Enlightenment

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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 Editor of the literary magazine and received a national award for young writers. I'm a classically trained musician, Concertmaster in high school, all-State, and at university. I'm current working on a series of Renaissance style compositions for one or two instruments.

"Enlightenment" does not promote the dogma of any ...

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Overview

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 Editor of the literary magazine and received a national award for young writers. I'm a classically trained musician, Concertmaster in high school, all-State, and at university. I'm current working on a series of Renaissance style compositions for one or two instruments.

"Enlightenment" does not promote the dogma of any one faith. Instead, I offer what I believe to be the best that words can do when it comes to the profound: create a collection of perspectives, no one of which will suffice, that point toward the truth. The realization of enlightenment is rather like circling a statue that only becomes visible after we have gazed intently at it from a number of angles. If the profound could be evoked by phrase, the words would have been written long ago and every mother would teach them to her child. Rather, we must bring something of ourselves to truth, in no small part, the intensity with which we seek it.

Thus I have penned well over a hundred short chapters-sometimes but a verse-designed to act together as a piano tuner for the spirits of willing readers, leaving their heartstrings in resonance with what is at once real, yet will never be directly said.

As for your humble author, my own spiritual progress started slowly, like a locomotive pulling heavy freight. Only gradually, over many years, did I pick up steam. Finally I have reached a destination of sorts (or imagine that I have). I visualize this place as rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of The Enlightened." On the platform, a Stationmaster stands, as he has eternally, greeting those who make it this far, always speaking thus:

"If you would live among us, know you this: that the routes here are many, with a myriad of names. Yet what separates these journeys is less than what they share.

"You seem earnest, so I'll tell you a secret. Throughout the universe, beings much like you and me seek life's meaning. Whatever their shapes or forms, the lucky come to this: Thought and reason in some abstract sense, may be who I am. But love is why I am. And conscience, the child of love and reason, is the hand that draws back the curtains of delusion and lets in the sacred light."

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"...seamless and intelligent...perspectives I've never thought of before."

"...flows like poetry...breathtaking."

"...a book to keep by your bedside...more wisdom and common sense than Solomon."

"...reminds me of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. While the author recognizes limits to the written word, his use of the medium is beautiful."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456424947
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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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 Editor of the literary magazine and received a national award for young writers. I'm a classically trained musician, Concertmaster in high school, all-State, and at university. I'm current working on a series of Renaissance style compositions for one or two instruments.

"Enlightenment" does not promote the dogma of any one faith. Instead, I offer what I believe to be the best that words can do when it comes to the profound: create a collection of perspectives, no one of which will suffice, that point toward the truth. The realization of enlightenment is rather like circling a statue that only becomes visible after we have gazed intently at it from a number of angles. If the profound could be evoked by phrase, the words would have been written long ago and every mother would teach them to her child. Rather, we must bring something of ourselves to truth, in no small part, the intensity with which we seek it.

Thus I have penned well over a hundred short chapters-sometimes but a verse-designed to act together as a piano tuner for the spirits of willing readers, leaving their heartstrings in resonance with what is at once real, yet will never be directly said.

As for your humble author, my own spiritual progress started slowly, like a locomotive pulling heavy freight. Only gradually, over many years, did I pick up steam. Finally I have reached a destination of sorts (or imagine that I have). I visualize this place as rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of The Enlightened." On the platform, a Stationmaster stands, as he has eternally, greeting those who make it this far, always speaking thus:

"If you would live among us, know you this: that the routes here are many, with a myriad of names. Yet what separates these journeys is less than what they share.

"You seem earnest, so I'll tell you a secret. Throughout the universe, beings much like you and me seek life's meaning. Whatever their shapes or forms, the lucky come to this: Thought and reason in some abstract sense, may be who I am. But love is why I am. And conscience, the child of love and reason, is the hand that draws back the curtains of delusion and lets in the sacred light."

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