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Seeds for the Soul: Living as the Source of Who You Are, Written and narrated by Chuck Hillig. Audiobook. "Seeds for the Soul is a powerful expression of spiritual truth. These pages are like lotus flowers that open, revealing deeper and deeper insights and wisdom. The audio book is a beautiful way to access these writings, especially since Chuck himself reads it. The profound was never made so accessible." Jerry Katz
Real Time Speaking. YOU are the Message, by Robert Rabbin. An audio book. "Whats in it for you to speak this way? Everything! RealTime Speaking energizes your whole life, like floodlights screaming into all the dark rooms of your vast house, lighting them up as if on fire. From profound self-knowledge, to intimacy with another, to personal credibility, to leadership believability, to professional impeccability its all there. Its all in your speaking, in your living out loud." -excerpt from the audio book. I find that this book will without a doubt help you settle into yourself as a public speaker and free you to let go of reliance upon public speaking techniques. The techniques are fine as long as they are not a substitute for authenticity. -Jerry Katz
Peculiar Stories, by Mora Fields. (for ages 6-10, and
above!) Called the Mark Twain of spiritual literature
by Joel, our own Mora Fields has written a book of teaching tales
called Peculiar Stories. Both plain spoken, absorbing, and
layered with depth, these stories delve into such topics as where
do thoughts come from, how do we deal with things like emotions,
fear and peer pressure, how to experience spaciousness, and the
meaning of life. Here are a few bits from a story called
[eating eggplant] Which Uncle E knows, so I was a little upset that he cooked it when he knew I was coming over.
What dont you like about it? He wanted to know.
Nothing, except it tastes really horrible and terrible, I said.
No it doesnt, it tastes delicious.
Thats just your opinion, I told him, real huffy.
And I guess its just your opinion, too. Just an idea.
Like a conversation at any dinner table with a youngster (or picky eater), so begins a discussion of how the thoughts we collect form our opinions, which leads our heroine along with Uncle E and some classmates on an adventure to build a thought machine. In a few short pages this story touches on where thoughts come from, how to gain some detachment from them, building confidence, making friends, and ends with a completed science project. Always engaging and never preachy, I highly recommend this book to any age reader.
Jennifer Knight, Library Director, Center for Sacred Sciences
I really like this book, too! Very well told stories with memorable characters. There's a chapter excerpt at the link above. -Jerry Katz
Just As It Is: Conversations with a Contemporary Mystic. In this fascinating cinema-verite work filmed in Zurich, German videographer Niket Scherer takes the viewer inside a day in the life of contemporary mystic Steven Harrison during a European lecture tour. Unusual both in content and style of filming, this video is an opportunity to see the world of an original and important spiritual figure, just as it is. -from publisher's description.
The Risk of Creativity: Dialogs in Amsterdam with Steven Harrison. In this weekend-long dialog, recorded live in Amsterdam, Steven Harrison presents a clear choice: We can live in our ideas about life, or we can live in the powerful energy of life itself. Harrison encourages us to take the risk of creativity and investigates how we can expand our capacity to live in life's dynamic energy, where we have the possibility to create anything. -from the publisher's description.
Elijah Crow: The Silence of the Mind. Free book . Elijah Crow does not belong to any nonduality tradition or lineage, his description of the experience is original. He has never been to India nor been familiar with the philosophy of nonduality.
Nonduality: A Scientific
Chapter 1: The Nature of Inflationary Cosmology
Chapter 2: The Unification of the Laws of the Universe
Chapter 3: The Holographic Principle
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 4: The Nature of Spontaneous Emergence
Chapter 5: The Nature of the Quantum State
The Nature of the Observables, Observing and the Observer
Chapter 6: The Incompleteness Theorems
The Natural Interpretation of the Holographic Principle
Chapter 7: The Nature of the Mind and Body-Based Self-Concept
Chapter 8: Object Relations Theory and the Nature of the Ego
Chapter 9: The Illusion of Personal Identity
Ordinary Freedom, by Jon Bernie. This book is about Freedom. It's not about a special state or condition called "Freedom", some idea or concept to be believed in; rather, it is about the recognition and realization of our essential nature. When we arrive in this moment and awaken to the truth of our existence, we discover that Freedom is completely ordinary. Ordinary, yet awesome. The recognition and realization of our essential nature is for many a gradual transition. The challenge of our generation is to find out how to support this transformation in the midst of our ordinary lives. Adyashanti writes: 'This wonderful collection of Jon's teachings really captures his ability to point us back to our own innate freedom. What makes Jon's teachings so powerful and relevant, though, is that no part of the human experience is denied. Indeed, there is an open encouragement for all of our human experience to be included and embraced as a means of discovering the infinite ground of being within which all of our experience unfolds. This in itself is a great gift to any spiritual seeker looking to find out what freedom is really all about.' Jon Bernie, a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a contemporary spiritual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti. He leads regular classes, retreats and intensives in the Bay Area and beyond. As a counselor in private practice, Jon also works with individuals directly to facilitate consciousness development and deep emotional healing. -from product description
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters, edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford The collected Kerouac/Ginsberg correspondence, edited by Morgan, is pure literary gold that fans and scholars will mine for decades to come. Ginsberg always gave Kerouac props for turning him into a real writer, but now, readers can see that process in action, as Ginsberg morphs from being the timid author of lovelorn sonnets to the genre-busting powerhouse behind "Kaddish," the epic memoir of his mother's descent into madness. The letters also challenge some myths propagated by the Beats themselves... -Stephen Silberman
Only That: The Life and Teaching of Sailor Bob Adamson, by Kalyani Lawry. Only That is an essential contribution to the literature on Sailor Bob Adamson. It is suitable for beginning seekers, who will be able to identify with the first part of the book on suffering and easily follow Bob on his road out of suffering. The teachings themselves may or may not fully resonate with the beginning seeker. Questions on how to full stop or how to investigate experience, or how to deal with lack of success in getting the understanding, may lead to further readings and encounters. But then Bob says to investigate! This must include the investigation of the apparent fruitlessness of an investigation. Read Only That along with the other books by and about Bob and alongside the CDs, DVDs, websites, and podcasts. If you read only one Bob Adamson book, however, I would recommend Only That because of its biographical content, photographs, and the selection of teachings. -Jerry Katz
How To Attain Enlightenment: The Vision of Nonduality, by James Swartz. Why can't I see that `I am pure, unlimited Awareness'? Swartz will tell you exactly why and offers the proven methods to realize Awareness [Self]. These concepts are not Swartz's concepts; they go way back to the ancient Indian scriptures. They are proven, scientific methods of realizing the Self. Swartz has an excellent understanding of these methods and his presentation is easy to follow. -Amazon.com review
An Extraordinary Absence. DVD. If you think that
awakening is a special state reserved only for
enlightened masters and gurus, then think again
In an intimate series of interviews filmed exclusively for this DVD, Jeff Foster shares the timeless message of non-separation in a simple, human and down-to-earth way. He invites you to forget everything you know, everything youve ever been taught, everything youve ever read about spiritual awakening, Oneness, enlightenment, nonduality and Advaita, and to consider a new possibility: the possibility of absolute freedom, right now, right here in the midst of this very ordinary life. The possibility that you were never for one moment separate from life, and that at the heart of experience there is an intimacy beyond words.
Jeff is not affiliated with any spiritual path, teacher, tradition or lineage. He sees that truth - that which is present and alive - is absolutely free and cannot be captured by any religion, ideology, philosophy or belief system. However, perhaps it can be shared, in friendship and openness, with those who are ready to go beyond their ideas, concepts and beliefs, and discover who they really are.
'This DVD is a love letter to the exhausted spiritual seeker who is simply longing to come Home.' -from product description
Illumination: The Direct Path of Shri Atmananda. Greg Goode interviewed by Chris Hebard. DVD. Though many are aware of Ramana Maharashi and Nisargadatta Maharaj, two pillars of non-dual wisdom of Twentieth Century India, very few in the west have been introduced to the work of their contemporary, Shri Atmananda Krishna Menon. This is unfortunate, because many westerners are keenly attached to the belief that the world is an independent and "external" reality. Menon offered a methodical approach to the deconstruction of these beliefs, normally referred to as ignorance. This ignorance is the source of all suffering;this journey holds the key to liberation. -from prodcut description
Awe and Wonder: It's Darkest Before the Dawn, Jeff Foster interviewed by Chris Hebard. DVD. " THIS IS THE POSSIBILITY OF TOTAL FREEDOM. RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF A VERY ORDINARY LIFE " Join Jeff Foster, the well known Non-Dual author of an extraordinary absence and Chris Hebard. In a unique discussion regarding the deeply private journey of self inquiry. This DVD is both an acknowledgment of the deep trials and tribulations on the path but also a hymn of praise regarding the Beauty uncovered in the process. It is a unique dialogue, honoring and discussing issues rarely covered in public. Jeff is both magnetic and wise we promise you have never seen anything quiet like this dialogue! -from product description
Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment, by Scott Kiloby. With Scott Kiloby's characteristically light and effortless touch, this book offers one mini-essay for each day of the year. The overall message is that enlightenment is your birthright, as well as your nature at this very moment. -Greg Goode
Calling It Quits. A Film by Anthony Tarsitano. Dante Milestone is not happy. His struggles with everyday life, his past, even the question of 'the existence of a higher power', have led him to evaluate his own life. It is an assessment that drives him to leave work and success behind and set out on a quest in search of his happiness. But Dante soon learns that it's not that simple ... for after a series of painfully humorous attempts fail to provide an answer, Dante sinks even deeper. It is not until a fateful encounter sets him unexpectedly on a path of self-awareness that he begins to look inwards. Only there, can he face the underlying truth and find true peace in the present. Calling it Quits is sure to make you laugh, make you cry and make you think. And, ultimately it will make you feel good. -from product description
I saw this film and I liked it quite a bit. Good acting and well done. Funny in many places. You have to love any Hollywood film that mentions nonduality. -Jerry Katz
Perfect Brilliant Stillness, by
Audiobook. The legendary British actor Terence Stamp
reads the book that he says "changed his life", the
amazing Perfect Brilliant Stillness by David Carse. This unabridged audiobook download is an exploration of
our existence and a journey towards enlightenment. -from product
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: The Lost Satsang. DVD. Contained in this video are one and a half hours of questions and responses taking place between Maharaj and some of his devotees. The footage was taken from an old, low quality, VHS tape. The camera stays on Nisargadatta even when questions are asked providing us with a chance to observe his expressions for most of the time. We have not been able to identify the people who have created this amazing document, but we are grateful and extremely thankful for their effort.To accurately translate this important historical document, we used three different translations, the main one from Mohan Gaitonde, (Maharajs part time evening translator). The Lost Satsang is now fully subtitled in English while the original video material has not been edited. -from product description
Science and Nonduality 2009 Anthology, Volume 1. DVD. Take twenty one of the finest thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, quantum physics, psychotherapy, art, Vedanta, Sufism, Judaism, and Buddhism and ask them some of the toughest questions known to humankind and this is what you get: A groundbreaking anthology of interviews that illuminate the deepest and most compelling mysteries of the human experience. This DVD is the first of its kind to explore the convergence between science and nonduality. Rather than being heavily edited to direct the viewer according to a particular opinion, each of the interviews is a stand alone piece that allows us to fully experience the depth of the speaker. Each interview is a unique journey that ultimately brings us back to the source of all, beyond concepts and words. Enjoy!
The DVDs contain interviews with: Stuart Hameroff, Stephen Wolinksy, Peter Fenner Loibon Le Baaba, Rupert Spira, Jeremy Hayward, Rabbi Hoffman, Amit Goswami, Francis Lucille, Robert Dittler, Henry Stapp, Nahid Angha, Jeff Foster, Kebir Helminski, Peter Russell, John Prendergast, Bernie Baars, Olga Louchakova, Vijai Kapoor, Thomas Ray, Tim Freke. -from product description
That Which Always Is, by JD Hazlewood. JD starts the book out with a bang - direct and to the point. "Here is the objective: There is no objective." He continues, through the book, to point out that our idea of reality is merely a mental story, and that our essence is unmistakable and obvious. -Randall Friend
Beyond the Known: 365 Days of Exploration, by Takuin Minamoto. Free download. This book is a calender of very short meditative explorations; one per day for an entire year. Some are statements, some are questions, and others just simple movements of words. Each one can be used as a jumping off point for your own daily meditations. None of the phrases in the book are definitive. In other words, they did not arise from a center of belief, or the conclusions of self. And although some of the days in the book will seem definitive, conclusive, or opinionated, do not accept them as true or false. The words are not important anyway. What is important is to see how you rise to fight, rise to agree, or rise to flee.
A Simple Explanation for Everything, by Wayne Wirs. A Simple Explanation for Everything presents a radical new theory which solves many of Lifes greatest mysteries. Presented in a humorous, easily read format, this theory, called HDI (Higher Dimensional Interaction), finally brings together a simple theory of everything. A theory that unites the Physical and the Mystical with one, easy-to-understand explanation.
Dissolved, by Tarun Sardana. Perhaps you are seeking a beginning education in Advaita, or further practice of self-inquiry, or maybe you only want to enjoy the dialogue, the stories within, the story at large, the teaching, the expression. In only 90 pages of gentle dialogue, poetry, and storytelling, Dissolved offers all this, all you could and could not imagine. -Jerry Katz
Naked Being: Undressing Your Mind, Transforming Your Life, by J. M. Harrison. Jonathan Harrison's presentation of the teaching of nonduality is crisp, concise, and clear. Instruction on dealing with the habitual, addictive mind -- the ego-self -- gives this book more traction than the purely confessional books of new nonduality (neo-advaita). Love, karma, death, meditation, suffering, compassion, the mind, separateness, and the soul (a rarely seen theme in nonduality and a welcome carry-over from Harrison's first book), are topics that bridge mainstream spirituality with nonduality, or naked being. Read Naked Being and cross the bridge. -Jerry Katz
Turn Off the
TV, Turn on Your Mind, by Michele Doucette. The reader will learn
how to realign the mind through affirmations, visualizations,
gratitude, desire, and positive thoughts. Practical gains from
proper mental positioning include health, money, love, and inner
peace. The purpose of this heightened mental awareness is
something deeper than the practical, and it is made clear. The
purpose of mental preparation is to make the pursuit of
This book is a fine guide and reminder for people who are wandering in the garden of spiritual and mental delights and who intuit and need to pursue something deeper, known as source, God, soul, enlightenment, or nonduality. Readers will be pleased to see serious reference to some well-known, and not so well-known names: Edgar Cayce, John Van Auken, Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis, Andrew Cohen and Eckhart Tolle, among others. -Jerry Katz
Busting Loose from the Business Game: Mind-Blowing Strategies for Recreating Yourself, Your Team, Your Customers, Your Business, and Everything In Between, by Robert Scheinfeld. Busting Loose from the Business Game" is a clear and powerful reminder that points brilliantly to the very heart of all reality. This book is a no-nonsense way of discovering the Truth that lies beneath the persistent illusion of separation by showing you how to live both in and as the pure consciousness of Being. Highly recommended. -Chuck Hillig
Biocentricism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, by Robert Lanza, MD, with Bob Berman. In this paradigm, life is not an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocentrism takes the reader on a seemingly improbable but ultimately inescapable journey through a foreign universeour ownfrom the viewpoints of an acclaimed biologist and a leading astronomer. Switching perspective from physics to biology unlocks the cages in which Western science has unwittingly managed to confine itself. Biocentrism will shatter the readers ideas of life--time and space, and even death. At the same time it will release us from the dull worldview of life being merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal. -from product description
2013: How to Profit from the
Prophets in the Coming End of the World, by N. Nosirrah. Have you ever awakened
in the night wondering if you would survive the impact of a
meteorite, a mutating viral pandemic turning the population into
flesh eating zombies, the melting polar ice caps altering the
climate into an inhospitable methane laced bog, or simply God
raining down fire and brimstone and turning off the lights? Then
this is your essential guide to survival, prosperity, and peace
when the world ends. -from product description
The Way of
Selflessness: A Practical Guide to Enlightenment Based on the
Teachings of the World's Great Mysteries, by Joel Moorwood. I have searched high and
low for a book of this stature, that clearly sets out the
universal understandings of all spiritual, mystical, and
religious traditions in a way that is eminently useful for both
understanding one's own way as well as how others approach Truth.
Optimism - The Lesson of the Ages, by Benjamin Paul Blood. He is in the light of the eye, and in the object that it shines on. He is not a curiosity, a member of a species, or a thing to be represented by any device. He is the Onethe originalthe all in all. Benjamin Paul Bloods Optimism (1860) is a testament to the idea that spiritual experience must precede religious knowledge. Impassioned by his own mystical experiences, Blood spells out an eternal nondual philosophy in a distinctly American voice that helped shape the work of William James (Varieties of Religious Experiences) and the 19th-century religious philosophers. In Optimism, we find a timeless, practical guide to faith and acceptance of whatever life delivers. -from product description
Advaita: The Truth of Non-Duality (in the words of V. Subrahmanya Iyer from the posthumous collections of Paul Brunton), edited by Mark Scorelle. If you're hungry for what the study of Advaita can deliver, but won't move to where the teacher is, or can't afford to bring a teacher to you, then you have to read, study, communicate with people online, meet teachers in person occasionally. This would be a very good book as part of your lifelong learning of Advaita, or the truth of who you are. -Jerry Katz
Jelly: Tales of Ordinary Enlightenment, by Gary Crowley. The driving
character of the book is Gary's Dad. Well before you've come to
the end of this book, the two words "Gary's dad" will
bring you to laughter and affection, and maybe tears, at once.
Gary and his unforgettable characters say a lot about the way
things are and about how to live life effectively. You never feel
you are being lectured, however. The characters, not the
teachings, take the front seat. That makes Pass the Jelly an
important contribution to the spirituality genre. Profound
spiritual teachings are rarely this easy and this much fun to
get, understand, remember, and apply. The one topic Gary never
talks about is the one thing this book is all about: love. You
feel it on every page, in every paragraph. I loved this book.
Non-Dualism: A New Experiment in Living, by Michael D. Morrow. Modern humans are currently searching desperately for a new model of understanding that will unite science, philosophy, education and the arts. We are making grand leaps in the sciences in terms of understanding the complex systems of life, known as dynamical systems, complexity theory, etc. Science is also looking at string theory that is trying to find an underlying unity to all living systems. Movements such as sustainability are looking into sane ways to live on this earth in a balanced way. In philosophy, the perennial philosophies have come to be more fully understood and they are also searching for a unification of all philosophies of life. To date, we do not have a comprehensive model or set of models that combine the interior and exterior of complex living systems. This book is revealing one such model, biological non-dualism, that combines the best of science, philosophy, and education - although it will just be a beginning blueprint. This process combines biology and ecology with a deep understanding of depth metaphysics. If correctly understood this could help revolutionize modern thought and bring deep healing to the individual, the society and the globe at large. This is not the only new model to appear, but it will certainly be one of the most important, if carefully studied with an open mind and heart. Available at Amazon.com, Borders.com, Barnes and Noble. The book may also be purchased in either hard copy or as an e-book for immediate download from the publisher, Bookstand Publishing.
Standing As Awareness: The Direct Path, by Greg Goode. Greg's book made its way from the UK here today and as I'm already deeply immersed in it-a big Bravo! Written with such clarity shining through every page, and a down-to-earth language that gets right to the core of Truth, it gently deconstructs every overlay on Awareness one might have previously identified with. Dropping one concept after another, a clear, yet utterly profound practice, elegant in its simplicity and never betraying what is true and available right now, right here, timeless, unlike so many progressive paths that suggest a fall from grace, yet at the same time ignore what is. Cutting deep through all layers of solid objects, mind, world, this jewel establishes consciousness as immanent and our only reality, no more separation/duality is seen or felt, the overlay gently collapses into True Self as one turns each page. Truly a masterpiece and must-read, couldn't agree more with the previous fellow reviewer! Many thanks, dear Greg, for this immense gift! -Maren Springsteen on Amazon.com
Nothing from Nothing: A Novella for None, by N. Nosirrah. From Sartre to Star Trek, Kafka to Mr. Wizard, Wagner to Puke Rock (don't ask)--no subject is too exalted or ridiculous to come under the acerbic scrutiny of N. Nosirrah. In this freewheeling, very funny story of Sixties excess, mad genius, enlightened rambling, death and transfiguration, no metaphysical or cultural holds are barred. N. Nosirrah's incisive and intelligent wit on matters spiritual and worldly offers a refreshing alternative to less adventuresome works of fiction, spirituality, autobiography, or philosophy. This book includes all of those threads and features a voice which is at once profoundly irreverent and mystically sound. Fundamentalists beware: the God of this religion brooks no pat description, no belief system, no creed or manifesto, except perhaps that of freedom from such limitation, with a healthy dose of comic irony in both concept and conversational delivery. How can such a small book contain so much in the way of pharmaceuticals, eroticism, and depraved music, and still have something discerning to say about the ego, the value of pi, and the benefits of electroshock therapy? And why should we care? Can this tiny tome actually change your life? As Nosirrah's beleaguered editor, Lydia Smyth, advises, "Read it, be transformed, and then you will know exactly what to do." -Product description on Amazon.com
An Extraordinary Absence: Liberation in the Midst of a Very Ordinary Life, by Jeff Foster. Jeff Foster invites you to forget everything you know, everything you've been taught, everything you've ever read about spiritual awakening, Oneness, enlightenment, nonduality and Advaita, and to consider a new possibility: the possibility of absolute freedom, right now, right here in the midst of this very ordinary life. Using everyday language and drawing on both personal experience and age-old wisdom, Jeff shares the possibility that all the seeking and longing of the mind can come to an absolute end with the falling-away of the sense of being a separate individual, and a plunge into unconditional love. And in that plunge - which is totally beyond anything you have ever imagined - this so-called ordinary life reveals its great Secret. Written with stunning clarity and aliveness, this book is a love letter to the exhausted spiritual seeker who is simply longing to come Home. -Product description on Amazon.com
Liberation From The Lie, by Eric
dare you to read this book and not see yourself in it, especially
in the list of Fear-Selves. This book steps outside of common
paradigms of spirituality, religion, psychology, and philosophy
and provides a fresh view of the human condition.
Fear is at the root of the false self. Eric is spot on about that. If this isn't seen, we live inauthentic lives. We react from conditioned ideas--masks.
Rather than asking you to discard everything, this book invites you to see and understand, as any great book about authentic living does. To see and understand is to transcend and include, not to exclude and deny. Seeing and understanding is the hallmark of truly authentic living.
The basic message of this book is exactly what is needed in this crazy life: to realize our authentic and true selves free from the bondage of striving. This is a call to no longer live and act from fear, but rather from the presence of love inherent in our being. -Scott Kiloby on Amazon.com
The Myth of Seeing, by cee. The Myth of Seeing is not
merely nondual and instructional, but artful, literary, and
interesting. It is about the world of the Guru and the world of
fretting students, the dream world and the waking world, and the
fine lines between them that stand as both stumbling blocks and
What is the myth of seeing? The throwaway explanation, as any dilettante of nonduality knows, is that there is no seer. Cee's revelation is poetic and authoritative:
Don't get me wrong I love to look
It's just that I stumbled in the vicinity
Of a Guru
Suddenly my eyes failed me
The dream world is the vehicle for this teaching. "There is a very fine line between your dream life and your waking life. Your true identity is hidden in that fine line," Celeste declares to the attendees of her Dream Workshop.
The line is thin but it stands out enough to stumble upon. The theme of this book is stumbling into truth. It's the only way to go. There's no horizontal walk to truth in which you can stop for popsicle on the way. It's a hard stumbling upon something:
Suddenly my eyes failed me
Falling to my knees and weeping for joy my
Head touched the floor
The investigation of what you stumble upon may have a linear process of day to day practice, but no one begins a practice unless they've stumbled ... upon the reality of what one is ... the Guru ... the sense that something isn't right ... the world inside out ... unalterable love ... Truth ... the lie that their life is.
Besides the Guru Celeste (based upon the life of Cee), there are three other main characters who are students of Celeste. While Celeste, her sister Janet, and Celeste's Guru all come to life by virtue of Celeste's love, the three main students are thinly developed, with their pasts and personas sketched out just enough to give Celeste something to push against in order for the story to unfold.
Each of the students, each fearful and contracted in his or her own way, undergoes some degree of character development, eventually stumbling in the direction of self-realization. However we don't care so much. Why? Perhaps the author intended to keep the relationship with the students impersonal. About her own Guru, Cee (Celeste) says, "He really didn't care about me at all, as a person. ... He didn't care about my story. He was the imageless mirror that reflected my own truth, the truth of us all. ... He didn't treat me nice." Perhaps the reader is expected to regard the three main students in the same way and to somehow assume the bearing of the free and imageless Guru.
There is no character development of Celeste, nor should there be. In her own words, Celeste confesses that she is "out of time," "here," "always already fulfilled," "pleasure unbounded," "birthless and deathless." Her everyday life is full of events as simple as going through a hardware store or as involved as helping her sister die which Celeleste says is "the hardest thing I've ever done." Celeste experiences most intensely because there is no character to develop, no character to get in the way of pure experience.
What I enjoyed most about this book are Celeste's (Cee's) stories about her life, from her girlhood "devouring of beauty," to meetings with her teacher, her secret spirit, her stumblings upon her Guru's specific words, the moment when everything changed when she was driving a bus, her poems about truth. I liked hearing about Celeste and Janet and Celeste's Guru. Those people are real.
This is a fine book about the Guru and the seeker and depicts the impersonal kind of relationship between teacher and devotee. It is artistic and memorable. What is remembered is the Guru.
Waking up from the book's dreamworld, its supporting characters, and their stumbling, what remains is the Guru inviting you and showing you where and how to look. Waking up from the Guru's pointing, all that's left is the Truth. From the lips of the Guru, Celeste or Cee, Truth is all this book could be about. The Myth of Seeing is an exquisite and unique form in which to receive the confession of Truth.
For the pursuit of nonduality, I highly recommend The Myth of Seeing and Cee's previous book, The Way of Knowledge, which will teach you how to do self-inquiry and includes a chapter on dream work. -Jerry Katz
Conversations on Non-Duality Volume 2. Insightful interviews by Iain and Renate McNay with three leading contemporary communicators collected together on one DVD. Iain's relaxed interview style focuses on the background as well as their present life experiences of the interviewees. The DVD includes a 4-page foldout insert with further information and statements by the three speakers: Jeff Foster - Life Without A Centre. Richard Sylvester - I Hope You Die Soon. Roger Linden - The Elusive Obvious.
Conversations on Non-Duality Volume 1. Insightful interviews by Iain and Renate McNay with three leading contemporary communicators collected together on one DVD. Iain's relaxed interview style focuses on the background as well as their present life experiences of the interviewees. The DVD includes a 4-page foldout insert with further information and statements by the three speakers. Tony Parsons - The Open Secret. Rupert Spira - The Transparency Of Things - Parts 1 and 2. Richard Lang - Seeing Who You really are.
Satsang Dialogues with Francis Lucille: Spring 2008. This DVD is the first of a series of five Satsang Dialogues covering an entire, intimate two week retreat in the peace of Francis Lucille's private home in the Deluz Mountains near Temecula, California with a small group of students. Answers many questions including finding your own answers, the need to make changes, experiencing the silence between two thoughts. These dialogues frequently directly trigger the "perfume of silence", the experiencing of that which we are. Highly recommended. -from StillnessSpeaks.com
Vedanta, with James Swartz. DVD 1 of 5. The Really Big Treasure Hunt. Formerly a personal assisant to the revered Indian Mahatma Chinmayanda (see description in Traditional teachers), James engages his Western audiences with a mixture of mirthful straight talk and clarity. His topic is the ancient wisdon of The Vedanta as taught over two thousand years ago through The Upanishads, The Brahma Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita. Designed specifically for a Western audience, James clearly explains all of the principles of Advaita Vedanta. His approach is contemporary; James great gift is to approach his audience with images and examples they can immediately grasp and appreciate.
You Are No Thing: Recognising Your True Nature, by Randall Friend. Randall Friend has written a book that will resonate with so-called spiritual seekers, but those seekers should beware as this book may challenge their dearest beliefs. Randall looks at the typical spiritual search and our assumptions about ourselves, the universe and the very meaning of spirituality. He then invites us to disassemble our carefully constructed world view and takes us to the very cliff edge of liberation: only to find that there is no cliff... In deceptively simple and direct language 'You are No Thing' avoids spiritual jargon and the rigid, codified practices which so often prove to be distractions from the ever present reality; it points beyond the mistaken notion that we can find what we are seeking outside ourselves or with inner states and experiences. -Amazon.com
The Light That I Am: Notes from the Ground of Being, by J.C. Amberchele. This collection of interconnected essays, stories, confessions, and teachings is one of the best nonduality books I've ever read. Why? It's INTERESTING. The nondual teaching here is rooted in a soil that we get to feel between our fingers. Amberchele writes well. Consider the opening lines: "Whatever idea I've had about how things work in this world hasn't gotten me far, considering that I've spent more than twenty years in prison. Most of my beliefs I acquired from my father and from John Wayne, and anything that wasn't ultra tough and ultra cool was to me ultra embarrassing." Few of us have gone that far with our early negative beliefs; however there's an immediate identification or fascination with the author, at least to some degree. The author essentially says he will probably never be let out of prison: "I was, at times, a thug of the worst sort." Amberchele writes with spiritual authority but does not take advantage of the reader through excessive teaching or a parental attitude. This book is based on the teaching of Douglas Harding and is supported by the teachings of Tony Parsons, Byron Katie, Ramana Maharshi, Wei Wu Wei, and the Diamond Sutra. Many others are quoted or mentioned. Ultimately, this is a book about the Headless Way of Douglas Harding. -Jerry Katz
Mouches Volantes: Eye Floaters as Shining Structure of Consciousness, by Floco Tausin. "This fascinating and absorbing work floated serendipitously into my consciousness and I'm so glad that it did. When I first laid eyes on it, I thought it was going to be a single-focused philosophical treatise on the mysterious visual "floaters" that appear before our eyes during various states of consciousness (hint, hint). Well, it's certainly that, and much, much more. "Breaking Through" combined with "The Lessons of Don Juan" is an apt description...but then it's much, much more. This highly thought-provoking and thoroughly captivating story features an explorer of consciousness and his ongoing dialogues and experiences with a "seer." As the protagonist loses himself in the intricacies of refurbishing a magical piece of furniture, his consciousness undergoes deeper and deeper transformations. He takes a Thomas Mann-like spiritual journey that ultimately fulfills the reader at many levels. The book serves as a model or metaphor for viewing the world through different perspectives and striving for cognitive "wholeness." This is a book to be read slowly and savored. Special philosophical nuances and insights will emerge as you digest each scrumptious chapter. The characters are endearing and get inside your soul. The vivid descriptions of place and setting will make you feel that you are actually there in the European mountains. This is a warm, compassionate and enlightened work that brought tears to my eyes in the final chapter. Bravo, Sir Floco!!!" -Amazon.com review
Let Go, by Charlie Krishna. A book of good poems but not sure how it is sold. Email the author: [email protected] This came from me / But maybe it's bad / Let me hide it from you / Where it can grow and fester / Knocking my life off course / So I can finally be free
Religion Demystified: Understanding Life's Mysteries in terms of Latest Scientific Findings, by Dr. Vemuri Ramesam. From the Back cover: In 28 crisp essays Dr. Vemuri Ramesam covers cutting edge scientific developments in a wide variety of fields from Quantum and High Energy physics to Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Anthropology etc. in simple terms. He relates these to our day to day life trying to tease out the mysticism behind tradition. The book provides a refreshing look at man and his position in the Universe. Dr. Ramesam defines comfort in terms of energy expended and explains liberation as an effortless zero mind active boy state. He argues for a physiological basis for Nirvana and proposes a testable model for the idea. The book gives a hope that science may find a way to attain the ultimate goal of A Happy Individual and A Harmonious Society, a quest man has been after for millennia of years. As with any serious spiritual inquiry, the essays take off to answer the questions: Who am I and What is this Universe from a scientific perspective, pointing out the current status of proven thought and the dark areas needing further investigations. The topics dealt with cover Origin of Universe, Origin of man, mans evolution, our emotions and why we are the way we are. Then talks about the human mind, the self within us, healing by saints, pain and suffering, effect of meditation on brain, the power of thinking, arrow of time etc. These are followed by two elaborate essays on a scientific analysis of karma theory and Non-dualism. The book closes with the life and thought of Dr. Einstein who is descried as a sage in ancient Indian terms. The book is a veritable goldmine of information on current research, each article infused with Indian spirit. Cost: US $ 10 (including shipping by Air Mail) per book. For Copies and any queries write to: [email protected]
Sound Bites from Silence, by Robert Rabbin. Download a free preview edition. This book comprises 67 "sound bites," or prose poems, on the theme of Silence, about which Robert writes in his Introduction: One may wonder at the value of Silence. For me, it is everything. It is where I discovered my authentic self, where I learned what life is, where I learned what is worth wanting, where I developed my professional skills, where I learned how to listen, to be aware. It is where I learn about love and courage and freedom and self-expression. It is everything. This book is an original expression of Robert's personal experiences and insights and is beautifully illustrated with full color nature pictures. -from the website
The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience, by Rupert Spira. The purpose of Rupert's book is to look clearly and simply at the nature of experience, without any attempt to change it. A series of contemplations lead us gently but directly to see that our essential nature is neither a body nor a mind. It is the conscious Presence that is aware of this current experience. As such it is nothing that can be experienced as an object and yet it is undeniably present. However, these contemplations go much further than this. As we take our stand knowingly as this conscious Presence that we always already are, and reconsider the objects of the body, mind and world, we find that they do not simply appear to this Presence, they appear within it. And further exploration reveals that they do not simply appear within this Presence but as this Presence. Finally we are led to see that it is in fact this very Presence itself that takes the shape of our experience from moment to moment whilst always remaining only itself. We see that our experience is and has only ever been one seamless totality with no separate entities or objects anywhere to be found. -from Amazon.com
Nothing I See Means Anything: Quantum Questions, Quantum Answers, by David Parrish, M.D. This book, full of lucid, penetrating insights into the nature of consciousness, definitively closes the gap between mind, matter, and cosmic intelligence. Parrish elegantly identifies the pathways to highest consciousness -- something with which we're all in touch but don't necessarily realize. Starting with a layman's examination of Freud's psychology, the author moves seamlessly through existentialism, cognitive systems, medical theory, quantum physics, and mysticism to arrive at his unique synthesis of them all. -from Amazon.com
Bitten By The Black Snake: The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra, by Manuel Schoch. This book presents each sutra from the extremely nondual scripture Ashtavakra Gita and expounds upon it. Read an excerpt.
From Self to Self Card Deck: 48 Advaita Cards, Karl Renz with Sitara E. Eggeling. These cards combine essential statements of the Advaita teacher Karl Renz with paintings by the artist Sitara E. Eggeling. Karl Renz says he gives self-talks since the Self talks to the Self. The speaker, the words, and the listener are the One Self. The quotes selected for this card deck hit directly: they are deep, and often funny. Karls words and Sitaras colorful, meditative paintings will remind you of the truth of your existence. The cards appeal to That which, as Karl says, doesn't understand with the mind.
The Tao of Now: Daily Wisdom from Mystics, Sages, Poets, and Saints, by Josh Baran. Formerly published as 365 Nirvana Here and Now: Living Every Moment in Enlightenment. A collection of very short readings from diverse sources, each containing the kernel of nondual essentiality. An attractive hardback for twenty bucks. This would make a fine gift for yourself and others. It will appeal to long time nondualists as well as those who have just read The Power of Now and are looking for the next nondual title geared to the mass audience. --Jerry Katz
Of Earth & Fire: Artwork, Poems, Reading by Vijali Hamilton. The images of Vijali Hamilton's stone sculptures and painted stone bas reliefs along with passionate readings of poetry, draw us into an intimate union of body, earth, and spirit. Vijali accompanies the reading with songs and voice that calls forth longing, mystery, and the ripeness of earth. Vijali Hamilton, a visionary sculptor, poet, musician, performance artist, and author is the originator of World Wheel. This work, a global peace project, combines sculptures in living rock and community ritual-based theater. Her work includes education, art, spirituality, peace activism, and focuses attention on the resolution of environmental, spiritual, and social problems. World Wheel is an artistic forum for global understanding. It activates awareness of our interconnection with all life.
The Book of Listening, by Jean Klein. Jean Klein is regarded as one most eloquent communicators to the West of non-duality in the second half of the 20th century. "The striking thing about Dr. Klein is his independence. He teaches Advaita but he rarely uses its technical terms. In fact, he has developed his own vocabulary which consists mainly of the special use of words like 'listening', 'transparency', and so on. Nor does he refer back to the tradition for any kind of confirmation. He occasionally gives a quotation from Gaudapada but nothing more. He does not mention other teachers (such as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj, to name only two of the best known). His is not an approach which makes itself more persuasive by making connections of this kind." -Andrew Rawlinson
Jeff Foster 2008 USA Tour. July 13 in Chicago. A beautifully edited DVD of a full meeting with Jeff Foster, filmed at a talk given in the Summer of 2008 in Chicago. Featuring an introductory talk by Jeff then Q&A's in chapters. NTSC format, playable worldwide, 2 Hours 20 minutes in length. "This is a sharing, in friendship, of something that is really is too intimate to talk about." / "This isn't about the words. The mind will only see paradox here. But behind these words something else is happening, too astounding, too miraculous to put into words" / "Breathing is happening: in and out. And even in deep dreamless sleep, when 'you' are not even there, it goes on breathing, in and out. And the heart beats. One day it won't do, but it is now. It gives you that too. Feelings in the body happening. One day they won't be there. But they are now.. It gives you that too. And thoughts arising out of nowhere - it gives you that too. And the floor and the ceiling and colors and smells and memories, other people to talk to, friends to meet, things to do, places to go, it gives you all of that, right here, right now. Out of nothing, everything arises. Nothing has to be there, but everything is. Right now, you are given everything for free. This is absolute grace, and we are already living it. Indeed, we ARE it. Yet we spend our lives wanting so much more..."
Oneness Meeting Itself: A Meeting with Jeff Foster. A new DVD of a meeting with Jeff Foster in California with a 40 minute introductory talk followed by questions and answers. 1 hour 30 minutes duration. Menu: 1. All Happens Effortlessly 2. Oneness is meeting Itself 3. A Plunge into the Unknown 4. Question 1. Mind Plays a Role? 5. Question 2. Is Suffering Optional? 6. Question 3. Is Depression Physiological? 7. Question 4. Remove the Sense of Me? 8. Question 5. Child Must Have Ego
Discovering the Current of Love, a DVD featuring Jean Klein. "Yoga teacher Lilias Folan interviews Jean Klein with basic and practical questions about the search for truth and the direct path as well as questions about Jeans own background. This DVD is a welcome introduction for those who know little of Jean and a warm, joyful reminder for people already familiar with his approach." -from the description of the DVD
Embracing the Now: Finding Peace and Happiness In What Is, by Gina Lake. "Then who are you? That is the perennial question, which ultimately results in the discovery that you are not a thing but more of a being, an experience of existing. If you strip away all labels and ideas, you are left with just 'I am,' just existence. You are that which is existing right here and now and aware of that. Spiritual teachers often call the true self 'Awareness' because the experience of the true self is that it is aware. Beyond that, it cant be defined. It has qualities that can be felt, such as peace, acceptance, love, compassion, gratitude, kindness, patience, wisdom, and strength, but these dont come close to defining it." -an excerpt from the book
Yoga, by James Traverse. James Traverse has been practicing Yoga for over
30 years and teaches Nidra Yoga in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
James is man of clarity and quiet power who is to be taken
seriously. At the same time, there is a feeling of lightness and
light when in his company. One is impressed with his lack of
judgment, his natural way of expressing things, his intimacy with
the teachings of reality. His love, basically. His joy. His flow
with you. Traverse writes, "Although Nidra Yoga means Sleep
Union, ultimately it is about being fully awake to who you truly
are and living the understanding across all states of
"Ultimately this work is about realizing the living answer to the questions, "What is it that acts when I am in Deep Sleep?' and 'Who am I?'" -from the review by Jerry Katz
Guardian of the Den: A Study on the Nature of Duality and Its Inherent Wisdom, by Max Stone. "Seeks to answer the furthermost question humankind has ventured to ask: "Why are we here?" A bold and original self-analysis and rediscovery, it is nothing less than a new Gospel, a modern testament to God, who reveals Him/Herself in each of His/Her creations. Drawing exclusively from the Creation Story in Genesis the material offers new interpretations of old tales, nearly always plunging into the ocean of words to draw pearls of wisdom. It treats this iconic narrative as an allegory for all things dual in nature, including the dueling nature of man. The concept of duality is a recurring theme that paves the way for a holistic and balanced purview. Did man choose to leave only to come back again as his knowledge ripened to wisdom?" -from the book description on booklocker.com
The Struggle to Surrender: Love, Consciousness & the Quantum Field, by David Lowell. "Ideally, in a fully matured human, the information flow runs from the top down, although for most of us the lower centers and bodies tend to overpower everything. Our society and its control by the media is designed to turn us into emoting broadcasters, expressing our feelings to the world. While it is true that stuffing ones feelings is very deleterious to ones health, indulging in emotionalism is an infantile pattern; one which is all too prevalent in our society." -an excerpt from the book
Everyday Enlightenment: Seven Stories of Awakening, by Sally Bongers. Sally Bongers, the distinguished Australian cinematographer, compiled these interviews whilst researching subjects for a documentary film on Enlightenment. Initially she sought out established spiritual teachers, but her emphasis changed to interviewing ordinary people who had experienced a shift of perception which, in the Eastern tradition, would be called Enlightenment or Liberation. She found men and women who still live their lives much as they had done before the realisation, working and living in the everyday world. Seven of their stories were chosen for this book. Hearing these people talk about living with this understanding in the real world (not in an ice-cave somewhere!) confirmed the closeness of it all. These stories make it clear that Enlightenment can 'happen' to anyone, regardless of so-called spiritual qualifications. -Amazon.com product description
Living from the Heart, by Nirmala. A collection of teachings about the Heart, including: From the Heart: Dropping out of Your Mind and Into Your Being, which offers simple ways to shift into a more open and accepting perspective and to experience your true nature as aware space. The Heart's Wisdom, which points the reader back to the Heart, the truest source of wisdom. And Love Is for Giving, Not for Getting, pointing to the true source of love in your own heart. It is by giving love that we are filled with love.
Up Without Meds: Five lifestyle decisions correct your chemical imbalance so you recover from depression naturally, even when antidepressants have failed by Mark Myers. This is a powerful book for anyone dealing with depression arising out of breakdowns in lifestyle habits. If you follow Mark Myers' recommendations, you might be able to stay out of the therapist's office (although those are valuable places, too!) and away from medication (although there's a time for meds, as well). In my own life I know the value of following Mark's recommendations. I know that when I get slack with one of the five lifestyle changes Mark talks about, the forces that keep a healthy life together start to weaken. -Jerry Katz
Consciousness and Beyond: The Final Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. A DVD from Neti Neti Films. An Amazon reviewer writes, "The wonder and enchantment continues with another delicious visit to India! Maurizio Benazzo directs as Stephen Wolinsky recaps the previous three DVD's and narrates. He delivers seven new impeccable discourses and unknown anecdotes and teachings by Maharaj, Ram and Hunuman. Who knew that Maharaj was born on Hunuman's birthday? I greatly enjoyed the cinematography and iconography of the Temples, images, statues and murals and landscapes of Mumbai, Ganeshpuri, Bodegaya, (a mecca of Temples & Shrines) and the Bodi Tree (Peepal Tree). The people of India are poor & humble, yet rich in their Devotion. This is another inspired and creative work, for example Stephen gives a discourse in darkness at night with the funeral pyres burning in the background...without death there's no life."
I Am That I Am. Part 1. Experience the Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.from the website: Experience the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Narrated by Dr.Stephen Wolinsky this two and a half hour DVD contains not only The Complete Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj but also "experiental meditations" to lead the viewer into the I AM and beyond, into That One substance from which all phenomena appear to arise. The DVD is divided into twelve themes which include: The I am, The body, Consciousness, The Nothingness, Realization, Spirituality and Spiritual Paths, The Guru, The Void, Birth and Death, Cause and Effect, That One Substance and The Illusion. Featuring never seen video footage of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj!!! I've seen this video only once and have found it to be a very clear presentation. There is extensive video of Nisargadatta in his small Bombay room fielding questions from visitors. It's interesting to observe the people in the room. You can read them quite easily. You'll see yourself there in the company of Nisargadatta. The whole video is clear, straightforward, and watchable. Watch it and you'll know what the bleep anyone knows. --Jerry Katz
I Am That I Am, Part 2. Nirvana Means Extinction. From the website: Dr. Stephen Wolinsky takes us on a three hour excursion traversing the roots of Advaita-Vedanta, neuro-science, philosophy, linguistics and tantric yoga, to provide a long neglected understanding which lies at the core of all of these teachings; "All spirituality and psychology are dependent on the existence of a separate independent individual self." BUT what if this self is an illusion....?
I Am That I AM. Part 3. Prior to the I Am: The End of Self-Consciousness. From the website: Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, (documented in video footage from 1980) is shown saying the exact words Nagarjuna used in presenting his eight negations. Dr. Stephen Wolinsky clarifies and defines spirituality as the Primordial That. Moreover, in this DVD, Dr. Wolinsky deconstructs the spiritual and psychological realms as philosophical traps (neti neti), discarding all perceptions, even that of the brain and nervous system, and, going even further by deconstructing deconstruction itself.
Consciousness: Talks About That Which Never Changes, by Alexander Smit. "Alexander Smit whose final guru was Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj, is deeply rooted in the age-old tradition called 'Advaita'(Non-duality), which has been transmitted from teacher to disciple. At first sight no specific, recognizable method seems to be imparted here - rather, any such method seems to be undermined. But on closer study the authentic Advaita appears to be there, as bright as a diamond. Only a truly original transmittance, not based on memory, can be a help in the realisation of the Authentic within ourselves. The present book 'Consciousness' contains a selection from the numerous talks in which the oral transmission of this Authentic or Original in man takes a central place."
The Book of No One: Talks and Dialogues on Non-Duality and Liberation, by Richard Sylvester. Richard Sylvester continues to communicate the radical and uncompromising view of non-duality expressed in his first book 'I Hope You Die Soon'. He answers many questions about the nature of non-duality, liberation and enlightenment with clarity and humour. -from product description
Wasteland Words: The Heart of Wonder, by Nicholas Czernin. Tony Parsons, author of The Open Secret, All There Is and Nothing Being Everything, writes Sometimes, in music or nature, or for no particular reason, there can be a feeling of something other, something beyond . . . like a deeper, fuller sense that is both fascinating and different. Poetry often holds that whispered wonder that happens through the words in the way that they sing together and point to something unspoken. I have found this with many kinds of poets, including some of the so-called 'spiritual' poets when they aren't being sanctimonious or prescriptive. There is no chance of that with Nick Czernin's work which is joyfully irreverent whilst also being richly profound. The clarity of the communication is unwavering, and every poem has its own particular take which can illuminate, sometimes with a gentle chuckle. I am very happy to recommend such a rich expression of passionate wonder.
The Mirage of Separation, by Billy Doyle. The Mirage of Separation is a collection of poetry and verse reflecting different facets of the non-dual perspective. Billy Doyle lives in London and teaches yoga in the Kashmir Tradition, an approach brought to the West by Jean Klein.
Nondualism & Educational Drama and Theatre: A Perspective for Transformative Training, by Kriben Pillay. This study explores Nondualism and Educational Drama and Theatre as a perspective for transformative training, where this training is about creating the experiential learning space for experiencing and transforming the core error of separation which structures our common perception. A perspective for leadership training and organizational learning. The introduction on nondual perspective is by Jerry Katz.
Enlightenment: The Path Through the Jungle, by Dennis Waite. The theme of this book is that you can become enlightened through traditional advaita, while it is unlikely you will become enlightened through neo-advaita and satsang. Dennis writes about the book's purpose: "The purpose is specifically to address the concerns of seekers who are dissatisfied with the satsang or neo-advaitin approaches to the teaching of advaita and to answer related questions." Waite says, "I am not primarily criticizing neo-advaita in respect of the truth or falsehood of its actual statements but as regards its utility as a teaching methodology."
The Most Direct and Rapid Means to Eternal Bliss, by Michael Langford. This book shows how to directly experience infinite-eternal-awareness-love-bliss in this lifetime. This book contains a detailed description of the difference between the True Self and the imposter self. Detailed instructions in how to directly experience the True Self are given in this book. Of the thousands of spiritual books you could purchase, The Most Direct and Rapid Means to Eternal Bliss is the best first choice. This is the book that created a spiritual revolution that is continuing to transform all human life. The direct experience of infinite-eternal-life is available to all humans. Amazon.com description of the book.
Sciousness, by Jonathan Bricklin,
last couple of years have seen a resurgence of interest in
William James, one of modern psychology's most widely respected
pioneers. ...But nothing has quite highlighted the depth of his
thought like Jonathan Bricklin's Sciousness." -What Is
"In the 60s and 70s, many seekers of spiritual truth learned about mysticism and found affirmation of their nondual intuitions within William James's book, The Varieties of Religious Expression. Now we can discover that James was a nondualist afterall. Sciousness is a superb anthology, the best possible book imaginable for the discovery of the nondual William James." -Jerry Katz
God is an Atheist: A Novella for Those Who Have Run Out of Time, by N. Nosirrah. A profoundly funny romp through religion, spirituality, and the contemporary clash of cultures of belief, with special attention to the human obsession with knowing what can't be known. Nosirrah provokes just about everyone as he describes a world where God is on the run from Islamic extremists, the Pope announces he shares a bed with Richard Dawkins, and Buddha's son disappoints by getting enlightened instead of becoming a doctor. To say this novella is strange might give the reader a way to relate to it, but in fact, nothing will shift the burden away from the reader. In its pages, the world is bent around the reader's mind until either the mind itself begins to bend, or indeed, breaks. A book without plot, characters, structure, or obvious purpose, this is an endless descent into the netherworlds of a dystopian mind. If a thousand monkeys typing endlessly would eventually produce all great works of literature, then God Is an Atheist is their first draft. -Amazon.com description
Turn Off the TV and Turn On Your Mind, by Michele Doucette. I like how your book begins with an explanation of duality along with a pointing toward nonduality and advice on how to pursue nonduality. You then assert that the pursuit is dependent on an understanding of the mind. Your book provides various ways to turn the mind toward its source, toward the nondual, along with some interesting and practical diversions along the way. -Jerry Katz
Fill Your Hole: Spirituality -- A Practical Guide, by Nigel Paul Watts. Outrageous, provoking, but true. "Fill Your Hole" is really a serious book, a practical guide. As I share how to reveal our real nature. Through this reorientation, a natural bliss and intimacy is found, fulfilment and joy. Your hole is filled, as we learn to let go of this self illusion. There is no you or I. That's the problem, the great illusion that has held us in too much separation, fear, dissatisfaction, that hole. The calamity of thinking we are someone is seen through now, as we expose what we really are, strip naked of what we have taken too be, and enjoy this paradise we are. This is experienced for real and has the potential to change your life. We are spiritual, experiencing the physical but have been deluded. I will give an understanding, but then we have to let go of the intellect and engage in this simple but profound reorientation, and be found. Come and take a step in evolution.I'm experiencing we are much more than this, and am offering to share. It's not like this, think about all the things you desire, and love to do, enjoy doing. That is because they get us into this moment. It is this moment you desire and love. Not what you desire! -from book description
Nondualism in Western Philosophy, by Greg Goode. Nondualism is often thought to be an exclusively Eastern teaching. But Western philosophy and mysticism have given rise to varieties of nondual expression since before Plato. This is a series of pointers to how the Western approach can assist with one's self-inquiry. It begins with a description of nondualism, Western style. Then various views and arguments are presented that might serve as tools for inquiry, and suggestions are given on how these tools might be used. You will learn how Democritus, Plato, Plotinus, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Fichte, Hegel, Wittgenstein, Wilfrid Sellars, Richard Rorty and others have resolved or dissolved the classic dualisms such as mind/body and appearance/reality. Concludes with a practical, forward-looking dialogue. -from the book's description.
Standing As Awareness: Dialogues from Nondual Dinners, by Greg Goode. The book's title is a tribute to Sri Atmananda (Krishna Menon), a great teacher in the Advaitic nondual tradition. Sri Atmananda's recommendion is to take a stand as awareness. In doing so, you don't take yourself as an object, such as the body or a personalized mind state, but as awareness itself. This direct and immediate stand is something you can't possibly be wrong about, since awareness has always been the nature of your being (and all else). After you take a stand as awareness, you will come to see that all of your experience actually confirms this stand. Sri Atmananda passed away in 1959, but his teachings have been carried forth by Jean Klein and Francis Lucille. -from book's description
Seeds for the Soul: Living as the Source of Who You Are, by Chuck Hillig. "Probably Chuck Hillig's richest book, it is often quoted in online nonduality forums. A powerful expression of spiritual truth. These pages are like lotus flowers that open, revealing deeper and deeper insights and wisdom." -Jerry Katz
The Way IT Is: Realizing the Truth About Everything, by Chuck Hillig. "Presents non-dual philosophy and spirituality in a clever, playful, imaginative fashion. The author was influenced by Ramana Maharshi's teachings on Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism). However, the author presents these concepts in a more generic, religiously-neutral fashion." -Amazon.com review. "A unique and effective contribution to nondual literature. Highly recommended." -Jerry Katz
A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment, by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff. This is a beautifully explicated work founded in Sufi tradition, which instructs on how to be free from the control of your thoughts. Bitkoff communicates on many levels, from the most obvious and practical to the utterly divine. Prayer, positive thinking, therapeutic meditation and breathing, surrender to God, are all weaved into this story in such a way that you don't always know that you are being instructed. Whether you are looking for some peace of mind to get you through your daily commute, or if you are pursuing a much deeper understanding of life, this book will serve you outstandingly. Because Bitkoff instructs on many levels, keep this book around for a long time. You never know when some portion of it will begin to make new sense to you. I suggest reading the entire book now and parts of it every 3000 miles. -Jerry Katz
Living Deeply: The Art & Science of Transformation in Everyday Life, by Schlitz, et. al., editors. Living Deeply transcends any one approach by focusing on common elements of transformation across a variety of traditions, while affirming and supporting the diversity of approaches across religious, spiritual, scientific, academic, and cultural backgrounds. Each chapter in the book ends with "Experiences of Transformation," exercises drawn from wisdom traditions or scientific investigations meant to enhance your direct experience of the material. Opportunities to actively engage in your own transformation and that of our world are woven into the fabric of your everyday life. Learning more about the terrain of consciousness transformation can not only give you a map, but can help you become the cartographer of your own transformative journey. Research over the last decade at the Institute of Noetic Sciences has systematically surveyed hundreds of people's stories of their own transformations, as well as conducting over 50 in-depth interviews with teachers and masters of the world's spiritual,religious, and transformative traditions. -from Amazon.com
The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra. The theme is separation or duality and how to overcome it by knowing Jesus as God-consciousness or self-realization or Truth. The theme is supported by scores of quotations, with explanations, from the New Testament and the Gospel of Thomas. Chopra calls these texts the gospel of enlightenment. Excellent chapters on practice in which Jesus is secondary and Chopra's universal teaching expressed throughout his books is primary. Social commentary regarding Christianity and gay rights, abortion, and women's right, finish the book, but who is listening? The fundamentalist Christians have long discarded this book. -Jerry Katz
The Sanskrit-English Philosophical Wordlist is a compendium with about three thousand five hundred terms compiled in order to help the author (Christopher Freeland) read and study Shankaras Kevaladvaita system of philosophy, which logically enough refers to terms employed by other Hindu and Buddhist philosophical systems, as well as some inevitable mythological references. There is a definite bias towards non-dualistic thought and in the interpretation of the terms. Entries are in Devanagari script with a romanised transliteration, where possible the Sanskrit root word has been included with the entry to satisfy curiosity or aid further investigation. For etymologists concerned by historical setting, textual reference is often provided in which the expression appears and thus the time of its use can then be deduced. The wordlist is intended for students of Indian philosophy and language. Foreword by Professor J.Gonda of Utrecht University. 432 pp, quarto hardback bound edition, price 50 euros. Payment by PayPal, available at [email protected]
The Yoga Vasishta Ramayana (YVR) is an eleventh century (CE) text and probably the earliest extant treatise on Vedanta. As is common to the Indian tradition in such matters, it is in dialogue form. Unlike the Gita, which albeit very inspiring and wonderfully enriching as it meanders in a more worldly and human context, the YVR goes directly to the point and repeatedly drives home what is required for mans salvation an end to mentation, for everything in any world is just ideation. As fresh today as it was no doubt when Valmiki wrote it a thousand odd years ago, the message is simple and compelling. For the first time, I think, a free rendering of pertinent selected sections from the original Sanskrit text was translated and edited by Swami Pranav Tirtha and Swami Chidananda Tirtha (aka Christopher Freeland), as part of the latters apprenticeship. 165 pp, quarto hardback bound edition, price 35 euros. Payment by PayPal, available at [email protected]
Imposter, by Richard Beymer. A fictional autobiography of a self-obsessed Hollywood actor's failed attempt to find out who he is in the midst of madness, murder, mayhem, masturbation and meditation, while secretly making home movies of the girl next door with his 1950s wind-up Bell and Howell 16 mm camera. [from Amazon.com]
Beyond Awakening: The End of the Spiritual Search, by Jeff Foster. This is a book about the utterly obvious. It's about the spiritual search, and the frustrations surrounding it. It's about those ultimate goals we set ourselves: enlightenment, awakening, liberation, and how those goals can never actually be reached, because - and here's the great discovery ¿ the person who seeks them has no more reality than a presently-arising belief. That is to say, "you" are just a thought, happening now. A sequel to the bestselling " Life Without A Centre: Awakening from the Dream of Separation", this book is packed with clear and vibrant expressions of nonduality. Time and time again, the text gently points back to the futility of both the spiritual search, and the "search to end the search" (another game the mind loves to play). With great humour, compassion and clarity, the book will draw you into a direct confrontation with your own absence, an absence which, paradoxically, is also a perfect presence. This may be the last book a spiritual seeker will ever need. [from Amazon.com]
The Great Undoing, by Stuart Schwartz. Some of the aphorisms are presented from the first person perspective of the individual who at times exults in new found freedom and at others awakens only to a new found appreciation of his or her awful predicament as a body/mind. Others bespeak teachings directly from the mouth of the Impersonal Itself. Whatever the form, these Western sutras are uncompromising in their spirit and message. Characteristically, when asked, Stuart describes them simply as 'disarming.' They are both a map of Advaita's 'pathless path' and a statement beyond fact. "The Great Undoing is a remarkable book, tender and fiercely direct, it feeds discernment! Thank you, Stuart." Pamela Wilson [from Amazon.com]
We Are All One, by J. M. Harrison. This powerful, transformational book of consciousness will benefit all spiritual truth-seekers. Written from an enlightened perspective of oneness following a near death experience, it provides not just a feeling but a potential realization that we are all part of something far greater. 'We Are All One' indicates signposts to the space beyond ordinary conscious thought, awakening the reader to the interconnectedness of all consciousness ( the Source of all being) via the use of innovative descriptions and concepts. [from Amazon.com]
Making Your Wisdom Come Alive, by Michael Gluckman. "Making Your Wisdom Come Alive" points to the source of timeless Wisdom, the place of enlightenment. This is bliss that does not depend on what you do or what you think. It is free from the ups and downs in life. This is the Wisdom that spiritual masters, such as Christ, Shankara, and Buddha want you to understand and to experience. This book takes you step by step from your everyday experience to the essence of universal spiritual experience, which turns out to be the surprising source of happiness. It also points to the meaning of the famous aphorism: Know Thyself. For more information go to www.light-up-your-life.com/wisdom.html. [from Amazon.com]
Awake Joy, by Katie Davis, is a unique and comprehensive guide to awakening and enlightenment. It points to the joy that is beyond the thinking mind, the separate sense of self, its idea of separation and identification with form. Katie Davis takes the mind-identified reader through their personal growth strategies to awakening. She then deepens to Self-discovery or what we might call the realization of the Heart. Awake Joy is designed to be your companion throughout your lifes journey to enduring fulfillment. This A-Z handbook points pragmatically for those who are ready to surrender suffering for themselves and the world.
Free Spirit, by Sundance Burke, speaks as freedom, which is our Consciousness, the sweet essence of our lives. The freedom spoken here is an inner knowing. We cannot realize this liberation by catering to our bodies, emotions or minds. No, this freedom is spiritual; an altitude of perception that only arises when we are lighter than our surroundings. We can realize this lightness of being if we are willing to abide as Awareness and let go of the ego, the one who suffers mind. For this enlightenment to happen, a quiet mind is all we need and Awareness is our way. A guide to simply being.
The Voice for Love, by DavidPaul and Candace Doyle. Teaches how to hear the Voice of God described in A Course in Miracles. In the book, DavidPaul and Candace ask the Holy Spirit over 100 questions about hearing this Voice within. They also share their personal experiences of hearing God's Voice and receiving the many gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Doyle's nonprofit organization, The Voice for Love Foundation, also offers a number of prayer related resources, such as an online prayer requests page and a comprehensive serenity prayer page.
2 + 2 = Reality, by William Samuel. There is a simple and gentle Light within these pages that will change your life and make all things new. It can! It will! But it is a message only the Heart can find. Search with the Heart and you will find it.
The Child Within Us Lives, by William Samuel. If one thinks his religion, his philosophy, or his theology is the means to finding the FINAL Answer, he is mistaken. The Child of Light and Love is the pathfinder, the guide, the wayshower up the mighty mountain in Kwangse Province. Science, religion and philosophy can take us a great distance, but the Child takes us to Dominion. It is absolutely essential that we actually get in touch with the eternal Child. How do we do that? Now we are coming to reason for this book.
A Guide to Awareness and Tranquility, by William Samuel. This volume is intended to prove to the reader that the awakening to Reality is nearly effortless. Tender, childlike simplicity and honesty are the hallmarks of Reality's Tranquillity. The nearly effortless practice of the tender precepts spoken of in this work will open the reader's door to a tangible, practical, down to earth bedrock, unfluctuating Tranquillity such that nothing the world has to offer can prevail against it! Such is the scope of this book. Make of it what you will.
The Awareness of Self-Discovery, by William Samuel. A companion to A GUIDE TO AWARENESS AND TRANQUILLITY--- It will expand the themes presented in that book and permit a degree of insight into the not always easy, but requisite living of them... this book is intended for those who want peace of mind and are prepared for it. Those who are prepared are those who are willing to leave old landmarks--willing to forsake ego and intellectuality. Those who do will find these words instantaneously effective.
Boom: Poems from the Deep, by Yosy Flug. BOOM contains the mystical magical musings of an old soul. A marvel of enlightenment and freedom. The poems in this book will forever change you linger like jasmine a spring nighttime or a distant wailing flute with full lingering heat on the tongue. Come to the deep and then emerge. BOOM! [from Amazon]
The Secret of Letting Go, by Guy Finley. Guy Finley filled his book, The Secret of Letting Go, with examples and stories that illustrate his concepts of how to let go of all the emotional baggage that drags down our spirits and often makes life a painful journey. Finley says that we "don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding; and that's how this book will help you accomplish your lifelong dreams of being truly strong and independent." He explains that our inner selves are like hot air balloons, always trying to soar, and we hold them down by not letting go of the "angry attitudes, wasteful wishes, [and] harmful habits" that offer false promises of strength. [from Amazon.com review]
Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path, by Philip Goldberg. The essential guide to navigating the paradoxes of the spiritual path, whether you've been on it for 30 days or 30 years. Full of travel trips for those who think for themselves, this book helps readers come to grips with their spiritual dilemmas and arrive at fresh insights through the best kind of guidance--that which springs from their own self-awareness. Regardless of their chosen paths, readers will discover their personal spiritual truths with the aid of this guide. [from Amazon.com]
Earth Mind Spirit Mind, by Ishtahota (Greyeyes). The bible calls fear evil; of the dark side. The warriors face theirs and walk through it to follow their heart. The coward runs from fear. We create our heaven and our hell right here, by the choices we make. [from Amazon.com]
Yoga of the Ancient Kashmir Tradition, by Jay Rossi. The practice of Kashmir Yoga is designed to return you home to the heart of what is natural. This ancient form of Yoga, derived from eighth century Kashmir teachings intertwined with functional anatomy and the latest insights into our nervous system has a magical effect on mind, body and heart, using imagery, explorations in asanas and spacious breathing, you may find yourself awakening into your 'light open free state'. [from the website]
The Holy Longing, by Connie Zweig. What is the urge that
drives people to search for God, to join religious movements, or
to undertake a spiritual practice? In her counseling work with
clients from every religious denomination, Connie Zweig found
that this universal yearning-a secret feeling with many
disguises-often lies hidden at the source of our life stories.
The obscure object of desire calls us to follow it, and we respond, even unknowingly. We pursue a romantic union, imagining that it will finally meet our deepest needs. Or we long for the light of God and undertake a demanding religious practice or discipleship, hoping that it will quench our thirst.
But sometimes our religious yearning goes awry. We may attribute it to an authoritarian personality who abuses us, leaving us feeling shocked and betrayed. Or we may direct our holy longing to another world, devaluing the pleasures of human life. Or worse, like cult members or fundamentalists, we may mistake death for transcendence and sacrifice our lives for paradise.
If you feel a gnawing yearning beneath your other yearnings no matter how many desires you satisfy; if you feel disillusioned with traditional religions but seek spiritual values and practices elsewhere; if you or a friend or family member suffer from religious abuse but long to rekindle the flame of faith, then this book can guide you from spiritual innocence through loss to spiritual maturity. [from Amazon.com]
Life Beyond Belief, by Alice Gardner. Alice Gardner's personal touch creates a bond with the reader. She leads you from exactly where you are -- physically, emotionally, spiritually -- through layers of beliefs, programming, and conditioning, to a place of greater freedom. Gardner says you find the truth of your existence regardless of the context in which your life is currently being live or what your mental conditioning is. You don't have to go to a monastery. You don't have to get divorced. You don't have to go on a diet. You don't have to do anything other than look where Alice Gardner points you. -Jerry Katz
Non-Dualiteit, by Jerry Katz. Dutch translation of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality.
Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita, by Dennis Waite. Back to the Truth is an extensive overview of Advaita, a teaching whose source is the Upanishads. Advaita is the philosophy and teaching that reality is "not two." Dennis Waite quotes nearly 150 teachers of Advaita, about half of whom are living, and 378 sources are cited as references. -Jerry Katz
The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, by Alan Watts. Alan Watts was the Carl Sagan of nonduality. That is, he spoke eloquently, plainly, quotably, and memorably about the essential truth of his sphere of interest, which could be called nonduality, truth, IT, That, or This, or Who You Are. -Jerry Katz
Beyond the "I": Notes on Waking Up to Oneness, by Dhyan Dewyea. "Beyond the I" is a story of a life in which spiritual strategies were implemented and none worked. The author's life fell apart. Perhaps you realize that your spiritual strategies brighten and improve a false self, leaving you feeling incomplete. Maybe you sense, intuit, feel, something deeper, vaster, the "indescribable dimension of reality." Or maybe you don't intuit any of that and you simply feel imprisoned. Either way, if these statements fit you, then let this book guide you beyond yourself. -Jerry Katz
Consciousness is All: Now Life is Completely New, by Peter Francis Dzuiban. Consciousness Is All is a book on Absolute Reality, sometimes called Infinite Reality. It shows clearly why only Consciousness Itself - also known as the One Self, I Am, Love, Life, the Divine, God, and other terms - is being conscious right here, now. Consciousness is absolutely all there is of all there is. Simply nothing exists outside of, or beyond, Consciousness. As Consciousness is All or One - It thus is not a higher Self, but the only Self. It precludes there being another, lesser consciousness that has to or can become anything. No transformation is necessary or even possible. This shatters the myth of a would-be secondary self struggling to get at-one with a vague "god." Read this book as if It were Consciousness, the One Self, talking to Itself. [from Amazon.com]
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment, by Deepak Chopra. The purpose of this book is to communicate, through the story of Buddha, what it means to be aware. The author presents an awake person, Buddha, and shows that he is not different than you. Buddha is you. You are Buddha. At one level this book is a beautifully written, entertaining, moving novel. I was captivated by Chopra's storytelling. At a deeper level we find the teaching of Buddha set forth: the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. At the deepest level, this book is about you, a you that is illusory. -Jerry Katz
Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind The Matrix Trilogy, by Matt Lawrence. Leads readers through the myriad of philosophical themes within the Matrix trilogy, helping them to gain a better understanding of the films and of philosophy itself. [from Amazon.com]
From Here to Here: Turning Toward
Enlightenment, by Gary Crowley. Breezy and usable, this is one of
the best introductory books in mainstream nonduality. This book
is a very accessible remedy to the gnawing intuition that there
is something beyond an existence in which we struggle and suffer.
The subtitle, "Turning Toward Enlightenment," expresses the idea of the book. We can turn. We can see things in a new way. This new way will help us develop the intuition that there is "something more," more real than the life most people call "reality."
So how does Crowley go about getting the reader to turn toward enlightenment? He starts with neurology and shows that there is no conscious will and therefore no suffering. In other words, he shows that you are not. That's the first half of the book. In the second half he takes what's left, which is "what is," and shows how to live in the this-here-now.
This book reads very clearly, with many stories and examples and 8 or so graphics showing optical illusions. Gary makes the difficult understandable. -Jerry Katz
Radiant Mind: Awakening Unconditioned Awareness, by Peter Fenner. The purpose of Radiant Mind is to turn the reader's attention toward cultivating unconditioned awareness in the midst of everyday experience. Peter Fenner is a well known teacher, writer, scholar, and counselor. In the world of nonduality, Radiant Mind is one of the few all-encompassing, structured nondual teachings for students of the early 2000s. If your current involvement with nondual teachings is unsatisfactory, you may be very pleased with the breadth and depth of Radiant Mind. I recommend investigating it. -Jerry Katz
From Archaelogy to Metis: A Walk to
by James M. Corrigan
James Corrigan writes on his website, "I have not studied with any particular teacher, although I
have researched, and continue to research, many different philosophical and spiritual systems. ...
[I] went back to school to get a PhD at age 50 so that I could engage people on a philosophical
level -- for that after all, is what I am talking about." Corrigan studies in the philosophy
department at Stony Brook University in New York. His prior full time work was designing and
developing computer software for Fortune 50 companies.
The purpose of this book is to turn the reader's view of reality toward the nondual. The author
says, "There is a fundamental assumption behind this work: that our difficulties are all indirectly
caused by the way we view ourselves and the world around us, and that this must change if we are to
survive, prosper, and find happiness once again."
This book is a philosophical presentation of the teaching of nonduality. James Corrigan uses a
refined language to describe Awareness, one that establishes a position of strength from which to
make judgments about world and self. The terminology includes archaelogy (not archaeology),
apodictic, animadversion, omnific, surjectivity (and subjectivity), and others. These terms are
available in a glossary, a wise and very useful inclusion at the back of the book.
Even the term "is" is included in the glossary and discussed within the book in a way that
demonstrates the author's sharpness of consideration:
"Thus the statement `Awareness is real' can be interpreted as meaning: That which is necessary and
non-contingent is presence for that which arises from it. The pitfall in this way of thinking is,
as always with Awareness, to find some implication of separate existence in the above statement for
Awareness. The difficulty with the copulative verb `to be' points up a very significant problem in
delving deeper into Awareness. Language and discursive reasoning are inapplicable beyond a certain
point. It is fine to talk abstractly about the concept of awareness; it is an error to do so about
the real Awareness."
Further description of this book can be given by showing how this terminology comes together:
"Our habitual dichotomization of the mind and the body does not hold in the surjective view of
reality in which Awareness animadverts, bringing into being and giving rise to consciousness of,
that which it animadverts upon. It doesn't matter if this focus is a thought or a rock." ...
"Awareness animadverts the world, including the framework and structure of it, spatially and
temporally." ... "It is disconcerting to hold that the phenomena upon which Awareness animadverts
exist, but have no separate reality and are not founded upon some substratum apart from Awareness."
Not disconcerting to those with Understanding, but to those who have lost happiness, who see things
materialistically or physicalistically, and create lives and communities of difficulty and
essential poverty. Ultimately, this book addresses ethics and reformation of consciousness, and
calls for understanding the wholeness of reality.
While this book is pure philosophy, Corrigan makes note of the limitations: "Philosophy has been
little more than a propagandizing of positions for at least the last two thousand years because
each philosopher had an end-point in mind when they began the construction of their system. That is
the nature of reasoning itself. It is always goal-directed. Poetry is therefore a much better
vehicle for the `Love of Wisdom' that philosophy purports to be. How then, do we find the truth?"
How do we find truth? Well, answers are found throughout the book. In words that are relevant to
philosophy itself, Corrigan points to the discovery of truth: "...thinking is a type of phenomenon
that arises due to the activity of Awareness and not due to some phenomenal aspect of the world --
that which Awareness gives rise to. That is, it is not something that supervenes upon some aspect
of the world. Nor is there any foundation for positing something separate and apart from Awareness
itself. If we assume the form of the world in which matter and mind are two separate and distinct
classes of being, then we must deal with where and how Mind arises. If we do not make any such
assumption, but instead attend to what it is that does occur 'in reality,' and what the source of
these 'occurrences' are, then we have no such dualistic problem."
An Introduction to Awareness is a philosophical walk toward an understanding of nonduality.
Energized by metis, this book will fully change the world view of one who feels contained within a
dualistic reality. From Archaelogy to Metis: A Walk to Nonduality, by James M. Corrigan
Mystery Not Mastery: Groundbreaking Non-duality, by Guy Smith. "...combines exquisitely detailed and diverse exposition with linguistic artistry for the most comprehensive and literary of non-duality texts. It is groundbreaking too in several different ways. For instance, it charts the evolution of dualisms right from womb-sentience through to death, it details what its like beyond death, and it exposes the outrageous trickeries of language: how even as words say words cannot tell the truth, they speak as though they are telling the truth (and the mind-blowing implications of this for non-dual discourse). As an appendix, it also includes a luxurious 55,000 Word Coral Reef of Correspondence: a teeming ecosystem of email exchanges on non-duality from all around the world "
The Metaphysical Intuition. Seeing God with Open Eyes: Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita. Swami Siddheswarananda. Translated by André van den Brink. Excerpts may be read in Highlights #2616 and #2619. "In these last writings of Swami Siddheswarananda, the former head of the French Ramakrishna Order, the Swami sought to convey an experience of intuition beyond logic, outside the play of opposites, through which we will be better able to understand the nature of reality. To elucidate his meanings and make them accessible, he draws on the writings of others including Meister Eckhart, Ramana Mararshi, Shankara, Hubert Benoit, Ramakrishna and Vivekananda."
The Sublime Homecoming, by Mukesh Eswaran. "An American scientist struggles to reconcile the theory of evolution with the claims of spirituality. The novel traces his arduous odyssey to self-discovery in a secular life, ending in a crisis that decidedly resolves his doubts about the compatibility of spirituality and evolution." The teaching of nonduality in the form of a carefully structured and well-written novel.
Who Am I? The Sacred Quest, by Jean Klein. "A beautiful and penetrating series of dialogues with Jean Klein which, uniquely amongst his published works, have been loosely organised by subject. Topics include: Relationship; The Nature of Thinking; The Art of Listening; A conversation on Art, etc."
Be Who You Are, by Jean Klein. Be Who You Are is one of the earliest published books of dialogues with Jean Klein. Written in the lucid and eloquent style which characterises his work, each chapter is composed of an introductory discourse followed by questions and answers. Excerpt: "The 'eternal present', our theme in these meetings, lies within the depth of ourselves. It is the eternal awareness of the Self. Seen from the Ultimate, the world projected by the mind appears and disappears, in other words, it "becomes". When we talk of time and space, it must be thoroughly understood that their reality is relative, it is a reality in the world of becoming. But beyond space-time is that stillness which knows no becoming."
A Non-Duality Press Sampler. Selections from the writings of various authors published by Non-Duality Press. Included are short biographical introductions to the authors and extracts from each of their books. A short book of 77 pages.
Enlightenment for Beginners: Discovering the Dance of the Divine, by Chuck Hillig. This classic, praised by Deepak Chopra, Dan Millman, Ken Wilber, and many others, has been re-published by Sentient Publications. The book has a fresh new look and feel to it. "Enlightenment for Beginners is the simple account of how and why youve been imaging yourself to be only a separate and limited being. Using clever but easily understood words and drawings, Hillig invites the seeker to discover that they are already who theyve been looking to become and that a life of love and connection is already at hand. Although this deceptively uncomplicated book can be read in a sitting, its profound spiritual impact can last an entire lifetime. A wonderful gift for anyone who is on the spiritual path."
A Church Not Made with Hands: Christianity as Spiritual Experience, by Michael Roden. This book is packed with biblical quotations, a thorough index, and an inclination toward the nondual teaching of self-inquiry and surrender. Anyone grounded in Christian tradition who is drawn toward nonduality and the writings from Eastern traditions will find this book useful and satisfying. Excerpts here, here, and here.
Everything is Clear & Obvious: An Exploration of Conscious Presence, by Gilbert Schultz. Gilbert has the gift of being able to speak plainly about Being. Excerpt: "Knowing is instant. Words are secondary. In the realm of words and concepts, we appear to leave THIS immediate knowing and enter a realm of descriptions. In this psychological 'journey' of mind, you can only 'arrive back' at the place you have never left, which of course is now. This 'space of immediate knowing' has never left you. It is, in fact, what you are."
I Hope You Die Soon: Words on Non-Duality, by Richard Sylvester. Excerpt: "But to the seeker who is still asleep, and in their sleep is searching restlessly for an end to the sense of separation, there appears to be a chasm between that state and liberation. Liberation seems like a marvellous prize to be attained, promising blissful feelings, freedom from pain and suffering, an end to all problems, perhaps magical powers and of course the jealous admiration of your friends. This is why the search for liberation can be so desperate and the question Will I get it? so powerful."
Right Here, Right Now: Seeing Your True Nature as Present Awareness, by John Wheeler. Excerpt: "If you are shooting for a continuous feeling of emotional peace, you are going to be disappointed! Emotions are constantly changing and swirling through. See that your awareness or your being stays steady and constant right through them all. Lock your sights on the fact of being, rather than responding to the thoughts and feelings going through. Otherwise you are bobbing like a cork on the sea, tossed by each wave. This is not about getting the thoughts and feelings to line up, or even to be pleasant. They are what they are. And do we control them, anyway? As the recognition of your true nature settles in you will find that all the other issues sort themselves out naturally. Let the recognition return to what is always clear and present within. This does not depend on states or outer situations being a certain way."
Noticing What You Already Know (And That You Already Know It), by Robin Dale. Each page has a short, and sometimes a long paragraph. Sailor Bob Adamson said, "This book can be read again and again, and in each reading a fresh inspiration can be gained and utilised to advantage in daily living." I agree. I like this book. It has 108 pages and is nicely and simply designed. Read excerpts and order here.
Being: The Bottom Line, by Nathan Gill. "The bottom line is Being. Being awake or being asleep are actually beside the point. Usually the idea is that dialogues such as these have the specific purpose of bringing about enlightenment, awakening, liberation - whatever the term used for that which is deemed to be escape from (or transcendence of) identification as a suffering individual. But our true nature is always Being and doesnt require any enlightenment or awakening. It simply is already, whether theres identification or not."
Spirit of Gita: That Bhagavat Gita for the Busy, by Dr. S. Krishnaswamy. Excerpts: "Not preferring outcomes is yoga. Lord gives the prime place to non-preferring as yoga itself. Mind now starts enjoying peace that is in itself. Lord says this in VI-26,27.that mind if indifferent and not preferring will slowly calm down and come to rest and this is automatically followed by supreme happiness that is all. ... Nature will force you to do what you must do. Nature, lord repeats, will force us. It has supervening power. None can go against nature and win. In fact nature alone is doing and one is really only knowing. So by essentially only knowing one should venture into doing, which logically he cannot. That is why non seeking, non preferring, non attachment are advocated, as their opposites are inconsistent with pure knowing."
I Met a Man, by Gabriel Rosenstock. "...deserves a place on the shelves of Irish poetry for its unusualness alone." --Anatoly Kudryavitsky
I met a man from
a town called Price,
At first I thought him awfully nice.
You know, he gave me all his lice!
Not once, but twice.
Rogha Dánta / Selected Poems, by Gabriel Rosenstock, Translations by Paddy Bushe. In the foreword by Robert Welch he describes Rosenstock's poetry as world poetry. He writes; Observation here, as Samuel Johnson said, has an extensive view' and surveys mankind, from China to Peru''. With a list of poem titles that includes An Búda / The Buddha, Zenmhachnamh le haill / Zen meditation at a cliff, Mustanbih / Mustanbih, Selbstporträt / Self-portrait and Billie Holiday /Billie Holiday, Rosenstock's world view is very evident. With an emphasis on themes of universal importance, this collection is testament to Rosenstock's status as one of the most insightful poets of our time. --from the website. Read selections.
Oneness: The Destination You Never Left, by John Greven. From the book: "You may have been searching for self-realization, enlightenment, the Buddha Mind, God, or some other goal implying the same thing. You may have been searching for many years; or you may just be getting started on a search. Whether you have been traveling a path for a while, or just taking the first step, makes no difference. This book invites you to take a look at the space that has been overlooked, to see what is obvious, and to bring that search to an end right now."
Living Reality: My Extraordinary Summer with "Sailor" Bob Adamson, by James Braha. From the book: "What you are about to read is the fulfillment of my thirty-year search for liberation. What I mean by liberation is an end to the nagging feeling of separateness from Source, or Essence, that had been present for as long as I can remember. Gone also is the previously inescapable sense of becoming, as well as the relentless concerns over past and future that had plagued me, including the fear of death. After eluding me for some thirty years of spiritual work, fulfillment finally came through the Hindu teachings of Advaita, also known as non-duality."
Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy, by David Loy. From the Introduction: "My approach is hermeneutical. I shall extract and elucidate a 'core doctrine' of nonduality... . ... I shall construct a theory which is coherent in that it integrates a large number of otherwise disparate philosophical claims, and which is hence plausible as a systematic interpretation (of the claims of various traditions)." --David Loy
Speaking Through the Opening: Allowing Your Life to be Your Poem, by Eric Ashford. "Eric Ashford goes to a new place of consciousness that we are only now exploring. He consistently has what I call 'Rumi Moments,' where time stops and you look inside and see the beauty that cannot be spoken, though Eric has just spoken it. You look up from the page, smile and shake your head and let go, savouring for a few moments, before returning to the magic of his words." --John MacEnulty
From Self to Self, by Leo Hartong. "Contains a compilation of expressions, questions and answers that came about in response to Leos highly praised first book Awakening to the Dream. Leo writes with characteristic insight and uses metaphor to illuminate the paradoxical and apparently confusing nature of non-dual reality. His original writing is reinforced by a wide knowledge of non-duality in other spiritual traditions and he weaves these together with his own direct path to present clear pointers to contemporary seekers. Each short chapter concludes with an appropriately chosen quotation taken from various sources. Also included, as the final chapter, is the full text of the Hsin-hsin Ming by the third Chan patriarch Seng-tsan."
Shining in Plain View, by John Wheeler. "John Wheeler attracts a growing audience of seekers who are moving beyond traditional spiritual disciplines towards direct understanding. This book contains further dialogues and correspondence in the style of Johns first book Awakening to the Natural State (also published by Non-Duality Press). The emphasis is on pure non-duality (or Advaita), which points directly to the true nature of the one who is seeking. This approach reveals what is real and true about who we are and clearly exposes the false ideas and beliefs that generate doubts, problems and suffering. The result, as shown in the dialogues in this book, is that those who are willing to explore these pointers come to a direct experience of freedom and the end of seeking and suffering."
Too Intimate for Words, by John Astin. About this collection of poems, meditations, and pointing-out instructions, Joan Borysenko, PhD has written: "John Astin is a modern-day Rumi. His poetry and prose is a window to the Absolute, a transmission of wisdom carrying the presence, joy, and clarity of an authentic teacher."
Invitation to Awaken: Embracing Our Natural State of Presence, by Tony Parsons. "Rather than adopt an approach that perpetuates our sense of separateness, Parsons urges us to drop all effort to become realized and discover the liberating truth that we already are what we seek."
The Underachieving School, by John Holt. "John Holt, the 'grandfather' of homeschooling, shook up the education establishment and started parents thinking about better ways to teach their children. In this book he lays out his basic arguments about how schools fail our children and offers a wealth of inspiring ideas for what to do about it."
The Question to Life's Answers: Spirituality Beyond Belief, by Steven Harrison. "I relished reading this book! It is new and unique. The answers that we collect are sandbags for our hot air balloon. The truest freedoms that I have felt have occurred after a deep introspection in what I thought was solid and real, only to find out that it was ephemeral and unreal. Answers are often bondage whereas questions lead the way to freedom and even these concepts are questioned within the pages of this book. A must read for those serious about relinquishing the old and making way for the new." -Steve Ray
Getting to Where You Are: The Life of Meditation, by Steven Harrison. "One thing the world definitely does not need is another book on how to meditate," claims author Steven Harrison. He's right, of course, which is exactly why this book is such a valuable contribution to the genre of meditation books. Instead of offering advice on how to "Om" with meaning or making promises of enlightenment, Harrison devotes himself to deconstructing the beliefs that surround contemporary meditation. Don't seek specific outcomes--such as wealth, peace, and health--says Harrison. Better to unclutter the act of meditation by letting go of agendas and results. He goes on to offer a compelling alternative, one that dispels meditation gurus and authorities and emphasizes presence, awareness, and living in the moment. Anyone seeking easy answers will be disappointed in this intelligent and provocative book. Those who want a fresh, accessible, and empowering book that frees meditation from doctrine, promises, and rules will be greatly satisfied. --Gail Hudson
Being One: Finding Our Self in Relationship, by Steven Harrison. "BEING ONE is a book for contemplative people who seek to experience transcendental relationships, and are willing and able to do the work necessary to get there by being honest, compassionate, and detached. Steven Harrison explains that there are serious problems with the three main phases of most romantic relationships (infatuation/falling in love, power struggles, dynamic boredom); all three of these phases of love are built on a foundation of an addiction to separation. This separation is imagined, not real. Only love is real... and each and every one of us can experience the joy of being in love... of being free from attacking and defending... of knowing that we are all as one... and of being one. Everyone can benefit from reading BEING ONE and imagining a world in which all the people can live their lives as one. I give this book my highest recommendation." -Cynthia Sue Larson
What's Next After Now? Post-Spirituality and the Creative Life, by Steven Harrison. "Steven Harrison, whose seminal work Doing Nothing: Coming to the End of the Spiritual Search (Tarcher/Putnam) helped guide spiritual seekers to the experience of the present without practices, now takes them one step further into the transforming experience of a post-spiritual life."
Perfect Brilliant Stillness: Beyond the Individual Self, by David Carse. It is so rare to see any work that holds that essential and fundamental perception without compromise. Your book is a beacon which can shine through all of the fog and nonsense that is broadcast under the name of advaita or non-duality. Especially as that expression comes out of no-one! Tony Parsons
Cracking the Symbol Code: Revealing the Secret Heretical Messages within Church and Renaissance Art, by Tim Wallace-Murphy. "Expanding on issues touched on in The Da Vinci Code, this thought-provoking book explores the real story of Christianity, a story told by men and women who were condemned by the Orthodox church, a story long hidden in mysterious codes and symbols. In medieval times, dissenters believed the established church ruthlessly suppressed the truth about Jesus and his ministry. Branded as heretics and subject to torture and execution for their beliefs, the dissenters including the Knights Templar, Freemasons, Cathars, and scientists devised an ingenious code to communicate with fellow sympathizers and preserve the truth for future generations. The code was concealed in complex symbols that were hidden in the art, artifacts, and architecture of the medieval world. Cracking the Symbol Code deciphers this fascinating underground language, revealing powerful messages that were meant as much for todays truth seekers as for medieval minds."
Indexing Books, Second Edition, by Nancy C. Mulvany. "Indexing Books is both a practical guide and a manifesto about the vital role of the human-crafted index in the Information Age. As the standard indexing reference, it belongs on the shelves of everyone involved in writing and publishing nonfiction books."
Open Secrets: The Letters of Reb Yerachmiel ben Yisrael, by Rami M. Shapiro. ...a rare jewel, a powerhouse of spiritual wisdom that you can read and reread. Joan Borysenko, A Womens Journey to God. A master teacher.Thomas Keating. A prophetic voice for a 21st century Judaism. Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. ...presents a universal wisdom with a distinctly Jewish flavor. This is a book to read and share. Rodger Kamenetz, The Jew in the Lotus
Spirituality Without God, by Möller de la Rouvière. "SPIRITUAL HUMANISM - We are already free. Goodness, happiness, compassion and relational integrity are inherent to our Being. To stand in the fullness of our human nature is to live in the fullness of Spiritual life. It is all here. There is only This. A Living Guide for Spiritual Seekers, Meditators, Dharma Teachers and Therapists."
The Art of Peace, by Morihei Ueshiba. Read this for an understanding of nonduality and the martial arts: "If you have not / Linked yourself / To true emptiness,You will never understand / The Art of Peace." O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba is the inventor/developer of Aikido.
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, edited by David Godman. Considered one of the best books on the teaching of Ramana Maharshi.
Nothing Ever Happened: Volume Three, by David Godman. Review from Amazon.com: "This is one of the best biographies of a spiritual being and teacher I have ever read. It revealed many aspects of Papaji's life, nature and understanding that I was entirely unaquainted with even though Papaji is a widely known guru and I had heard stories about him and his teaching from westerners for many years. Reading the three volume biography put in perspective how the man and his teaching have been greatly misunderstood or re-interpreted by those who have carried his `teaching' to the west. What I enjoyed learning about Papaji was that he lived an entirely human life after his awakening - working as a mining manager, raising a family and following his natural impulses, and in the midst of that ordinary life he served those in understanding who were naturally drawn to him in friendship. He always stayed a simple, ordinary, caring, unpretentious man, never declaring that he was on a `mission'. He always remained, simply, a free man."
Padamalai: Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Recorded by Muruganar. Edited by David Godman. From the website: "Padamalai contains well over a thousand teaching statements made by Sri Ramana Maharshi, none of which has appeared in English before. They were recorded in two-line Tamil verses by Muruganar, one of Sri Ramanas foremost devotees."
The Source-Code of Consciousness, by Ray Morose. From the website: "The Source-code of Consciousness is an experiential course developed from the books Presence and Resolution Psychology. It unfolds practical methods to self-discover an experiential reference impersonally embedded within consciousness. This personal discovery unveils the shadow-world, exposing the innate purpose and direction of your existence, creating an experiential and personal framework as a foundation for daily existence."
The Sacred Origin of Sports and Culture, by Ghazi bin Muhammed. "From the very start, Prince Ghazi's provocative study awakens my interest in learning more about this grounded and universal approach to culture and sports. We should all be grateful to him for it." David Appelbaum, Parabola
Me & Rumi: The Autobiography of Shams-i Tabrizi. Translated, Introduced and Annotated by William C. Chittick. From the website: The astounding autobiography of the man who transformed Rumi from a learned religious teacher into the worlds greatest poet of mystical love. "William Chitticks masterful translation of the Maqalat of Shamsi Tabrizi moves Rumis beloved mentor from the shadows into the light, and restores Shams to the central position of prominence that he so richly deserves. This work immediately joins the indispensable short list of scholarly works on Rumi and his community. Highly recommended for all scholars and students of Sufism, Islamic Philosophy, Persian literature, and of course for all the legions of Rumi fans." Annemarie Schimmel
Alone With the Alone In the Name, by Jean-Marie Tresflin. "Above the clouds of our day to day live there shines the ever-constant Sun of the Immutable Spirit. It is a rare joy to be reminded of the rare truth of the aphorisms contained in this beautiful book. Each of them is a ray of light that both illuminates and warms, and reveals the Path of Return." - Barry McDonald, Managing Director, World Wisdom Books
The Buddha Nature: Death and Eternal Soul in Buddhism, by The Dalai Lama. Midwest Book Review: "Buddha Nature" is a very complex topic in Tibetan Buddhism. Not many books deal with this topic and an even smaller number present this concept in perspective to Christian ideas of self, immortality and eternal soul. Today's most famous (and articulate) spokesperson for Buddhism, the Dalai Lama presents views concerning the Self in Buddhism. In the process, he explains how Buddhist teachings differentiate the person and the eternal soul. At the same time, he explains his ideas of Nirvana. A fascinating synthesis of individuality and universality arises, one that could only be formed by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. The Buddha Nature is an inspiring book that encourages religious and spiritual dialogue. The Buddha Nature is an insightful and valuable contribution to Buddhist studies.
Radical Happiness: A Guide to Awakening, by Gina Lake. "I've begun absorbing the deep Truth of your book. I love it! So clear, and such a gifted use of language to describe the way of the ego and the way of the Self." -Victoria Ritchie, Teacher of The Power of Now
Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self, by Nirmala. What is appealing about Nirmala is his humility and lack of pretense, which welcomes whatever arises within the field of experience. In the midst of this welcoming is always an invitation to inquire deeply within, to the core of who and what you are. Again and again, Nirmala points the questions back to the questioner and beyond to the very source of existence itselfto the faceless awareness that holds both the question and the questioner in a timeless embrace. From the Forward by Adyashanti
The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and The Nature of the Universe. Book Four: The Luminous Ground, by Christoper Alexander. From an Amazon review: "Those who know me know that I am not prone to making either quick judgements or vacuous statements, so my friends (at least) will know that both the title of this mini-review and the few words that follow are far from whimsical: Alexander's Nature of Order, and in particular this fourth volume which I have recently received and simply cannot put down, are in my humble opinion, destined to rank as one of this *world's* great literary/philosophical achievements. What Alexander has produced is nothing short of a brilliant vision for the transcendent reality that lies beneath and beyond conventional categories."
This is Unimaginable and Unavoidable: Irresponsible Writings on Non-Duality, by Guy Smith. Guy Smith is a 24 year old man living in Bristol, U.K. This book was written during the six months following enlightenment. The book's purpose is to display Smith's exuberance at being newly enlightened and the nondual wisdom he easily utters. He says, "This book is just here." Yes, it's just here and it's just about nonduality. That's good enough for me. I like this book a lot. The style of writing and expression is lively, fun, intelligent, joyous, radical, strong, vulnerable, outrageous, ordinary. It's about nonduality, sex, politics, movies, meditation, sex, pop music, science, art, enlightenment, sex, and pre-enlightenment experience, and more. Mostly it's a compilation of intelligent and sparkling writings on nonduality. --Jerry Katz (complete review at the link above)
Dancing with the Void, by Sunyata. Experience the silence of Sunyata. The silence comes through in the photographs (what first draw me to him) and his words. This book includes a biography by one of the editors, and several chapters telling of the people Sunyata knew: Tagore, Gandhi, Nehru, Ramana Maharshi, and others. There are further chapters on other people and topics: Albert Schweitzer, Milarepa, Kabir, Carl Jung, Gautama Buddha, Mysticism, Suffering, Awakening. The topics of sex, music, art, and death are covered within various chapters. Throughout this book, on every page, there is the simple utterance of truth, which is what the book is about; the people and the various topics are very interesting, but secondary. Quotations from Sunyata: "Silence is the self-radiant language of the Real." "Choose without 'want.' Be choice-free and your choice freeness will liberate your intuition, which at present is stifled by your wants. Do not try. Eliminate effort. Effortful choice has 'want' in it and 'want,' in whatever high a plane is is, always fetters the soul." --Jerry Katz (Note: the publisher, Blue Dove, appears to be way behind in filling orders. I had to wait two months for my Amazon order, and after a further delay cancelled. You might try ordering directly from Blue Dove.)
Fading Toward Enlightenment, by Wayne Wirs. Fading Toward
Enlightenment is both a quality art book with 79 fine art
photographs, and a spiritual autobiography. I like the way
insight is brought to the author's journey. He tells his story
alternately in first and third person. It is as though the
author's life was filmed with two cameras. A third camera, it
could be said, was used to take the fine art photographs of
people, urban/town/country elements, and natural settings. The
pages are enhanced with perfectly selected one-line quotations
from a spectrum of great minds throughout time.
The photographs are haiku-like, particularly conveying esthetic loneliness, solitude, or sabi. The writing could be called prose poetry. Chapter 1 is available at the link above. --Jerry Katz
Why We Garden , by Jim Nollman. This book is full of helpful tips
from the authors decades of gardening experience, plus the
Zen of gardeningthe sense of place and purpose, what
tending the land means to us. A wonderful gift for the gardener
seeking the simplicity and spirit of the land.
Nollman shares his observations on plant personalities and discusses unorthodox types of gardens in a way that is entertaining as well as instructive. His biocentric approach is about a fundamental connection with nature that transforms the act of gardening into an adventure filled with lessons great and small. He advocates for gardens as spaces for a genuine healing relationship between person and place.
What others have said about Why We Garden: Like the best gardeners, Nollman knows that gardening is as much about living as it is about growing the perfect rose. A gardening book refreshingly rooted in reality that is also balm for the spirit. --Kirkus Review
Joining Hands and Hearts: Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations, by Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb. Even nondualists get married! To be honest, I have not yet read this book entirely, but I also have not found any other words that say what I feel is true about this book. So here is my partial and very brief review. This book gives detailed information on planning a wedding, and on rituals, traditions, practices, and customs from around the world, and from 15 religions. Chapter Two is a questionnaire which "gives you an opportunity to articulate your feelings and thoughts regarding your ceremony. As you write about how you love each other, you're creating a precious document. These are powerful words!" There are about 80 questions. They are challenging: "What did your parents and grandparents contribute to you as a person?" "Do you want a spiritual, religious, humanist, or personal service (or combination thereof)?" In the last section of the book are told the love stories and wedding ceremonies of eight interfaith, intercultural couples. The book is rich and diverse and conveys caring, wisdom, maturity, and joy. --Jerry Katz (happily single, but would probably go for the Elvis drive-thru wedding in Vegas. Not that it exempts me from answering the questionnaire.)
A Gift for New Mothers, by Deborah Jackson. From the Romanies, who tuck sprigs of rosemary under the pillow to ensure sweet dreams, to the Magar women, who use apricot oil to moisturize their cracked nipples when breastfeeding, A Gift for New Mothers collects practical and inspiring advice for new mothers. Covering every stage of motherhood from conception up through childhood, this title provides a wealth of surprising information. From Amazon.com
Be Heard Now!,
by Lee Glickstein. This book falls into the category of Nondualty
and Public Speaking. The following is from a review on
"I have been speaking professionally for 3 years. Prior to that, I spent years speaking in Toastmasters and other non-paid forums. I speak to groups as small as 10 and as large as 300. In the process, I have read numerous books on public speaking, but by far my favorite is Lee Glickstein's Be Heard Now! The tape also complement's the book very well.
"Once you get beyond the nuts and bolts of public speaking, you are ready for learning the art of this craft. Lee Glickstein takes you to there. Although there are still a few nuts and bolts (he gives what I think is the best formula for structuring a speech, especially how to make your opening remarks), most of the book goes to the subtleties of great speaking - building rapport with your audience. He also makes the profound observation that rapport comes more in the silence between spoken words than the words themselves. You can read the connection in the eyes of your audience. Lee Glickstein shows you how. Finally, he talks about the concept of "Speaking Circles" - similar to Toastmasters in some ways but with an even more of a supportive slant.
"The concepts presented work well whether you are doing a powerpoint show or a key note speech. This book can take you from being a good speaker to a great one." Amazon.com review.
Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom, by Ibn 'Arabi. The section entitled A Treatise on the One Alone is considered nondual: "Know that Allah's existence and His knowledge of His existence are without any quantity, quality, seeing, thought, knowledge, or other condition."
"Shaykh Tosuns book offers an easy-to-understand interpretation of three mystical treatises by the celebrated twelfth-to-thirteenth century Sufi master Ibn Arabi. The largest al-tadbirat, is a fascinating treatise on the divine design and management of the world, and the central role the human model plays in the creative and governing process. The other two are kitab kunh ma la budda minhu lil-murid (trans. What the Seeker Needs), a brief guide for those wanting to follow the Sufi path, and kitab al-ahadiyyah (translated as The One Alone), an esoteric essay on transcendental unity. The book also offers a modest introduction to the life of Ibn Arabi. Inspired by Ibn Arabis teachings, Shaykh Tosun writes with great passion and devotion to the extent of blurring the line between his own words and those of Ibn Arabi. The book is useful to students of Islamic mysticism, especially those who are searching for spiritual insights and mystical teachings." Review by Samer Akkach, University of Adelaide
The Way of the Human Being, by Calvin Luther Martin. "Calvin Luther Martin is a non-Native writing about Native American knowledge--a delicate and dicey thing to do, considering that the history of accuracy, respect, understanding and justice is not good. It's essential for non-Natives to read contemporary Native authors, but it's also important for non-Native writers to help other non-Natives build their own bridges of understanding. Martin has lived among Indigenous Americans in the southwest and far north, and learned from them as well as teaching there on subjects as various as quantum physics and alcoholism, in places like a seminary and a prison. He writes well, and often eloquently. A philosophical view builds and winds through the chapters. This is not New Age mush. It is scholarly and personal at the same time. It's intellectually sophisticated, and will bear repeated readings. But it's not obscure. It's down to earth. Martin dares to see that the most advanced quantum view of reality, and the oldest indigenous view of reality are basically the same. He writes movingly of the leap that Einstein and famed ecologist Loren Eiseley couldn't make: that fear creates a fearsome universe, and that compassion, courtesy and trust in relation to all things are the way of the human being in the world. Martin brings together the voices of contemporary American Indians, explorers and ethnologists of past centuries; he weaves threads of Native and non-Native writing. As readers we find not just an important and mind-expanding philosophy beautifully developed, but sharp scenes that inform us on why the pain in Native America persists today--and why that pain is different but real. Martin pulls together ideas that have solid support from others and takes them his own step further. We get some feeling for him as a person, too, a very interesting one, with a wonderful partner. I am grateful to him for this book." Amazon.com review
The Wisdom of the Native Americans, edited by Kent Nerburn. I will keep this book Now and Forever to remind me of those that have gone before. My ancestors are not and never were just those to whom I am related by blood but those to whom I am related by Spirit. These are they who went before and suffered the ultimate loss. But they left behind a small crumb for me to follow and I honor them for this. Here are their words. Small crumbs of that guidance. I am grateful to Kent Nerburn for gathering this small volume of wisdom for those of us who care, to keep, and to carry. Amazon.com review.
The One-Straw Revolution, by Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoku is ... a Buddhist and this philosophical world view is reflected in his proposals of no-till, no-chemical, no-weeding, no-fertilizing "do-nothing" agriculture which I'm sure makes it hard for many Westerners (and many Orientals) to grasp his thinking. If he or his translators could have stuck more to the basic how-tos of his techniques rather than the "cosmic oneness" of his philosophy the book may've had a bigger impact for a wider audience. Fukuoku is a real naturalist and without a doubt unique. His world view is one that should continue to influence thinking regarding farming, land use and ecology for a long time to come. Enjoyable reading, highly recommended for anyone interested in this topic. From Amazon.com book review
My Body, The Buddhist, by Deborah Hay. "I am not a practicing Buddhist. Nor am I a practiced poet, librettist, or archivist. The literary forms used in this book are liberties I have taken to help me unravel a piece of the plot between movement and perception. The libretto, poem, score, short story, were co-opted by a flag-bearer in pursuit of the study of intelligence born in the dancing body. I will try anything to help bring some attention to the truth born here.
"My Body, The Buddhist describes innate skills and basic wisdom that bodies possess but that remain untranslated because as a culture we tend to hide in our clothes. Unrecognized is the altar that rises with us in the morning and leads us to rest at night. The books intent is to open some trapped doors that prevent awareness of the bodys daringly ordinary perception." From the book.
I can't dance, I don't know anything about dance, I don't really watch dance. But I like books about dance; the way words are used to describe dance; in that way, this is a cool book. I liked it very much. Reading it was like watching a cult movie that you "get" and feel part of. --Jerry Katz
Offering from the Conscious Body: The Discipline of Authentic Movement, by Janet Adler. Janet Adler's shaping of Authentic Movement is a significant response to a widely felt need for a spiritual practice that is both embodied and non-authoritarian. Offering from the Conscious Body gives a lucid description of each element of the discipline of Authentic Movement and its impact on the soul. it is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in this area of human development." Don Hanlon Johnson, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies.
1 Giant Leap (DVD). World music, world travel, and worldly wisdom. This is a film for the Heart. It takes one closer to the place of realising the inherent truth of what is being said. Anything that brings one closer to the Tao/Light/Center cannot be rated or berated. Without eyes that see and ears that hear, no artform will penetrate the shell of the ego's defenses. If this film does not reach one's Heart, perhaps it is not the film that is wanting, but one's own. Amazon.com review
This thought provoking film is like nothing else. By truly capturing the universal essence of creative thinking, 1 Giant Leap takes you on a musical and philosophical journey around the world and explores the very essence of human nature. The captivating beauty of its' music provides a catalyst for hopeful contemplation while the dialog challenges the viewer to move beyond limited thinking. This amazing work erases the borders we create in our minds and asks us to move into a wider landscape of human experience where the things that we share far outweigh the things that seperate us. When men first set foot on the moon and looked down; they saw the world for the first time as it truly is, without borders. 1 Giant Leap, in a similar way, shuttles us out of our prejudices and egos and asks us to see ourselves as part of a universal community of humankind. This movie is not meant to be watched, it is intended to be experienced. In the viewing, you will be invited to participate in the marelous possibility of a world without physical, spiritual or creative borders. If you accept the invitation, you will be connected to the extended family of humankind; and if you are honest, you will connect with yourself. 1 Giant Leap is sublime. Amazon.com review
The Art of Happiness at Work, His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D. The Art of Happiness at Work is a modern-day Socratic dialogue in which Cutler asks the Dalai Lama about the difficulties and rewards we might encounter in the workplace. The authors explore issues such as work and identity, making money, the Buddhist concept of "right livelihood," and transforming dissatisfaction at work. The discussion appears simple, if not obvious, at first, but upon closer scrutiny, the Dalai Lama's profound wisdom and sensitivity emerges. For the Dalai Lama, basic human values such as kindness, tolerance, compassion, honesty, and forgiveness are the source of human happiness. Throughout the book, he illustrates with clear examples how bringing those qualities to bear on work-related challenges can help us tolerate or overcome the most thorny situations. Recognizing that not all problems can be solved, the Dalai Lama provides very sound advice. The authors urge balance and self-awareness and wisely state, "No matter how satisfying our work is, it is a mistake to rely on work as our only source of satisfaction." --Silvana Tropea--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish
Mysticism, by Daniel C.
Matt. "This is the first book that I ever read on the
Kabbalah and I would recommend it as the best starting place to
anyone who is interested in the subject. The reason I recommend
it over Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism (by Gershom Scholem,
arguably the most important and influential scholar in this area)
is because this book gets the reader directly in touch with the
texts (and, thanks to the commentary, the meanings derived from
them) that make up what has come to be known as
Matt divides his book into sections by topic and each entry contains an excerpt from a text that fits the particular topic. The introduction contains a brief essay on the development of the Kabbalah; in the back of the book is a commentary on each passage, helping the reader to understand aspects, meanings, and references in the texts that otherwise may have not been understood. Highly enriching." Amazon.com review.
This book is grounded on nonduality, as this quotation shows: "Do not attribute duality to God. Let God be solely God. If you suppose that Ein Sof emanantes until a certain point, and that from that point on is outside of it, you have dualized. God forbid!"
The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing, by Cathrine Ann Jones. An integrative approach to writing narrative illustrated with evocative insights fromthe author's own professional journey. Craft alone is not enough. It is the integration of both soldi craft and experiential inner discovery that makes this book on writing unique. From the back cover. "The author has great insight into the human condition and the ability to create characters about whom we care." --Stephen Simon, Oscar winning producer. Read our review!
Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature, edited by Karen J. Warren. "The strengths and weaknesses of the growing ecofeminist movement are critically assessed by scholars in a variety of academic disciplines and vocations. Writers explore the real-life concerns that have motivated ecofeminism as a grassroots, women-initiated movement around the globe; the appropriateness of ecofeminism to academic and scientific research; and philosophical implications and underpinnings of the movement." --from the back cover.
This book features the chapter, Radical Nonduality in Ecofeminist Philosophy, by Charlene Spretnak. "An ecofeminist philosopher whose work I respect read an early version of this chapter and sent me a friendly but quite alarmed letter, peppered with capitalized phrases and much underlining. If I would just drop any mention of unitive dimensions of being in discussing alternatives to dualism, she painstakingly explained, I would be accepted by academic ecofeminist philosophers! Alas, I cannot do that and remain true to my experience, but the incident did serve to highlight the current restrictions on acceptable philosophical orientations." --Charlene Spretnak
Looking for God, by Chuck Hillig. Novel, entertaining, and straightforward, this is a celebratory, uncompromising description of Source, Truth, nondual reality. Richly illustrated with explosive lettering, and a one-inch hole (representing the Void, the Source) drilled through the center from cover to cover, this book will be enjoyed and valued by anyone driven to explore the intuition of what their true nature is. The hole is incorporated with text and graphics, and used as part of suggested exercises in understanding. As a side note, with the hole in the center, it's really interesting to be able to grab a book like it's a bowling ball. I never carried a book around with one finger before. It's fun to handle. Chuck offers up a creative, deceptively simple, entertaining, and challenging trip through the land of nonduality. There is no one else writing in the nondual/spiritual genre in the way Chuck writes. --Jerry Katz
Shining Through the Mind, by Gilbert Schultz. An audio CD. From the website: "Pure seeing cuts through all erroneous beliefs without exception. Seeing is Seeing. Knowing is Knowing. Seeing is Knowing. Knowing is Being. Being is Light and Light is Love. You love to BE and you ARE. Listen with a relaxed mind and a clear attention in suitable conditions. You are not asked to believe in anything in this. What is pointed out is not based on any belief system whatsoever. You don't have to be a genius to understand this. It is so simple and obvious. Your attention is all you need to give." Audio samples.
I Need Your Love -- Is That True?, by Byron Katie. How to stop seeking love, approval, and appreciation and start finding them instead. from press release: Through its amazingly penetrating mode of inquiry, you will quickly learn to see the falseness of the accepted ways of seeking love and approval, and you will learn to disentangle love from need.
Caught In the Act: Reflections on Being, Knowing and Doing, by Toinette Lippe. "If I see that something needs to be done, I must move forward and do it, not hold part of myself back to see if the rest of me is going to succeed. Because the part of me that holds back is the part that has the power. If there is no separation between different parts of me, then all my strength will be in one place. In addition, there will be no commenting from the part of me that refuses to take any action." Read a book review, which includes material not found in the book.
What Is Self?, by Bernadette Roberts. Even if you own the earlier edition of this classic work of extreme nonduality and contemplative Christianity, you will want this edition as it features two forwards that do not appear in the earlier edition, and has been re-designed for easier reading. From the book: "...the no-self event is first and foremost the falling away of the divine center, the source and ground of the experience of 'life,' 'being,' energy and a great deal more. Without a ground to stand on there is nothing from which any phenomenal self could possibly arise."
The Happy Child, by Steven Harrison. The author's clarity and simplicity of expression speak to authentic education: "The idea of shipping our children off to a warehouse where they are educated by strangers from a curriculum designed by politicians and academic theorists is so strange and disconnected from the reality of a child that we have to wonder how this could come to be the fact in our society."
Relentless Love, by Edwin Carl Smith. "We are hardwired to love. it is our life journey, purpose, and destiny. But love is not what you think." Excerts here and here.
Healing with Qualities: The Essence of Time Therapy, by Manuel Schoch. "Manuel Schoch has developed a therapy to bring up back to what we truly are. This book gathers wisdom from multiple perspectives and traditions. It is bound to transform all those who come into contact with it." --Steve Ray. Read excerpts here and here.
This Is It: The Nature of Oneness, by Jan Kersschot. Interviews with
teachers of non-duality. In simple and clear language, Jan
Kersschot explains how to go beyond the need for concepts and
belief systems. Everything you need to know, you know already.
Your true nature is what you are already, and so it cannot be
Words and experiences are useful signposts, but your true spiritual mirror is beingness, the simple fact of being what you are. Although we are all capable of seeing our beingness at any moment, most of us overlook this ability most of the time. Right now, as you are, is it. Everything is exactly how it is supposed to be.
Jans book invites you to recognize this simple message. The directness of this vision became increasingly clear in the conversations Jan had with the spiritual teachers he met (including Eckhart Tolle author of the bestselling Power of Now). When you recognize the core of this vision while reading these dialogues, it becomes obvious that you do not have to look elsewhere; that all your trying to reach enlightenment only affirms your sense of separation. Forget about your spiritual ambitions and simply see what is. Read an excerpt.
Already Awake. Dialogues with Nathan Gill. "You have gone into the cinema and someone is constantly crackling sweet wrappers! 'You' can't remember. 'You' is the mesmerisation that disappears when the wrapper crackles. Then there is a permeating into the play of the recognition of your true nature -- while at other times there is immersion. The sweets are just unwrapped when they're unwrapped and there is no choice about unwrapping them." One-to-one dialogues and transcripts of group meetings form the major part of this book. Also included by way of an introduction, is a revised version of Nathan's popular booklet 'Clarity.'
Free e-book! Radical Work, by Kriben Pillay. "A transformational gem set in the context of Byron Katie's The Work. The core of this book is a demonstration of The Work in action. The reader witnesses the process, the deconstruction, the turnaround, the arising clarity, through transcripts of Byron Katie and Kriben Pillay engaging participants in dialogue and inquiry." --Jerry Katz. Download the entire book free!
The Wisdom of Balsekar, edited by Alan Jacobs.
Balsekar is perhaps the greatest living spiritual leader and his teachings on Advaita or non-duality, bring wisdom to one of the most important and widely debated spiritual subjects today.
Ramesh Balsekar is widely regarded as the worlds greatest living sage. He has said that his primary inspiration for exploring the spiritual life came from Ramana Maharshi; he takes up Ramanas message and enlightens questioners by drawing upon his deep knowledge of Advaita. Advaita is the teaching of non-duality, which holds that everything is one, that we are all an intrinsic part of the universe, not split from it. Balsekars words are powerful, accessible, witty and always to the point.
This anthology of the writings of Ramesh Balsekar comprises thematic extracts from all of his own written works to date and the selection is approved by the sage himself, as well as his leading disciple, Wayne Liquorman. It will serve to stimulate its readers to study more of his books and edited talks and perhaps indeed to meet him in Mumbai.
Awakening to the Natural State, by John Wheeler. The belief that you are a separate person is the cause of all ignorance, suffering, anxiety, doubt, fear, etc. that is, all self-centered activity. Have a direct look to see if you can find the person you have imagined yourself to be. Ask yourself questions such as, Am I really separate from my nature as presence-awareness? and Does the assumed separate person that I imagine myself to be really exist? This is not a practice or technique. You just have to look directly and clearly. Read excerpt.
What's Wrong with Right Now Unless You Think About
It, by Sailor Bob Adamson.
"Bob Adamson is an Australian who ended his spiritual search in 1976 in the presence of the renowned Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Ever since, he has been helping others to end their search. When he says that he abides as That, it is a bold but convincing statement. ... Abiding as That, Adamson speaks with the authority, the force and the immediacy of truth." --Dennis Trunk
Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, by Jed McKenna - "Jed McKenna's books aren't for everyone. They're for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when you're ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy you want to see standing there -- waiting for you." from the back cover.
The Texture of Being by Roy Whenary. The book explains the basis of spiritual seeking in simple terms and may lead the reader to a more intensive quest. --Ramesh Balsekar. Roy is a poet and his precise use of language is a model of clarity. --Alan Jacobs (Chairman of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation, UK)
Chuck Hillig's Black Dot Publications - The Enlightenment Quartet: Enlightenment for Beginners | The Way IT Is | Seeds for the Soul | Looking For God: Seeing the Whole in One. "I really loved it! It's quite amazing how you succeeded in expressing very profound ideas of perennial philosophy in the most elementary, simplified and humorous way. I hope that this little treasure of a book will have great success." Stanislav Grof, M.D.
"Pure Silence: Lessons in Living and Dying" by Mark McCloskey. An audio CD which may help point you to the core of who you are. "You may feel as if you are listening to yourself. Consciousness is speaking to itself. ... Highly recommended." --Jan Kersschot, M.D., 'Nobody Home.'
365 Nirvana Here and Now: Living Every Moment in Enlightenment, by Josh Baran. A collection of very short readings from diverse sources, each containing the kernel of nondual essentiality. An attractive hardback for twenty bucks. This would make a fine gift for yourself and others. It will appeal to long time nondualists as well as those who have just read The Power of Now and are looking for the next nondual title geared to the mass audience. --Jerry Katz
Remembering Who You Really Are: The Journey of Awakening to the Soul, by Ronda Ackles LaRue. Ronda tells her story of awakening in a style that is very appealing. It's like sitting down with her. She speaks with respect of her teacher Richard Moss, includes entries from her journal, and suggests exercises the reader might engage in order to face the castle (the particular dream world) that's been constructed and to go beyond fixing a crack or two everytime it shows up (in the same place.) This book is an extension of the spirit and everyday-ness of Jed McKenna's books (minus the grating albeit lovable arrogance!), though Jed is not mentioned nor is there an affiliation with him. --Jerry Katz
The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, edited by John J. Prendergast, Peter Fenner, and Sheila Krystal. There is the vital necessity to acknowledge the depths of the Eastern traditions and appreciate the pragmatic concern about the condition of the samsaric self that psychotherapy primarily addresses.... I believe every psychotherapist should explore experentially such a teaching. The Sacred Mirror would be an excellent start for a conceptual understanding. There is a wealth of insights in The Sacred Mirror that point the way forward for psychotherapists and spiritual seekers... Christopher Titmuss, author of An Awakened Life
Awakening to the Dream, Leo Hartong -- The topics of enlightenment, ego, intellect, the witness, I Am, awareness, meditation, awakening, teacher/seeker, death, are integrated effortlessly. Awakening to the Dream is both an excellent introduction to Nonduality, and an encounter with an awakened one. The writing style is memorable. This is a valuable work which could become a classic in the field. Jerry Katz
The Calling: A Journey Within Your Own Being, by Steven S. Sadleir. A short book consisting of a few lines per page, that is intended to guide the reader to awakening.
Presence, by Ray Morose - A lengthy and challenging work about existence and your essential nature. This book is little known and virtually un-marketed by the author/publisher. Visit the website to read extracts and find out more. Also see Issue #1842 of The Nondual Highlights featuring this work. --Jerry Katz
In The Hands of Alchemy: The Art and Life of Jerry Wennstrom. A video by Parabola. "I enjoyed this video very much. Jerry Wennstrom did what he had to do. He destroyed his paintings, gave away his money and possessions, and surrendered to existence. The video shows a guy who has, as poet David Whyte says, claimed his happiness. If only there were six billion films like this waiting to be made." --Jerry Katz
Enlightenment Blues: My Years with an
American Guru, By Andre
van der Braak. Ruthlessly honest and unsettling
The Lankavatara Sutra: An Epitomized Version. Translated by D.T. Suzuki. Compiled and Edited by Dwight Goddard. Monkfish is proud to re-introduce this spiritual classic as its first book in its Provenance Editions line.
Fingers Pointing Towards the Moon: Reflections of a Pilgrim on the Way. By Wei Wu Wei. Forward by Ramesh S. Balsekar. "The depth of understanding evinced by Wei Wu Wei places him with Paul Reps, Alan Watts, and Philip Kapleau as one of the earliest and most profound interpreters of Zen." Excerpts.
Dancing in the Mirror: Inspirations on Peace and Joy. By Bryan Walton. "A nearly channeled book of random readings, each of which straightforwardly restores your connection to reality, whether you are experiencing fear, confusing love, disturbed energy, difficult emotions and feelings. This book is designed to be opened and read at random. There is even a system, using a deck of playing cards, which assures randomness. Excerpts at the website." --Jerry Katz
Inner Traveler: The First 12 Issues. A CD with each issue in .pdf format. Lots of nondual related articles, meditation, Hatha Yoga, some poetry, reviews. Excellent reading for those interested in practicing meditation with the nondual perspective recognized.
ZenWise Selling: Mindful Methods to Improve Your Sales ... and Your Self, by Lee Godden. "...sales trainer, public speaker, and Zen practitioner Lee Godden offers readers a unique blend of Zen principles and great business methodologies revolving around the core idea that excellence in personal understanding, bearing, character and credibility will inevitably result in excellent sales." Midwest Book Review
Self Knowledge, by Nome. An in-depth treatise on the teaching of nonduality and Self-inquiry instruction. Jerry Katz
When All Systems Fail, by Susan Dane
Into The Light Again: an insider's guide to overcoming episodes of schizophrenia, by Spencer Perdriau
The following two periodicals are highly recommended:
The Inner Traveler: Magazine of the Meditation Society of America
The Noumenon Journal: Nondual Perspectives on Transformation
Fiction, Prose, Poetry
The Story of the Forgetful Lollies, by Kriben Pillay - a colorful book for children aged 8-88 about how we are all connected. "Thank you for your delightful tale of creation and self-realisation." --Byron Katie
Non-nondual: The Rumblebees. Listen to the fuuuunny blues. Nondual lyric to hit song God's Gift here..