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The Experience of Ultimate Truth

 

by Michael Graham

 

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One of the most vivid impressions which I took from a trip to Melbourne some years back was walking into the home of Michael Graham and encountering a man who owned more books than I did! There hardly seemed to be a book on eastern mysticism which Michael had not devoured. Having come from what he calls “a light Christian enculturation”, Michael embraced the wisdom of the East, knowing both Buddhism and Hinduism. He became one of the crack yogic troops.

 

Indeed, for 28 years he had steeped himself in all that the gurus of India could offer. He has had experiences that indicate that the eastern religions possess real power of some kind or another. But all that Michael was left with was the memory of the experiences. He was living, as he says, in a jungle of leafy trees with no fruit. Then he came to know Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. Or rather, Christ came to possess Michael.

 

It is as Francis Schaeffer put it: “There are only two types of people: those who seek for truth and those who seek for self-justification.” Michael is one of those who reached the end of self – all his spiritual endeavours, impressive as they were, added up to a huge fat zero – and was found by Christ.

 

This is a deeply moving and fascinating account of one man’s spiritual quest. It is yet another illustration of Augustine’s words: “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” This is a spiritual autobiography which deserves a wide readership in these confused and syncretistic days. It will surely do much good.

Peter Barnes in  “Australian Presbyterian”

 

 

This is a book one could profitably place in the hands of one of the many who today are attracted are attracted to eastern mysticism and the “wisdom” of Hinduism and Buddhism.

 

Michael Graham’s quest took some 28 years before he realised that he “had been trying to drink at an empty well”.

 

It is remarkable that it took him so long to arrive at that conviction. Yet not all that remarkable given the attraction of eastern mysticism to his intellectual curiosity and, as he confesses, one with a “light Christian enculturation”.

 

Prompted by his father’s mild interest in mysticism and his own desire for self-realisation, he began his long search in India.

 

He gives a detailed account of the years spent “weaving his way back and forth between the continents of India, Australia, USA and the UK”.

 

One needs to concentrate as he describes his visits to ashram after ashram, guru after guru, devotee after devotee. It is interesting to see the seeds of doubt sown along the way and begin to germinate until, in his indecision, he says, “Just show me.”

 

His years of quest and thousands of hours of meditation had led nowhere.

 

It was at this point that he came face to face with the reality of Christ, and soon after confirmed his decision publicly at a Billy Graham rally. From that decision there was no turning back. “It was done.”

 

The divine promise is, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” There can be no doubt as to the intensity and sincerity of Michael Graham’s search, nor the rest and sufficiency he finally found in Christ.

 

There are many in today’s world with its spiritual hunger who have embarked on, or are contemplating a similar search for absolute truth. To all such the book is confidently commended.

Dr George Lazenby in “New Life”