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    The setting of 1st and 2nd Maccabees is about a century and a half after the conquest of Judea by the Greeks under Alexander the Great. It tells how the Greek ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes attempted to suppress the Jewish religion, resulting in the Maccabean Revolt from 175 to 134 BCE. Originally included in the King James Bible, 1st and 2nd Maccabees is a thrilling historical account of the guerrilla warfare in which, with God's help, the Maccabean brothers, Judas, Jonathan and Simon were empowered to win extraordinary victories against vastly superior armies and restore an independent Jewish kingdom and religion. British narrator, Christopher Glyn, brings these epic stories to life with...read more

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    The setting of 1st and 2nd Maccabees is about a century and a half after the conquest of Judea by the Greeks under Alexander the Great. It tells how the Greek ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes attempted to suppress the Jewish religion, resulting in the Maccabean Revolt from 175 to 134 BCE. Originally included in the King James Bible, 1st and 2nd Maccabees is a thrilling historical account of the guerrilla warfare in which, with God's help, the Maccabean brothers, Judas, Jonathan and Simon were empowered to win extraordinary victories against vastly superior armies and restore an independent Jewish kingdom and religion. British narrator, Christopher Glyn, brings these epic stories to life...read more

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    The Wisdom of Solomon, is a Jewish work written in Greek, generally dated to the mid first century BC. The central theme of the work is 'Wisdom' itself. Wisdom, as it relates to man, is the perfection of knowledge of the righteous as a gift from God showing itself in action. Wisdom, as relating directly to God, is with God from all eternity. The Wisdom of Solomon can be found in the canon of Deuterocanonical books by the Roman Catholic Church but was deemed Apocryphal during the Protestant...read more

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    Aus meinem Leben. Dichtung und Wahrheit ist eine zwischen 1808 und 1831 entstandene Autobiographie, in der Johann Wolfgang von Goethe seine Erlebnisse aus den Jahren 1749 bis 1775 liebevoll darstellt. Nach Richard Friedenthal ist diese mannigfaltig vorschreitende Lebensgeschichte einer der großen deutschen Romane – ein...read more

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    This is the story of a gardener named James and his young daughter, Mary. Their simple, joyful life is interrupted when Mary is accused of theft. During the trial, Mary maintains her innocence and tells the truth, in spite of great pressure. But Mary and her father are convicted as thief and accomplice and begin their sentence for the crime. Throughout their sentence, James encourages Mary with lessons from the gospel and continues to prepare her for what is to come. His constant faith is a moral example for his daughter and for the reader. Little is known of the origins of this classic religious tale, which was originally written in French, except for the initials of its...read more

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    The earliest extant heroic epic in any European vernacular, Beowulf is considered the most important poem in Old English. The title character is a warrior of superhuman strength who accomplishes glorious deeds to honor his king. He also represents the ideal lord and vassal, generous to his own men while fulfilling all the forms of courtesy at court. The narrative itself falls into two parts: Beowulf first rescues the royal house of Denmark from two marauding monsters; then, after having ruled his people peacefully for fifty years, he is called upon to combat a dragon that is terrorizing the countryside. Combining mythical elements with actual historical figures and events, the narrative...read more

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    "Beowulf" is the conventional title of an Old English heroic epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. It survives in a single manuscript known as the Nowell Codex. Its composition by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet is dated between the 8th and the early 11th century. In 1731, the manuscript was badly damaged by a fire that swept through a building housing a collection of Medieval manuscripts assembled by Sir Robert Bruce Cotton. The poem fell into obscurity for decades, and its existence did not become widely known again until it was printed in 1815 in an edition prepared by the...read more

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    Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Royce Pierreson, star of Line of Duty, Our Girl and The Witcher. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Michael Alexander. Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. It tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland. Through its blend of myth and history, Beowulf vividly evokes a twilight world in which men and supernatural...read more

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    'Because the Bhagavad Gita ('The Song Of God') is spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead Bhagavan Sri Krishna, one need not read any other Vedic literature. One need only attentively and regularly hear and read Bhagavad Gita.' A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA 'Those who have entered into a transcendental relationship with Krishna relish at every step the descriptions of the pastimes of the Lord.' Bhagavad Gita 10.18 The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the Gita, is a 700-verse 5000 year old Vedic scripture in Sanskrit which is part of the epic Mahabharata. The Gita is set within a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his spiritual guide and...read more

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    In this inspiring blend of voice and instrumentation, Swami Kriyananda reads selected quatrains from the sacred poem The Rubaiyat, written nearly a thousand years ago by Omar Khayyam. The mystical music of I, Omar weaves melodically through the background, and transports us to an ancient place and time. Here the heart and mind open to perceive The Rubaiyat's veiled, yet deeply profound spiritual truths. Swami Kriyananda has edited and published The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, his guru, and has worked extensively with this ancient poem and Yogananda's interpretations. His stirring reading of these selected stanzas with explanations offers spiritual...read more

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    The Book of Enoch was thought to be lost for over 2000 years, until in 1773, a traveler brought three copies back from Ethiopia. Whether or not this ancient book was actually authored by Enoch, the father of Methuselah and great grandfather of Noah, is an ongoing debate among historians and theologians. But all recognise the Book of Enoch as one of the most important apocalyptic works outside of the Bible. This 1917 translation by R. H. Charles is professionally narrated by Christopher Glyn and aims to provide those who are curious to know the contents of this cryptic and mysterious book with an enjoyable way to do...read more

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    An anthology of very early Buddhist...read more

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    Learn how the chakras tangibly affect your daily life and how to use their special energies to speed your spiritual progress. First Chakra: Key to Loyalty, Discipline, and Focus Topics include: The earth element in human consciousness; inflexibility and materialism as negative aspects of the earth element; the role of the chakras in our spiritual evolution; the relationship between astrology and the chakras. Second Chakra: Key to Flexibility, Contentment, and Getting in the Flow Topics include: The water element in human consciousness; releasing the need for control and learning how to flow with life; why one should not be "offensively" contented; wishy-washiness as a negative...read more

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    It has often been said that there are two basic stories that define the ethos of men and women. For men it is the myth of Superman, the ultra powerful male figure who saves the world against evil. For women it's the Cinderella, the story of a downtrodden young maiden who eventually overcomes the miseries surrounding her to be saved by the dashing, rich and powerful Prince. It is a story that lives in almost every culture around the world to this day. As the story goes Cinderella is a young and beautiful young maiden who embodies the ideal values of good, piousness and ultimate virtue. The story starts with Cinderella living with her widowed father. The father remarries and when he...read more

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    For over two thousand years, this books has been the foundation of Chinese family life.   Based on a series of conversations with Confucius, and supplemented by a series of story examples by an Emperor in the 11th Century, it is essential to understanding the nature and order of Chinese society. It speaks of how one should behave towards a senior such as one’s parents, elder brother or ruler, and the obligations that follow in the opposite direction. Written in 400BC, the Xiaojang is legendarily a dialogue between Confucius and Zeng Zi, a disciple who was well known for his filial piety.   Since that time, it has been an essential tool of Chinese civilisation, often being...read more

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    In the middle ages, Christianity shared much with Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies. Read on to learn how Christian mystics came to the same conclusions as those from very different faiths. This edition has been adapted from the 1923 version into modern English to make the ideas more accessible to today's reader, the Cloud of Unknowing distills a complex mystical epistemology and discipline into engagingly readable prose. The Cloud of Unknowing is a work of Christian mysticism written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century. It is a spiritual guide, which focuses on using contemplative prayer to know God by abandoning consideration of God's particular activities...read more

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    La fille du grand Vizir met une condition à son mariage : son futur mari doit lui apporter une rose bleue.Le dernier prétendant est un poète et remporte l'honneur tant...read more

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    Esther wurde von ihrem Onkel aufgezogen. Sie leben in Susa; das weit weg von Israel liegt. Esther wird Königin. Eine Intrige wird verhindert, als sie durch ihren Mut ihr Volk vor dem Tod schützt. (Zusammenfassung von...read more

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    A central Buddhist scripture, supposedly a collection of sayings by the...read more

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    The Didache is the common name of a brief early Christian treatise (dated by most scholars to the late first or early second century), containing instructions for Christian communities. The text, parts of which may have constituted the first written catechism, has three main sections dealing with Christian lessons, rituals such as baptism and eucharist, and Church organization. It was considered by some of the Church Fathers as part of the New Testament but rejected as spurious or non-canonical by others, eventually not accepted into the New Testament canon with the exception of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church "broader canon." The Roman Catholic Church has accepted it as part of the...read more