"Let me tell you a Story"
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The second version includes voice and music.
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|Why We Tell Stories (audio)
Three Non-Existent Princes (audio)
|God Willing | (audio)
|The Nadi Readers - India 2004 | (pics)|
The Bear, The Rabbit and The Man (audio)
Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby(audio)
The Water of Life (audio)
NEW!!! Who Bears the Burdens of Life-a short story of Ramana Maharshi (audio)
"There was a myth before the myth began,
From this the poem springs: ."
|What I Call My Heart (audio)
|A Poets Hope is in Dying| (audio)
|Sometimes You Need a Miracle(audio)
|The River of Drowning
Gravity's Easy Way (audio)
What it is I am Practicing For (audio)
Big Doggy an Da Wabo (audio)
Lost Face (audio)
THE SECRET OF HOW TO CHANGE
True change and higher human adaptation are not made on the basis of any self-conscious resistance to old, degenerative, and subhuman habits. Change is not a matter of not doing something. It is a matter of doing something else-something that is inherently right, free and pleasurable. Therefore the key is insight and the freedom to feel and participate in ways of functioning that are right and new.
The tendencies and patterns of our earlier adaptations are not wrong. They were appropriate enough in their own moment of creation, and there is no need to feel guilt or despair about them. Likewise, efforts to oppose and change them are basically fruitless. Such efforts are forms of conflict, and they only reinforce the modes of self-possession.
What is not used becomes obsolete, whereas what is opposed is kept before us. Therefore the creative principle of change is the one of relaxed inspection and awareness of existing tendencies and persistent, full feeling orientation to right, new, regenerative functional patterns. If this is done consistently and in ecstatic resort to the Living Divine, free growth is assured.
Have no regrets. Resort to the Divine in Truth and in the present. All that has been done by anyone had its logic in its time. Only God avails. Whatever is your habit in this moment is not wrong. It is simply a beginning. No habit is necessary, but it is tending to persist, because it has not yet been replaced by further growth. Hear the Teaching of Truth, and understand what is the right, ultimate, and regenerative pattern of each function of Man. Feel free of all negative judgments about what you have done and what you tend to do. Turn with full feeling-attention to the creative affair of new adaptation in most positive communion with the God who is Life, and who is Alive as all beings.
One finger pointing up and one finger pointing down
"There is neither one God nor many Gods.
There is Only God:
That is what I am miming in this picture.
(Standing by a roadside sign in Northern India)
I moved to India as of April 2011. I am living in
Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, South India during the winter months
and Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh in the foothills of the Himalayas
during the summer and early fall
I continue to study, write and teach and will be working on
a book on Ghee as well as many other topics of interest.
For my latest work and doings, including the three books I have recenlty published
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INDIA- MY WALDEN POND
I HAVE JUST PUBLISHED MY FIRST EBOOK:
HOW THOREAU'S WALDEN POND MIXED WITH THE GANGES
YOGA CAME TO AMERICA WITH SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BOOK
It could be said that most of India does not exist
in the world of science and technology,
it exists in the world of 'God'
a world in which the Mystery of all life
is still felt to be breathing.
India is a land of colorful paradoxes
of Divine ideas and representations,
of temples, saints and sadhus,
sacred rivers and holy mountains
and even road signs devoted to the Supreme.
I have only 'ideas and stories' about what is going on
or who or what 'God' is
The journey where I have placed my feet seems blessed
and the mystery in which we live
At the end of 2012
I published three books and am working on a fourth.
Please go HERE to view them all.
Each book is viewable online.
" All doubt, despair, and fear become insignificant
once the intention of life becomes love,
rather than dependence on love."
-Adi Da Samraj
Vasishta Gufa (cave)- thought to be the cave of the ancient Rishi Vasishta about 15 miles up the Ganges from Rishikesh
Here are some stories
or what has been called-
Vidya or Knowledge:
Since ancient times, mankind has sought for knowledge.
But, all 'knowledge' is not the same.
AdiDa Samraj, spoke of what is meant by knowledge:
"I find people’s losses and sorrows to be heartbreaking and terrible,
an immense burden.
And, I am inevitably sympathetic and bless people in their trouble.
However, you must understand; That is the nature of this place.
It is not utopia. It is not paradise.
It is a place of death, of endings, of suffering.
It is not enough.
One day, it will be your death.
All will pass. Everything will pass.
Everything will be lost. Everything will change.
Every conceivable separation will occur.
You must know the place you are in
and live according to that knowledge."
All of these stories are what I have
heard and experienced about 'Knowledge'
They are a 'Consideration' of Llife
It cannot be stolen by thieves
Nor taken away by kings
It cannot be divided among brothers
It is not a load on your shoulders
If spent . . . It always increases
The wealth of knowledge
Is the most superior wealth of all
The Blind Man and the Elephant