An Anatomy of our Fate
YUGA describes five falls—the Fall into Time, the Reign of Quantity, the Mutation into Machinery, the End of Nature, and the Prison of Unreality. Taken together, these comprise the fate of historical humanity and are, the author is convinced, one-way trips. And the urban-industrial-vehicular-commercial-technological-pharmaceutical-electronic-information-spectator secular society they have produced has ripped the human world to shreds. The book is hard-hitting, but readers who find it disturbing overlook the invincible beatitude that undergirds its every line. When we awaken from our modern nightmare—as sooner or later we all shall—this book will help us remember what that nightmare was. In YUGA, the perennial wisdom has found a new and clarion voice.Equally at home with the Diamond Sutra and the Grundrisse of Karl Marx, while being a careful student of magazine displays at the checkout counters of supermarkets, the author cheerfully presents his book as a provocation rather than as argument. But the master achievement of YUGA, which lies neither in its ‘argument’ nor its style, is its voice. That voice speaks so palpably from the author’s heart that we find it resonating in our hearts as well. The final pages of YUGA are celebrations of joy and love, and the discerning reader will detect those qualities lurking between the lines of the book’s every page. For remember, Marty Glass is a spokesman for the truth that underlies all the world’s wisdom traditions. Behind the world of appearances—samsara, maya, and the shadows on Plato’s cave—stands the uncreated Light, Reality, which is eternal Bliss This reality speaks to individuals in the darkest of times, and its grace never falters. No one need be completely captive to history’s downward trajectory. Its dream unfolds, and we can actually love that dream if we are awake to the fact that it is we ourselves that are, collectively, the immortal Dreamer. The message of YUGA is the message of Tradition, the Sophia Perennis.
Table of Contents
Invitation—Surveillance—History and Way—Progress and Tradition—Self-Inflicted yet Autonomous, Unreal yet Fatal—Humanity, Posterity, Eternity—Clockwatch—Time and Temples—The Information Coronation—Import in Depth—Up to Speed—Invisible Absences—Awakening—The Name of the Age—The Degradation of Discourse—Not Impartial: Dispassionate—Taking Care of Business—Remember What the Dormouse Said! Feed your Head! Feed your Head!—One Way—Zen and the Art of Cosmic Cycle Discountenance—What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
Christ and the Kali-Yuga:
Prefatory Remarks—The Fall into Time—The Jews and History—The Jews, Jesus, and the West —Historicity of Jesus—Incarnation and Faith, Surrender as Salvation—Legacy of Atonement —Kalki Avatar, Maitreya Buddha—Christians in the Kali-Yuga—The Deepest We Can Go: Homage to Frithjof Schuon—The Gnostic Testimony—Formation of the Church—Consequences and More Consequences: Absence of Maya, Presence of Sin —Incarnation and History, Eternity and Time—A Catholic View: Christopher Dawson—The Desert Fathers and The End of the World—Benediction—Last Chapter, End of the Book—Appendix
For those seriously concerned with the plight of present-day humanity and the unprecedented crises through which human society is passing, this book offers many profound insights. It can offer guidelines and openings onto the understanding of the traditional world and that perennial wisdom whose loss has brought about the present age of spiritual darkness.
S.H. Nasr, author of Knowledge and the Sacred
This is the Book of our time, or rather a major chapter in that Book. Outraged, tender, vastly erudite, reassuring, terrifying, compassionate, inexorable, a word spoken always from, and always on behalf of, the human form. Jeremiah with a Jewish shrug: 'End of the world? So what else is new?' Spoken,because the chapters and sections and paragraphs of denunciation and lament lift and solidify, simultaneously lengthen and contract till they cross over into the stanzaic, and the lines break—into song. Without which compassion is impotent. The compassion is not in the substance; it is in the beat, the rhythm: of words, and of events too. Which is why all justice, in the end, is poetic. Marty is as bad as Rumi, or Burroughs, when it comes to last words: 'And now, no more! I place my hand on my mouth, and all is Silence.' Then, next stanza, next paragraph, there he is mouthing off again, bringing the world back out of annihilation just so he can say goodbye even better this time, with even greater finality and flourish. And greater love. Which is why all of YUGA seems to be packed into every part, but with no more sense of repetitiveness than the act of breathing: nothing is newer, or fresher, than the next breath, the next line. No one else I know of has faced the whole range of what we face in these times with all of his critical and emotional faculties both open and intact. He deserves a deep and generous reading.
Charles Upton, author of Folk Metaphysics
This book beggars my powers to honor adequately. It is as hard-hitting as any I have read. Readers who find it disturbing overlook the invincible beatitude that undergirds its every line. Those who find its critique of the modern world too severe should ponder its author's trenchant dictum: 'You cannot close your eyes to heaven without their opening onto hell.' When we awaken from our modern nightmare—as sooner or later we shall—this book will help us remember what that nightmare was. Powerful. A prophetic foreboding. Eccentric, yet consummately cogent. Hardhitting, yet (between the lines) peaceful and kind. In YUGA the perennial wisdom has found a new and clarion voice. Huston Smith
About the Author
Marty Glass lives with his wife two miles up a dirt road beyond the power and water lines, 'off the grid', in an owner-built home in Northern California. Brings in firewood, runs the pump, and tackles emergencies. He has five children. He has worked as a college English teacher, a warehouseman, a school janitor, and, until his recent retirement, a second- and sixth-grade teacher in an elementary school. He has played piano in a jazz band and has been telling stories to children for forty years. Marty's close friend Huston Smith has enthusiastically endorsed his other books published by Sophia Perennis, including Eastern Light in Western Eyes and The Sandstone Papers.