This also presents:
A most interesting and revealing survey of the major spiritual paths of the world, describing their histories, goals, and how they developed, which is not always what we would expect;
The philosophical basis of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc., and the types of spiritual knowledge they contain;
How Christianity and Judaism were greatly influenced by the early pre-Christian or "pagan" religions and adopted many of their legends, holidays, and rituals that are still accepted and practiced today;
The essential teachings of Jesus:
Benefits of spiritual advancement that affect all aspects of a person’s life, and the world in which we live;
How spiritual enlightenment is the real cure for social ills;
And, most importantly, how to attain the real purpose of a spiritual process to be truly successful, and how to practice the path that is especially recommended as the easiest and most effective for people of this age.
Stephen Knapp has studied the major Vedic texts of India and practiced yoga and the Eastern teachings for over forty years. He has traveled extensively throughout India and has taken over 17,000 photos of the numerous holy places he has visited. He has authored over a twenty well-received books on Vedic culture and its spiritual philosophy. He continues to write books, articles, and give lectures at various venues. More information can be found at his website at www.stephen-knapp.com and http://stephenknapp.wordpress.com.