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This Season's People: A Book of Spiritual Teachings epub

by Stephen Gaskin

This Season's People: A Book of Spiritual Teachings epub

ISBN: 0913990051

ISBN13: 978-0913990056

Author: Stephen Gaskin

Category: Social Sciences

Subcategory: Social Sciences

Language: English

Publisher: Book Pub Co; 1 edition (June 1, 1978)

Pages: 168 pages

ePUB book: 1284 kb

FB2 book: 1639 kb

Rating: 4.5

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Includes photographs of The Farm community life in the '70s.

This Season's People book. Includes photographs of The Farm community life in the '70s.

A pocket book of spiritual teachings collected from talks given by Stephen Gaskin, co-founder of The Farm in Tennessee . 3 people are interested in this title. We receive 1 copy every 6 months.

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A pocket book of spiritual teachings collected from talks given by Stephen Gaskin, co-founder of The Farm in Tennessee, explaining the common ground of the great religions and how to follow their teachings in order to change oneself. Includes photographs of The Farm community life in the '70s.
There are two books I regard as the absolute cream of "hippie spirituality"; this is one, and the other one is Paul Williams's _Das Energi_. And if Williams's book is the hippie _Tao Te Ching_, this one is the Diamond Sutra.

In this little volume of spiritual teachings originally published in 1976, Stephen Gaskin gets right to the heart of the matter: you can't understand God, you can't define God, you can't contain God, but you can _be_ God. The rest of the book is about embodying precisely this spiritual realization -- call it enlightenment, Christ Consciousness, the Holy Spirit, satori, or whatever.

And one of the most amazing things about the book is how much crap there _isn't_ in it. Stephen does _not_ screw around; these are some of his best, tightest, most focused raps ever. (That's why I compared this book to the Diamond Sutra.)

Sample quote: "Being spiritual does not mean to become as esoteric and as different as you possibly can, but to become like a solvent that can melt away the differences between people until only the essential thing is left. If we really understand what we're doing, we ought to get it on and find essential agreement with anybody" [p. 63]. And this "anybody" includes our "enemies," whom -- according to Stephen -- we should love even while we're opposing their actions.

If this sounds a lot like a well-known Sermon that a certain famous Jewish teacher is said to have delivered on a Mount some 2000 years ago . . . well, let's just say that's not an accident. In its way, this book is a commentary on that very Sermon.

But Stephen's teachings are also close to the heart of every other spiritual tradition, and that's not an accident either. He's studied them all, and he's as comfortable explaining what it means to be a bodhisattva as he is expounding the Golden Rule.

He's speaking from the common core of all these traditions, and he's reminding us of something we already know: it matters how we _be_. There are no passengers on this here starship, only crew members and stowaways; we're free only when we're responsible. So let's cut the crap and get busy getting telepathic.

There's nothing in this that requires the reader to adopt a new religion, but on the other hand it doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for not trying to live up to the one you've already got. Stephen is also (among other things) one of the founders of The Farm; this book will give you a good sense of why that's one of the very few hippie communes still in existence.

As I said in my review of _Amazing Dope Tales_, listening to Stephen has the power to knock your mind loose from your brain. It's not just what he says, but also how he says it; you'll pick up a sort of spiritual contact high just from reading his raps. No matter what you think of the contents of this book, you'll be at least a slightly better person after you read it -- and you'll know it.

Whatever you're doing on this page, you've come to the right place. Stephen will lay some nice concepts on you.
Eek! Such a good look at hippie spirituality. Fun and inspiring to read.
It is a very thought provoking book with a lot of truth and a ton of great pictures and designs.
I first bought this book in 1983 and have read it every year since. I gain more insight each and every time I read it. It's a modern day spiritual classic!
This book is probably not for everyone, but for those for whom it appeals to, it offers an incredible amount of wisdom in a very small space.

The experience of The Monday Night Class that Stephen Gaskin conducted during the height of the Haight Ashbury phenomenon in the late 1960s, convinced Gaskin and others that human beings are receptive to one another's psychic energy. With that as the foundation, the created a community built on the precept that, if people are telepathic, even subconsciously so, then it is imperative to monitor the energy each person radiates out to others, and to create a close-knit community of people dedicated to radiating positive, healing energy to each other in order to maximize its effect in a mutually-supportive way.

This book was written as a collection of images and teachings during the time when this community was being formed. It is almost like a photo album with captions, or a series of gestalts (one of Gaskin's favorite words at the time) into the experience of The Farm during its beginnings in the early 1970s. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in the "Hippie Values" that were the guiding hand behind much of what took place during that turbulent time in history.
This is an eclectic little spiritual guidebook, which contains wisdom from many sources,from Zen Buddhism,to Mohandis K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, to Christianity. Example: "Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea -- and sink" (Susuki Roshi). Or, "Must I forgive my brother? You must forgive your brother seven times. Nay, seventy times seven times" (the Bible).

The insights garnered from the great religions (and other sources) are interspersed with the author's own observations, with which you'll find little to dispute.

Another reviewer has characterized Stephen Gaskin (the author) as a "hippie." My guess is, he's probably correct. In the 1960s (and later) many--if not most--of the "hippie" community used psychedelics and marijuana, which resulted in some astonishingly profound epiphanies and religious insights. This book reads like
other "new age" books which I've read: notably, Richard Alpert's (otherwise known as 'Ram Dass') Be Here Now.

In any case, it's a good book. I doubt that it will offend anyone, of any religion.

The only fault I find with the book is that, on several pages the type is overlayed over photographical material, rendering it difficult to read. This is a common graphic design problem with many books of this type, where the designer is trying to achieve graphic beauty at the expense of readability, which is usually a mistake. I find no fault at all with the content.

Joseph Pierre

author of The Road to Damascus and other books
This is an amazing book by an amazing man that I am surprised is not much much more popular. Both He and his wife are amazing people that have made a profound and far reaching impact on the life of many that may not even know it. They co-founded The Farm in Summertown, TN Where my Son was born in March of 2006.. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to profoundly expand their consciousness. This book in particular is smaller than "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass.. But in it's own way.. though it was never as popular.. it is profound.. Get it :) PEACE <3 ))))