“Everywhere I looked I saw beauty: the stunningly jagged outline of the island of Moorea across the water; a small cove, the very definition of privacy, beside which rested a palm-frond-roofed hut; the toothed tops of mountains rising up from the densest of dense green jungle; softly rounded mamelons covered in verdure the color of green beans. Aromatic smoke rose up from an earth oven situated behind a nearby hut. On burnt coconut husks and hot coral stones, the family was preparing a feast of roast meat and vegetables. I passed trees laden with fruits: a huge palm, its trunk marked by horizontal rings, which bore a cluster of green coconuts resembling oversized grapes; a soaring, smooth-trunked breadfruit tree from which the large fruit dangled like arboreal earrings; and a squat mango whose irregularly placed, pastel-red and yellow-green fruits reminded me of Christmas tree ornaments hung by children. I couldn’t help but think that this marvelous place bore a close resemblance to the paradisal garden.”

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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