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About Stuart Perrin
Stuart Perrin was born in New York City on August 10, 1942. At the age of sixteen he began a search for a teacher who could direct his creative energies on a spiritual path. He studied literature, philosophy, acting and wrote poems of a visionary nature. He lived a bohemian life in Europe and Africa until his twenty-ﬁfth birthday when circumstances forced him to return to the States. It was at that time that he met Rudi (Albert Rudolph) in New York City. Mr. Perrin became a disciple of Rudi's, and their relationship grew closer over the years. They were together at the time of Rudi's death in 1973 in an airplane crash. "I never felt he had gone. If I wish to be with him, to learn from him, I just open my heart. He is there. Sitting. Smiling. Sharing his teachings."
His studies with Rudi gave Mr. Perrin a deep insight into how meditation and inner work could help a human being ﬁnd a method whereby it is possible to live in the world and be free of it at the same time.
Stuart is a long-time writer and author of five books and many essays, both fiction and non-fiction, weaving his understanding of inner work and affairs of the heart with equal dexterity.
Stuart has a meditation center in New York City where he offers classes, lectures, and meditation retreat intensives around the country. He has many students throughout the United States, Europe, Israel and Brazil.
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BY STUART PERRIN IN ONE VOLUME
The Mystical Ferryboat
Peter S. has been convicted of murder and is on death row. He befriends a volunteer spiritual teacher and gives him a manuscript that he wrote called “The Mystical Ferryboat”, a fantasy trip on a ferryboat that circles Manhattan Island. Within the Ferryboat are seven chambers that only a select few can enter, and each of these chambers is a manifestation of one of the prime energy centers in a human being.
The narrative moves from the past to the present and reveals the incredible relationship that can exist between a spiritual teacher and his disciple. The book is almost allegorical: a plane takes off on a clear day and within fifteen minutes is lost in a fog that is so dense one can’t see ten feet ahead. This short novel is a fictionalized, but true account of the final moments of Rudi’s life and the profound affect he had on the author.
The Dancing Man
The entire story takes place in a dream while a young man sits at the bedside of his dying father. Set in a South Bronx neighborhood, every evening, at 7:00 pm, the Dancing Man performs his dance to crowds of people on top of a hill. A young man attends the dance performances and becomes a disciple of the Dancing Man. He explores his own inner life and learns from experience how to free himself from karmic trappings and be initiated into the secrets of the dance.
Author and teacher, Stuart Perrin, was born in New York City. As a child, he exhibited unusual spiritual gifts and sought to learn and understand the deepest teachings of eastern and western religions. After years of domestic and international travel in search of a guru, Mr. Perrin returned to his home in New York where he met Rudi (Swami Rudrananda). Thus began his initiation into what would become a lifetime of personal growth that culminated in mastery of Kundalini Yoga and the ability to pass on teachings, techniques and benefits of the spiritual practice he originally learned from Rudi.
"A Lotus Flower in Muddy Waters" shares with the reader profound and ageless teachings.The following quotes from the book (just a small sample) show the relevance of Mr. Perrin’s insights into contemporary life: “Within every person there’s a voice that guides him or her to higher levels of consciousness, a voice that speaks from the heart. We have to learn to trust it. It’s our teacher;” or, “The less ego we have cluttering up our inner lives, the more room there is for spiritual energy, but people cling to anxiety and neurosis out of familiarity. They’d rather be crazy than be nothing... it takes guts to surrender to the unknown;” or, “It’s easy to keep one’s heart open when good times are here, but nobility of soul is found in people who keep their hearts open during bad times as well... Can we find love, joy, sweetness, and gratitude in the dark night of the human soul? That’s a true test of our connection with God.”
Mr. Perrin gives us a clear and practical understanding of how one can live a happy life in a confused and crazy world. A perennial storyteller, he uses uncomplicated language to share his personal experiences on the spiritual path. Do yourself a favor! Read this book!
As a young man, the author encountered scores of spiritual teachers who spoke about love, peace, and pathways to enlightenment. They told him to chant, to study the Bible or the Bhagavad Gita or other sacred texts, to live on esoteric diets, light incense and pray, but had no answers when asked, “How does one quiet the mind? How does one overcome the anxiety, depression, emotional quicksand, and internal chaos that keeps one from being happy?
How does one live in a place like New York City and have a spiritual life?” There had to be a practical way of integrating wisdom with everyday living, and the author describes how he searched for and found it.
The author of "Navigating the River of Time" shares personal moments from his life and integrates them with concrete methods of spiritual development. He shows the reader that the path to enlightenment can begin in the tenement districts of the South Bronx.
The author firmly believes that if he could do it, anyone on earth can. We’re all born with the tools: mind, breath, chakras, need, will, and gratitude. We just have to learn how to use them. The esoteric needs to be made practical, and Navigating the River of Time is a guidebook that can open doors to inner peace and happiness.
In Stuart Perrin's multicultural suspense novel Little Sisters, the protagonists are drawn into the dangerous world of international sex trafficking. Beyond revealing the nightmare of sexual slavery, it's a story of four sisters and how each of them is transformed by the horrors of life in a Mumbai brothel in dramatically different and unpredictable ways.
"When children (no matter what their nationality, ethnicity, or religion) are forced to become sex slaves, the entire world must take responsibility..." - Author's Preface.
“Moving On: Finding Happiness in a Changed World” touches on the human struggle to make sense of an absurd and often painful life. In those moments when we find ourselves alone and we have to confront an host of anxieties, insecurities, and inner pain, a sentence from a book like “Moving On…” can give insight into what people must do to eliminate stress and find joy and love in day to day activity. It can help us step out of darkness into light.
Moving On is a book of street-smart, yet soul-wise aphorisms for those of us that seek peace in the center of an ever-changing world. Author Stuart Perrin assures us that peace and happiness both exist at the heart of even our craziest days, and that each of us can achieve clarity when we need it most.
There are countless events that occur in our everyday lives that make the world seem “changed.” Separation, divorce, job loss, politics, illness, and the death of a loved one— all of these are personal situations in which we need a little perspective and wisdom in order to move on. The perfect gift for anyone that has to deal with difficult life circumstances, Moving On offers thoughts both for staying “in the now” and grabbing opportunities that lie hidden right in front of you.
When Dina is told by an oncologist that her thirteen-year old daughter’s tumor was inoperable and chemotherapy wouldn’t work, when she was told that Leah had about three weeks to live, Dina contacts David, a meditation master. This exquisitely written book tells the poignant story of the healing work David undertook to shrink the tumor. It takes the reader on a voyage from a state of medical hopelessness to a surgeon who steps out of an operating room with a smile on his face and tells Dina: “It’s a miracle. We got the whole thing. The tumor formed a sac around itself and was shrinking inside her.”
As Richard Gere wrote in his forward to the book: “With an open heart and deep insight, Stuart Perrin explores the true nature of health and disease. In Leah, cancer is a disorder of the spirit whose roots can finally be cut by a fundamental change in one’s spiritual life. An important story of purity, loss and understanding…”
And further praise from the actor Alan Arkin:
“An immediate and very easy to understand account of the healing process as it works within the healer. If this book falls into the right hands at the right time, it could save lives.”
When I first met Isabelle Sinclair at a Coffee Creek Correctional Facility meditation class, she was a waif of a thing with blue hair and dark penetrating eyes that revealed a deep intelligence and hunger for a spiritual life. She looked at me with an appraising eye that belied a lack of security and covered a sincere need for life out of the ordinary. One rarely sees that in a twenty-one year old person. I knew nothing about her past nor did I care, but she reminded me, a bit, of what I was like when I was her age.
When I received Isabelle’s first letter, it was analytical, a little bit angry, and distrustful, but beneath the surface there was a deep need for some kind of spiritual guidance. One letter followed another, sometimes two or three at a time, but each letter, whether full of anger, insecurity or gratitude, revealed a hunger in this young person for a life that transcended the ordinary. She wouldn’t accept the mediocre and commonplace she saw in people and refused to lead a boring and mundane life. It so much reminded me of myself when I was her age, her incarceration was simply rebellion against the ordinary. I told her, both in our letters, and when I taught at Coffee Creek Prison that there are no accidents. She had to be grateful for time spent at Coffee Creek because it would completely transform her. If she developed a strong inner life, she could use the deadly atmosphere of prison as a reminder that she had no choice but to continue to fix her own mental and emotional chaos...and I could help her do it.
– Stuart Perrin
In the summer of 2006, I had plans to visit Israel. When a war broke out between the Israelis and Hezbollah, the newscasts showed bombs and rockets exploding in Haifa, the Galilee, Beirut, and South Lebanon. The entire country was being drawn into a major confrontation.
It’s important for me to visit Jerusalem, I thought. What I would teach there is diametrically opposed to the fighting in the north: joy, happiness, and love are essential to spiritual practice as well as human dignity, and I wondered how my message would be received in a country at war.
Light in Jerusalem is a memoir of various and sundry experiences I had on trips to Israel. Though it’s set in 2006 a time of war in the Middle East, it explores paradoxical situations I experienced on many of my visits to a country that’s the birthplace of three major religions, and a focal point of the modern world’s attention, a country that inspired me to tap vast resources of spiritual energy in myself and to recognize essential truths expressed on different paths that lead to the same place. I discovered that Jerusalem’s mysterious light pierced conflicted thought and opened doors hidden behind political and religious differences, a light that illuminates truth at the source of all humanity’s doctrines and beliefs.