- Paperback: 565 pages
- Publisher: The Dawn Horse Press; 1st edition (June 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0913922196
- ISBN-13: 978-0913922194
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Eating Gorilla Comes in Peace: The Transcendental Principle of Life Applied to Diet and the Regenerative Discipline of True Health Paperback – June, 1979
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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".
Top Customer Reviews
Many people see raw food eating as trendy, but in this book Da Free John (aka Adi Da) is encouraging such a diet in 1980 after witnessing the affects on himself and his followers. But, he also says, regardless of what food you choose to eat, one should look at eating from a regenerative point of view. Regenerative diet. How come nobody ever talks about eating with that term? It's always about good health, preventing bad health or weight loss. But, that ignores the idea of spirituality.
But, this is not only a diet book as Da Free John also discusses sexual life, exercise, spirituality and the whole physical body. Dieting is just one aspect of one's body but we put a lot of emphasis on it - over-emphasis.
The sequel to this book is "Green Gorilla" which expands on his raw diet discussion.
This is a must have book because eating is as much about our attitudes as it is our shopping list.
And in this crazy world of so many hour energy drinks. . and all manner of stimulants. . .he says: The reason to avoid conventional stimulants is not to depress energy or pleasure, but to place the being in a natural position so that it does not have illusions of energy or pleasure (from artificial stimulants) but must realize energy from right sources and practices which transform, liberate . . . .
Now there's much more to his words than I've captured here. . I'm just capturing phrases, not complete thoughts, but they are truly profound. You may want to read this carefully, slowly and quietly. . .and allow his deep insight to heal and awaken you. This is true of all his words, and all his works. He was and remains, my most enlightened teacher. There was no limit to Master DA's brilliance.