I am always thrilled to come across small volumes that pack a great punch, because they are the kinds of treasures you can give as gifts without feeling that you've overwhelmed the recipient - after all, it seems very few of us have the time to read all the books our friends and family recommend. Golden Rule in mind, I like giving something that will take little of someone's time, but that will truly inspire or enlighten.The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe is one of these short and sweet titles. It is a bibliographical account of a brilliant man of this century - one Walter Russell - who appears to have been sadly overlooked as someone we all should know. I'm not against us keeping stats on and remembering always the world's greatest athletes - sports seem an important part of our lives for what they represent. But when we remember every great athlete without remembering the greatest spiritual pioneers, I wonder about priorities.So much can be learned from the life of Walter Russell, and I believe he is one man we could teach about in schools in order to exemplify spiritual principles without preaching and persuading. A life is a much more powerful example than any words, and as we look at Mr. Russell's life, we can perceive how a different approach can bestow such a very different result! Probably my favorite example from within the book is when it tells of Russell taking a summer job as a bellboy, and startling himself by refusing his first tip. Tips were the primary income for bellboys, and the only real reason to take the job ... one would think. When he came to grips with his action, he decided he would refuse all tips from that point on, yet would work harder and offer more service to the guests than anyone else.Read more ›
This very small, short book is written in a sensational style that usually turns me off, but the subject -- Walter Russell -- is so exceptional that I could not help but overlook it. This is a man who was an architect of a building still standing in New York city, yet he never went to school past the 8th grade. He sculpted the Mark Twain Memorial, though he never studied art. He even created the Co-op system for housing in New York (but later denounced it as politicians and real estate developers caused the system to degenerate into the state it's in now). I love to pass this book around to friends -- they always appreciate it. I highly recommend this introduction to his highly unusual experiences, philosophy, and unique relationship with the Universe.
Despite its short length this little book is packed with useful and interesting information. You need to read it twice just to begin to take in the new concepts it presents. Walter Russell did a great deal for American Art & Science. He is one of the most understated men of history. May the knowledge of his accomplishments continue to grow and inspire.
Seems that many have misunderstood this man.This was the quest (Glen Clark). "All my life I have been looking for a man who has discovered the Universal Law which lies back of the sermon on the mount, and who conciously uses that law with full awarenes of its meaning, and full obedience to its principles." "If I could find such a man,I though to myself, He would be so cosmiclly aware of the Light of God that he would know the Spiritual Cause of all Effect." Clark was looking for a man who had achieved Cosmic Consciousness. This man would know God the Cause of all Effect. When Russell talks about the Light he is talking about God. In Hebrew Kabbalah it would be Ain Soph Aur or the Limitless Light! This man would understand how the Universe worked and would be able to do anything he desired to achieve. This is why he was able to excell in many different areas of knowledge. This is why it is important for you to know about this man! Read his book "Atomic Suicide" to get the overall picture of his ideas. There are many other books for those on the Path of enlightment by Walter Russell. Do not listen to the fools that have belittled him for they are ignorant of the Truth! Frater J.A.
I was given this book by a friend who knew my keen interest in learning about people who lived a great life as an example to others of the potential within us all.
This little 55 page book doesn't go into too much details of the life of Walter Russell, it touches upon his accomplishments and success in all areas of his life and leaves out dwelling on any suffering he went through to accomplish great things but it does talk about HOW he did it.
The best part of this book, besides giving us a glimpse into the life of an extraordinary man, is that it points the way for each of us to find that same measure of greatness within ourselves - if we choose to do so.
Some have reviewed this as "stupidity" but the mans success speaks for itself and "stupidity" and sarcasm will not find you greatness... I enjoyed reading this book very much and hope you do to!
"Until one learns to lose one's self he cannot find himself...The personal ego must be suppressed and replaced with the 'universal ego.' One must not be the part, one must be the whole." This is a quote from Russell, explaining his first law of success: humility.
"The Man Who Tapped The Secrets Of The Universe" houses many inspirational, but paradoxical, zen-like statements as above.
The writer, Glenn Clark asks Russell: "Tell me how you acquired your scientific knowledge." Russell replies: "It is because I always looked for the CAUSE behind things and didn't fritter away my time analyzing EFFECTS...ALL KNOWLEDGE EXISTS as CAUSE. And it is simple. It is limited to LIGHT of MIND and the electric wave of motion which records God's thinking in matter."
You follow this? See, according to Russell, the universe consists of nothing but light. There are a total of nine oscillations (wavelengths) of light which create all known matter. To be a genius, all you need to do is become one with Nature (i.e. realize you are nothing but light), and she will then whisper all her secrets in your ear.
Walter Russell is the first author to use the term "New Age" and a lot of his thinking seems to anticipate many modern-day 'New Age' philosophies. His overwhelmingly positive outlook reminds me very much of Dr. Wayne Dyer.
The brief length of this book does not even remotely do Russell justice - or, should I say, it doesn't even remotely answer the questions I have about this man. Here's a guy, who started out when he was ten years old with his first job as a church organist. He worked as a musician to pay his way through art school. And then became an architect! How did he do this?!
Russell says he never works at anything for longer than two hours.Read more ›