In the third and final volume of The Meaning of Life, Professor Whiteman, a mathematician and mystic (who will be celebrating his 100th birthday in November 2006) has completed the mammoth task he set himself, namely to incorporate his own mystical experiences into a world view. As he writes in the Preface, ‘What we are to consider here is the experience of the divine Reason (Logos) in everything of life, always working for the advancement of the good. The experience which gives or leads to this is today described as mystical. So here we study what has been said or depicted regarding the mystical, also the way to proceed for its attainment and development, and what the most notable teachers in the past have seen fit to declare.
‘This third volume on the “meaning of life” deals accordingly with the fruits of spiritual development in three chief ways. Firstly, every conclusion reached is based on and in accord with the mystical and psychical experience granted to me over the course of about eighty years (some even earlier). . . . Secondly, there is need an intensive study of ancient scriptures, which I have felt obliged to study in the original languages: Vedic, Sanskrit, Pali, Hebrew and Greek [as] translations of these scriptures have almost invariably been made by scholars lacking mystical experience. . . . Knowledge of quite another kind is also needed, philosophical and indeed mathematical in character, if the consistent rational development of objective phenomena in other-world states of life (and even in the physical world) is to be understood. . . . In the Historical Survey, Part III, I have restricted the enquiry to writings reasonably taken to refer to first-hand mystical experience in history up to about 120 C.E. . . . there is good reason to believe that, after that date, the earlier and genuine accounts of mystical experience have been built on by theologians and others who had not been granted that experience.’
Professor J.H.M.Whiteman (who also wrote as Michael Whiteman) published more than fifty contributions relating to spiritual development, psychological, mystical, or otherwise scientific matters. He taught in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town for twenty-nine years (principally Relativity, Quantum Theory, and related subjects). He has conducted classes in Sanskrit at various times, served as Editor of The South African Music Teacher for over fifty-five years, and has appeared as an expert witness in court or as a consultant on psychological or other scientific matters. His previous books – The Mystical Life (1961), Philosophy of Space and Time (1967), The Meaning of Life, Vol.1 (1986) and Vol.2 (2000), and Aphorisms on Spiritual Method (1993) – have all been highly praised.
List of Diagrams and Charts
Prologue: The ‘World Illusion’ (Māyā), Universal Reason, Consciousness, and Individual Life
- The Scientific Validation and Reality Rating of Reports of Non-Physical Experience
- The Fallacies of Modern Materialism and the Correction
- Survival of Death: A Clarification of Ideas, on the Basis of Evidence
- The Angelic Choirs
an outlining of universal theology, with first-hand evidence
- Part I: Divinity, Creation, and the Purpose of Suffering
- Part II: Individual, Society, and the System of the Worlds
a selected historical survey
- Mystical Religion in the Late Bronze Age
- Mystical Teachings in the Rig Veda: Four Hymns in New Translation
- Two Classical Upanishads in New Translation, with Commentary
- The Psychical and Mystical Experience of Gotama Buddha
- The Mystical Experience and Teachings of the First Isaiah
- Four ‘Messianic’ Psalms, in New Translation, with Commentary
- Mystical Teachings of St Paul
- Mystical Evidence in the Johannine Gospel and Letters
life in the other worlds
- ‘Naturalistic’ Experiences ‘Out of the Physical Body’
- Meetings after Death
- The Intermediate world
- The Clothing of the Spiritual Body
- The Higher Worlds
- The Lower Worlds, and their Inhabitants
- The Mystical Derivation of Quantum Theory and Physical Laws in General
- Six Parables
- The Transliteration System used her for Biblical Hebrew
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21.6 x 13.8 cm 350 pp. 1987
Irish Literary Studies series (ISSN 0140-895X) volume 27
W. B. Yeats and the Tribes of Danu is a study of the Irish fairy faith in its ancient and traditional forms, and of Yeats’s response to that faith.
The first part concerns the ancient beliefs, chiefly as they are expressed in mythology, and describes the origins and characteristics of the Tuatha De Danann. Peter Alderson Smith shows how they are a folk memory of an ancient people who have to some degree acquired divine and ghostly characteristics.
Part two describes the fairies of modern folklore, the various types, their characteristics, and differences from ghosts, in being a separate and supernatural race of people, homogeneous but unpredictable and notorious for their capriciousness.
Part three finds in Yeats's work between the writing of The Countess Cathleen (1891-92) and the poems of Responsibilities (1914) a desire to know more about the Otherworld that resulted in a relationship that fluctuated between the poles of frustration and despair on the one hand, and morbid enthusiasm on the other. That the process was ultimately therapeutic is shown by Yeats’s move away from the Celtic Twilight to the poems of his maturity.
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Old & New Evidence on the Meaning of Life, vol. 2
This volume follows up Volume 1 of The Meaning of Life - ‘An Introduction to Scientific Mysticism’ - with a comprehensive study of individual character-development at all levels from the most mentally disordered to the most spiritually illuminated and fulfilling, always on a basis of first-hand experience. The evidence is by no means limited to this-world observations and behaviour, but extends to states of consciousness in which personality-structure and non-physical beings in non-physical ‘worlds’ are known with high rating in a Scale of Reality.
Attention is given especially to ‘ultimate’ and ‘near-ultimate’ contests and habitual practices, leading eventually to the mystical transformation. The explanatory system presented involves, in particular, the fourfold ‘creative’ or ‘learning’ cycle (extended to sixteen on occasion) and the mystical view of personality structure (individual in charge, and contributory minds). These and other principles throw a flood of light on problems of psychological and mystical development, including those of sexuality at all levels up to that of the unitive life at supra-physical levels.
Professor J.H.M.Whiteman (who also writes under the name of Michael Whiteman) has published more than fifty contributions relating to spiritual development, psychological, mystical, or otherwise scientific matters. He taught in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town for twenty-nine years (principally Relativity, Quantum Theory, and related subjects). He has conducted classes in Sanskrit at various times, has served as Editor of The South African Music Teacher for fifty-five years, and has appeared a few times as an expert witness in court or as consultant on psychological or other scientific matters. His previous books - The Mystical Life (1961), Philosophy of Space and Time (1967), The Meaning of Life, Vol.1 (1986), and Aphorisms on Spiritual Method (1993) - have all been highly praised.
Contents: eight chapters on inner contests, personality structure, mystical release, psychopathology, and psychical powers – an autobiographical account of the author’s seven-month mystical initiatory experience – gripping psychological analyses of two bizarre causes célèbres – five chapters on bisexuality and female sexuality in all aspects up to the mystical unitive life.
List of Diagrams and Plates
THE INNER CONTEST: ‘ILLFARE’, ITS PURPOSE AND TRANSCENDENCE
1 An Initial Clarification of Ideas and Terms
2 Individual and World ‘Illfare’
3 The Mystical Model for Psychopathology. (I) Introductory Evidence and Principles
4 The Mystical Model for Psychopathology. (II) General Survey and Applications
5 Short-Term Precognition, Time-Skills and the World-Plan for Physical Events
6 A First-hand Experiential View of ‘Multiple-Personality’ and Possession
7 Dream and Dreamlike States: Their Structuring and Implications for Spiritual
8 The Mystical Way and Habitualisation of Mystical States Summary of Chapters 2-8
GROUNDWORK OF THE UNITIVE LIFE: ULTIMATE AND NEAR-ULTIMATE CONTESTS
9 An Introduction to the Study of Female Sexuality and the Control Centres
10 Towards Ultimate Sexual Identity and Bisexual Functioning
11 Kinds of Authentic Sex-Coloured Loving
12 Problems of Bisexual Development in the Personality
13 Sexuality in the Unitive Life
14 The Ultimate Contest and its Antecedents: An Autobiographical Account
15 The ‘Scissors Murder’. (I) Adolescent Breakdown, Valium Influence,
16 The ‘Scissors Murder’. (II) Psychiatrists and the Law: Misguided Opinions and
Handling of the
17 A Case of Satanist Victimisation. (I) Introductory Studies
18 A Case of Satanist Victimisation. (II) Analysis; Derealisation and Possession States
19 A Case of Satanist Victimisation. (III) Background Beliefs and Arguments in the
Court Hearings and
20 Free Will, Responsibility and Punishment: Problems of Justice in the World
21 ‘Sin’, Repentance, Spiritual Regeneration and the ‘Holy’ Summary of Chapters 9-13
Supplement A. St John of the Cross as a ‘Marial’ Mystic
Supplement B. St Thérèse of Lisieux: Brief Description of a Contest of ‘Ultimate’ Type
Supplement C. Swedenborg: Concerning ‘Spheres’ in the Other Life
Supplement D. The Etiology and Practice of Modern Satanism: Researches of Gavin Ivey
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Contents: The Groundwork of Mystical and Psychical Awareness - Varieties of 'Other World' Experience: Beyond Personality - Attainment and Teachings of the Mystical Life - The Mystical Structuring of Psychology and Theoretical Physics.
Many people today seem to be troubled by the apparent ‘meaninglessness’ of life. Even among those who do not succumb to depressive states, drug-addiction, or some other form of escapism, there may be a general feeling of painful insecurity through the lack of any sure groundwork for faith. It is in the domain of mysticism that, as Raynor Johnson has said, ‘we may hope to find the answers to those problems about which we are most hungry to have real knowledge and certainty’.
This book goes beyond the author’s previous work, The Mystical Life, in its systematic presentation of the ‘releasing skills’ and paranormal knowledges which lead up to the ‘mystical transformation’. In particular, the many kinds of non-physical states of consciousness which open us to ‘other worlds’ or deeper insights into this one are studied in the light of well-authenticated evidence from a variety of sources. The mystical analyses also permit us to arrive at the field equations of mathematical physics by a new method.
'Michael Whiteman’s magnificent book ... should be on the shelf of every parapsychologist, every psychologist, every scientist and indeed everyone who wishes to achieve a better understanding of life with the aim of living it better and with greater meaning.’ Professor A.J.Ellison, Journal of the S.P.R.
'Whiteman is unique in our field: a physicist and an accomplished philosopher who has developed theory and methods of self-transformation that seem to have led him to extraordi-narily rich spiritual and paranormal experiences.... a unique blend of wealthy inner life and a well-trained intellect.’
Karlis Osis, Journal of the A.S.P.R.
‘no serious student of mysticism and psychical research can afford to pass [this book] by.’ Scientific and Medical Network
A fascinating collection of stories based on the author's experiences as an Indian Civil Services Deputy Commissioner, or `Collector' in the Himalayan district of Garhwal, in which actual fact stands beside fiction, and where, if the story is not true, in whole or in part, it still gives a true insight into the life and mores of the people in that part of the subcontinent. Love, murder, rogues, humour, revenges, trial by ordeal, blood feuds, and Chinese-Tibetan plans for the invasion of India are featured, as well as an account of the author's meeting with Jawarhal Nehru.
The author has splendidly evoked a way of life of half a century ago, but much of it could still exist today: the world changes very little in the depths of the Indian hill country.More info →
Volume 1 ISBN: 0-86140-417-2 / 978-0-86140-417-9 £40.00
Volume 2 ISBN: 0-86140-418-1 / 978-0-86140-418-6 £40.00
The Pair ISBN: 0-86140-419-X £80.00 / 978-0-86140-419-3
The Supernatural and the Fantastic in Irish Literature & its Contexts
As with every other region of Europe and the world, the traditional folklore of Ireland abounds with tales involving the supernatural and the fantastic, but nowhere else have these tales so influenced the literature and the shaping of that country, and no other country has produced so many world-famous authors whose work has shown those influences.
These intermingling themes were therefore the ideal subject for a symposium held at the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco, in May 1998 to which, reflecting the international interest in the subject, a host of international scholars contributed, and whose papers are published in these two volumes.
The subjects range from early Irish history and folklore to the present day, but mainly deal with nineteenth and twentieth century literature, from Gothic novels, Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde, through W.B.Yeats, Lord Dunsany, Elizabeth Bowen, Samuel Beckett, and Flann O'Brien, to Seamus Heaney and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.More info →
Edited and annotated by Raghavan and Nandini Iyer
This volume contains A.E.'s known mystical writings, including his four major works, The Avatars (1933), The Candle of Vision (1918), The Interpreters (1922), and Song and its Fountains (1932), together with his letters and other prose contributions to Dana, Ethical Echo, The Internationalist, The Irish Theosophist, Lucifer, and Ourselves, W.Y.Evans Wentz's interview with A.E. in The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries, A.E.'s first independent publication, To the Fellows of the Theosophical Society, his introduction to City Without Walls, and many other spiritual books, reviews and his hitherto unpublished story ‘The Return’.
Although Russell, known as A.E., was a poet, painter, newspaper editor, and a political writer, working for three decades in the Irish cooperative movement, it is probably as a mystic that he attracts contemporary attention. His writings on mystical and mythological topics, reflecting his study of Hindu and Theosophical teachings as well as his own visionary experience, offer a unique and inspiring exploration of unseen worlds.
Interpretation of the context and significance of A.E.’s thinking is facilitated for the reader of this collection by the extensive introduction and copious notes offered by Professors Raghavan Iyer and Nandini Iyer.
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For many years Kathleen Raine has been known as the leading exponent of what she herself calls ‘the learning of the imagination’ in the work of Blake, Yeats and other poets and scholars within (using the word in its broadest sense) the Platonic tradition. Yeats the Initiate contains all Dr Raine’s essays on Yeats, covering many aspects of the traditions and influences that informed his great poetry. Several of her essays in this field are already regarded as definitive evaluations of their subjects and these, with other hitherto uncollected studies and some new papers here printed for the first time, all fully illustrated and annotated, make Yeats the Initiate one of the most important publications of recent years in the field of Yeats studies.
The essays collected in Yeats the Initiate include ‘Hades Wrapped in Cloud’, a study of Yeats and the occult, Dr Raine’s introduction to Yeats’s collections published as Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland, and three major studies previously published separately – Yeats, the Tarot and the Golden Dawn; From Blake to ‘A Vision’ and ‘Death-in-Life’ and ‘Life-in-Death’. A major paper on ‘Yeats on Kabir’ is printed for the first time, as is a topographical paper on the Sligo area in the West of Ireland. A long essay on Yeats’s debt to Blake has been extensively revised, and other topics discussed include the play Purgatory, Yeats’s contemporary, Æ (G.W.Russell, the visionary), and Kathleen Raine’s own poetic debt to Yeats.
The essays that make up this volume reflect a lifetime’s knowledge presented with the fine perception of a great poet. The many illustrations form a graphic accompaniment to the text. It is essential reading for all students of the life and work of William Butler Yeats.
20.8 x 13.8 cm. 80 pp. 1995
This is a book about Healing. Not ‘Faith Healing’, as Matthew refuses to call it that. As he writes, ‘The idea that healing only works if you believe in it is simply not true! Healing can work on a sceptical person yet sometimes fail to help a believer. Healing also works in test-tubes in laboratories, as well as on animals and brain-damaged children. It cannot be said that these results are brought about by psychological factors, faith or placebo. There is no faith required.’
Contents: Introduction – Healing in the Laboratory – The Healing Experience – Healing Ourselves.
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21.6 x 13.8 cm. viii, 176 pp. illus. Our 1995 pbk of the 1978 edition published by W.H.Allen
The Strangers is an enthralling tale by Matthew Manning, a man of unique psychic abilities, and a famous healer.
In this book he describes the amazing and frightening poltergeist phenomena that took place at his home in the early 1970s, and the remarkable portrait of the life and times of a previous occupant of the house, Robert Webbe, that Matthew and his family were able to piece together, mainly through Matthew's automatic writing, and the amazing set of "halfe of a thousand" signatures that appeared on the walls of his father's study.
Starting through a major attack of poltergeist activity in the family home, in which furniture would be speedily moved about or balanced on top of each other, with things vanishing and reappearing, Matthew found he could reduce the happenings by automatic writing, and it was through the writing that messages came from Robert Webbe. At times Webbe could see his surroundings, sometimes apologising for frightening people, and at others he was very irritated with these people who were in his house, unaware that he was in another century and no longer owned it. He would remove items belonging to the Mannings which it was occasionally very difficult to get him to return, and sometimes give them presents in the form of "apports". On one memorable occasion Webbe appeared in solid form to Matthew who handed him a small wooden clog, which vanished with him. It is small wonder that many visitors, including researchers into the occult, were extremely frightened by what they saw; yet Matthew has recorded the events with understanding and humour.
The Strangers may be considered one of the outstanding works of its kind to have been written this century.More info →
21.6 x 13.0 cm. 191 pp. + 8 pp. illus.
"[Among the books I read at the Beaconsfield Public Library] I remember being impressed by Dermot MacManus' The Middle Kingdom, which had a great effect on me, and is probably one of the most influential books I've ever read", Terry Pratchett (in his 1999 talk to the Folklore Society)
'No matter what one doubts,' wrote W.B.Yeats, 'one never doubts the faeries for . . . they stand to reason.' The author, an intimate friend of Yeats and a friend too of the great folklorist Douglas Hyde and the myriad-minded mystic G.W.Russell ('A.E.'), was a staunch believer in 'the ancient and continuing spirit life of the countryside'.
Writing not as a folklorist but as a historian, Diarmuid MacManus records in factual detail many manifestations of the Irish faery world early in the twentieth century. He tells how the Thornhill fairy appeared to two sisters in their room, and the Mount Leinster fairy to a young woman as she was taking the cows home, and a young girl tried to pat the Wicklow pooka as it walked beside her, but her hand went right through it.
This is a strikingly persuasive book, tackling in a serious and intelligent manner a subject that has a strong romantic appeal. The author set out to write the book with certain principles in mind: first, that a central character in each incident was still alive at the time the book was first published (in 1959); second, that he could vouch for their reliability; and third, that each agreed to stand up, if asked, and vouch for the truth of the experience. Except in a few instances, those telling the stories had been friends of the author for many years.
Since its publication forty years ago it has retained its uniqueness as the only collection of true Irish fairy tales.More info →
19.7 x 12.9 cm. [pbk edition of book first published in 1973]
Death has been the skeleton in the cupboard of organised religion for two millennia, and many churches have not been able to provide the comfort needed by the bereaved, or satisfactory answers to their questions.
While David Kennedy’s wife was still alive, they agreed that whoever died first would endeavour to prove that life after death was a fact. After her death, he showed his friends and associates in the academic world a written record of experiences that took place almost immediately after her passing: he wanted, initially, to be sure that his emotions had not clouded his reasoning. He was strongly advised that it should be published, and A Venture in Immortality was first published in 1973.
The story this book tells is simple: Ann is ‘alive’. Her survival has found expression, not just as a symbol of hope or as an endless prolongation of memory, but as a living, dynamic personality whose activities manifested themselves in such a way that the record of the following six months constitutes most powerful evidence for survival after death.
A Venture in Immortality is the result of David Kennedy’s endeavour to present his story and the evidence related to his Christian faith in such a way as to remove the fear of death from his readers. He does not minimise the agony of dying and the pain of parting from those we love, or the sense of physical absence, but he does not just give hope and promises as a palliative: he presents the simple and true facts of a life after death which we may not always understand, but which appears to be as real and as active an experience as anything we have known in this world.
To his narrative, the author added appendices on Prayers for the Dead; Mediumship in the Early Church; A Suggested Funeral Service; and Comments on and prints the Report of the Church of Scotland Committee on Supernormal Psychic Phenomena.
David Kennedy was a successful consulting engineer before he gave up his career and went back to university to study to become a minister in the Church of Scotland. Once he was ordained, his scientific background and logical mind, his deep sincerity and outstanding gift of oratory ensured that he became one of Scotland’s most widely known ministers.
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General Editors of the Coole Edition: T.R.Henn CBE and Colin Smythe
With a Foreword by Daniel Murphy
21.6 x 13.8 cm. 370 pp. 1976 paperback edition of the third volume of the Coole Edition of Lady Gregory's works, published in 1970
A collection of Irish myths and legends collected at the beginning of the century by Lady Gregory. Introduced by W.B. Yeats, this work is of enormous cultural influence. Includes stories of Lugh, Mananaan, the Children of Lir, Tuatha de Danaan, Fin MacCumhal, the Fianna, Oisin, and Diarmuid and Grania.
Gods and Fighting Men was first published in 1904, two years after Cuchulain of Muirthemne, and complements that work. It contains the other mythological histories of early Ireland, the stories of Lugh, of Manannan, the Children of Lir, the coming of the Tuatha de Danaan, as well as those that deal with Oisin, Finn MacCumhal, the Fianna and their exploits, and Diarmuid and Grania.
Lady Gregory collected the stories from many original sources, and in translating them from the early Irish and putting them down in ‘Kiltartanese’ (English with Gaelic syntax), a style called after the townland close to her home Coole Park, where such language was common, she created a unified group of tales that – with Cuchulain of Muirthemne – made a greater impact on people’s appreciation of the wealth and strength of Irish mythology than any other similar work.
Their influence was increased by the Prefaces that the poet W. B. Yeats wrote for each volume, praising their contents. In the Preface to this volume Yeats claimed that when children ‘imagine a country for themselves, it is always a country where one can wander without aim, and where one can never know from one place what another will be like, or know from one day’s adventure what may meet one with tomorrow’s sun. I had wished to become a child again that I might find this book, that not only tells one of such a country, but is fuller than any other book that tells of heroic life, of the childhood that is all folklore, dearer to me than all the books of the western world.’ It is not surprising that Yeats used Lady Gregory’s versions of the tales for many of his plays.
Gods and Fighting Men and Cuchulain of Muirthemne are two of the most important works to have come out of Ireland in the opening years of the twentieth century, not only for their influence on others, but because here, for the first time, readable versions of the Irish myths were made available to the general public. The two books have since then introduced generations of new readers to these great tales.
This edition contains all Lady Gregory’s final corrections for the book, Yeats’s Preface and a foreword by the late Daniel J. Murphy, Professor Emeritus of English Literature, Baruch College, City University of New York.
The cover design is by Jim Fitzpatrick.
Dedication to the Members of the Irish Literary Society of New York. Signed Augusta Gregory
Foreword by Daniel Murphy
Preface. Signed W.B.Yeats
Part I. THE GODS
Book I. The Coming of the Tuatha de Danaan
The Fight with the Firbolgs – The Reign of Bres
Book II. Lugh of the Long Hand
The Coming of Lugh – The Sons of Tuireann – The Great Battle of Magh Tuireadh – The Hidden House of Lugh
Book III. The Coming of the Gael
The Landing – The Battle of Tailltin
Book IV. The Ever-Living Living Ones
Bodb Dearg – The Dagda – Angus Og – The Morrigu – Aine – Aoibhell – Midhir and Etain – Manannan – Manannan at Play – His Call to Bran – His Three Calls to Cormac – Cliodhna’s Wave – His Call to Connla –Tadg in Manannan’s Islands – Laegaire in the Happy Plain
Book V. The Fate of The Children of Lir
Part II. THE FIANNA
Book I. Finn, Son of Cumhal
The Coming of Finn – Finn’s Household – Birth of Bran – Oisin’s Mother – The Best Men of the Fianna
Book II. Finn’s Helpers
The Lad of the Skins – Black, Brown, and Grey – The Hound – Red Ridge
Book III. The Battle of the White Strand
The Enemies of Ireland – Cael & Credhe (an earlier version was published in The Green Sheaf, no.5, 1903) – Conn Crither – Glas, Son of Dremen – The Help of the Men of Dea – The March of the Fianna – The First Fighters – The King of Ulster’s Son – The High King’s Son – The King of Lochlann and his Sons – Labran’s Journey – The Great Fight – Credhe’s Lament
Book IV. Huntings and Enchantments
The King of Britain’s Son – The Cave of Ceiscoran – Donn, Son of Midhir – The Hospitality of Cuanna’s House – Cat-Heads and Dog-Heads – Lomna’s Head – Ilbrec of Ess Ruadh – The Cave of the Cruachan – The Wedding at Conn Slieve – The Shadowy One – Finn’s Madness – The Red Woman – Finn and the Phantoms – The Pigs of Angus – The Hunt of Slieve Cuilinn
Book V. Oisin’s Children
Book VI. Diarmuid
Birth of Diarmuid – How Diarmuid got his Love-Spot – The Daughter of King Under-Wave – The Hard Servant – The House of the Quicken Trees
Book VII. Diarmuid and Grania
The Flight of Teamhair – The Pursuit – The Green Champions – The Wood of Dubhros – The Quarrel – The Wanderers – Fighting and Peace – The Boar of Beinn Gulbain
Book VIII. Cnoc-an-Air
Taile, Son of Treon – Meargach’s Wife – Ailne’s Revenge
Book IX. The Wearing Away of the Fianna
The Quarrel with the Sons of Morna – Death of Goll – The Battle of Gabhra
Book X. The End of the Fianna
The Death of Bran – The Call of Oisin – The Last of the Great Men
Book XI. Oisin and Patrick
Oisin’s Story – Oisin in Patrick’s House – The Arguments – Oisin’s Lament
The Age and Origin of the Stories of the Fianna
The Place Names
Foreword by Kathleen Raine
21.6 x 13.8 cm. xxxviii, 524 pp.  1977 by Colin Smythe Ltd
First published in 1911, The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries has become a classic on the subject, even though it is less well-known that his Tibetan Book of the Dead, Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, and The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, for example. This has been largely due to its having been out of print for so long. The appearance of this edition in 1977 was therefore extremely timely.
The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries was Walter Yeeling Evans Wentz's first book. It is dedicated to two people who had greatly influenced him: the poet W.B.Yeats and G.W.Russell - 'AE' - who was perhaps the greatest mystic and visionary of this century (and is the anonymous mystic whose interview is printed on pages 59-66 of this book).
The theme of The Fairy-Faith, as Dr Kathleen Raine, the poet and Blake and Yeats scholar, has succinctly written in her foreword to this edition, is 'the other world of the Celtic race as this can be discovered in the fairy lore common to all the Celtic countries - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man . . . In their belief and traditions about the fairy-world the Celts have retained elements of their pre-Christian religion.' In those places, 'furthest removed from the influence of modern civilisation, the oral tradition of unlettered country people has preserved elements of the religion of a learned caste, the Druids, whom Pythagoras himself honoured as custodians of secret knowledge,
Elements of earlier and later faiths and local circumstances have coloured this immemorial doctrine of the unsee world only superficially . . . the old religion is grounded in the unchanging nature of things visible and invisible common to all traditions . . . the universe is held to be living. The visible is but the outer aspect of the one life, diversified into spiritual beings, energies and agencies of all kinds.'
21.6 x 13.8 cm x, 277 pp. 1991 Irish Literary Studies series (ISSN 0140-895X) volume 34
Though men dominated early Irish society, women dominated the supernatural. Goddesses of war, fertility, and sovereignty ordered human destiny. Christian monks, in recording the old stories, turned these pagan deities into saints, like St Brigit, or into mortal queens like Medb of Connacht. The Morrigan, the Great Queen, war goddess, remains a figure of awe, but her pagan functions are glossed over. She perches, crow of battle, on the dying warrior CuChulainn’s pillar stone, but her role as his tutelary deity, and as planner and fomentor of the whole tremendous Tain, the war between Ulster and Connacht, is obscured. Unlike the Anglo-Irish authors who in modem times treated the same material in English, the good Irish monks were not shocked by her sexual aggressiveness. They show her coupling with the Dagda, the ‘good god’ of the Tuatha De Danann before the second battle of Mag Tuired, but they conceal that this act – by a goddess of war, fertility and sovereignty – gives the Dagda’s people victory and the possession of Ireland. Or they reduce the sovereignty to allegory – when Niall of the Nine Hostages sleeps with the Hag she is allegorical of the trials of kingship!
With the English invasion and colonisation, the power of the goddesses diminishes further. The Sovereignty has no kingship to bestow. In the aisling poets she becomes unattainable sexually, a vision of Irish independence. She no longer legitimises the king, but dreams of a Jacobite rescue. Yeats’s Cathleen ni Houlihan combines this inaccessible vision-woman with the hag, the Poor Old Woman. She offers only death for a dream, though she has the walk of a queen. The Great Queens juxtaposes early Irish texts – such as Tain Bo Reganina, Togail Bruidne Da Derga, and many others – with Anglo-Irish treatments of the same themes by Standish O’Grady, Lady Gregory, James Stephens, and W. B. Yeats. The book shows the fall in status of the pagan goddesses, first under medieval Christianity and then under Anglo-Irish culture. That this fall shows a loss in the recognition of the roles of women seems evident from the texts. This human loss only begins to be restored when, presiding over the severed heads in Yeats’s The Death of Cuchulain, the Morrigu declares, ‘I arranged the Dance.’
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19.5 x 13.6 cm. 6th edition 2005 illustrated with papal coasts of arms from 1198 - Pope Innocent III to Pope Benedict XVI (1st edition 1969)
This has been and still is one of the most popular books with which Peter Bander has been associated. It has gone through six editions and over a dozen printings, has been published in the USA and Europe, and since its first publication in 1969, extracts have appeared in many magazines, newspapers and journals. The present edition takes the reader up to the election of Pope Benedict XVI, 'gloriae olivae'. in 2005, the last pontiff to be given an epithet by St Malachy before 'Petrus Romanus'. So who will occupy the papal throne after the present pope and before Peter the Roman?
His Excellency, the late Archbishop H.E. Cardinale, who was Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium, Luxembourg and the Common Market, following his term as Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain, wrote in his foreword to the Malachy Prophecies: "Here is a fascinating study which provides the curious reader with much profit and pleasure", quoting the Italian proverb "Se non è vero, è ben trovato" - If it isn't true, it's well thought out!
Thomas A. Nelson, a leading Catholic writer introduced the American edition with a lengthy preface, in which he wrote : "The overriding value of this volume is twofold: these prophecies are extremely accurate. Mr Bander has compiled here an inestimably valuable tract in the field of prophecy because the prophecies of Malachy fit beautifully into a pattern woven from the various saintly prognostications, the sibylline oracles, quasi-secular and folk predictions, and Biblical prophecies of Malachy, at the same time further develops and enlarges the picture we gain from other sources about the times we live in and the events, it would seem, we are about to witness". Illustrated with all the papal coats of arms, including Pope Benedict's.
The illustrations on the front cover are taken from Sebastiano Borghi's Cronologia Ecclesiastica la quale contiene le Vita de' Pontefici (Bologna, c. 1670).More info →