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What´s the most profound book you´ve ever read?

 
Anonymous Coward
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The Bible. But I also like:

-Dante
-Tolstoy
-Church fathers
-Thomas Aquinnas
-Greek tragedy (especially Sophocles)
-Berkeley
-Hume
-Locke
-Seneca
-Wittgenstein
-Espinoza
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Re: What´s the most profound book you´ve ever read?
Thomas Pynchon:
"V"
"Gravity's Rainbow"

Mark Helprin:
"A Winter's Tale"

:)
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the Philokalia
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Re: What´s the most profound book you´ve ever read?
Any others?
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The most profound... hmm

I would say "Everything Men Know About Women"


It was full of blank pages.
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Urantia Book!
[link to urantia.org]

IN THE MINDS of the mortals of Urantia--that being the name of your world--there exists great confusion respecting the meaning of such terms as God, divinity, and deity.

Human beings are still more confused and uncertain about the relationships of the divine personalities designated by these numerous appellations.

Because of this conceptual poverty associated with so much ideational confusion,

I have been directed to formulate this introductory statement in explanation of the meanings which should be attached to certain word symbols as they may be hereinafter used in those papers which the Orvonton corps of truth revealers have been authorized to translate into the English language of Urantia.
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goodnews
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Re: What´s the most profound book you´ve ever read?
"Earth In The Balance" by algore

Oh, you're SERIOUS. Never Mind...

gwdance lmao
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The Social Construction of Reality : A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge

Again, this is reminiscent of Vico who wrote: "common sense is judgment without reflection, shared by an entire class, an entire nation, or the entire human race."
 Quoting: the most profound book 30733


I wondered why there were so many zombies on the planet, sucking the brains out of so many of us.

Now I know.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Nag Hammadi
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My mental conciousness expanded - WHOA - when I was 17 years old when I read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
It really was profound to me and still is.
 Quoting: Weezer 35571

That would be my first choice too Weezer!! But "Cannery Row" and all of John Steinbeck's books are profoundly eye-opening in the field of sociology!

Uhm .... Jeffrey Archer's books (all of them) are extremely well researched and profound if you're interested in the workings of "alphabet" agencies and espionage.
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root" -
Henry D. Thoreau
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The Scriptures.

Peace Cycles, War Cycles by Hoskins
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Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch.

[link to www.cwg.org]
The Reptilian Elite are planning economic collapse, martial law and micro-chipping next year (2007).
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"The Secret Doctrine", by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.
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The Bible
A Wrinkle In Time (pleasantly surprised that so many others have mentioned it!)
Lord of the Rings
The Grapes of Wrath
Clan of the Cave Bear (the BOOK! The movie was beyond HORRIBLE!)
The Forbidden Zone (not a fan of Whitley Streiber, but TFZ scared the crap outta me!)
A book on quantum physics / string theory that I can't recall the name of offhand.

Also ... there's a short story which I believe Stephen King wrote under the name of Richard Bachman(?) ... where it's possible to "beam" people back and forth to different locations. You have to be asleep in order to "beam". A family is going on a trip of some sort, and the boy somehow manages to stay awake. When he emerges at the end of his "beaming" trip, he's very, very, very aged. I can't remember the name of the story, but it was WAY unnerving!
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I take back my previous votes! The most profound book I've ever read is "The Unified Theory of Existence (A Love Story)" by John Dixon-Jenkins.

An absolute must-read!!
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root" -
Henry D. Thoreau
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This is really a wonderful topic. First a definition of PROFOUND: "Resulting from or affecting one's innermost feelings: deep, intense, strong."

Most of the books that the people listed are well Profound. I have read many of them listed too. Some works not listed: Eckankar, Neo Tech both of which still influences my thinking.

Then there the latest book that I have called MASTER KEY by Charles Haanel. Now, this is the book that Bill Gates got hold of when he was in college. He quit college after just a short time studying Master Key.

It's available on line Free! You have to have Adobe PDF reader and this is also free to download.

Thanks to everyone for telling about their books. Oh, don't forget Alister Crowley stuff too.
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The Holy Bible.
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Also ... there's a short story which I believe Stephen King wrote under the name of Richard Bachman(?) ... where it's possible to "beam" people back and forth to different locations. You have to be asleep in order to "beam". A family is going on a trip of some sort, and the boy somehow manages to stay awake. When he emerges at the end of his "beaming" trip, he's very, very, very aged. I can't remember the name of the story, but it was WAY unnerving!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 150277


Okay, I'm quoting myself (LOL!) but I just looked on Amazon and I cannot find this book to save my life. It was a collection of short stories. Another of the stories was about a doctor who got stranded on an island, and (to make a "short story" short), ended up amputating several body parts for food in order to survive. (Gross, I know!)

Does anyone know what book I'm referring to? I could've sworn Richard Bachman / Stephen King wrote it, but I can't find a thing on it. scratching
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Skeleton Crew. I found it. :-)
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"See, I Told You So" - Rush Limbaugh
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Re: What´s the most profound book you´ve ever read?
The Bible

Gnostic Bible

Ancient and Medieval History, by reputable authors ONLY...

Dante
Machiavelli
Shakespeare
and any of the Classics such as in the Harvard classic book collection.
Memor Miles Militis Templar, pro quos nos pugna!

Non Nobis Domine, Non Nobis, Sed Nomine Tuo Da Gloriam!

Dante said,
‘The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

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It's a shame I haven't seen the book Secret teachings of all ages by Manly P hall.
It's a must read for everyone here at GLP
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-GOOD JOB
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"A Course in Miracles"
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The Gods Of Eden by William Bramley.
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I take back my previous votes! The most profound book I've ever read is "The Unified Theory of Existence (A Love Story)" by John Dixon-Jenkins.

An absolute must-read!!
 Quoting: Sense and Sensibility


Where is it available? Did not find it at Amazon.
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"Burning All Illusions"
by Edwards

De-constructs military/industrial complex programming of human race. The book was a n eye opener for temporary bouts of personal "depression." I can see now how my altruistic side has been in conflict with the traditional ideas of "success" and how I have been manipulated to reassign priorities in order to fit into the consumer society. Simultaneously simple and complex, I would highly recommend this book if you are a thinker.
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It's a shame I haven't seen the book Secret teachings of all ages by Manly P hall.
It's a must read for everyone here at GLP
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It is not original or insightful. Just scholarly in the way an encyclopaedia is.
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It's a shame I haven't seen the book Secret teachings of all ages by Manly P hall.
It's a must read for everyone here at GLP
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this is the book itself : [link to www.sacred-texts.com]

And here a link to some of his other works and some short bio's

www.prs.org
&
[link to freemasonry.bcy.ca]
&
[link to www.mitchhorowitz.com]


And Book discription below from www.Amazone.com

[link to www.amazon.com]

From Publishers Weekly
In 1928, a 20-something Renaissance man named Manly Hall self-published a vast encyclopedia of the occult, believing that "modern" ideas of progress and materialism were displacing more important and ancient modes of knowledge. Hall's text has become a classic reference, dizzying in its breadth: various chapters explore Rosicrucianism, Kabbalah, alchemy, cryptology, Tarot, pyramids, the Zodiac, Pythagorean philosophy, Masonry and gemology, among other topics. This affordably priced edition would be vastly improved by a new foreword, placing the work in some kind of historical and critical context and introducing readers to the basic contours of Hall's sweeping corpus. Instead, we have a disciple's adulatory 1975 foreword, which merely parrots the same themes of mystery and esoterica that are espoused in the book. Readers who are unfamiliar with Hall's work will be at a loss in ferreting out which chapters have stood the test of time and which have been vigorously debunked (like the one on Islam, which actually uses novelist Washington Irving as a primary source on the prophet Muhammad). However, they will also marvel at the sheer scope of Hall's research and imagination, and at J. Augustus Knapp's famous illustrations, including a 16-page color insert.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Llewellyn New Times
Simply put, this is the most beautiful and complete occult book ever published. It represents a lifetime of research into the mythology, symbolism, and magical practices of countless cultures. From the secrets of Isis to the teachings of mystic Christianity, nearly every occult dogma imaginable is represented here. The book is full of giant illustrations, some of which fold out into a magnificent two-page splendor. This is the definitive guide to secret societies, famous figures, and more a must for every personal library. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

George Barron, Curator of the De Young Museum of San Francisco, in his tribute to this remarkable work.
Into this volume has been compressed the quintessence of a colossal learning. It is a living human document, pulsating with the mental and spiritual vibrations of a profound thinker who takes knowledge for his province and reduces whole libraries to a single tome. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
A classic since 1928, this masterly encyclopedia of ancient mythology, ritual, symbolism, and the arcane mysteries of the ages is available for the first time in a compact "reader's edition."

Like no other book of the twentieth century, Manly P. Hall's legendary The Secret Teachings of All Ages is a codex to the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. Students of hidden wisdom, ancient symbols, and arcane practices treasure Hall's magnum opus above all other works.

While many thousands of copies have sold since its initial publication in 1928, The Secret Teachings of All Ages has previously been available only in oversized, expensive editions. For the first time, Hall's celebrated classic is now published in an affordable trade paperback volume. Literally hundreds of entries shine a rare light on some of the most fascinating and closely held aspects of myth, religion, and philosophy from throughout the centuries.

More than one hundred line drawings and a sixteen-page color insert reproduce some of the finest illustrations of the original book, while reset and reformatted text makes this edition of The Secret Teachings of All Ages newly accessible to readers everywhere.

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Simply put, this is the most fascinating and complete occult book ever published. It represents a lifetime of research into the mythology, symbolism, and magical practices of countless cultures. From the secrets of Isis to the teachings of mystic Christianity, nearly every occult dogma imaginable is represented here. PDF searchable text-only format.

From the Publisher
The Philosophical Research Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934 for the purpose of assisting thoughtful persons to live more graciously and constructively in a confused and troubled world. The Society is entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control. Dedicated to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems, the Society's program stresses the need for the integration of religion, philosophy, and the science of psychology into one system of instruction. The goal of this instruction is to enable the individual to develop a mature philosophy of life, to recognize his proper responsibilities and opportunities, and to understand and appreciate his place in the unfolding universal pattern. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Author
Mystical speculations about God, the world, and man occupied the minds of many medieval scholars and theologians. They conceived creation itself to be a symbol or figure through which the Divine Will manifested its purposes and intentions-thus by analogy, the world revealed God, and man revealed the world. The human being himself was a microcosm-a miniature of the cosmos. After the collapse of the pagan cultural institutions, it was unlawful to teach classical learning or to advance scientific knowledge contrary to the prevailing scholasticism. To avoid persecution and at the same time perpetuate for the benefit of qualified disciples the more advanced formulas of the ancient wisdom, the sacred truths were presented symbolically through the beautiful engraved devices of the emblem writers.

The seventeenth century restoration of learning gradually brought about a Universal Reformation as proclaimed in the Fama of the Rosicrucians. A careful study of the emblem books of that period reveals that most of the figures and designs were based upon Egyptian or Greek mythology, and like the alchemical symbols, perpetuated the secret teachings of esoteric fraternities. Today, those well informed in the Orphic Mysteries and the mystical speculations of the Neoplatonists can interpret the design with little difficulty. It appears that the emblem books were, in many cases, actual extensions of Pythagorean and Platonic metaphysics. Paracelsus said that the first hieroglyphic book is nature, published in folio, and the second hieroglyphic book is man, published in duodecimo.

To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books. It has always seemed to me that symbolism should be restored to the structure of world education. The young are no longer invited to seek the hidden truths, dynamic and eternal, locked within the shapes and behavior of living beings.

The present volume is itself a symbol made up of many symbols gathered from rare sources. It invites the thoughtful reader to explore the meanings of these emblems and devices with his own insight. Because spiritual growth is the goal of all human aspiration, symbols that help us to grow are precious things for they open the doors to life everlasting.

I wish to express my deep indebtedness to those faithful artists and engravers whose remarkable meditation pictures have guided my labors for so many years. This book is dedicated to the truths they served and the wonderful designs which they have bestowed as a priceless heritage upon the truth seekers of the future. It is my sincere hope that this memorial may continue to serve and inspire new generations of kindly and dedicated people.

Manly P. Hall Los Angeles, California October 1, 1975. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author
Manly P. Hall (1901-1990), widely regarded as a sage and teacher steeped in the wisdom of antiquity, was one of the leading esoteric scholars of the twentieth century.
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-GOOD JOB
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It's a shame I haven't seen the book Secret teachings of all ages by Manly P hall.
It's a must read for everyone here at GLP



It is not original or insightful. Just scholarly in the way an encyclopaedia is.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 153489


SO that doesn't make it a good book?
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-GOOD JOB

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