Enlightenment [NOOK Book]

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I readily admit that mine is not the traditional view of "enlightenment." I do not lean on timeworn tropes on Buddha and his life, nor do I expound from Holy texts. "Enlightenment," for any of us, cannot wait on a "great teacher." Where did that teacher get it? It has to start somewhere. There has to be a universally accessible source, or it is just a saint's opinion. That source is not our meditating minds, but our loving hearts.

Throughout the universe, countess beings must ...

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Enlightenment

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Overview

I readily admit that mine is not the traditional view of "enlightenment." I do not lean on timeworn tropes on Buddha and his life, nor do I expound from Holy texts. "Enlightenment," for any of us, cannot wait on a "great teacher." Where did that teacher get it? It has to start somewhere. There has to be a universally accessible source, or it is just a saint's opinion. That source is not our meditating minds, but our loving hearts.

Throughout the universe, countess beings must ponder the purpose of their lives. Whatever their shapes or forms, they will be frustrated until they come to this: "Love is who I am. Love is why I am. My heart is the lamp that lights my way." Do not presume that this light's proper home is in Heaven or Nirvana. Such brilliant lands have no need of lamps. Our dark world does.

We each have a heart beating within us. Thus, I suggest, we each hold the key to enlightenment. There is nothing to search our pockets for. We need only what we already have.

I have labored long to render this book's verses brief and adamantine. You will gain nothing from them if you simply rush through, hurrying to another read. Each releases its full flavor only on savoring. If you haven't the patience, look elsewhere. The world is full of writers content to entertain.

If you cannot find enlightenment from living with this book awhile, making it your own, then you may never reach it. There is no quick fix. You have to pay your dues. Accept that catharsis comes at a price.

So, savor this book's verses. Let them act as piano tuners on your spirits, making your heartstrings resonate with truth. Enlightenment requires something from us in return. While reading this book, allow your soul to do what it does best: pull back the dusty curtains of delusion and let in the light.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011142352
  • Publisher: Jim Riley
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 160 KB

Meet the Author

From the film, National Treasure: "There are 20 million books in the Library of Congress, and they all say the same thing: 'Listen to Riley!'"In college I was the Editor of the literary magazine and received a national award for young writers. My interests include health and fitness and improvising Scottish music.I am lucky I found the light. My spiritual journey started slowly, like a locomotive drawing heavy freight, Gradually I picked up steam. Finally I reached the destination, the rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of the Enlightened." On the platform, a kind but stern Stationmaster instructs all who would take up residence here:"Realize that, however our lives differ, all of us are on similar paths. We give our journeys different names, depending on our faith or lack of faith. But they are never more than names. The greatest joys are open to any heart, of whatever belief. These are moments of diamond-like clarity, perhaps a glimpse of something transcendent, or even divine. Great art may evoke these moments. But it cannot represent them. Only great lives may."
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