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The Gospel According to Acharya S

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D.M. Murdock , Acharya S
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What is God? Is belief in God righteous? Should we praise God? Who speaks for God? Is the Bible "God's Word?" Does prayer work? Are we born in sin? What is the origin of good and evil? Who is the Devil? Is the Bible prophetic? Do we have free will? What is the purpose in life?

"The Gospel According to Acharya S" provides intriguing insights into these important, probing questions and many more, presenting potent observations which seek to define humanity in as enlightened and evolved a manner as is possible. These powerful and profound perceptions reflect crucial concepts that need to be cherished and protected as the greatest of human rights and liberties.

Includes a bibliography and index.

D.M. Murdock is an independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology, specializing in the ancient astrotheological origins of popular religious systems and beliefs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Stellar House Publishing (15 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JF4L3Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel Truth! 29 Nov 2009
Another great book from Acharya S, a.k.a. D M Murdock. Acharya shares her 'philosophical musings and rants' which amount to essays she wrote in the 1990's that basically give a very frank interpretation of her own thoughts on the world's great religions. Acharya with great logic and reason cites the absurdity of the world religions in a very entertaining and easy to read format, accompanied with pictures and illustrations. An enjoyable read, and in many of her writings I could relay thoughts that I used to have, and that is what is different about this book; that the reader will probably identify with this on many of the contradictions contained in religion; Acharya brilliantly gets it down on paper and shares her experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done 31 Dec 2013
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I loved reading this book, it is written in simple and straight forward language. The author backs up her statements and even if you are a believer, which i am not, you must at least question some of your beliefs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Got-Spiel God story 15 Dec 2013
By Ysbryd
An interesting collection of erudite essays on origins of Gospels and other so called hope inspiring legends and myths. It is however somewhat repetitive to the point of boredom as many of the themes and contents of the essays is the same or similar.
Is best not to try and read from face to posterior but rather just a couple of chapters then a break of a few days afore dipping once more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Spiritual and Religious Truth 18 Sep 2009
By Dracorvus - Published on
Let me say that Acharya has done a great job with this book. I found it very interesting and full of good information and real facts. But I also found it profoundly spiritual.

Those who call this an athiest rant are people who believe that God is a big man who sits on a throne in the sky doling out judgement on the human race. Here is what Acharya says about God on page 10. No athiest would ever write these words. --

"One can think of God as the life force or sentience that permeates the cosmos--gravity or levity, it matters not. . . .

"In the Far East, this life force has been termed 'the Tao'. The Tao is the 'thing' that makes birds chirp, cats purr and the sap of trees run. We can also call it 'cosmic consciousness'. It is simply an energy, sentience or spirit that pervades all living things. Far from having gender, as we have been led to believe, it is the magnetic principle between the male and female potencies. It is also the male and female polarities themselves. This Great Spirit, Tao, or God, encompasses all things. If it is not all encompassing, it is not God. Anything less than the totality is not God. The definition of 'God' is omnipresence itself. Nothing is outside of God."

(Page 11) "Anything that imposes limits on an infinite divinity is not a complete spiritual system or experience. Anything that projects form upon this genderless, raceless, formless and nonhierarchical godliness is not the ultimate truth. The ultimate truth, which is 'God', cannot have any form whatsoever, no gender, no race and no hierarchy."

How great is this conception of God compared to the petty and tyrannical little middle-eastern war god worshipped by the typical Judeo-Christian-Muslem!

Nor, is this an angry book, as one reviewer put it. There may be disgust at the ignorance that some human beings prefer to wallow in, but not anger. But Acharya also has great hope for the human race. Consider the following on page 157 and 158 about when human beings are at their best. --

"When human beings have fully blossomed, when they've reached a certain level of soul maturity that is balanced, neither too aggressive nor too effectual, they are a wonder to behold, bursting with life and love. These divine beings have a tremendous sense of humor, knowing well that there is no reason to take this long, strange trip seriously. This wondrous state of being requires not extraordinary intelligence but wisdom, which can be found even within a tiny seed. . . .

"People at their best maintain the awe and wonder of a child while developing the responsibility and integrity of true adulthood. They are sensitive and empathetic, sharing in the pain of others and providing remedy. Yet, they are not emotional basketcases who become too debilitated by tragedy for their own good and that of others."

And, as I said, this is a profoundly spiritual book, as shown in the following on page 11. --

"True spirituality is defined not by separation but by union, union with the whole, union with the life force, Great Spirit, Tao, or God, that lies behind creation and binds it together. Of course, the separation itself could also be thought of as a spiritual experience, in that it provides an opportunity for an individual soul truly to develop itself. Yet, in that development, we come back to the omnidimensionality of being one with the cosmos. This situation constitutes a paradox, yet one we like to live with, one that we ourselves created, as directors of our own drama. To be separate yet infinite--now, this state is 'God'."

(Page 14) "A true religious system is not one that demands slobbering at the feet of a separate god-ego--however large and frightening, whatever race or gender--but one that leads to communion and union with the quality of divinity itself."

Acharya is not against religion, God and certainly not men. But she is against the superstitious absurdity of false religions, of teaching fear and hatred to children, the enslavement of women, and the persecution of the innocent by the ignorant. And her only "agenda" is to bring a little more light into a spiritually dark world.

I congratulate Acharya S/D. M. Murdock on another excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel According to Acharya S 4 Aug 2009
By Wayne Mayfield - Published on
Having read two of her other works, Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of the Christ, and "The Christ Conspiracy-The Greatest Story Ever Sold", I expected another scholarly in depth book. Turns out it is exactly that, but with a bit of a new twist.

Acharya takes off the gloves in this book and really bats around some heads. In the aforementioned books her approach is a bit more clinical, relying on facts and extremely well done research.
She surely hasn't abandoned that set of skills in this book.

However, I think she is a bit more casual in her writing, and rightfully a little pissed off. And that comes through. She also offers her view on life and living, hence the title the Gospel According to Acharya S.

Overall, I'd say this book is going to be a best seller for her. It's loaded with pictures, (perhaps to keep the attention of the less intelligent among us) and loaded with a lot of the relatively obscure words related to the subject matter. Notwithstanding the verbage, this book is an easy read and a real hard hitting, take no prisoners approach to exposing religion for what it truly is. Bravo. 5 Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Nail on the Head! 2 Nov 2010
By William T. Dietrich - Published on
I have read all of D. M. Murdock's books. This one may be her best book. It's written in a style that can be comprehended by a high school graduate. You don't need an advanced degree in religion to understand how organized religions have conned mankind for thousands of years. At least 10,000 years for sure and probably before that.

The author defines what God is in a way that makes complete sense to me. You don't need a priest to tell you what God is, but any priest will try to shove their version of God down your throat and you are expected to thank them when they have. I now view priests, pastors, rabbis, etc. as a cut below carnival barkers. They are out to empty your pocket book on Sunday morning and expect you to smile and say thank you when they do.

Acharya exposes the bible, koran, and the holy books as not written by god, but written by men over thousands of years. It's so sad that church goers believe these man made books are without error and holy. Nothing is holy about them as they reveal god to be a revengeful, spiteful little tyrant who has all of man's flaws. The part about how "holy men" have abused women and children for thousands of years and continue to do so today is right on the money.

The author has received incredible flack from the apologists of the organized cult religions. I consider that to be a badge of courage and honor. Obviously, she has got the goods on them and it hits them where it hurts the most, their pocket book and livelihood. The apologists know that Acharya has exposed them for the frauds they are, but all she has done is tell the truth and they think its hell.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 24 April 2012
By JEM - Published on
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If your an AA member or member of another 12 step group and struggle with the concept of a higher power read this book!
Acharya's gospel offers alternative views to connecting to the cosmos, life energy or god if you prefer that word. Having read the Christ conspiracy and Sons of God I was quite surprised at the authors degree of spirituality.
I read the Christ conspiracy, Sons of God after returning from India in 1998. Both experiences changed my life. I visited many Buddhist pilgrimage sites only to discover the Buddha was likely a mythical character as well. I was a bit lost spiritually for a while but now I'm not. I've been set free accepting that religion is mythology. I no longer have to pick one mythology over another but rather draw the best parts from all of them.
Acharya ends her gospel with the 1st Ammendment to to the constitution describing it as the holy of holies. A secular, sacred document that both lets us practice or protects us from religion.
In conclusion Acharya tears apart religion into the mythology that it is, but at the same time points to such a positive humanist gospel.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Enlightened Women 2 Jan 2010
By S. Dudgeon - Published on
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I have always appreciated Acharya's work ever since i read Suns Of God. This women is one of greatest free thinking spirits today!

This book should be the set text for Religious Education in schools today why because it makes you think! Something most people do not do, most have no idea where our religious concepts come from and it is high time we started looking instead of following like non thinking idiots! No wonder the world is in the riddled state it is in today!

This book is great because it is an easy read not too heavy and is great for someone who does not have to much time on there hands to pick up and read, or for just a quick reference.
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