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Before We Forget (Thaddeus Golas)

Updated on January 10, 2011

This is the first ...

.... installment to my 'bio-hub' pages of the famous, infamous, to my liking, admiration and gratitude, before we forget about them.

And what better person to be first, and fill all those criteria, at least for me, and having recently finished 'Holy Hippie' (must have been in that frame of mind) ~

Thaddeus Golas (1924-1997) ....

.... first came into my being with his book The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment, which I think has become a classic book on human consciousness and spirituality.

"What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens"

The book ...

.... or rather 'The Guide' as it is affectionately referred to by some apostles, was first published in 1972, I heard about it from my father a few years later. He told me then he's been emailing a guy in Sarasota Florida who wrote a book. The Guide, so it is said, is one of the foremost descriptions, as well as a trigger for, the whole of the transcendental experience. It is called "The last book you'll ever need to read on Spirituality".

Dad has said, "He also sent me this 'floppie' (diskette) said his first book did pretty well, so he could buy a computer." The diskette, in my hand as I tap here, is his second book, 'Love and Pain' -Dad has always 'popped-up' with interesting people like this. Dennis Weaver is another one. He introduced Dad (and I) to Allen Watts.

Thaddeus Stanley Golas was born June 15, 1924 in Paterson, New Jersey. The youngest of five children, his parents were Polish who met in the United States. His father died when Thaddeus was four. His mother later remarried when he was ten, but his stepfather later died of the disease Tuberculosis. Thaddeus married 3 times, lived in Paterson, New Jersey, New York City, San Francisco, Hollywood and Redway, California, and Sarasota, Florida.

As he described in The Guide: "There are two states of being: expanded and contracted. (It might be more precise to say standing momentum outward, and standing momentum inward, but those are awkward phrases to repeat often.) An entity must be in one state or the other at any given instant. It may sustain either state at will. Expanding consciousness is not a process of expanding like a balloon, it is a process of prolonging your conscious state. According to him; you must be either conscious or unconscious at any given instant".

An email from the publishers:

Dear JohnWindBell,

Thank you for your email.

Since I started this project, some years ago, the website has been a
gathering point. I have been contacted by former friends and lovers of
Tad's, thanks to whom I have assembled a treasure trove of rare writings
going back to the 1940s.

I appreciate your mentioning the floppy of L&P. if the work it contains is
"in progress" then it might be of great interest, indeed.
If you are willing to part with it, I can certainly promise to put it to
good use.

Tad has no immediate family - no children. The fact that he sent so much
of his unpublished work to so many friends is a clear indication of how
much he hoped that it would survive him. Now the process has started.

As you probably know, Thaddeus was asked repeatedly to re-write portions
of Love and Pain by publishers who, ultimately, turned-him down. My
intention, in future editions of the book, is to restore as much of his
original phrasings as possible. So far I have worked from 3 different
manuscripts of Love and Pain.

(This is primarily a labor of love, as you have probably guessed)

I would like to send you copies of the 4 books we have published,
including the new, revised version of The Lazy Man's Guide to
Enlightenment; please send me your address.




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