LOST ART OF RESURRECTION: Iniation, Secret Chambers, and the Quest for the Otherworld Book
More than 2,000 years before the resurrection of Jesus, initiates from spiritual traditions around the world were already practicing a secret mystical ritual in which they metaphorically died and were reborn into a higher spiritual state. During this living resurrection, they experienced a transformative spiritual awakening that revealed the nature of reality and the purpose of the soul, described as "rising from the dead." Exploring the practice of living resurrection in ancient Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Celtic, and Native American traditions, Silva explains how resurrection was never meant for the dead but for the living--a fact supported by the suppressed Gnostic Gospel of Philip: "Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error.
If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing." Silva reveals how these practices were not only common in the ancient world but also shared similar facets in each tradition.
6X9 P/B, 240 pp., 128 B&W Illus.