|I saw that the
great intellectuals and artists of the West, the geniuses who were regarded as the highest
human types, were still plagued with doubt, depression and uncertainty, often took drugs,
or even went insane, or committed suicide. They obviously had not found any lasting peace
or ultimate truth.
About the same time that I began examining European though, as a secondary interest I
began examining the Eastern spiritual traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism.
Some of this came as part of the late sixties counterculture
movement, which included a fascination with Eastern gurus, but most of it was the product
of my own independent and more philosophical search. Between these different Eastern
teachings I found a common truth--consciousness as the supreme reality and meditation as
the way to realize it.