Issue #17

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4 The Nectar of Advaitic Instruction
Compelling and intriguing questions from our readers.

8 Religious Tradition in the Current Atmosphere of New Age Thinking
by Lex Hixon
Religious traditions, in all of their cultural and philosophical richness, and inclusive of both their excellences and their errors, act as the stable spiritual diet for a greater percentage of the world's people. And while there are many who turn away from what they offer, there are also those who would do away with them completely, opting instead for a world of no religion or an ideal based on a single religion for all. As a stark but well-timed reminder, Lex Hixon brings out the points and pluses of the world's great traditions, casting and contrasting them as a foundational backdrop behind the current trend of "New Age" thinking.

12 Buddhist Radical Nonduality and
the Zen of Eihei Dogen

by Kyogen Carlson
Along with an in-depth look into radical nondualism in Buddhism, this article also provides a powerful tour de force of some of the philosophical history of the tradition as it proliferated over centuries, revealing further how it availed itself of numerous enlightened spiritual perspectives and absorbed them into the many extant forms of Buddhism alive and flourishing today.

18 Religious Extremism –
A Yoga-Vedanta Solution

by O. P. Sharma
What would we get if we assiduously combined the religiously opened-minded attitude of Emperor Ashoka, the principles of nonviolent resistance espoused by Mahatma Gandhi, and the universal practice and realization of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa? We might at least see the demise of religious extremism, or at least its gradual diminishment and disappearance. Thus, an integrated agenda based upon Yoga, aspiration for union with God, and Vedanta, living a divine life based upon firm adherence to the eternal principles of Truth, provides a fine solution.

20 Humility: An Ancient Rhythm for
the 21st Century

by John Forman
Present 12-step programs considered, there is another regimen of a more ancient origin which holds out endless benefits for those sincere ones who seek for union with God. In its timeless tenets exist far more than solutions to people's base addictions. Prized and practiced by Benedictine monks for centuries, the Twelve Steps to Attainment of Humility offers humanity a timely reminder of the value of spiritual qualities that, in this day and age, are nearly forgotten.

28 Select Stories and Teachings of
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

by Babaji Bob Kindler
As a follow up to a similar article on the Great Master's stories published in Nectar of Nondual Truth, Issue #4, and in celebration of the publishing of SRV's newest book, some choice excerpts from the bounteous wisdom-store of Sri Ramakrishna are offered herein.

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