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The Tolerance of Hinduism
Herman Schneider was only thirty-two years of age
when he was diagnosed as having the AIDS virus. He was
one of many doctors who had volunteered to go to a village
in India to tend to a number of people with AIDS. How
Herman contracted the deadly disease left many of his coworkers guessing, as well as why Herman no longer showed
up for work, and was not willing to share any information
about how he got infected. Some nurses who knew Herman
well seemed to think that he had gotten the virus from
tainted blood. They claimed that for quite some time,
Herman had been taking samples of blood from his patients
to do private studies in hope that he could find a cure for the
By now the disease was in its final stages and
Herman, disheartened by what had happened, feared that he
would eventually die from the deadly virus, since no one at
the time had come up with any medication to counteract the
disease. In a melancholy mood, he began to think that he
would no longer be able to tend to his patients, and how
greatly distressed his parents in Germany would become
when they found out that he only had a few months or
perhaps a year to live.
The greatest achievement in life? Living in conscious oneness of ultimate reality, found in Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Kabbalah, Sufi, and comparative mysticism. This ebook summarizes many similarities among those five traditions and outlines mystical approaches to life.
It was inspired by my meetings with 19 mystics in 12 countries: A Nobel astrophysicist in Chicago, a Vedanta Society spiritual director and the chairman of a global bank in New York, a professor of philosophy in Kyoto, a Zen abbot and a Cistercian monk on Lantau, a Quaker missionary in Victoria, Hong Kong, a Therevada monk at Nakhon Pathom, a Hindu priest on Bali, a Vajrayana abbot in Kathmandu, a sadhu/scholar in Lucknow, the Vice President of India in Delhi, a Sufi shaykh in Teheran, a professor of political science (and shaykh) in Cairo, a member of the Knesset, a professor of history and a Greek Orthodox monk in Jersusalem, a retired police inspector in Copenhagen, and an Anglican bishop in Bath, England.
The manuscript was sent to 10 religious leaders/scholars of the five faiths and 10 professors who teach comparative mysticism across the U.S.A. Their suggestions led to many revisions prior to posting on the Internet. These wonderful people freely gave me their advice which is why this ebook is free.
Tantric Zoo begins at a tantric sex couples retreat in 1987. Amid the cavorting and indulging and groping and exploring one of the campers ends up dead. The surviving campers bury the body and return to their lives.
Until 2008 when the body is discovered and forensic anthropologist Bud Warhol tracks the campers down. Bud finds the murderer but also discovers how two decades of guilt has altered and affected the lives of everyone involved with the Tantric Zoo.
“A rollicking good read.”
—Linda McCabe, author of Quest of the Warrior Maid
Rob Loughran has 22 books in print. His first novel High Steaks won the 2002 New Mystery Award. He lives in Windsor, CA.
This small book contains ten transcendental meditations on the subject of pure love of God, which will enlighten the reader regarding the distinction between material and spiritual love, as well as the nature of God and His eternal existence.
This book mainly presents a hardcore moral criticism of the Bhagavad-gita, the criticism that 1.Krishna—the preacher of yoga—is himself not a yogi, 2. Krishna alone is satanic (or evil), and 3. Krishna is a terrorist and the Gita is Hindu terrorism. And, as a necessity, it attempts to systematically dig into the Gita’s metaphysical foundations, further examining the gravity of each criticism through monistic and dualistic metaphysical interpretations (or perspectives).
Notwithstanding my harshest criticism of the Bhagavad-gita, I profoundly love the Gita for the very transcendental nature of its metaphysics and the sheer beauty in which it has been expressed. If I refer to Krishna as a terrorist, for instance, it is only because I quite frankly and objectively and in a sense mathematically believe that he—especially if certain established metaphysical interpretations of the Gita are to be believed—is a terrorist.
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