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Limitless Sky Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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"Stunning...enthralling...really remarkable and compelling, full of wisdom, humour and beauty...I love the bravery, curiosity and honesty that streams from this immense adventure" (Joanna Lumley)
"A unique and enlightening story of great courage that will echo for a lifetime" (CBC Radio-Canada)
"Limitless Sky is an extraordinary quest into the magical shadowland of Tantric mysticism. Its author, David Charles Manners, is a man worth watching. One can only marvel at what will flow next from his enchanted pen." (Tahir Shah)
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David Manners meets wonderful people along the way including a beautiful hermaphroditic cousin who is accepted in his culture without the concomitant bewilderment and prejudice of ours. David Manners takes the reader into his extraordinary experiences whether in the streets and alleys, hotels and cafes, or remote villages, spiritual sites, lonely caves and mortuaries. And he doesn't baulk at being funny. The wild riot of colour smell and texture of the regions he visits are well evoked. This is a story of enlightenment and wonder without sounding like a wide eyed westerner discovering gurus and eternal life, in a tediously humorless way. It's a real achievement, in which he draws together a sense of the interconnectedness of everything and everyone.
It’s a passionate book but also gentle and well paced, nothing sensationalised despite the nature of the experiences which of course are sensational. I like the absolutely justifiable contempt for the quick fix Western desire for spiritual consumerism Indian style. It is also really good politically but with a light touch so that without hammering it at readers, they can see how the big religions and political power entwine with colonialism and prejudice and all that goes with corruption of power, to militate against the kind of gentler, kinder, and far more rewarding life of those people you met who live buy The Tradition.
It is part novel, part encyclopedia and part spiritual text. It is erudite, humorous, sensual and provocative. It is full of insights that generously contribute to an essential discourse about how we might make sense of this `living' that we are all united by and to articulate how we might obliterate the perceived differences that keep us detached from our true natures.
But most of all Limitless Sky is a profound work of art and as Maria Rilke so powerfully stated
"Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further."
It seems clear that David embarked on this odyssey of awakening initially for personal reasons but he has ensured that the fruits of his journey are now out in the open for us all to ingest and be nourished by. Perhaps it was with an unwitting sense of what was to become that he first met this shaman, but in skillfully recounting his travels, he has delivered a powerful gift for us all to vicariously be changed by. A change that begins with words on a page and with digestion and an open heart has the power to `enrich the ordinary' and utterly shift the standpoint of our daily lives.
I closed the book with increased fervor to ruthlessly examine the choices I am making about how to use what time remains of my own life, and that of course will have an effect on all those I come into contact with.
It is wondrous, all this, all you, all me.
I try every day to abide by the principals and practice the methods outlined in the book and I can honestly say that my life is so much better for it. Some parts I find difficult to reconcile and sure I have more challenging days but I always have a copy of the book with me, either in paperback or kindle, and I refer to it like a friend.
Amongst the detail of "The Tradition" it's easy to forget that this is a seriously good adventure story too - so buy it, read it, tell your friends and then read it again!
The author has used many quotes from Tripura Rahasya - perhaps it would make the book more readable if he could borrow the format of story telling and examples from Tripura Rahasya which has traditionally been used so effectively to impart knowledge of tantra.
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