circledsun asked: Hi there Lazy Yogi, If you were to give the book, The Power of Now as a gift to someone who means a lot to you, what would you say your reason for giving them this book is? How will this book benefit them?
The only reason I ever came across The Power of Now was because someone put it into my hands as a heartfelt gift.
During the summer that followed my sophomore year in college, one of my best friends killed himself. He was a brilliant academic and an incredibly talented musician. I’ve never met another being like him.
After I graduated college, I had lunch with his parents. As a graduation gift, they gave me a copy of The Power of Now, the last book he had ever read. I had no idea how significantly that book would impact me.
I have leant or given a copy of the book to several people since then. None of them bothered to read it.
There is no way to know how someone will be benefitted. In my case, it was a very intimate revelation. In those other instances, it was like dropping seeds on bare rock. Nothing grew.
In the end, I suppose it’s love that moves someone to genuinely wish to share these things. It’s like someone getting out of their car at a trafficked intersection and helping to guide traffic. They themselves are not benefitted with regard to the destination. They don’t go anywhere. Yet by helping the traffic to flow smoothly, everyone including that person will be safer.
That is the motivation behind compassion. It is summed up well in both Indian and Tibetan spiritualities: May all the beings in all the worlds know peace and happiness.
Sounds like a party to me.