Saturday, April 3, 2010 2:55 PM
From Jay Kantor on 4/3/2010
Please rely to Discussion on Meetup web site about Book Group
At last night's meeting ( North-Jersey-Body-Mind-Spirit-Meetup ), I shared the idea that many valuable books about alternative, holistic, spiritual topics have basically become "unknown" and unavailable in time - in a short time. In our market-driven, fad-driven economy, the only books that we get to see and have access to are the ones that a publisher can make a lot of money with now.
Books only a few years old - no matter how valuable - disappear and may never be heard about again. Practically, it's as if they never existed. People are therefore "forced" to find the answers to their psychological, emotional, and spiritual problems from what is currently popular - no matter whether these are the problems they really have or not. We choose, by default, to be a "nail" to someones else's "hammer."
That is sad, given the vast amount of knowledge that has been shared during, let's say, the last 50 years (since the '60's) or the last 90 years (since the '20's) or the last 2500 to 5000 years - the ancient Hindu and Buddhist teachings.
Believe it or not, we can choose, here and now, to start to remedy this "amnesia."
Why not leave the world a much better place?
So, I propose that we might do a book group that has a higher purpose in mind, in addition to helping ourselves and each other in the here and now.
Wouldn't it be incredible if there were a web site that anyone could go to for guidance about where to look, what books to go to, to make progress on their spiritual path.
It's the kind of guidance that people who have gained some experience, knowledge, and wisdom could offer to others, beginning their spiritual journey in earnest.
If you only afford 10 books to guide you on the path to healing and enlightenment, what would they be?
I'd love to see your list and know what you found so special and helpful about those books, AND SO WOULD LOTS (MILLIONS, THOUSANDS?) OF OTHER PEOPLE.
Just a thought on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in New Jersey.
Jay Kantor, Ph.D.