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What does it mean to be fully unplugged and present? I dunno. I admit that when I took the Red Pill there were some blue specks in it. Hey, I had a cold and I thought it was a Contac. But these three articles describe living and lives that are probably a little more plugged into The Matrix World than yours or mine.
Featured are a book review, the story of a con man who convinced people for years at a time that they were being followed by terrorists, and notes from the "hey no one loves elvis more than i do but this is a little too much" file.
We finish up with a tag line from Toombaru.
Alfred A. Knopf
The pleasurable tension of a Bret Easton Ellis novel lies
between what it seems to be (a laundry list of luxury products)
and what he must intend it to be (a searing indictment of a
materialist culture). Does B.E.E. intend to castigate a puerile,
Essaying the Age of Terror, B.E.E. has found an exquisitely
terrifying genre of Stuff to Enumerate: kiddie items. In his new
By the time Bret, haunted by images of his abusive father,
hunkers down in his Security-Mom-and-Soccer-Dad household,
ghostly winds blow, icky scratching noises ensue, and B.E.E. gets
e-mails from the Bank of America late at , the exact
moment of his father's death! There's also a student at the
college where B.E.E. teaches who seems to be performing a series
of copycat murders in the style of American Psycho. As the
various scare-novel accoutrements unfold, a deeper mystery
arises. Is B.E.E. creating a portrait of fear-crazed
|'Evil' British conman who posed as spy jailed for life|
A nod to Elvis on yogi's spiritual journey
The King's music helped lead author/teacher to Eastern traditions
By PAUL GRONDAHL,
The 59-year-old yoga and meditation teacher, in fact, thanks the King in the acknowledgments to his new book, "The Heart and Science of Yoga."
Perlmutter began listening to Presley's gospel recordings as a
boy growing up in
"When I gave my attention to the music of Elvis, the rest of the world fell away," said Perlmutter. "That was my earliest meditation."
In his life and in his writing, Perlmutter has set out to demystify yoga and meditation, to make it seem as natural and essential as drawing breath.
"Meditation is nothing more than concentration of the mind," he said. "You can be meditating when you're golfing, playing poker, cooking, gardening or reading a book."
Perlmutter and his wife, noted equine artist Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, explain the ways in which they've braided yoga and meditation into their everyday lives in the encyclopedic, 511-page tome they co-authored.
The book is an outgrowth of the American Meditation Institute
for Yoga Science and Philosophy, which the couple began at their
home in 1996. They draw a wide range of seekers to their
renovated 19th-century farmhouse and bucolic five-acre grounds in
They paid $30,000 for the ramshackle spread and a tractor in 1975 during their back-to-the-land bohemian days. They bought it from a former tractor salesman who had a religious conversion in the house, quit his job and became a missionary for a fundamentalist church.
"Maybe it's something in the water here," Perlmutter said, a sly grin creasing his lips beneath a long, full beard that is mostly gray.
Perlmutter formed the institute after studying with the late
Shri Swami Rama of the
"These are people who have pain in their lives from work stress, divorce, illness and other causes," Perlmutter said. "Their goal is to live without pain."
Perlmutter, who was raised as an Orthodox Jew, said he has no desire to develop disciples. He encourages students to continue attending their churches and synagogues.
"My job is to become a mirror and to redirect their attention back to themselves," he said.
The couple practices what they preach. They rise at , offer prayers, stretch through various yoga positions and meditate. The take a long walk along their country road, followed by a light breakfast. He goes to his study to read and write, she to her painter's studio. They break to cook a vegetarian meal for lunch, their main repast of the day, followed by afternoon work sessions and evening classes.
Perlmutter, shoeless, wears an Asana suit, an Eastern-styled, loose-fitting ensemble of white cotton slacks and collarless shirt. Encircling his wrist is a silver bracelet engraved with his mantra, Aum namaha shivaya -- "Nothing is mine. Everything is thine."
He wears a silver ring with an image of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god. His necklace is a string of rudraksha seeds.
His car, a wood-paneled 1996 Buick Roadmaster station wagon, has a vanity license plate that reads, "Aum."
The road to yogi was full of twists and turns for Perlmutter.
His father, an Austrian Jew, emigrated from
His dream was for his son to become a lawyer.
Perlmutter, who has an older sister, did his best to oblige.
After graduating from
"I wasn't satisfied trying to live my father's dream," he said.
After moving back in with his parents in the
The Spirit's illustrator was Jenness Cortez. Perlmutter was editor and publisher. The two discovered they were kindred spirits.
It was a heady time and the 20,000-circulation biweekly community paper, but Perlmutter closed it in 1975, after four years of publication.
"I had spent every waking hour on it and was exhausted," Perlmutter said.
His chapter as newspaper publisher had ended and a new one, as
student of yoga and philosophy, began on farmland in
The unusual arc of his career would make a good song -- gospel perhaps. And sung by Elvis, his guru, of course.
Paul Grondahl can be reached at 454-5623 or by e-mail at [email protected].
Why does Sai Baba manifest those cheap watches and not
......and why is he so attracted to little boys?
Why did Ramana say that there was reincarnation..........and then say there wasn't?
Why did he tell us that his pet cow was enlightened?
Why is Ramesh still compelled to touch the femaleness around him?
Why did Nisargadatta piddle all over himself when a relative of Ramana came to his house?
Why did Mother Teresa lie about that orphanage of 5000?
Why do you continue to believe that they all have something.........that you do not?
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