I myself am the proof of every word that I have written
From Here to Nowhere
Many years have passed since that young boy stood alone in his bedroom dressed in a red dressing gown with red plastic buttons, but in a sense nothing had changed. Essence knows no age, no gender, no name, no nationality and no belief – only being and non-being. If we see that belief is an illusion, a habit perpetuated by our species and sustained by thought and memory, and if we discard the labels and identification with thoughts, beliefs, concepts and ideas, a completely different perception comes into being. We are then actively conscious and aware, rather than sleep-walking in the belief that we are awake. Being consciously aware is the perception that everything is One and everything is inter-related, a part of everything else, and that nothing is created and nothing is destroyed but constantly changes form in a whirling kaleidoscope of atoms and molecules of matter and energy...............................................
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Remarkable Men and Women
Hermann Hesse – writer - German Nobel prize-winner - e.g.¨The Glass Bead Game,¨
¨Steppenwolf, ¨ Siddhartha, ¨Demian,¨, ¨Peter Camenzind.¨
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff – writer/philosopher – teacher - e.g. ¨Beelzebub´s Tales to his Grandson¨, ¨All and Everything¨.
Peter D. Ouspensky – writer – teacher – e.g. ¨In Search of the Miraculous¨, ¨ The Fourth Way¨.
Jiddhu Krishnamurti –¨ a kind of philosopher¨ (in his own words), a spiritual teacher ‘discovered’ by Annie Besant, Theosophy– venue: Brockwood Park. Hampshire. U.K. – e.g. ¨Freedom from the Known,¨¨ The First and Last Freedom. ¨
Ramana Maharshi – Vedanta mystic – Arunachala – India.
Lao Tzu – Chinese sage – philosopher – spiritual teacher – e.g. The Tao Te Ching.¨
Carl Jung – psychologist – dream-analyst - e.g.¨Memories, Dreams and Reflections¨
Alan Watts – Zen Buddhist -writer - e.g. ¨The Wisdom of Insecurity¨, ¨ The Taboo against Knowing Who you Are.¨
Chogyam Trungpa – Tibetan Lama – “Meditation in Action”, “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”.
Jiyu Kennett– Roshi (Zen master) – English woman – e.g. ¨Selling Water by the River.¨Abbot of Mount Shasta Zen Monastery, California.
Dhiravamsa – Thai Theravada Buddhist Teacher
The Dalai Lama – Spiritual leader of the Tibetan Gelugpa sect.
Sangharakshita – British Buddhist, Teacher of the Vajrayana
Carlos Castañeda – writer – e.g. - ¨The Teachings of Don Juan.¨¨ A Separate Reality.¨¨¨ Tales of Power.¨etc.
Colin Wilson – writer – e.g. ¨The Outsider,¨¨Religion and the Rebel¨etc..
Jack Kerouac – writer - e.g. ¨Big Sur¨, ¨ On the Road¨, ¨The Dharma Bums. ¨
Allen Ginsberg – writer – poet – philosopher – e.g. ¨Doing your own Being.¨
Lyall Watson – socio-biologist & writer – e.g. ¨Gifts of Unknown Gods,¨ ¨The Romeo Error. ¨
Aldous Huxley – writer – philosopher – e.g. ¨Island¨, ¨Brave New World¨.
Michael Adam (Kim Taylor) – writer – illustrator – calligrapher – friend –
e.g. ¨Man is a Little World,¨A Strange Wild Place,¨¨My Wild Lone.¨
William Blake – poet – philosopher.
Teilhard de Chardin – Christian mystic – philosopher.
Werner Erhard – founder of E.S.T.
Rabindranath Tagore – poet – philosopher – e.g. ¨Gitanjali¨.
Pir Vilayat Khan – Sufi mystical teacher. The Western Sufi Order.
Kahlil Gibran – writer – poet – philosopher - e.g. ¨The Madman.¨
Jalaluddin Rumi – Sufi mystic – poet – philosopher.
Van Morrison – musician – composer – e.g. – ¨Astral Weeks¨, ¨Tupelo Honey.¨
Ravi Shankar – musician. Sitar, surbaha and tabla.
Robert Redford – actor – film director.
Daniel Day-Lewis – actor. ¨The Unbearable Lightness of Being.¨ ¨My Left Foot.¨
Bonnie Raitt – singer – song-writer. ¨The Nick of Time,¨¨Longing in their Hearts.¨
Li Po – Chinese poet
Bernard Leach – master potter
Shoji Hamada – Japanese master potter
Richard Bach – “ Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”
Vimala Thakar – Indian spiritual teacher associated with Krishnamurti
Pak Subuh – founder of Subud
The poems deal basically with these themes : LIFE/DEATH and LOVE/FREEDOM.
They are two sides of the same coin, and depend on one another.....are inseparable.
1 Gaelic Muse – this is the first poem, full of romantic idealism, written in Nottingham in 1963 at the age of 23
2 The Tigress – in contrast this is a bitter poem, written in self-imposed exile at Glastonbury in the winter of 1974
3 Winter´s Evening – written at Glastonbury in 1974, in the Vale of Avalon
4 Now is the Time – a musical poem written in 1974, and it expresses realisations and insights into Reality
5 Awareness – a meditation on the nature of reality
6 Butterfly – composed on the Isle of Purbeck in Swanage, in the company of two poet friends, who decide to walk the cliff path while the writer stays behind.
7 You and I – the moment of meeting your soul-mate
8 Immortality – a philosophical poem based on certain insights
9 With your Love – written in Kingston upon Thames in 1975 , manuka is a fragrant flower which grows in New Zealand, and the nectar makes excellent honey
10 The Tao of Not-doing – based on Chinese Taoist philosophy. Tao = the Way
11 Love comes… - concerning the nature of love which is revealed with the death of the ego
12 The Way that we Wander – this poem is also about ¨the Way¨ and our attitude to life; it is about choosing what already is determined. Jesus said …..
13 Earth-Water Idyll – the man is Taurus, the woman Aquarius; Helen of Troy launched 1000 ships – written in Penryn, Cornwall in 1979
14 Flirting with Creation – also written in 1979, as a reply to a poem received from Helen; it has cosmological connotations. First you will see Helen´s poem.
15 Memories – written in 1984 in Cornwall where the climate is very elemental.
16 Haiku Poems – Japanese poetry in which the essence is captured in 3 lines, the first line with 5 beats, the second with 7 beats and the third with 5 beats.
17 Only This – written much later, in the year 2000, the Year of the Dragon; it relates to the nature of the Universe, in which all is one indivisible whole and where the only time is now.
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