OCTOBER 2011

 

 

Candy O’Donnell – San Francisco / California

 

There is great enthusiasm for your writings. Why do you believe your first novel is so well received worldwide, and what is the main objective of your work?

 

My objective in writing is really expressed by the sincere desire to be a child of the world and a brother to all humanity. My commitment and passion for my work give meaning to my life and help make me the person that I am. My goal is to shed some light on what is preventing us from seeing true reality. How do I explain the popularity of my work? The fact that the book is offered online for free, and is translated into many languages, explains part of the popularity.  But what I’ve concluded from many of my readers’ feedback is that they experience this book as a spiritual journey and are deeply moved by the messages in it. They can relate these messages to their own lives and so the messages then become second nature.

 


 

Paola Castañeda – Bogota / Colombia

 

What does non-duality mean?


The concept of non-duality is frequently used to describe one of the most ancient spiritual traditions in India.  It refers to the profound Unity of life and emphasizes that all living things, in all manifestations, originate from an Ultimate Source. It also refers to the ultimate truth that is always present in every action and at every instant in all of life’s experiences.

 


 

Anna Giuliani – Naples / Italy

 

Is lasting happiness not just a fantasy, seeing that life’s circumstances are perpetually changing?


Circumstances have very little effect on lasting happiness. Let’s take the example of people who have risen above a life of poverty: they might say that they are happier, but more income does not necessarily equate to more happiness. Unfortunately, many of us require ever increasing pleasures to have any semblance of happiness. In the long term, this dependence on pleasures can be detrimental, because a person’s happiness depends entirely on external factors. As long as a person’s happiness is based on pleasures or materialism, there can be no lasting happiness. A taste, as delicious as it is, will lose its savor; scenery, as magnificent as it is, will lose its beauty; a person, as interesting as he is, will lose his charm… Therefore, it is imperative that what gives us happiness be non-changing. Much can be said about this, but in general, the lesser attention paid to the external and the more to the internal, or the essential, the greater the possibility of lasting happiness.

 


 

Patricia Ochoa – Arica / Chili

 

Does poetry give us a different perspective on reality?


Those who express themselves through poetry, maintain the expressive properties of the language, but liberally do so in their own symbolic way. The poet not only provides a distinctive vision of a reality, but expresses his own feelings about it. In this way, a bridge is built between the poet’s sentiments and those of the reader, enabling a wider and deeper view on reality for the reader.