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#2851 - Friday, June 22, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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Read the book inspired by the Highlights, One: Essential Writings on Nonduality:    

Three new books are featured.    




The latest 2007 version of


The Unchanging Testament

by S. Abhayananda




This is the celebrated classic History regarded by many as the new “Bible” of contemporary spirituality.  I wish to make it available to all my friends throughout the world; and so I am offering it free of charge to all who request it.  I am hopeful that you will help me in this effort by forwarding it to your friends, and they to their friends, until it reaches everyone with a desire for the knowledge of God.


To get your copy of this 442 page Ebook (3.90 MB of RAM), just send an email with the words “History of Mysticism” in the Subject line to me at [email protected], and I will send you by return email attachment your copy of this life-changing book, at no charge to you. 


I expect to be swamped with requests, so please be patient if there is a delay in getting this Ebook to you.  And please visit my website:, where you can learn about my other available books and read my latest articles.  Many thanks to you all,

With my blessings,


Swami Abhayananda






cee's book, The Way of Knowledge, has been published and can be order here: I have a copy of this book and it is a guidebook in self-inquiry.


You may also order it from Amazon: The description on Amazon says, The Way of Knowledge explains Enlightenment. Clarifying the ancient wisdom tradition of Advaita Vedanta, it points the way to deep spiritual knowledge. Meditations and "ponder points" offer an experiential method of understanding this advanced philosophy.  


Here is an excerpt which was published in issue #2760. I'll post another excerpt in the near future.


To Do or Not to Do


There has been some confusion spawning from a few modern day teachers of Advaita Vedanta that teach "there is nothing you can do." This has spurned in some people a lazy and ineffective "method" of spiritual practice. Let us spend a moment to clear up the confusion. The Way of Knowledge recommends effort in practice as long as there is any semblance of an ego. The inquiry should be practiced until complete and perfect enlightenment at which time spiritual practice falls away spontaneously.


It is true that there is a real ego that is a performer of actions. And it is true that the perfect nondual Self is not an entity that can partake of action. As you delve into inquiry, freedom and happiness become natural. You may discover that right actions are occuring without much effort. You may find that there is no one doing anything. There is simply no doer. Is the body itself actually performing actions? The fleshy body of blood and bones certainly has no power of its own. Is there someone or some thing inside or outside the body who is the performer of actions? As you become more adept at the inquiry there may be a relinquishment of attachment to doership.


Similarly, you may find that there is no one thinking anything. Where exactly is the one who thinks? Hidden in the brain somewhere? Who thinks "your" thoughts? If you find no thinker, do you still exist? Of course. To know there is no particular entity causing your thinking is liberating indeed! If thinking goes on, so what? Don't think twice about it. To be free from thought is a tremendous relief.


Still, there should never be confusion over what to do. The practice of inquiry is simple and straighforward. You should put in great intention and effort toward your own liberation and enlightenment. Do not let the statement, "Who you really are is beyond doing and thinking," be an excuse to avoid the work of disassembling the false identity. Just because the ego turns out to be unreal, is no excuse not to examine the ego. Who performs the enquiry? The enquiry itself will answer the question. The inquiry starts out as a doing. It is an effort made by the one who seems to be in bondage. If you assume you are somebody, you cannot avoid the effort of spiritual practice. You make a heroic effort until you understand real Existence without a single doubt, until you are utterly free.


What starts out as doing ends up as _being_. The inquiry, "Who am I?" ends up as Existence - Consciousness - Bliss, pure Being. Real Existence has no actor or action. Once realized, it is understood that there was no action taken, the entity who thought they were not enlightened never existed, and no time was involved. "Being" is spontaneously revealed. _Until then, do practice!_


The book, Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy (Nondual Wisdom & Psychotherapy) (Paperback), by John Prendergast (Editor), G. Kenneth Bradford (Editor) is now published.  

A review and excerpt was published in issue #2836:  

Here is the Amazon link:  

This is the review I wrote for  

Fusion, paradox, and a gateway  

This book is overflowing with enthusiastic, pioneering,
sparkling, nonduality talkers. Each contributor gives 110%.
There's a sense of urgency to communicate. Thus this book is
very alive.

"Nondual consciousness is experienced as the basis of contact,
the most intimate contact one can have, with oneself and
others," writes Judith Blackstone, revealing the cornerstone
of this book.

The authors consider the paradox of nonduality: that you can
talk as if you know the nondual, and there is no one to know
it. Kaisa Puhakka says, "...that paradox is an antidote to
seriousness, and so a gateway to openness and humility."

This book is an excellent introduction to nonduality. Read it
for that reason alone. The purpose though is to show how
nonduality is inherently fused to psychotherapy. Buddhist
teachings are mostly the backdrop for this work. Therapists
will appreciate that the authors speak their language, and
will benefit from the practical side of this book. All readers
could benefit, as the pursuit of nonduality is often an
intense psychological adventure.

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