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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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You can always trust an eating gorilla. Having found his food, he has put aside all effort and concern for survival. He has surrendered his eccentricities, his obsessive urges, and the tension in his most characteristic qualities. He has become submissive to the ordinary motive and desire that is real hunger, since he is now certain of its satisfaction. He is essentially benign, playful, even lovable. He is simply eating. And he trusts any others who may be present or who may approach, as long as there is sufficient food and they also stop to eat it.

In our human world, a gorilla is not at peace. Food is in doubt. Eating is no ordinary affair of hunger and assured satisfaction. Trust, love, peace, and meditation, the essence of the plainest fare when we are in our natural ease, are now a rare occasion, a private matter, for the gourmets and ascetics who populate our human table. Food is only a ceremony, a link to Life and its Source. When food is in doubt, so also are Life, Truth, and the Divine. Food is a link to Eternal Life. But happiness as Eternal Life depends on our ability to be satisfied, at ease in our relations, surrendered in love, and a sacrifice to Infinity through devotional meditation, or release into the Current of Life to its Source.

This extraordinary book demonstrates: 1) How the true principle of health is Love, or the feeling -connection to Infinite Life 2) How reactive emotion is the root of all food obsessions and common health failures 3) How the life-energy received and distributed through the breath is the primary form of human food 4) How the regenerative vegetarian diet is the best daily diet for health and well-being 5) How we can compensate for physical and emotional imbalances through right diet and health practices 6) How diet is a necessary aspect of a pleasurable, mature, and regenerative sex life 7) How to use fasting, herbal remedies, and dietary modifications to purify and regenerate the body.


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Product Details

  • 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: #458,062 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Joy on May 27, 2010
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I'll I can say is that this book has overnight changed my eating habits. I've never bought such unprocessed healthy food before and I live on green smoothies.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amish Lover on July 14, 2013
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This is an amazing piece of work by most loved Master DA. He offers brilliance and insight. . . and for the time that he offered this, its amazingly profound and to the point. I've followed a vegan diet for 30 years. . . but some of his statements could still drop me to my knees. For instance: When you become strong - - if you ever can become truly strong . . .. Everyone is simply born into the conventional condition of independence and everyone interprets that condition as rejection, as "You don't love me."

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iskren S. Swinburne on August 20, 2012
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When my diet is poor and, well, "western", I am full of bs to the enth degree, my mind responds and conjures up the most low-level stuff. No matter how hard I try to surrender, have peace, etc., it is a horrific uphill battle EVERY time. Eating a pure diet for the right reasons, as this book entails, makes my head clear, functioning easy, and surrender into heart communion a much more natural and obvious doing. If only the collective of my culture (USA) understood something like the "minimum optimum" diet that Adi Da describes in full detail. Even more is the right understanding of relationship to food, which is really what the book is about. Well, here's to people discovering Bhagavan Adi Da and His literary works. I have never seen anything like it in any circle of literature, just not by a long shot! With awe and gratitude, C
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