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#31: Russia & Eastern Europe

Next Issue "Russian mysticism was unique for its combination of spirituality and what might be called sensuality of a higher order."
- Stephan A. Hoeller, from Esoteric Russia
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Spring 1994
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Includes several letters on Sufism.

News & Notes
The New Jerusalem Comes to Romania. Will Paganism Help Shape a New Baltic Identity?. Was Mormonism's Founder a Kabbalist? Sufi Order Practices Way of the Fakir.

Introduction: A Glimpse of Eastern Expanses
by Richard Smoley
Is Russia part of the West? Or is it a civilization with a destiny and character of its own?

Esoteric Russia
by Stephan A. Hoeller
From Paganism to Theosophy, Russia has long had a colorful history of esotericism.

The Unknown Russian Mysticism
by Igor Kungurtsev and Olga Luchakova
A profile of some of the underground spiritual schools that have surfaced since the end of the Soviet era.

The Cosmos of the Ancient Slavs
by Adrian Ivakhiv
The past and potential rebirth of pre-Christian Slavic mythology.

Turning to Orthodoxy
by Siobhan Houston
Why have thousands of Americans (including former leaders of the Campus Crusade for Christ) converted to this ancient faith?

The East European Conception of Suffering
by Valentin Tomberg
Is suffering a curse to be avoided or a path to wisdom?

Daniil Andreev: Herald of Unseen Worlds
by Alexei Bogdanov
The astounding metaphysical visions of one of this century's greatest Russian mystics.

The Bogomils: Gnostics of Old Bulgaria
by Paul Tice
These Balkan heretics who fought both Rome and Constantinople also had surprising links to the Cathars.

What is Esotericism? The GNOSIS Interview with Antoine Faivre
by Richard Smoley & Jay Kinney
The noted Frency scholar discusses the Western esoteric traditions, gnosis, and the main exponents of European occultism.

Book Reviews
  • Maud Gonne: A Biography by Margaret Ward
  • Yeats Annual #9: Yeats and Women edited by Deirdre Toomey
  • Quest for Dion Fortune by Janine Chapman
  • Paranormal Esperience and Survival of Death by Carl B. Becker
  • Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences by Susan Blackmore
  • "No Religion Higher Than Truth": A History of the Theosophical Movement in Russia, 1875-1922 by Maria Carlson
  • The Elements of Celtic Christianity by Anthony Duncan
  • Alien Identities: Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena by Richard L. Thompson
  • In Search of the Birth of Jesus: The Real Journey of the Magi by Paul William Roberts
  • The Gnostic Jung, Including Seven Sermons to the Dead selected and introduced by Robert A. Segal
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered by Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise
  • Seasonal Dance: How to Celebrate the Pagan Year by Janice Broch and Veronica MacLer
  • Living the Tarot by Amber Jayanti

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