Written by a successful Japanese businessman working for a trading house in New York, this book reveals secrets of the multi-dimensional world, of the creation of the universe and the truth of all human history besides giving precise directions to pursue enlightenment and train for spiritual awareness.
More than seven million copies of this book sold out when it was first published in Japan in 1994 as it became the scripture of the new age. This new thinking which integrates Christianity and Buddhism “is the new way of salvation and it will form the new humanity of the coming age,” says the author.
Many of us have at some time or other given some thought to the true meaning of life. What does ‘life’ – the period between our birth and our death – mean? If life is only death ultimately, it would mean that a person born at a specific time and given a specific name by his or her parents leaves nothing behind at death but a name, a few boxes, a handful of ash. “Everything else is converted into carbon dioxide or water vapour and dissipates in the air.” If this is the case, what on earth do we spend our lives working for? What is the use of studying? Why do we put ourselves to such effort? Is there any point in continuously refining our ideas or pursuing our ideals? Do we ever take time to ask what the teachings of the Buddha were to be relevant for 2,500 years since his time in India? Was everything that he said untrue, calculated simply to mislead people?
In practical life we touch the Buddha consciousness at times when we experience extreme emotions – when we are in love, or when there is a birth, a death, a sickness, or disillusionment. Buddha consciousness is inherent in the things of this world and in the things beyond it.
The author talks of love and the noble Eightfold Path which provides directions to live a life that is ‘right’ and encourages contemplation on the subject that can ultimately lead to enlightenment. He describes the four wheels of love that can be achieved through spiritual practice – fundamental love, spiritually nurturing love, forgiving love and love incarnate. The Eightfold Path concentrates on daily practice, daily enlightenment, whereas the stages in the development of love present a mid- to long-term target Thus it is seen that right view and right speech lead to fundamental love; right action and right livelihood lead to spiritually nurturing love; right thought and right efforts lead to forgiving love and right mindfulness and right concentration lead to love incarnate
The author reveals the transcendent nature of consciousness and the secrets of our multi-dimensional universe and our place in it. By following the Buddhist Eightfold Path, we can speed up our eternal process of development.
This self-help book shows the way to achieving true happiness – a happiness that continues from this world through the other, while exploring different aspects of the Buddha and the purpose and mission of life itself.
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