An Integral Epistemology for Enlightenment

Extract of the "Preface" page of the CD-ROM book

This CD-ROM book is the outcome of my nearly 20 year long research into the human consciousness.

My inner journey started at the beginning of the eighties in the middle of the Sahara Desert, where I stayed for three years. The life was very harsh there, but the natural scenery was truly and awesomely ineffable; I was once standing on the top of the 600 foot high barren cliff, from where I was able to overlook the traces of the flows of rivers of the remote past! Indeed, the whole place must have been under the water tens of thousands of years ago, because one was able to pick up a number of fossils containing sea shells. Another time I saw a big sun coming up from the east in the middle of the desert dunes, and when I looked at the west there was also a big yellowish moon going down over the horizon. I couldn't help feeling the tinniness of the human existence in front of the vast nature.

I subsequently went to the States, where I was initiated by an Indian guru living in Oregon. I lived in his commune for about a year, where I participated in an intensive residential 7 month long psychotherapeutic course (a total of 1,700 hour long sessions). I thought that I was experiencing the ultimate Zen space during the course, but one German participant of the course said to me "What we are experiencing here is a kind of kindergarten game, in comparison with the newly born American psychology called NLP". (I may have other opportunities to talk about my master and this psychotherapeutic course in detail in the future).

I couldn't believe this German gentleman at that time, but a few years later (1988), when I took part in the workshop "Prerequisites to Personal Genius" held in London by John Grinder and Judith DeLozier, I indeed came to totally agree with him. NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) turned out to be a set of truly revolutionary psychological tools.

After being trained by John and Judith as NLP practitioner (1988) and NLP Master Practitioner (1989) in Santa Cruz, California, USA, I went into a "hermit life" in the middle of London. I practised a number of NLP techniques (called "Personal Editings") for seven years every day continuously (this was my intensive Karma and/or Raja Yoga meditation) and read hundreds of NLP and spirituality-related books (this was my Jnana Yoga meditation). As the outcome of this solitary and intensive study of mine in the middle of a busy city, I came to recognise that all the authentic spiritual masters down the ages are saying practically one and the same thing on the one hand, and that what is coded in the scriptures of the ancient India like Vedanta also indicates practically one and the same thing as what NLP has been presenting as modern epistemological models on the other hand. In the process of this research of mine, I have gone to the very root of Vedanta (to find out the "Source Teacher"; I have my own lineage, because "one cannot not have an epistemology (or "a spiritual foundation" in this particular case)", but in no way discriminate any other lineages, as far as they derive from the authentic spiritual source), as well as to the source of NLP (to find out that epistemological giant, Gregory Bateson, as well as the revolutionary discoveries made by two German mathematicians, which I mentioned on the "Infinity and the Finite" page of this book). Hence, this book is dedicated to probably the most authentic inheritor of the "source teacher", Sri Shankaracharya, and to the person whom I consider to be the greatest Jnana Yogi of the modern time, Gregory Bateson. My hermit life practically ended when I was trained by Richard Bandler as NLP trainer in Munich in 1995.


I personally believe that this book is a kind of "handy manual for enlightenment" containing practically all the necessary ingredients to help earnest spiritual seekers to get enlightened in this life time of theirs [though] there are a few prerequisites for this purpose.


This book consists of 108 HTML pages; in Japan, they say that there are 108 types of " (Bonnou)" (which means "obsession/lust/attachment" in English, and corresponds to "klesha" in Sanskrit) in human beings, and on each new year's eve, monks at the Buddhist temples ring big bells 108 times to induce the hearers to overcome each of these 108 kleshas. I hope to be able to achieve similar effects for the readers through the 108 pages of this book. (Incidentally, I can add here that the number of the Upanishads which are said to have been preserved in India is also 108.)

I wish the readers a truly endless spiritual journey through this book, which I hope will contribute to the furthering of the human consciousness even if it happens to be a minuscule contribution.


Guhen Kitaoka
London, UK.
October 2000.

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