“The Value of Struggle”

“Wiser souls welcome the planetary squares and oppositions, which pose the confrontations productive of transcendence and true progress in life. Overcoming maya, the great trap laid for the soul by the ego, crossing the teratoid seas of samsara, the endlessly repetitive cycle of suffering, does not happen without an epic struggle that inevitably involves the endurance of pain. The saints can rightfully preach that enlightenment is there to be had all the time, that it is everyone’s inherent birth right. Equally certain is the fact that ripe souls have so closely approached realization that their final step is easy and swift. But thousands of lifetimes preceded that last one which brought release. Even the life stories of great saints are filled with tales of strangling frustration so powerful that it brought them to the verge of suicide. Being so close to the Infinite, they simply could no longer stand to be denied union with It.”

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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