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Latest publication:
WORDS OF LIFE (2013)

The Kober Press's translations of the books of Bô Yin Râ are the only English translations authorized by the Kober Verlag, Switzerland.  The Kober Verlag publishes the books of Bô Yin Râ in the original German and has protected their integrity since Bô Yin Râ's lifetime.

The works of Bô Yin Râ consist of a 32-book cycle, The Gated Garden (Hortus Conclusus in the original German), plus eight other books closely related to this cycle. Below is a complete list of books indicating which ones are currently available in English translation.

The Gated Garden comprises:


196 Pages. Edition 2006
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-13-1.




1. THE BOOK ON THE ROYAL ART
(Last, revised, and enlarged edition: 1932)

In this beautiful and atmospheric book, Bô Yin Rȃ sets the tone for concepts he develops in all his future works. Rich in allegory, metaphor, and poetic language, The Book on the Royal Art invites readers to enter the path of the inner journey towards an awakening of their timeless, true self.

The path is simple, straightforward, and quiet. At the core of Bô Yin Rȃ's teaching is the importance of cultivating an inner silence so that one’s eternal self can slowly emerge. It is the work of a lifetime, and transcends death. Bô Yin Rȃ stresses that there is no need to look outside for masters, to renounce the world or engage in unusual practices: We can develop ourselves in our everyday, familiar surroundings. All experiences in life can be of use. Even the most painful grief and sufferings of life can be used to strengthen us and bring us into greater aliveness and joy.

The "royal art" refers to the preparation received by the Luminaries, beings who live among us, almost always in obscurity, who act as mediators of eternal light. The Luminaries form a bridge helping us to receive, in a gradual and gentle way, spiritual light that would otherwise be too powerful to absorb. They function as inner protectors, buoying us up with strength and insights that speak to us in silence and from within. Bô Yin Rȃ disabuses us of the temptation to think of Luminaries as godlike, emphasizing that they are ordinary people who have been chosen, often to their horror, to bear the burdens and risks of their compassionate task. "Know that on your quest for light" Bô Yin Rȃ tells us, "your path will be protected by the spirit’s luminaries…"

The Book on the Royal Art is the first volume of the 32-volume cycle The Gated Garden, in which Bô Yin Rȃ further develops different aspects of the path towards consciousness of one’s eternal self.

E.W.S., Publisher

Contents:
PART ONE: The Light from Himavat and the Words of the Masters
The Luminary's Self-Disclosure to the Seeking Soul. The Harvest. The One whose Being is Infinity. Know Thyself. On the Masters of the Spirit's World. Pitfalls of Vanity.

PART TWO: From the Lands of the Luminaries
The Threshold. The King's Question. The Pillar in the Mountains. The Night of Easter. Communion.

PART THREE: The Will to Joy
To All who Strive Toward Timeless Light. The Teachings on Joy. Epilogue.



The following three books were considered by the Author to be a trilogy and should be read together.

342 pages. 1991 Edition
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-03-4.





2. THE BOOK ON THE LIVING GOD [Trilogy: Book I]
(Last, revised, and enlarged edition: 1927)

The Book on the Living God describes the inner path that leads to birth of the Living God within—what we must do and what to avoid on the long journey towards awakening the consciousness of our timeless self.

Ordinary consciousness, Bô Yin Râ tells us, is actually like sleep; there is a greater consciousness that is alive in us, informing every cell, and our task is to unite it with our self-awareness. He reassures us that we are not alone on this journey; there are helpers here on earth who give us inner support and act as transformers, enabling us to receive needed spiritual energies that would otherwise be too powerful to tolerate.

Bô Yin Râ recommends practices to help us on the path: He counsels us to set aside time for daily contemplation and to meditate on words that touch and uplift us. Words in particular can be a gateway to an expanded sense of existence, because they embody hidden energies. The key is to experience their aliveness and not just understand them mentally. We should strive to master and unify the many thoughts and wills that struggle within us and cultivate attitude of quiet joy and serene detachment.

We must also set aside the ideas we have been taught about an anthropomorphic God. God is not meant to be an external object of worship but, rather, an experience to be awakened within us. We are cautioned to avoid the pitfalls that might divert us: following false teachers or believing that certain foods or exercises, or ecstatic experiences, have spiritual merit. Everyday life, when lived with attention to the ultimate goal, will lead us towards a gradual awakening of our timeless self.

E.W.S., Publisher

Contents:
Word of Guidance. "The Tabernacle of God is with Men." The "Mahatmas" of Theosophy. Meta-Physical Experiences. The Inner Journey. The En-Sof. On Seeking God. On Leading an Active Life. On "Holy Men" and "Sinners." The Hidden Side of Nature. The Secret Temple. Karma. War and Peace. The Unity among Religions. The Will to Find Eternal Light. The Human Being's Higher Faculties of Knowing. On Death. On the Spirit's Radiant Substance. The Path toward Perfection. On Everlasting Life. The Spirit's Light Dwells in the East. Faith, Talismans, and Images of God. The Inner Force in Words. A Call from Himavat. Giving Thanks. Epilogue.

Excerpts:
- The Spirit's Radiant Substance
- The Inner Journey
- The Mediators of Eternal Light
- Occult Phenomena



161 pages. 2002, 2nd Edition.

Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-11-5.





3. THE BOOK ON LIFE BEYOND [Trilogy: Book II]
(Last, revised, and enlarged edition: 1929)

The Book on Life Beyond is a guide to help readers understand what they can expect to find in the life beyond death, and how to best prepare for it.

Bô Yin Râ explains that life beyond is actually another dimension of the same life we know here on earth—just as real and solid, but perceived through spiritual, rather than our limited, physical senses. He emphasizes the direct connection between our actions here on earth and their effects on life beyond. We bring with us into life beyond the same state of inner being with which we departed, and are able to experience its wonders exactly to the degree to which we have developed our spiritual self. For example, those who have failed to show compassion for others and have lived selfishly will find that life beyond lacks the warmth and light that other, more developed souls can perceive.

Bô Yin Râ counsels us to mentally practice the “art of dying” as a meditative practice to prepare for the transition from physical to spiritual existence. The goal is to constantly orient one’s thinking, emotions and desires toward transformation of the self, in order to be able to receive the spiritual help that will be available to us after death.

E.W.S., Publisher

Contents:
Introduction. The Art of Dying. The Temple of Eternity and the World of Spirit. The Only Absolute Reality. What Should One Do?

Excerpt:

- Death and the Question of Afterlife



167 pages. 2000 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-07-7.





4. THE BOOK ON HUMAN NATURE [Trilogy: Book III]
(Last, revised, and enlarged edition: 1928)

The Book on Human Nature presents basic concepts about human nature with the goal of inspiring readers to awaken the timeless, spiritual spark within. We become fully human only when the spiritual potential within us gradually awakens and infuses our material, purely animal selves. It is a path that every human being may and should pursue.
 
A central understanding is that all life results from the joining of opposites, in particular, the polarity of male and female energies. Bô Yin Râ emphasizes that the true spiritual human being is male and female united in one entity; when we seek our spiritual self, we must call forth the male and female in ourselves and in all things. He discusses the biblical fall from grace as a descent from the spiritual plane, in which male and female were united, onto a material plane, in which male and female are split apart.

Bô Yin Râ warns men that holding onto the illusion of male superiority means forfeiting their spiritual life. While the spiritual paths that are natural for men and women are different in tone—open and receptive for women, active and grasping for men—they are equal and complementary. He tells us that true marriage is preparation for the life beyond: by coordinating the desires, wills and attitudes of two beings we once again bring about, in some measure, the original state in which male and female energies are united.

E.W.S., Publisher

Contents:
Introduction. The Mystery Enshrouding Male and Female. The Path of the Female. The Path of the Male. Marriage. Children. The Human Being of the Age to Come. Epilogue. A Final Word.

Excerpt:
- Concerning Marriage



140 pages. 1994 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-04-2.





5. THE BOOK ON HAPPINESS
(Edition: 1920)

In The Book on Happiness Bô Yin Râ guides the reader to a new and deeper understanding of the spiritual laws at the root of happiness. He stresses the importance of finding happiness in this life; it is happiness that gives life its meaning and lifts it out of drudgery and pain. Happiness here on earth is the basis for happiness in life beyond.

Bô Yin Râ defines happiness as the joy that comes from creative endeavor—whether through work, the building of a loving relationship or, most fulfilling of all, the development of one’s inner self. Happiness is not given to us by luck or fate; rather, it must be actively sought and forged out of whatever circumstances life gives us—even the most difficult. We must turn our thoughts to beauty, strength and soundness, transforming ourselves into “solid optimists” so that we become magnets of good fortune.

Creating happiness is our moral duty: It is a responsibility we have to both ourselves and others. Since we are part of a greater web of life, everything we do as individuals affects the balance of the whole world. As more people develop their capacity for happiness, the waves of their cumulative energy go forth to renew all humanity.

E.W.S., Publisher

Contents:
Prelude. Creating Happiness as Moral Duty. "I and "You." Love. Wealth and Poverty. Money. Optimism. Conclusion

Excerpt:
- The Nature of Happiness



129 pages. 2008 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-15-8.





6. THE PATH TO GOD
(Edition: 1924)

This  book confirms, all atheists and skeptics notwithstanding, that faith in God is not the stubborn superstition of untutored or misguided minds, but the experience of an energy that reconnects the spiritual human being with the primordial Ground of Being that sustains all levels of existence.

The God, however, whom enlightened faith has every reason to believe is not the mentally constructed phantom of theology--full of contradictions, fraught with human flaws, unfeeling but omnipotent--who created the ever-expanding universe in a few days, but a reality transcending intellect, philosophy and science, whose power human beings are capable of apprehending through experience. 

Once experienced, all "belief" is made irrelevant, and faith becomes united with its object.  How that ultimate experience is attained in mortal life, the guidelines of  The Path to God  describe in terms that shed authentic light on life's profoundest mystery.
 
Contents:
Fantasy and Faith, Knowing Certainty, Dreaming Souls, Truth and Reality, Yes and No,  The Decisive Battle, Individual Perfection.



148 pages. 2005 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-12-3.





7. THE BOOK ON LOVE
(Last, revised, and enlarged edition: 1931)

In The Book on Love, Bô Yin Râ explores love as a spiritual energy, a life-embracing force that is manifest in all of nature. He distinguishes between love as an emotional attachment, which requires an object to attract and possess, and cosmic love, which is free of attachment and sufficient unto itself. This is the love that can truly give us freedom.

Bô Yin Râ’s purpose is to kindle in us this “liberating light of timeless love.” Only celestial love, he tells us, can bring forth miracles of spiritual awakening, and inspire the fundamental trust in our eternal life that relieves us of worry. This love can infuse our everyday lives, elevating even the most ordinary work and everyday relationships, transforming our lives into works of art.

Bô Yin Râ discusses at length the role of Jesus of Nazareth as the embodiment of the full might of love and what it can accomplish. He provides an intimate portrait of Jesus as a Jew and an earthly human being, disabusing readers of the ways in which Jesus’s teachings have been misinterpreted and distorted, both in his lifetime and ours.

Of special interest also are the feelings Bô Yin Râ shares about his own role as teacher.

E.W.S., Publisher

Contents:
Introduction. The Greatest of Compassion’s Mediators. On Love’s Primordial Fire. Light of Liberation. On Love’s Creative Power.



95 pages. 1996 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-05-0.





8. THE BOOK ON SOLACE
(Edition: 1924)

This book considers the experience of grief, bereavement, and despair from the perspective of our timeless life, from which all physical ordeals and pains appear in a profoundly different light. While not denying the reality of suffering and anguish in the sphere of mortal life, the book explains why grief and sorrow have no basis for existence in the dimension of the Spirit's light. That is to say, all grief is strictly limited to physical mortality, is subject to the law of time, and an inevitable consequence of life in earthly form. All grief, however, can be borne and overcome by seeing it in its true nature: as a defect inherent in our mortal life. Thus, it even can be turned to our benefit; for it may reawaken and intensify our inner life.

Contents:
On grief and Finding Solace. Lessons One can Learn from Grief. On Follies to Avoid. On the Comforting Virtue of Work. On Solace in Bereavement.



175 pages. 2005 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-14-7.





9. THE BOOK OF DIALOGUES
(Edition: 1920)

The Book of Dialogues presents a selection of conversations between the author and his spiritual mentors on a number of topics that should be clearly understood if one would find objective spiritual life and knowledge, nor merely concepts and beliefs.
 
The book is of particular significance in that it sheds revealing light both on the author's own development from early childhood on, and thereby also on the trials and ordeals which those need to endure who then become authentic masters, competent as spiritual mediators to speak of and convey the substance of eternal light.
 
In the context of these dialogues, the reader will make the connection that the author is the Western representative and voice of the perennial source from which all true and real insights into spiritual dimensions have been granted mankind since the dawn of time, long before the rise of temporal religious creeds.

Fragments of this oldest tradition of Eastern wisdom have reached the West at various times in history, but never before has that knowledge been coherently made public as it is now in the writings of this author. This book explains what brought these works about.

Contents:
Testimony.  Knowledge and Reality in Action. Light and Darkness. The Spirit's Might. The Jewel of the Heart. Transformation.  The Dialogue on the Innermost East. The Dialogue on the Parting of a Master.  The Flower Garden.  The Deviant Pupils. Night of Trial.  Individuality and Person. The Realm of the Soul. On finding Oneself. On the Elder Brothers of Mankind.  Mysteries of Magic.



10. THE SECRET
(Edition: 1923)


Contents:
Beginning. The Discourse by the Shore. The Monastery of San Spirito. Southern Night. The Rocky Island. The Voyage. Epilogue.


147 pages. 1975 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-01-8.





11. THE WISDOM OF ST. JOHN
(Edition: 1924)

This work retraces the original contents of the Fourth Gospel, before its text was mutilated by the early editors who made it fit the mold of the synoptic gospels in order to support the progress of the mission. The book discusses the historical events reflected in this Gospel, as they were witnessed by contemporaries, before interpretation gave the actual events another meaning. It describes the human personality of Jesus of Nazareth, his life and death, his public and private teaching, and, most importantly, it gives the real background on his spiritual mission. The book provides a portrait of the Galilean Master as his friends and adversaries knew him, before his life and person were deified, so as to serve as objects for the worship of the new religion. In separating history from legend, the book shows many ancient dogmas in a higher light: as symbols of enlightened wisdom which point the way to spiritual realities beyond the purview of dogmatic speculation.

Contents:
Introduction. The Master's Image. The Luminary's Mortal Life. The Aftermath. The Missive. The Authentic Doctrine. The Paraclete. Conclusion.

Excerpt:
- The Significance of Jesus


12. SIGNS ALONG THE WAY
(Edition: 1928)

Contents:
Promise. Experience and Phenomenon. On Knowing and Conveying Knowledge. The Art of Reading. On Letters. Personality Cult. Compulsive Criticizing. Who Was Jakob Böhme? The Gift of Healing. Dangers of Mysticism. Twenty-two didactic texts in verse.


13. THE MIRAGE OF TRUE FREEDOM
(Edition: 1930)


Contents:
Fata Morgana. Necessity. Community. Authority. Divisiveness. Economic Mismanagement. Competition. Catchword Fever. Self-Expression. Religion. Science. Awareness of Reality.


14. THE WAY OF MY READERS
(Edition: 1932)

Contents:
Whom I Consider My Reader. Essential Distinctions. Needless Self-Torment. Unavoidable Difficulties. Dynamic Faith. The Greatest Obstacle. The Reader and His Companions. Inner Life and Outer World. How My Books Ought to Be Used.



227 pages. 2012 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0915034-18-5.





15. THE MYSTERY OF GOLGOTHA
(Last, revised, and enlarged edition: 1930)

In The Mystery of Golgotha, Bô Yin Râ connects his teachings on finding one’s eternal self with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. He offers guidance on what to do and what to avoid in order to experience the light of spiritual truth, and seeks to extricate Jesus’s words from the “layers of debris” that have obscured their true meaning.

Bô Yin Râ explains that Jesus’s death at Golgotha was a cosmic event that profoundly changed the spiritual aura of the planet. Through his ability to transcend hatred, Jesus made a wellspring of liberating, spiritual energy accessible to those who seek. Bô Yin Râ tells us that Jesus continues to channel this energy to us through the Luminaries—those beings who mediate eternal Light—and so remains active and close to us here on earth.

How can we connect with this spiritual energy of love? Bô Yin Râ counsels simple methods: going out into nature very early or very late, quieting the mind, and using the mundane tasks of everyday life to serve the growth of the soul. In our confusing times, when the “desperate longings of the heart” may lead us astray, he warns against extreme practices such as fasting and sexual abstinence, or following false teachers who seek to impose their will and bind us to them, and the mistake of thinking that the tools of science and intellect can lead to spiritual understandings. Perhaps the most authentic spiritual exercise, Bô Yin Râ advises, is to diligently follow the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount.

E.W.S., Publisher

Contents:
Introduction. The Mystery of Golgotha. The Most Pernicious of Our Foes. Love and Hatred. The Soul and Its Growth. Spiritual Guidance. Occultists’ Exercises. Mediumism and Artistic Creation. At the Wellspring of Life. Membership in “The White Lodge.” Follies of Imagination.


16. CULT AND CEREMONIAL MAGIC
(Edition: 1924)


Contents:
Preface. The Work of Man. Myth and Reality. Myth and Cult. Cult as Form of Magic. On Magic and on Timeless Knowledge. The Light Within. Conclusions to Be Drawn.



126 pages. 1998 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-06-9.





17. THE MEANING OF THIS LIFE
(Edition: 1927)

In this book the author speaks to readers who are asking whether human life on earth indeed has any meaning; and if so, what that meaning is, and how one could pursue a meaningful existence. For those who would not waste their lives in aimless theories, the present work will offer solid grounds on which to build a life that is not only spiritually secure and physically productive, but also intellectually enlightened: because its guiding principles are rooted in the recognition of eternal law. As in his Book on Happiness, the author states that lasting joy is not a gift of chance awarded from without, but rather the creation of an active soul, so too the reader's life is bound to have no meaning unless such meaning is created by determined human will.

While there are many goals one can pursue to give one's life subjective meaning, the author shows that none surpasses that of which the ancient sages wrote as being mankind's "highest good": the conscious rediscovery of our timeless spiritual nature, through which not only our present life, but also our state in life beyond will be affected most profoundly. To help the reader recognize and reach that highest of all human goals remains the foremost aim of all the author's writings. It also is the purpose of the present work. And here he deals with, in particular, the mystery of evil manifest in human nature; the need to find a new approach to asking final questions; the dangers of experimenting with "occult" phenomena; the difference between subjective verities and absolute, objective Truth; and also of the subtle ways in which the Spirit's world is often apprehended unawares, and in the midst of ordinary daily life.

Of special interest should prove the chapter on the benefits of silence, given that this discipline seems nowadays to many a forgotten art. Stressing that our present life is but the preparation for the life to come, whose state will be determined largely by our conduct here and now, the book concludes with this advice: "If you would lend abiding purpose to your life on earth, be sure that everything you undertake is always done in such a way that it will likewise further values of a higher kind. For, in the end, your present life will have true meaning only if it continues to be fruitful, and if its harvest shall be yours to reap for all eternity."

Contents:
A Call to the Lost. The Iniquity of the Fathers. The Highest Good. The "Evil" Individual. Summons from the World of Light. The Benefits of Silence. Truth and Verities. Conclusion.


18. MORE LIGHT
(Last, revised, and enlarged edition: 1936)

Contents:
A Guiding Word. To Those That Have Tired of Sleeping. The Masters Who Build the Cathedral of Man. Theosophy and Pseudotheosophy. Matter, Soul, and Spirit. Essentials to Be Understood. The Mysteries of Artistic Creation. The Kabbalah. The Light of Truth in Christianity. The Secret of the Ancient Lodges. Proper Worship.



133 pages. 2012 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
 
ISBN 978-0-915034-19-2.




19. LIFE'S HIGHEST GOAL
(Edition: 1925)

In this book the author shows not only what is without question the highest goal that human beings can achieve in mortal life, but also how that timeless goal can be attained, so long as the resources of the physical body still offer the means to perform the "work," which ceases when "the night has come." The goal on which this book sheds light surpasses all other quests in temporal existence in that its attainment, the recovery of conscious self-awareness in the Spirit's realm, transforms the vague belief in some eternal life into an objective, permanent experience. While all material goals, however mighty and ambitious, are limited in space and time, conscious self-awareness in the Spirit, is not affected by the laws of matter. As in his other works, the author also here illuminates the structure of spiritual reality, and offers practical advice how that reality may be discovered in one's daily life, which thus gains meaning and enlightened purpose.

Contents:
Preface. 1. The Call of the Spirit. 2. The Two Paths. 3. On Seeking and Finding. 4. The radiance of Eternal Light. 5. The Colors of Eternal Light. 6. On the Nature of the Highest Goal. 7. On the Paths of the Ancients. 8. On the Blessings of Work. 9. The Might of Love. 10. The Master of Nazareth.



179 pages. 2009 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-16-1.





20. RESURRECTION
(Edition: 1926)

This book employs the concept "Resurrection" to signify the human being's spiritual awakening amidst the phantoms and decay of physical existence. Thus considered, "Resurrection" means the rising from the leaden sleep of minds who dream they are awake. "Resurrection" here is not the arbitrary gift reserved by an imagined higher power for believers, but every human being's spiritually given obligation and potential.. How this obligation is fulfilled, the author shows in all his books from different perspectives. The present book would make the reader comprehend that people can be physically awake while being spiritually fast asleep, and that this state is typical for the majority. It follows that the concepts "knowledge," "God," "eternal life," and others touching final things, which spiritually sleeping minds debate, are in reality no more than intellectual fabrications. The objective truth that underlies these concepts can be apprehended only when the individual has been spiritually "resurrected." As the attainment of this all-surpassing goal requires competent advice, knowledgeable guidance, and effective help, the book sheds light on what is to be known and done, and what should be avoided.

Contents:
Preface,  Resurrection,  The Knowledge of Sages,  Effects of Law and Chance,  Wasted Labors.  Mardi Gras of the Occult, . Inner Voices,  The Magic Effect of Fear,  The Limits of Omnipotence,  The New Life,  Festive Joy,  The Virtue of Laughter,  Self-Conquest

Excerpts:
- Mardi Gras of the Occult
- Inner Voices



89 pages. 2002 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
First edition limited to 500 copies.
ISBN 978-0-915034-09-3.





21. WORLDS OF SPIRIT
(Edition: 1922)

Among the thirty-two works that form Bô Yin Râ's cycle Hortus Conclusus (The Enclosed Garden), this volume occupies a special place, in that the author's text is here accompanied by twenty of the artist's spiritual perspectives, paintings that depict the nature and dynamic structure of eternal life. In his comments on this book, Bô Yin Râ remarks that false ideas about the life in spiritual dimensions, patterned too directly on mortal physical experience, prevent the human soul from ever apprehending timeless life in earthly form. It therefore is essential to remove the mental barriers that tradition has created and to replace them with authentic presentations of nonphysical existence.

The paintings that illuminate the present book, in which events of spiritual reality are in effect transformed into a physically accessible experience, are, together with this artist's other spiritual perspectives, unique creations in the history of art. For until now, artistic images of spiritual worlds were, of necessity, derived from either intuition or imagination, not from fully conscious and objective insights into their reality.

The subject of this book is the ascent of an awakened human spirit, under the protection of its inner guide, to a dimension in the Spirit`s world where ultimate perfection is attained, and where the human spirit then is able to survey and understand its own eternal journey, from its origins, its self-willed fall from highest light, and its eventual, long and burdensome return to where it had begun its quest.

The titles of the paintings illustrating the cosmology of these events: Emanation,"In Principio erat Verbum," "Lux in Tenebris", "Te Deum Laudamus," Space and Time, Primal Generation, Seeds of Future Worlds, Emerging Worlds, Birth of the External Cosmos, Labyrinth, Desire for External Form, Astral Luminescence, Sodom, Inferno, De Profundis, Revelation, Illumination, Fulfillment, Victory, and Himavat.

Contents:
Preface.  The Ascent.  The Return.  Reviews of Creation.  Epilogue.

Excerpt:
- Art Gallery


22. PSALMS
(Edition: 1924)



Contents:
Inferno. Redemption. Understanding. Promise. Liberation. Fulfillment.


23. ON MARRIAGE
(Edition: 1925)

Contents:
The Timeless Sanctity of Marriage. On Love. On Life Together. On Joy and Sorrow. On Temptation and Danger. The Demands of Daily Life. The Will Toward Unity. The Heredity of Happiness. Eternal Bonds.



136 pages. 2010 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-915034-17-8.





24. ON PRAYER
(Edition: 1926)

In this book the author clarifies the fundamental difference between addressing an imagined "God" in order to receive desired benefits, and the spiritual transformation of one's inner life that is the precondition to establish contact with the eternal powers that are able, in reality, to offer help to human beings in distress. The book explains the underlying principles of real prayer, and how the art of conscious prayer functions in the Spirit's world. While effective prayer, not merely prattling litanies, is an essential source of strength and insight in this present life, its highest goal is to awaken the awareness of the human mortal's timeless life.

Contents:
The Mystery of Praying. "Seek and You Shall Find." "Ask, and You Shall Be Given." "Knock, and It Shall Be Opened Unto You." Spiritual Renewal. Let This Be Your Prayer: Twenty-Two Prayers.



81 pages. 2001 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-08-5.





25. SPIRIT AND FORM
(Edition: 1924)

The present book deals with a topic nowhere else discussed in the extensive literature on attributes of spiritual life; i.e., the intricate relationship between the Spirit's all-pervading, all-sustaining radiant substance, and the tangible and concrete forms in which this substance manifests its presence in material life. The author shows that, in the Spirit's highest realms, form and content are an integral identity; that nothing spiritual is ever found devoid of form, and that all elements of form, even in this physical domain, are ultimately based upon, and thus reflect, the Spirit's infinite creative powers. It is for that reason that human souls who would discover and experience the reality of spiritual life need to develop an awareness of the close connection between external form and inner content in their earthly lives. Imposing form on all one's physical existence; one's work and play; one's public and domestic life; one's impulses and feelings, including joy and grief, is thus of critical importance if one would be prepared to find the Spirit's realm within.To form oneself is, finally, the highest task in life; for only what has reached its perfect form can hope to enter in the Spirit's absolute perfection.

Contents:
The Question. Outer World and Inner Life. At Home and at Work. Forming One's Joy. Forming One's Grief. The Art of Living.


26. SCINTILLAS
(Edition: 1921)

Contents:

Twenty-Two German Mantras.

In connection with these texts ought to be read the small brochure:
"The Use of Mantras" (1928).



126 pages. 2013 Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-20-8.




27. WORDS OF LIFE
(Edition: 1923)

Words of Life is a book whose title pays homage to a passage in the Fourth Gospel (6:68). Here, the Words of Life are spoken by God to a human soul in search of the source of all Being, to guide it to the path that will lead it to that goal. The qualities that lend the soul the strength to succeed in its quest are made the central topics of the chapters: Turning Inward, Love, Action, Struggle, Peace, and Trust. Having achieved its goal, and attained Illumination, the awakened soul expresses its joy in a vow of devotion.

Contents:
A Call to the Soul. I Who Am. Reflection. Love. Action. Struggle. Peace. Energy. Life. Light. Trust. Enlightenment. Vow.


28. ABOVE THE EVERYDAY
(Edition: 1934)



Contents:
Thirty-four didactic texts in verse. Part I.


29. REALITY ETERNAL
(Edition: 1934)



Contents:
Thirty-four didactic texts in verse. Part II.


30. LIVING IN ETERNAL LIGHT
(Edition: 1934)



Contents:
Thirty-four didactic texts in verse. Part III.


31. LETTERS TO ONE AND TO MANY
(Edition: 1935)

Contents:
Foreword. Thirty chapters in epistolary form, containing eighteen texts in verse. The letters deal with the following subjects: 1. On What the Soul Possesses. 2. On Needless Fears. 3. On Necessary Confidence. 4. About My Way of Writing. 5. On Discussing Myself. 6. What Ought to Be Accomplished. 7. About the Temple of Eternity. 8. About My Spiritual Nature. 9. How Spiritual Help Is Brought About. 10. How God Is Far from World Affairs. 11. How God Can Yet Grant Help to Individuals. 12. On the Energies of the Soul. 13. On New Editions of My Works. 14. On Polytheism and the Veneration of Saints. 15. How Life Is Lived in the Spirit. 16. On the Gentle Ways of True Awakening.17. On Mystics and Jacob Böhme. 18. What God Is in Reality. 19. On Essence and Being. 20. On Questions I Would Not Be Asked. 21. About the Number Twelve and the Bell of the Tower. 22. On the Scales That Must Fall from One's Eyes. 23. Why No Two Individuals Are Equal Before God. 24. On Professing One's Faith Before Men. 25. On Masters Who Have Fallen. 26. On Radiant Stones and Substances. 27. On Disdaining Needless Grief. 28. On the Nature and Powers of Blessing. 29. On How Eternal Things Do Not Know Time. 30. On Giving Oneself and on Silence. Conclusion.


32. GATED GARDEN
(Edition: 1936)

Contents:
The Dialogue at the Gate. On How Eternal Things Are Simple. On Changing One's Perspective and on the Concept of Degrees. On Forms of Consciousness and Help in Need. The Consciousness of the Departed. What Helpers from the Spirit Have to Risk. On Parodies of the Eternal Self. Again on Truth and on Reality. On Temporal and Timeless Space. On the Religious Wisdom of the East. On the Mystery That Dwells in the East. The Formal Aspect of Religions. On Faith and Acquiescence. Mistaken Images of God. On the Purpose of All Guidance. On What I Merely Must Transmit. To Whom I Have Nothing to Say. On the Life of the Eternal Soul. On the Delays Caused by Curiosity. About Man's Temporal and His Eternal Soul. On What Continues After Death. On the Eternal Soul and the Temporal Psyche. Conclusions That One Ought to Draw. Grave Misjudgments of the Psyche. On the Dilemma of Pastoral Care. On How Eternal Things Are Wholly Natural. Conclusion and Farewell. List of Works Comprising the Cycle Hortus Conclusus.



Related Works:
While not included in the Gated Garden cycle, the following titles are nonetheless closely connected with its aims and content. These related texts are listed here by year of publication in the original German.

Enigmas of Nature's Invisible Realm     
(Edition: 1923)

Contents:
Preface. Secret Knowledge and Arcane Science. Useful Planetary Energies. The Enigma of Dreams. Arts of Divination. Hypnosis. The Enigma of the Future.


My Work as a Painter
(Edition: 1932)


Contents:
Why This Book Was Written. Why I Had to Study Painting. About My Spiritual Perspectives. My Portrait of Jesus. Profession and Calling.


The Realm of Art
(First published in 1921, this book appeared in a revised and enlarged edition in 1933)

Contents:
Preface to the New Edition. Art as a Factor of Life. Is Art a Luxury? On Art "Analysis." Artistic Perception. On "Beauty" in Art. Art and Nature. Sculptural Perception. Artist and Layman. Artist, Public, and Jury. The Work and Its Technique. The Work and Its Style. The Metaphysical Component in the Work of Art. Art and World View. On "Modern" Art. Expressionism. Pointless Quarrels. On the "Limits" of Painting. Primitive Art and Archaism. Art and Virtuosity. The Art of Dilettantes. The Art of Raphael.


Codicil to the Hortus Conclusus
(Edition: 1937)


Contents:
Seven numbered chapters on many different topics, and thus without specific titles.


Marginalia
(Edition: 1938)



Contents:
Preface. Thirty-six didactic texts in verse. Conclusion.


On Godlessness
(Edition: 1939)

Contents:
God as an Object of Assumption as Compared to His Reality. Living Light and Regions Closed to Thought. The Atrophy of Spiritual Perception. The Loss of God Through "Fear of the Lord." "What Is Truth?" Comments on the Texts of the Hortus Conclusus and the Related Works.


Spiritual Relationships
(Edition: 1939)


Contents:
What the Title Signifies. Concerning the Topic. Chapter One. Chapter Two. Chapter Three. Appendix: Numbered Catalog of the 268 Individual Texts Comprising the Cycle Hortus Conclusus.


Miscellanea
(Edition: 1939)



Contents:
Thirty-nine didactic texts in verse.


Gleanings I & II
(Edition: 1990)



Contents:
Two volumes of a posthumous collection of essays, reviews, and poems, published in various newspapers and journals beteen 1913 and 1937.



117 Pages. 2004, 2nd Edition.
Available as Paperback or e-book media.
ISBN 978-0-915034-10-7.





An Introduction to His Works
(Edition: 2004)

The articles and shorter pieces collected in this volume provide a brief but comprehensive introduction to the author's writings, his background, and perspective. In particular, it offers a synopsis of his forty published works, together with short commentaries on their contents. This book has been compiled to let the interested reader gain a clearer picture of the painter and writer Bô Yin Râ whose unprecedented expositions in the fields of metaphysics, religion, and philosophy are difficult to classify and have to be examined by themselves, within their proper context.

Excerpts: 
- "Concerning my name"
- "About my books"