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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Books (19 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872862917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872862913
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 0.5 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These classic Kerouac meditations, Zen koans and prose poems express the poet's beatific quest for peace and joy through oneness with the universe.

About the Author

Jack Kerouac was born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The best-known of his many works, On the Road, published in 1957, was an international bestseller. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of forty-seven.

Anne Waldman is a widely acclaimed poet, editor, performer, teacher, and activist. She is the author of more than thirty books including, most recently, "In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems," She is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute where she teaches.


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By A Customer on 6 April 1999
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beautifully written, these spiritual meditations are some of kerouac's best and most humble, opening up the quiet side of kerouac often overlooked, simply amazing
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This is a true gem of a book if you are the 'right person' for it. What do I mean by that? You need an open mind and an open heart. You must be in a suitable "space of your mind", willing to listen. The ancient Truth will shine through the words straight into your face like a golden beam of light....and you will rejoice.

This book is a 'little big meditation'. Read it as a poem and let the meaning percolate deep inside you. Don't sweat it.

I don't think it matters what I say here, either the book calls you and you'll get it or you'll shrug your shoulders and buy yet another detective story.....in which case.....all is fine, you were not yet ready.

I was surprised to find out that Kerouac (whom I'd filed into another category in my brain) wrote such a golden book filled with the Ancient Wisdom of the east. He was going west, wasn't he? ;-)

Oh, how did I discover the book? A Czech teenager mentioned it to me when I was visiting Prague a couple of years ago, go figure.

But as I said if you are meant to read it, you won't be able to avoid it, so relax and throw a coin. Heads or tails?
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This book was a really good read! I loved the bit about cats!!
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HASH(0x9d635f18) out of 5 stars A 20th-century spiritual testament 8 Jun. 2002
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Scripture of the Golden Eternity," by Jack Kerouac, is one of those books that you should read, then put aside and out of sight, and pick up and read again several months later (that's what I did). The "Scripture" consists of a series of numbered, meditation-like prose poems that explore the concept of the Golden Eternity. The City Lights edition contains both a 1970 introduction by Eric Mottram and a 1994 introduction by Anne Waldeman. According to the publication data page, the Scripture itself was first published in 1960 (although the introductions note that it was composed earlier, in 1956).
The Golden Eternity is an enigmatic concept that seems to transcend rational thought; it reminded me somewhat of the Tao. Kerouac uses many paradoxical statements to explore the Golden Eternity; his writing is sometimes funny. He also plays with words, using such terms as "the universal Thisness" and "the everlasting So." He even incorporates geometric symbols into one section of the Scripture.
Throughout are a multicultural constellation of references that give the Scripture a universalistic flavor. Buddha, Jesus, Shakespeare, Krishna, Kali, Einstein, and the Native American deity Coyote are just a few of the many references. He also finds insights in a butterfly, cats, and "your little finger."
Kerouac writes, "When you've understood this scripture, throw it / away. If you cant understand this scripture, / throw it away. I insist on your freedom." But whether you throw the book away, treasure it, or pass it on, chack out Kerouac's wonderfully written "Scripture."
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d635f6c) out of 5 stars Golden Eternity, the Tao, Spirit, or Self 7 Jan. 2002
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on Amazon.com
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_When I first read this little book I thought that it was primarily Buddhist in essence. When I read it again a while later, I said,no, the spirit of this book is definately Taoist. When I read it next I said, this is a true Gnostic creation- who but a gnostic would have the audacity to compose an original scripture? Of course I was right all along, for this book cuts to the mystic heart of all true paths. This is the teaching that we are all one, for we are all emanations of the one Source, call it the Golden Eternity, the Tao, Spirit, or Self. It could be the "dazzling darkness" of Dionysis. It is the core truth of the one appearing as many that it may come to know itself. This was the unnamed IT that the beats were waiting for, it is the perennial lesson for all true mystics.

_Oh yes, the book is a small one. perfect books are often like that- take a look at the Tao te Ching....

_A man that can write a book like this doesn't have to hang around this old world too long- he's already paid his dues and learned his lessons. Like Lao Tze it is time to depart, for your work is done, and the decline of the country is painful and tiring to witness....
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HASH(0x9d6713b4) out of 5 stars "Did I Create the Sky?..." 6 April 1999
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beautifully written, these spiritual meditations are some of kerouac's best and most humble, opening up the quiet side of kerouac often overlooked, simply amazing
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HASH(0x9d63cab0) out of 5 stars The Great Jack Kerouac 5 Jun. 2009
By Kenneth M. Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
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Not every line in this Sutra is great, but the parts that ARE great are super enlightening. For instance, take this choice quote: "...this little place of flesh you carry around and call your soul...is the same emptiness, the same, one and holy emptiness everywhere." Ecstatic lines like that occur throughout this fine little book. It's nice to carry around because it doesn't weigh much...physically. Spiritually, it's heavy as the universe.
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HASH(0x9d63c450) out of 5 stars Kerouac's Spiritual Vision 28 Aug. 2012
By Robin Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
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At the insistence of his friend Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac spent the spring of 1956 in a small cottage in Mill Valley California to make some final revisions to "On the Road" and to begin new projects in a setting free from distraction. According to Kerouac, Snider told him: "All right, Kerouac, it's about time for you to write sutra." The result was Kerouac's small book "The Scripture of the Golden Eternity", first published by LeRoy Jones in 1960. In his novel "The Dharma Bums", Kerouac describes the time he spent with Snyder.

Kerouac is known for his method of "spontaneous prose" which sometimes makes for disjointed, impenetrable reading. He did not write spontaneously in "The Scripture of the Golden Eternity". Rather, this book is carefully and beautifully written and edited. Kerouac seriously thought through the vision he wanted to convey.

The book is a short work in 66 numbered paragraphs which straddles the line between poetry and prose. Kerouac does nothing less than attempt to explain his spiritual vision and outlook on life. The book is eclectic in its sources, drawing heavily on Kerouac's engagement with Buddhism and on Catholicism as well. In addition to the extensive quotations and references, the book relies heavily on Kerouac's own experiences and thoughts.

Kerouac is moving in expressing difficult concepts. The spiritual vision expressed in this book is one of mysticism, shared in a loose way with mystic writers from many traditions and times. Kerouac offers a vision of a unitary, timeless view of the world and of the individual's place in it. He frequently describes individuals and discrete activities in space-time as "illusory", a seemingly paradoxical view shared by some other writers of his overall view, and one which may need to be interpreted. There are elements of pantheism in the book, although I suspect Kerouac might reject the term. The book is also heavily influenced by Buddhist teachings on emptyness and by the Diamond Sutra.

Some of the paragraphs in the book are lengthy and seem to present arguments while others are short and aphoristic. Here is paragraph 10, which seems to me to capture well what Kerouac is trying to convey.

"This world is the movie of what everything is, it is one movie, made of the same stuff throughout, belonging to nobody, which is what everything is."

An important aphoristic passage is offered in paragraph 30:

"Sociability is a big smile, and a big smile is nothing but teeth. Rest and be kind."

Kerouac conveys the mystic's sense of rest and unity in all things in paragraph 36.

"Give a gift to your brother, but there's no gift to compare with the giving of assurance that he is the golden eternity. The true understanding of this world brings tears to your eyes..... Religion is thy sad heart."

Kerouac fought losing battles with drugs, sexuality, and alcohol througout his life. It is too easy to put aside a book such as "The Scripture of the Golden Eternity" based on the troubles and shortcomings of the author. This would be to ignore the voice that comes through the book if not through the life. There is a felt spirituality in this book that informs Kerouac's other writings. Together with other spiritual works similar to this book, Kerouac has difficulty with differentiation and in thinking about evil. This form of spirituality might be viewed as condoning virtually any behavior, as might be suggested by several passages here taken in isolation. But the penultimate paragraph of this book describes the 64 earlier paragraphs as "the first teaching from the golden eternity" while the final paragraph concludes" [t]he second teaching from the golden eternity is that there never was a first teaching from the golden eternity. So be sure."

"The Scripture of the Golden Eternity" is an example of what is frequently described as "the perennial philosophy". It is a way of thinking about spirituality that may be found in other seemingly unlikely sources in addition to Kerouac. The text is available in a short single volume and in a valuable new collection of Kerouac's Collected Poems published by the Library of America. The quote in the first paragraph of this review is drawn from the LOA volume.

Robin Friedman
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