2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
Georg Feuerstein's a respected Indologist and a very clever man. The introduction he wrote for Nirvanasara is worth the price of the book alone. Feuerstein also wrote a masterful introduction to the first edition of Easy Death and this is how I came across the writings of Da Free John.
In fact, Feuerstein's essays are the best thing about Da Free John's books and th essaye on death in Easy Death is actually better than Ernest Beckers more famous musings on death and so this shows how impressive Feuerstein really was. In fact, Feuerstein completely fell to his knee's and kissed Master Da's feet, so implying that Da was an even more impressive man. They all kissed Da's feet in the 1970's and early 1980's, before the sex scandals, the drug taking and the revelation of pure bubbling evil that was Adi Da Samraj.
Is it still worth reading an eloquent master who was a moral maggot? Well I suppose that Da Free John was to writing what Alan Watts was to the spoken word. Watts, you see, never claimed to be enlightened or a guru, but his talks surpass any guru; as do Da Free John's writings far surpass any real master. I have read many books on Buddhism, from authentic Asians too, but they do not come close to the eloquence and descriptive power of Adi Da!
I own three very early books, one when he was called Franklin Jones and the other two Da Free John and they are all astonishing! This fellow wrote a book a year and he had heavyweight disciples who hung on every breath of their God.
Fast forward 40 years later and Georg Feuerstein's love is now very embarrassing. Feuerstein' even compared Da Free John to the Buddha and the Christ! No wonder you can't find these writings online. Their brilliance is clouded by the sniggering of people reading the words today.
They are so embarrassing. But we shouldn't be too hard on those people. Georg Feuerstein is a German and so he was only looking for a new God and who knows, maybe other famous religious superstars have had sex and drug addictions that they somehow managed to keep secret, or the memory of scandals faded away like sand falling through a sieve, and all that's left is the gold. If the scandals didn't happen in the 1980's, then Da Free John would be spoken of in the same breath as Ramana Maharshi. I am sure of it. There is a lesson in there somewhere.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2007
Da Free John is Adi Da Now and almost no one reviews his older books. I appreciate his creative, pioneering, eccentric, controversial renderings of the eastern teachings into western language. Nirvanasara is an anomaly of sorts,in relation to his other books, which makes it quite an interesting read. His reading of Buddhism, side by side with Advaita Vedanta is an under-appreciated attempt at an Integral approach, inspite of some problematic aspects of his languaging and the way the presentation seems strange and cultic and provides much for people to get hung up on, nonetheless, you can benefit from this unique book if you are open and discerning and able to use your intuition, then you may extract useful knowledge and insight and inspiration, anyway!! Read It Transcendentally!!!