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Whispers from Eternity, 1929 edition, being scanned now

The Training of the Human Plant, Luther Burbank

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What Is All This? is a home for sincere spiritual aspirants of all religious backgrounds with a genuine interest in experiencing God more so than just talking about God.

"You made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless till they rest in You."
Bishop Augustine (4th century)

This great quest we're all on, some us consciously, some of us less so, to find our true and lasting home will bring us together on a converging path where religious boundaries dissolve in the radiance of Joyous Spirit.

"O, Divine Friend, if the darkness of my ignorance be as old as the world, still make me realize that with the dawn of Thy light, the darkness will vanish as though it had never been."
Paramhansa Yogananda
(Whispers from Eternity, 1949 edition)

This site places special emphasis on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, the first great master of India to live in the West for a long period--over thirty years. He initiated tens of thousands of students into Yoga (scientific techniques for awakening the divine consciousness in man). Counted among his admirers and students were such notables as Luther Burbank, George Eastman (of Eastman-Kodak), Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Ford.

How "Joy to You" Got Started...

While reading Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi I came across a footnote that mentioned the 1922 edition of Luther Burbank's The Training of the Human Plant. On a whim I pointed my browser to BiblioFind and searched for the book. Viola! There it was, gathering dust in a Winfield, Kansas bookshop. I ordered it on the spot.

A week later I was holding the modest volume in my hands, marveling that it was this same edition which Burbank had presented to Yogananda. I wasn't surprised to feel a stronger "connection" with those days, 70 years past, when such a great soul lived among us. Wouldn't it be cool, I thought, to share this with other devotees?

That's when the inspiration hit: create a web site where people could enjoy the same spiritual treasures I've enjoyed. And, while it's certainly convenient to be able to read the text of the books, how much more real they would seem if you could "read" photographs of the actual pages.

So I began the hunt for books mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi and other older spiritual classics printed in 1942 or earlier. 1942 is "magic" since books printed in the US then, or earlier, have had their copyright expire and are now in the public domain.

Having started in September 1999, I'm working my way through my stack of "treasures" with scanner and OCR software at the ready. 

I hope you enjoy!

Scott Gallup


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Are you interested in musty old books? Here are some of the places I've used:
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(more expensive than BiblioFind),

Int'l Book Collectors Assoc.

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