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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 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 producing a series of traditional folk style recordings.

Artists love beauty. Philosophers seek the truth. Lovers love desire itself. And yet, at life's crossroads, when we must choose a path, not beauty, truth, or love alone may enough to guide us well. Only the miracle of conscience can.

I do not promote the dogma of any faith. All I can offer is the most I think words can do: grant us new perspectives. Reading the verses of this is like circling a statue that can only becomes visible after we gaze at it from many directions.

My heart's journey started slowly, like a locomotive pulling heavy freight. Gradually we may pick up steam. If we're lucky we reach the destination. I liken it to a rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of Light." On the platform, the Stationmaster forever stands, greeting all who arrive:

"If you would live among us, know you this. The routes to this place are many. We give them different names. But what separates us is less than what we share. This place is open to all, of whatever philosophy or faith.

"You have come this far I'll tell you a secret: Throughout the universe, countless beings seek life's meaning. Whatever their shapes or forms, the lucky ones come to this: I may think that thought and reason are who I am. But Love is why I am.

"Dream of Heaven if you wish. Embrace earthly beauty where you find it. Faith and beauty may point to truth. But they are not themselves truth in it fullest. It is conscience alone that can draw back the curtains of delusion and let in the light."

What readers say:

"...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."


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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