Bones and Ash

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These poems and drawings are a distillation and selection from Ma Jaya's personal journals.

Between November 1991 and October 1992, she filled 89 large folios with sketches, photographs, and writings. They began as a tribute to her first student, Dr. Thomas "Billy" Byrom, a former don at Oxford University and a man of enormous heart and compassion. Billy died in 1991, and Ma Jaya used these handwritten volumes to continue conversations she had with him.

At the same time, Ma was working tirelessly with many who were living and dying with HIV/AIDS, and the journals became a tribute and ongoing conversation with them as well.

The title "Bones and Ash" is drawn from Indian imagery of the cremation grounds in India. The transition from earthly life to "bones and ash" is not an ending, but a beginning of a free life.  And so these writings offer a doorway to a life far beyond the ordinary.

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I have only one path to teach, and that path is love. I use love as a razor to scrape away the scars left over from  the ego's wars against the heart.

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Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati is an American spiritual teacher, mystic, and visionary.  She writes and speaks often of the simplicity of the soul, which transcends all divisions and overcomes death itself.  This is the meaning of the title, "Bones and Ash." The image of ash represents not only death, but transformation.  And so Ma writes, "I wear the ash to make a path for you to follow me in the darkness of night into the brightness of soul." Ma Jaya is also an artist, and her illustrations add an extra dimension to these pages.

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