“What is That, which, when known, everything else becomes known?” Jeffrey Starbuck’s first volume of collected poetry masterfully weaves together “the four corners of existence” as it uncovers the common thread of truth – that “unrecorded yet definite resonance” – running through all the world’s sacred traditions. By translating, integrating and synthesizing the deepest spiritual and psychological truths, this collection draws the reader, listener, friend, student into an odyssey to decipher and appreciate the essential “strum of existence.” The poems in this volume are superbly crafted in both the language and the visual message carried within each poem’s unique design.
Jeffrey C. Starbuck is a poet, psychotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher, workshop leader, spiritual mentor and “Renaissance healer.” He has been listening to and abundantly understanding the human mind for decades, while assisting countless individuals in their process of emerging into greater wholeness and a fuller expression of themselves.
He has studied the world’s sacred traditions extensively, always being led by the desire to grasp the common thread, that unrecorded yet definite resonance, running throughout. Because of this process of translating, integrating and synthesizing these deepest spiritual and psychological truths, he is able to explain, in plain language, these universal principles, so that the listener, client, friend, student, all can learn to decipher and appreciate the essential strum of existence. “What is That, which, when known, everything else becomes known?”
Certified as a yoga instructor at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY, in the last millennium and more recently by the Integral Yoga Institute, he has taught yoga and meditation classes and workshops at many colleges, churches, businesses and yoga centers in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT.
Mr. Starbuck holds an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. Having done clinical practice in Manhattan and Staten Island, he has maintained a private practice for 25 years in NJ and NY, currently with an office in Kingston, NJ.
He has been richly influenced by his associations with Amma, “the hugging saint,” and also with David LaChapelle, the spiritual teacher and author. Mr. Starbuck was given the Sanskrit name “Ramdas” by Brahmananda Saraswati (Dr. Ramamurti Mishra), the founder of Ananda Ashram. “Ram” can be said to be a name of God, while “das” generally is translated as “servant.” Servant of God. Most recently, he continues his studies of Truth through the teachings of the Centers for Spiritual Living, aka the Science of Mind.
The collection includes fifty-two poems, supported and explicated with Mr. Starbuck’s eloquent prose in the Introduction and the Notes.
“Spiritual” hunger, longing or yearning begins to develop once one has begun to “awaken.” In the poems there are frequent references to this desire, this appetite, this developing “passion.” This “spiritual passion” parallels a type of increasing “dispassion” for “worldly things.” The Sanskrit word vairagya means “detachment, renunciation, freedom from worldly passion.”
We human beings are an intersection of the vertical and the horizontal. We are the way God expresses and knows ItSelf. We are both the ALL and the particular, the specific. Each of us is a totally unique being, the likes of which has never appeared in Form before, and will never appear again. As such, we each have a special set of gifts and talents to deliver to the world. And, at exactly the same time, we are this Formless Consciousness, this boundless Love, this Eternal Presence, this Quantum Field of Potentiality that is endlessly expressing new versions of ItSelf.
This is actually true of all of Creation, but we seem to be alone in the ability to be self aware (to be the “Witness”) and to make conscious, as opposed to automatic, decisions; to experience awakened attention and to be intentional about “where” we point it! We are the ones “made in the image and likeness of God,” which means that we are to do what God does. We are to create, at our level of resolution, our lives and worlds. We are to speak the Word, to think things into existence, to be intentional about the use of our attention! And what a job we’ve done!