We long for growth. This longing pushes from within like a lotus pushing up through the mud. We know that growth happens; just consider the Great Teachers who now and then grace the earth. We admire them; some of us even worship them. Yet they were once like us, in a former life: aspiring but not yet grown. These books were written while some growth was happening.
The Lotus Path
The Lotus Path is a collection of forty-six paintings created between the years of 1966 and 2012 by artist Jane Karchmar. Each painting depicts a stage on the spiritual path that we are all following, each in our own way. Sometimes we move quickly, other times we seem to be on a plateau; but eventually we will reach the final destination that our souls have been yearning and growing toward all along – Enlightenment. It might not be in this life, but it will happen.
The Tale Of Amaru
Amaru talks to snakes, flies, spiders, and all manner of creatures. From them he learns that all is not as it seems. He learns to look through, above, below – wherever the truth might be lurking. His ears are tuned to unusual frequencies. He progresses through childhood to adulthood and, finally an old man, he finds he has done all that he came to do. So, when Death finally comes for him, he goes quietly, with just one message to the village children: “Listen. Just listen.”
L. M. Blanchard
Author of The Golden Link to Oneness and Sadhana: 21 Days to Inner-Spaciousness
The Lotus Path is a “spiritual anthology” that reflects various aspects of the journey we take through the human condition in which we are all bound. Contemplating the artwork and reading the passages is an invitation to examine your own human predicament that precedes spiritual and personal growth. In her book, Jane manages to bring the reader in as a companion, together exploring various life experiences, with the comfort of knowing that you are not alone on your path. More than just a collection of anecdotes and paintings, The Lotus Path becomes a personal introspective “process” that gently nudges you forward in quiet contemplation. Jane’s artwork, rich in symbolism and archetypes, has the ability to highlight your own personal life journey and breakthroughs, leaving you in a peaceful state and in full awareness of your ability to rise above the muck like a lotus flower reaching above the water’s surface to bloom in full light.
Judith M. Campbell
Author of Walking between the Worlds
Held by the intrigue that flows through Jane’s interpretation of The Lotus Path to enlightenment, we are drawn in by the simplicity and depth of her paintings as expressions of the transcendent nature of one’s potential journey through spiritual awareness, inner healing, and personal growth.
Leader, the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre, Kingston, Ontario
The Tale of Amaru is a charming fable with much more insight than most traditional morality tales. Its many profound lessons are vividly presented through the life experiences of its title character, punctuated by beautiful illustrations and summaries of each of Amaru’s revelations. This lovely story carries the reader up and down the hills of Amaru’s days as he journeys from birth to death, offering a reminder of the eternal truths that lie hidden beneath the surface of events.
Victoria, BC Mooji Devotee
In The Tale of Amaru, Jane gives us an Eastern parable of a life lived in the name of Wisdom and explores our experiences as opportunities for interpretation and growth. I found this book surprising, delightful, and easy to read, which I did in one sitting with the trusting anticipation of a child being read a fairy tale. I just knew l would be told something good. Jane’s mandalas and aphorisms deepen the experience through the dimensions of imagery and allegory. I savoured Amaru’s discoveries along with him and found the second reading to be equally fresh and sweetly different. This wee book, like a good fairy tale, will be requested and savoured more than once.
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I have been looking after my own salvation with diligence for about fifty years. My Path still stretches on . . . and on. While on the Path, I have meditated, practised yoga, practised martial arts, studied just about everything, chanted, painted, and earned a living.