Now for this part of the course you may or may not to have to get up and leave your computer. The reason I say this is because much of what AWAKENING 101 circulates around is centered on the person I call my Mentor. He, of course, was the same person that W. Somerset Maugham used as his central character in his book THE RAZOR'S EDGE. To clarify and make it easier to all that is presented you need to have a working knowledge of Maugham's book. What I am getting at IS you should obtain a copy of THE RAZOR'S EDGE and read it. Or, at the very least, obtain a video tape or DVD of the 1946 black-and-white movie of the same name with Tyrone Power as the main character and watch it...or better yet, do both (not the the later Bill Murray version, please). Read the book and watch the movie.
The reason I say you may or may not have to get up and leave your computer depends on the following link. The link provides an almost secret, complete unabridged online version of THE RAZOR'S EDGE --- however, sometimes it is UP and you can get it and other times it won't load --- at least that is the case I have heard from some people. It usually loads for me without a problem. Also there are some conflicting copyright problems that may impact it continuing to be online. While you can, go to:
THE RAZOR'S EDGE
When you are done, or have at least watched the black and white 1946 version of the movie and started reading the book, go to Folder #4.
A FEW ADDITIONAL EARLY INSIGHTS:
In the first folder there is a click through link on my page Zen Enlightenment that leads to a very good biography on Maharshi Sri Ramana, the person of whom my mentor experienced his Awakening. If you did not click through on the link with the background on Ramana, please click through and read as it will offer some extra added insight:
SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI
A second review, with a slightly different slant, and the one that contains the quote cited in Folder #2, is at:THE RAZOR'S EDGE
A review of the 1946 black and white movie staring Tyrone Power mentioned above can be found at:MOVIE REVIEW: The Razor's Edge
YOGA AND MEDITATION
It is also hoped that by this time you have considered following through on the second item mentioned in the Course In A Nutshell section, that being enrolling in a secular yoga class say in a community college, recreation department, or adult education setting inorder to assist you in getting an upper hand in the fine art of proper sitting and breathing techniques. Even though it is not 100% necessary, if you have not done so so far you might look into it. We will be getting into Meditation soon (Folder Six). Although this is a little preliminary, for those of you that may not be able too or are reluctant for any given reason, personal or otherwise, there is a fairly good section on various aspects of yoga and meditation at the following link:
Do not let the strong Hindu orientation be of concern. The term Dhyana, meaning meditation, is where the Chinese word Ch'an comes from...inturn then, the Japanese word Zen. The tradition of Buddhism is heavily seeped in Indian lore and the above link explains many, many Sanskrit terms within it's text.
ON-LINE YOGA INSTRUCTION
Is it possible? On-line yoga instruction? I have gone over the click through site listed below quite thoroughly and it seems to meet most of my criteria CONSIDERING it is an online offering. The following quote is from the course introduction:
We have no illusions of being a replacement for live classes with live
teachers. Yoga teaching is, to a large degree, a hands-on process. A
gentle guiding touch can definitely help you fine-tune your practice.
And Dr.KEV recommends it -if you can find a competent teacher
Taking the above into consideration, my suggestion would be to at least explore the course at the very least as a supplement to classes:ON-LINE YOGA CLASS
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