by Rav P. Berg

Ancient Kabbalistic mysticism and the search for meaning by looking to the stars are related in ways that may surprise readers. Kabbalah, in fact, offers arguably the oldest and wisest application of astronomy and astrology known to humankind. Kabbalistic Astrology is a tool for understanding one's individual nature at its deepest level and putting that knowledge to immediate use in the real world. A natural addition to Berg's many writings on spirituality, the book explains why destiny is not the same as predestination and shows that we have many possible futures and can become masters of our fate. Written in Berg's trademark clear, intelligible style, the book teaches how to discover challenges faced in previous incarnations and how to overcome them, as well as the secrets to finding the love, success, and spiritual fulfillment.

Kabir

by Robert Bly

Originally published in 1976, with more than 75,000 copies in print, this collection of poems by fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Kabir is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an introduction that makes clear Kabir's immense importance to the contemporary reader and praises Bly's intuitive translations.By making every reader consider anew their religious thinking, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Kaboom

by Matt Gallagher

When Lieutenant Matt Gallagher began his blog with the aim of keeping his family and friends apprised of his experiences, he didn't anticipate that it would resonate far beyond his intended audience. His subjects ranged from mission details to immortality, grim stories about Bon Jovi cassettes mistaken for IEDs, and the daily experiences of the Gravediggers-the code name for members of Gallagher's platoon. When the blog was shut down in June 2008 by the U.S. Army, there were more than twentyfive congressional inquiries regarding the matter as well as reports through the military grapevine that many high-ranking officials and officers at the Pentagon were disappointed that the blog had been ordered closed.Based on Gallagher's extraordinarily popular blog, Kaboom is "at turns hilarious, maddening, and terrifying," providing "raw and insightful snapshots of a conflict many Americans have lost interest in" (Washington Post). Like Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, Gallagher's Kaboom resonates with stoic detachment and timeless insight into a war that we are still trying to understand.

Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

by Matthew Gallagher

When Lieutenant Matt Gallagher began his blog with the aim of keeping his family and friends apprised of his experiences, he didn't anticipate that it would resonate far beyond his intended audience. His subjects ranged from mission details to immortality, grim stories about Bon Jovi cassettes mistaken for IEDs, and the daily experiences of the Gravediggers--the code name for members of Gallagher's platoon. When the blog was shut down in June 2008 by the U.S. Army, there were more than twentyfive congressional inquiries regarding the matter as well as reports through the military grapevine that many high-ranking officials and officers at the Pentagon were disappointed that the blog had been ordered closed.

KaBOOM! How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play

by Stuart Brown Darell Hammond

KaBOOM! chronicles Darell Hammond's amazing journey from a childhood spent living in a group home in Illinois to becoming the cofounder and CEO of KaBOOM!, an organization with this mission at its core: harnessing the power of community to save play for children... one playground at a time. Like The Blue Sweater and Three Cups of Tea, KaBOOM! demonstrates how one idealist can change the world and how small, civic-minded steps create a ripple effect that can precipitate change in communities and eventually change in the world at large. More than just a memoir, KaBOOM! is a call to action that will inspire readers by challenging them to rethink traditional notions of community and social change. This is the story of a man with a vision: Play is the best natural resource in a creative economy. Kids need more of it-it is not a luxury but a necessity for their lives. Through hard work, commitment, and the conviction that access to a safe play environment is the fundamental right of all children, Hammond built an organization that has raised almost $200 million, directly built 2,000 playgrounds with a million volunteers, and touched the lives of countless children and families. Photo captions are included after the index, starting on p. 287.

Kabuki Costume

by Ruth M Shaver

The attire of the feudal lords and ladies of old Japan, warriors, priest, courtesans, Edo-period dandies geisha, footmen, farmers- in fact, the whole array of Kabuki's colorful characters-is discussed in fascinating detail in this Japanese Kabuki book.From kimono and armor to undergarments, from wigs to foot gear, from swords to hair garments-no aspect of costume accessories is overlooked. Textiles and textile designs, in all their profusion of weaves, colors, and patterns, are carefully taken note of, and a number of important traditional designs are illustrate. Make-up and headdress varying formats of costume for specific roles, styles of tying the obi--all are expertly described.Of the numerous books in English dealing with the Kabuki theater of Japan, none so far has devoted itself exclusively to costume. Kabuki is compelling bringing about such art forms, yet it is the costumes that create the intrinsic, eye catching spectacle.Praise for Kabuki Costume:"A product of over fourteen years of meticulous study, Shaver's unique and authoritative analysis of the labyrinthine complexities of Kabuki costumery not only provides...a valuable reference work for scholar, but also an apt introduction for anyone seeking to understand the principles of Japanese visual arts and theatrical conventions."-Choice Reviews

Kabuki Costume

by Ruth M Shaver

Of the numerous books in English dealing with the Kabuki theater of Japan, none so far has devoted itself exclusively to costume. And yet costume is undeniably one of the outstanding features of this exciting form of drama. For the essence of Kabuki is spectacle, and the splendor of its costumes is one of the compelling reasons for going to see it. And here, at long last, in this engagingly written and gorgeously illustrated book, Kabuki Costume is given the full attention that it deserves.

Kabuki Costume

by Ruth M Shaver

Of the numerous books in English dealing with the Kabuki theater of Japan, none so far has devoted itself exclusively to costume. And yet costume is undeniably one of the outstanding features of this exciting form of drama. For the essence of Kabuki is spectacle, and the splendor of its costumes is one of the compelling reasons for going to see it. And here, at long last, in this engagingly written and gorgeously illustrated book, Kabuki Costume is given the full attention that it deserves.

Kabuki Democracy

by Eric Alterman

In this "agenda-setting" polemic, journalist and historian Eric Alterman explains what is really happening with the Obama presidency. While Obama's many compromises have disappointed liberals, Alterman argues that these concessions are largely due to a political system that is rigged against progressive change. These structural impediments to democracy have made the keeping of Obama's campaign promises all but impossible. Brilliantly blending incisive political analysis with a clear agenda for change,Kabuki Democracycuts through the clichés of conservative propaganda and lazy mainstream media analysis to demonstrate that genuine "change" will come to America only when people care enough to challenge the system.

Kabuki Democracy

by Eric Alterman

In this "agenda-setting" polemic, journalist and historian Eric Alterman explains what is really happening with the Obama presidency. While Obama's many compromises have disappointed liberals, Alterman argues that these concessions are largely due to a political system that is rigged against progressive change. These structural impediments to democracy have made the keeping of Obama's campaign promises all but impossible. Brilliantly blending incisive political analysis with a clear agenda for change, Kabuki Democracy cuts through the clichés of conservative propaganda and lazy mainstream media analysis to demonstrate that genuine "change" will come to America only when people care enough to challenge the system.

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