April 20, 2014

Master of Self-Realization

Several books recently came my way that are really outstanding. This includes Master of Self-Realization  and Master Key to Self-Realization by Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj.

In his books, Maharaj talks about the physical body, subtle body, casual body, supra-casual body and Parabrahman.

An astute reader will immediately match these up to the form, sensation, conception and volition skandhas. He talks about the characteristics of the bodies that apply to the skandhas.

If you are a Buddhist, these books give the best insight into the skandhas possible that can easily be matched up with Buddhist teachings. It gives a way to match up Buddhism and Vedanta.

I highly recommend these books and related ones: Dasbodh, Amrut Laya, Self-Knowledge, etc.

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June 8, 2013

Well, the long wait is over. “What is Enlightenment?” is now done and ready for purchase. The font is a little smaller than usual so that we could reduce the gigantic page count of stories even more, and so everything is in one book. Countless stories from many traditions, but most of all, the logic of the spiritual path showing you that everyone is attaining the same thing despite differences in religious dogma taught to the masses. The readers have said “this will be an underground classic sure to change the modern concept of religion.”

I tried very hard to make this worthy of being your FIRST BOOK on the spiritual trail because if you don’t know the target objective of religious practice is enlightenment, then you are likely to waste your time and go astray in spiritual cultivation. It turns out that all the religions are targeting this same end result possibility. In one week the introductory Createspace (Amazon.com) price will be raised, so the best time to buy is now. Here are the short details …
Book1: “What is Enlightenment?”

(Order this book if you want first hand accounts of enlightenment from nearly every major spiritual tradition including the big 3 Western paths, an analysis of “God’s characteristics” according to all these paths, retranslations of famous Zen stories, the various stages of the spiritual path linked across all the major traditions, why and how to cultivate samadhi/dhyana as the enlightenment prerequisite, and much more. This book contains the words of those widely recognized as having achieved enlightenment, including many Christian and even Moslem saints or ancient Greeks, and puts to rest all the strange notions people commonly have as to what really is enlightenment. This should be your absolute FIRST BOOK on the spiritual path of meditation practice because if you don’t know the target of self-realization or awakening, then you are likely to waste your time or go astray.)

https://www.createspace.com/4039328

 

Book2: “The Taihu School: A New Model of Education that Brings Culture and Values Back into School

(Order this book if you are an educator, national policymaker or have young elementary school children and want to learn the power of correct praising, why you should teach them martial arts and the basics of natural medicine, how to instill within them a sense of virtue, the importance of role-modeling and environmental “perfuming” influences, and so on. It details many of the educational practices of a famous international boarding school in China that combines the best of Eastern and Western thoughts, whose curriculum development was guided by Nan Huai-chin)

https://www.createspace.com/4297030

 

Once again, here are the ordering links for the discounted introductory price:

What is Enlightenment? https://www.createspace.com/4039328

The Taihu School: https://www.createspace.com/4297030

 

I sincerely hope you enjoy both books,

 

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June 5, 2013

What is Enlightenment? will be out soon

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What is Enlightenment?

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The wait is almost over. The new book, “What is Enlightenment?” is almost done its proof check, and when that happens it will finally be available for sale. I expect that to happen sometime next week. Why did it take so long to  edit this text? Because it’s over 550 pages in length, which is a gigantic book, and the rare contents are like four or five books in one. The editors agree that this will probably be an “underground classic” because it finally brings together various enlightenment and samadhi teachings from various traditions. After reading it, you WILL KNOW what is and is not spiritual enlightenment. Hopefully the information will spread like wildfire.

One set of materials within this book is a new translation of a section of the Surangama Sutra, with commentary, that should revolutionize people’s understanding of the strange spiritual phenomena that typically appear during spiritual cultivation. No longer will Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Taoists, Sufis or members of any other tradition be lost when they encounter strange experiences on the spiritual path and wonder what they mean. This material is worth the price of the book alone in clearing away illusions and delusions, and should be studied by members of all religions because they all go through these strange phenomena and then mistakenly think they are enlightened.

A second set of materials, which is also like a book in itself, details the stages of the spiritual path according to different descriptive schemes from separate spiritual traditions. It compares all these step-by-step sequences of progress and shows that everyone is talking about the very same stages of accomplishment but just using different names. Imagine that!  It covers much of the materials in the first lesson of my Stages course, and therefore links stages of spiritual progress from Buddhism with those of Christianity (via purgative, via contemplative, via illuminativa), Judaism (the three stages of Moses meeting God), Taoism (jing, chi, shen transformations), Islam, Confucianism, Nath Yoga, … It was hard to find and then link all these schemes! There are also rare timetables for how long it takes to attain spiritual gong-fu which, all in all, usually amounts to about twelve years of practice.

You’d have to collect a bunch of rare books from many traditions to find this material so I brought it all together in one place so it isn’t lost to future generations. The key is to give you the information so you can guide yourself. I am tired of expensive  texts, for instance, that don’t give me any guidance for practice so the book gives you exactly what you need to know to guide you regardless of religion or tradition or stage of progress. You will clearly see they ALL say the same thing and have you attaining the same stages of progress that produce the same body-mind phenomena, which is what you SHOULD EXPECT if it were all real, correct?

A third set of materials is the most interesting to me personally. It collects “first person” enlightenment stories of individuals from different religious traditions, and after reading their accounts you will quickly realize that everyone is talking about the same thing we call enlightenment or self-realization. What is it actually like to be enlightened? You will now find out!  There are the enlightenment accounts from Rumi, al-Bistami, Meister Eckhart, Adi Shankara, Nisargadatta, Ramana Maharshi, Padmasambhava, Hui-neng, Pseudo-Dionysis, and many others – the exact words they used to describe what enlightenment is like. There are a lot of traditions in just that short list of names there, and yet they (and all the others in the book) describe the very same awakening.

It would take you  years  to collect these rare biographical and autobiographical accounts from Christianity,   Buddhism, Tantra, Taoism, Vedanta, Confucianism, Neo-platonism, Islam, Zen, … which is why I’m excited to be able to put them in one place. Furthermore – and this is a biggie – it gives a detailed analysis on the “nature of God” from  the theologies of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that the God of the West is the same original nature, or Tao of the East. No one wants to show you this because false theologies start to crumble when you do this simple analysis. Eternity over here is permanence over there, empty mind over there is annihilation of thought over here, selflessness over these is losing oneself over here, purity over there is blemishlessness over here, and so on.

There is no sectarianism involved with these comparisons. Once you place everyone’s claims of the characteristics of God side-by-side with one another, you will find that they are all describing the True Self  (sat, chit, ananda) of Hinduism, fundamental nature of Buddhism (True Self, purity, eternity, bliss), God of Christianity, Allah of Islam, and so on.

There are also accounts from more than a dozen Christians who achieved enlightenment  and by their words anyone can also see that their spiritual states of achievement are EXACTLY the same as those in the East. “Union with God” is actually the stage of initial enlightenment of the East, and Christians and Jews will finally what this means and entails because of all the explanations.

Another set of materials contains numerous old Zen stories that have new translations and interpretations, and stories from other traditions that reveal what enlightenment is NOT. It especially hammers home the idea that enlightenment is NOT a samadhi attainment, which many mistakenly take for self-realization, and yet you need to attain the first dhyana (and open all your chi channels) before you can possibly become enlightened. I get over a dozen letters per year from individuals who mistakenly think they are enlightened, and my teacher got even more. After this material is out, I believe people will finally be able to correct themselves.

There are many mistakes of individuals cultivating spiritual practice incorrectly until an enlightened master comes along to correct them, sometimes leading them to enlightenment because they had already put in countless hours of meditation practice and laid a sufficient foundation for the breakthrough. Superpowers are not the Tao, intellectual understanding is not he Tao, and experience  is not the Tao, … these are just some of the common mistakes individuals make.

What Else?

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The Taihu School: A New Model of Education that Brings Culture and Values Back into Schools

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At the same time this book comes out, I will also be releasing our first   book on elementary school education for children. In this case, we profile the teaching methods and educational philosophy at the Taihu School in China, run by Principal Sami Kuo, that focuses on teaching virtue and values to young children in grades one through six.

Sami runs an international boarding school, based on the teachings of Nan Huai-chin and the best of Chinese and Western cultures, and it has become known as a miracle school throughout China because of the wonderful changes often seen in the behavior of children who attend the school. The waiting list for admissions is a mile long, and there will soon be nearly 400 students at the school.

If you have young children of elementary school age yourself and wondering how to teach them values, or an educator interested in the concept of how to teach virtue in schools,  or interested in how to give children a non-religious foundation for self-cultivation so that they might pick it up later in life, you might want to see how this unique school combines the works of the Chinese sages and Chinese culture with the teachings of Nan Huai-chin and best of Western civilization to produce radical transformations in its students.

It doesn’t just describe the going-ons at the school teaches the correct way to praise children to bring about behavioral change, how to teach them respect, why skills training and outdoor nature education is so important, the benefits of martial arts training over P.E., and also provides various educational thoughts for policymakers in a number of fields.

Sami discusses her philosophy of “smoking” or “perfuming” environmental influences for teaching children, and reveals how she integrates the best Chinese and Western philosophies at her school (Such as by mixing traditional Chinese medical concepts with western science ideas on nutrition). If you are interested in insights on how to teach and manage hundreds of children at a boarding school and wondering what and how they choose to teach them, this is right for you. Yes, it is relevant if you have your own young children because you will be sure to pick up several methods on how to instruct them and guide them to better pathways in life while laying a foundation of good character and life skills they can always depend upon as their spiritual core.

And by the way, if you are interested in teaching at the school for a semester or two, where you can also learn Chinese language and culture at the same time, you can contact Sami about a special English speakers program they are creating (contact information is in the book).

 

 

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March 17, 2013

Easy Meditation Lessons

Many years ago, Lee Shu-Mei and I wrote a book, “Twenty-Five Doors to Meditation,” to provide brief instructions for a wide variety of meditation methods. We wanted people to know that there were countless meditation methods in the world they could choose from for their personal practice.  This choice of variety helps people get started and understand the non-sectarian nature of meditation and its results.

Everyone is attracted to different methods, so the emphasis was on variety and why each method works. If you don’t know how and why a method works, you probably won’t practice correctly.

Many people starting using that book as a teaching text because it was the first of its type, and as advanced as it was, I wanted to provide more hard-to-find details on basic meditation methods. This became “The Little Book of Meditation,”  which is the book you really need to get if you want to understand all the ins and outs and details of meditation practice.

You can buy, for instance, hundreds of special (and expensive) books on Tibetan Buddhist meditation and never find the comprehensive information in this one book that gets rid of complexity, superstition and mysticism. The problem is that the book, which has “little” in the title, became large. I initially only wanted a small book, but “The Little Book of Meditation” grew and grew in size because it is so comprehensive. Now it isn’t so “little” anymore, but it is one stop shopping for the topic of meditation. If you have read a lot and want to clear things up, or have been practicing for years and want comprehensive information, or just one book to get started and keep for life, this is the book to get. But it’s large, so that’s a turn off for some people who want something thin, quick and simple.

Finally a friend asked me to produce a very simple, how-to  book on how to meditate because  of what all her clients were telling her. The result of that request is “Easy Meditation Lessons,”  the simple book I always wanted to produce. It is so   easy to read and follow, and you can crack it open and read it in one sitting to get started at meditation practice. How to sit, how to breath, what to do with your mind … it basically tells you how to get started at meditation starting from ground zero.

https://www.createspace.com/4200872

If you want a book for family or friends that is small and thin and non-religious, this is it. There are no discussions on higher spiritual states or gong-fu, nothing about Buddhism/Taoism/Vedanta/etc. There are just the simple SCIENTIFIC steps on how to meditate correctly. Because yoga and martial arts are popular, the easy meditation lessons tie in with those traditions.

This is the book I always wanted to write, and so here it is at $10. Well, $9.95, which is its introductory discount price before it jumps 40%. It’s 110 pages with big print, so you can read it quickly, and the type of book you want to stack up on give to friends when they ask you how to meditate.

EASY MEDITATION LESSONS

If you are a beginning meditator, or want to stock up on a non-religious meditation book as gifts to friends to help get them started, this is right up your alley. If you have been meditating for years then there is probably no reason to get it unless you want to revisit the basics.

Within this simple book you will learn how to sit properly, the terms people use in meditation practice, how to watch your thoughts, listen to sounds to quiet your mind, concentrate on mental images, and watch your breathing. These are the most basic methods for quieting your mind, reducing stress, and learning relaxation. To learn how to meditate, this is the book to get.

There is even a Question and Answer section at the back addressing the most common questions I get asked by email all the time. I cannot tell you the number of times I get crazy questions such as “Does meditation lead to possession?” or strange things like that.

I think you will like this book. It is the one I always wanted to write, and what I would use if I was doing teaching seminars, so it is very thin, easy to read and yet valuable. It isn’t full of fluff or wishy-washy New Age nonsense. It gets rid of all the wrong instructions out there and I guarantee you will be practicing correctly in just one sitting with this information since we basically use these instructions when teaching in China. Here it is at the introductory price:

https://www.createspace.com/4200872

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February 19, 2013

Super Investing released

This year I am planning to release as many books as possible, and some are not directly related to the meditation field but you might still be interested. They all have definite tie-ins to the self-improvement topics of how to do practical things with wisdom, karma and good results in mind.

There is an upcoming book on children’s education, how to detox your body and lose weight in the process, how to read your bloodwork to pick the right nutritional supplement, how to find your life purpose, a small business productivity book, White Fat Cow will finally make it into print, and two or more books on investing (I used to work on Wall Street). “What is Enlightenment?” is still being edited, so don’t expect it until March or April.

The first of the worldly wisdom/spirituality books on investing is now available — SUPER INVESTING — and it reveals the 5 BEST investing systems I know of for private investors (that means you) that have worked over fifty years or more in beating Wall Street returns. Some of them have worked since the 1930′s in beating the markets and 99% of all fund managers. They are simple, easy to duplicate, and I made sure that the material contains lessons that should be taught to anyone in their teens and twenties since you never hear this stuff on TV.

If you are in your 20s, 30s and 40s you need to seriously learn this information and get started on the correct road of investing that will safely help you accumulate a nest egg for retirement. It has all the lessons on compounding and market investing rules that work which you should know, especially for people who want to accumulate a sum of generational wealth they can use to do good deeds in the world.

Everyone dreams of being able to do that, but no one teaches you how to do it so I do so in this book. Most of the future good works in the world will once again have to be accomplished by individuals rather than governments since they will increasing lack the funds to do so, so it is geared towards helping people with that goal to accumulate a Legacy IRA that has enough funds left over to fund great good deeds and projects for the benefit of society.

There are moral lessons as well about the mega-wealthy in history such Crassus, Getty and others, and how they got so wealthy, as well as interesting stories on what Warren Buffett is really doing to make his money. The three editors who have already read it have told me they have changed their investing styles because of the simple rule that Benjamin Graham used at the end of his life to select stocks. He stopped using complicated analysis and just relied on two numbers to buy stocks for a 50% gain or 2-year holding period, whatever came first. You can find my new SUPER INVESTING (that’s the title) book here:

https://www.createspace.com/4050560

Best of all it has an extensive section on what you should do during “end games” such as debt bubbles, hyperinflation or deflation periods, banking crises, currency wars, physical wars, and periods of political chaos.

Having interviewed countless people over the years who escaped with only their lives from many countries experiencing difficulties, often losing their fortunes in the process, there are four strategies that have saved people time and again during end games. Investing books rarely talk about these things but you should know these 4 strategies since during a life time of 70 years you will see one or more of the following types of crisis: a depression, banking system collapse, hyperinflation or deflation, destruction of the nation’s fiat currency, home soil war and so forth. Therefore I made sure to cover what people typically do in such cases, citing the history of past events and what has worked, but focused on what methods you can use during normal times to see your net worth grow through investments. Yes, it has plenty of Warren Buffett’s wisdom galore!

Everyone who has read the book has said it is a definite must for their children, and that’s one of the reasons I wrote it, which is so young adults don’t have to repeat all the mistakes we normally make in losing money along the road of investing in order to prepare for our retirements. So it has the 5 simplest but best performing investing methods I know of, which you can duplicate on your own, from 35 years in the field of investment research.

I have hundreds of books on investing, but there really isn’t a book like this out there. Once again you can find this first of our books on practical wisdom, with a spiritual bent, at:

https://www.createspace.com/4050560

Good luck, and you should especially read the bonus chapter on what to do during end games as many commentators say we are in one. You can find a further description and synopsis at

https://www.createspace.com/4050560

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January 4, 2013

10 Minutes on How to Meditate

I’ve put everything you need to know about how to meditate in my book, The Little Book of Meditation. In this book I go over the exact rules for several meditation practices that work on different principles, the caveats on how to practice them, what will happen, and why they work. Then I teach you how to create a meditation practice schedule. If you want just 10 minutes on meditation, this overview should help:

If you want to learn how to meditate, then The Little Book of Meditation teaches exactly what to do … it’s the most advanced book in the world on the topic.   The Little Book of Hercules talks about all the physical changes that happen to your body due to meditation, and how to open up chakras and chi channels and experience a kundalini awakening if you want that.

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December 18, 2012

The Delusional States of Cultivation revealed in WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT?

In my latest book, WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT?, I have an appendix which is an entire book in itself. It is from a new translation of the various delusional states of cultivation  presented in the Surangama Sutra. These are all sorts of experience, or categories of experience (your experience does not have to follow the same pattern exactly, but just belong to that category) that meditators and cultivators who use other methods sometimes experience when they are making great progress on the path.

The book WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? won’t be out until after the new year because it is so big (you try to edit 550 pages and see how long it takes), but here’s an interesting excerpt of the types of things people sometimes experience because of their spiritual cultivation which Buddha warned is not enlightenment/sainthood at all. The entire appendix is a new translation with relevant comments and explanations for this very important material.

Here is the excerpt:

The Ten Mara-States of the Skandha of Form

“Ananda, you must know that when you sit in meditation your thoughts will eventually disappear (you must sit in a place to cultivate toward enlightenment and dissolve away false thoughts). When you are free of thoughts, your mind will become clear and this state of pure clarity will be the same within movement or stillness, and remain the same whether you remember it or forget it (your mind will seem clear whether thoughts are moving or not, and whether you notice this clarity or get so used to it that you forget about it). In this state as you enter samadhi, you are like a man with clear eyes who is standing in the dark (and thus cannot see anything in the darkness even though their eyes are fine). Although your mind is clear, it is not yet illuminated. This is because the skandha of form conditions your meditation. If your eyes are clear, and light shines through in all directions, you will no longer dwell in darkness. This is called ‘the end of the skandha of form,’ which allows you to transcend the kalpa of defilement. If we examine the cause of the form skandha, the root cause is solidified false thinking.

[Editor: Buddha says that our physical body of “form” is basically solidified false thinking (solidified consciousness), which is why thoughts can affect the body. This is why there is such as thing as what science calls the mind-body connection; mind can affect the body since the body is also a type of consciousness. On the road of spiritual cultivation, you must first free yourself from identifying with the body and thereby dissolve one layer of false thoughts, or mental attachments, so that the mind then experiences a state of empty clarity. In other words, you must first empty out or detach from the form skandha. At this level of achievement your chi channels become open and the warm yang chi is often felt moving through the channel orbits of the body.

The state of clear clarity you reach by detaching from the skandha of form is often described as the “mind being bright” because a layer of false thoughts is now gone. At this level your mind is still blemished by the fact that you still attach to feeling states and sensations that arise in the mind and body as you reflect on the circumstances around you with likes or dislikes. A situation arises and because of natural responsiveness (receptivity), feelings naturally arise within your body that you know via your mind. Then you attach to or reject those states because of liking and disliking. You like or dislike those sensations, and so you try to go into them or out of them rather than just let them arise freely as images do in a mirror without clinging. This level of clinging to these false thoughts that are feeling states or sensations is “cultivating through the sensation skandha.” By detaching from this type of false thinking you will become detached from the sensation skandha, but you will not yet be free of the conception skandha. Nevertheless, your mind will become more like a clean mirror and no longer cling to all the feelings and sensations which arise through receptivity.

When you take a progressive step and break free of the level of “all pervading” finer thoughts that comprise the conception skandha, you will finally reach a stage of samadhi that equates to the emptying of the sixth consciousness, but you will still not have gotten rid of the concept of the I-self. To progress, you must now detach from the volition skandha by dissolving the level of hidden/concealed false thinking that underlies the net of samsara and transmigration of life throughout the cosmos. This is related to the afflicted mind or seventh consciousness of Buddhism. Although seemingly empty, a shimmering fluctuation within consciousness can still be perceived at this stage which is responsible for the sense perceptions and all classes of life. Extinguishing this level of “hidden” or “concealed” false thinking, you will finally arrive at the consciousness skandha, and to attain enlightenment must detach from a level of extremely subtle false thinking that is so subtle that you don’t see its movements. At this level of cultivation the consciousness seems still but is actually moving all the time, like a flowing river that only seems placid on its surface. You must now return clarity to its source to attain enlightenment. If you do not ultimately reach the root of consciousness which is responsible for the individual senses, but they remain separate, you will never be able to dissolve false thoughts entirely, and so you must reach the stage where false thoughts are totally abandoned, the mind is like a crystal realm of purity and perception, and in reaching the base the sense consciousnesses thus become interchangeable.

You must pass through these stages of development one by one in sequence, like untying knots on a string one after another, to get to the goal of enlightenment. They are all ultimately due to false thoughts, to transformations wrought by the capabilities of the mind. Form as a manifestation of solidified false thoughts, and everything else, is ultimately due to mind only but you have to cultivate through to the end, to discover the fundamental basis of life and the cosmos, to prove this for yourself. That is then enlightenment.]

1. “Ananda, in this state of penetration and mental clarity, the four elements of the world will no longer entwine you, and after a short time your body will become free of all hindrances (obstructions). This state is called ‘the clear consciousness merging (outwardly diffusing) into the environment.’ It is a temporary achievement resulting from your progress in meditation. It does not mean that you have reached sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

2. “Ananda, once again, in this state of penetration and mental clarity, you will be able to discern every internal thing within your own body and may even see worms inside. Although you perceive your body thus, this is harmless. This state is called ‘the clear consciousness spreading (inwardly diffusing) through one’s body’ and is but a temporary achievement resulting from your progress in meditation. It does not mean that you have reached sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret this, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

3. “Further, with this clear mind which penetrates both within and without, your spirit, higher and lower souls, thinking mind and will (though not your physical body) can all intermingle (go back and forth) as host and guest [using your will, you can phase/switch back and forth between being centered in the thinking mind, a pristine or bright state of clear consciousness, and feelings of internal chi]. You may also suddenly hear a voice in the air preaching the dharma or proclaiming esoteric truths in the ten directions. This state is a case of ‘the spirit and faculties alternatingly separating and unifying that is sowing good seeds (for the results of cultivation).’ It is a temporary state and is not sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

4. “Further, in this clear, revealing, bright and penetrating mind, your inner illumination (brightness of mind) will shine and seem to bathe everything in the ten directions with the golden hue of sandalwood, and all living creatures will seem as if transformed into Buddhas. Suddenly, you might see (something like) Vairocana Buddha seated on a throne of heavenly light surrounded by a thousand Buddhas, who simultaneously appear on lotus blossoms in countless lands. This is called ‘the effect of the awakened spirituality of the mind,’ the penetrating light of which illuminates all the worlds. However, this is a temporary stage and is not sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

5. “Further, if you try to continuously contemplate using this clear and penetrating mind without pause, by repressing and subduing your thoughts, the effort will produce the desire for release. Suddenly, then, the ten directions of space will be filled with the colors of the seven or of a hundred precious gems. Without hindering one another, the green, yellow, red, and white colors will each manifest in utter purity. This is called ‘the effect of excessive repression.’ This is a temporary stage and is not sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

6. “Further, if you try to investigate with this clear and penetrating mind, your inner light will become concentrated, and suddenly at midnight you will be able to see all sorts of objects in a dark room as clearly as in broad daylight. These objects will persist and will not disappear. This is called ‘refining the mind and clear perception until one is able to see distinctly in the dark.’ This is a temporary stage and is not sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

7. “As your mind merges with emptiness, suddenly your four limbs may feel like grass or trees. Even if burned by fire or cut with a knife, you may feel nothing. Flame cannot burn you, and cutting your flesh seems like trying to whittle wood. This (immunity) is called ‘the union of inner and outer states (mind and externals) eliminating the four elements as the mind merges with emptiness.’ This is a temporary stage and is not sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

8. “As your mind becomes pure and clean, when you have reached a very high level, you may suddenly see all quarters of the great earth, with its mountains and rivers, transformed into the Buddha’s pure land, complete with the all-pervading radiance of the seven precious jewels. You may also see Buddhas (enlightened beings), as numerous as the sands of the Ganges, filling space, together with beautiful temples and palaces. You may be able to see hells below and celestial palaces above, all without obstruction. This is called ‘the transformation of deep-rooted thoughts of likes and dislikes through prolonged contemplation.’ However, this is not sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

9. “As your mind penetrates further and deeper, you may suddenly be able to see far away market-places, wells, streets, and lanes in the middle of the night. You may see relatives, clansman, and family members, and may even hear them speak. This is called ‘remote visions due to the hard-pressed mind (because of overwork) taking flight.’ However, this is not sainthood. This stage, although it is called ‘an excellent level of attainment,’ should not be confused with sainthood. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

10. “As this mind penetrates to a further extent, you will see that the bodies of men of good wisdom (sages) seem to undergo countless changes in all sorts of ways without reason. This is called “an improper mind that is possessed by mischievous ghosts or heavenly demons.” You may experience Deva Mara entering your innermost mind and then spontaneously preach the dharma and its profound meaning. This is not sainthood. Not confusing this with sainthood, Mara’s influences will subside. If you misinterpret it, you will become vulnerable to the demons of delusion.

“Ananda, these ten states may occur in dhyana as the result of ones’ meditative mental efforts interacting with the skandha of form. Dull and confused (ignorant and deluded) practitioners do not evaluate their own level of accomplishments. Hence, when they experience these phenomena, in their confusion they fail to recognize them and wrongly proclaim that they have become saints and are enlightened. For uttering such a great lie, they will fall into the hell of uninterrupted punishment. After my nirvana, in the Dharma ending age, you must proclaim these teachings so that the heavenly demons cannot take advantage of these states and so that practitioners can (be on guard to) protect themselves and realize the supreme Tao.

The Ten Mara States of the Skandha of Sensation

“Ananda, when disciples practicing samatha (cessation or calm abiding) to realize samadhi are no longer hindered by the skandha of form, they can see the mind of all the Buddhas (the enlightened mind) just as images (reflections) appear in a clear mirror. A cultivator will then feel as if he has won something but cannot make use of it. It is like a sleeping man having a nightmare whose mind is clear and whose limbs are free, yet who cannot move his limbs and feels paralyzed because of some deviant influence. This is ‘the skandha of sensation’ that conditions one’s meditation. If that sense of paralysis ceases, then your mind can leave the body to look back at your own face, and will be free to come and go as you please without any hindrances. This is called ‘the cessation of the skandha of sensation,’ and when it comes to an end the practitioner can thereby transcend the defilement of views. If we examine the cause of the sensation skandha, a wrong understanding of (relationship to) false thinking is its source.

[Editor: “Sensations” refers to bodily sensations or feelings that are subjective reactions to phenomena. They arise because we contact phenomena, and then responses arise in the mind  that we like or dislike the phenomena, and then we tend to cling to or reject these feelings and sensations after we’ve instantaneously evaluated their relatedness to us as pleasant or unpleasant. When you can extinguish clinging to these sensations and truly detach from the body, thus “emptying it out,” you will experience what is described as unspeakable joy and ease due to the peace and quiet, and it is also described as merging with the universe since you are no longer mentally attaching to the body.

This is the first dhyana, and this description explains why it is called “The Joyous Ground Born of Separation” or the “vitarka (coarse thought) samadhi” within Hinduism and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. You can achieve this because you can finally separate from the body along with mental and physical sensations. As long as one does not cling to any thought or experience they will always experience a bright/clear mind at this stage, but that brightness/empty clarity will seem to dim as soon as they engage in any type of mental clinging to abide in thoughts or an experiential state.

In winning liberation from the form and sensation skandhas, and achieving the will-born body, we say you achieve the “initial fruits” of the path, and reach the stream-entrant phase of practice called the Srotapanna stage of Arhatship who has just awakened to the path. You no longer lack confidence in cultivation teachings or doubt they lead to enlightenment because with this samadhi attainment you now understand them and have proved the basis of the path. You will no longer subscribe to the Hinayana belief that purity laws and the path of religious discipline will attain you enlightenment, because you have seen this is not so because of your achievement, and will no longer believe in the existence of a permanent self because you will see that the self-idea is just shifting/transforming consciousness, a set of thoughts which create the notion “I am.”]

1. “Ananda, cultivators reaching this stage of practice will experience a great clarity. As a result of excessive inner pressure (self-control), they may be suddenly overwhelmed by a feeling of very great sadness. As this feeling swells, if they for instance should see mosquitoes and gadflies they might view them as infant children that need to be protected. With great pity in their hearts, they might find themselves spontaneously bursting into tears (for all sorts of situations such as this). This is called ‘a breakdown due to overexertion in practice.’ They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood, and they should understand that after a time it will automatically disappear. Should they confuse this with sainthood, the mara of sadness will enter their minds. Then, they might (for instance) occasionally feel great sadness upon meeting people and at times spontaneously burst into uncontrolled sobbing. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

2. “Ananda, those disciples who practice dhyana will find that as the skandha of form recedes, and the skandha of sensation manifests, they make more progress and may feel overwhelmingly excited and develop an attitude of unlimited boldness. With a fierceness of mind they may resolve to equal all the Buddhas, or may (do something like) proclaim that they can transcend innumerable kalpas in a single moment of thought. They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood, and they should understand that after a time it will automatically disappear. If they confuse this state with sainthood, the mara (delusion) of wild nonsense (wildness) will enter their minds. They may become boastful and arrogant when they meet other people. They will become extraordinarily haughty and arrogant to the extent they will not recognize both the Buddhas above and humanity below. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

3. “Continuing, those disciples who practice dhyana will find that as the skandha of form recedes, and the skandha of sensation manifests, they may encounter a situation where they see no new signs of progress (they make no new headway or anticipate any) while their former attainments seem to disappear. The strength of their thought diminishes, and they enter an impasse to progress. As they encounter nothing but monotony (seeing no new signs of progress), they may enter a state of great mental dryness that leads them to indulge in unremitting deep reflection (on topics they repeated review). They may mistake this as a sign of diligence in practice. This (absentmindedness) is called ‘losing oneself due to a lack of wisdom.’ They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood. Should they (misinterpret this and) confuse this with sainthood, the maras of non-forgettingness will enter their minds. Day and night they will hold their mind fixated in one place (on particular memories or situations). Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

4. “Continuing, those disciples who practice dhyana will find that as the skandha of form recedes, and the skandha of sensation manifests, their faculty of wisdom may outstrip their stage of samadhi (their wisdom swells out of proportion to their dhyana). Swollen with a sense of pride, they may become convinced that they have equaled Vairocana and become prematurely satisfied with some minor progress they regard as complete attainment. This is called ‘the mind losing (its usual) common sense and becoming misled due to the power of discrimination in meditation.’ They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood. Should they (misinterpret this and) confuse this with sainthood, the mara of self-satisfaction at inferior accomplishments will enter their minds, possibly causing them to announce to everyone they meet that they have reached supreme enlightenment. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

5. “Continuing, those disciples who practice dhyana will find that as the skandha of form recedes, and the skandha of sensation manifests, they may find themselves not only without further progress (new headway), but seem to lose their previous gains. Surveying the two extremes, the situation may seem very dreadful and they may feel that they are in great danger. Suddenly they may feel incredible anxiety and great distress as if they were lying on a hot iron bed or as if they had taken poison. They may feel there is no reason to live and may even ask others to end their life so that they can thus gain release from their torment. This is called ‘being at a loss for the appropriate method (not understanding the necessary expedient method).’ They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood. Should they (misinterpret this and) confuse this with sainthood, the mara of constant anxiety will enter their minds and may cause them to cut their own flesh or even attempt to take their own lives. Or else, suffering prolonged anxiety may drive them to escape to wild places and avoid contact with other human beings. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

6. “Continuing, those disciples who practice dhyana may find that as the skandha of form recedes, and the skandha of sensation manifests, they may experience a state of purity (emptiness) and peace (tranquility) that suddenly gives rise to a sense of boundless joy so intense they cannot contain it. This is called ‘experiencing lightness and ease that is unchecked by wisdom (uncontrollable due to the lack of wisdom).’ They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood. Should they (misinterpret this and) confuse this with sainthood, the mara of joyfulness will enter their minds. They may burst into laughter (without cause) when they meet people or may sing and dance in the streets, saying that they have attained unobstructed liberation. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

7. “Continuing, those disciples who practice dhyana will find that as the skandha of form recedes, and the skandha of sensation manifests, they may feel that they have already achieved full realization. Suddenly an unjustified feeling of intense satisfaction may arise in them along with a feeling of superiority. They might suddenly simultaneously experience all sorts of various feelings of pride such as, although inferior, they are equal to others; although equal, they are superior to others; they are superior to superiors; they are not inferior to inferiors; and they are fully victorious. In their minds, they look down on all the Buddhas; still more so the less advanced sravakas and pratyeka-buddhas! This is called ‘viewing oneself as extraordinary (supreme) from which one cannot extricate themself for lack of wisdom.’ They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood. Should they (misinterpret this and) confuse this with sainthood, the maras of intense arrogance will enter their minds. This will cause them to stop revering stupas and temples, to destroy sutras and images of the Buddha, and to declare to their patrons: ‘These images are but gold and bronze, clay and wood; the sutras are merely paper and cloth. Your own body contains the eternal reality of Buddha-truth; to ignore this and instead worship clay and wood is truly foolish.’ Those who are taken in by their words (believing them) might join them in destroying the images and sutras, or bury them underground. They will mislead the people and earn the retribution of the relentless hells. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

8. “Continuing, those disciples who practice dhyana will find that as the skandha of form recedes and the skandha of sensation manifests, in the midst of spiritual illumination and understanding of the truth, they may experience a harmonious feeling of infinite lightness and purity in mind and body. They may think that they have achieved sainthood and feel great contentment. This is called ‘lightness and purity attained due to wisdom.’ They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood. Should they (misinterpret this and) confuse this with sainthood, the maras of craving lightness and purity will enter their minds, and they will then become self-satisfied (with their incomplete achievement) and stop seeking further progress. The majority of these will become like ignorant monks who greatly mislead people and then fall into the relentless hells. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

9. “Continuing, those disciples who practice dhyana may find that as the skandha of form recedes and the skandha of sensation manifests, they may misinterpret the clarity and emptiness they experience, suddenly giving rise to the idea of absolute extinction which denies cause and effect (the realm of interdependent causality). Cultivating emptiness, their minds may become so empty that they end up believing in permanent extinction (annihilation). They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood. Should they (misinterpret this and) confuse this with sainthood, the maras of emptiness will enter their minds and cause them to ridicule the holding of precepts (rules of discipline) and criticize those who hold them as men of Hinayana. They may say that after a bodhisattva has realized emptiness he can dispense with prohibitions (because all is empty so there is nothing to hold to or violate). Hence, they may even indulge in drinking, meat-eating, and licentious behavior (wanton lust) in the presence of their gullible patrons. Because of the power of this demonic influence, they will exert firm control over their followers who will fail to doubt or denounce them. As time passes, demonic possession may lead them to regard urine, feces, wine and meat as good for food under the rationale that everything is empty. They will violate the Buddha’s rules of morality and discipline and mislead others into all sorts of offenses. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

10. “Continuing, those disciples who practice dhyana may find that as the skandha of form recedes, and the skandha of sensation manifests, they may experience that their empty illumination (clarity) deeply penetrates their mind and even unto their bones. Suddenly a feeling of boundless desire (sexual longing) may arise and as the feeling of longing grows intense, it may drive them mad with intense lust. This is called ‘lustful behavior arising from the stillness and peace of meditation and which cannot be controlled for lack of wisdom.’ They should understand that this is harmless. This type of experience does not denote sainthood. Should they (misinterpret this and) confuse this with sainthood, the maras of desire will control their minds, and they will insist that acts of lust are the bodhi path. They may preach the doctrine of unhindered lust to laymen and say that practicing sexual indulgence is making them sons of the dharma (heirs to the teaching). The power of this demonic influence will prevail during the Dharma ending age and hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands of ignorant people will be swayed. When the mara demon becomes bored, it will depart the victims’ bodies, leaving them without charisma, and they will run afoul of the law of the land. For deceiving others, they will fall into the relentless hells. Lacking the proper dhyana (samadhi) practice they will certainly fall.

“Ananda, these ten states may occur in the practice of dhyana, and they all arise due to the interaction of the skandha of sensation with meditative mental efforts. Dull and confused (ignorant and deluded) practitioners do not evaluate their own level of accomplishments. When they encounter such situations, deluded people do not recognize them, nor are they able to understand the causes. They wrongly claim that they have attained sainthood (enlightenment). For uttering such a great lie, they will fall into the hells. After my nirvana, in the Dharma ending age, you must transmit this teaching so that all living beings may awaken to this message, that Deva Mara (heavenly demons) cannot take advantage of such states (and have their own way), and that practitioners can be on their guard as they strive to realize the supreme Tao.

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December 8, 2012

Do You Know What Will Happen December 21, 2012?

Do You Know What Will Happen December 21, 2012?

Nothing. Nothing at all.

Nada, zip, el zero.

It will be a day just like any other with all the problems that normally occur.

It is a common trait of humans to imagine the end of the world in some form or another, an end that never comes – A Rapture here, a spacecraft arriving to pick up the chosen few, an alignment of the planets, asteroids pulverizing the earth …

All of this is nonsense. All of these are nonsense scenarios, and the same goes for anything claimed of December 21, 2012. It will be a day no different than any other.

You’ll still have everything you had the day before December 21, 2012, and the day after. So, it’s still back to the basics. Refuse to get caught up in any market/marketing manipulations that take advantage of the hysteria and ignorance of the masses. Just be as natural and PRUDENT as you would on any other day. That’s all you need to know.

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10 Minute Teaching on The Twelve Labors of Hercules

Hooray – A friend told me about a new video recorder – screencast-o-matic – which let’s you make long videos (easier than Camtasia or Screenflow) and upload them to Youtube. I made a 50 minute lesson for you on the 12 labors of Hercules and various meditations and special gong-fu states related to this story, but after uploading it Youtube said, “Sorry, it’s longer than more info

10 minutes.” So I cut it down to 10 minutes, which is what you have here. Now that I have an EASY TO USE recorder, we’ll do more of these.

If you want to get the book, The Little Book of Hercules, which I highly recommend since it can be used as a companion to guide you through cultivation results for a long time, the purchase link is here:

The Little Book of Hercules

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November 7, 2012

What Exactly is Enlightenment?

Hooray! We are going through the last stages of editing our newest book, “What is Enlightenment?” which hopefully should be out before the end of the month. People have asked for this information, and based on the letters I get, it should be popular because it settles all the misconceptions running around. It basically explains what enlightenment is, shows the detailed path to enlightenment according to many different religions (and how they exactly match with one another), collects the personal autobiographical accounts of awakening from individuals within these many different religions and paths (what they exactly experienced upon enlightenment), and goes over the false paths and cultivation stages people take for enlightenment.

It’s chocked full of story after story after story to get the lessons across. After you read this, you will absolutely, positively know what enlightenment means and will recognize that everyone is supposed to be cultivating to attain “enlightenment,” but religions word it differently (such as “union with God”). This should be the first book on any spiritual cultivator’s list so that they clearly know the target objective, and then, of course, they need to learn how to practice. That’s why we previously published “The Little Book of Meditation,” which you can pick up through this link:

https://www.createspace.com/3754311

I think this one is going to be a blockbuster because all the major religions are covered, it contains the personal accounts of enlightenment from all these different traditions (very hard to collect), and it contains lots of other rare information (such as cultivation timetables to achieve certain stages). It makes perfectly clear that everyone in all these different religions is practicing various diverse spiritual methods but awakening to the VERY SAME THING! This will be a big shocker to the claims of uniqueness by each religion! I believe that the members of many religions will start using this book as a guide for their practitioners because it finally makes clear what it is that religion is supposed to be aiming for, pulling descriptions from every major religion that point to the same enlightenment … and teaches various ways to cultivate this attainment in stages. The Zen school, for instance, emphasizes dhyana cultivation as a preparation for awakening, but other schools teach different cultivation routes. Those differences are explained in a clear and concise fashion, with details and story examples galore.

I must get a half dozen letters every month of individuals who think they are enlightened, and haven’t any clue as to what enlightenment, awakening or self-realization really entails because they don’t have this information. If you attain superpowers does that mean you are enlightened? No. If your teacher dies and leaves relics does that mean he was enlightened? No. If my mind quiets and I feel energy inside or I feel like I’m one with the universe, is this enlightenment? No. If my mind stops and I seem to disappear and then regain consciousness hours later in meditation, is this enlightenment? No. Many mistakes of interpretation are covered that people often succumb to. In fact, using new translations, we go over thirty different mistakes that people succumb to in the earliest stages of the cultivation path. People of ALL RELIGIONS make these same mistakes, which is once again why we feel a lot of denominations will start using this compilation of diverse stories and common
teachings.

Enlightenment is found in nearly every genuine religion, but what exactly is it? What EXACTLY do you experience? What happens to you upon awakening, and before awakening? What are the stages of the attainment?

Here is the answer … in detail … and that same answer is surprisingly found everywhere when you look for it underneath the dogmas. The answer is non-denominational, which is going to make some heads turn because after reading all the case studies and scriptural passage, you’d have to work extra hard trying to deny it. This book collects the stories, biographies, autobiographies, and scriptural accounts on enlightenment from every conceivable spiritual tradition, thus proving that premise. They are just stacked upon one another – 500 pages worth — and by doing that you can see that everyone is awakening to the exact same thing. Most people reference Zen stories, numberswiki.com

but we have collected accounts from Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Nath yoga, Vedanta, neo-Platonism, Taoism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Vajrayana, Confucianism and other schools where individuals reported of their enlightenment attainment, and you can actually read these accounts side by side. It took me years
to just to collect all the books that contained these rare first person accounts. That time and expense has all been done for you!

Not only that, but we went into the foundational scriptures of most schools — pulling the relevant passages from the Koran, Bible, Buddhist Sutras, Hindu scriptures, Taoist scriptures, etc. — and picked out the exact places where they clearly talk about enlightenment and the characteristics of awakening. To top it off, we then show that the descriptions of our original nature or true self (that you awaken to) also match across traditions! Some call it Self, some call it God or Allah or Brahman, some call it dharmakaya or pure consciousness or absolute nature. Dozens of different names are used. This is where it really gets interesting, for there really is a commonality of religions that many have been denying but will no longer be able to do so after seeing all these materials side by side. Yes, all the religions claim there is a unity, but this is the first book to prove it using the highest target.

Whether you want to use the Christian explanations of Thomas Aquinas, Jewish explanations of Moses Maimonides, Lao Tzu’s descriptions, Shakyamuni Buddha’s descriptions, Hindu descriptions, Muslim descriptions, and so forth, we’ve collected all those descriptions and put them together so you can see that everyone is talking about the same thing. Finally you have a sourcebook to settle arguments. “Infinity” over here is “boundlessness” over there. “Permanence” over here is “eternal” over there. “Changelessness” over here is “non-changing,” “unperturbed” or “stationary” over there. “Selflessness” over here is “no self” or absence of the “I-am” over there. “Bliss” over here is “absence of suffering” over there. “Emptiness” over here is “absent of characteristics” over there. etc.

NEW, NEW, NEW!

One of my editors, extremely well read in this field with his own extensive library, was astounded that I was able to collect all these quotes and stories from different traditions, saying that this alone was priceless. Do you know how hard it is to collect such materials from Judaism and Islam? Another editor said this was the first time that a cross-denominational topology of the details on samadhi cultivation and enlightenment stages had made it into print in 2,000 years. Many colorful Zen stories (we’ll get to in a moment) have been re-translated so that it is like reading them for the very first time. There are also many rare teachings from cultivation texts including timetables for spiritual accomplishments, superpower achievements at specific stages of attainment, and other things rarely encountered in the run of the mill New Age books. The appendix will blow your mind as it details how to cultivate various samadhi attainments, what superpowers come out with each state, and what mistakes you should avoid at each stage of this cultivation … all the way to perfect and complete awakening.

What about Zen? We have taken over a dozen famous Zen stories and revealed the fact that the student had already attained a state of dhyana (samadhi) before awakening, and it was only then that he could attain enlightenment at the master’s prodding. Most people think that a student is just an ordinary meditator, a master one day comes along and says something witty to him, and then the student suddenly realizes his mind. It’s not that simple, and many interpretation errors of the Zen school are cleaned up like this one. The Zen school champions the practice and attainment of dhyana, and so we’ve pulled off the covers off of what those Zen stories were really about, including the error of “silent illumination.”

There’s lots more than even this — 500 pages worth! That’s a lot of stories and unique materials.

When will it be out? We’ll let you know — sometime near the end of the month. There will be a discount for initial buyers and then, as usual, the price will increase after a week.

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August 22, 2012

What Keeps Me Awake at Night Right Now

A long time ago I warned my list of the super recession that had started months before anyone else did. The government, of course, said that no such thing would happen but you know better. Things have gotten worse since then, and now you better know about another threat to the dollar and banking system. I’m not a financial advisor, so I am not telling you what to do, but I will tell you what the smart people, the insiders, the in-the-know people, the quiet Wall Streeters are doing right now. They are buying physical gold and silver. I spent months looking to find EXACTLY what they were doing, and this was the most frequently cited strategy:

http://bit.ly/SpAAbd

Why? Since 2007-2008 the US has gone through quantitative easing and now we’re about to go onto round three with no end in sight since you cannot stimulate what isn’t there — manufacturing and thus jobs. The true jobless rate, as reported by shadowstats.com, is actually about 23% and getting worse, so the actually number is akin to a depression. With every new dollar of quantitative easing the debt is also piling up, and is now at a level impossible to pay back. History shows that when something cannot be paid back, it won’t be paid back. Furthermore, you cannot get out of a debt problem by issuing more debt, which is what everyone is doing. Either the government will default, which our politicians would not dare do, or will print money to oblivion, in which case the dollar will devalue or we will see super inflation or hyperinflation. In both these scenarios, because the USD is the reserve currency, the only alternative would be holding the EURO, but because it too is in trouble, the only alternative is holding gold as part of your funds for protection. That is what people have done throughout history and what the big money is doing now, which is why I’m writing, because everything seems to be unfolding.

Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, in their excellent “This Time It’s Different,” wrote a book that should become a guide for all future policy makers. They examined the fate of countless nations in various types of financial crisis (internal defaults, external defaults, banking crises, exchange rate crises and inflation crises) and charted out the typical pattern of distress. They found that the unwinding of a financial caused boom usually entails declines in real housing prices (housing usually declines 35% over six years or more), bear markets in stock prices (which typically decline 56% over three and a half years or more), exploding government debt (usually an average of 86%), falling output, rising unemployment rates, collapsing tax revenues and spiking interest rates. What happens depends upon the type of crisis that occurs, with Reinhart and Rogoff finding that banking crises typically lead to sovereign debt defaults (there have been 250 cases globally since 1800), and sovereign defaults typically lead to inflation (greater than 20% per year) and currency collapses.

Peter Bernholtz, author of “Monetary Regimes and Inflation,” found that most every case of hyperinflation he studied in multiple countries looked the same and was caused by massive budget deficits which were financed mostly by money creation. The tipping point to hyperinflation came when government deficits reached 40% or more of government spending (not GDP). The debt increase often came as the result of some rare or extreme event such as a loss in war, regime change or regime collapse, rampant government corruption, or having ceded one’s monetary sovereignty to a pegged currency or some type of foreign denominated debt. So hyperinflations were usually caused by the political mismanagement of legislatures that – for whatever reasons — spent far beyond their means and racked up a debt load that became a large proportion of government spending. This is why governments all over are trying to instate austerity programs which have already started here.

A study of 775 fiat currencies by DollarDaze.org reported that 21% were destroyed by war, 20% failed through hyperinflation, 12% were destroyed through independence, 24% had to be monetarily reformed, and 23% were still in circulation awaiting one of these outcomes. Even if you assume that a fiat currency will last forever, monetary scholar Edwin Vieira has pointed out that every 30-40 years the reigning monetary system usually fails in some way, and then has to be retooled to start again. The sources I consult consistently say that a perfect storm of conditions has arrived that makes this likely. It might take 1 year or 3 years, but the writing in one the table. The can cannot be kicked down the road for much longer, so you must start thinking about these issues.

It may sound unbelievable, but in high banking circles (reported by Jim Willie in his excellent “Hat Trick” newsletter, and by many others) it is well known that China is getting ready to replace the dollar with a new reserve currency backed by gold; Russia will contribute oil and metals reserves to be part of it, and several other parties are willing to cooperate. China and Eastern nations don’t want dollars or Euros anymore because the nations just print them up they no longer represent anything of value, and they worry that the bonds they might buy will drop in value or interest payments will be defaulted. If countries don’t want the USD, it would also make the USD drop in value if other countries started abandoning it as the medium of exchange for international transactions. Those are just facts. We have been known to start wars with countries who made just tiny steps in this direction, but we cannot do that to China and Russia. Central banks have also quietly been buying gold and it may soon be accepted as a cash equivalent. For instance, in a remarkable development, LCH.Clearnet, the world’s leading independent clearing house, said yesterday that it will accept gold as collateral for margin cover purposes starting in just one week – next Tuesday August 28th. This is unheard of, and some speculate that the central banks will make gold a Tier 1 asset, which is equivalent to cash. They would only do that if the dollar was becoming worthless and institutions were seeking an alternative store of value, but it has not happened yet. One year out, three years out, it will probably happen.

Everyone is quickly realizing that they need a store of value other than the US dollar, and since that cannot be the EURO, 5000 years of history has everyone looking at gold. The Fed is even auditing its stores of gold at Fort Knox and elsewhere, and will release its audit figures soon! Gold is not a theoretical investment any longer because the big money is moving there. It fears the collapse of the dollar and the Euro (On Sept 12 the German Supreme Court is going to rule upon whether or not Germany can continue to put funds into the stability pacts and bailout program, and Germany right now has entered recession territory). Right now there’s some very real downside risk to the stock market if there’s no hint of new quantitative easing at either the Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole meeting at the end of the month or the Fed meeting in September. Hedge fund managers say there’s the probability of a melt up in the gold price if there is any move toward quantitative easing at either event, and gold has already started moving upwards, which is why I’m writing.

The big hedge funds have also definitely started buying gold again (Obama supporter George Soros sold all his large American banking stocks and bought $$$ in gold as did hedge fund manager John Paulson). PIMCO has increased its commodity fund weighting of gold to 11.5%. I could go on and on, but it’s best to let someone else summarize the details, such as done in this excellent Max Keiser interview: http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/83610 . He’s like the Alan Alda of financial reporting — irreverent but on the money, exaggerative, but point transmitted (unlike newscasters on TV). As he and others have stated, for protection against inflation and sovereign debt default, or devaluation, people are now turning to gold just as the central banks increase their precious metal purchases, looking for a store of value other than the dollar which is in trouble. This has been going on for awhile, and building steam.

There are so many issues involved with this. A contributing factor is that the financial corruption of Wall Street (that helped lead us to our financial mess) is not being prosecuted anymore, such as with the case of ex-Goldman Sachser, governor and political campaign contributor John Corzine of MF Global which promptly “lost” $1 billion is customer’s funds that it gambled away even though they were in segregated accounts. What is greatly worrying people who pay attention is a decision earlier this month in the 7th Circuit Court which effectively ruled that a bank does not owe you your money back if it loses it, which is another reason the elite are removing monies from the banking system and certain other financial institutions and parking it in precious metals stored at Gold Money and other safe institutions. The court actually ruled that once a banking customer deposits money into an account held by a bank, the funds then become property of the bank and the customer relinquishes all rights to that money regardless of any laws in place, legal assurances, claims or guarantees. This recent ruling extends from investments to private checking accounts. There is now a legal license to take away your money, so you can bet Wall Street will use this as a defense after they use client monies as collateral on speculations that go bad. Once the bank has physical possession of your money, they now own it and can use it for any means they deem fit. There is no longer any effective separation of customer and bank funds. They are now legally co-mingled. So what can the bank do with your money? The bank could use it to pay off debts, or as collateral for its own investing bets, and can use YOUR MONEY to buy stocks to try to make some extra cash. If the customer allocated funds are lost, the bank does not owe the customer the money back! Incredible! This has now been made legal. In other words, the entire concept of customer segregated funds is officially, completely, legally dead. That should worry everyone.

Jim Willie reports, “The Federal Appeals Court has explicitly stated that a Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) can use customer deposits to pay its debts, and that the customers themselves are subjugated and have basically no legal right to funds in their own accounts. The rules goes in direct violation of what standing legal statutes and regulations state. No longer are legal assurances, claims, or guarantees valid for client segregated funds held with an FCM or any other brokerage or depository institution. All client funds in the United States are now legally available property of JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of New York Mellon, or other giant banks standing as the counter-party on the loans the FCM or depository institution.”

In preparing my new book I had to research what people do in times of crisis like the current situation. Historically people have turned to holding a bit of cash in a foreign country in the safe reserve currency, but if that currency is itself in jeopardy, they turn to gold and silver, which is what is happening today in the private markets. The central banks are buying furiously, the hedge funds are in, as are the insiders at the highest levels of the banking crisis. On the stock market, investors are buying physical precious metal trusts that actually hold physical gold and silver instead of paper promises, so they like the Sprott Gold Trust (PHYS) and Sprott Silver Trust (PSLV) funds but are staying away from paper silver and gold exchange-traded funds like SLV and GLD which might one day come up short in terms of the actual physical holdings of the metals they report holding.

I am not a financial advisor, I don’t know your personal situation, and I am not advising you financially or telling you what to do. I’m just passing along these strange events and the opinions of these financial reporters and analysts. Max Keiser (you can listen to his excellent interview) and many vocal others (Gerald Celente, Schiff, KingWorldNews, etc.) are saying to remove some of your money from the banking system, and buy gold or silver that is stored in a safe location such as Hong Kong or Canada but not the USA, Switzerland, or London where it can be confiscated or where rehypothecation games can be played with it. Rehypothecation is the big worry as when the money is lost via rehypothecation games, you will get nothing back — witness MF Global run by John Corzine. Basically people who thought they held physical gold at private banks in Switzerland are finding it was sold out from under them, so you need to hold it in a safe storage vault. There is no scaremongering here .. they’re just stating facts and saying that’s why they would do.

The world transforms, and a new equilibrium is always reached after tough times. A lower standard of living, for other reasons I have reported on, is definitely in store for us in the US as time goes on, and right now you have to take some time to think about how to protect your money. I discovered all this in researching my latest book, and the time seems right, because of gold’s latest moves signaling inflation, to talk about this.

Buying Gold

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August 14, 2012

What an Amazing Video on Galaxies

This video of thousands of galaxies in 3D is absolutely amazing, and is like watching a movie in a 3D studio. It just goes to show how small our world is in terms of the size of the vast cosmos, for this is only a small section we are viewing. Everyone of these galaxies has millions of stars and countless planets, and it would be silly, after watching this video, to think we are the only life in the universe. Watch it and then try to convince yourself there is no life anywhere else … I don’t think you can do it.

Shakyamuni Buddha seems to be the only founder of a religion to have told us that there is life everywhere in the cosmos on the material plane (though many others have talked about heavenly planes). Nonetheless, the denizens of those worlds won’t know anything about Shakyamuni Buddha … or Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Moses, Guru Nanak, Confucius, Socrates, Lao Tzu or countless other founders of religion. They won’t know anything about these religious paths and their ceremonies, disciplinary rules or beliefs either, even though we often make them the pivot of our lives, so we certainly cannot say that any religion here on earth is universal. Nor should we then take any religion as the center of the world and then thumb our noses at the rest. It should give you pause to wonder about the karma that had you land in your own religion for this life.

Even so, Buddha said that the rules of the mind are the same across the cosmos. Physicists ponder whether the laws of physics might change in a different part of the universe, but the laws of consciousness will remain the same. So while denizens of other worlds will not know of our religions, everyone “over there” will have to trace consciousness back to its ultimate source to find enlightenment and experience the root source of life where all matter and mind are one. To find this all pervasive source that is often called pristine fundamental awareness, true Self, or original fundamental nature, I’ve been putting together a new book entitled WHAT IS SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT.

In this new book, to be released in a few weeks, I have collected dozens of cases of individuals from all sorts of religions who attained enlightenment, and put their various descriptions together in one single place so you can compare. I’ve also collected the descriptions from the great religions of their (supposed) highest spiritual attainments, whereby it becomes perfectly clear that the saints of all the genuine religions are talking about the exact same final spiritual target. Not the guys in charge of the religious hierarchies as power structure or organizations of social control, but the realized saints and sages. Christian saints, Jewish sages, Muslim saints, Buddhist saints, Hindu rishis, Confucian sages, Taoist immortals, yogic seers, etc. … they’re all included in this blockbuster.

I’ve finally also collected countless Zen stories of enlightenment, so it’s the first time I’m really writing on that topic showing what those Zen stories actually meant (I had to retranslate quite a few), and just for you (so the info isn’t lost) I dug up countless time tables for achieving various stages of the spiritual path to enlightenment from multiple traditions, and am completing another translation of the delusive states people often go through on the way to enlightenment so people of any religion can use this to guide themselves away from delusions.

Regardless as to the type of sentient life on other planets, as my teacher often said, all sentient beings are subject to the same laws of mind and will be seeking enlightenment in their own religions and spiritual paths. They will be shaped about his one great quest, as they are here, although the public doesn’t know it (unless they read this book). Hence, this book was written to show you this universal path and prove that on this small world, everyone is traveling that same spiritual path, going through the same spiritual stages, using the same practice methods and describing the same final attainment. One of my editors said he can finally take a book — this one — to their overly religious friends and show them that their worldview is just too small because all the comparison stories and word for word quotes from their own saints show that all the religions are really about the same goal of enlightenment, and samadhi attainments achieved through spiritual practice (such as meditation) are the preparation. It’s impossible to deny this any longer when you finally get this material.

So look for this new book, to be out in a few weeks (it’s large with all these quotes — my editor said it’s invaluable for those alone) — and I’ll keep you updated as it progresses.

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February 14, 2012

GMO and Infertility

I’ve warned several times that the GMO situation, with Monsanto’s help, would end up producing a problem worse than the banking-housing crisis, and it seems we’re now headed in that direction. In this interview with Dr. Joe Mercola, Dr. Don Huber reveals that a new organism associated with genetically engineered corn and soybeans has been found to be associated with growing infertility in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and poultry, and has probably entered the human food chain. I became aware of these cases of infertility about 2-3 years ago, but I had no idea the problem had become this severe and that the cause had been identified.

Please listen to Dr. Joe Mercola’s interview here, or read the page summary:

Dr. Don Huber and Dr. Joe Mercola Interview

As the interview indicates, “It’s a brand new micro-fungal organism associated with something called Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soy. It’s also found in a large variety of livestock given GE feed who experience both spontaneous abortions and infertility. The organism was initially identified by veterinarians around 1998—about two years after the introduction of Roundup Ready soybeans, which is one of the staple feeds. The vets were puzzled by sudden high reproductive failure in animals. While sporadic at first, the phenomenon has continued to increase in severity.

“The cause-effect relationship between high reproductive failure and this new microbial entity has been established, but the research has not yet been published. The reason for the delay is because they really do not know what the organism is… It’s not a fungus. It’s not bacteria. It’s not a mycoplasma or a virus – it’s about the same size of a small virus; you have to magnify it from 38 to 40,000 times. They have pictures of it … You can see the interactions with it. They can now culture it. It’s self-replicating and cultured. It doesn’t grow very well by itself.

“What is known is that it’s an entirely new entity, previously unknown to science, and it’s definitely found in genetically engineered corn and soybeans. It’s also been established that it causes infertility and miscarriage in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry. … We can anticipate with that broad spectrum of animal species, which is extremely unusual, that it will also be with humans. We’ve seen an increasing frequency of miscarriage and a dramatic increase in infertility in human populations in just the last eight to 10 years.”

These findings are not some conspiracy theory, this is science. Let us see if Congress or USDA steps up to the plate and decides to do something quickly rather than let things proceed according to the whims of errant men of business trying to make profits and avoid any mention of wrongdoings to protect those profits rather than simply correct what is wrong. You would best advised to do some research on GMO food, infertility and this organism, and make dietary changes accordingly if you want to have kids in the future without fertility treatments. Who knows what else it is doing?

In any case, this was new information to me, and important enough to notify you as I warned that the problems of seeds in the future, and their control by certain organizations out to maximize profits rather than public human good, would lead to a catastrophe worse than the Great Recession we’re now in.

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January 12, 2012

Time to Get a Karma Calculator Reading for the Chinese New Year

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December 27, 2011

Five Days Left

There are just five days left to pick up a copy of our two new books before the introductory price increase evaporates.

There is The Little Book of Meditation, which I think is now the best how to guide on mediation in print, and Internal Martial Arts Nei-gong.

= = = = = THE LITTLE BOOK OF MEDITATION = = = = =

I have reduced hundreds of possible meditations you might try in life to the BIG FOUR you might want to master – (1) mantra practice or prayer recitation, (2) mental watching (mindfulness, introspection, cessation-witnessing or vipassana), (3) visualization practice [including the white skeleton technique], and (4) breathing practices of pranayama together with anapana, which hardly anyone ever discusses. There are also discussions on the seeing the light method, sexual cultivation, diet and detoxification and how to make up a meditation schedule. Since it’s 388 pages I finally had space to write it all down. It can even be used as a teacher’s text. Check it out.

The Little Book of Meditation

= = = = = = INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS NEI-GONG = = = = =

Inside this book you will learn how to cultivate inner gong-fu, how this ties in with the martial arts tradition, and practice details for how not to go astray. This is a very practical book that discusses many martial arts topics that are rarely found in this genre, it spends a great deal of time talking about how to cultivate the Taoist notion of shen, or awareness, which becomes possible after all your channels have been opened and your mind becomes clear and calm. There is also a new detailed discussion on how to cultivate the Six Yogas of Naropa, together with Samantabhadra’s mantra method for opening up the body’s central channel.

I wrote this to help martial artists, but frankly, if will help anyone who is a regular meditator who wants to concentrate on cultivating internal energies for special abilities and/or powers, and if you liked the Little Book of Hercules, this is right up your alley. It’s has helped all my students who are not martial artists because they’ve learned so much they have applied to their ordinary cultivation practice.

You can find the book at Internal Martial Arts Nei-gong

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