Carlos Castaneda, the spiritual author was born in Peru on December 25th,
1925 and died in Los Angeles on April 27th, 1998.
Published spiritual books by Carlos Castaneda include "The Teachings
of Don Juan: a Yaqui way of knowledge", "The Fire from Within",
of Silence: Further Lessons of Don Juan", and "Magical Passes."
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- Don Juan introduced
me to psychotropic plants in the middle period of my apprenticeship,
because I was so stupid and so cocky, which of course I considered evidence
- Peyote served to
exaggerate the subtle contradictions within my interpretative gloss,
and this helped me cut through the typical Western stance of seeing
a world out there and talking to myself about it.
- My path has been
my path. Don Juan always told me, "Make a gesture." A gesture
is nothing more than a deliberate act undertaken for the power that
comes from making a decision.
- You see, the path
of the heart is not a road of incessant introspection or mystical flight,
but a way of engaging the joys and sorrows of the world.
- This world, where
each one of us is related at molecular levels to every other wondrous
and dynamic manifestation of being -- this world is the warrior's true
- The notion that
I concocted a person like don Juan is preposterous.
- Actually, it was
liberating to abandon the enterprise of public relations -- intrinsically
a violation of my nature -- and return to my fieldwork with don Juan.
- My books are instead
a chronicle of specific experiences and observations in a particular
context, reported to the best of my ability.
- It has taken me
many years to appreciate the fact that don Juan is a master of using
frustration, digression, and partial disclosure as methods of instruction.
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