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Large Print. In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders.


In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his phenomenal bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don't need airplanes to soar. Continues… Excerpted from "Illusions" by.

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Tom Thumb. View Product. Beyond the Great Snow Mountains. Recently I was looking for a book that was handy to take with me for reading in the train. I do not know what eventually made me decide — perhaps the fact that I had already read two of the five plays — but it was an old copy of Krishnamurti that has been with me for several years now that I eventually picked up.

As a genre I am not particularly fond of biographies and autobiographies, though one of my all time favorite books is an autobiography: The Sky Dancer , by Keith Dowman. He is the Tibetan Buddha held by the followers of Vajrayana Buddhism as an equal to the Buddha himself, and sometimes even greater. The book is a tour de force and reading it, depending on how receptive you are to it, could be a life transforming experience.

It was, to me.

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She knew Krishnamurti from , when she was three years old, and her mother was a major influence on Krishnamurti in his early years. She is a part of many of the experiences described in the book, particularly in the very crucial years between and Mary, however, appears as a character in the biography, rather than as the narrator. Well, if you really do not know, just this much: at one time he was accepted by much of the world as the new messiah that many religions have been waiting for — the new Christ, the new Buddha.

And he had the courage to stand up and declare to the world one day that he was no messiah but an ordinary man like anyone of us, and what he is, is something anyone could become through inner awakening. Richard Bach, of the Janathan Livingston Seagull fame, in the introductory chapter of his Illusions , narrates this tale.

Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all — young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self. Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.

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Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom. Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more. A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all! The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure. Krishnamurti is the messiah who was reluctant to don the robes of a messiah and showed the courage to tell the world he was like anyone of us and not special, and what he was, is something anyone of us could become, if only we would let go.

I once met J Krishnamurti. Met in the sense that I attended one of his sessions in the Krishnamurti Gardens in Chennai, then called Madras in English [Chennai is not a new name — it was Chennai in Tamil even then. Perhaps saw is the right word — saw and heard.

We were a small group, maybe around sixty people, and Krishnamurti was then eighty-two years old — he was born on May 11, [His zodiac sign is the Taurus, like mine! What I remember, above everything else, is the way he walked.

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At eighty-two, he was as sprightly as an eighteen-year old boy! In fact, I do not think a young boy of eighteen would have been able to keep up with him for long — he was so fast, energetic and agile. And the next moment he was speaking to us, cool and relaxed, as poised as the tree under which he sat, and equally serene. His words had an elemental quality to them, and his speech, like his walk and his posture, was not that of an old man but of a youth. It was not an oration — neither in his gestures, nor in his words or facial expressions was there anything oratorical.

He spoke to us in simple, everyday words, and he spoke to us as though he has known us all our life. His talk was short and I do not remember a single word of what he told us in that talk — all I retain in me is the memory of his stillness, his serenity and his energy.

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  8. That memory will remain with me forever. For those who have not read any of his books, I recommend the small Freedom from the Known to begin with. It is a book one could read in a single sitting, but should never. Books like Freedom from the Known are not to be read in a single sitting. They are to be read slowly, relishing each phrase and each image. I read the book when I was passing through a personal crisis. A Swiss friend of mine who was at that time studying with me lent me the book asking me to read it, seeing how troubled I was.

    My indebtedness to her remains to this day.