About the Author
The author was born in a little community near Nashville, Tennessee in 1924 and grew up during the years of the great depression where life was very simple. After finishing high school he joined the Navy and spent 4 years in the South Pacific during WWII. After returning to civilian he obtained a college degree in Engineering and joined Wehner von Brown's rocket team and spent a career with NASA in the Space Program. After retirement he spent the next 15 years volunteering his services and searching for the Real Earle. After completing his book, "The Search for the Real Earle", he continues his journey into the self and telling his story as he travels the country.
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He is forever free who has broke
Out of the ego-cage of I and mine
To be united with the Lord of Love
This is the supreme state. Attain this
And pass from death to immortality.
Once there was a real Earle. I was born, given a name, and then, as happens to most of us, the great cover-up of who we really are began. Every segment of our society played a part in this conspiracy. First it was my parents, then the schools, then organized religion - followed up by other authority figures, all molding me into their model of a good citizen. The real self was lost in a maze. I had become a Social Robot.
As part of my meditation I have chosen a mantra, one word or a short phrase repeated over and over when frustrated, a bit angry, alienated from the spirit, or just an offering of love. I have chosen the word Ram, which means God or Great Spirit. This was constantly on the tongue of Gandhi - the last words he uttered when he was assassinated. As an example I repeat Ram, Ram, Ram as I ride my bike leisurely in the mornings. Sometimes I get very exuberant until I am aware that other people stare at me as though I was some California kook.
As I travel and mix with the public I always wear my badge of identification saying, Earle - World citizen. As I continue my search of the real Earle, world issues consume my thoughts and my service shall continue to move toward a helping hand that all might enjoy the wonders of our beautiful planet.
Even though I am reaching that magic age of 75, I believe I have wiggled out of this social trap (mostly) and my view of aging and death is not a deterrent to my living. Of course, as long as my body allows me to be of service to God and this planet I want to prolong death until my karma is played out in this round. My only request is to choose the day and the way I leave this old ego form behind.
I will consider my search ended when I have been transformed from the somebody state (ego) to the nobody state (awareness). My search will end as I physically slip out of this form and my spirit again ripples throughout the universe awaiting my next assignment.