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The Mother Mantra

by Selene Calloni Williams Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (January 08, 2019)

An initiate’s guide to the healing practices, spiritual exercises, and secret rites of the Mother Mantra tradition

• Explains the practice of the Mother Mantra, which allows us to overcome subconscious programming,...

In the Lost City of Sri Krishna

by Vanamali Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (March 20, 2018)

A vivid journey back to the time of Krishna, his holy city, and the Mahabharata War

• Recounts ecstatic celebrations, Krishna’s love for his wives and sons, and events surrounding the Mahabharata War


Rumi’s Four Essential Practices

by Will Johnson Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (January 19, 2010)

Poems and commentary that open the door for a new generation to experience the ecstatic and embodied spiritual truths contained in Rumi’s poetry

• Reveals how the four practices of eating lightly, breathing...

The Finger and the Moon

by Alejandro Jodorowsky Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (October 10, 2016)

Jodo’s interpretations of the stories and koans of Zen master Ejo Takata

• Offers more than 60 Zen teaching tales, initiatory stories, koans, and haikus for self-realization and spiritual awakening

• Each...

The Forbidden Rumi

by Nevit O. Ergin & Will Johnson Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (February 14, 2006)

The first collection of poems translated into English from the forbidden volume of the Divan of Rumi

• Presents Rumi’s most heretical and free-form poems

• Includes introductions and commentary that provide...

A Traveler's Guide to the Afterlife

by Mark Mirabello Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (September 15, 2016)

A grand survey of the world’s death and afterlife traditions throughout history

• Examines beliefs from many different cultures on the soul, heaven, hell, and reincarnation; instructions for accessing the...

The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism

by Ravi Ravindra Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (August 16, 2004)

Explores St. John’s Gospel from an Eastern perspective to reveal the interconnectedness of all faiths and the need for interfaith dialogue

• Takes readers beyond academic and historical analyses by exploring...

Sacred Sexuality

by Georg Feuerstein Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (November 14, 2003)

A historical, cross-cultural survey of sexuality as a sacred spiritual practice

• Examines sacred sexuality in the world’s religious and mystery traditions

• Explores contemporary “sexual stress syndrome”...

The Gnostic Faustus

by Ramona Fradon Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (November 12, 2007)

The Faust legend seen as a transmission of core Gnostic teachings disguised as a morality tale

• Shows the 16th-century Faust text to be a coded, composite Gnostic creation myth

• Identifies the many Hermetic,...

The Secret Society of Moses

by Flavio Barbiero Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (January 19, 2010)

A radical reexamination of Western history that suggests the descendants of Moses were the architects of the rise of the Roman Church and the ancestors of European aristocracy

• Answers the inexplicable disappearance...

Compassion and Meditation

by Jean-Yves Leloup Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (June 25, 2009)

A profound reflection on how complementary themes in Buddhism and Christianity could serve as the basis for a truly ecumenical faith

• Compares Zen meditation with the Greek Orthodox practice of Hesychasm...

Jesus the Rabbi Prophet

by Jacques Baldet Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (August 16, 2005)

Restores the historical context of the gospels and the Jewish nature of the message of Christ

• Uses the latest historical findings to explore the life of Jesus in its true historical setting

• Shows that...

Crusade Against the Grail

by Otto Rahn Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (September 22, 2006)

The first English translation of the book that reveals the Cathar stronghold at Montségur to be the repository of the Holy Grail

• Presents the history of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden...


by Dolf Hartsuiker Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (October 09, 2014)

An in-depth photographic study of the ascetic holy men of India

• Includes more than 100 striking color photographs of Sadhus, their extreme austerities, and their holy festivals, including the Kumbha Mela


Sanctuary of the Divine Presence

by J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (March 26, 2012)

Kabbalistic initiatory teachings for becoming a vessel for illumination, prophecy, and peace by creating an inner dwelling place for God’s divine presence

• Reveals practices for self mastery and revelation...

Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia

by Hasan Lutfi Shushud Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (August 22, 2014)

Reveals the secret teachings of the Khwajagan, the Masters of Wisdom of Turkish Sufism

• Provides biographies for the entire lineage of teachers in the Naqshbandi order, such as Yusuf Hamdani, the first recognized...


by Haleh Pourafzal & Roger Montgomery Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (March 03, 2004)

An exploration of the Persian poet’s spiritual philosophy, with original translations of his poetry

• Features extensive insight into the meanings and contexts of the poetry and philosophies of this spiritual...

Hanuman: The Devotion and Power of the Monkey God

by Vanamali & Sri Krishna Das Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (March 25, 2010)

An interpretive look at the stories of Hanuman, one of the most beloved gods of the Hindu pantheon

• Contains 36 of the most important Hanuman stories with commentary on spiritual lessons, yogic practices,...

The Genesis and Geometry of the Labyrinth

by Patrick Conty Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (December 01, 2002)

A groundbreaking look at the phenomenon of the labyrinth, connecting this ancient symbol to modern scientific principles.

• Illustrated with labyrinths from around the world and throughout history.

• Demonstrates...

The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra

by Lance Dane Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (October 07, 2003)

A fully illustrated Kama Sutra from the extraordinary and rare art collection of Lance Dane

• The first complete translation to illustrate all 64 sexual postures described in the Kama Sutra

• Includes 269...

The Awakening Ground

by David Chaim Smith Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (June 16, 2016)

Author David Chaim Smith offers a guide to the practice of mystical contemplation from the perspective of a highly unusual form of non-dual Kabbalah, unfettered by both religious mythology and psychological...

The Complete Life of Krishna

by Vanamali Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (May 22, 2012)

The first book to cover Krishna’s entire life, from his childhood pranks to his final powerful acts in the Mahabharata war

• Draws from the Bhagavad Purana, the Bhagavad Gita, the Mahabharata, and India’s...

Pagan Christmas

by Christian Rätsch & Claudia Müller-Ebeling Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (October 24, 2006)

An examination of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas

• Analyzes the symbolism of the many plants associated with Christmas

• Reveals the shamanic rituals that are at the heart...

The Complete Life of Rama

by Vanamali Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (July 21, 2014)

Retells the Ramayana, the ancient Indian tale of love, duty, and sacrifice, for a modern audience

• Draws on the original Sanskrit poem of Valmiki, enhanced with tales from the oral tradition, to recount Rama’s...


by Vanamali Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (July 21, 2008)

Presents the mystery of the Divine Mother in all her manifold aspects

• Explores more than 30 different goddess aspects of the Shakti force, both beneficial and malefic

• Includes Sanskrit hymns and classic...

The Real Name of God

by Rabbi Wayne Dosick Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (May 29, 2012)

Reveals the real, whole name of God and its place within each of us

• Explains how none of the God-names commonly used in the Bible is God’s real name

• Shows how the real name of God unites all religions...

The Return of Sacred Architecture

by Herbert Bangs Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (November 14, 2006)

An inspirational call for a return to the tenets of traditional architecture as a remedy for the dehumanizing standards of modern architecture

• Explains how modern architecture is emblematic of our current...

Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming

by Catherine Shainberg Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (February 16, 2005)

A dynamic exposition of the powerful, ancient Sephardic tradition of dreaming passed down from the renowned 13th-century kabbalist Isaac the Blind

• Includes exercises and practices to access the dream state...

Judas and Jesus

by Jean-Yves Leloup Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (February 07, 2007)

A radical reinterpretation of the relationship of Judas and Jesus

• Reexamines the role and the purpose the key figure of Judas played in the crucifixion story

• Reveals how Judas was “betrayed” by Jesus,...

Kabbalistic Tarot

by Dovid Krafchow Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (July 11, 2005)

An introduction to the ancient kabbalistic origins and meanings of the tarot

• Reveals the intimate relationship of the tarot to the esoteric teachings of the Torah and the Kabbalah

• Provides kabbalistic...

Meditation Techniques of the Buddhist and Taoist Masters

by Daniel Odier Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (January 28, 2003)

A guide to the mental disciplines and visualizations that Masters have used for ages in their quest for illumination.

* An insider's view of specific meditation techniques and the steps necessary for a wide...

The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity

by Jeffrey J. Bütz Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (January 25, 2005)

Reveals the true role of James, the brother of Jesus, in early Christianity

• Uses evidence from the canonical Gospels, apocryphal texts, and the writings of the Church Fathers to reveal the teachings of Jesus...

Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons

by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff & Stephen E. Flowers Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (January 17, 2013)

Reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis

• Shows how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry


The Rubais of Rumi

by Nevit O. Ergin & Will Johnson Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (July 17, 2007)

The first English translation of the rubais of Rumi

• Presents 233 of the most evocative of Rumi’s 1,700 rubais

• Shows that the mystical embrace is the way to directly experience the Divine

Rumi is well...

The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary

by Jean-Yves Leloup Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (February 24, 2006)

An examination of how the teachings of Jesus reveal the essential role of sexuality in spiritual growth and transformation

• Shows that Jesus did not come to redeem humanity from the life of the flesh, but...

Gnostic Mysteries of Sex

by Tobias Churton Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (August 17, 2015)

An exploration of the sexual practices and doctrinal secrets of Gnosticism

• Reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience through examination of every surviving text written by heresiologists...

The Kabbalistic Mirror of Genesis

by David Chaim Smith Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (September 17, 2015)

A bold line-by-line reexamination of the first 3 chapters of Genesis that reveals the essential nature of mind and creativity

• Deconstructs each line of Genesis chapters 1-3 with esoteric methods derived...

The Path to the Guru

by Scott Teitsworth Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (June 09, 2014)

A verse-by-verse examination of the guide to self-transformation presented in the Bhagavad Gita

• Reveals the scientific approach to personal development and spiritual enlightenment laid out in Krishna’s...

The Science of the Rishis

by Vanamali & Bhoomananda Tirtha Maharaj Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (January 30, 2015)

A complete introduction to Sanatana Dharma, the spiritual science of the Hindu sages

• Examines how many core concepts of Hinduism, including Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to modern...

Yoga for the Three Stages of Life

by Srivatsa Ramaswami Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (January 01, 2001)

Essential reading for those looking to customize their practice to life's changing needs.

• Includes sections on vedic chanting, throat breathing, and exercises for women.

• Presents a unique portrait of...

Yoga Spandakarika

by Daniel Odier Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (March 23, 2005)

Translation and commentary of one of the most important texts of the Kashmirian Shivaism tradition of Tantra

• Author was a student of the late Kalu Rinpoche

• Explores the transmission of Mahamudra, the Great...

Yoga of the Mahamudra

by Will Johnson Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (June 23, 2005)

Presents three simple yogic principles from Tilopa's Song of Mahamudra

• Explains how balance is the key to achieving higher consciousness

• Includes somatic koans

Mahamudra, literally "the great gesture,"...

The Mysteries of John the Baptist

by Tobias Churton Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (October 24, 2012)

The search for the real historical person known as John the Baptist and the traditions that began with him

• Explores why John the Baptist is so crucially important to the Freemasons, who were originally known...

The Mysteries of Mithras

by Payam Nabarz & Caitlin Matthews Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (June 09, 2005)

An overview of Mithraism, the ancient Roman mystery religion popular in the Roman Legions

• Provides a comprehensive history of Mithraism, including its influence on Christianity and Islam

• Includes rituals,...

Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets

by J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (July 21, 2008)

The spiritual teachings of Israel’s biblical prophetesses from a kabbalistic perspective

• Explores the lives and symbolic significance of seven female prophets: Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Chanah, Avigail,...

Indian Mythology

by Devdutt Pattanaik Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (April 24, 2003)

An exploration of 99 classic myths of India from an entirely non-Western paradigm that provides a fresh understanding of the Hindu spiritual landscape

• Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the stories...


by Wolf-Dieter Storl Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (September 14, 2004)

An extensive look at all the aspects of multi-natured Shiva

• Explores the shamanic roots of world spirituality as exemplified by this Hindu god who shares many of the attributes of the Norse Odin and the Celtic...

The Secret Legacy of Jesus

by Jeffrey J. Bütz & James D. Tabor Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (December 21, 2009)

Shows how the true teachings of Jesus were passed down through the centuries and shaped the vision of the Founding Fathers

• Reveals for the first time the hidden link that connects James the Brother, Islam,...


by Vanamali Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (October 04, 2013)

The traditional understanding of Shiva told through stories and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

• Explains Shiva’s contradictory forms, such as destroyer or benefactor, and how his form depends on the...

The Sufi Path of Annihilation

by Nevit O. Ergin Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (April 04, 2014)

An exploration of the profound Sufi practice of Itlak Yolu

• Examines the three main facets of this practice: zikr or breathing exercises, fasting, and mental suffering

• Shares new Sufi parables, the sayings...