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Bamso: The Art of Dreams Paperback – December 1, 2009
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About the Author
Asanaro has dedicated more than twenty years to the study and teaching of alternative arts and philosophy originating in pre-Buddhist Tibet, especially with regard to meditation through the union of body and mind. He has taught around the world, and has developed schools in South America, Europe, and the United States. He lives in Massachusetts.
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The similarities are obvious, an eager somewhat naive young student personality is being initiated into apparently contradictory and confusing mystical Jedi-type teachings by an obscurely wise Yoda-like figure. However, the differences are more important than the similarities. Both the content of the Bamso teachings, and the way they are presented in the author's personal narrative are far more sensible, gentle, approachable than anything in Castaneda. But the most important difference to me is the feeling of truth the resonates and threads the whole narrative. Asanaro is not playing games. Castaneda is a great writer, it's no criticism or shame to Asanaro to point out that Castaneda's' presentation is on an entirely different level of literary artistry - he was simply a genius as a writer. There's only one problem with that - he was a hoaxster and his narrative as presented was false. That has been thoroughly researched and fully established beyond doubt. He was a truly great, yet essentially dishonest, literary genius.
Asanaro is something different. Asanaro is a teacher. And in my opinion that is something both more needed and more rare than another great literary work of art. Of course we don't have videotape proof of Asanaro's exact journey as written here either. Yet I have absolute confidence in his teachings. Not only because they confirm most of the best writing on the subject of dreams and astral travel, such as the seminal works of Robert Monroe. But also because this narrative contains not a single false note, in terms of what I have personally observed in my visits some years ago to the Asanaro's original school, the same basic setting for most of the narrative in the Bamso book.
To be clear, I am neither a member of any of the Mmulargan schools, not do I practice Seamm Jasani or any of its sister arts. But I have met Asanaro and his senior students as a visitor to their home ground, the same environment where the Bamso narrative begins, and they made an indelible impression on me of absolute honesty, gentleness, humor, and profound understanding. I was honored to have been briefly accepted into their world, but only now, reading Bamso, have I begun to understand how deep that water really is. And that's something that a casual browser of these reviews and the book might want to keep in mind, that Bamso is really one part, perhaps the crowning element but not the only one, of an art that encompasses a whole lot more (presumably much more than I ever saw). Those other elements are alluded to in this book, but for fuller appreciation you will probably find yourself wanting to read at least the author's first book on Seamm Jasani.
Anyway, getting back to the book itself, having read virtually everything ever published on astral travel, mystical consciousness, and the deeper aspects of dreaming, I do not know any other book that unifies all the confusing, disparate observations of many great spiritual masters over the eons. This is truly a great book, a much needed book, a landmark achievement, and hugely enjoyable, a tremendous pleasure to read.
I am not a student of Asanaro or the school, I work on my own arts in my own way, but for that very reason, for the fact that he has taken the trouble, for the benefit of outsiders to his method, to shed such illumination on THE fundamental problem of consciousness and reality, I thank him most sincerely.
I am sorry for the writer because I understand how challenging writing is. I suggest a writing coach or hiring a good writer to share this information which the author must have a passion for. This was a missed opportunity for both the author and for me the reader.