Excerpt from Terry's new book -
coming early 2014The Apparent Paradox
now experienced a dilemma, however. Could I still teach
people to achieve their goals through the power of the mind,
when in truth there is “nothing to do and nowhere to go”? I
was showing people how to apply the Laws of the Universe to
attain anything they wished for; yet in the same breath
telling them that whatever they acquired in the material
world would bring them suffering. All endeavours on this
level are temporary and will vanish in time.
does one come to terms with such an apparent paradox? I had
travelled the length and breadth of the Western world
seeking clarification on this point, only to discover that
our Western culture is totally obsessed with acquiring more
and more possessions. We seem to believe that our next
acquisition; whether it is the latest car, a better job or a
new lover, will bring us that elusive happiness.
Everyone would ask me how I could be so happy when I didn’t
have anything, not even a girlfriend. To me, it seemed
obvious that if we have nothing, everything belongs to us.
We don’t have to own things to enjoy them. In fact, it is
this attachment to things that leads to suffering. Buddha
mentioned this when he said that the whole material world
involves suffering and the cause of that suffering is
According to his teachings, as soon as you desire
something you are sowing the seeds for suffering. We know
that by getting what you don’t want involves suffering as
does not getting what you do want. However, even getting
what you want involves suffering suffering. involves
suffering, as does not getting what you do want. But,
because it is in time and space and is therefore temporary.
Some people feel really threatened by this concept – it’s no
wonder they crucified Jesus when he warned them of this
folly. I Seek a Guru in India
Estates had been a full time project, so as soon as I could
see that the energies were self-sustaining, my thoughts
drifted back to India. I needed to get answers to the
dilemma Swami Satchidananda had invoked in me, at that fancy
hotel in Montreal years before. , As if on autopilot, I
packed my trusty rucksack, bid farewell to the community,
and headed off to the Asian continent.
remember where the money for my one-way ticket to India came
from, but I made sure that I did not have the means to
sustain myself. That way I was sure to attract the attention
of the Gods who promise to look after people that go in
search of them. After a few months of living with dysentery,
hepatitis and bed bugs, I was actually on the point of
quitting my search.
The bed bugs were definitely the
worst. The moment I sat down on any wooden or cane
furniture, I would be mercilessly attacked. Within seconds
my skin would be itching as these tiny, almost invisible,
insects appeared from nowhere and began sucking my blood.
Besides cursing these evil creatures, I was doing all the
right things – daily asanas, pranayama and two hours of
Despite all my Holy Joe efforts, no
Divine Beings had appeared to whisk me off to celestial
realms. Even spending six weeks in a Himalayan cave on the
banks of the Ganges River was not enough to attract the
attention of these illusive Masters. Finally after reaching
the point where I was about to abandon what seemed like
abandoning what seemed like a futile mission, it happened.