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Cleansing the Doors of Perception : The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals
The Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda

The secret to Castaneda's enduring popularity is his great gift for storytelling. Although the distinction between the factual and the imagined, or between the usual sense of reality and the realm of the spirit, has never been clearly demarcated in his books about the teachings of the sorcerer Don Juan, the exchanges between student and teacher are irresistibly dramatic and mind-expanding. In his previous book, Magical Passes , Castaneda disclosed that he was the last in a shamanistic line and that he was free, indeed, compelled, to share as much of his knowledge as possible. With this mission in mind, he returns to some of his earliest sessions with the wily Don Juan and describes the difficulties he had in following instructions to select the most "memorable events" of his life. Shamans, don Juan explained, had discovered that the identifying of key incidents (and they didn't mean such prosaic passages as graduating from high school) made possible "the emotional and energetic adjustment necessary for venturing, in terms of perception, into the unknown." Such painful delving into the subconscious is, of course, also the foundation of psychoanalysis, and whether Castaneda's readers fully grasp the intricacies of Don Juan's teachings, or stick to more familiar psychological terrain, they will be fascinated by these revelations of Castaneda's personal life, especially those of his childhood and youth. It is touching and no doubt significant that Castaneda revealed so much of himself in this posthumously published volume, and one can't help but wonder about the life-after-death realm he was so assiduously preparing to enter, a region Don Juan called the "active side of infinity."  -- Donna Seaman 

"It's impossible to view the world in quite the same way after reading him...If Castaneda is correct, there is another world, a sometimes beautiful and sometimes frightening world, right before our eyes at this momentif only we could see." --  Chicago Tribune

"Carlos Castaneda was one of the most profound and influential thinkers of this century. His insights paved the way for the future evolution of human consciousness. We are all deeply indebted to him." --  Deepak Chopra

"Ordinarily, events that change our path are impersonal affairs, and yet extremely personal. My teacher, don Juan Matsus, said this is guiding me as his apprentice to collect what I considered to be the memorable events of my life. Don Juan described the total goal of the shamanistic knowledge that he handled as the preparation for facing the definitive journey: the journey that every human being has to take at the end of his life. He said that what modern man referred to vaguely as life after death was, for those shamans, a concrete region filled to capacity with practical affairs of a different order than the practical affairs of daily life, yet bearing a similar functional practicality. Don Juan considered that to collect the memorable in their lives was, for shamans, the preparation for their entrance into that concrete region, which they called the active side of infinity."

In this book written immediately before his death, anthropologist and shaman Carlos Castaneda gives us his most autobiographical and intimately revealing work ever, the fruit of a lifetime of experience and perhaps the most moving volume in his oeuvre.

Anthropologist and shaman Carlos Castaneda returns once again to the story of his apprenticeship with the Yaqui Indian sorcerer don Juan. When his teacher instructs him to collect the memorable events of his life, Castaneda performs a task that turns out to be the preparation necessary for facing "the definitive journey" that every human being has to take at the end of his life. His approach to what modern man refers to as "life after death" makes for an unusually moving and revealing audiobook. --This text refers to the audio cassette edition of this title

The most highly autobiographical work in years by "one of the most profound and influential thinkers of this century" (Deepak Chopra). Castaneda's approach to what modern man refers to as "life after death", and which for shamans is a concrete region they call "the active side of infinity", makes for an unusually revealing book. 

About the Author
Carlos Castaneda was the author of the bestselling books, including the acknowledged classic The Teaching of Don Juan and most recently The Art of Dreaming and Magical Passes. He departed on his definitive journey in 1998.

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Swami NarayananandaThis excellent site contains 23 books on meditation, spiritual practice, yoga, eastern and western philosophy, mysticism, metaphysics, Hindu scriptural texts and cosmological poetry. These books have transformed thousands of people all over the world, and are otherwise available only at selected bookshops or from the publisher.

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Home 
 
Swami Krishnananda 
 
The Divine Life Society 
 
Books on Mysticism 
         Self-Realisation, Its Meaning and Method 
         The Problems of Spiritual Life 
         Vaishvarana Vidya 
         To Thine Own Self Be True 
         The Struggle for Perfection 
         A Messenger of Peace and Wisdom 
 
Books on Yoga, Meditation, Spiritual Practice (Sadhana) 
         Yoga, Meditation and Japa Sadhana 
         The Yoga of Meditation  
         The Yoga System 
         Sadhana The Spiritual Way 
         An Introduction to the Philosophy of Yoga 
          Yoga as a Universal Science         
 
Books on Hindu Scriptural Texts, Bhagavadgita, 
                    Upanishads, Vedanta 
          The Philosophy of the Bhagavadgita 
          The Song of God Almighty 
          The Realisation of the Absolute 
          A Short History of Religious and Philosophic Thought in India 
          Brahma Sutra
          The Mandukya Upanishad        
 
Books on Cosmological Poetry, Metaphysical Philosophy 
          The Epic of Consciousness 
          Your Questions Answered 
          Studies in Comparative Philosophy 
          The Philosophy of the Panchadasi 
          Resurgent Culture 
 
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          Swami Sivananda      
          Purity      
          Religion and Spirituality      
          A Conversation      
          The Integrated Life According to the Brahma Sutra      
          The Difficulties of a Spiritual Seeker    
          The Ontological Argument in Philosophy,    
              A Critique to the Argument, and Replies    
          Philosophical Deliberations   
          The Cosmic Mystery  
 
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Swami Krishnananda Original ContributionDiscourses by Swami Krishnananda General Secretary of The Divine Life Society Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, India. Swami Krishnananda is a highly reputed philosophical writer, especially on metaphysics, psychology and sociology. His books are known the world over as excellent presentations of answers to the daily questions that arise in the day-to-day confrontations of a human being. 

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bullet Purity 
bullet Religion and Spirituality 
bullet A Conversation 
bullet The Integrated Life According to the Brahma Sutra 
bullet The Difficulties of a Spiritual Seeker 
bullet The Ontological Argument in Philosophy, A Critique to the Argument, and Replies 
bullet Philosophical Deliberations 
bullet The Cosmic Mystery 

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