There are twelve sections and most chapters contain:
1. THE GEMSTONE AND MANTRA:
Corresponding to the subject of the chapter,
2. THE KEY:
The essence of the issue of the chapter.
3. THE MESSAGES:
There are many messages from various Teachers from all spiritual Paths, not only from the greatest ones like Sri Aurobindo, the Divine Mother Mère, the Buddha, the Christ, Wu Hsin, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Rumi, Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna, etc, but also from Thoreau, Emerson, Blake, Einstein, various poets, little known writers, etc.
Never ignore any messages just because it comes from someone unknown
rather than, for example, the Baghavad Ghita or the Buddha.
There are also some passages from a very few famous but dubious “Gurus”.
This might put off some readers, but have been included all the same because they were true, very well expressed, and this is what really matters.
The words of even the best Teachers can be no more than a signpost pointing
to our ultimate destination: journey there, don’t just
hold to the signpost like most do.
Apart from some negative messages which have been included as examples of the wrong attitudes to be avoided, they are all but approaches to the Truth from different standpoints and each of them can be useful to a reader or another:
the Ultimate Truth is not even the sum of them all
Some chapters have no quotations or almost none, others many in order to show that – just like the Divine created all kinds of different stones, plants, animals and human beings –
He explores ALL possible points of view, all relatively valid for those
at a certain level but not for others.
Sometimes Vijay found some passages translated in another language from their original one, so he re-translated them back into in English: in the process some minor changes may have occurred, but the original meaning was never altered.
In most messages or poems the more relevant points have been emphasized in bold so that a reader short of time or only marginally interested can limit himself to read only those; and a few have been mentioned more than once to emphasize them or because they applied also to the issue of a different chapter.
4. THE IMAGINARY DEBATES:
They consist of various and often contradictory messages from the most disparate sources. For the sake of the form Vijay sometimes added, for example, an exclamatory point at the end for effect or a word or two at the beginning to connect them to the previous one.
This is bit contrived, but the debates makes so much condensed information a bit amusing and easier to read.
5. THE KABULI:
Vijay had visited a Sufi center near Isphahan in South Iran whose Teacher was called the Kabuli although he was Iranian because when young had taught in the Madrassa (Islamic school) of Kabul, prestigious at the times.
They had a very ancient book of His sayings, a heavy, leather bound tome in ancient Farsi with thick pages printed in largish letters with a rough edge, obviously from a wooden printing block; the dervish who translated them for him did not speak English very well, but Vijay could get the gist of it and wrote them down in a notebook.
In the Internet there is no reference to the Kabuli, only about someone else with the same nickname, music bands etc; almost certainly His sayings were deemed heretic and banned by the Sharia, the Islamic religious police.
The Kabuli sounds a bit like the famous joker Nasruddin, the Mullah, but while the latter is something between the Native American “Trickster” and a village idiot the Kabuli is more like a cross between a Zen Master and Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan.
His sayings always ended with the blessing “Hroda Afesh”, God bless you, which has been omitted.
6. THE VEIL
There is something like a dark Veil, called in Sanskrit Avarana, the “Veiling Power”,
an invisible barrier between the surface of our being and our true Self.
In those satisfied with an ordinary life and its apparent rewards the Veil just causes
all sorts of limitations and suffering,
on the Path
can go very far
without becoming free of it.
the Veil is the mind.
7. THE DREAMGAME:
The Dreamgame mentions the positive or negative aspects of the issue of each chapter in the first seven sections of this text, and refers to the chapter “Life as a Video game” in the first section, the Twelve Keys.
8. THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE:
The Devil’s Advocate presents the arguments that the ego and the adverse forces are likely to use to deny what is being conveyed, so that if negative thoughts about it rise in the reader’s mind he may be better prepared to deal with them.
9. THE KHDIR:
In Sufism the Khdir is the Divine Messenger, the First Angel, but was given many names in various cultures;
it is the inner Voice which we can hear
when we utterly silence our mind.
While writing this text Vijay concentrated on it and received a special message for each chapter, but it doesn’t matter if they really come from the Khdir, from Mère and Sri Aurobindo, directly from the Divine or simply from some unexplored depths of Vijay’s mind,
only the validity, intensity and relevant truth
of the messages themselves matters.
If we believe in a certain truth not because we have experienced it but only because it comes from the Diamond Sutra, the Gospels, the Bhagavad Ghita etc
It cannot lead us very far.
10. WORDS OF POWER:
A few very short but intense and powerful messages which have a mantric power and can be used as such.
11. LIVING IT:
Something from or about Vijay’s life both from before the Path and from his experiences in fifty years of Yoga.
Vijay still had some of his old journals and the books that he had written: The Quest, the City and the Oasis, a collection of poems and a text about healing with crystals and gemstones, from which also some passages have been included.
12. THE WAY:
How to deal with the issue of the chapter.
13. THE QUESTIONS:
There are various questions in most chapters to challenge the reader’s mind and to make this text a bit interactive.
Some are very easy, others like Zen ko’hans, hermetic, but what really matters much more than finding the correct answer
is intensely asking oneself the questions proposed, feel them,
perceive their deepest message.
Another reason for all these questions is to prevent the reader, if he is willing to consider them,
from going on too fast through this text without really
absorbing what he just read.
14. THE PRACTICES AND CONTEMPLATIONS:
From one to three passage or poems each to meditate upon, to contemplate, or some simple techniques which everyone should be able to do.
15. THE HAIKUS:
One or more poems of four lines about the chapter’s issue.
A REQUEST TO THE READER:
As already mentioned, but it needs to be repeated:
the truths that you will find here are NOT meant to be believed:
endeavor to experience them yourself.
Whenever you read anything that you haven’t yet realized
please neither believe not disbelieve it but let it inspire you
to EXPERIENCE its truth.
Saying it with Gurdjeff words:
You have no business to believe me. I ask you to believe nothing
that you cannot verify for yourself.
– Please do not to read more than a chapter or two a day:
each is very concentrated and apart from a few which are very short it is the most that can usually be proficiently absorbed at a time.
Of course there are always exceptions and you might be one of them.
– If you are more interested in human issues than in the spiritual Path,
when reading a passage mentioning it, do not assume that it doesn’t apply to you:
every human life, even the most apparently ordinary one is on the Path
in a way or another, consciously or unconsciously,
for every life is always a kind of Yoga.