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Enlightenment does not belong in Heaven or Nirvana. Brilliant lands have no need of lamps. This often-dark world does. We each have a heart. Thus, we each hold a key that opens the door to enlightenment. There is no other key to search our pockets for. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452383422
About Jim Riley

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. Since then I have devoted writing to try to save the Earth, an effort in our times that is what it means to live an enlightened life. My other interests are health and fitness and composing and recording medieval and Celtic music.

My philosophical and artistic journey started slowly, like a locomotive drawing heavy freight. But gradually I picked up steam, and finally reached the destination, a rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of Truth." On the platform, the Stationmaster has greeted for all eternity those who end their travels here. He speaks differently to each of us, but always something like this:

"Please realize, our routes differ. But we are on similar trips. We give our wanderings differing names, depending on our faith or lack of faith. But these are never more than names.

"The greatest joy is home to every heart, moments of diamond-like clarity, like visions of the Divine. Fine art may sometimes evoke this experience. But it can never represent it. Only good choices may.

"Throughout the universe conscious beings ponder their purpose. Whatever their shapes or forms, the luckiest come to this: 'Love is who I am. Love is why I am. And conscience is the lamp that lights my way.'

"You don't need heroes. You need look only to your conscience. Its light does not wait on Heaven or Nirvana. Such lands have a surfeit of lamps. But this world, right here, right now, requires your contribution. You have a heart and a mind. So even now you hold the keys that open the gate to enlightenment. There is nothing more search your pockets for."

Read these verses thoughtfully and they will be a piano tuner for your spirits, adjusting your heartstrings until they resonate with truth. Put another way, they will act the helping hand, pulling back the dusty curtains of delusion to reveal a sacred light.

What readers say:

"While the author recognizes limits to the written word, his use of the medium is beautiful."

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

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

"...more wisdom and common sense than Solomon."


Review by: Nancy Hand on Dec. 01, 2010 :
The book, in format, reminds me of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. There are short, numbered paragraphs, "verses", succinctly stating a point that can be thought about for a lifetime. While the author recognizes limits to the written word, his use of the medium is beautiful.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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