God's Dog: Memories, Confessions, Dreams & Revelations of a Modern Mystic
Hardcover, 783 Pages
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This is the story of a middle-class, gay American guided by the best of teachers to a direct encounter with the Great Mystery that is God/dess/Self. The way to the Great Unknown was intricately intertwined with his humanity with all its foibles, and with human relationships. Therefore this story has to include those relationships, revealing ultimately how a gay identity and gay relationship itself can be a vehicle for enlightenment. This inspiring account of struggle, suffering, and transcendence holds out hope for anyone who has ever felt outcaste, broken, or unworthy, demonstrating for our modern times that enlightenment lies within reach of us all. Get this special, limited hardcover edition while they last.
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Sep 4, 2014William Schindler has performed a work of immense value not only to the gay community but to contemporary religious culture in general, by refusing to live a lie. Whilst acknowledging the value and utility of ascetic approaches to spirituality as a means of training the will and purifying the mind, he has come to the conclusion that for many people and gay persons in particular, who often have a wounded sense of self or self-worth, ascetic approaches do not work. Of the various strands of Hindu thought and practice - e.g. Sankhya, Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra - it is the Tantric tradition which has, in principle, the greatest utility in addressing the needs of self-divided persons and in overcoming the split between body and spirit which characterises so much of spiritual or religious culture east and west. 'Tantra' in this sense being understood not so much as a set of highly advanced, not to say dangerous, esoteric practices, suitable only for people of a heroic disposition, but rather... More > an advaitic teaching which sees non-duality in terms of a relation or conjunction of the principle of consciousness or awareness (Shiva) and that of its power of manifestation (Shakti), or the 'male' principle of transcendence and the 'female' principle of immanence. As such the tantric tradition has the potential for valorising the entirety of life (body, mind and spirit) and thus affirming an 'embodied spirituality' in contrast to the 'disembodied consciousness' more highly prized in other streams of Indic thought. Unlike Andrew Harvey, another gay mystic, whose disillusionment with Mother Meera after her refusal to acknowledge his homosexuality and choice of life partner, led to a fierce condemnation of practically all Hindu teachers, William Schindler has not followed this route. His love and respect for the teachers in his own lineage and Ramakrishna, it's founder, is not in doubt. Honesty is a keynote of God's Dog, a sumptuous 753 page, carefully crafted testament to his awakening as a gay spiritual teacher. As a gay man William Schindler tends to invest a great deal in his significant relationships. He has sought an ideal relationship to fulfill an aspiration that was awakened in India in a relationship with a spiritual mentor. Whilst finding love in different ways in different relationships, all of which he values, in a sense his greatest object of love and adoration remains Ramakrishna to whom he has unswervingly devoted his life as God's dog. Avinasha< Less
Aug 22, 2014When I learned that this book was being released, I immediately ordered a copy, as I had read passages of it on William Schindler's Facebook Page which whetted my appetite for more. This book has not let down my expectations in any way. It is a large, thick book filled with the author's wonderful spiritual and very ordinary experiences told with fearless candor and quite a bit of humor. It contains chapters covering all aspects of his life: as a young boy, an aspiring monk, his loves and life as a gay man and his health challenges as a man with HIV, to name only a few. Each chapter is written in an easy conversational style for easy reading. This book appeals to me, an older gay man with spiritual leanings, as the author shows a way for guys like me to put our spiritual yearnings into practice in our daily lives learning along the way that being gay is not a barrier to achieving profound spiritual insight and even, enlightenment. This book is not a "How-To" book, but it is a... More > powerful guide by virtue of it being a true story, so the attentive reader will find many tips to further his or her spiritual practice. I hope this book appeals as much to others as it does to me. Enjoy!< Less
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- Ashram West Tantra Brotherhood, Inc. (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Ashram West Tantra Brotherhood, Inc.
- August 15, 2014
- Hardcover (casewrap)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 3.99 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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