Adherents of theosophy, the esoteric philosophy popular at the turn of the 20th century, believed that science and religion could be reconciled, and that the plan of the universe could and should be understood, and that it was humanity's duty to adapt to that plan. Here, in a series of lectures delivered in Sydney, Australia, in 1915, the renowned spiritualist Charles W. Leadbeater, a leader of theosophical thought, celebrates the new "sub-race" of humanity come to joyful life in the immigrant nations of America, Australia, and New Zealand, where, freed from the social shackles of Old World Europe, races and classes were intermingling to create a new kind of culture, which would in turn reshape the world. Far-reaching and perceptive, this is an extraordinary little volume of social insight and criticism. British author CHARLES WEBSTER LEADBEATER (1854-1934) was ordained as an Anglican priest, but later joined the prominent Theosophical Society and traveled to India to study alternative spiritual and occult practices, eventually settling into his life as a clairvoyant and author. His other works include Man Visible and Invisible and The Science of the Sacrament.
Geoff Ross is an acclaimed Australian landscape photographer. From his base in Australia, he travels around the world seeking to capture through his own eyes inspiring photographs of the world's spectacular landscapes. His New Zealand landscape books have become best sellers in their respective categories.
Irresistible, Seductive Sheikhs - Sarah Hillyard was persuaded to become travelling companion of sheikh Tareq al-Khaima and, as he tries to win her with no promise of commitment, Sarah decides to see how the self-contained Sheikh will react if she turns the tables and becomes the seducer. When Sharif al Kader's betrothed eloped with a pilot, he acted swiftly with all the pride and arrogance of a desert king - abducting the pilot's sister, Leah, as a replacement in the wedding bed! When Emily Ross is imprisoned on Sheikh Zageo's island palace, she will do anything to prove her innocence. If the price is giving herself to him, it's one she'll have to pay...
The six stories of "A Brief Theory of Travel and the Desert" contemplate the full range of human experience. They take us on a journey around the world, from the arid landscapes of the Mediterranean coast to the work of the brilliant Serbian writer, Milorad Pavic. All of the characters are waiting for, searching for, or exploring the possibility of a revelation which never appears in their numbed here-and-now. However, fate or mere chance (an irrelevant incident, someone fainting on a nudist beach, a plane crash that never actually happened) can reveal in a flash the true face of a character's isolation.
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