The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment
was often described around San Francisco as "the last book you'll ever need to read about spirituality".
It is a book that proposes to map-out the human spiritual experience, from its modest beginning
, to full realization
, in simple language that anyone (willing) can understand.
true self-publishing phenomenon from the early '70s, this book is a
precursor to much of our popular Western spiritual literature.
have been inspired to write their own version, but somehow, this text
towers over most books on the subject. Perhaps the most dizzying quality
of Golas's writing style, beyond his humorous and light touch, is his
ability to pack several layers of profound meaning in his concise
sentences. Meaning you'll be unpacking for years--provided you want to
go through your own process of checking and proving. And enough to make
the Guide a book that remains a faithful lifetime companion in just
about any situation, and crisis.
If ever life came with an owner's manual, this is it.
book has known several incarnations over a few decades, and Thaddeus
Golas had often planned on expanding the text in various ways. He even
toyed with the idea of doing a Guide about The Guide, with annotations.
In the end, he settled on writing a few new chapters on topics that he felt he'd missed the first time out:
Free Will, Expand!, two explorations of our relationship to matter, energy and space, and Who's on First?, a treaty on why intellectuals are always baffled by simple action.
Updates and revisions: Thaddeus Golas made revisions to his original text of The Lazy Man s Guide to Enlightenment
throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These revisions were intended to help
the text survive the extinction of the 1960s jargon. He also clarified
many concepts and emphasized the idea that consciousness, even more than
love itself, is the key to Enlightenment.
In this revised and updated edition of his original 1972 street pamphlet, Golas added material to The Guide and made over 100 small fixes to his original manuscript.
This final update returns the book to its simple, delicate and subtle
"pocket-size" handbook,complete with its favorite mandala design: No
fat, no extra chatter - just the facts!