The River

Monday, June 11, 2007

1978 mass market cover

Page 183, New Falcon Publications edition

From the Sufi

A man who had studied much in the schools of wisdom finally died in the fullness of time and found himself at the Gates of Eternity.

An angel of light approached him and said, “Go no further, O mortal, until you have proven to me your worthiness to enter into Paradise!”

But the man answered, “Just a minute, now. First of all, can you prove to me this is a real Heaven, and not just the wishful fantasy of my disordered mind undergoing death?”

Before the angel could reply, a voice from inside the gates shouted:

“Let him in -- he’s one of us!”

Wilson's intro to a mid-eighties edition

I have fond memories of meeting him in Vancouver in the early 80's and having him autograph his complete works (to that point)
This is the first thing I've read of his. His fans love him and from every indication, deservedly so. I like his agnostic stance about everything -- free your mind and all that.
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