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By Piers Moore Ede

This is often the tale of a guy who launched into a quest that many folks have dreamed approximately. disappointed by way of an international addicted to fabric wealth and medical truth, he determined to shuttle around the globe looking for anything extra significant: the paranormal, the magical. His trip takes him from snow-blanketed villages within the Himalayas to tiny, covert groups of whirling dervishes in rural Turkey; from the world's biggest non secular competition at the banks of the swollen Ganges to a dappled, old Sufi region in Delhi. Lyrical and clear-sighted, "All types of Magic" is an interesting exploration of the hidden international of miracles that's straight away deeply own and common in its scope.

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The earliest written records from India to convey the mystical view of Unity are found in the collection of songs of devotion and ceremonial liturgy known as the Vedas (“Wisdom”). , which was only transmitted to writing centuries later. The Aryans (“Kinsmen”) entered India from the northwest via Persia and Afghanistan, originating from somewhere in Central Asia. They were a light-skinned race who conquered and absorbed the earlier Indus Valley civilization of the dark-skinned Dravidian peoples, the builders of the vast complex cities at Harappa and Mohenjo-daro.

4 Too often, men take the names of God, which accumulate over THE VEDIC HYMNISTS 25 the centuries to represent separate and distinct entities, and then pit them one against the other. This was true of the early poets and mythologizers of the Vedas as well. As soon as one tribe or civilization absorbed another, it established its own name for God as the superior, and relegated the subjugated people’s name for God to an inferior position. In this way, a polytheistic mythology accumulated in no time, peopled with all manner of anthropomorphized gods.

Ba’al was replaced by Yahweh, and Asherah was replaced by Chokmah. Chokmah (pronounced Hoke-mah), which means “Wisdom,” was the Hebrew version of the creative Power of Yahweh, synonymous with Prthivi of the Vedas. ” By both Jews and Greeks alike, She was regarded, not only 34 HISTORY OF MYSTICISM as the creative aspect of God, but also as the principle of Intelligence inherent in mankind who is Her embodiment. In the book of Proverbs, in the Old Testament of the Bible, She is made to say: God made me [Wisdom] in the beginning of His works, as the first of His acts.

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