One of my greatest pleasures during my childhood days was to travel
along with the ‘procession’ of ants as one among them. I spoke with
them. I keep this habit still with me. I have been writing since my
middle school years
I was grew up in an ancient beautiful greenish village named
‘Thamarakkulam’ (a pond full of lotus flowers) at
the southern end of India. Prostitutes, beggars, saints, famous
writers, notorious pickpockets, farmers, and communist and congress
party workers lived together there. My mother loved to be proud that she could read most of the greatest
books from the world literature. Every night, after household chores, my mother
used to scribble short stories, poetries, and articles along with her
sorrows in her old pale yellowish diary. This atmosphere was the
motivation and energy of my writing.
Although I grew up in a joint family, I liked to sit alone and loved
loneliness. Thus I became a good reader. While doing my graduation, I
won the award of ‘Kerala grandha shala sangham’ (State library council)
for the best reader who reads the maximum number of books.
I realized that the world is so complicated when I came to the town
from my village, for studies. I met old prostitutes, orphans, and
lepers. I was a permanent visitor of Nooranad Leprosy Sanatorium, the
biggest sanatorium of Asia. My frequent visits gave me many
intellectual friends among the lepers.
After law school, I have worked extensively as a Human Rights Activist with a special interest in police atrocities against women prisoners. I hold another interest in the Rights of Sex workers and gender politics.
I have received many awards for my poetry, stories, and articles. I have won many philosophical debates. Received the prizes for the best orator in many intercollegiate competitions. My short story collection named ‘ Slave Dynasty ‘(Adimavamsam) was one of the best sellers in India.
I was an active state member of the All India people Theatre Association, All India students movement, and International Women’s Federation, Living in America ( Chicago).
I am pursuing my interest in Freelance writings and Civil Rights Activities.
“The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me” was submitted for the 2014 Manbooker Prize. This is a book that was completed in a span of ten years after having referred more than 500 authoritative books. Now this book occupies a pride of place on the bookshelves of about 60 countries. In the second-biggest international book festival of the world, The Dubai International Book Fair of 2015, where ten million people came, and which extended to two weeks, this book was released by the Hon. Indian Ambassador Seetharam, by handing it over to the famous Indian writer Sethu. It might seem a coincidence that in the above function, Dan Brown, the author of the book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was also present.
In addition to this, this book is one of the best 98 books, chosen from the Malayalam language at the Frankfurt International Book Festival, with an intension to translate and to acquaint Malayalam books with world-class literature. This, I consider, is a great honor I received for my novel. I have participated in many international seminars. An important one among them is the International History Seminar in 2015. A paper of mine titled ‘Post-Colonial Feminist and Feminist Identity’ was presented there. Dr. Upinder Singh, daughter of the then Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Dr. Margret Frenz, granddaughter of Dr. Herman Gundert, K.N.Panocker, M.G.S.Narayanan, and others had presented papers at the seminar. The fictional Biographical novel titled Just Another Day In Paradise, written by the famous American writer Tom Mathews, New York, based on my life story when I was a Human rights lawyer is available on amazon.com, as well as with the famous book distributors of America, Barners & Noble. There are visitors from 112 countries around the world to my website www.Rethydevi.com.
These are the nonfiction books I have read diligently for my novel” The Gospel Of Mary Magdalene And Me”
1.The lost book of the bible and the forgotten book of Eden.
2. The epic of Gelgimesh.
3. Jesus in India before crucifixion ,By Louis Jacolliot – 1869
4. Jesus in India – By Miza Ghulam Ahmad- 1899
5. The Ladder of Divine grace – By Theophain(Saint)
6. The unknown life of Jesus Christ – By Nicolas Notovich -1887
7.Unknown years of Jesus the life of saint Issa translated
8. Old Testament
9. New Testament
10.The lost teachings of Jesus Christ. by Steven Sadleir
11.Christ was not crucified, by Enoch Powell
12.Islamic view of Jesus’ death
13.Holy blood -Holy Grail by Michael Baigent.
14.Discovering The Feminine- Father Bede Griffiths
15. The gospel of Judas
16, The Gospel of Thomas
17. Gnostic gospel
18.Gospel of Judas
19.Gospel of Philip
20.Gospel of peter
21,The way of a pilgrim . Author ;Unknown
22.The Missing Years of Jesus | National Geographic Channel
23.Jeffrey Small: The Mystery Behind the Missing Years of Jesus
24.Paul Davids: Jesus’ Lost Years May Finally Have Been Found
24. Meditation by Francis Acharya
25.The Cloud of Unknowing by Anonymous
26 Philokalia –
Author: St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth
27. Path of fire and light .by Swami Rama
28 Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama
29,Enlightenment Without God (Mandukya Upanishad)
30.The Science of Breath: A Practical Guide
31.Meditation and its Practice
32.Freedom from the Bondage of Karma
33.Yoga & Psychotherapy
34.Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita
35.Book of Wisdom: Ishopanishad
36.Wisdom of the ancient sages: Mundaka Upanishad
37.The art of Joyful Living
38.The Royal path: Practical lessons on Yoga
39.Spirituality Transformation within & without
40.Life Here and Hereafter (Kathopanishad)
41.Choosing a Path
43.Celestial Song / Gobind Geet
44.OM: The Eternal witness
45.Exercises for Joints & Glands
47 Deep Meditation – Pathway to Personal Freedom by Yogani
47. Stages of Meditation by Dalai Lama
48.Science of Being and Art of Living:Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
49. Kundalini”Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it’s the art to experience Infinity in the finite.”
50.Think on these things by J. Krishnamurti
51, Freedom from the know by J. Krishnamurti
52.Krishnamurti The Years of Awakening by Mary Lutyens
53. Chakra Sounds Meditation by Osho
54.Life, Love, Laughter by Osho
55.The Wisdom of the Sands by Osho
56.From Sex to Superconsciousness by Osho Shree Rajneesh
Chapter No. 1 – Self energy from sex energy (The Perennial Path)
Chapter No. 2 – Tantric path to super energy (The Perennial Path)
Chapter No. 3 – Reflections in a mirror (The Heartbeat of the Absolute)
Chapter No. 4 – Sex, the genesis of love
Chapter No. 5 – From repression to emancipation
Chapter No. 6 – The pinnacle of meditation
Chapter No. 7 – Sex, the super-atom
Chapter No. 8 – From lust to the lord
58. Chandogya Upanishad
60. Kena Upanishad
62. Taittiriya Upanishad
64 Katha Upanishad
65. Mundaka Upanishad
68. Mandukya Upanishad
69. Maitrayani Upanishad
The Rig Veda: The Book of Mantra
”The Rig Veda is a collection of inspired songs or hymns and is a main source of information on the Rig Vedic civilization. It is the oldest book in any Indo-European language and contains the earliest form of all Sanskrit mantras that date back to 1500 B.C. – 1000 B.C. Some scholars date the Rig Veda as early as 12000 BC – 4000 B.C. The Rig-Vedic ‘samhita’ or collection of mantras consists of 1,017 hymns or ‘suktas’, covering about 10,600 stanzas, divided into eight ‘astakas’ each having eight ‘adhayayas’ or chapters, which are sub-divided into various groups. The hymns are the work of many authors or seers called ‘rishis’. There are seven primary seers identified: Atri, Kanwa,Vashistha, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Gotama and Bharadwaja. The rig Veda accounts in detail the social, religious, political and economic background of the Rig-Vedic civilization. Even though monotheism characterizes some of the hymns of Rig Veda, naturalistic polytheism and monism can be discerned in the religion of the hymns of Rig Veda.
The Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda were compiled after the age of the Rig Veda and are ascribed to the Vedic period.”
71.The Sama Veda: The Book of Song
The Sama Veda is purely a liturgical collection of melodies (‘saman’). The hymns in the Sama Veda, used as musical notes, were almost completely drawn from the Rig Veda and have no distinctive lessons of their own. Hence, its text is a reduced version of the Rig Veda. , if the Rig Veda is the word, Sama Veda is the song or the meaning, if Rig Veda is the knowledge, Sama Veda is its realization, if Rig Veda is the wife, the Sama Veda is her husband.
72.The Yajur Veda: The Book of Ritual
The Yajur Veda is also a liturgical collection and was made to meet the demands of a ceremonial religion. The Yajur Veda practically served as a guidebook for the priests who execute sacrificial acts muttering simultaneously the prose prayers and the sacrificial formulae (‘yajus’). It is similar to ancient Egypt’s “Book of the Dead”. There are no less than six complete recessions of Yajur Veda – Madyandina, Kanva, Taittiriya, Kathaka, Maitrayani and Kapishthala.
73.The Atharva Veda: The Book of Spell
The last of the Vedas, this is completely different from the other three Vedas and is next in importance to Rig-Veda with regard to history and sociology. A different spirit pervades this Veda. Its hymns are of a more diverse character than the Rig Veda and are also simpler in language. In fact, many scholars do not consider it part of the Vedas at all. The Atharva Veda consists of spells and charms prevalent at its time, and portrays a clearer picture of the Vedic society.
74.Nature’s Most Powerful Medicinal Plants in India
75.Jewish Meditation – Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism.
Judaism’s Ancient Meditation System for Mystical Exploration through Meditation and Contemplation by Rabbi David A cooper
76.The Desert Fathers In the early Middle Ages, there lived a group of hermits in the wilderness areas of the Middle East. They were known to history as the desert fathers.
“They dwelt in small isolated communities for the purpose of devoting their lives completely to God without distraction. The contemplative movement traces its roots back to these monks. They were the ones who first promoted the mantra as a prayer tool.”
77,In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers – by John Chryssavgis
78. Charvaka philosophy by Brihaspati
”Charvaka is a Rationalist Philosophy of ancient India. The original Manifesto of this philosophy was written by Brihaspati around 600 B. C. and they are lost to posterity. What little knowledge we have of this philosophy comes to us from commentaries written by their adversaries. There is a dire need to regenerate this philosophy in modern India by preserving its fundamental aspects and developing newer ones that are applicable in the twenty-first century.
Fundamental Beliefs Of Charvakas
A. Followers of Charvaka Philosophy do not recognize any knowledge, which is not based on sensory perception and physical verification. It rejects knowledge gained from inference, intuition and testimony.
Therefore, Charvakas reject all supra-sensory phenomena such as gods, Atman, rebirth, demons, evil spirits, Moksha, and the like. They consider them as relevant to ancient times but totally irrelevant to modern times.
Charvakas also reject all rituals such as Yajna, Pooja, Abhisheka, pilgrimage, and Shraddha meant to appease gods and ancestral souls. They believe that the sole purpose these rituals serve is to provide priests the means to make a living. They do not believe that Swamis, Babas and Gurus .”
79.The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion
Thorkild Jacobsen (Author)
80.Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape
Guillermo Algaze (Author)
81.Dravidian languages (Cambridge Language Surveys ) by Bhadriraju Krishnamurti
82.Is Indus valley the cradle or catacomb of Dravidian civilization
By: Na. Nandhivarman
83.Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization
Jonathan Mark Kenoye
84,Life in the Ancient Indus River Valley by Hazel Richardson
85.Anthropological Studies on the Dravido-Africans
by Ka. Pa Ar̲avāṇan̲
86.Empire of the Inca (The Civilization of the American Indian Series)
Burr Cartwright Brundage (Author)
87.Life among the Incas
by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett,
88.About Machu Picchu
89.Serpent of Light: Beyond 2012 – The Movement of the Earth’s Kundalini and the Rise of the Female Light, 1949 to… 2013 by Drunvalo Melchizedek
90.First Maya Civilization – 4th edition
91.Sumerian Mythology Samuel Noah Kramer (Author)
92.Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others (Oxford World’s Classics)
Stephanie Dalley (Translator)
”Dravidians were already in the Indian sub-continent before the Aryans (Indo-Europeans) arrived on the scene. The Dravidians already established cities and villages and then the Aryans invaded the sub-continent and imposed their language, culture, and religion onto the Dravidian natives. Thus, Sanskrit and light skin are of Aryan origin ”.
”Indo-European, Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite
the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia.
”The Sanskrit Language is probably the oldest Indo-European language for which we have compositions, although the texts were not written down until the Common Era (CE). Here is a brief introduction to the Sanskrit Language and the Hindu Religion from the perspective of Indo-European linguistic studies. Two other closely related languages have a few early references known from their inclusion in texts produced in Mesopotamia. Mitanni is known from a few words associated with horse racing included in Hurrian (not an Indo-European language) texts made in Anatolia (Turkey). Information about the Kassite Gods is known from a few words and theophoric king names recorded in letters to Mesopotamian and Egyptian rulers. The religion of the Sanskrit-speakers eventually became the Hindu religion of modern India and surrounding areas. Because this is still the religion of about a billion people who had no break in their traditions, it retains the character of the ancient religion
The Avestan Language is the oldest form of the Iranian languages and it is known from the ancient scriptures of the Zoroastrian religion. These texts are not datable, but they are believed to be very old. The earliest datable inscriptions in an Iranian language are attributed to Persian kings. Although the Sanskrit and Avesta languages are so similar that they are dialects of each other, the religions of the Sanskrit speakers and the Avestan speakers are very different, so they are most easily treated as separate categories for religious studies. One of the differences between them is the division of the original pantheon of Indo-European Gods into two groups, the Asher, or Gods of the Sun and the Devi, with Indra, Gods associated with grain fields and the moon. This division is referred to as the Pandemonium, since the Sanskrit speakers demonized all of the Gods of the Zoroastrians and the Avestan speakers demonized all the Gods of the Sanskrit speakers.”
95,The Origins of Indo-European Religion
Uckfield, Sussex, England: Historical Review Press, 2010
Alexander Jacob advances a revolutionary thesis: Indo-European religion emerged in the Near East from the same fundamental race and civilization that gave rise to the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Indus Valley civilizations. Most historians claim that Indo-European religion was carried into the Near East and India by a distinct ethnic group, the Aryans, migrating from somewhere North of the Black Sea.
96.Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
97.The Original and Developed Doctrines of Indian Buddhism In Charts
by Ryukan Kimura
98.History of Southeast Asia
99. The Basic teachings of Buddhism
100.Buddhism: Major Doctrines
THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
FIRST NOBLE TRUTH
“All life is suffering.” Duhkha.
We are always dissatisfied, anxious.
Even when we think we are happy, underneath we “live lives of quiet desperation.”
SECOND NOBLE TRUTH
“Desires cause suffering.” Trsna.
Not just nasty or selfish desires. Any desire to change the world. Even the desire to do well or help others or save the planet.
This dominates our psyche: thirsting.
Craving for things; aversion to things; attachment to what we have.
THIRD NOBLE TRUTH
“Extinction”: the end to suffering and desires. Nirvana.
Basic attitude: equanimity, tranquility & openness.
Psychology/Ontology: unity with reality and all things interwoven.
Consciousness: direct perception and oneness with object of perception.
Action: not based on desires > spontaneity.
Emotions: no emotions, or undisturbed free flow.
FOURTH NOBLE TRUTH
“The Eightfold Path.” Includes morality, wisdom, and meditation.
Main technique: meditation. Break the control of our mind so we can experience reality with undisturbed openness.
Meditation can take many forms, including art.
Often requires break from normal life: monasticism, wayfaring, or reclusion.by David Barnhill
The Buddha was taught Samatha (tranquility) meditation, and rediscovered Vipassana (insight) meditation. These are the two forms of Buddhist meditation, Samatha and vipassana — tranquility and insight.
102,Period of Ramayanam and
103,Period of Ramayana and Mahabharata
”Nagarjuna developed his doctrine of emptiness in the Madhyamika-shastra, a thoroughgoing analysis of a wide range of topics. Examining, among other things, the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, and nirvana, Nagarjuna demonstrates that each lacks the autonomy and independence that is falsely ascribed to it. His approach generally is to consider the various ways in which a given entity could exist and then to show that none of them is tenable because of the absurdities that would be entailed. In the case of something that is regarded to be the effect of a cause, he shows that it cannot be produced from itself (because an effect is the product of a cause), from something other than itself (because there must be a link between cause and effect), from something that is both the same as and different from itself (because the former two options are not possible), or from something that is neither the same as nor different from itself (because no such thing exists). For Nagarjuna, the impossibility of such production is confirmed in the Prajnaparamita sutras by the claim that all phenomena are anutpada (“unproduced”). The purpose of Nagarjuna’s analysis is to destroy vikalpa (“misconceptions”) and point the way toward the abandonment of all philosophical views (drishti).
In the chapter on motion, for example, Nagarjuna asks whether gatam (“going”) is to be found on the path already traversed, the path being currently traversed, or the path ahead. After considerable reflection, he finds going to be absent in each of these places and concludes that going is therefore not to be found. It is this “not finding” that is the emptiness of motion. Nagarjuna does not claim that motion does not occur but rather considers that it does not exist as it is typically conceived.
Nagarjuna defined emptiness in terms of the doctrine of pratitya-samutpada (“dependent origination”), which holds that things are not self-arisen but produced in dependence on causes and conditions. Adopting this view allowed him to avoid the charge of nihilism, which he addressed directly in his writings and which his followers would confront over the centuries. Nagarjuna employs the doctrine of the two truths, paramartha satya (“ultimate truth”) and samvriti satya (“conventional truth”), explaining that everything that exists is ultimately empty of any intrinsic nature but does exist conventionally. The conventional is the necessary means for understanding the ultimate, and it is the ultimate that makes the conventional possible. As Nagarjuna wrote, “For whom emptiness is possible, everything is possible.”
Nagarjuna is the most famous thinker in the history of Buddhism after the Buddha himself. This fame was certainly present in the Buddhist cultures of Asia but was enhanced in the West by the preservation of his Madhyamika-shastra in Sanskrit and its early study by Orientalists. European scholars initially condemned his philosophy as nihilistic, but succeeding generations have regarded Nagarjuna as a sophisticated philosopher whose views parallel those of a variety of European thinkers. As more works of Nagarjuna were studied, he came to be understood more clearly within the philosophical and religious milieu in which he lived.”
105.Love and Passion in Tantric Buddhism
Article of the Month – July 2000 by Nitin Kumar
The word Tantra itself is derived from the verbal root tan, meaning to “weave”. Many things are interwoven on the Tantric path, including the lives of men and women. The Buddha couples of Tantric iconography celebrate this deep harmony of the sexes. The purpose of this dynamic was the creation of partnerships devoted to the realization of the ultimate truth. For instance, the man cultivates pure vision by seeing the woman as a deity, her sexual organ as the throne of enlightenment, and her sexual fluid as divine nectar. Thus according to the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad, sexual union also constitutes a fire sacrifice, as performed by the creator god Prajapati upon creating woman:
Having created her, he worshipped her sexual organ;
Therefore a woman’s sexuality should be worshipped.
He stretched forth from himself a stone for pressing nectar
[i.e., causing a woman’s sexual fluid to flow]
And impregnated her with that.
Her lap is the sacrificial altar;
Her hair, the sacrificial grass;
Her skin the soma press;
The depths of her sexual organ, the fire in the middle
.by Nitin Kumar
The texts often refer to the union of a lotus and vajra, or diamond scepter. Clearly, “lotus” and vajra are metaphors, not literal terms. One is not meant to bring together a flower and a scepter, but something denoted by these terms. Depending upon the level of interpretation, uniting the lotus and the vajra can mean uniting wisdom and compassion, or bliss and emptiness, within the practitioner’s psyche, or bringing together the female and male organs in physical union, or a number of other things that must be combined on the path to enlightenment.
Along with Gopa, he experienced bliss.
By uniting the diamond scepter and lotus,
He attained the fruit of bliss.
Buddhahood is obtained from bliss, and
Apart from women there will not be bliss
And at another place:
The man [sees] the woman as a goddess
The woman [sees] the man as a god.
By joining the diamond scepter and lotus,
They should make offerings to each other.
There is no worship apart from this.
Look at my three-petaled lotus,
Its center adorned with a stamen.
It is a Buddha paradise, adorned with a red Buddha,
A cosmic mother who bestows
Bliss and tranquility on the passionate.
Abandon all conceptual thought and
Unite with my reclining form;
Place my feet upon your shoulders and look me up and down.
Make the fully awakened scepter
Enter the opening in the center of the lotus.
Move a hundred,thousand,hundred thousand times
In my three-petaled lotus Of swollen flesh.
Placing one’s scepter there, offer pleasure to her mind.
Wind, inner wind-my lotus is the unexcelled!
Aroused by the tip of the diamond scepter,
It is red like a bandhuka flower.
Tantric Buddhism is unique among Buddhist sub-traditions in its acceptance of the body and sense experience as sources of knowledge and power. Tantric Buddhists eulogized the body as an “abode of bliss” and boldly affirmed that desire, sexuality, and pleasure can be embraced on the path to enlightenment. In keeping with this life-affirming orientation, the movement upheld the possibility of liberating relationships between men and women and envisioned cooperative yogic methods that men and women can perform together in order to transform the ardor of their intimacy and passion into blissful, enlightened states of awareness. This mood of exuberant delight, graceful sensuousness, and reciprocity that often characterizes the sculpted and painted couples also suffuses the literary descriptions in the Tantric texts, which exult in an open and unshamed affirmation of sensuality in a religious context:
Therefore, one who desires Buddhahood
Should practice what is to be practiced.
To renounce the sense objects
Is to torture oneself by asceticism-don’t do it!
When you see form, look!
Similarly, listen to sounds,
Taste delicious flavors,
Use the objects of the five senses –
You will quickly attain supreme Buddhahood.
Tantra asserts that, instead of suppressing, vision and ecstasy, they should be cultivated and used. Because sensation and emotion are the most powerful human motive forces, they should not be crushed out, but harnessed to the ultimate goal. Properly channeled they can provide an unparalleled source of energy, bringing benefits to society as well as continually increasing ecstasy for the individual. Tantra deals in love, and love needs objects. One cannot love nothing. Love means care; and care carried to the limit is perhaps the ultimate social virtue.
by Miranda Shaw, which is a comprehensive and masterly analysis of the Tantric Buddhist tradition from a feminist perspective.)
106.A comprehensive Biography of swami Vivekananda.
107.The Odyssey By Homer
110. Roman deities
111.Greek and Roman Religion – Roman Colosseum by Linda Alchin
113 Ancient History to the Present
Geoffrey Parrinder (Editor)
114.Encyclopedia of Greek
115 Roman Mythology (Facts on File Library of Religion and Mythology)
Luke Roman (Author), Monica Roman (Author)
116.Plato’s biography of Socrates : Taylor, A. E.
117.The apology of Plato
118.The Iliad by Homer
119.Apology by Plato
200. Works of Euripides
227.The Republic by Plato
228.Works of Euripides
229.Works of Aristophanes
230.Works of Aesop
231.Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius
232.Theogony by Hesiod
233.The Roman empire
234.Ancient Greek & Roman Gods
235.Greek Heroes in Ancient Greek Mythology
236.Roman Heroes and Heroines | Mythography
237.Roman Colosseum by by Linda Alchin
The Flavian Amphitheater
Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, started construction of the Colosseum in 72 AD. It was completed in 80 AD, the year after Vespasian’s death.
The huge amphitheater was built on the site of an artificial lake, part of Nero’s huge park in the center of Rome which also included the Golden House (Domus Aurea) and the nearby Colossus statue. This giant statue of Nero gave the building its current name,
138.The Life & Times of Nero (Biography from Ancient Civilizations) (Biography from Ancient Civilizations: Legends, Folklore, and Stories of Ancient Worlds)
Jim Whiting (Author)
”The Roman emperor Nero is one of the most notorious figures in history. He is most famous for “fiddling while Rome burned,” then blaming Christians for setting the fire and beginning a series of horrible persecutions against them. With the help of his scheming mother Agrippina, he became emperor at the age of sixteen. It didn’t take him long to become tired of being under his mother’s thumb. Like most teenagers, he wanted to become independent. Because he had so much power, he ordered her to be murdered.
He often misused his power. Many people lived in fear. He even changed the time that the Olympic Games were held and added some events so that he could participate and win. Finally the Romans were fed up with him. He was declared a “public enemy.” He tried to run away, but he was too late. With soldiers closing in, he killed himself.”
239.Mark Antony : Biography – Spartacus Educational
by John Simkin .
240.The Assassination of Julius Caesar, 44 BC –
241.Mark Antony and Cleopatra – Biography
32BC coin depicting Cleopatra and Antony’s face in British Museum .
242.The myths of Heracles
243.The book of judges Samson and Delilah.
Samson and Delilah
”16 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. 2 The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.”
3 But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
4 Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. 5 The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver.”
6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.”
7 Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”
8 Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him with them. 9 With men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.
10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.”
11 He said, “If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”
12 So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.
13 Delilah then said to Samson, “All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.”
He replied, “If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric on the loom and tighten it with the pin, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric 14 and[b] tightened it with the pin.
Again she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric.
15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.
17 So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.”
18 When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. 19 After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him.[c] And his strength left him.
20 Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”
He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.
21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. 22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.
The Death of Samson
23 Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”
24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying,
“Our god has delivered our enemy
into our hands,
the one who laid waste our land
and multiplied our slain.”
25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them.
When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
31 Then his brothers and his father’s whole family went down to get him. They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led[d] Israel twenty years.”
School- Continental philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Marxism, Hermeneutics, Anarchism
Bad faith, “existence precedes essence,” nothingness, “every consciousness is a non-positional consciousness of itself,” Sartrean terminology-
245.The Roads to Freedom By Sartre
247.Being and Nothing-Sartre
249.Tantric Buddhist by Miranda Shaw, which is a comprehensive and masterly analysis of the Tantric Buddhist
250.Noam Chomsky -Bioraphy
‘Noam Chomsky is an eminent linguist and a radical political philosopher of international reputation”
251.Hopes and Prospects-Noam Chomsky
252.Language and politics-Noam Chomsky
253.Profit over people; Neoliberalim-Noam Chomsky
254. Culture of Terrorism-Noam Chomsky
255.What kind of creatures Are We-Noam Chomsky
256.Radical Humanism of M.N. Roy:
257.M.N. Roy: Radical Humanist: Selected Writings
By Austin Cline,
258.compiled by Innaiah Narisetti
When most people think of “humanism” or “secular humanism,” they probably think of western politics, philosophy, and culture. This is understandable, but it’s not entirely accurate. Humanism has also developed a rich tradition elsewhere in the world, especially in India. It’s unfortunate that more people in the West are unfamiliar with the course of humanism among Indian thinkers and writers.
One of the more influential humanists in India was M.N. Roy (1887-1954), a revolutionary who was at one point the founder-secretary of the Mexican Communist Party. He even associated closely with communist figures such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Trotsky. Eventually he came to reject communism, though he never entirely gave up on some basic socialist principles and went on to help chart the course of humanist philosophy for India during the early post-colonial years.
259.Sigmund Freud’s Biography
260.Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
261 Mass Psychology -Sigmund Freud
262The Unconscious-Sigmund Freud
263. New Humanism-M.N.Roy
264.Erich Fromm ,humanistic psychoanalysis,
265.The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
266.Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm
267.On Being Human-Erich Fromm
268.Marx’s Concept of Man-Erich Fromm
269The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness-Erich Fromm
270. Karl Marx’s Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story
271.A.Das Kapital by Karl Marx
272.The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
273..Wages, Price and Profit by Karl Marx
275..Writings on the Paris Commune author Karl Marx
276..Marx on Religion by Karl Marx
277..Karl Marx on Society and Social Change: With Selections by Friedrich Engels author Karl Marx
278.Wage Labour and Capital by Karl Marx
279..Class Struggles in France Eighteen Forty Eight-eighteen Fifty by Karl Marx
280..Karl marx writings on the paris commune
281..Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx
Four Essays on Philosophy
283..Mahabharatha and Trojan war’
Parallel of this story in Indian literature:
”There are many Ancient Greek ideas and influences still surviving in present day Indian culture. This influence of Greek ideas might have happened after the invasion of India the Alexander the Great in the year around 300BC. In addition to that the rule of later day Indo-Greek kings also influenced Indian language,religion and culture. ”
284.The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
285..Communist and Post-Communist Studies is an international journal
286..Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream by Melvyn L. Fein.
287..Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy
288..The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
289..The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
290..A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
291..The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
292..Upper cloth controversy
No female was allowed to cover their upper part of the body in front of Upper castes of Kerala until the 19th century.
293..India: Independence Women Who Pioneered the Women’s Movement By Vibhuti Patel
294.. Sreedhara Menon, A Survey of Kerala History,
295..Vincent van Gogh Letters by Theo
296..Freedom at Midnight: by. Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
297.,Ideas of a Nation : by B. R. AMBEDKAR
298..Caste Revolutions of Yesteryear: Ayyankali
303.An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns by Bruno Latour and Catherine Porter
304.A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time is a popular-science book written by British physicist Stephen Hawking and first published by the Bantam Dell Publishing Group in 1988. It became a best-seller and has sold more than 10 million copies. Wikipedia
305.The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
306..The Nature of Space and Time Authors: Roger Penrose, Stephen Hawking
307..The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking
308. Parivrajakante Mozhi ,Puthiya Purusharthangal by Asha Menon
309..Psychic powers by the Editors of Time life books
310..The Anchor Atlas of world History by Hermann kinder and Werner Hilgemann.
311.The Discovery Of India by Nehru
312.The murder of king Tut. James Patterson&Martin Dugard.
313.Gay Rights . publisher David Bender.
314.The Abortion Controversy . ”
315.The AIDS crisis. ”
316. The Disabled . ”
317.Parivrajakante . – Asha Menon
318.Period of Ramayana and Mahabharata
320.Gods, Graves, and Scholars is a popular book by German writer C. W. Ceram about the history of archaeology. First published in 1949, Ceram’s book introduced the general reading public to the origin and development of archaeology. It sold extremely well — over 5 million copies have been published in several languages — and remains in print today.
Gods, Graves, and Scholars covers Greek, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, as well as Mexican, Central American, and South American archaeology.
321.Tantric Buddhist by Miranda Shaw, which is a comprehensive and masterly analysis of the Tantric Buddhist
322..Indians of the Americas by John Coller
333.Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle
334. A History of Western philosophy- Bertrand Russell
335.Beyond Good and Evil- Friedrich Nietzche
336.The World As Will and Represntation-Arthur Schophenhauer
337.The Feminine Mystique- Betty Friedan
338.The second Sex- simone de Beauvoir,H.M Parshely
339.Pride and prejudice- Jane Austen
340.The colour purple- Alice Walker
341.The Vagina Monologues-EveEnsler
342.The Feminine Nystique-Betty Fridan
343.The Awakening-Kate Chopin
344.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- MayaAngelou
345.Full Frontal Feminism- Jessica Valenti
346-We Should All Be Feminists- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
347.Cunt; A Declaration of Independence- Inga Muscio
348A Vindication of the Rights of Woman- Mary Wollstonecraft
349.Yes Means Yes;Vision of Female Sexual Power and A world with out Rape -Jaclyn Friedman
350.Gender Trouble;Feminism and the subversion of Identity -Judith Butler
351.Homage to Catalonia- George Orwell
352.Orientalism- Edward Said
353.Silent Spring-Rachel Carson
354.The Histories- Herodotus(c 400 BC)
355.The History of England-Thomas Babington Macaulay
356. Memoris-Pablo Neruda
357.Pablo Neruda; Poet of the people
358.The A to Z of Hegelian
359-Phenomenology of spirit- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
360. Science of Logic-Hegel
361. Elements of the philosophy of rights-Hegel
362.Science of Logic-Hegel
363- Lectures on the History of Philosophy-Hegel
364. Philosophy of Mind-Hegel
365Lectures on Aesthetics-Hegel
366.Animal Farm-George Orwell
367 .Homage to Catalonia-George Orwell
362. Burnese Days-George Orwell
364. The World and west-Arnold J.Toynbee
365. Civilization on Trial-Arnold Toynbee
366.A study of History-Arnold Toynbee
367.Choose Life- Arnold Toynbee
368.Change and Habit-Arnold Toynbee
369-Turkey a past and a future-Arnold Toynbee
370.Between Oxus and Jumma.Arnold Toynbee
371.Armenian trocities,the Murder of a Nation- Arnold Toynbee
372.TheMew Europe-Arnold Toynbee
373.Progress and Poverty-Arnold Toynbee
374. WhyI Am Not a Christian-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
375.The Analysis of Mind-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
376.In Praise of Idleness-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
377.The Conquest of Happiness-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
378.principia mathematica-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
379.The problems of Philosophy-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
380.Unpopular Essays-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
381.Mysticisn and Logic-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
382.Religion and Science-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
383.The antichrist-Friedrich Nietzsche
384.Thus spoke Zarathustra-Friedrich Nietzsche
385.Beyond Good and Evil-Friedrich Nietzsche
386. On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral sense- Friedrich Nietzsche
387.Human, All Too Humam-Friedrich Nietzsche
388.The Gay Science-Friedrich Nietzsche
389.The Will to Power-Friedrich Nietzsche(un published manuscripts edited by Elisabeth)
390.Ramakrishna; His life and saying- Max Muller
391. India; What Can it Teeach us-Friedrich Nietzsche
392.Biographies of words and the Home-Friedrich Nietzsche
393.The One-Straw Revolution; An Introduction to Natural Farming-Masanobu Fukuoka.
394.Sowing Seeds in the Desert; Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Uitimate Food Security-Masanobu Fukuoka
395.The Sociological Imagination-C.Wright Mills
396.White collar-Charles Mills Wright
397.The Power Elite- Mills wright
398.The Wealth of Nations-Adam smith
399. The Theory of Moral Sentiments-Adam smith
400.Essays on Philosophical Subjects-Adam smith
401.Thinking, Fast and slow- Daniel Kahneman
402.Blink; The power of Thinking with out Thinking-Malcolm Glad well
403.Beast and Man-Mary Midgley ( philosopher)
404The Myths We Live By-Mary Midgley
405.Imagination and Time-Baroness Warnock( philosopher)
406. An Intelligent Person”s Guide to Ethics-Baroness Warnock
408Women Philosophers–Baroness Warnock
409.The End of Faith; Religion,Terror, and the Future of Reason -Sam Harris
411.Psychiatry Under the Influence; Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform- Robert Whitaker( Want to read)
412.Love and Capital; Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution-Mary Gabriel
413.Don”t Believe Everything You Think; The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking-
414.The Shallows; What the Internet Is Doing to our Brains-Nicholas( Pscho-Sociology)
415.A Framework for Understanding Poverty -Ruby k.Payne
416. The Myth of Mental Illness; Foundations of a Theory of personal conduct-Thomas Szasz
418.The Ethical slut; A guideto Infinite sexual possibilities-Dossie Easton
419.Works and Lives ;The Anthropologist as Author- Clifford Geertz
420. The Sage Handbookof Social psychology-Michael A. Hogg
421.Sexing the Body-Anne Fausto-sterling
422.Womem, Gender, and Politics; A Reader- Sarah Childs
423.Gender Trouble-Judith Butler
424.A House Full of females;-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
425.Race, Class, and Gender In the United states -Paula S. Rothenberg
426.The Handmaid’s Tale= Margaret Atwood
427.All the Single Ladies; Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation-Rebecca Traister
428,The Prophet Isaiah-Raphael ( Painting and Story)
429. Leonardo da Vinci-Biography
430.Age Of Enlightenment
431.The French Revolution.A History-Thomas Carlyle
432.Citizens; A Chronicle of the French Revolution-Simon Schama
433.The Oxford History of the French revolution- William Doyle
434.The Days of The French Revolution-
435.Data-Ism- Steve Lohr
436.Julius Caesar- William Shakespeare
437.Antony and Cleopatra-William Shakespeare
438. Takshshila (Taxila) – an article about the oldest universities
439.Black Jews in Africa and Americas-Tudor Parfitt
440.Yahushua- The Black Messiah
441.Chosen People’The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions-Jacob S.Dorman
442.We the Black jews ;Ethiopian -Hebrew Lost Books- Rastafari
443.The Truth About Black Biblical Hebrew- Israelites ( Jews;the Worlds Best kept Secret)-Ella J. Hughley
447.People’s History of The Unites States-Howard Zinn
449.Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee-Dee Brown
450.Nother Earth Spirituality -Ed McGaa
451.Rainbow Tribe-Ed McGaa
452.American Indian Politics and the American Political system- David Wilkins
453. The return of the Native-stephen Cornell
454.The Tribal moment in American Politics; The Struggle For Native American Sovereignty-Christine K Gray
455.Theory of Colours-Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
456.Understanding Colour-Linda Holtzschue
457.Color Studies-Edith Anderson Feisner.
458.Color-Messages &Meanings-Leatrice Eiseman
459.Contemporary color-Steven Bleicher
460. The Conquest of Incas-John Hemming
461.Lost City Of the Incas-Hiram Bingham
462.Mach Picchu-National Geographic
463.Lost discoveries; The ancient roots of modern science- from the Babylonians to Maya-
464.Red Gold; The conquest of the Brazilian Indians- John Hemming
465. Ancient Maya-TheRise and Fallof
466.Popol Vuh- Translated by Dennis Tedlock
467.The Mayan Secrets
468. Developing Destinies
469.Well of Sacrifice-Chris Eboch
470.Incident of Travel inYucatan- John Lloyd
471.Maya Prophecy and Myth- David Stuart
472.The God Delusion-Richard Dawkins
473.God Is Not Great-Christopher Hitchens
474.The End Of Faith- Sam Harris
475.God; The failed Hypothesis-Victor J. Stenger
476.Good with out God- Greg Epstein
477.the Bone Woman- Clea Koff
478Climbing the Seven summits- Mike Hamill
479.The darkest Jungle -Todd Balf
480. Voyage up the River Anazon- W.H. Edwards ( wonderful book)
481.Traditional aboriginal society– W.H. Edwards
482.Life of Samuel Johnson- James Boswell
483.The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
484.The Autobiography of MALCOLM X
485.Freedom In Exile-Dali lama
486.A Moveable Feast- Ernest Hemingway
487.Long walk to Freedom- Nelson Mandela
488.I know Why The cage Bird Sings- Maya Angelou
489.Dreams from my Father-Barack Obama
490.The story of My life- Helen Keller
491.Night- Elle Wiesel( His experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz)
492.Autobiography of Mark Twain
493.An Autobiography of Agatha Christie
494.Lenin. A biography- Robert Service
495.The April Theses-Lenin
496.Emma Darwins Diaries-Emma
497.The expression of the emotions in man and animals -Charles Darwin
498.The Descent of Man,and selection in Relation to sex-Charles Darwin
499.The Voyage of the Beagle-Charles Darwin
500.On the Orgin of Species- Charles Darwin
501.An Ostrich a day-Nancy J. Farr
502.Desert Island Discussions-Lawley .sue
503.Syrian Desert- Encyclopedia Britannica
504.Desert Air -George steinmetz
505.Empty Quarter; A photographic journey to the Heart of the Arabian Desert-George steinmetz
506.Nightmares in the Saudi Arabian Desert-Alexandra symeonidou
507.Arabian Deserts; Nature and Evolution- Stewart Edgell
508.Feminism is for everybody Passionate Politics-Bell hooks
509.Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses-Louis Althusser
510.For Marx-Louis Althusser
(These are the nonfiction books I have read diligently for this novel)