Spiritual archeologist and author of The Buddha from Babylon
Spiritual Archeologist Harvey Kraft responds to the question, "How were you able to write this book?" with a quote from the founder of Apple Computer:
Steve Jobs wrote in a 1995 Wired article: "Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it. They just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while; that's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people."
Harvey Kraft is an award-winning American author, and a spiritual archeologist adept at interpreting ancient mythic language. His personal quest to unearth the meaning of Buddhist wisdom has been based on a lifetime of research...he has been a student of Buddhism for forty-five years. Mr. Kraft’s new biography of Siddhartha Gautama is the culmination of his aspiration to explore the Buddha’s visionary scope of existence.
In 1998 he founded the Everlife Center to undertake research for a better understanding of Cosmic Buddhism through the use of spiritual archeology. Sadly, later that year, Mr. Kraft lost his 23-year-old daughter, Lani, after a heart transplant operation in a California hospital. His writings are dedicated in her honor and emerge from her inspiration.
Mr. Kraft's business career started in management at American Express in New York. As a professional communicator he went on to be a business owner, creative director, marketing executive, tech innovator, and writer.
Following a successful career, Mr. Kraft launched into a 15-year research effort that resulted in his breakthrough work based on his development of spiritual archeology techniques.
His innovative and strategic solutions have helped individuals and organizations transform their mindset and relationships. His creative contributions have garnered dozens of awards and recognitions. Mr. Kraft himself has been transformed.
Today he is focused on writing and speaking providing breakthrough thought leadership derived from the ancient visionary history that still shapes modern times, and whose wisdom can be leveraged to create a wonderful future.
DISCLAIMER: Harvey Kraft does not want to "fix" people or offer micro-managed solutions for business. Rather, by providing clear and dynamic insights he helps listeners raise their inherent higher consciousness. He guides individuals, scholars, leaders and organizations seeking new ways to envision, explore, grow, discern, discover, create, empower and harmonize relationships on a sustainable basis.
DOUBLE WINNER! The Buddha from Babylon has been selected as this year's WINNER of the USA Best Book Awards (2014) in two categories: HISTORY - General (nonfiction) & RELIGION - Eastern Religions
Author Statement: Content Development & Literary Style
The Buddha from Babylon's literary style mirrors the mythological styling of ancient spiritual literature. As the narrative is built on a rich load of research evidence, archaeological, linguistic, and scriptural, it is primarily a work of non-fiction. Yet, it also makes use of historical speculation, interpretation and dramatization.
Its content was developed to epitomize the term "neti neti (neither this, nor that)," the gateway into the paradoxical Buddhist synergy of the Middle Path. From that perspective, this book is neither strictly non-fiction nor historical fiction, yet it contains elements of both, and as such, blurs the dividing line of publishing's most basic categorization.
The wide range and large scope of its subject matter required of this book to be a vessel of of enlightened wisdom and a catalyst for transforming the reader's understanding of true self. This reflection on the Buddha's lifetime and his Enlightenment is a modern view of ancient spirituality, intending to inspire respect for visionary sight, trigger conversations about our beliefs, and encourage people to aspire for the fulfillment of our potentials.
Together we can build a bridge of harmony toward a healthy, compassionate future — a worldwide synergy of conscious people living in a variety of cultures, holding different beliefs, and exploring once hidden possibilities.
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