The Way of the Spiritual Warrior is the Original Path for humanity, but it has been forgotten. So this noble path has degenerated so that the modern-day warrior is a fighter, a soldier, a person skilled in killing. But this is a long way from being a Spiritual Warrior, an infinitely long way.
The Way of the Spiritual Warrior starts with self-knowledge, learning to harmonize your personality, bringing the several parts of you together so that your body, emotions and thoughts are coordinated and function as a unit. Here you practise physical techniques, emotional control techniques and mind control techniques so that you are integrated in yourself and in your environment. This is the stage where most modern martial arts schools stop.
About the Author
Born in 1940 in Budapest, Hungary, Imre Vallyon immigrated to New Zealand at the age of 16. Since 1980 he has dedicated his life to teaching the Wisdom Science through his extensive writings and through workshops and retreats conducted around the world.
Imre s extraordinary knowledge of human spirituality is derived not from scholarly research but issues forth from his own Inner Realization. His work is one of synthesis, and his writing universal, not biased towards any particular religion or tradition.
This book is a treasure. My timing for picking it up was perfect. If I’d picked it up even two years earlier it would have been too soon. Any later might have been too late. But for the person who is READY to read it, this book is very very important. I think there is probably a touch of magic to it. The people who need to find it, will find it, as I did.
The reason the timing was right for me is that I have a project that’s of huge importance to me and it feels like something I HAVE to do. This book is helping me do it. It teaches me how to be the warrior I need to be to achieve what I need to achieve. Nowhere does it expect me to kill or hurt others or even to create conflict.
“Hey! Isn’t that what warriors do? They hurt and kill others right?” WRONG. A good warrior can win his battles without harming a soul. But he does it through using all the energy he has. He may not kill, but he does fight. He doesn’t fight AGAINST people or things, he fights FOR them. The spiritual warrior fights for the future of mankind and the world.
IF you are ready for this book it will teach us what we have probably always known, somewhere deep inside on a spiritual level. The book will uncover those truths inside you, show you how to confront them, how to use them in your life. How to advance in your life in a way that will continue even after you die.
The flashes of humour surprised and delighted me. It wasn’t obvious humour – it may not have even been intended as humour – just as dry wry comment here and there, but it made me laugh out loud, as though I was reading a conversational style of a person who probably actually talks like this every day. I’ve never met him so I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
I rarely read non-fiction. This book is non-fiction. And yet I was sorry to reach the end. I felt I learnt something from every chapter. Some sections I re-read several times and tried the techniques described and found them amazingly helpful, (meditation techniques for example)
I did not agree with every single thing I read in it and would love to sit down one day and ask the author a few questions. (I suspect I’d be thrashed in any argument.)
This book is not offering a soft option. It’s never going to allow you to cop out and sit doing nothing. Though it does teach the value of stillness, it shows you how why and when to ACT. Warriors are not lazy people. They live in the real world with the rest of us. In fact they change the world they live in. This is my dream. Now I’ve read this book, I think it may not be dream.
Vallyon is not afraid to say that you can get it wrong. He points out how people by the million HAVE got it wrong. I appreciate this honesty. Too many spiritual guides like to soothe us and say “Oh you can’t get it wrong, just do what feels right.”
This book has cracked the whip over my head and got me back meditating, back at work on my big direction, but its given me the faith I need to get it right.