6 other books by Medhananda and Yvonne Artaud

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1. With Medhananda on the shores of Infinity
2. On the Threshold of a new age with Medhananda
3. Guardians of Oneness and other Tales from Equals One
4. The Way out is up and other Stories from Equals One
5.  Immortal Wisdom
6. The Garden of Man

     
   


ISBN: 81-86413-08-1
Binding: Soft Cover/
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Pages: 144
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  With Medhananda on the shores of Infinity
"With Medhananda on the shores of Infinity" contains a collection of reminiscenses, meditations, letters, poems and transcriptions of interviews, chronologically arranged in order to recount the story of Medhananda's life (1908 -1994) from its beginning in Germany, his stay in Polynesia, upto his years in the Sri Aurobindo Centre in South India. But the book does not really qualify as a biography in the habitual sense because events of external life are only incidental, play a very subordinate role, and are used only to situate or illustrate a subjective experience and the essence gleaned from it. Therefore, the book can at best be described as an autobiography of inner life.
       
     


ISBN: 81-86413-14-6
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Pages: 199
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On the Threshold of a New Age With Medhananda
In this volume, containing fragments of conversations recorded by Yvonne Artaud, Medhananda plays the role of an invisible teacher or guide who unveils the different mantles that constitute the universe as well as ourselves. He links the wisdom of the East and the West, shows an equal understanding of the ancient Egyptian and Chaldean cultures, of Buddha and Lao Tse, Pythagoras and Patanjali - and especially of the new consciousness and the integral yoga of his teacher Sri Aurobindo. In Medhananda's poetic style, we witness an inner transparency characteristic of a mind in direct communion with higher domains.

       
   


ISBN: 81-86413-23-5
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 199
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  Guardians of Oneness and other Tales from Equals One
Medhananda, a German, joined the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1952, where he was put in charge of the Sri Aurobindo library. He startet editing the journal "Equals One", or " = 1", in February 1965. This unusual publication became an organ for the expression of his creativity, founded on a widely-educated mind that was always curious and ready to learn, and on his extraordinarily rich inner life and knowledge. His many articles were often written under pen-names, each representing a different aspect of Medhananda, a mode of consciousness, one facet of his vast being... Many of his contributions took the form of stories, full of illuminating humour, provocative new viewpoints and symbols that both veil and unveil deep spiritual realities.
Two collections of these are presented in companion volumes. 'Guardians of Oneness and other tales from Equals One' contains some of the longer pieces, while 'The Way out is Up and other stories from Equals One' gathers some of the most striking shorter ones.
       
   


ISBN: 81-86413-24-3
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 155

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  The Way Out is Up and other Stories from Equals One
This companion volume of 'Guardians of Oneness and other tales from Equals One' contains short stories and articles drawn from the journal 'Equal One', or ' =1', edited by Medhananda in Pondicherry/South India from 1965 for about 15 years.
Equals One, or " = 1", is the shortest possible formula to remind us that behind the multiplicity of appearances is an essential Oneness of things, and behind the duality of our modern life, behind the I and the you - man and god, -is this Oneness which reconciles all things, all conflicts, a One (in the sense of wholeness) which gives meaning to all events.
If you remember the garden of Oneness in which we lived at the beginning of time - and can live in it again, you will enjoy reading Equals One.
"When man left paradise it was with all his gods, archetypes and totem animals.
When he wants to return, he has to transform them and take them all with him.
If he were to go alone, it would not be paradise." Medhananda
         
     


ISBN: 81-86413-32-4
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 180

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  Immortal Wisdom
This book contains a collection of famous myths, legends and fairy tales of different ancient cultures. Medhananda interprets the Greek myth of Herakles, two Grimm's fairy tales, an Egyptian picture strip and papyrus, an Indian parable and the Gospel of Thomas (that was burried in the sand of Egypt until 1945). He gives us a new key to perceive the hidden messages of wisdom, wisdom in the sense of self-knowledge, an awareness of our different soulforces and their play and movements in us. We recognise that wisdom is as old as mankind and has expressed itself in an early age through symbols, images, myths, dreams, fairy tales. Medhananda leads us to the psychological truth that all the different parts, things, persons in the tales are aspects of ourselves. When the myths speak of gods or creators, kings, princesses, animals or castles, fire and snowcristals, we have to perceive them as different forcefields, functions, potentialities and archtypes in us. Instead of taking the stories literally, as fancy imaginations or tales of the past, we learn to understand them as mirrors and expressions of our own multifaceted consciousness - a consciousness that is based on the oneness of being. So the potter's wheel on which the gods fabricate man out of clay can be seen as an image that shows us how self-awareness creates itself on the wheel of life, of death and birth.
This new psychological understanding of the ancient materials helps us to deepen our self-awareness, to learn about the possibilities of our consciousness, it helps to grow and transform our little egoformation into a greater self.
In India there is this tale: "The pupil observes, that his Guru perceives things and events in a different way. So he asks his teacher: 'Do we live in the same world'? The teacher answers: 'Yes, but the difference is, that you see yourself as a part of the world and I see the whole world in myself'."
     
 


ISBN:  81-86413-35-9
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 91

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  The Garden of Man
This book contains interesting contributions to the understanding of ancient symbollanguage:
1) A 3500 years old Egyptian message from the tomb of Amenemhet is depicted in the original hieroglyphs with a translation into words by the famous Egyptologist Sir Alan Gardiner. With Medhanandas interpretations the strange text reveals a dynamic psychological content.
2) The second contribution shows a collection of images of trees from different ancient cultures with interpretations and comments of Medhananda.
3) An old Egyptian fairy tale is translated for the first time by Medhananda.
"We can conceive of ourselves as a flower, as a bird, a stone, a tree... beautiful extensions of being man in an entemal game in which everything is ourselves and yet plays at being something else. To look at a teaching image until we recognize ourselves in it as a preliminary step towards self-knowledge. ...If the symbol becomes a movement of self-awareness in us and helps us to understand ourselves, what does it matter that the teaching was lost for thousands of years? We have discovered a new playground, a vast kingdom in ourselves, and a way to become the inner king, the pharao, the lord of all those riches. "