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The Dreaded Gom-Boo or the Imaginary Disease That Religion Seeks to Cure Paperback – February, 1983

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Horse Pr; 1st edition (February 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913922749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913922743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,533,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adi Da was born in New York at the outbreak of World War II. From 1983 he lived principally in Fiji and became a Fijian citizen. The author of over sixty books on spirituality and a prolific artist, he also had profound attention for world affairs, particularly during the last decade of his life, as summarized in Not-Two Is Peace.
Adi Da was born in a unique spiritual state. As a young man, he immersed himself in the traditions of human wisdom and spirituality. His Western studies included university degrees--in philosophy from Columbia and in literature from Stanford. Following his university years, he intensively engaged both Western and Eastern forms of spiritual practice.
In 1970, at the age of thirty, Adi Da was re-established in the illumined condition he had known in his earliest life. He began to offer formal instruction in spiritual practice to those who came to him, creating (out of a free interactive participation with his devotees) what is now an unprecedented body of spiritual, philosophical, and practical writings (find the most current offerings at the Dawn Horse Press website), as well as an immense body of visual art (the website dedicated to Adi Da's art is called Daplastique). In 2007, his artwork was exhibited at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and subsequently in several other exhibitions, including in Florence, New York, and Los Angeles.
As spiritual teacher, artist, and "World Friend", Adi Da is not a conventional figure. He is not political in any ordinary sense of the word. Rather, his address to humanity comes from his lifelong communication of the truth of human existence. He is making clear the species-endangering forces of limitation in our world, the means to go beyond them, and the great urgency of this "going beyond".

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cortezhill VINE VOICE on June 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this remarkable book, Heart-Master Da presents a startling humorous insight: all religion seeks to cure us of an unreal disease, which Heart-Master Da calls the "Dreaded Gom-Boo". This disease is our constant assumption that we have fallen from Grace and are thus in need of the salvatory "cure" of religious belief.

Heart-Master Da uproots this religious conceit and illusion by Confessing that we are always already present and alive as Divine Being. The "good news" of his Way is that we need not seek to be cured but must ony feel, observe, understand, and renounce the very activity of seeking itself and thus be restored to our native Happiness and Freedom.

The insightful, liberating message of this book cuts through thousands of years of religious and mystical dogma and beliefs by revealing a radical spiritual Way eminently suited to the needs of modern men and women.

--- from book's back cover
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Swaprakashananda on June 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a fun and humorous spin on Advaita Vedanta; however, unlike many "Advaita teachers" who do the shuffle and whose teachings are exclusively rooted in rhetoric, or Jnana Yoga, or the changing of one's "headset", Master Da's Teaching is rooted in the context of transmission of powerful shakti. It is in this context that this teaching must be understood. How do you do that? Sit with a Teacher who can radiate that field of Love-Bliss. Such teachers are more and more rare these days, but once you taste, then this Teaching will be much more palpable. Even further, you can receive the shakti from tuning into this book. And bare minimunm you will change your way of looking at Life.

Da's Teachings are remarkably consistent in terms of recognizing the folly of seeking, self-contraction, etc. However he was always innovating how he might impart that. This book is a prime example of that. It shows him as Guru as Artist. Always innovating the vehicle. Great!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Turiya on January 4, 2014
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Ah what a book! I have a battered old copy with me, and keep it close. The chapter I most often turn to is "The Ultimate Location". If you are open to it, this book will lift you beyond your present state, as many have testified. It was written in the early 80's, but is still very relevant and will remain so as long as the- The Gomboo- remains uncured (since no cure is either necessary or possible) which may be a long, long time. Highly recommended!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2001
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A must read for any one considering the spiritual life.
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