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.

Where to begin…..

What you seek you shall never find.
for when gods made man,
they kept immortality for themselves.
fill you belly.
day and night make merry,
let days be full of joy.
love the child that holds your hand
let your wife delight in your embrace.
for these alone are the concerns of man.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
I just got back from a three day hike into the Sierra de Santiago Mountains.  I had done this hike once before with a friend named Carlos/Charles, from Canada and it was a breeze, this time not so breezy.  This was meant to be my training run/hike up to the summit.  Instead I ended up not getting a ride as I thought I would, so my hike started as I left the front gate of the ranch I am now staying at and ended 30k later at the beginning of the hike.
So the hike begins, I am already almost out of water and feeling quite beat.
Not to worry.  Hike a few ridges and I will be in range of the first clear running stream.
He Who Plans Early Plans Twice – US Navy fighter pilots.
The streams were empty, what was a rush of crystal clear water a mere month and a half ago, is now a trickle of brown sludge not even fit for boiling.
5 hours later talking nonsense to myself and considering turning back a few times, but then realizing that I have no where to go back to as I have no vehicle, I keep going straight.
Then I hear it, the sound of water.
No, wind in the trees, keep walking and muttering incoherently to self.
Now I make it.  I end up not training hard but instead taking a day at the arroyo and reflecting on life, listening to sounds, keeping my campfire going all day, walking around naked in the middle of nowhere, watching the sun arc across the sky and hoping that by changing my camping spot the soot and ash from the fire wont make my sinuses act crazy and maybe the rocky ground will be softer in area B vice area A allowing me some semblance of rest.
Of course at around midnight as I was just beginning to fall asleep, a group of teens and their chaperones came for some sort of soul searching retreat.  Oh well, I fond what I was looking for.  I found God, in me.
The next day I boiled water, had some cafe on hiked out, this time I got a ride once I got to the main dirt road=]  Muchas Gracias Marcelo….  MUUUUchas Gracias….
All of that to say, I am thinking no on the Ultraman marathon I was to be putting on with a new acquaintance, and still thinking yes to the R.U.B., Race Up the Baja.
More on that as time passes.
Im at a new farm/ranch.  This one is simply fantastic, it’s owners, Kim and Santiago are RAD and I am learning all there is to learn about holistic healing and food preparation.
If Im at a new ranch then I must do some writing on the one I just came from hadn’t I?
You asked for it=]  next chapter, Buena Fortuna and a Mr. Gabriel Howearth=]
Aloha!

Scars….

Scars…

Your soul cannot get them as it is immutable, that is to say that it is undying and quite simply is as it forever shall be….  How do you scar pure energy…  how do you put it in a bottle…  you give it a body=]

Your body and mind, the things that allow your soul to experience all… all of this, even reading this, well, they can be scarred and they can be scarred greatly.

In life you can lose limbs, lovers, the ability to walk, talk, you can lose anything, and let us not even delve into the realm of man and material possession, those are as fleeting as the ‘green flash’ I have yet to see on the horizon during a sunset over the Ocean.

We can lose it all and in the process of this loss, we will be scarred.

If you allow this scarring process to inhibit your life, i.e. you stop pushing and exploring, you may well be missing the point.

I often think that ‘God’ will be most happy with the ones that show up riddled with scars and if they still have mouths, with a smile.

Please, in your endeavor to persevere [Old Indian in Outlaw Josey Wales], please rmember to show up at your final day with plenty of scars, show whomever you worship, and if it is no one, show yourself how much you enjoyed not only living, but really pushing the envelope, again, and again, and again, and again, all the way to whatever end you design for yourself.

Enjoy your life with Aloha and do live vicariously for yourself.  You’re the only one that matters in the very end=]

 

Thanks to Mauricio for allowing the use of his pics, this one is after his back surgery following a para-gliding accident and subsequent spinal surgery.  When asked if would fly again, he looked at me like I was silly for asking and said, ‘Of course, its flying…?’

Bless your heart=]

 

Aloha!