All Kinds of Magic: One Man's Search for Meaning Across the by Piers Moore Ede

By Piers Moore Ede

This is often the tale of a guy who launched into a quest that many folks have dreamed approximately. disappointed via a global addicted to fabric wealth and clinical truth, he determined to go back and forth around the globe looking for anything extra significant: the mystical, the paranormal. His trip takes him from snow-blanketed villages within the Himalayas to tiny, covert groups of whirling dervishes in rural Turkey; from the world's greatest non secular competition at the banks of the swollen Ganges to a dappled, old Sufi zone in Delhi. Lyrical and clear-sighted, "All different types of Magic" is an interesting exploration of the hidden international of miracles that's immediately deeply own and common in its scope.

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To know oneself as one is requires an extraordinary alertness of mind, because what is is con­ stantly undergoing transformation, change, and to follow it swiftly the mind must not be tethered to any particular dogma or belief, to any particular pattern of action. If you would follow anything it is no good being tethered. To know yourself, there must be the awareness, the alertness of mind in which there is freedom from all beliefs, from all idealiza­ tion because beliefs and ideals only give you a colour, perverting true perception.

50 Thus actor, action, and end or result, is a unitary process, a single process, which �omes into being when action has an end in view. Action towards a result is will ; otherwise there is no will, is there ? The desire to achieve an end brings about will, which is the actor-! want to achieve, I want to write a book, I want to be a rich man, I want to paint a picture. We are familiar with these three states : the actor, the action, and the end. That is our daily existence. I am just explaining what is; but we vvill begin to understand how to transform what is only when we examine it clearly, so that there is no illusion or prejudice, no bias with regard to it.

To understand the seeker, before you try to find out what it is he is seeking. So we have to come to the point when we ask ourselves, really earnestly and profoundly, if peace, happiness, reality, God, or what you will, can be given to us by someone else. Can this incessant search, this longing, give us that extra­ ordinary sense of reality, that creative being, which comes when we really understand ourselves ? Does self-knowledge 30 come through search, through following someone else, through belonging to any particular organization, through reading books, and so on ?

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