Thursday, July 09, 2015

Great Song: Life & Teachings of Joe Miller - Available Now Via Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (Barnes and Noble)

Great Song: Life and Teachings of Joe Miller,  Edited with an Introduction by Richard Power,
Foreword by Coleman Barks. Available now via Kindle and Nook
"I know I'm NOTHING," Joe once bellowed, "no-thing, no-thing ... just a wild-assed spark of the Infinite functioning in the finite." -- Great Song: Life and Teachings of Joe Miller (Maypop, 1993), p. 80

The legendary American sage Joe Miller was a retired vaudeville and burlesque entertainer, with an 8th grade education. He never traveled to the East. But the East came to him.

Visiting Tibetan teachers called him a "Lama" and a "Tulku." Visiting Sufi teachers called him "Murshid" (Master) and "Madzoub" (Idiot of God). Visiting Indian teachers called him "Swami" and thanked him for his Darshan. Visiting Korean and Japanese teachers recognized him as a "Zen Master." He was given numerous unsolicited titles, but never used them. Joe shared the deepest teachings for free. He said he was not a teacher, he said he was "just a friend." He never took any money from any of us, he said he lived off his "rich uncle" (i.e., his social security check). Hundreds of people gathered in Golden Gate Park every Thursday morning to take a walk with him. His only official affiliation was with the San Francisco Lodge of the Theosophical Society. 

Great Song: Life and Teachings of Joe Miller is a collection of his talks and oral history. It is a powerful artifact. I composed, edited and annotated the manuscript before Joe's death and added a in-depth introduction after his passing. Originally published in print form in 1993 by friend and colleague Coleman Barks (Maypop), Great Song is now available in an electronic edition: 
Some years ago, Coleman granted me the electronic rights to Great Song so that the work could live on. But I held off publishing this electronic edition of Great Song until after I had completed my quadrilogy of books on the Yoga of Primal Reality (in reverse chronological order):
This series of books offers vital context for a 21st Century appreciation of Joe Miller's message. And there is need of a Great Song for the Great Shift that we must undertake, individually and collectively.

I encourage you to dip into all five works, and share them with others.

-- Richard Power, Author, Speaker, Yoga Teacher (RYT500)

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