Author
Barry Long



BARRY
LONG



1926-2003



 



A
spiritual master whose teaching inspires many thousands of people around the
world, challenging them to make real changes in their lives.



His
spiritual realisation began in the early 1960s and was provoked by his own
self-enquiry. He imself had no master and followed no religious tradition.



He was
born in 1926 in Australia and as a young man worked as a journalist and
newspaper editor in Sydney. In his thirties he abandoned career and family life
and went to India where he underwent a spiritual experience, the realisation of
immortality or 'mystic death'.



After a
brief time in India he went to London. His spiritual process continued there, culminating
in a 'transcendental realisation'. He lived in England for twenty years, until
1986 when he returned to Australia, living first on the Gold Coast of
Queensland and later in Northern New South Wales.



He
started teaching in 1968 and after 1982 gave all his time to writing,
meditation classes and speaking at public meetings and seminars.



Through
the 1980s he was teaching mainly in England and Australia, where he became
known for original and forthright answers to age-old spiritual questions.



In the
1990s he travelled the world with his seminars 'The Truth of Life and Love' and
'The Course in Being'. He was frequently in the Netherlands, Germany and
Scandinavia. He made many visits to America and gave seminars coast-to-coast.



After
1996 he remained in Australia, teaching as actively as ever. Every year a
'Master Session' was held for two or three weeks and people travelled from many
countries to be with him.



He gave
his last public teachings in November 2002. Some years earlier he discovered he
had prostate cancer and the last year of his life was spent in seclusion -
though he continued writing almost to the end. He died on December 6th 2003.



He
wished there to be no memorial to him, save for the teaching in his books,
audio tapes and video recordings.



There
was never any organised group, society or following associated with his
teaching. He said he spoke only to the individual who can hear him; and, 'I
speak only of love, life, truth, death and God.'



He never
became a public figure to the media, but his reputation ran underground and far
afield. He influenced numerous other teachers, some of whom are better known.



He made
many original contributions to the spiritual life of mankind and can be seen as
a pioneer of that contemporary spirituality which emphasises direct experience
of truth and the reality of the present moment.



As a
practical man he was always concerned with helping people to live the spiritual
life. No aspect of everyday living escaped his attention.



As he
found that most unhappiness is due to lack of love he focused particularly on
the sexual love of man and woman and became widely known as a tantric teacher.



Yet he
was also a mystic with an extraordinary love of God. This profundity enriched
everything in his life and his work. The depth of consciousness he reached, and
the speed of his intelligence, are best seen in his master-work 'The Origins of
Man and the Universe'.



His
prophetic insights will go on speaking to readers in years to come. His books
capture and preserve that timeless power which eternally calls on us to listen,
reflect and know.



 



 



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