Metempsychosis, the supposed transmigration and death of the soul of a human being or animal into a new body of the same or a different species is the key to this short story by Edgar Allen Poe, narrated by award-winning narrator Mike Vendetti. "Metzegerstein", the title of this short story by Edgar Allen Poe, is the name family name of a family that has carried on a long standing feud with the Berlifitzing family bitter rivals somewhere in Eastern Europe. When the patriarch of the Berlifitzing family dies in a fire that destroys the castle and stables. A mighty steed appears to escape the conflagration and become the property of the young Baron Metzegerstein, and now back to the Metempsychosis suspicion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Vendetti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/001168/bk_mike_001168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A doctor’s religious doubt is shaken by a transplant patient’s eerie knowledge of his organ donor’s most intimate secret.Doctors tend to the needs of their patients, but patients give meaning to the lives of their doctors. So it is for Cullen Brodie, a twice-divorced California nephrologist, and Ennis Willoughby, a troubled cross-dresser whose life is saved by a rare heart-and-kidney transplant. Cullen’s bitter disbelief in the afterlife is tested when Ennis begins to exhibit tastes and characteristics uncannily similar to those of his female organ donor - whose first name Ennis inexplicably knows. When Ennis becomes convinced that the donor’s soul has inhabited him, Cullen sides with Ennis’s psychiatrist, who tells Ennis he has subconsciously confused his emerging transgender personality with the imagined characteristics of his female donor. While his psychiatrist coaxes forth Ennis’s female side, Cullen is summoned to the South Pacific by an old lover for a reckoning of their past. On the island paradise of Rarotonga, he is forced to confront the heartrending truth about a tragedy that destroyed their college romance - a tragedy Cullen blames on religious zealotry.Filled with resentment over what he has learned, Cullen returns to Southern California determined to shatter Ennis’s delusion of ensoulment. But Ennis’s eerie knowledge of his donor’s greatest secret forces Cullen to consider the unimaginable: Is it possible he is witness to a verifiable incident of transmigration, tangible proof of a human soul? Or is he witness instead to the miracle of being transgender? Male and female at once, the glory of one and the glory of the other, both shining - like a parrotfish, another miracle of nature, changing gender apace, beside its glorious, ever-changing hue. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Byron Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/133351/bk_acx0_133351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wicca is one of the most popular neo-pagan religion, which emphasizes on the peaceful relationship between the humans and nature. It is a religion that professes equality between men and women and emphasizes on a healthy coexisting relationship between humans and nature. Apart from this, the Wiccan philosophy is also largely based on magic and spell-casting. The Wicca religion also emphasizes and encourages on the transmigration of souls. There are many different interpretations of the Wiccan religious texts, but the general viewpoint is that the reincarnation of a soul is one of the pillars of the Wiccan way. One of the most common Wiccan theory is that when a person dies, their soul will temporarily reside in what they call "the land eternal summer", where they will prepare and wait for their next incarnation. This is the main difference between Wicca and other traditional Abrahamic religions.Wiccans do not seek to fulfill their religious goals just to simply attain a sure place in a heavenly kingdom or paradise. One of the main ethical laws of the Wiccan philosophy professes the following: do whatever you want upon Earth as long as it does not harm others. This saves the religion from the problematic gap between the transcendent and the real worlds that other Abrahamic and Dharmic religions usually have. Based on all these interesting concepts and theories, Wicca is a religion that greatly fascinates scientists and professors who are given the enjoyable task of researching on the development of various kinds of religions.Wicca is a neo-pagan religion that is heavily associated with magic and the Book of Shadows. Among the many things that fascinates people into studying about this religion is its philosophy of promoting equality between men and women and a harmonious relationship between humans and god. The presence of magic only adds to the fascination, as magic is one of the many things in life that still holds unraveled myster 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clare Radix. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/189592/bk_acx0_189592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
According to Jain cosmology, the universe is made up of six dravya (substances): sentient beings or souls (j va), non-sentient substance or matter (pudgala), principle of motion (dharma), the principle of rest (adharma), space ( k a) and time (k la). The latter five are united as the ajiva (the non-living). As per the Sanskrit etymology, dravya means substances or entity, but it may also mean real or fundamental categories. According to Jain philosophy, this universe consists of infinite jivas or souls which are uncreated and always existing. There are two main categories of souls: unliberated mundane embodied souls that are still subject to transmigration and rebirths in this samsara due to karmic bondage and the liberated souls that are free from birth and death. All souls are intrinsically pure but are found in bondage with karma since beginingless time. A soul has to make efforts to eradicate the karmas attain its true and pure form.
Death is a factual reality that every human being must encounter. However one fundamental question runs through the minds of men, "what happens after death?" when we die is that the end of our existence or is there a continuous existence in another form? There have been various stories about events that seem to suggest that even after death though the body decays, the soul of the person leaves on. This immortality of the soul is either explained as in the case of most Africans, through ancestor-hood or through a transmigration of the soul of the deceased into another person often times a new born child (reincarnation).There are even some tales in extreme cases of people still having some form of contact with the ghosts of these deceased or even cases where the deceased is said to live another different life somewhere far from his previous life existence and then suddenly disappears when the secret of his death in a previous life is exposed. These mystery of reincarnation will be exposed with focus on the Yoruba people of South West Nigeria.
The concept of the soul in Platonic, Ciceronian, and Talmudic thought segues into the Celtic tradition, Thomas Aquinas, and Maeterlinck and threads its way through the tapestry of Proust's narrative and his principal characters. Bette H. Lustig uses a hermeneutic approach to the Proust texts, which are cited in French, and provides the analyses of the texts in English. Themes treating the soul include metempsychosis (transmigration), imprisonment and deliverance, eroticism and sadism, homophilia and misogyny, and time and memory. Moreover, the Celtic tradition is evident in the metempsychosis of souls to plants, animals, and inanimate objects, and their yearning to be delivered through a random encounter.Homophilia and misogyny are pendant themes. The strong preference for male company is articulated through gestures and choices by both author and characters. In Proust, homophilia leads to misogyny: disparaging, controlling, even abusive attitudes toward the souls of women, which are demonized and imprisoned. Their souls, provisionally free in sleep, do not reach total deliverance until death. The ecstasy of Platonic mystical union is shown only between two males.The soul of time travels at its own pace: by urgency, by seemingly slow passage, in narrative interruption or digression, chronological inversion, and in privileged moments. The soul of memory is present in odors or fragrances. Like Aquinas's substratum soul, it connects past and present. Its enemy is forgetfulness. Time and memory are also correlated in collective memory. Presented in a clear, lively style, this book would be excellent in courses on Proust, French literature, religion, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
The dybbuk, a dead person's soul that possesses a living person, is an ancient and fascinating part of Jewish folklore in Eastern Europe. The stories in this collection, none of which has been translated before, illuminate the different aspects of the Jewish mystical world, including possessions, transmigration, fairy tales, parables and miracles.
'A major contribution to our understanding of the Kabbalah.' --Arthur Green, Professor of Jewish Thought, Brandeis University In the Zohar and other writings of the Kabbalah, Jewish mystics developed concepts and symbols to help them penetrate secrets of the cosmos that cannot be understood through reason or intellect. These ideas about God, human beings, and creation continue to fascinate and influence spiritual seekers of all persuasions today. In clear and easy-to-understand prose, Gershom Scholem, the pioneer of the modern study of Jewish mysticism explains the basic concepts of the Kabbalah: the mystical 'form of the imageless God'; good and evil; the Tsaddik or righteous soul; the Shekhinah, the feminine aspect of God; gilgul, the transmigration of souls; and tselem, the concept of the astral body. For anyone seeking to taste the mysteries of the Kabbalah, this is an essential book.
When four patients spontaneously regain consciousness after being declared dead, their loved ones are ecstatic and words like &#8220;miracle&#8221; and &#8220;miraculous&#8221; begin to float around the hospital. But the jubilation is short lived when the patients neither recognize their families nor answer to their names. Each one vehemently claims to be someone else, someone who lived, and died, in the past. When it&#8217;s suggested that all four are suffering from fugue states, one of the doctors says that he recognizes a name and verifies he not only knew the girl but was there when she died in 1992. It soon becomes obvious that the bodies of the four patients are now inhabited by the souls of people long dead. A frightened little boy killed in 1956 cries out for his mother from the body of an 81 year old Alzheimer&#8217;s patient, the soul of a spinster killed in a Suffragette rally wakes in the body of a new mother; an orthodox Jew, murdered in 1922, opens the eyes of a gay suicide and a teenage girl wakes to discover she&#8217;s now in the body of a 45 year old woman. The hospital psychiatrist, after talking with them, dubs the four &#8220;The Travelers&#8221; and believes they are proof of the transmigration of souls. They are more than just lost souls, he tells the grieving families, they are completely alone and terrified, displaced into bodies that aren&#8217;t their own and trapped in a world they can&#8217;t understand. If they are to survive they&#8217;ll need help and to this end the doctor asks the families to make a supreme sacrifice and do just that: to help these strangers assimilate into society and their new lives. To care for a complete stranger who looks like the loved one they just lost is a hard thing to ask of people. The families have the right to say no, they are under no legal or moral obligation to help; but they do. Spearheaded by the elderly woman whose husband&#8217;s body now holds the soul of a frightened child, but still with reservations and not a little anger, they finally agree to accept the strangers wearing their loved ones bodies, and will do everything they can to help &#8220;The Travelers&#8221; make as smooth and gentle a transition into their new lives as possible. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.