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Wei Wu Wei
Why would someone consider reading Wei Wu Wei?
Here is a very controversial answer:
The author believes that the seminal work of Ramesh Balsekar, the well known and beloved teacher from Mumbai, India, a book entitled "Consciousness Speaks", was deeply influenced by Wei Wu Wei. It is widely known that Balsekar cherished Wei Wu Wei's writings-- specifically his teachings on the non existance of the "thinker" and "doer", one of the hallmark teachings of advaita. Wass this the source of Balsekar's "no-thinker, no doer" teachings?
The identity of Wei Wu Wei was not revealed at the time of the publication of his first book.
It's an iinteresting part of the story, as my teacher, Francis Lucille and his teacher, Jean Klein both knew him.Here are a few background details may help to put the writings into context.
“Wei Wu Wei” was born as Terrance Gray in 1895 into a well-established Irish family, was raised on an estate outside Cambridge, England, and received a thorough education, including studies at Oxford University. Early in life he pursued an interest in Egyptology, which culminated in 1923 in the publication of two books on ancient Egyptian history and culture.
This was followed by a period of involvement in the arts in Britain in the 20’s and 30’s as a theorist, theatrical producer, creator of radical “dance-dramas,” publisher of several related magazines, and author of two related books. He was a major influence on many noted dramatists, poets, and dancers of the day, including his cousin Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet (which in fact had its origins in his own dance troupe at the Cambridge Festival Theatre which he leased from 1926-33).
After he had exhausted his interest in this field, his thoughts turned towards philosophy and metaphysics. This led to a period of travel throughout Asia, including time spent at Sri Ramana Maharshi’s ashram in Tiruvannamalai, India. In 1958, at the age of 63, he saw the first of the Wei Wu Wei titles published. The next 16 years saw the appearance of seven subsequent books, including his final work under the further pseudonym O.O.O. in 1974.
During most of this later period he maintained a residence with his wife in Monaco. He is believed to have known, among others, Lama Anagarika Govinda, Dr. Hubert Benoit, John Blofeld, Douglas Harding, Robert Linssen, Arthur Osborne, Robert Powell, Francis Lucille, Jean Klein and Dr. D. T. Suzuki. He died in 1986 at the age of 90.
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Books by Wei Wu Wei:
Ask the Awakened: The Negative Way
Fingers Pointing towards the Moon: Reflections of a Pilgrim on the Way
Why Lazarus Laughed: The Essential Doctrine Zen-Advaita-Tantra
All Else Is Bondage: Non-Volitional Living
The Tenth Man
Unworldly Wise: As the Owl Remarked to the Rabbit
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