To the Friends of Charles Cameron
This morning I received a phone call from Charles Cameron, a long-time friend of mine and an early student of Prem Rawat.
Charles is currently in a very difficult situation and is reaching out to his various friends and networks for support. If you can help, even in a small way, keep reading.
Charles' health is declining. He is diabetic and five years ago had a stroke. Currently, he is five days away from being evicted which would not only be very challenging, but also mean the loss of his beloved book collection and 40 years worth of his poetry, articles, and other papers.
Charles will soon be launching a GoFundMe campaign to get his time-of-need message out to as many people as possible, but for now, THIS blog post is his main communication platform -- and time is of the essence.
What Charles just told me is that he need $2,000 within the next five days to cover back rent, medications (he has no health insurance), blood work, MD visits, and a few other immediate needs.
Charles is reluctant to ask for help, knowing how stressed most people are about money these days -- but he is asking nonetheless. If you know Charles, please consider making a donation. If you don't know Charles, but are inclined to help a brother in need, one who is a gifted poet now down on his luck, you are also invited to help.
Two ways to contribute:
1. PAYPAL -- firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Bank of America Account #: 000162606787, Routing #026009593
If this appeal offends you in any way or you think it is not appropriate content for this blog, feel free to send me an email: email@example.com
In recent months, because I have this blog platform, I have been asked by a number of people in need to communicate their request for support. I know this is tricky business and some of the readers of my blog have chosen to unsubscribe. So be it. I guess that's the risk I take. The way I look at it is this: next time it might be YOU who needs the support of the community.
May this coming year bring you as much joy, peace, and love as possible.
December 20, 2015
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BOOK REVIEW: Splitting the Arrow
It has often been said that a human being is born without an instruction manual -- that we enter the world with just our belly button and breath, required to figure things out as we go along.
Unlike most instruction manuals, Splitting the Arrow makes no attempt to reduce the profundity of life to arbitrary lists of what to do and what not to do. The book evokes rather than prescribes, fostering the kind of mindset that makes it easy for readers to sense, at a cellular level, whatever they need to know in order to get on with their lives.
Much of the book's impact can be attributed to its artful structure -- a confluence of Mr. Rawat's skillful retelling of classic teaching stories, his lucid commentaries about the purpose of life, and the delightful illustrations of Aya Shiroi. The stories open the door, the commentaries usher us through, and the illustrations further humanize the experience.
The choice of story as the core of Splitting the Arrow is a wise one. Since the beginning of time, storytelling has been the most effective way to deliver a meaningful, memorable message. Deconstruct any book of wisdom, regardless of its originating culture, and you will find story at its core.
The brilliance of Prem Rawat's stories? They deliver a timeless message in as few a words as possible -- a message that inspires readers to pause and reflect on what really matters about their lives: "Do you know who you are?" the author asks. "That may sound like a strange question, but your story truly begins when you can start to feel what's happening inside you."
If you are looking for esoteric teachings to make yourself feel better about the advanced state of your spiritual attainment, you have come to the wrong place. Splitting the Arrow is as simple as it gets. Simple like water. Simple like breath. Simple like the counsel of one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever known, Albert Einstein. "Everything should be as simple as possible," Einstein explained, "but no simpler."
Splitting the Arrow accomplishes this noble task in spades, distilling down the essence of what's most important about life in the simplest way possible.
Available for purchase in Japanese and English from Bunya Publishing. Available on Amazon in January, 2016. Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese versions will be released in 2016.December 15, 2015
An Amaroo 2015 Slide Show
Prem Rawat excerpts from Amaroo 2015 December 14, 2015
Excerpt from Splitting the Arrow
Excerpted from a new book by Prem Rawat, SPLITTING THE ARROW: Understanding the Business of Life. Available from the publisher in Japanese and English. Will be available on Amazon in January.
Photo: Michael B. Wood
Text design: Sushila Wood
Happy Birthday to Prem Rawat!
A big shout out, from Woodstock (and everywhere else in the world) to Prem Rawat for his unending commitment to bring a timeless, universal message of peace to people everywhere. Happy birthday! And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the years of inspiration, joy, laughter, focus, freedom, and fun. Whoo! Whoo!
The Question for the Day
December 07, 2015
It's Time to Tell Your Stories
Whatever path you walk... whatever teacher, mentor, master, or guide has helped you on your way, there's a real good chance you have some STORIES to tell -- personal recollections of memorable moments of truth that have profoundly shaped your life. Maybe you've told some of those stories to others, maybe not, assuming your stories weren't all that meaningful or no one really cared.
Well, guess what? Your stories ARE meaningful and people DO care. It's time to elevate the conversation, folks, and it begins with each and every one of us. What kind of stories will you tell?December 03, 2015
New Interview with Prem Rawat on South African Talk Show December 02, 2015
Know Thy Selfie
A big shout out to all of the people who participated in last year's "Know Thy Selfie" campaign to help raise funds for TPRF -- a grassroots effort that would make it fun and easy for anyone, regardless of location or means, to participate in TPRF's annual fundraising campaign. The above video honors and thanks the 104 participants from all over the world who contributed to the campaign.
If you want to participate in this year's fundraising effort, watching this 7-minute video would be a good place to start.December 01, 2015
TPRF VIDEO: Empowering People
Wonderful 7-minute video featuring the impact that The Prem Rawat Foundation is having around the world. If this moves you in any way and you feel inspired to make a donation to help TPRF continue it's important work, click here.