Preface


Greetings,

Writing has been an enjoyable process ever since I began toying with prose, keeping journals, and corresponding with friends during the college daze. The philosophical/mystical/whatever-you-want-to-call-them thoughts that started popping into mind since 1989 have always been very out-of-the-blue spontaneous. Nothing planned or forced about them. They are being shared on the off chance that others may find them of interest, though, quite frankly, it really does not matter if no one else ever even reads them, for I am first and foremost my own audience. I got mine, so to speak, and it is, as it has ever been, up to each to discern their own on their own. There are really no followers in the ultimate quest, only earnest seekers who waylay their desires and fears enough to discern that which is the end to all doubt. “Yay” if it is your fate to figure it out.  “Oh well” if it is not. And “so it goes” either way, really.

“The Stillness Before Time” is the original work published in 1992, including mostly aphorisms, a few essays, and lists of movies and books. Though a self-published version can be purchased at major booksellers, a downloadable copy is available, no charge, at the website below. There are also a variety of links to several Facebook pages, Twitter, a number of blogs, and links to other very powerful writings of the same ilk.

The Stillness Before Time
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/


A PDF copy can be downloaded at:
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/thestillnessbeforetime.pdf


"The Ponderings of Yaj Ekim" is the second published book, and is both blogged and available as a PDF download.

The Ponderings of Yaj Ekim
http://theponderingsofyajekim.blogspot.com/


A PDF can be downloaded at:
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/theponderingsofyajekim.pdf


“Breadcrumbs” is a blog of a more personal nature than the others, including the most recent aphorisms, a life resume, a photo album, some duplicates of essays and lists previously published, and other this-and-that silliness that has come to mind over time. All just to show I was a living, breathing, relativity mundane, oftentimes foolish mortal, same as everyone else. No need to make me more than I was.  No need for legends, no need for myths, no need for fables, no need for miracles, no need for any fictions to which history has so often given itself. This collection of thoughts is as full of the limited and arbitrary as anything else born of space and time, so please do not shape it into some dogmatic lunacy.  Use it as a launchpad, not an orbit.

The different sections can be accessed by clicking through older and newer posts at the bottom of each page, or by searching through the blog archives in the sidebar.

Breadcrumbs
http://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/


A PDF can be downloaded at:
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/breadcrumbs.pdf


And the latest blogging unpublished elsewhere:

The Unfolding Next Round (Current year unpublished elsewhere)

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_52.html


“The Return to Wonder” blog is a compendium of aphorisms not included in the three other works: The Stillness Before Time, The Ponderings of Yaj Ekim, and Breadcrumbs.  It totals 3,000 pages formatted in 300 ten-page chapters written since 1990-ish. It has been uploaded beginning with Chapter 265 up to Chapter 1, followed by Chapter 266 up to 300.

The Return to Wonder
http://thereturntowonder.blogspot.com/


Please note that this sort of wordplay is very random; all but impossible to put into any rational order. Probably best read it in bits and pieces in the here and there.  One of those open-to-any-page works. Especially well-suited for coffee shops, coffee tables, and porcelain thrones.

Also note that all writings are subject to annual updates and editing, so downloading current PDF copies every year or so might be a good idea if you want the most current version. This applies especially to the Breadcrumbs compendium, which is likely an ongoing work until the last wheezing breath.

If you find these many thoughts at all relevant, please feel free to share them with others who might also appreciate them, else they will more quickly slip back into the timeless oblivion from whence they came.

All the best,

M

P.S.  Regarding the name Yaj Ekim ... It is just a reverse spelling on the first and middle names ... Michael Jay Holshouser ... Mike Jay ... Yaj Ekim. Coincidently, make of it what you will, Yaj is an Indian boy’s name meaning worshipper, sacrifice, another name for Shiva, a sage. And Ekim is a Turkish name for October meaning “sowing” (of seeds).



Website


The Stillness Before Time

Reflections from a Fellow Sojourner

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/


There is really only one Way.

It is without division or boundary.

It is without name or theology.

Awareness is its scripture.

Here now, its venue.

You, its witness.

Your life, the journey.


A PDF can be downloaded at:

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/thestillnessbeforetime.pdf



Main Blogs


The Stillness Before Time

Reflections from a Fellow Sojourner

http://thestillnessbeforetime.blogspot.com/


The Ponderings of Yaj Ekim

http://theponderingsofyajekim.blogspot.com/


Breadcrumbs 2015
Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
https://breadcrumbs2015.blogspot.com/

Breadcrumbs 2018

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
https://breadcrumbs2018.blogspot.com/

Breadcrumbs 2019
Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
https://breadcrumbs2019.blogspot.com/

Breadcrumbs 2020
Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
https://breadcrumbs2020yajekim.blogspot.com/

Breadcrumbs 2021
Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
https://breadcrumbs2021.blogspot.com/

Breadcrumbs 2022
Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
https://breadcrumbs2022.blogspot.com/


The Return to Wonder

Field Notes from the Unknown

http://thereturntowonder.blogspot.com/



Breadcrumbs: The Unfolding Next Round

(Current year's reflections regularly updated)


Blog * PDF



Breadcrumbs: The Original Blog


Breadcrumbs: Preface

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_28.html



Other Blogs by Michael


Standouts from “The Return to Wonder” Edit

https://standoutsfromthereturntowonderedit.blogspot.com/


Patterns, Patterns & More Patterns

https://evenmorepatterns.blogspot.com/


History, History & More History

https://historyhistoryandmorehistory.blogspot.com/


Science, Science & More Science

https://yajekimscienceandmorescience.blogspot.com


Reincarnation, Reincarnation & More Reincarnation
https://reincarnationandmorereincarnation.blogspot.com/


Mystery, Mystery & More Mystery
https://mysterymysteryandmoremystery.blogspot.com/


Titles, Titles & More Titles

https://evenmoretitles.blogspot.com/


Sketches of the Once Upon a Time

https://sketchesoftheonceuponatime.blogspot.com/


My (Not Quite) Haiku

https://mynotquitehaiku.blogspot.com/


Once Upon a Christmas

https://onceuponchristmas.blogspot.com/


Ditties for the Bluegrass Pyre

https://dittiesforthebluegrasspyre.blogspot.com/



PDF's  


The Stillness Before Time

Reflections from a Fellow Sojourner
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/thestillnessbeforetime.pdf


The Ponderings of Yaj Ekim

Field Notes from the Unknown
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/theponderingsofyajekim.pdf


Breadcrumbs 2015

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/breadcrumbs2015.pdf


Breadcrumbs 2018

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/breadcrumbs2018.pdf


Breadcrumbs 2019

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/breadcrumbs2019.pdf


Breadcrumbs 2020

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/breadcrumbs2020.pdf


Breadcrumbs 2021

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/breadcrumbs2021.pdf


Breadcrumbs 2022

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/breadcrumbs2022.pdf


The Return to Wonder

Field Notes from the Unknown

(Major edit underway – New copy colored blue)
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/thereturntowonder.pdf


Standouts from "The Return to Wonder" Edit

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/standouts.pdf


Patterns, Patterns & More Patterns
http://thestillnessbeforetime.com/patternspatternsandmorepatterns.pdf


History, History & More History
http://thestillnessbeforetime.com/historyhistoryandmorehistory.pdf


Science, Science & More Science
http://thestillnessbeforetime.com/sciencescienceandmorescience.pdf


Reincarnation, Reincarnation & More Reincarnation

http://thestillnessbeforetime.com/reincarnationreincarnationandmorereincarnation.pdf


Mystery, Mystery & More Mystery

http://thestillnessbeforetime.com/mysterymysteryandmoremystery.pdf


Titles, Titles & More Titles
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/titlestitlesandmoretitles.pdf


Sketches of the Once Upon a Time

http://thestillnessbeforetime.com/sketchesoftheonceuponatime.pdf


Conversations
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/conversations.pdf


Definitions
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/definitions.pdf


Once Upon a Christmas

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/onceuponachristmas.pdf


Ditties for the Bluegrass Pyre
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/dittiesforthebluegrasspyre.pdf


(Please note that all writings are subject to annual updates and editing, so downloading current PDF copies every year or so might be a good idea if you want the most current version. This applies especially to the Breadcrumbs compendium, which is likely an ongoing work until the last wheezing breath)



Breadcrumbs Blog Posts


Preface
https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_28.html


Breadcrumbs
https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_82.html


Leftovers
https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_11.html


Soundbites
https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_63.html


Corollaries
https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_31.html


Possible Last Words & Epitaphs

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_34.html


The Standard Ripostes
https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_39.html


List of Top Books for the Up and Coming

http://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_79.html


59 Moments to The Way It Is (And Is Not)

http://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_83.html


The Unfolding Next Round (Current ditties unpublished elsewhere)

http://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_52.html


Of the Human Journey

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_6.html


Got God?

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_33.html


Ten Reflections

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_21.html


Standouts from the Return to Wonder Edit

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_8.html


Links

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_18.html


Life Resume

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_68.html


Photo Gallery

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_17.html


Books

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_50.html


Movies

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_73.html


Quotes Worth Pondering

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction_1.html


Spam Responses (a.k.a. WTF Is This Shit!?) 

https://michaelsbreadcrumbs.blogspot.com/2015/01/under-construction.html



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Michael’s Little Warehouse of All Things Amusing, Absurd & Profound

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Le Fichier Circulaire de Michaël (Michael’s Circular File)

https://www.facebook.com/LeFichierCirculaireDeMichael?ref=hl


Yaj Ekim

https://www.facebook.com/yaj.ekim.1


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Blogger


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Twitter


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https://twitter.com/YajEkim



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https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/author/mjholshouser/



A Collection of Miscellaneous Blogs


Final Exit

http://finalexitandrelatedlinks.blogspot.com/


COVID-19 Information Links

https://covid19informationlinks.blogspot.com/


The Four Agreements

http://donmiguelsfiveagreements.blogspot.com/


The Blind Men and the Elephant

http://theelephantandheblindmen.blogspot.com/


Of A Philosophical Nature

http://ofaphilosophicalnature.blogspot.com/


The Joyful Curmudgeon

http://thejoyfulcurmudgeon.blogspot.com/


Quotes, Quotes & More Quotes

http://quotesaplenty.blogspot.com/


Le Fichier Circulaire de Michaël

http://michaelscircularfile.blogspot.com/


50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School

http://50ruleskidswontlearninschool.blogspot.com/


How to Work in Any Environment

http://howtoworkinanyenvironment.blogspot.com/


12 Rules You Can Live By

http://12rulesyoucanliveby.blogspot.com/


Election 2016: The Rise (and Fall?) of Donald Trump

https://theriseandfallofdonaldtrump.blogspot.com/



Eight Translations of the Ashtavakra Gita


The Heart of Awareness (Byrom)

http://theheartofawareness.blogspot.com/


Ashtavakra Gita (Marshall)

http://theashtavakra.blogspot.com/


Bitten by the Black Snake (Schoch)

http://bittenbytheblacksnake.blogspot.com/


A Duet of One (Balsekar)

http://aduetofone.blogspot.com/


Ashtavakra Gita (Richards)

http://anotherashtavakragita.blogspot.com/


Astavakra Samhita (Wood)

http://astavakrasamhita.blogspot.com/


Ashtavakra Gita (Vedic Scriptures)

http://ashtravakrageeta.blogspot.com/


Ashtavakra Gita (Shastri)

http://ashtravakrageeeta.blogspot.com/



PDF’s of Ashtavakra Gita: I Am Shiva


Ashtavakra Gita: I Am Shiva 
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/ashtavakragitaiamshiva.pdf


I Am Shiva Comparison Chart 

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/iamshivacomparisonchart.pdf



PDF’s of Eight Translations of the Ashtavakra Gita


The Heart of Awareness (Byrom)

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/theheartofawarenessbyrom.pdf


Ashtavakra Gita (Marshall)

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/ashtavakrafitamarshall.pdf


Bitten by the Black Snake (Schoch)

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/bittenbytheblacksnakeschoch.pdf


Ashtavakra Gita (Richards)

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/ashtavakragitarichards.pdf


A Duet of One (Balsekar)

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/aduetofonebalsekar.pdf


Astavakra Samhita (Wood)

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/astavakrasamhitawood.pdf


Ashtavakra Gita (Shastri)

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/ashtavakragitashastri.pdf


Ashtavakra Gita (Vedic Scriptures) 

http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/ashtavakragitavedic.pdf



Translations of Other Ancient Writings


Ashtavakra Gita: I Am Shiva

http://ashtavakragitaiamshiva.blogspot.com/


Tao Te Ching: Verse One

http://taotechingverseone.blogspot.com/


Tao Te Ching (Marshall)

http://theperennialway-taoteching.blogspot.com/


Bhagavad Gita (Marshall)

https://bhagavadgitamarshall.blogspot.com/


Yoga Sutras (Marshall)

http://yogasutrasbypatanjali.blogspot.com/


Dhammapada (Marshall)

http://buddhasdhammapada.blogspot.com/


The Book of Ecclesiastes (Marshall)

https://21ecclesiastesmarshall.blogspot.com


Song of the Avadhut (Abhayananda)

http://songoftheavadhut.blogspot.com/


Avadhut Gita (Shastri)

http://avadhutgitabydattatreya.blogspot.com/


Atma Bodha (Chinmayananda)

http://theatmabodha.blogspot.com/


The Essence of the Ribhu Gita (Ramamoorthy & Nome)

http://theribhugita.blogspot.com/


Yoga Vasishta Sara (Ramasramam)

http://yogavasishtasara.blogspot.com/


Crest-Jewel of Discrimination (Madhavananda)

http://crest-jewelofdiscrimination.blogspot.com/


Mandukya Upanishad & Mandukya Karika of Gaudapada (Panoli)

https://mandukyaupanishadpanoli.blogspot.com


Gaudapada: Advaita Vedanta’s First Philosopher (Jones)

https://advaitavedantasfirstphilosopher.blogspot.com/2020/02/on-tradition.html



Writings by Bart Marshall


Verses Regarding True Nature
https://versesregardingtruenaturemarshall.blogspot.com


One Hundred Two Haiku

https://onehundredtwohaikumarshall.blogspot.com



Translations of Ancient Writings by Bart Marshall


Ashtavakra Gita

http://theashtavakra.blogspot.com/


Tao Te Ching

http://theperennialway-taoteching.blogspot.com/


Bhagavad Gita

https://bhagavadgitamarshall.blogspot.com/


Yoga Sutras

http://yogasutrasbypatanjali.blogspot.com/


Dhammapada

http://buddhasdhammapada.blogspot.com/


The Book of Ecclesiastes

https://21ecclesiastesmarshall.blogspot.com




Breadcrumbs

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time

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The mystery in which each and every one

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