RECOMMENDED READING LIST

CHRISTIAN

The Apocrypha is a group of books considered to be divinely inspired scripture until 425 A.D. when St. Jerome, acting on the authority of the Vatican, removed these books from the Holy Christian Bible. Today these books are considered anathema and a part of the Gnostic Heresy.

MYSTERIUM PANSOPHICUM by Jacob Bohme is subtitled A Fundamental Statement concerning the Earthly and Heavenly Mystery: How they are One in One Another, and How in the Earthly the Heavenly is Manifested. Drawn up in Nine Texts. This text is considered one of the primary Gnostic writings of all time.

Finding Grace at the Center The Beginning of Centering Prayer by M. Basil Pennington, Thomas Keating & Thomas E. Clarke is about a contemplative form of prayer which involves relaxation, breathing deeply and concentrating on one name for the Divine.

The Gospel of Judas Iscariot Scholars have waited for several years for translations of this Coptic text thought to have been written during the period between 33 and 50 AD. A copy fro about 170 surfaced in Egypt several years ago. The translation is not complete and the text is full of surprises for Christians and Gnostics alike.

The Gospel of Philip as translated by Jean-Yves LeLoup is undoubtedly one of the most disturbing books to organized Christian religion because Philip was an Apostle and a scribe who took down word for word what the Master Jesus said. What Jesus says is we all can commune with the Divine and we can all return to the Divine. The choice is ours and does not rest with nor depend upon the clergy. Is there any doubt the official Church considers this heresy?

The Gospel of Thomas contains a review of the annotated version of this book by Stevan Davies and several links to several other downloadable translations suggested by Archbishop Gilbert as being well done and readable.

Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas: Meditations on the Mystical Teachings by Tau Malachi is a well-respected book discussing the Gospel of Thomas.

The Secret Book of James translated by Marvin W. Meyer was one of the books cherished by early Christians later removed from the Canon as heresy. It was deemed heresy because it preaches that we can all be saved by being filled with the Holy Spirit. (Note: The Holy Spirit is the Mother aspect of the Divine, that of unconditional love.)

The Secret Book of John suffered a similar fate to the Secret Book of James and the Gospel of Philip. These early Christian books were considered to be filled with truth and wisdom by most early Christians. Unfortunately, these three books do not support a paid priesthood acting as intermediary between common people and the Divine. It's no surprise the Vatican had them removed from the Canon.

The Jesus Path by Vicky Thompson is a result of deep inner work done by the author to release old patterns and pain from her life. As she journeyed deeper and deeper into her inner being, she received detailed information on how Jesus achieved all that he did in his short lifespan.

The Templar Treasure at Gisors by Jean Markale is considered to be one of the most accurate books ever written about the Knights Templar.

The Way of a Pilgrim translated and annotated by Gleb Pokrovsky is about the Jesus Prayer. The Jesus Prayer is very simple: Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me. The Way of a Pilgrim describes the life experiences of a pilgrim who repeats this prayer thousands of times a day.

The Christian Gnostic Fellowship has a link to several older books and manuscripts the reader may find useful. These documents contain titles under both the Christian and Mystical headings.

MYSTICAL

The Drama of the Soul, A mystical Interpretation of the Gospels describing the Inner Initiations of the Master Jesus by Shabaz Britten Best is a long out-of-print classic answering the question of Why did the Divine create us?

The Emerald Tablet translated by Rhodonn Starrus, D.D. and Betty Jean McCloud Reeves, D.D. with annotations by two of their students. This particular translation and annotation is considered to be one of the best available.

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels is one of the better collections of these early Christian writings. Dr. Pagels is rigorous in her research and writes with authority.

The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene is one of those early Christian writings most Gnostics believe contains more truth that some others that come down to us today. Along with the Gospels of Thomas and Philip, the Gospel of Mary is widely considered to be the true religion of the Master Jesus. And, it really wasn't a religion, it was a spiritual path he taught and followed.

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell is the classic about all the spiritual heroes and the paths they travel as the one archetypal hero of the world.

The Kybalion by Three Initiates is probably written by Paul Foster Case and two other high-ranking members of the B.O.T.A. but nobody knows this for certain. We're pleased to find a copy of this rare and wonderful book which we can share with you.

The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of ancient writings considered to have been written about 100 years after the death of the master Jesus. These books were discovered in the twentieth century and provide the basis for the growth of Gnosticism within the Christian faith today. Here you will find links to many of these important and interesting books.

The Pattern on the Trestleboard translated by Rhodonn Starrus, D.D. and Betty Jean McCloud Reeves, D.D. with the annotation by Dr. John Gilbert. This particular annotation is considered to be one of the best available.

QABALAH

Sepher Ha-Bahir The Sefer Ha-Bahir is also called the Book of Illumination. It forms a part of both the Jewish Kaballah and the Mystic Qabalah.

The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford - A Dilettante's Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist by Lon Milo Duquette - a review by Dr. John Gilbert

Kabalistic Meanings of the Hebrew Alphabet Compiled from the meanings of the twenty-two intelligences attributed to the Hebrew letters in the Zohar and Sepher Yetzirah.

The Mystical Qabalah The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune is a classic recommended for all students of the Qabalah - a review by Dr. John Gilbert.

The Mystical Qabalah Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune is currently out of copyright and can be downloaded in its entirety as an Adobe Acrobat file.

The Sepher Yetzirah - (The Book of Formation) A complete translation of this important book that explains the Tree of life among other things. This version is divided into seven sections for easier reading.

The Sepher Yetzirah - (The Book of Formation) A complete translation of this important book that explains the Tree of life among other things. This version is the same document in one large file.

The Sepher Yetzirah - (The Book of Formation) A complete translation of this important book that explains the Tree of life among other things. This version is the same document in an Adobe Acrobat file.

The Sepher Yetzirah - (The Book of Formation) A complete translation by W. W. Wescott of this important book.

The Tree of Life Glyph The Tree of Life glyph is helpful in understanding the Sepher Yetzirah.

Zohar - Annotated & Explained, a review by John Gilbert. The Zohar is the largest of the books considered to be part of the Qabala. It's also one of the most difficult to understand. These links will be helpful in understanding this great novel.

SELF-IMPROVEMENT

The Essential Golden Dawn by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero describes the history and important aspects of the Golden Dawn teachings - a review by Dr. John Gilbertf.

Emotional Healing Through Mindfulness Meditation by Barbara Miller Fishman, Ph.D. guides the reader through healing of emotional trauma using the Mindfulness Meditation - a review by Dr. John Gilbert.

The Power of Emotion by Michael Sky is an experiential book to help readers transform themselves by working through emotional issues and blocks - a review by John Gilbert.

Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero is just that, a way to self-initiate yourself into a version of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - a review by John Gilbert.

YOGA

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda is one of the most widely read books on the subject of yoga.

Bhagavad Gita several translations of this important book are suggested. The Bhagavad Gita is the fundamental book describing both Buddhist and Hindu yoga practices

Dhammapada translated by Max Muller with annotations by Jack Maguire is by far the best rendering of this most beloved of all Buddhist scriptures. It is to Buddhism what the Bhagavad Gita is to Hinduism.

Magical Tattwas These are the Tattwa cards in full living color in an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

Raja-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda is the guidebook for The Royal Yoga and suggested reading for all meditation students regardless of their spiritual path.

Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga by Goswami Kriyananda is one of my personal favorites because it is so easy to read and understand.

The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation edited by W. Y. Evans-Wentz is probably the best translation of this book of dying and the transition period between lives.

Upanishads various Upanishads translated by Goswami Kriyananda and Swami Prabhavananda are suggested reading for all meditation students.

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