An Inadvertent Arahant

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

I have been plugging away at writing a ‘compelling sales letter’ for The Mercury Detoxification Manual. For one thing, I would surely like to make a living! For another, the information is important and more people should know about it. Way back when, when I asked Andy to mentor me, and he said he would, I asked "to what extent?" “Probably to a large extent,” was his reply, "because of all those poor sick people out there.”

A Facebook friend and I decided Andy was 'an inadvertent arrant.' An arahant, from the Buddhist tradition, can be translated as 'saint.' And this would be a person whose job it is to lead people out of suffering. Andy stumbled across the answer to so much suffering because he got sick himself and had to figure out what to do. I think he would have just as soon continued as a chemical engineer but he wound up solving everybody's health problems, instead.

I often feel like Cassandra. Cassandra is the character from The Illiad who was blessed by the gods with the ability to tell the future, but then had the curse thrown in that nobody would believe her. You have to work on your equanimity in that situation and Andy had done that work. You can’t save everyone. Nevertheless, He was horrified by how easy it was for people to so grievously injure themselves by taking a wrong step. He figured out through experience that the only way to get them to listen and stop what they were doing was to yell at them. Feelings got hurt, but too bad! It was better than getting so sick that you could never recover.

Those of us who found our horrible, disabling, intractable symptoms melting away because of his instructions regarded him with awe. We idolized him to such an extent that we got accused of being a cult with Andy as our guru. He hated that! He really disliked being idolized.

When I got to know him well he reverted back to being an ordinary mortal. Albeit a very witty mortal with a ridiculously high IQ. He was a lot of fun to have as a friend.

So, the book got written! You no longer have to figure out what to do by word of mouth and going here and there on the internet. The book got written, even though Andy up and died on us like that! And now I am writing a 'compelling sales letter' that I hope will get through to a sick person or two.

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