Books

This is a selection of books we offer:


WORD and other poems

These poems in three sections, represent nearly sixty years of writing and spontaneously reciting (most have been lost, or were never written down) from a young man of about twelve, until over seventy years. Still writing, the poet when asked about this said, although he had pursued doctoral studies in three fields, worked in medicine, written a few books, some scientific papers, and acted as a psychotherapist with a range of persons – from convicted murderers, professional entertainers, and major political figures, to everyday folk – it is his love of writing and reciting poetry he sees as:

“The most significant part of my life. Much of life is cant and hypocrisy, but in poetry we can express it as it TRULY IS; something beyond diplomatic niceties or rationality, which we so often use to run away from the stark facts of existence and non-existence!”

The Sufi poems which constitute the last section of this book, are a culmination of a life that in common with other spiritual figures, is best expressed in poetry.

By David J. Heinemann

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The Stealing of a Shadow! Reminiscences of a Psychologist of Illness & Healing
b1In this autobiographical account, a medical psychologist discovers a remote society where physical illness & its cure are culturally determined. He begins to wonder how much this could be true of illness & recovery in our society? A student friend becomes sick and dies as the result of negative experiences, reinforcing the idea that physical & psychological illness cannot be separated. He begins to treat patients from this perspective, curing chronic & terminal illness where others failed, and as a result loses his hospital post.

Successfully using this approach for someone who is actually dying he begins to wonder if illness and cure, transcends not only physical & psychological boundaries, but also those of life and death. He shows how everyone – even the terminally ill – can influence the outcome of their illness & play a significant part in its healing. The mysterious incidents related in this book challenge the limited approach of the medical establishment, arguing for a new scientific world view.

By David J. Heinemann

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The Radical God! Social & Political Justice: The Legacy of the Hebrew Prophets
b2Ground-breaking, this book challenges the views of both the religious fundamentalist and secular atheist. Using psychology, physiological research and social anthropology, the author analyses the texts and provides a totally new understanding of the meaning and origins of the Hebrew Bible, showing: (i) the “the missing link” that makes us human, not animal, (ii) Democracy is the result not of Greek reason, but Hebrew poetry, (iii) The prophets were political radicals not abstract visionaries, (iv) Politics has never been separated from religion, (v) The Hebrew prophets laid the basis of Western Democracy and Human Rights, (vi) Neither Christianity, Islam, or even Judaism continue the teachings of the Hebrew prophets, (vii) A world-view that solves the competing claims of Jews and Palestinians to the land of Israel, (viii) The Hebrew prophets predicated our present world problems and left us their solutions.

By David J. Heinemann

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What Muhammad Really Taught: Discourses of a Sufi Master

b3At the same time as Muslims perpetrate terrorism, and propogate hate and intolerance, Arab governments are being overturned by a populace opposed to Muslim despots kept in power to serve Zionism & Western oil interests. As a result, many have come to both fear and ridicule Islam. Yet few know that what Muhammad really taught was a set of Universal values present at the core of all religions, which had been taught by esoteric (Sufi) teachers long before Muhammad, and which Muslims no longer practice.

In 1984, ten years before Huntingdon’s concept of the clash of civilisations a Sufi Master, walked 1.500km to draw attention to the Ethiopian famine, foretelling that unless these Universal values were adhered to, famines would increase – along with global environmental problems – that religion would be the major source of world conflict; – and also predicting collapse of the world’s economic system!

By David J. Heinemann

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Leaves from the Tree of Life: Sayings, Meditations and Prayers for a New Age
b4How can religious conflict and terrorism be overcome? How can we conserve our natural environment, prevent climate change and provide enough food for everyone?

About 150 years ago, these problems and their solutions were predicted! In Iran, India, Central Asia and the MIddle East a spiritual message was spread that the time of completion referred to by the Great Teachers like Krishna, Moses, Muhammad, and Jesus, had come! A New Age based on the Universal values of peace freedom, justice, and wellbeing – a Heaven on earth – was possible, but resistance would result in Hell on earth!

This message was continued by Baba Dovid Yusuf whose prophecies about the Iraq war, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the dismantling of the Berlin wall, climate change, environmental disasters, religious terrorism – 9/11 and others, urge us to pay attention to what he says! His sayings, meditations and prayers cover every aspect of life, including international, social and individual problems. Described as, “a scripture for our time!” it shows how to live in peace and harmony with each other and with Nature and its Source – a path of humanity and spirituality leading to self-knowledge and improvement, by connecting us to that Supreme Truth (God) who alone can show us how to put an end to the horrors of war and the misery of starvation.

As spoken by Baba Dovid Yusuf. Compiled and edited by David Heinemann.

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Unity in Diversity: Thoughts of the World’s Great Religions

b5Religious intolerance is so much a part of our daily lives. The world is torn apart by it. Hatred and violence are justified in the name of religion, yet all hope is not lost.

Goodness has a chance. Through the ages, we have heard the voice of sanity, the voice of love and concern above the din of this madness. We heard it when Kahlil Gibran said in ‘The Prophet’: “Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Whenever you enter into it, take with you … all men.”

Babaji Dovid Yusuf in our own time says: “The Book of God is never closed, or its pages limited. Truth is One, but people give it different names.”

In Shri O. P. Ghai’s book ‘Unity in Diversity’ an attempt is made to glean the best in living religious literature , and to guide us to the understanding of the fundamental unity underlying the great religions of the world.

By O. P. Ghai.

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Sufi Therapy of the Heart: A Transcendent Experience

b6“Can a system of psychology and therapy be considered successful if the members of the society which utilise it become increasingly unhappy, disillusioned, violent and disturbed?”

In a scholarly and impressive work – drawing upon numerous sources, from Pyramid texts in Eqypt, to Persian and Indian writings, David Heinemann shows that this is because of a dualism created within the mind, that reflects the Western belief in a dualism between Nature and the individual self. The necessity of transcendent experience for an integrated psyche has been ignored, causing people to turn to drugs, bizarre cults, and alternative forms of medicine, as a substitute. The universal incidence of Self-Transcendence – of cases of mystical death and resurrection, some of which are cited – indicate the transcendent nature of the self. However, despite opposition from establishment religion, and reductionist science, an esoteric tradition has survived that has counted amongst its exponents: Socrates, Muhammad, Spinoza and Shakespeare.

By defining the nature of the genuine mystic experience – in contrast to superstition, charlatanism and madness – and in restoring belief in Transcendence as a real and necessary part of healthy living, the book breaks new ground and is likely to become a classic in the study of ‘mysticism and the psychology of religion’.

By David Heinemann.

“The finest book on Sufism in the English language”

Dr. Andrew Mezurecky, Clinical Psychologist: A lifetime scholar of Sufism who had studied all the classical texts on Sufism in their original languages.

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