Books to help with the Spiritual side of things…

Spiritual Journey


white-tigerThe White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

This is a book I just finished, as this spans a couple of days, I finished it a few days ago.  Below are quotes from the book that hit me like a bucket of cold water to the face while in a deep sleep….

“THEY REMAIN SLAVES BECAUSE THEY CANT SEE WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD.” 

This wasn’t capitalized in the book….. but I felt it needs to be blasted out.

“Free people don’t know the value of freedom, that’s the problem.”

Now as for what the book is actually about, I have no recollection at all, not in the slightest.  I only know that it was one of those books, that for me, would be considered profound.

O.K., I admit, I read another review to help, ah, jog my memory.  This book was ninja to be sure, of course dont take my word for it, It won the 40th ever Manbooker award and it was Mr. Adiga’s debut novel!

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

“I was looking for the key for years, but the door was always open” 

This is another RAD, super rad book which, thanks be, was gifted to me by a wonderful man from Germany, Lorenz W.  Thanks siddharthaLorenz!  It is about a boy who journeys to become a sage, that isn’t even right, he journeys far beyond what we understand, he journeys to the sublime and it is written in such a way that no matter where your reading skill level or level of spirituality, you will notice immediately 2 things.  The book is finished almost as soon as you began, and upon realizing it’s done, you understand so much of what you never even thought before.

I AmI Am by Howard Falco

I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with this gentleman on the phone and to this day I am unsure how we came into each others orbit, and yet, I guess I do know.  This book is fantastically written especially for those of us who view things as a logic journey vice the more guttural, at least this is my view.  he, Mr. Falco, somehow managed to write down the processes that most if not all of us go through to figure things out, the pitfalls, ego traps, the signs of coming out into better understanding, he’s got it all!

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is o e of the first books that I found myself listening to again and again and again.  So, at least you now know I am speaking of an audiobook.  The book is read by a member of the Toltec community, or at least that’s what the download I got said, and I would believe it as the voice had such a wonderful effect on me.4 agreements

The book is fairly simple in that it takes what you already know and then puts it back together in a way that you would most likely have trouble doing on your own.  The finished result is magic pure and simple.

The essence of said magic can be summed up in the following from the book:

 

 

A Still Forest Pool by Ajahn Chah

FREE talks and learning materials HERE!

ajahn chahAjahn Cha is one of the members of a discipline of Buddhism which seems to be thought of as Forest Monks, and I am a bit out of my league here, so if you have definitive knowledge about this, please enlighten me as well.  I do not know of discipline is actually the correct term, but, it is as it is, monks who live in the forest.  Conversely, you can also click on the above link and be taken to a website devoted totally to him and learn, which I guess I could have done as well, but, I’ve wasted enough of your time with my confusion, so perhaps you can save yourself…=]

I have read many books by Buddhist monks and thoroughly enjoy them all, this was in a period of time in Hawaii where the only things I would read were Ian Flemming James Bond novels and books by Monks on how to be at peace with yourself and the world.

I guess I was subconsciously seeking balance….

 

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Many of you by now have more than likely at least heard of this book and the author, who was taken hostage and tortured at alchemistalchemistone point, which is always a very heavy thing to have happen to oneself.

The story is of a young man who goes in search of that something, and at the risk of ruining one of the most masterfully crafted books I have read in my life, I will say no more.  Simply know this is an easy book to read, is thoroughly engrossing and is one of the very few page turners I have found in my life.

Books to help with the Spiritual side of things…

Spiritual Journey


white-tigerThe White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

This is a book I just finished, as this spans a couple of days, I finished it a few days ago.  Below are quotes from the book that hit me like a bucket of cold water to the face while in a deep sleep….

“THEY REMAIN SLAVES BECAUSE THEY CANT SEE WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD.” 

This wasn’t capitalized in the book….. but I felt it needs to be blasted out.

“Free people don’t know the value of freedom, that’s the problem.”

Now as for what the book is actually about, I have no recollection at all, not in the slightest.  I only know that it was one of those books, that for me, would be considered profound.

O.K., I admit, I read another review to help, ah, jog my memory.  This book was ninja to be sure, of course dont take my word for it, It won the 40th ever Manbooker award and it was Mr. Adiga’s debut novel!

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

“I was looking for the key for years, but the door was always open” 

This is another RAD, super rad book which, thanks be, was gifted to me by a wonderful man from Germany, Lorenz W.  Thanks siddharthaLorenz!  It is about a boy who journeys to become a sage, that isn’t even right, he journeys far beyond what we understand, he journeys to the sublime and it is written in such a way that no matter where your reading skill level or level of spirituality, you will notice immediately 2 things.  The book is finished almost as soon as you began, and upon realizing it’s done, you understand so much of what you never even thought before.

I AmI Am by Howard Falco

I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with this gentleman on the phone and to this day I am unsure how we came into each others orbit, and yet, I guess I do know.  This book is fantastically written especially for those of us who view things as a logic journey vice the more guttural, at least this is my view.  he, Mr. Falco, somehow managed to write down the processes that most if not all of us go through to figure things out, the pitfalls, ego traps, the signs of coming out into better understanding, he’s got it all!

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is o e of the first books that I found myself listening to again and again and again.  So, at least you now know I am speaking of an audiobook.  The book is read by a member of the Toltec community, or at least that’s what the download I got said, and I would believe it as the voice had such a wonderful effect on me.4 agreements

The book is fairly simple in that it takes what you already know and then puts it back together in a way that you would most likely have trouble doing on your own.  The finished result is magic pure and simple.

The essence of said magic can be summed up in the following from the book:

 

 

A Still Forest Pool by Ajahn Chah

FREE talks and learning materials HERE!

ajahn chahAjahn Cha is one of the members of a discipline of Buddhism which seems to be thought of as Forest Monks, and I am a bit out of my league here, so if you have definitive knowledge about this, please enlighten me as well.  I do not know of discipline is actually the correct term, but, it is as it is, monks who live in the forest.  Conversely, you can also click on the above link and be taken to a website devoted totally to him and learn, which I guess I could have done as well, but, I’ve wasted enough of your time with my confusion, so perhaps you can save yourself…=]

I have read many books by Buddhist monks and thoroughly enjoy them all, this was in a period of time in Hawaii where the only things I would read were Ian Flemming James Bond novels and books by Monks on how to be at peace with yourself and the world.

I guess I was subconsciously seeking balance….

 

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Many of you by now have more than likely at least heard of this book and the author, who was taken hostage and tortured at alchemistalchemistone point, which is always a very heavy thing to have happen to oneself.

The story is of a young man who goes in search of that something, and at the risk of ruining one of the most masterfully crafted books I have read in my life, I will say no more.  Simply know this is an easy book to read, is thoroughly engrossing and is one of the very few page turners I have found in my life.

Esalen Institue – Big Sur California

esalen instituteIn an attempt to bring you some of the more high falutin aspects of my ride which were surprisingly inexpensive as long as you are willing to do a little of this or a little of that, I am proud to present my first piece on The Esalen Institute located in Big Sur California.

The esalen Institue was a grand design by Michael Murphy and Dick Price in 1962 as a way to explore what they believed to be the limitless potential of the Human Mind.

“…Esalen boasts breakthroughs in fields from Gestalt psychology to nuclear physics, from philosophy to economics, from body work to citizen diplomacy. Esalen sponsored Boris Yeltsin’s first visit to the United States, immediately after which he resigned from the Communist Party. The rest, as they say, is history.”  Taken from the Esalen Website.

Time and again, Esalen has proven the possibilities of reconciling intellectual and experiential; mind and body; science and mysticism; immanence and transcendence; East and West; meditation and action; youthful idealism and time-tested wisdom. At a time of personal and economic stress, when demagoguery seeks to exploit fears and insecurities, Esalen continues to fulfill a critical role: to explore and promote interconnections between heart and mind, soul and body, individual and society.”  From the Esalen website.

So, how do you get to go to Esalen, outside of riding your bike or driving a car?  There are a few ways, you can apply to teach there, to study there, or, you can do what I did.  The institute is a very private facility, BUT and I say this with huge capital letters, you may call to book yourself a spa day which will begin at midnight and end at roughly 3-4am.Esalen Institute

My only though on this is the following – M A G I C A L.

Truly, I have not had such a wondrous time.  The simple ceremony of everyone gathering at MIDNIGHT, maximum 20 people our group had 10, at the front gate, being met by your guide with a candle, crossing the parking lot replete with Ferraris and other exotic cars of the resident students and officials looking to have their minds expanded so that they may deal with the lunacy which is marking more and more the field of Diplomacy and Business, walking the narrow path to the beautiful structure which contains the hot springs and, if you are lucky or if you plan it as so, you will arrive on a full moon and by god if I am not getting goosebumps as i write simply remembering that night.  It is a clothing optional affair and you of course MUST shower prior to entering.  the towels are thick and soft and your options for hot pools, large cast iron tubs, veranda pools, all of which are solidly affixed to a breath taking cliffside.  And given the time and the overall lack of people and the spaciousness of the place, you will find your self very alone, surrounded by candles and stillness, surrounded by the truest definition of God i have yet to come across, as with the Tao, it cannot be spoken, only known….

Looking from my pool, down the however many hundred or so feet to the waves crashing into the mountain wall, illumined by the ghostly white light of the full moon bathed in sea spray, the all pervading, not silence so much as stillness which seems to wend its way through the crash and roar of the sea below…  I have never felt more sublime, more at peace with me…Esalen Institute

This is a representation of Eco Tourism at I believe, its absolute pinnacle.  Not only does one have structures which take in the natural surroundings and do them the upmost justice, but every fiber of the Institute is geared wholeheartedly towards the expansion of the human conciousness for the better of all mankind, and whats more, is this is actually felt by you as you come to the place.

That concludes what I have to say as one can only describe a beautiful seen so much before one begins to ruin it for the observer, simply put, if you have the opportunity, go, and if you do not forsee the opportunity, make it.

Books I’ve read, that I can remember….

Zombie Haiku –

Fantastic book, you start by reading a haiku journal of a guy, he is writing about his daily existence, in the margins of the book another writer is writing as well.  To try and explain it is futile, to read it is to have a book that is so ingeniously novel and suprising, thankfully, someone came up with something new=)

 

Mystical Poems of Rumi 1 –

it’s Jalal al-Din Rumi, if you do not know, find a book and learn another view of love as written by cupid…

 

Narrow Road, Spring and Autumn Passages –

this is by Basho, the foremost Haiku poet in Japan, or at least the most celebrated, this collection is about his 5 month journey in 1689 to see the deep country North and West of the capitol Edo.  Also, I did not know until starting, there is a chance he was a ninja.  nuff said, HAI!

Zen Antics, 100 stories of enlightenment –

It is as it says it is…..

 

American Gods –

This is by Neil Gaiman, the same Author who penned the “Sandman” graphic novels, extremely well written, kind of like, what happens to the gods when people start to not believe in them, and who are the gods we believe in today…very eye opening….

 

Tao te Ching –

This is one of the oldest works around and to this day, people onlyhave an idea of who may have written it, after all, it was written by Lau Tszu, when translated means Old Boy or something there about?  Essentially a cannon or doctrine on how to best live life with ease based on the flow of life as a whole.

 

More to come!