From the Author
One evening in New York, while sitting at the table with pen in hand and feeling a little discouraged, I asked myself a simple question: What is special about me?
I allowed my pen to flow without thinking too much about the answers, and to my surprise, I came up with five affirmations that coincidently all begin with the letter "P". Easy to remember, and as you'll see they touch upon the very core of our existence. Thus was born what I call The Five Noble Truths that now serve to guide me through my life: I am Powerful; I am Protected; I am Perfect; I am Prasadam; I am Prosperous.
My hope is that these affirmations will give you the solace, strength, and the wisdom you need to succeed in your life as well help remind you just how awesome you are.
In expanding on the meaning of each affirmation, I have drawn from the teachings of various esoteric and spiritual traditions, with a special preference to the Vedic scriptures. Essentially, I was writing this book for myself. As I typed each word, I took on the role of an empathetic friend offering encouragement. I want you to know that everything contained in this book was written with the utmost sincerity by the hand of an encouraging friend.
An affirmation is a declaration of something that is true. My hope is that these affirmations will resonate with you as they have with me and that you will embrace and apply them within the context of your own spiritual tradition.
Each one of these affirmations is drawn from the perspective that you and I and all living things on this planet are souls - eternal personified sparks of the Creator, not bound by time and the true essence of what makes us conscious beings.
To compliment the spoken affirmations, I have provided geometric equivalents (yantras) of them which will help in your meditation. I explain the history and efficacy of yantras in the next few chapters.
Our spiritual journey is a very personal one, for no two people truly walk the same path--even those within the same religious community. As the saying goes: you must "fly your own plane," on the path of righteousness. So, bon voyage!
I offer these five noble truths to you with love.
Paul Rodney Turner
About the Author
Paul Rodney Turner was born in Sydney, Australia in 1963 and grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. From a very early age, he became interested in astronomy, astrology, numerology, billiards and graphic design. At the age of 19, Paul left home to live a reclusive life in Sydney’s Blue Mountains. At this time he became fascinated with magic squares and numerology. Soon after, Paul joined an ashram to become a bhakti yogi and took a vow of celibacy. For the next 14 years Paul, now known as “Priyavrata das” — or “Priya” for short — by his fellow Vaisnava monks, studied the ancient teachings of the Vedas as taught by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. During this time, Paul furthered his interest in the mystical arts of numerology and sacred geometry. Over the next 30 years, Paul traveled to more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, helping to inspire and set up Food for Life vegetarian relief projects and train volunteers. In 1994, Priya wrote the official Food for Life training manual and in 1996 he wrote, sang and produced the first official FFL music CD called Prasada Sevaya (Service to holy food). It is no surprise that a fascination with geometry and numbers parlayed into Paul's contribution to the world of billiards with the invention of the world’s best aim trainer, The Billiard Aim Trainer (BAT) in 2006. He currently lives on Australia’s Gold Coast, where he continues to serve the charity, Food for Life Global, teach Food Yoga, and hone his intuitive skills to better serve his clients with accurate numerology readings and inspired designs. Blog: www.paulrodneyturner.com Highlights: - Authored The 5 Noble Truths (2013) - Authored How to Build a Great Food Relief (Published in 2010) - Authored FOOD YOGA - Nourishing the Soul (published in 2011) - Authored The YOGA of POOL - Secrets to becoming a Champion in Billiards and Life. (published 2010) - Authored World’s Best Aiming System for Billiards (published 2010) - Invented the Billiard Aim Trainer (BAT) in 2006