Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Book(s) to Consider

More and more people are “waking up” spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: now what? “Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,” explains Adyashanti. “It’s most often shared only between teachers and their students.” The End of Your World is his response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path.

Adyashanti begins by describing the “I got it/I lost it” phenomenon that perplexes so many of his students—the fluctuation between what he calls “nonabiding” awakening and the ultimate state of “Abiding” enlightenment. With straight talk and penetrating insight, Adyashanti points out the pitfalls and cul-de-sacs that “unenlighten” us along the journey, including:

  • The trap of meaninglessness
  • How the ego can “co-opt” realization for its own purposes
  • The illusion of superiority that may accompany intense spiritual breakthroughs
  • The danger of becoming “drunk on emptiness.”

“Full awakening comes when you sincerely look at yourself, deeper than you’ve imagined, and question everything,” teaches Adyashanti. The End of Your World is your invitation to join Adyashanti for an honest investigation of what you really are—and how to live once you discover it. (source)

I've never heard of or read anything by Adyashanti until a couple of minutes ago, so he's a new writer in my world. He is the author of Emptiness Dancing (2006) and True Meditation (2006), both of which sound really interesting. Hopefully I'll acquire a copy of The End of Your World either in hard copy or on Kindle. Until next time, keep on huntin'.

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