Online book #2: Naturally Awake and Radiant (Overview of practices using external and internal light, sound, and felt energy currents)

A second online book has been started.

Unlike the first online book, now complete, there will be no conventional chapter structure.  There will be short sections identified by subject headers.

Drafts, as they are written, will be posted here:

The opening text:


–The Lead Paragraph

*The Lead Paragraph

A few centuries after the beginning of the common era in India, the vibrance of bhakti-devotionalism and Tantra movements in Hinduism and Buddhism infused the often rarefied and fleshless (or dissociative leaning) teaching and practice systems of Hinduism and Buddhism.

The classical yoga systems emphasized setting the stage for one pointed focusing in meditation practice by bringing attention inwardly away from a focus on sensory perceptions and focusing instead one-pointedly in order to realize the bare Consciousness and sense of Being that comes to the forefront of awareness and feeling when, as the classic Yoga Sutras noted, the movements of the mind and experiences of perceptions have been stilled.

The Tantra systems embraced the world of sensations, whether they be perceptions based on our sense organs or subtle currents of light, sound, and energy currents felt and perceived “internally” in subtler realms of experience.

In the Tantra orientation of “transforming” our sense of experiencing, these currents were presented in primary texts of Tantra (which are called “tantras” whether written by practitioners from within Vajrayana Buddhism or Hindu movements like Kashmir Shaivism). By focusing on and riding on these currents (light, sound, and felt energy), instead of stilling their movements via the classical approach, one can come to recognize and realize the Source of all movements, Consciousness-Being-Bliss, our nature beyond body-mind-personal self sense identification.

An Overview: Four Asian Traditions (Impacting Western Cultures Since the 19th Century)

Welcome to this site.

This site contains an online book, presented by an “anonymous retiree”, that is a very beginning introduction to the basic history, teachings, and practices to the main Asian-born non-dualistic wisdom traditions that began seriously impacting western cultures in the 19th Century.

At the base of the header photo for this site are the links to the contents of that book, which surveys Advaita Vedanta, Vipassana, Kashmir Shaivism, and Dzogchen. And, also here:

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter One: The Not-Two Spirit

Chapter Two: Advaita Vedanta
Chapter Two: Advaita Vedanta

Chapter Three: Vipassana
Chapter Three: Vipassana

Chapter Four: Kashmir Shaivism
Chapter Four: Kashmir Shaivism

Chapter Five: Dzogchen
Chapter Five: Dzogchen

Chapter Six: The Instructive Stories
Chapter Six: The Instructive Stories

Here’s the Title Page for what will be the only flesh and blood version by me; the reader will note that re-publishing by others is allowed (in any manner that they desire):

~The history, literature, teachings and practices of Advaita Vedanta, Vipassana, Kashmir Shaivism, and Dzogchen~
~Presented by an anonymous retired person~
~Creative Commons with source attribution (“anonymous retired person” and “http://” as site for online posting of book contents)~
~Published by “Not-Two Dance Publishings”, an Unincorporated Forest-Recluse operation.

There will be no separate blog articles for each book report; instead, book reports will be added to this article in journal fashion.



May 17, 2016

Current readings include a new book published by a Catholic priest from southern Italy with a long time study and practice of Dzogchen.  This will be the first review posted here soon.  Focus at the moment is on finishing chapters five and six of the book being written by me, and posted here.

May 21, 2016

“Not-Two Dance Publishings” is established as an “unincorporated forest-recluse”.  There is of course no such “thing”, at least officially.  The potential models of “unincorporated association”, LLC, or non-profit public benefit corporation were not fits for this particular effort.  Because all work produced here is for free to all, and I (really and truly, unlike Biff) am full self-funding, I have no need for an “official” structuring of this education project.

Published works here will be also outside the ISBN cataloguing system and will be identified by an “OFF GRID BOOK IDENTIFICATION NUMBER” system where the book is first identified by the number indicating its standing on the list of published works.

An Overview: Four Asian Traditions is the first book published so it is #1-0001.  So, far there is only this one hardcopy version or edition, so that is the “-0001” part.

Anybody desiring to publish this work, or portions of it, as part of their own commercial and copyrighted work would naturally obtain an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for their works.  And, a copyright.  Because all of the work published and distributed by Not-Two Dance Publishings is set as “creative commons-attribution” anybody is free to do as they wish with this material.  (And, have no need to seek permission or even provide a head’s up on plans to use the material.)

May 30, 2016

Father Tiso’s book: Rainbow Body and Resurrection

Very clear sharing of the experience of the non-dual condition, pages 61 to 62.  Father Tiso references influences, including the Avadhuta Gita.  And, a Mad Yogi.  (And, Namkhai Norbu also.)

May 31, 2016


“The Visions of Elias: A True Story of Life in the Spirit”

Tom Veitch’s first non-fiction book.  A former Benedictine monk, he spent close time with a Trappist monk friend in his dying days.  From the Amazon description:

“During his years as a Benedictine monk, Tom Veitch formed lasting friendships with two spiritual visionaries, both who were former Trappists. As he approached his time of dying, one of those men, whose religious name was Elias, agreed to discuss in depth the whole extent of his spiritual life, covering a period of more than fifty years.

Here, for the first time, Elias reveals how God came to him in dream and vision, moving him to abandon the world and take up the devotional life of a cloistered monk. He shares his investigations of the teachings of the East and his extensive involvement with the writings of C.G. Jung and with Jungian analysis. Finally, as he approaches death, Elias describes how he finds himself at peace with God and already immersed in the reality of the afterlife.

This book is no fantasy — it’s the real deal. Patiently, and with considerable wisdom, Elias laid out for Tom not only the experiences themselves, but his thoughts about them based on a life-long study of theology, psychology and the great religions both west and east.

Profound, but not a solemn book, The Visions of Elias is laced throughout with humor and a lightness of tone. As Elias said, he wasn’t setting out to preach. He just wanted to tell his story for the record, for he knew that soon he would be going to the One who calls us all, and leaving this world forever.”


Currently reading:

“Ten Early Tantras of the Great Perfection” by Christopher Wilkinson


June 16 2016

The online book posted at this site, “An Overview…..”, was completed yesterday.  Again, this is something people can republish in any format they desire.  That includes those who want to include the material, or portions of it, in any of their own copyrighted books.  (No need, as I mentioned in an earlier note, to seek permission or to notify me of plans to use.)


July 26 2016

Initial work or preparation has begun for a second overview book, this one to cover teachings and practices related to the yogic meditation systems focusing on “energy”.

There will be an examination of about a dozen of the 20 medieval era texts known as the “Yoga Upanishads” and which focus on using mantra, internal light, internal sound, and shakti and kundalini energy as currents to concentrate on in awareness and feeling in order to realize the essence and source of all that we experience.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is another medieval era, Tantra born, text to be examined as it is considered a classical guide to what is known today as “Kundalini Yoga”.