Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

* Words from an unknown hermit – methods of practice (1 of 10)

I’ve written before about the “Hermit Writings of S” and posted his script in its entirety on this site.  See here.

In order to bring his writings to a wider audience, I’m going to post extracts from the Hermit Writings according to various themes which he himself used as sub-titles.  They’re intended as bite-sized chunks that may be more easily digested. He writes well, argues simply and coherently and with a commonsense that is both engaging and intriguing.  Judge for yourself.

Little is know about the man who calls himself S.  He may be living, or have lived, in northern Canada, as there are references to the “huge horseshoe landscape curing around James Bay, the pre-Cambrian Great Canadian Shield, vast tangled forests sieved through the lakes and rivers”.


“Each of us must find which practice is appropriate for us, and instinct tends to be the best guide.  Nevertheless, it is not the practice itself that matters.  Strapped to a bed with a complete paralysis is not an obstacle where one has faith, “which is confidence dervived from Metaphysical Knowledge, or transcendent discernment), and the urgent need to attain liberation from this world.

“For us, for the most part, poverty is riches, and abstinenece enrichment.  The freedome from distraction and dependence alone is already so much more rewarding than mere sensual pleasure, with its repetitive and childish thrill, even without the incomparable discoveries of silence and solitude.”

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This entry was posted on February 25, 2010 by in Hermits & Solitude and tagged , , , .
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