www.stringrecordings.com/img/owner/forgotten-man.php In , DeRay Norton, his publisher at the Seed Center in Palo Alto, opted to have the typeface reset without telling Golas, after Norton was convinced by a printer to spend more money on a new font. This proved his fears to be founded. The Bantam edition lacked the durability and the impact of the previous release.
Golas had even less control of the Gibbs Smith release. Foreign translations of The Guide were also problematic. The intersecting and overlapping circles may evoke the permeability of space, energy and matter. The font chosen by Golas on the cover of his book is a now defunct variant of a Caslon Old Face whose closest relative is presently Caslon Antique, or Casablanca Antique. All three mandalas were restored from traditional engravings by architect Klaus Rothe for The Seed Center. The book contains three extra, unpublished chapters that were written by the author in later years.
Even though some of these activities, like self-denial, are carried on under the banner of spiritual search, the result is the same. On a subtle level we know that most spiritual endeavors will not succeed, but we go on maintaining the fantasy that they are admirable. Many of us have no intention of really succeeding in dissolving our attachment to structure and going to another plane of existence. Conversely in this same chapter, Golas specifically points the way toward dissolving the unwanted structures that have become useless and redundant habits that secure us to our present consciousness.
One must accept the present situation fully before being able to move beyond. Throughout The Guide , Thaddeus Golas continues to define the concept of love as a tool for self elevation.
The author points out that many who take long arduous spiritual paths may have no serious intention of achieving enlightenment, because elevation often means vibrating out of sync with our environment. How painful is a transition OUT of the physical realm? A commitment to the process can be as simple as an affirmation, a word or short phrase that is easily remembered.
Golas gives many simple phrases throughout the guide and lists his favorites at the end. He wrote extensively on the nature of consciousness from the idea expressed in this maxim. Such resistance from the New Age industry kept his writing from being published. Love and Pain , which explores these ideas, is published posthumously by Seed Center Books of California.
He navigates around common mistakes associated with many schools of spiritual dogma. A being has no set size or shape, but rather has a function : vibrating. It might be more precise to say standing momentum outward, and standing momentum inward, but those are awkward phrases to repeat often. An entity must be in one state or the other at any given instant. It may sustain either state at will. Whether I feel it or not, I am one with all the love in the universe. You experience everything deeper and slower and more lovingly. And beyond that, you are capable of being in any time, on any vibration level, in any system, with whomever you like.
Remember this especially when you are dying Go beyond reason to love -- it is safe. It is the only safety. The sin that most needs to be loved and forgiven is the state of mind that sees human beings as sinners.
Give others the freedom to be stupid - the most important and hardest step to take in spiritual progress. Handle the world with divine love. We are but channels of spiritual joy, and to continue to have it we need only be open channels. We enjoy exquisite spiritual wealth and pleasure when we know we are all equals. The jewel you hold is Understanding. You cannot add to its beauty by hiding it and hinting that you have it, nor by wearing it with vanity.
Its beauty comes from the consciousness that others have of it.
Honor that which gives it beauty. I am one with all the love in the universe.
The Lazy Man's Guide To Enlightenment is a philosophical essay by American author Thaddeus Golas. Originally started as a letter for friends, the book. I am a lazy man. Laziness keeps me from believing that enlightenment demands effort, discipline, strict diet, non-smoking, and other evidences of virtue.
View 1 comment. For those on the road still trying to thumb a ride, this book will show you how to make it on your own. There is no other way. How can I be lazy and accelerate my vibrations to encompass all that wisdom in a flash, you may ask?
In other words: let go and let God. We exist on many levels simultaneously: from a being of concentrated mass separateness, individuality , through energy being, to space being oneness. How come, you may ask, most of us are only aware of the densest physical level?
As long as we reject anything we are tied to that one thing. The only effective way to be free of anything, is to love. If you hate or despise something, love yourself for despising or hating it. Be there, then. I AM Magazine, Quebec.
I have an ambivalent reaction to this book. It gave me no new understanding, but I like that Golas aligned himself with Chuang Tzu and like Taoists who argue against straining and struggling to take actions or achieve understanding. I like his blunt way of stati I have an ambivalent reaction to this book. I like his blunt way of stating the obvious truths we delude ourselves into not seeing. As such I keep thinking that it deserves more than 3 stars, but I cannot bring myself to move my rating to 4.
Perhaps my concern about it is that like many spiritual guides, it emphasizes the role of mind and attitude in achieving so-called enlightenment at the expense of respecting one's somatic reality, and perhaps physical well-being. As a society we are completely beholden to products of the mind, be it agri-business justified land, water and animal abuse, the poisoning of our food products with -icides or business practices with Harvard Business Schooled flow charted MBA-itis. A good read and more than an introduction to Taoist philosophical ideas.
For further notes about this book, see egajdbooks Jun 10, Lauren Albert rated it liked it Shelves: religion. I bought this book a million years ago. I found it on my shelf and read it in a sitting it is very short. I guess I'm not very enlightened because I kept finding my attention distracted by all of the mentions of LSD. Published in , it shows that it was published in I guess I have to work towards the enlightenment that lets me read it without focusing on all of the off-hand references to LSD and other drugs.
Dec 27, Doc rated it it was amazing. Possibly the thinnest most entertaining essay on enlightenment ever written. Mar 31, James rated it really liked it. Apr 03, Himanshu Mishra added it Shelves: re-read. This shall be my first review where I do not want to give stars to a book. On the one hand, it contains probably every idea about enlightenment, the states of consciousness, the emphasis on love, all the good ideas and practices, while on the other hand, it's extremely difficult to understand those words completely unless it comes from myself too.
But some did, and that's why I would want to keep reading it from time to time. What am I doing on a level of consciousness where this is real? Short book that has been popular for decades, and it is clear to see why. It is very honest and accessible. It is also a strange place to find enlightenment, as the author clearly states between the pages that he wrote it for acid heads.
Reading this got me to thinking, and ultimately agreeing, with the author that enlightenment does not care how you reach it. You can be guided there by scripture or by the words of a Sufi Imam, or the lines written by an unlikely acid head guru like Thaddeus Gola Short book that has been popular for decades, and it is clear to see why. You can be guided there by scripture or by the words of a Sufi Imam, or the lines written by an unlikely acid head guru like Thaddeus Golas.
I like some of his ideas and his attempt to link them to quantum physics and science, but what truly spoke to me is the way he summed up the findings of his spiritual search, the non-discriminatory approach to enlightenment, the idea that you can find it anywhere, and also what he spoke about love in the first part of the book, not the last part which was a bit confusing. Very short book that could be read or re-read to absorb some new age spirituality. Aug 06, Alex rated it it was amazing. The entire book is written in a language that felt foreign.
I have my read shoved firmly in the "rationalist" bubble, and the author lives and breathes a much more spiritual air than I am used to. Half of the experience of reading this book was observing my own reactions to the language, which made me realize just how narrow-minded I've become. The other half was meditation on the messages expressed by the author, once I managed to separate them, as best I could, from the language used to descri The entire book is written in a language that felt foreign.
The other half was meditation on the messages expressed by the author, once I managed to separate them, as best I could, from the language used to describe them. The messages resounded very powerfully with me, some of them gave way to some bundled pain. Reading this book was an experience and I think I will return to it, periodically. View 2 comments. Jan 12, Matty Esco rated it really liked it. The grain of salt that you need to take this with is this book can be considered a spiritual primer as much as it could pocket guide to paranoid schizophrenia. The talk of vibrations and the control exerted thereby, changing states of matter, and our casual interconnectivity are all common delusional tropes.
That out of the way, it's an excellent read. I'm not about to drop everything and convert, but the way he looks at the world straddles this line between 60s hippie mystic and shouting half-n The grain of salt that you need to take this with is this book can be considered a spiritual primer as much as it could pocket guide to paranoid schizophrenia.
I'm not about to drop everything and convert, but the way he looks at the world straddles this line between 60s hippie mystic and shouting half-naked dude in a tinfoil hat, and it's fascinating. It was heavy on Taoism: nonjudgmental acceptance of life and people, total nonresistance to the stream of fate, equality with all other beings. Serenity and humility, you know this old dance. The advice he kept coming back to was the indiscriminate outpouring of love into the universe. Love yourself, your surroundings, all the terrible stuff that happens to you, and eventually you'll vibrate at such a frequency that everything'll be cool.
Sounds bonkers, right? It did in the book, too, but good-naturedly bonkers. I liked it. Mar 16, Wallwaster rated it it was ok. Some nice bullshit about vibrations and everything being one. The book has some nice elaboration on Alan Watts' analogy of life and music though, but other than this part, it's not worth reading: "Music shows us how to maintain pleasure and ecstasy.
Normally we tend to think of a moment of euphoric realization as unbearable and impossible to continue. It slips away and then we pursue it again. It does so because we are unwilling to let it go, we are unwilling to conceive of being away from it. Bu Some nice bullshit about vibrations and everything being one. But if we take the example of music, letting go of one note to hear the next, then our pleasure can be constant though the vibrations change.
Mar 09, CutFromAbove rated it it was amazing. Even though it's short, it's quite heavy and there were more than a few important lessons. There is an odd chance that this is what someone needs to read in order to feel better about himself. If you are a kind person and want to know what to expect when enlightenment strikes and why it comes to you, with or without psychedelic help, this is for you.
These are the rules of the game as I see them. I realize that many of us are opening up very fast these days, and one of the most common delusions we face is the belief that our sense of revelation is unique. The feeling of knowing the truth is not enough. My intention is not to pretend final truth, but to suggest certain simple attitudes that will work for anybody and stay with you in the most extreme freak-out or space-out, even when your mind is completely blown.
These attitudes are so simple that I'm surrounding them with a picture of the universe to show why they work even when you don't believe they will. The universe is so vast and complex that if we needed books like this to become enlightened, we'd never make it. But on the other hand the universe is so simple in design that there's no reason for anyone to be puzzled or unhappy.
It's easy to control your existence, no matter how complicated it looks. I've abandoned the idea of writing this a number of times, on the ground that people didn't know it because they didn't want to. But in the end there is no more reason for not writing it than there is for writing it.