An interpreter friend of ours once had to translate a joke, which because of cultural context, can be challenging. But she did, and the audience laughed. The speaker was quite impressed and approached her later. “How on earth did you translate that joke?”
“It was easy,” she said. “I told them, ‘It’s a joke — laugh.'”
Fortunately, the twenty-two or so translators who translated Spontaneous Evolution didn’t have to do it on the fly. And so, every one of those books has a Swami quote at the beginning of each chapter, very likely the same ones I wrote in English.
Yes, that’s right.
Spontaneous Evolution — and believe it or not, the Swami — can now be read in Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal, two translations), Romanian, Russian, Slovenian and Spanish (Spain and Latin America, two translations).
Deepak Chopra said of Spontaneous Evolution, “The implications of this powerful book have the potential to change the world.” Well, I guess our publisher Hay House is taking this pretty seriously, as the ideas in this book are now proliferating throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America … not to mention the English-speaking world.
And Swami’s work is pro-laugherating.
So, what does a Swami quote look like in Portuguese? Slovenian? Korean? Well, let’s take Swami’s opening quote.
*In English that’s: “The bad news is, there is no key to the Universe. The good news is, it has been left unlocked.”
Here are just a few takes on that:
And you know what? We don’t have Swami translated into Hebrew or Arabic or Farsi (I mean, surely the Farsi should be with us, seeing that Swami is so farce-seeing). If anyone can translate that quote, I’m happy to publish it!
And speaking of Spontaneous Evolution …
Oh, and by the way, if you still haven’t read or listened to Spontaneous Evolution, you can order the book here, and/or the CD set here … and we will send you a Spontaneous Evolution Study Guide free. If you’ve already read the book and have friends, family or community members who might appreciate it, order it for them!
As Bruce Lipton and I say in the book:
“For millennia, our spiritual teachers have been pointing us in the direction of love. Now science is confirming that ancient wisdom. We are each and all cells in the body of an evolving giant super-organism we call humanity. Because humans have free will, we can choose to either rise to that new level of emergence or, in the manner of dinosaurs, fall by the wayside.
“Spontaneous Evolution introduces the notion that a miraculous healing awaits this planet once we accept our new responsibility to collectively tend the Garden rather than fight over the turf. When a critical mass of people truly own this belief in their hearts and minds and actually begin living from this truth, our world will emerge from the darkness in what will amount to a spontaneous evolution.”
Or, as Swami says: “Dajmo hudiça, ustvarit’ ze enkrat ta Raj na Zemlji.”
Oops … I mean, “Why don’t we go for heaven on earth, just for the hell of it?”