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 currently recording a series of Renaissance style dances and reflections.

As an artist I love beauty. As a ...

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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 currently recording a series of Renaissance style dances and reflections.

As an artist I love beauty. As a philosopher I love truth. As a lover I crave love itself. Yet, at life's crossroads, when I must choose a path, not beauty, truth, or love alone, I have learned at great pains, will guide me well. Only my conscience can.

Despite its cover, this book of verses, "Enlightenment," does not promote the dogma of any faith over any other. Every worthy faith was born of truth. Any, institutionalized, can devolve to falseness. To see the truth, we must see it with fresh eyes, as the founders of great philosophies and faiths sought to do. My approach is to offer the most I believe words can grant in this life: new perspective. Imagine reading these verses as like circling a sacred statue, but one that only becomes visible only after you gaze at it from many angles.

I admit, my own spiritual journey started slowly, like a locomotive pulling heavy freight. But gradually I picked up steam. Finally I reached my destination. I liken it to a rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of Light." On the platform, the Stationmaster stands for all time, greeting each new arrival with these words:

"If you would live among us, you must acknowledge this: that the routes to this place are many. We give them different names. Yet what separates inspired truths is far less than what they share.

"You seem earnest and have travelled far, so I'll tell you the Great Secret straight away: Throughout the universe, countless beings, just like you and me, seek life's meaning. Whatever their shapes or forms, only the lucky ones come to this: My thoughts or my body may be who I am. Take your pick. But Love is why I am.

"Dream of Heaven as you like. Embrace beauty where you find it. Faith and beauty point the way. But neither is the answer. It is your own conscience, and your conscience alone, that has the power to draw back the curtains of delusion and let in a 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)

Meet the Author

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 currently recording a series of Renaissance style dances and reflections.

As an artist I love beauty. As a philosopher I love truth. As a lover I crave love itself. Yet, at life's crossroads, when I must choose a path, not beauty, truth, or love alone, I have learned at great pains, will guide me well. Only my conscience can.

Despite its cover, this book of verses, "Enlightenment," does not promote the dogma of any faith over any other. Every worthy faith was born of truth. Any, institutionalized, can devolve to falseness. To see the truth, we must see it with fresh eyes, as the founders of great philosophies and faiths sought to do. My approach is to offer the most I believe words can grant in this life: new perspective. Imagine reading these verses as like circling a sacred statue, but one that only becomes visible only after you gaze at it from many angles.

I admit, my own spiritual journey started slowly, like a locomotive pulling heavy freight. But gradually I picked up steam. Finally I reached my destination. I liken it to a rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of Light." On the platform, the Stationmaster stands for all time, greeting each new arrival with these words:

"If you would live among us, you must acknowledge this: that the routes to this place are many. We give them different names. Yet what separates inspired truths is far less than what they share.

"You seem earnest and have travelled far, so I'll tell you the Great Secret straight away: Throughout the universe, countless beings, just like you and me, seek life's meaning. Whatever their shapes or forms, only the lucky ones come to this: My thoughts or my body may be who I am. Take your pick. But Love is why I am.

"Dream of Heaven as you like. Embrace beauty where you find it. Faith and beauty point the way. But neither is the answer. It is your own conscience, and your conscience alone, that has the power to draw back the curtains of delusion and let in a sacred light."

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