26. SELF-CONTAINED IN MY OWN WORLD
NO TELEVISION...so what?
The KLH had small but powerful detachable speakers; everything fit and clasped together compactly (cords, speakers, player and all)...folding up into a suitcase-like unit. With its rich sound, it easily and conveniently could accompany me on all my moves. It was perfect.
My students at Happy Valley introduced me to the music of Joni Mitchell and they loved to play her album, 'Song to a Seagull.' I was hooked.
'Ladies of the Canyon' begins with an uplifting, lilting song of a beautiful idyllic world...
"Morning MorgantownIt would begin my day. It, as did the Beatles' 'Here comes the sun,' always lightened my spirits and filled my day with a sense of wellbeing.
Buy your dreams a dollar down,
Morning any town you name
Morning's just the same.
But the only thing I have to give
To make you smile, to win you with
Are all the mornings still to live
In morning Morgantown..."
I could listen to these albums again and again.
And I had two very special books that I got from my special haunt, the Mithras Bookshop: Krishnamurti's 'The Only Revolution' and Hermann Hesse's 'The Glass Bead Game'...
'The Only Revolution' is about a radical change in consciousness that must occur within each of us if we are to make a positive change in ourselves, and in the world.
I loved the format of the book. It is a journal Krishnamurti kept when living in three very different places: India, California, and Europe. It is one of the best documents of how he lived his daily life and a revelation of his extraordinary perception. Presented as three aspects, it explores inward meditation, outward observation, and the issues we confront in our daily human relationships.
With that book, I carefully explored my consciousness. It was a breath of fresh air each day.
The story clearly describes the challenges I faced: a dysfunctional period of war, a society of specialization and fragmentation, and our daily pursuit of superficial pleasure. I felt the book was written to me.
The hero of the story, Joseph Knecht, is an archetype of selfless service; in fact, his name, 'Knecht', means servant. His example and life was an inspiration to me.
These two books kept me occupied for weeks.
In my apartment, with these five simple possessions...the stereo, the two albums, and the two books, I felt completely self-contained.
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