‘The Untethered Soul’ Soars to the New York Times Best-Seller List


OAKLAND, CA (PRWEB) August 23, 2012

The Untethered Soul did what no previous New Harbinger Publications book has doneit hit the New York Times Best-Seller List.

The Untethered Soul is currently #5 on the New York Times Paperback Advice list for the week of August 26. Additionally, The Untethered Soul has risen onto the following best-seller lists: Wall Street Journal (#5 in Non-Fiction and #7 in e-book Non-Fiction), and Nielsen BookScan (#1 in Self-Help and #7 in Non-Fiction), among others.

Although The Untethered Soul has been one of New Harbingers top selling books since they co-published it with Noetic Books in 2007, its sales have increased exponentially in the past few weeks. National TV interviews have generated sales bumps for many New Harbinger titles in the past, but never has the Bay Area publishing company seen such a result as it has with this book.

Matthew McKay, publisher and cofounder of New Harbinger Publications, says, In our 40th year, New Harbinger Publications has our first New York Times bestseller. Its no accident that bestsellers are rare for small to medium size publishers. New Harbinger has always been a house driven by high editorial standards we still are. As a result, books we deeply care about, that have the capacity to change lives, are now making their way into the hands of so many more readers.

Sales manager Julie Kahn states, The Untethered Souls appearance on the New York Times best-seller listfive years after its initial publication dateillustrates both the efficacy of our publishing model and the universality of the topics our books explore. We are most grateful to our buyers for supporting and hand-selling this phenomenal book.

About The Untethered Soul

In The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves, and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.







The Untethered Soul is #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List Again


Oakland, CA (PRWEB) August 26, 2013

At the beginning of 2012, a New York Times bestseller was a distant dream for New Harbinger Publications. Midway through the year, it became a reality, due to The Untethered Soul: A Journey Beyond Yourself. The book, originally published in 2007, surged after it and its author, Michael Singer, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)s hit show, Super Soul Sunday. Since that airing, it has been on the Best Sellers list for 30 weeks and counting. When Oprah featured the book on her Good Morning America episode in October 2012, the book catapulted to #1 for the Paperback Advice and Miscellaneous category. Almost a year later, after the Super Soul Sunday episode featuring Michael Singer re-aired, The Untethered Soul has once again shot up to #1 for the week of September 1, 2013.

About The Untethered Soul

In The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, author Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness the ability to observe ourselves and the world around us. The Untethered Soul taps into meditation and mindfulness traditions and shows how developing consciousness can enable all of us to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.







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Northern Buddhism in Its Good and Hard Times

Article by Arjanyai

A TRANSITIONIn summary, the Buddhist history as told above can be roughly divided into periods of five hundred years. In the first five hundred years, the original Theravada tradition was strong, and the further development of Buddhism in Theravada countries is the product of this period. The second period saw the prosperity of Mahayana, the rise of its major schools of Madhyamika and Yogacara, and their spread to Central Asia and China where Mahayana flourished and spread further to other northeastern countries. During the third period, the Mahayana degenerated into an unhealthy form of Tantra and lost ground in most parts of India until Buddhism was brought to an end in its homeland by the Turkish invaders in a short time following this period.

However, during the same period as the degenerate form of Tantra became influential in India, there developed in China another school of Mahayana called Chan which later spread to Korea and Japan. In Japan it became known as Zen which remains today a main sect of Japanese Buddhism and plays an important role in modern international Buddhism.Thus, while Buddhism had disappeared from India early in the eighteenth Buddhist century, elsewhere it grew in influence, in southern countries as Theravada and in northern countries as Mahayana. Much has been told of the history of the Theravada, but some more account is needed to form a continuous history of the Mahayana.

THE EMERGENCE OF CHINESE AND KOREAN BUDDHISMAs stated earlier, Buddhism came to China around BE. 600 (57 C.E.). Three hundred years later, when Buddhism had been firmly established in China, Chinese monks and missionaries carried the message into Korea. In those days Korea was divided into three kingdoms: Silla, Paekche and Koguryu, Buddhism was first introduced into Koguryu in BE. 915 (372 C.E.), then to Paekche, and lastly to Silla thirty years later. In B.E. 1211 (668 C.E.) Silla gained control over the other two kingdoms and ruled the whole Korean peninsula until B.E. 1478 (935 C.E.).

In China the period of unity under the Sui and Tang dynasties (B.E. 1132-1449/589-906 C.E.) saw the rise and development of most of the Chinese Buddhist sects: Tien-Tai (known in Japan as Tendai), San-Lun (Madhyamika), Yui-Shih (Yogacara Vijnanฺavada as spread by Hsuan-Tsang), Hua-Yen (Avatamsaka, known in Japan as Kegon), Chan (Dhyana, known in Japan as Zen), Ching-tu (Pure Land or Sukhavativyuha), Nan-shan (Vinaya sect) and King-kang-chi (Tantra). Many of these sects spread further to Korea, especially the Hua-Yen, Tien-Tai, Pure Land, Chan and Yogacara sects. In Tang China the Chan school spread widely and became very influential.

Under the Silla dynasty, the Buddhism of Tang China entered Korea. There the Yogacara school spread among scholars. But it was the Chan Buddhism that gained popularity. The Silla dynasty was replaced by the Koryo dynasty in B.E. 1478 (935 C.E.). The rulers of the new dynasty were deeply devoted to Buddhism, and under them Korean Buddhism attained the height of its prosperity in the sixteenth Buddhist century. Then Chan Buddhism became most popular in Korea as in China. The other sects were in the course of time gradually blended into it. And it is this Chan school that remains to this day as Korean Buddhism.

When Buddhism was destroyed in India in B.E. 1742 (1199 C.E.), Chinese Buddhism was left alone and companionless in the continuation of a living tradition. Moreover, within a short time after that, in B.E. 1823 (1280 C.E.), Kublai Khan established Mongol rule both in China and in Korea. As the Mongolian rulers favoured Tibetan Buddhism, Lamaism became influential in both countries and was a factor in the weakening of Buddhism there. When the local dynasties established themselves in Korea in B.E. 1907 (1364 C.E.) and in China in B.E. 1911 (1368 C.E.), they turned to Confucianism for their nationalistic principles and adopted the policy of suppressing Buddhism. Buddhism, regarded as the barbarian faith, was forbidden to officials and declared undesirable for the common people. Then it declined and decayed both in China and in Korea.

In Korea, Buddhist monasteries and temples were banished from the cities and the monks were forced to dwell in mountain and forest retreats. About five centuries later, Buddhism began to gain some strength again when Korea came under Japanese influence and then oc-cupation during the period of nearly 60 years from B.E. 2428 to 2486 (1885 – 1943 C.E.). To spread their doctrine and activities to Korea, the Japanese Buddhist sects built temples and conducted social and educational programmes there. Though their efforts did not meet with much success, they had some effects on the Korean Buddhists. The Korean Buddhist institutions began to feel the need of a revival. They, therefore, united in the task of reforming their community, especially in education and administration.

The major Buddhist sect of modern China is Chan. The other sects which also survive are Tien-Tai and Pure Land. But, as the doctrines of these sects have blended together in the Chinese belief and practice, no clear distinction can be made between them. Followers of Chan and Tien-Tai also call upon the name of Amitabha and believe in the Pure Land. The calling-Nan-wu Amito-fo (Namo Amitabhaya Buddhaya, Homage to Amitabha Buddha) – is a common practice in every temple and every home of the Chinese Buddhists today.

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Why Astrological Predictions fail at times?

Astrology is one of the oldest sciences mankind has known. It is a Vedanga which means one of the branches, parts or components of the Vedas. It helps in understanding Veda mantras. Astrology is often referred to as the eyes of Vedas. It is believed that a proper spiritual knowledge is not possible without understanding the karmic influences in a person’s life. Astrology is an effective tool to understand the same.

The astrologers of yesteryears like Parashara, Jamini etc were generally Rishis. They laid down different dasa systems like Vimshottari, Yogini, Chara, Mandook etc. They wanted us to crosscheck astrological indications through different methods before giving any prediction. Parashara has described many such steps in his book “Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra”.

Many causes can be cited which lead to erroneous astrological predictions. Some of the causes which lead to prediction failures are discussed below.

a) Mixing Hora Jyotish (Native astrology) with Medini Jyotish (Mundane astrology):-

Hora Jyotish is concerned with astrological prediction of individuals. For this there are tenets to be followed as prescribed by Jaimini Rishi, Parashara Rishi etc. This is the field of native astrology or Hora Shastra.

On the other hand Medini Jyotish is concerned with prediction about the land and the people on a larger scale. Any celestial happening like Surya Grahan (solar eclipse) or Chandra Grahan (lunar eclipse) affects the world as a whole. The occurrence of earthquakes, wars, Tsunamis, droughts, floods and other ethnical issues can be predicted through the system of Medini Jyotish.  My esteemed Guru Shri K. N. Rao says that it is not correct to divide the world in 12 parts for mundane matters as is the practice in Hora astrology.

However, it has been found that astrologers try to connect the effects of celestial events like Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahan with the horoscopes of individuals based on their rashi. If a Tsunami or earthquake becomes a killer, it will kill everyone irrespective of rashi. Chance survivors cannot claim that they survived because they belonged to a particular rashi. However, there may be dasa systems as per Hora supporting them in surviving.

Therefore, one of the causes of failure of astrological prediction is mixing the system of Medini for prediction of events of individuals. 

b) Ignoring Shodasvarga (16 divisional charts) in making predictions about individuals:-

It has been a habit among recent astrologers to completely ignore the divisional charts while giving predictions. The following reasons can be cited for this practice:

• The time of birth required should be correct for the effective use of such divisional charts.

• The calculation and interpretation of such charts requires skill which comes only by proper study of astrology under the guidance of a competent Guru.

• If predictions are to be based on divisional charts, time must be given to the astrologer because the study and analysis of charts takes time. In today’s fast world every thing is required by the click of button which is not possible.

• Birth time rectification is necessary for proper use of divisional chart for which cross-checking of many events has to be done with the consulter.

Astrological predictions can fail if they are not based on interpretation of divisional charts.

c) Error of astrologer:-
 
This may be the third cause and a very important cause for failure of astrological prediction. No profession is 100% foolproof. Errors are natural and they occur.

A medical doctor prescribes medicines for ailments. A correct diagnosis of ailment is necessary for medicine to be effective. If the diagnosis is not correct, the medication will not be effective and the patient may continue to suffer.

An astrologer can be put in the same category. People come to him with horoscopes to seek advice on their problems and difficulties. The astrologer should be competent enough to diagnose the problems in the light of established astrological techniques. True diagnosis can be done only by a professional astrologer who has depth of knowledge.

If diagnosis is done carelessly or if the astrologer is not fully conversant with astrological techniques, the predictions may fail. For this, the science of astrology cannot be blamed because like any divine knowledge, astrology is complete in itself. It is only the human interpretation that can be questioned.

d) Divine Intervention in prediction:-

In the battle ground of Mahabharata Lord Krishna showed his Vishwaroop to Arjun for counseling him and for reminding him to his duties. Arjun saw that the Kaurva’s were going into the mouth of Lord Krishna. But he did not see Abhimanyu (his son) going into the mouth of the lord. Abhimanyu also died in the battle but God concealed this information from Arjun. Hence, what God wants to conceal, no astrologer will be able to predict.

The second important thing is that astrology is a divine knowledge and every prediction needs divine intervention for its fulfillment. Egoless-ness is the primary qualification for a competent astrologer. If he is full of ego, his predictions are likely to fail because in every prediction the grace of the almighty is needed. An astrologer who meditates or prays regularly and is egoless, knowledgeable and who thinks himself as only a Nimit (conduit) can give predictions which are not likely to fail.

e) The failure of prophets of doom:-

On several occasions in the last century, the end of the world was predicted due to particular arrangements of planet on certain occasions. Almost all such prediction came from western astrologers. In the 21st century also the first such prediction has come according to which the world is going to end in 2012.

Earlier predictions have failed and this prediction is also going to fail. This means that the astrologers who are predicting such events are casually treating everything without any basis and without sound research on the subject.

Some of the western astrologers say that astrology originated in Babylon, Egypt and Rome. They are reluctant to accept that India was the leading country in this field and persons like Aryabhatta and Varahmihir gave it a sound mathematical footing. The system of Vedic astrology is a far more competent system of analyzing future happenings.

f) Country, Time and Individual:-

Parashara emphasized the need for consideration of Desh (country), Kaal (time) and Patra (individual) before giving any prediction. Child marriage was the practice in old age. Astrological predictions conformed to those practices. But, times have changed and astrology should also march with time. Child marriage has become illegal.

In Vedic period agriculture was the main occupation. Today there are hundreds of occupations. Astrological predictions should correlate to the present day occupation in order to be more meaningful. Continuous transformation of society is taking place and the astrologer should understand the trend to make relevant predictions.

Conclusion:-

Some important causes of erroneous predictions have been discussed in this article. There may be some other causes as well. Astrological remedies sometimes do not work because predictions themselves remain incorrect.

Anand Sagar Pathak is a famous astrologer, who has written a lot of articles and reviews on various sections of Astrology, Horoscopes, Sprituality, Tarot Card and Angelic Reading. He is master of his skills, especially in Astrology Compatibility, Astrology Consultation, Career Astrology, Astrology Charts, Astrology Forecasts, Relationship Astrology and Love Match Astrology.

Currently he is associated with www.astrosagar.com as a active Astrologer and Programme Coordinator.