- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1460905601
- ISBN-13: 978-1460905609
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,617,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Rama: Interviews with Direct Students of Rama Paperback – April 11, 2011
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Although it is understandable how such labels as "direct students" and "ST1s, ST2s & ST3s" may appear exclusionary (given that Rama's assistance & guidance are always available to any sincere seeker), Miss Pritchard readily notes, "the interviewees herein are a very small sample of Rama's students and are not at all representational of his student body." And this "very small sample" is most impressive, indeed.
One would easily assume THE ART OF RAMA was compiled by a "direct" student. However, Miss Pritchard was drawn to the practice of meditation through a mentor of Rama's, three years after his passing. That Miss Pritchard was so inspired to subsequently write this book is an especially-glowing testament to Rama himself, as well as to all those who so impeccably continue his teachings & example.
This book is particularly successful in portraying the "Zen Mind/Computer Mind" aspect of Rama's practice, as the interviewees actively participated in various computer/software development projects/businesses of Rama's. In every case, this career brought challenges & triumphs to these remarkable individuals. This is most impressive as women, historically, have not been taught/allowed/encouraged to excel in the business world, or to fully participate in the traditional male-dominated worlds of organized Zen.
One of Rama's very strongest passions was The Enlightenment of Women. Miss Pritchard & these women represent the best & brightest of what is possible when focus, commitment, self-confidence & just-plain-old-hard-work are coupled with daily meditations & an in-every-way-exceptional Spiritual Master's empowerments.
And the "Anonymous" male? His directness, honesty & intense love for his Teacher are totally disarming. His answer to the question, "Is there anything else you'd like to say about Rama?" is the most accurate & most delightful answer ever give to such a query.
THE ART OF RAMA artfully conveys how this group of students, sharing the same "Rama Time Line", have uniquely personal & luminous individual journeys. Their inspiring & passionate words & observations make this book a most welcome & valuable addition to All-Things-Rama.
Sincere thanks go to Marsha, Durga, Saraswati, Samadhi, Mandala, & Rhea. And then one must, of course, give an extra-special "I Want A Hug" hug to "Anonymous"...
Don't be daunted by the price. It is obviously a self-published book so the production costs are higher than mass produced paperbacks. The artwork and layout make it worth the price in my opinion. This is definitely a book I will read many times.