Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bibliography/Book Review; Hesse, Herman, Siddartha, et al.

Bibliography/Book Review;
Hesse, Herman, Siddartha, et al.

I first read Siddartha halfway through my senior year in high school in 1969. Hesse was popular among the intellectual, introspective, inquiring, question-and-challenge-authority, hippie-leaning crowd of the day, and so I jumped in. This is the first book I ever read related to Eastern spirituality, and as such, it served as my entry portal to this other world. The beautiful, simple poetic prose of this little book, inspired by legends of the life of the young Buddha, had a deep impact on me. I was “high on life” for about a month after reading this book. In ensuing years, I read several of Hesse’s other books, including Steppenwolf (had to read the book that the rock band lifted for its name! – quite an extraordinary, mind-blowing book that got me to appreciate Mozart in ways that I never would have otherwise), Damian, Journey to the East, Magister Ludi/The Glass Bead Game and maybe some others.

Oddly enough, it was a course on the great religions of the world that I was required to take at my first college, a conservative establishment bastion, Lafayette, in Easton, PA, the following year, that firmly pushed me through the entry portal revealed by Hesse. I couldn’t care less about the Western religions we studied, but I was quite enthralled with all of the Eastern religions, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. This study inspired me to reconsider my earlier atheistic/agnostic rejection of God based upon what I was taught in Hebrew school, in light of other alternative perspectives on spirituality and God. The floodgate was soon about to be opened wide upon my transfer from Lafayette College to the ultra-liberal Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH.

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Announcing Publication of New Book, DIMENSIONS: Navigation the Spiritual Spectrum

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, DIMENSIONS: Navigating the Spiritual Spectrum, now available at Amazon, in paperback print and Kindle versions. It is easily found by searching my name, or by searching the full title and subtitle. You can also click on the image of the book in the right hand column of this blog.

What a great way to start the New Year, cozying up to a fire, real or imagined, and reading a new spiritually inspiring book, sure to become a classic!

DIMENSIONS: Navigating the Spiritual Spectrum

Grounded in the traditions of Torah and Veda, Steven J. Gold takes us on an oceanic tour of the depth and breadth of spiritual consciousness. Sharing personal stories and insights into various traditional scriptures as examples, he urges us to adopt a spiritual worldview, to “ponder infinity, awake and arise,” to “find your inspiration and follow it.”

“The chapters…are records of what happens when Steve’s right mind, and heart, are given full freedom to wander where they wish. As discoveries and correlations are made, his well-trained left mind and sharp wit give his observations shape and form…” – Brother Shankara, Resident Minister, Vedanta Center of Atlanta

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