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21st Century Books Final Newsletter

Even though our physical bookstore is closed, we will continue to keep our website up and running. We will also continue our monthly newsletter.

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Len and Tony

Last month I reviewed the biography of Steve Jobs. I think it was one of the most important and enjoyable books I have read in a number of years. It is a book that I feel confident any reader would enjoy. Books like that do not come along very often.

This month I am recommending a second New York Times bestseller in the non-fiction category. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman is another book which I believe has very broad appeal. While I cannot imagine anyone not being fascinated by the biography of Jobs, I can think of a few people I know who might not enjoy the Kahneman book. But they are few and far between.

Although Kahneman won a Nobel Prize awarded in economics, he is not really an economist. He is more of a psychologist/sociologist whose discoveries about human behavior and how we make decisions are applicable to multiple disciplines within the social sciences.

The book is about behavior, how we think, how we make decisions, and it applies to each and every one of us. The writing is excellent. Most of the text is either anecdotal or about fascinating studies which often reach conclusions which would likely be the opposite of what we might assume before the studies are done and analyzed.

If I ran a company or a division in a company I would require all employees with executive duties to read this book. It is a very practical guide to helping us to avoid making the same mistakes we tend to make over and over again. Moreover, it establishes a very fascinating and practical framework within which we can judge the likely success or failure of our decisions affecting the future and therefore our success, enjoyment, and fulfillment in life.

But this book is neither a textbook, nor a “how-to” book. Instead it is a tour of the mind. He covers ground I have not seen approached before. He tells us about the nature of the two systems that control how we think. Most importantly he does so in a very natural and entertaining manner. I would never recommend a book to a broad audience that was not fun to read. The anecdotes and queries make the whole treatment of the subjective be lively and fun.

Frankly, when a couple of friends recommended this book to me, I was very skeptical about reading it. My initial reaction was that it was likely to be pedantic, boring, and unlikely to change any of my views. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. It turns out that this book provides really insightful and fascinating visions of how our mind really functions.

The book is funny, entertaining, and chock full of wisdom. The chapters are short and to the point. It is a book that can be read on a plane, a beach, or sitting at home. The experiments that are cited in the book are generally simple and easy to understand. The results and conclusions are both profound and potentially life-changing.

I rate it about as highly as I can rate a book of this type. I read some of the questions and answers and some of the conclusions and data points at various times to my wife Dena. She generally eschews non-fiction (except for biographies). She found the contents fascinating and intends to read the book soon.

If you belong to a book club I would suggest that this would be an excellent choice to set off some very lively discussions.

The wise have often pointed out that the only constant in life is change. We have enjoyed sharing our thoughts and writing this newsletter for more than ten years. But now it appears it is time to move on and cease publication.

There are a number of reasons for our (Tony and mine) decision that this will be our final edition of our newsletter. Since we no longer have a bookstore, and since we live in different parts of the country—Tony in Florida and I in Arizona—our life styles have changed, our reading habits have evolved, and our ability o discover new and exciting hidden gems to recommend has become limited.

As a result of these and other logistical and financial considerations Tony and I are satisfied that this is the time to cut our ties with the past, shut down our website, and no longer send out our newsletter.

We want to thank all of our loyal readers. We hope that over the years we have turned you on to some great reading experiences and that perhaps in some small way we have helped a number of you to enrich your own lives.

It has been a lot of fun and we have both benefitted greatly from our endeavors and the feedback we have received from so many of you.

We will leave our website up and running for two weeks from the date this newsletter is sent by email. That will give each and every one of you who may care the opportunity to dig around the site and peruse it at your leisure. We hope some of you will take that opportunity to put together a reading list that will last you at least a few years.

Wishing you all good reading, good health, happiness, and fulfillment….

Len

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.

Sage of a New Generation

$25.00
If you would like your own copy please contact me

books21st@gmail.com

Also I still have some copies of the booklets from Croatia

These are transcripts of old lectures given by Maharishi

If you would like list of titles available

please email me

books21st@gmail.com

This following book recommendation was forwarded to me by former Purusha member and current Jyotish astrologer Blaine Watson:

“I have a very special book to share with you today, “Forgiving the Unforgivable. I’m excited to share it with you because it tells the inspirational, true story of how survivors of the 2008 Mumbai Terrorist attack forgave their attackers.

When you read this book you will learn user-friendly instructions for how to unconditionally forgive others (and yourself); through developing a holistic practice that is simultaneously practical and transformational. This will support you to experience deep peace consistently and develop the ability to handle any emergency or challenge with graceful effectiveness.

And I am only one of many who are praising this breakthrough book!

From the foreword by Eckhart Tolle: “This book invites you to discover a timeless and formless identity beyond the content of your mind.”

Marianne Williamson wrote, “Every story of the human journey, every reflection on the appearance of evil, every admonition to triumph over hatred through the power of love - it’s all in here. This is a remarkable book.”

From the afterword by Neale Donald Walsch: “The most special aspect of this remarkable book is not what you will find in it, but what you will find in you after you read it. You are holding in your hands a book that you will never forget. Ever. It will stun your mind, open your heart and connect you directly with your soul.”

Master Charles Cannon’s Forgiving the Unforgivable is more than a book. It’s a compassionate guide for those who are ready to be the change they wish to see in the world, not just talk about. It’s the long awaited solution for veteran seekers who are tired of looking for who they already are. Destined to become a classic, this riveting page-turner will meet you exactly where you are on your path and provide you with many tips and tools to begin meeting every challenge with love and forgiveness, regardless of what others do.

Silence Heals by Yolande Duran-Serrano & Laurence Vidal

A book about innocence in its many forms taken .

Similar but yet apart from the book Power Of Now.

The woman with a name Yolande was not involved in any spiritual practice. One day unexpectedly she is washed of all human life. The woman Yolande dies.

Her person drowns in silence-- a suicide but certainly not a victim., for with the death of Yolande comes the full realm of eternal life Her resurrection is written about in interview format. Her story is one of total aloneness, yet in freedom of total non resistance...aloneness that is not negative but a state of grace..a state of true freedom. A complete knowing of The One--alone to this and this but intensely alive to all.

As she writes:

taken over by divine orgasms which arise in waves

Long time meditators will resonate with her descriptions of the 4th state of consciousness and beyond.

Her voice speaks in simple yet easy to understand concepts of life after the death of self.

There are books that we read for vicarious enjoyment or attachment to character. There are books that we read to experience silence.--they are channels, satsangs-- and through their words we arrive to a place of no words.. This book is the latter.

This is not Yolande’s story alone .. this is also mine and yours... a story that is at rest for just a moment …our awakening certain.

Reading this book I feel and hope will bring you a sense of peace--temporary or everlasting.

I meet Chris Hallinger and his significant other Carol Olicker in 1982, when I moved to Fairfield.

Chris is a wonderful guy with a dry sense of humor. He has just published his first book: Life on Earth... a collection of humorous observations about life … written in the similar vein of Dave Barry or Douglas Adams.. The book would make a great Father’s day gift (that is, if your father is of the liberal persuasion), Filled with many moments of laugh out loud humor. The index alone is worth the price of the book.

Due to financial considerations and other reasons as mentioned by Len
this will be our last newsletter...

We hope over the past 10 years Len or I may have recommended a book or two that brought some new insight or just a new way at looking at the world or oneself. If that is the case, then our writings have been of value.

Thank you for hearing Len and my voices through our newsletters the past 10 years

Every so often an e mail comes to me still and hits me with a tender nostalgic hug... someone wants me to special order a book for pick up at the store or an author is coming through town and is inquiring about the possibility of doing a books signing. Tiny remnants of rainbows in drying puddles. The store gone but in ways still here.

Yet years before the store was born the ending was already complete.

I have created a file of books, photographs and TM related DVD’s that I still have access too.

I would advise printing a copy for your personal files... in case you wish to place an order in the future.

Please go to this link to download the catalog.

I can always be reached at my e mail

books21st@gmail.com

I leave you with some final thoughts...

Before the first

and

after the last

there was all that will come

and all that will die

We see tiny shapes and create large visions

mistaken smallness for grandeur

but beyond numbered possessions

there is just one

it lies beyond all imaginings

 

beyond our grand designs
that lie
under sand ruined.

 

adrift too long

We left because we thought we knew

 

and knowingly became enslaved

forgetting we are

light unseen.

 

Be free in this moment

and see that

before the past

our future was past due

and

 

the finale came known before our past was yet seen.

 

Peace and Love to all

Tony

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