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The Initiatory Process in Ancient Egypt (Rosicrucian Order AMORC Kindle Editions)

by Max Guilmot

Rosicrucian Egyptologist Max Guilmot presents the mystical meaning of some of the most important rites and rituals of the ancient Egyptian mystery schools.

Dr. Max Guilmot was a Belgian Egyptologist on the staff of the Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth, Brussels. He was also a Corresponding Member of the Revue de l’Historie des Religions, Paris, and member of the Société des Gens de Lettres de France. For many years he was also a consultant to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose.

From Ghetto to Death Camp: A Memoir of Privilege and Luck

by Timothy Braatz

When German soldiers invaded the Polish city of Lodz at the start of World War II, they confined the local Jewish community to a miserable, overcrowded ghetto. Through family connections, a Jewish teenager named Anatol Chari became a ghetto policeman. Because they were sometimes viewed as collaborators, ghetto policemen who survived the war kept their past a secret. In From Ghetto to Death Camp, Chari reveals that hidden story, describing the policemen’s dutiesâ??guarding food, rounding up prisoners for transportâ??and the privileges it brought them. Those privileges ended when the ghetto population was transported to Auschwitz. As a slave laborer, Chari went on to various work camps, endured long marches and an Allied bombing raid, and ended up in the Bergen-Belsen death camp. To survive the camps, he now says, you needed help, smarts, and most of all luck. He depicts a seemingly senseless world where guards could be decent or cruel, where some prisoners were sent to hospitals and others to gas chambers, and where food was everything. Written with remarkable honesty and unexpected wit, this unique memoir is in many ways a reflection on the human condition.

Buddhism: A Beginners Guide Book For True Self Discovery and Living A Balanced and Peaceful Life: Learn To Live in The Now and Find Peace From Within – … – Buddha / Buddhist Books By Sam Siv 1)

by Sam Siv

Buddhism: A Beginners Guide Book For True Self Discovery and Living A Balanced and Peaceful Life

Find out all about mysterious Buddhism, its origins, its secrets and its answers to the challenges of modern life.

This book contains a basic overview of Buddhism, including the life of Buddha, and the various kinds of Buddhism that have developed. It takes a look at all the key concepts and most important teachings, methods and insights in a way that is easy to understand. Filled with a wealth of common-sense and other-worldly wisdom, the path to enlightenment is considered. Learn about meditation, mindfulness, happiness, Samadhi, Nirvana and all the other important concepts that have helped shape our understanding of reality. Find out about Zen Buddhism, and study all the basic elements that make the Buddha Dharma so compelling to people of all walks of life.

Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn…

*Learn about Siddartha Guatama, who became the Buddha

*Find out about different Buddhist schools

*Understand Meditation, mindfulness and awareness

*Learn about relaxing and letting go, and its benefits

*Find out what Samadhi is all about

*Find out about Karma, whether good or bad.

*Discover the teachings about reincarnation

*Learn about impermanence, and how that affects you

*Consider the status of women in Buddhism

*Find out what Buddhism means in practical life

*Discover the wisdom latent inside you

*Learn to let go of anger and frustration

*Learn how all things are connected, including you

*Discover new mental possibilities

*Find your own path to enlightenment

* Much, much more!

Make use of this book today to educate yourself about one of the most popular ideas in history – transcending the mundane and discovering the ultimate. Get to know Buddhism intimately, and understand why it has had such a powerful effect on the world.

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Tags: Buddhism, Zen, Enlightenment, Samadhi, Nirvana, Dharma, Buddha, Siddartha, Guatama, Meditation, Dalai Lama, Mahayana, Theravada, Impermanence

Exploring Illusions ‘Classified’: Classified Optical Illusions

by Gary Rohrabaugh

Optical Illusions Conceived – Drafted – Painted – then Classified

Booker T. Washington: Foundations of Liberty

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery, but rose from its ashes to become a builder of men. He stands as one of America’s greatest self-made men. This book contains Booker T. Washington’s views on a variety of subjects that are applicable to today.

Folly of the Wise

by Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya

If we analyse and classify human habits and beliefs, we find that man is more superstitious than he is discerning. He is wise and yet, more unwise. From certain perspectives, other creatures are better placed, as unlike man, they do not engage in the mess of right versus wrong and live their lives in harmony with nature.

There are so many prevalent misconceptions that one can hardly categorize man to be a rational being. It is difficult to believe at times how well-read people and those running large businesses can ever be so irrational. It is necessary to pick a few topics and deliberate whether the prevalent beliefs and practices are indeed correct.

When people think about themselves, their prime concern is their body. They associate their self-identity with the body. They continuously strive to assimilate more comforts for the body and make it strong, charming and gorgeous in all respects. But, this belief in supremacy of the body is misplaced. For if this was indeed true, why is it that nothing remains of the body after death? In spite of all preventive measures why does illness and old age take its toll on the body? How do some people retain memories of an earlier birth? Why some people are gifted with special talents right form the birth? Why even co-genital twins, brought up in the same ambience by same parents, have altogether opposite natures and personalities?

Answers to all these questions lie in the fact that body and soul are two distinct entities

The Last Gasp of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia: The Siege of Petersburg and the Appomattox Campaign

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes accounts of the fighting written by generals and soldiers on both sides

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

“I have seen your despatch expressing your unwillingness to break your hold where you are. Neither am I willing. Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.” – President Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, August 1864

After the last major pitched battle of the Overland Campaign was fought at Cold Harbor in early June, Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac had suffered more casualties during the campaign than Robert E. Lee had in his entire Army of Northern Virginia at the start of May. Understandably, the American public was shocked by the carnage, and to this day Grant has been accused of being a butcher, but attrition had become a vital war aim for the North, and Grant remained undeterred.

Refusing to attack Lee in frontal assaults, and aware that Lee dared not venture out to counterattack, Grant nearly captured Richmond in mid-June by stealing a march on Lee’s army and crossing the James River. The fog of war, poor luck, and a skillful impromptu defense by P.G.T. Beauregard stopped Grant from taking Petersburg, which was a critical railroad hub and supply line for Richmond, before Lee’s army could confront, thereby saving the Confederacy for the time being.

The two armies began to dig in around Petersburg, and unbeknownst to them they would be there for the next 9 months, constructing elaborate trenches and engaging in the kind of warfare that would be the forerunner of World War I. Both sides engaged in innovative and unique attempts at mining underneath the enemy’s siege lines, as well as countermining, which led to the famous Battle of the Crater that turned an ingenious engineering feat into a Union debacle. Lee’s attempts to break the siege by threatening Washington and trying to fight Grant’s army proved just as futile.

On April 2, the long siege of Petersburg by Ulysses S. Grant ended with Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia finally having its line broken, forcing Lee to retreat and give up Richmond in the process. Lee’s battered army began stumbling toward a rail depot in the hopes of avoiding being surrounded by Union forces and picking up much needed food rations. While Grant’s army continued to chase Lee’s retreating army westward, the Confederate government sought to escape across the Deep South. On April 4, President Lincoln entered Richmond and toured the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Fittingly, the food rations Lee moved toward did not arrive as anticipated, and on April 7, 1865, Grant sent Lee the first official letter demanding Lee’s surrender. In it Grant wrote, “The results of the last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of the Army of Northern Virginia in this struggle. I feel it is so, and regret it as my duty to shift myself from the responsibility of any further effusion of blood by asking of you the surrender of that portion of the Confederate States army known as the Army of Northern Virginia.” Passing the note to General Longstreet, now his only advisor, Longstreet said, “Not yet.” But by the following evening during what would be the final Confederate Council of War (and after one final attempt had been made to break through Union lines), Lee finally succumbed, stating regretfully, “There is nothing left me but to go and see General Grant, and I had rather die a thousand deaths.”

Communications continued until April 9, at which point Lee and Grant two met at Appomattox Court House. When Lee and Grant met, the styles in dress captured the personality differences perfectly. Lee was in full military attire, while Grant showed up casually in a muddy uniform. The Civil War’s two most celebrated generals were meeting for the first time since the Mexican-American War.

Red Devils and Heroes

by Kevin Paul

Lt. Russell Paul sailed for Great Britain aboard the S.S. Nerissa during the early days of World War II, leaving his pregnant wife behind in Canada. One hundred miles from the Irish coast, the Nerissa was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, the Red Devil. Over two hundred passengers and crew were killed, and the survivors spent a frigid night in the North Atlantic before being rescued. Lieutenant Paul remained in London for the duration of the War, surviving Nazi bombs and providing support for the Normandy invasion, before returning to Canada where he met his four year old son for the first time.

Red Devils and Heroes is the story of the Nerissa. It is the story of the heroes who fought in the war, the heroes who remained at home, and the heroes who never made it home. It is the story of my grandfather, Russell Paul.

The Burning of Atlanta in 1864: The History of One of the Civil War’s Most Controversial Events

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes accounts of the fighting and burning by Sherman and Union soldiers

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

“We rode out of Atlanta by the Decatur road, filled by the marching troops and wagons of the Fourteenth Corps; and reaching the hill, just outside of the old rebel works, we naturally paused to look back upon the scenes of our past battles. We stood upon the very ground whereon was fought the bloody battle of July 22d, and could see the copse of wood where McPherson fell. Behind us lay Atlanta, smouldering and in ruins, the black smoke rising high in air, and hanging like a pall over the ruined city.” – William Tecumseh Sherman

William Tecumseh Sherman has earned fame and infamy for being the one to bring total war to the South, and it started at Atlanta. Once his men entered the city, Sherman ordered the 1,600 citizens remaining in Atlanta to evacuate the city as he, in Grant’s words, set out to “destroy [Atlanta] so far as to render it worthless for military purposes,” with Sherman himself remaining a day longer to supervise the destruction himself “and see that it was well done.” Then on November 14, 1864, Sherman abandoned the ravaged city, taking with him thirteen thousand mules and horses and all the supplies the animals could carry.

One of the most famous movies of all time, Gone With The Wind, depicts the burning of Atlanta after Sherman occupied it in 1864. Over time, history came to view Sherman as a harbinger of total war, and in the South, Sherman is still viewed as a brutal warmonger. Considerable parts of Atlanta and Columbia did burn when Sherman occupied them in 1864 and 1865 respectively, but how responsible was Sherman for the initial fires?

To this day, there is no definitive answer. As part of its retreat out of Atlanta, Confederate forces were ordered to burn anything of military value to keep it from falling into the hands of Sherman’s army. Inevitably, those fires did not stay contained, damaging more than their intended targets. In November, preparing for the March to the Sea, Sherman similarly ordered everything of military value burned. Those fires also spread, eventually burning much of Atlanta to the ground. When Sherman’s men left, only 400 buildings were left standing in the city.

Due in large part to his actions in Georgia, Sherman remains controversial across much of the United States today. He was unquestionably instrumental at battles like Shiloh, his victory in the Atlanta Campaign reassured Lincoln’s reelection, and his March to the Sea revolutionized total warfare. At the same time, the South considered him akin to a terrorist and adamantly insisted that he was violating the norms of warfare by targeting civilians. In many ways, Sherman is still the scourge of the South over 150 years after he vowed to make Georgia howl.

The Burning of Atlanta in 1864: The History of One of the Civil War’s Most Controversial Events chronicles the battle for Atlanta, the Union occupation, and the subsequent destruction of the city. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Atlanta like never before, in no time at all.

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