It is a powerful and evocative legend, celebrated in India, all but unknown in the West. The great god Shiva is persuaded to play a dice game with his consort, Parvati. The game continues, always with the same result: Shiva inevitably loses. Why, if he is the greatest god in the universe, does he lose?
This myth strikes the keynote for The Dice Game of Shiva, whose central theme is the interplay between consciousness (represented by Shiva) and its experience (Parvati). Using texts and teachings from a vast variety of sources, ranging from mystical and esoteric texts to modern philosophy, theology, science, and even neurology, The Dice Game of Shiva shows how consciousness is present at every level of the universe, and how this truth has been illustrated over and over again by most of the great spiritual traditions.
Many current books say that consciousness is merely a side effect of the operation of brain processes. Many other books, usually from a more spiritual perspective, contend that consciousness is what came first; matter resulted from mind. Neither of these views is entirely satisfactory.
The Dice Game of Shiva is the only book available that shows how the universe at all levels consists of a seamless interplay between matter and mind, as symbolised by the dice game between the god and goddess.
"This is an exciting, powerful book on the nature of mind and its relation to the universe. It is hard to put down."
-- Lawrence LeShan, PhD, author of "How to Meditate"
"In this provocative and persuasive book, Richard Smoley pushes the newest frontier in human knowledge. The path he walks is not into a new religion but beyond the boundaries of all religious systems and into a new and universal consciousness, where new visions of the meaning of life are found. I loved it."
-- John Shelby Spong, author of "Jesus for the Non-Religious"
"I have a standing rule: I read anything Richard Smoley writes -- and "The Dice Game of Shiva" proves once again that I'm correct to do so. This book is a profoundly wise examination of the nature of consciousness and its place -- "our" place -- in the universe. Smoley's writing is engaging, personal, and elegant."
-- Larry Dossey, MD, author of "The Power of Premonitions" and "Healing Words"
"I loved Richard Smoley's "The Dice Game of Shiva", which thoughtfully deals with conundrums from consciousness to causality."
-- Russell Targ, physicist and author of "Limitless Mind"
|Prologue: A Kabbalist at Oxford||p. xiii|
|The Light That Governs the Universe||p. 1|
|The Game of Consciousness||p. 19|
|Two against One: The Persistence of Dualism||p. 41|
|Constant Conjunction: The Problem of Causation||p. 63|
|Patterns in Her Garment: The Chain of Associations||p. 87|
|A Just Universe?||p. 115|
|Beyond the Copper Mountain: The Dimensions of Faith||p. 135|
|The Conscious Civilization||p. 157|
|Permissions Acknowledgments||p. 201|
|About the Author||p. 213|
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Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 3rd November 2009
Publisher: New World Library
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.272