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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 original Celtic and Renaissance dances.
To save the Earth we must live lives of conscience. This book reveals a path to such a life.
Despite the cover, this collection does not promote one faith over another. Instead, "Enlightenment" offers a series of perspectives whose effect on willing readers will, I hope, be like circling a piece of art, one whose meaning is unclear until we gaze at it from many angles. I have come to understand this is the best that words can do, why art may hope to awaken us where declarations of philosophy or faith may not. If the profound could be shared more directly, someone would have done so long ago. .
My own spiritual journey started slowly, like a locomotive pulling heavy freight. Gradually I picked up steam. Finally I reached the destination, which was, in truth, a new beginning. I'll liken that moment to arriving at a rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of the Awake." On the platform, a Stationmaster stands eternally, greeting all who disembark:
"Welcome! Should you wish to live among us, know you this: The routes to this place are many. We give them different names. Yet what separates our voyages is less than what we share.
"You seem earnest, so I'll tell you a secret. Throughout the universe, countless beings, just like you, seek life's meaning. Whatever their shapes or forms, the lucky ones come to this: I am just a living being, nothing more. But that says only what I am, not say why I am. Love is why I am.
"Dream of Heaven if you like. Embrace beauty where you find it. Faith and art can point the way. But neither is the answer. The answer you seek is found only within your own conscience. It is only your conscience that has the power to draw back the curtains of delusion and let you see the light."
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)