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Newsletter Number 83 • April 2012

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It has been a number of years since I have liked a book as much as Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. Isaacson is a consummate biographer. The biography he wrote about Albert Einstein is one the best books I have ever read. As much I liked that one, the Jobs one was even better.

I rate Steve Jobs as one of the best and most important books I have ever read. It is an incredible story about a very unique human being. Whether or not you end up loving Jobs or hating him is irrelevant. His life story is compelling. Isaacson does a perfect job of showing the good, the bad, and the ugly and allowing the reader to form his or her own opinions and/or conclusions.

I just couldn’t put the book down. It is long, over 500 pages, but I read it in about four days. Everyone I know who has read it has enjoyed immensely.

It is a very special book for a whole panoply of different reasons. Jobs life was full of ups and downs. He was an infinitely complex character. His interests ranged from the spiritual to the mundane.

This is an “authorized biography”. That means that Jobs, knowing that his days were quite numbered, asked Isaacson to write the biography and he gave Isaacson interviews and access to his home and family. On the other hand Jobs exercised no editorial control and Isaacson was free to write anything he chose.

I really don’t know where to begin in discussing any details of the book, so I would rather not go there. I think every reader knows something about Jobs and something about Apple and his other companies, but I doubt that any of us really knew or understood the complexities of the life of Jobs and the companies he helped to build.

The book fascinated me, page after page. Whether it was learning about Jobs’ childhood and upbringing, his college experiences, his love life, the weird dietary habits, and/or the many relationships he had over the years with notable people, I found every detail and every tidbit not only worthwhile, but also compelling.

This is a book I recommend that everyone read. I can’t say that about almost any other both I have ever read. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your belief system encompasses, whether or not you are a “techie”, this is a life so full of movement and variety that it must fascinate any and every human being.

I just want to repeat, it has been a number of years since I have read any book which captioned my attention and interest and enthusiasm to the extent of this biography.

Please, please, enjoy it!!!

I hope everyone is ready for the re-birth of Spring, and that the coming season brings joy and fulfillment.

Len

How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality: The Wisdom of Yogananda [Paperback]

Paramhansa Yogananda, a foremost spiritual teacher of modern times, offers practical, wide-ranging, and fascinating suggestions on how to have more energy and to live a radiantly healthy life. The principles in this book promote physical health and all-round well-being, mental clarity, and ease and inspiration in your spiritual life. Readers will discover:

  • Priceless Energization Exercises for rejuvenating the body and mind
  • The art of conscious relaxation
  • Diet tips for health and beauty.

Enlightenment : Ain't What It's Cracked Up To BE
by Robert K.C. Forman, Ph.D

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”
C.G. Jung

The starting point—( the impetus for all that was to follow)—was January 4, 1972 in Hotel Karina, Mallorca Spain at 4:00 PM in the afternoon. That was when silence permanence entered and changed the life of Robert Forman... in ways totally unexpected.

Robert was on a 9 month TM teacher training course.. filled with expectations and beliefs, as so many are, he believed he knew what real enlightenment was or would be. Of course like many thoughts and expectations of the human species … rugs are pulled and we realize what we thought we knew … we in reality actually had no clue.

For Robert in this spiritual memoir... the silence underlined fears, anxieties and doubts. Knowing one day that enlightenment meant perfection... perfect life, joy, compete success, and waking up one day and realizing ...as this quote from the Upanishads perfectly describes

“Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the selfsame tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes”

As one bird partakes of life and business, which entails all the full range of human experience the other watches in perfect silence , encompassing the dual nature of true enlightenment. For those who have read Jed McKenna's works… this book will comes as an added confirmation of true silent reality.

We are looking for fireworks and eternal powerful youth. What we end up is moodiness , aging and human frailties yet the silence pervades this all. The realization comes that we continue to experience ups and downs in daily life---but we are not the ups and downs. We are That. The silent witness.

Robert comes to realize that enlightenment is not becoming a perfect human, but a human full of all things--- still human yet now shifted to a space of perfect silence . To grow spiritually entails a full acceptance of the darkness that lies beneath, a darkness that for many years or lifetimes was the monkey on our back. A hidden part of us that we were unwilling to examine and afraid to exorcize...thus preventing full spiritual maturing.

Robert's book will be of interest to both TM mediators and anyone else who wants to look beyond preconceived concepts of the enlightened life.

Filled with much research from Eastern and Western mystical writers, this book may bring a feeling of peace to those who thought they knew and struggled inwardly because what they thought did not coincide with their reality.

Filled with personal descriptions of Cosmic, God and Unity Consciousness.

Robert's book brings the highest goals of Vedic and in fact all religious traditions to the common individual and shows the many facets of the human diamond that still require polishing even while the silence overlooks our actions.

I believe the author's intention is to bring a sense of peace and deep understanding to our spiritual undertaking, for some it may be a disappointment... but in time even the disappointed will see the that what we are striving for is as natural as our breathing.

Like many of us who look for the perfect lover to complete us, we fantasize about his/her qualities and look everywhere for this imagined perfection( like Dorothy in the land of Oz) and one day we realize our lover was the person next to us.. unassuming yet perfect for us in ways unimagined. Perfect.

 “I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
Isaac Newton

I have copies of the documentary DVD of Maharishi and TM done in the 1960’s
a must for any TM library. Some of the scenes include Maharishi lecturing at a black board, Old Guru Dev film, Jerry Jarvis and others. About 60 minutes long

Sage of a New Generation
$25.00

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If you are interested in Photos, Rare Maharishi booklets from Croatia, The trilogy on Guru Dev by Paul Mason.. The DVD of Guru Dev chanting and lecturing,
the Two biographies of Guru Dev or the History of our Spiritual Tradition books... please send me an e mail

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Infinity is love encircled

it meets itself in the circle of no time

forsaking all banal sentimentality

It does not care .. it does not feel

It makes no sense

It seeks no one

It is nothing

nor does it have blessings to bestow

 

It does not love

yet

it all all loving

it does not care

yet
it is all caring

It is fierce and bloodthirsty

yet

It's compassion is boundless

You see it in the others eyes

You feel it and sense it

and because of that

The other bestow it's blessing to you

They are silence present

There is no need to thank

No need to pray

there is no need to bow in devotion

it's presence is felt in temples

and

bars

Needs disappear

 

Choose between nothing and everything?

What would I choose?

 

Eternity waits for a reply

It is ever patient

no pressure ever
no need to draw you out

Take a lifetime... ., there is never any hurry.

 

I finally answer

all that what seems like nothing

is the heart melting into everything

 

Tony

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