[PW] help with eternal now quote

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Tue May 29 20:40:55 PDT 2018

This is a follow-up to a reply message I sent May 17, 2018. I have now
accessed scans from the 1977 book "The Essence of Alan Watts" and
checked that the excerpts I gave in the May 17th message were

Alan Watts died in 1973; hence the book was published posthumously.
Yet, the beginning of the book presents a helpful note about the
provenance of the text:

[Begin excerpt]
This book is based on the spoken work of the late Alan Watts. It is
produced from a series of programs entitled "The Essential Alan
Watts." These talks are available on audiocassettes from Electronic
University, a nonprofit educational corporation. Electronic University
also has audiocassette series of Alan Watts on the Philosophy of
Religion, Psychology, Eastern Philosophy, Buddhism, and Taoism. To
obtain a complete Electronic University catalog, please send a
self-addressed stamped envelope to:
The Electronic University
Box 361
Mill Valley, CA 94941
[End excerpt]

Please note that the address above is from several decades ago and may
be inactive.


On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 11:43 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The Google Books database has the following partial match. The topic
> seems to be listening to a mantra and not music.
> Year: 1977
> Title: The Essence of Alan Watts
> Author: Alan Watts
> Publisher: Celestial Arts, 1977
> Database: Google Books snippet match; data may be inaccurate and
> should be verified with hardcopy
> [Begin excerpt; GB page 56]
> You will become completely absorbed in the sound and find yourself
> living in an eternal now in which there is no past and there is no
> future, and there is not difference between what you are as knower and
> what you are as the known, between yourself and the world of nature
> outside you.
> [End excerpt]
> Here is a different page of the book with a partial match about dance and music.
> [Begin excerpt; GB page 47]
> When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music
> the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in
> meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is
> always arrived at in the immediate moment.
> [End excerpt]
> Garson
> On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 9:24 PM, Mindful <inforadical at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  Hi all,
>> “You will simply become completely absorbed in sound, and therefore you
>> will find yourself living in an eternal now, in which there is no past, and
>> there is no future, it all becomes one, doing one happening.
>> When we make music, we do it to improve your mind, to improve your character
>> and brings us into a state of peace where we can understand that the point
>> of life is simply here and now. The journey itself is the point, the playing
>> itself is the point.”
>> It's attributed to Alan Watts but there's no source to confirm. Can anyone
>> help?
>> -R
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