THE WANDERLING



Without a word the wild vines stir, No fog, yet the bamboos are always dark.
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WHO IS THE WANDERLING?


SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: THE LAST AMERICAN DARSHAN
RECOUNTING A YOUNG BOY'S NEARLY INSTANT TRANSFORMATION INTO THE ABSOLUTE DURING HIS ONLY DARSHAN WITH THE MAHARSHI



WINDSWEPT, ZEN-SWEPT, MIND DUNES


THE WANDERLING AND HIS UNCLE
Their Life and Times Together



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HIGH MOUNTAIN ZENDO


THE WANDERLING, CONTINUED


HOW THE WANDERLING GOT HIS NAME




FOR MORE, SEE:

THE STEPMOTHER


THE WANDERLING UNMASKED


THE WANDERLING AND WIKIPEDIA


DOING HARD TIME IN A ZEN MONASTERY


THE BUDDHA AND THE QUALITIES OF A DHARMA TEACHER




HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE WANDERLING:


As most of you know, if an email address can be readily scaned by search engines the next thing you know you can't even find the legitimate mail in your box. Hence, the why of how difficult I've made it. Below I offer some suggestions on how to get any number of your questions or concerns along the path answered. However, if you feel a message or personal response would be helpful in your endeavors, e-mail me through the Wanderling link directly below and follow the steps. Be advised your message could be lost in the shuffle or forgotten to death using the above method anyway as there are a number of SPAM FILTERS IN PLACE that block just about everything --- BUT, and this is the secret, if you type AWAKENING 101 --- in capital letters with a space between AWAKENING and 101 --- in the subject line of your email it has a much better chance of being sorted out of the tons of unsolicited material and actually be read rather than being blocked or deleted:



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On occasion people DO email me about Enlightenment, the Awakening process and any results thereof. For some of the most interesting go to:

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IF YOU WANT INFORMATION REGARDING A GIVEN ZEN OR BUDDHIST RELATED SUBJECT, TERM, WORD, GURU, TEACHER OR ANCIENT VENERABLE OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF, ENTER THAT OR ANY NAME, WORD, OR TERM IN THE NUMEROUS VARIETY OF SEARCH ENGINES THAT PERMEATE THE WEB SUCH AS GOOGLE, ALONG WITH THE WORD WANDERLING AND SEE WHAT COMES UP.


SEE ALSO:

SPIRITUAL GUIDES: Pass or Fail?

BUDDHIST LINKS AND SITES



If in using the searches above as suggested and what you seek is not forthcoming in the fashion you desire, OR if you simply wish to email or contact me, again, please feel free to do so. Remember, in your quest, and for life in general, if the intent of your actions carries within it the RIGHT escort, any downstream outcomes from such endeavors will in their context, deliver the strength of favorable impulses as they unfold.


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AWAKENING IN
THE MODERN ERA

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CUTTING THE CAT

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SEE ALSO:


WHEN INFINITIES COLLIDE


AS THE DAY BROKE IN ITS SPLENDOR


THE MEETING: AN UNTOLD STORY OF SRI RAMANA



THE AWAKENING EXPERIENCE IN THE MODERN ERA
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ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT IN A NUTSHELL
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"Real Masters never charge for their services, nor do they accept payment in any form
nor in any sort of material benefits for their instructions. This is a universal law among
Masters, and yet amazingly, it is a fact that thousands of eager seekers in America and
elsewhere, go on paying large amounts of money for "spiritual instruction." Masters are
always self-sustaining and are never supported by their students or by public charity."

---Julian P. Johnson, The Path of the Masters (1939)





As to the subject of donations, for those who may be so interested as it applies to the gratefulness of my works, I invariably suggest any funds be directed toward THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT and/or THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.





















HOW THE WANDERLING GOT HIS NAME:

In the year I was born a very well received novel that would ultimately receive a Pulitzer Prize titled The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, was published.

In the website The Battle of Los Angeles, wherein an incident about a giant object of unknown origin that overflew the city of Los Angeles is described, in a section subtitled A QUICK PERSONAL NOTE, the following is found:


"My uncle (i.e., the Wanderling's uncle in the original text) told me the first time he ever saw me I was basically not much more than a walk-around one or two year old toddler. According to how he remembered it he came by the house one day to see my mother and father while on a trip through Southern California. After that, nearly six years went by before we were to cross paths again."


Right around that six years later time when my uncle and I crossed paths again a movie version of The Yearling was released. Years before, when my uncle first saw me as a walk-around toddler, my mother was reading The Yearling as it was just published. At that time he called me a "Yearling." When we met again the movie just came out, and he was reminded of what he called me as a toddler. By then, of course, my mother was long gone, my father had married my Stepmother and I was no longer remotely close to being anything that resembled a Yearling. Knowing I had been to India and returned in a somewhat can't quite put your finger on it altered state where I seemed to "wander" in and out, my uncle, in an interesting twist of fate, began calling me "the Wanderling" --- a sort of play on the words of the term "the Yearling."

In later years the person that would become my spiritual Mentor in things Zen and who had studied under Sri Ramana, came across me and heard that my uncle had called me a "wanderling," he immediately took to it --- primarily because of a very important aspect regarding the historical background of Ramana's life as presented in the following quote from Ramana's biography:


"There was a curse on Venkataraman's family - in truth, it was a blessing - that one out of every generation should turn out to be a mendicant. This curse was administered by a wanderling, an ascetic who, it is said, begged alms at the house of one of Venkataraman's forbears, and was refused. A paternal uncle of Sundaram Aiyar's became a sannyasin; so did Sundaram Aiyar's elder brother. Now, it was the turn of Venkataraman, although no one could have foreseen that the curse would work out in this manner." (source)


Extraterrestrials, ray guns, UFOs, curmudgeon old desert-southwest types...the following quote comes from the source so cited:


"I have read quite a bit of The Wanderling's writings and found it very intriguing. Much of what he has to say about Zen and Buddhism was helpful, but at the sametime I was skeptical about his apparent fascination with esoteric, 'new age' type topics like Carlos Castaneda, shamanism, UFOs, etc."(source)



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