About the Project
The book contains a nine line poem which uses metaphorical language, photographic images and a unique physical design to promote the paradigmn or "world view" of unity. This is the Buddhist view taught for thousands of years that everyone and everything are really "one." It is also now being confirmed by modern physics. John Hagelin, Ph.D, Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi Universary states, "The universe is fundamentally unified, and superficially diversified." Albert Einstein said,
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
The main goal this project is to help people move in that direction.
The book can be read as a meditative, spiritual practice. It will reinforce the ancient insight of universal unity in your consciousness as you become free of the ego’s illusions. Take a slow, mindful breath or two after turning each page, staying aware of the mind as it contemplates Unity through metaphor.
You can try this now by visiting the virtual version of the book.
Book of other Poems
David has written other poems, which are now available for purchase.
David will be linking to other publications from this site, as they become available. If you want to be notified when new products become available, create an account on this site and check the box for the mailing list.
Book on Belief Systems
David is also working on a book, which will be titled "Faith to Practice." The core idea for the book started out as a short lay led sermon I offered at a mid-day prayer service at Dartmouth College. This book will most likely also be self-published (at least to start) and will be linked from this site.
The poem was written by David Gaia Kano in 2006. The next year he designed the physical layout of the current book and created the first versions with light blue wave pages and the rest of the book simple black-on-white. He made a dozen or so of these to give to a few people, mostly as a gesture of thanks.
In 2012 he was finally inspired to continue to work on the project when a friend offered to consult on the project. She took the basic design and looked for some images that would make it more colorful. She also took the prototype and showed it to around 20 people to see how it worked for them (did they open the pages in the "regular" order?) and get their reactions. They were quite positive, which encouraged David to create the current print-out that can be cut, folded and glued into the current book being made available from this website.