Love and Pain, by Thaddeus Golas
A book of POWERFUL ANSWERS, which, not so long ago, seemed well out of our reach.
Love and Pain, by Thaddeus Golas, ©2008, Seed Center Books/Even Lazier Publishing Ltd.
Author Thaddeus Golas, known for his classic manual on human consciousness, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment (Seed Center, 1972) returns to publication 40 years after he delivered the simplest and most effective spiritual handbook ever written.
“I thought Love and Pain might short-stop the blind submission to charismatic leaders by people who took good feelings as evidence of spirituality.” ~ Thaddeus Golas
The Collected Works of Thaddeus Golas Vol. 3
“What are we doing on a level of consciousness where this is real? Can we finally glean reliable ideas from our available knowledge? Will consciousness make us rich, famous, or help us in any way manipulate this world of matter? Should we beat ourself up for failing to get the physical world to bend to our thoughts and prayers? What are the rules of this reality, and why do so many of us entertain the fantasy that Spirituality can help us evade them? Is it all too big for us to know? Who decides?”
Incredibly, Thaddeus Golas answers the riddles – and these answers can blow the roof off your head, if you can let go. And now, he has left the ball in our camp: What will we do with this knowledge? Could we stand to live in a world where everyone can know and use this information, and if so, would there even be a world of matter left for our spirit to wrestle with?
“I am a destroyer of ideas,” says author Thaddeus Golas, “and whatever I could not destroy is in Love and Pain.”
Love and Pain is a “reality-check” and an eye opener for anyone interested in how the world around us functions. You may wish someone had explained all this to you long ago, and you may well have lived a different life had it been the case, but when you read Love and Pain, you may be awed such a book even exists at all.
Thaddeus Golas and the road to Love and Pain ( 1975 to 1988 )
In 1975, a mere three years after The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment was first published, Thaddeus Golas sat in his small Grace avenue apartment in Hollywood, and wrote to a friend that, while his third marriage was coming apart, thousands of people were discovering his philosophy for the first time, gently “getting off” on it.
DeRay Norton, his publisher, regularly forwarded heaps of fan mail to him from Palo Alto, then home of the Seed Center.
Thaddeus lamented over the irony that readers believed they were writing an
enlightened guru, asking him for advice, when he was in fact gutted and distressed over his ineluctable and impending divorce; he was indeed wrestling with many new demons all his own.
Love and Pain was born out of that struggle to understand why he had failed to dwell in constant bliss, despite all his own good wisdom.
This feeling was later echoed en masse by many of his contemporaries when the
zeitgeist of the ’60s gave way to a sobering social reality in the 1980s and ’90s.
Many felt the hangover coming on, and it became increasingly clear that if a sense
of cultural bliss had required the collective agreement of a generation during prior decades, so might it be, to some extent, with the ensuing crash.
Thaddeus Golas felt like his efforts at working out concepts that had been hastily glossed over in The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment were leading him down
pathways that required some acquaintance with a certain new-found sense of gloom. He nearly gave up writing about it altogether, lazy as he was…
But then, he felt that we are ultimately little more than the footprints we leave behind. He wanted a clean testament, and mostly, he wanted to make sure he was
properly understood. Or as he mentioned somewhere or other, “if I do not write this down, it dies with me.”
He felt that he owed it to his readers to continue his exploration all the way to the only possible place The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment was leading him.
It took him many years to sort it out. And for his readers, it may take an equal amount of years to process. Love and Pain is just that: a process.
Reviewing Love and Pain:
Love and Pain: A Postgraduate Course in DIY Metaphysics by Jason Stoneking, August 13, 2011
Like many people, when I first read The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment (the now famous precursor to Love and Pain), my mind was opened to a whole new set of possibilities. But my hunger wasn’t satisfied by this book alone. In some ways, it provided me with more questions than answers. I wanted to know the details of Expansion and Contraction. I wanted to see the blueprints for how Golas’s view of the universe played out in every one of my daily pursuits. I wanted the full explanation for the practical application of the knowledge. And that’s what I got when I opened Love and Pain.
Love and Pain is the next level, the class for the teachers. As the title suggests, it is with both tender compassion and merciless unsentimentality that Golas here elucidates the nature of our shared reality. He offers a completely unifying theory of atomic relationships that is equally applicable to everything from molecular biology to space travel, and also serves as a working overlay for our relationships to art, religion, philosophy and each other. Golas has succeeded in fully bridging the gap between the physical sciences and the various incarnations of spirituality. None of these things need be separated. None of the things that we think, feel, see or experience are mutually exclusive. And Golas deftly illustrates the way in which all these things make sense together. He gives us the information that has the power to pull down all the walls between selves and others, truths and lies, physics and metaphysics.
The only thing he can’t do is decide for you whether or not you’re ready to have those walls torn down. He doesn’t presume to diagnose your level of preparedness for seeing the universe as what it really is. He doesn’t provide a replacement lifeplan for those who rely heavily on mythology for a behavioral structure. But what he does do is arm us with a functional model of existence, a down to earth, easy to read, practical understanding of what it means ‘to be’. And nothing he says contradicts any scientific or empirical data that we have accumulated as a species. Au contraire, he unites them with the subtle beauty that one recognizes in a mathematical formula when it is proved true.
If you really, deeply, want to know what’s going on and how it affects you, if you really are ready to let go of all the partial answers we think we have, then this is your chance. Love and Pain is the book in which Thaddeus Golas finally turns all the lights on. But it’s up to you whether or not you’re going to like what you see.
Author Thaddeus Golas on Love and Pain:
There are great advantages in the information in this book: knowing how our reality works, we can avoid wasting emotions, time and effort in pursuit of false goals. Personally, I found great relief in realizing that I was not obliged to correct anyone’s erroneous opinions, since ideas do not do anything. Also, I could stop criticizing myself for failing to dwell in constant bliss. When I encounter pain, it does not mean that I have necessarily been stupid: pain is inevitable in human life, whichever path we take. Neither am I obliged to rescue others from their pain: they will gain greater strength in enduring it and solving their own difficulties. I try to be kind to strong people because they have endured much to become strong. That which offends the sentimental in the short run is often the greatest kindness over a longer time.
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