Preface


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


“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 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.


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).




The Stillness Before Time

Reflections from a Fellow Sojourner


Michael J. Holshouser



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 is available at:
http://www.thestillnessbeforetime.com/thestillnessbeforetime.pdf



One Through Thirty


One * 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17


18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 * Thirty



Essays


Of the Human Journey


Got God?


Ten Reflections



Other Resources


Books * Movies * Links * Blogs



Main Blogs & PDF's


(All blogs and PDF's subject to change, so stay tuned)


The Stillness Before Time

Reflections from a Fellow Sojourner

Blog * PDF


The Ponderings of Yaj Ekim

Blog * PDF


Breadcrumbs 2015

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time

Blog * PDF


Breadcrumbs 2018

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time

Blog * PDF


Breadcrumbs 2019

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time

Blog * PDF


Breadcrumbs 2020

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time

Blog * PDF


Breadcrumbs 2021

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time

Blog * PDF


Breadcrumbs 2022

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time

Blog * PDF


The Return to Wonder

Field Notes from the Unknown

(Major edit underway -- Edited copy colored blue)

Blog * PDF



Breadcrumbs: The Unfolding Next Round


(Current year's reflections regularly updated)


Blog * PDF



Blogs & PDF's of Other Works


Standouts from the Return to Wonder Edit

Selections from the First Sixteen Chapters

Blog * PDF


Patterns, Patterns & More Patterns

Blof * PDF


History, History & More History

Blog * PDF


Science, Science & More Science

Blog * PDF


Reincarnation, Reincarnation & More Reincarnation

Blog * PDF


Mystery, Mystery & More Mystery

Blog * PDF


Titles, Titles & More Titles

Blog * PDF


The Corollaries of Yaj Ekim

Blog * PDF


Possible Last Words & Epitaphs

Blog * PDF


The Even More Series
Blog * PDF

The Real is Discovering Series
Blog * PDF

The Mystery of the Mystery Series
Blog * PDF


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

The Scribe's Guide to the Great Whatthe#$*!?

Blog * PDF


A Short List of Books for the Up and Coming

Some Written Works That May Help Get the Young up to Speed

Blog * PDF


The Standard Ripostes

The Scribe's Go-to Responses to This and That in the Day-To-Day

Blog * PDF


Conversations

A Variety of Letters, Emails, Texts, & Sundry Odd 'n Ends

Blog * PDF


Definitions

An Incomplete Selection 0f Contemplative Definitions

Blog * PDF


Sketches of the Once Upon a Time

A Few Epiphanies and Other Hallmark Moments

Blog * PDF


My (Not Quite) Haiku

Blog * PDF


Once Upon a Christmas

Blog * PDF


Ditties for the Bluegrass Pyre

Blog * PDF


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

Blog * PDF



Breadcrumbs: The Original Blog


Breadcrumbs: The Original Blog


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Preface

Leftovers

Soundbites

Breadcrumbs

The Standard Ripostes

The Corollaries of Yaj Ekim

Possible Last Words & Epitaphs

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

A Short List of Books for the Up and Coming

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

Sketches of the Once Upon a Time

The Real is Discovering Series

Quotes Worth Pondering

Of the Human Journey

Ten Reflections

Got God?

Books

Movies

Links

Photo Gallery

Michael J. Holshouser: Life Resume



A Collection of Miscellaneous Blogs

Final Exit and Related Links

COVID-19 Information Links

The Four Agreements

The Blind Men and the Elephant

Of A Philosophical Nature

The Joyful Curmudgeon

Quotes, Quotes & More Quotes

Le Fichier Circulaire de Michael

50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School

How to Work in Any Environment

12 Rules You Can Live By

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


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



Facebook


Michael Holshouser


Le Fichier Circulaire de Michael

(Michael's Circular File)


Yaj Ekim



Twitter


@YajEkim



Sivana East


Michael Holshouser



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



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Breadcrumbs: The Original Blog

Bits and Pieces from a Dream of Time

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The mystery in which each and every one

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