Author Ray Brooks introduces his most recent book The Shadow that Seeks the Sun, telling how an undisciplined child, a denizen of the London nightclub scene ended up inquiring about his true nature on the banks of the river Ganges.
The title of the book is a metaphor pointing to the imagined separate self that seeks its true nature.
The Shadow that Seeks the Sun is a compelling and unusual story that explores the nature of what we truly are. What sets it apart from other books on happiness, truth and love, is its simplicity, its setting, its aliveness, its beautiful encounters, it’s zest for life, and the clarity of the nine talks.
The Shadow that Seeks the Sun will appeal to seekers of any spiritual path. The ‘seeker’ is searching for happiness, wholeness with that which is causing the unhappiness and separation; the very seeking. The book’s overarching theme, points directly to the fact that there never was or could be separation, ever. If the talks are understood, the reader will find it impossible to cling to the concept of separation. What is left is only awareness, and not even that. Its message: ‘you are truly what you have always wanted—you are without separated parts, nothing is out of place.
It is widely thought that finding peace, happiness and freedom requires tremendous effort – that in order to achieve a state of contentment and harmony in life, a journey must be taken, or someone or something must be awakened or overcome. After a chance encounter with an extraordinary Anglo-Indian man on the ghats of the sacred River Ganges, Ray Brooks discovers through the course of nine conversations that his quest for wholeness has been futile: no such journey was necessary, and, just like a shadow that seeks the sun, he had been searching for a self that had never been lost in the first place.
“No new knowledge is required or acquired, Ray. No transcendental experience or higher consciousness needs to be achieved. When the recognition of what you are is seen – nothing at all happens. Why would it? You simply find yourself as you already are.” This book offers no systems of belief or promises. Instead, it clearly points to something that is ever-present yet usually completely overlooked: the ordinariness and beauty of our true nature. After acknowledging that simple yet profound truth, the search for wholeness will be complete.
About the author: Ray brooks, a writer, musician and recording artist is internationally know in the world of shakuhachi. He is the author of ‘Blowing Zen’ finding an authentic life, and Ich ging weg der Zen Flote.