“Great suffering such as this functions like an acid bath, rinsing one’s soul of impurities, stripping off layers of one’s emotional defenses. One’s soul is soon reduced to its essence and quivers unprotected before the world. Suffering is purificatory. How could I ever again take for granted anything good that was given me? The fires of the pain had burnt off much of the dross from my soul. In my wounded self, I found the innocence of the babe. In being dashed down to pieces, I discovered an underlying wholeness of Being. And, having known such misery myself, I would forever have deep empathy for all who suffered. I dedicated myself to meditation, to spiritual evolution, and to the goal of once and forever escaping this world of suffering.”

Richard Maddox

Richard Dietrich Maddox's writing focuses on the search for permanent happiness, the goal of finding paradise on earth, the attainment of human Enlightenment. His work, though fiction, attempts to convey the profound spiritual Truth passed on to humanity by Enlightened Masters. Maddox approaches spiritual wisdom from a Western level of experience, presenting characters to whom readers can easily relate, offering situations in which readers might well have found themselves. His work offers, in a style which those living in the West will find understandable, the possibility of blissful existence.

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