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Banyen Books & Sound has posted another great review of one of our Spring 2011 releases!  The Quotable Krishnamurti, edited by Robert Epstein, comes out this June.  Here’s what the folks at Banyen have to say:

Truth is a pathless land; you cannot approach it by any religion… My only concern is to set men absolutely free.” So said Jiddu Krishnamurti, one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1905, as a teenager he was groomed by Theosophists C. W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant to become the next World Teacher. Yet later he broke from his mentors, refusing to play the messiah. For nearly 60 years Krishnamurti traveled the world over, urging all humans to pursue their own, individual freedom without dependence on any doctrine or organization. He passionately rebuked violence, decrying both goverments and organized religion, insisting they result in conformity, division and fragmentation, rather than harmony.

“God is disorder,” Krishnnamurti once remarked during a talk. He shocked many in the audience. It was a shock designed to jolt us out of the consensus trance we typically inhabit until our graves. In your hands is a collection of insights and truths, originating in love and compassion, to jolt you into full attention.  Krishnamurti was awake; will you dare to join him in wakefulness and make your own revolution?   —Robert Epstein

Robert Epstein has culled key quotations from Krishnamurti’s talks and writings. Conveniently organized from A to Z, topics range from acceptance and anger to consciousness, fear, fulfillment, God, hope, joy, love, nonviolence, reincarnation, relationship, self-understanding, sex, suffering, vegetarianism, war, and wisdom. “You are the world, and the world is you,” said Krishnamurti. “If there is a radical transformation in the structure of an individual’s psyche, it will affect the whole consciousness of man.” This small jewel of a book contains enormous power to inspire readers to just such a change.

When you are open, there is unending help in all things, from the song of a bird to the call of a human being, from the blade of grass to the immensity of the heavens.


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Exciting news… Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, by Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D., is now available!

To celebrate, we thought we’d share this great review, as posted on the Banyen Books & Sound website:

This is a definitive book on the Sufi “way of blame” that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the “way of blame” (Arab. malamatiyya) is a little-known tradition within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique. Later, the term referred to those Sufis who shunned Islamic literalism and formalism, thus being worthy of “blame.” Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade.

Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a “perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself,” he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also contributes personal research conducted with one of the last living representatives of the way of blame in Turkey today, Mehmet Selim Ozic.

Closing chapters present the stages of spiritual development unique to this little-known path that has been largely inaccessible until now.

“…in-depth scholarly research… highly insightful and critical… priceless information… a must-read.” —Robert Frager, co-author of Essential Sufism

“Cuts through many of the myths… a previously inaccessible understanding… you will benefit from reading this book.” —Jay Kinney, co-author of Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions

“A critical assessment of the history, context, and spiritual significance of one of the most important yet hidden traditions within Islamic mysticism… (the “way of blame”) cuts to the bone, and points to what a mature spirituality could be.” —Kabir Helminski, author of Living Presence

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