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The Transparency Of Things

Author: Rupert Spira
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1626258821
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The purpose of The Transparency of Things is to look clearly and simply at the nature of experience, without any attempt to change it. A series of contemplations leads 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 that takes the shape of our experience from moment to moment while always remaining only itself. We see that our experience is and has only ever been one seamless totality, with no separate entities, objects, or parts anywhere to be found.

Language And The Ineffable

Author: Louis S. Berger
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739147137
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The prevailing conception of language is often called 'the received view.' Though ubiquitous, Louis S. Berger demonstrates its flaws and the difficulties it raises for other disciplines, such as philosophy and physics. In Language and the Ineffable, Berger develops an unconventional model of human development: ontogenesis. A radical and generative feature of the model is the premise that the neonate's world is holistic, boundary-less, unimaginable, and impossible to describe; in other words, ineffable. This study unsettles the foundations of sacrosanct beliefs about language and a host of other disciplines in the process.

Being Aware Of Being Aware

Author: Rupert Spira
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1626259984
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Everybody is aware, all seven billion of us. We are aware of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions. All people share the experience of being aware, but relatively few people are aware that they are aware. Most people’s lives consist of a flow of thoughts, images, ideas, feelings, sensations, sights, sounds, and so on. Very few people ask, 'What is it that knows this flow of thoughts, feelings, and perceptions? With what am I aware of my experience?' The knowing of our being—or rather, awareness’s knowing of its own being in us—is our primary, fundamental and most intimate experience. It is in this experience that the peace, happiness and love for which all people long reside. The happiness we have sought so long outside of ourselves, in situations, objects and relationships, turns out to be always present and available in the simple knowing of our own being as it truly is. The knowing of our own being shines in each of us as the experience ‘I am’ or ‘I am aware’, or simply the knowledge ‘I’. This obvious, familiar and intimate experience has no objective qualities and is, therefore, overlooked or ignored by the majority of people. This overlooking of our own being is the ultimate cause of unhappiness. What is the nature of the experience of being aware or awareness itself? The exploration of this question is the subject matter of this book and the essence of the Direct Path to peace and happiness. * * * The Essence of Meditation Series presents meditations on the essential, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions, compiled from contemplations led by Rupert Spira at his meetings and retreats. This simple, contemplative approach, which encourages a clear seeing of one’s experience rather than any kind of effort or discipline, leads the reader to an experiential understanding of their own essential being and the peace and fulfillment that are inherent within it. Being Aware of Being Aware is the first and introductory volume in The Essence of Meditation Series.

Strongly Sustainable Societies

Author: Karl Johan Bonnedahl
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351173626
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The response of the international community to the pressing socio-ecological problems has been framed around the concept of ‘sustainable development’. The ecological pressure, however, has continued to rise and mainstream sustainability discourse has proven to be problematic. It contains an instrumental view of the world, a strong focus on technological solutions, and the premise that natural and human-made ‘capitals’ are substitutable. This trajectory, which is referred to as ‘weak sustainability’, reproduces inequalities, denies intrinsic values in nature, and jeopardises the wellbeing of humans as well as other beings. Based on the assumptions of strong sustainability, this edited book presents practical and theoretical alternatives to today’s unsustainable societies. It investigates and advances pathways for humanity that are ecologically realistic, ethically inclusive, and receptive to the task’s magnitude and urgency. The book challenges the traditional anthropocentric ethos and ontology, economic growth-dogma, and programmes of ecological modernisation. It discusses options with examples on different levels of analysis, from the individual to the global, addressing the economic system, key sectors of society, alternative lifestyles, and experiences of local communities. Examining key topics including human–nature relations and wealth and justice, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental and development studies, ecological economics, environmental governance and policy, sustainable business, and sustainability science.

Unveil Your Intimate Self

Author: Elena Georgiadou BA HONS ADN
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 1504391500
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In Unveil Your Intimate Self, the author considers the mystery of our existence and its significance in our journey to freedom. She draws upon ancient wisdom and the findings of modern science to help us understand and experience our true nature, which is a field of awareness. When you know yourself as this field of awareness and live from your source, your life will be infused with inner peace and freedom from fear and limitations, you can manifest your desires, and you experience health and harmony in all levels of existence. The book is a blueprint that helps you break free from conditioning of ordinary life. Blending philosophy, modern science, spirituality, and natural healing modalities, the author provides a framework for transforming yourself to help you live an extraordinary life. A life of fulfillment, potential, and emotional and physical health.

The Book Of One

Author: Dennis Waite
Publisher: Mantra Books
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A comprehensive, yet entertaining introduction to Advaita, the non-dual teaching which provides a completely reasonable explanation for who we are and the nature of the universe. There are many `self-help' approaches promising enlightenment and happiness but most are illogical and lack any proven capability. Advaita has a guru-disciple tradition stretching back for several thousand years and can guarantee the sincere seeker a progressive path to self-realization. A 21st Century treatment of this ancient eastern philosophy, this book addresses all of the issues that are covered by both traditional teachers from the lineage of Shankara, and by modem `satsang teaching' and Direct Path methods stemming from Ramana Maharshi and Krishna Menon. Topics are explained in an accessible and readable manner, using amusing quotations and stories along with an abundance of metaphors from a wide variety of sources. Some of the most difficult concepts are clarified, whilst recognizing that this knowledge is ultimately beyond language or intellectual understanding. The Book of One is perhaps the most accessible, articulate and relevant book on the nature of non-duality. "An updated edition of Dennis' Advaitic treasure trove. It benefits from nine years further research into the traditional roots of Advaita-Vedanta. This new edition will become essential for students, seekers, scholars, and cultural historians." Greg Goode, author of `Standing as Awareness' "...a masterful and profoundly insightful survey of Advaita Vedanta Teaching and the Contemporary Scene" Alan Jacobs, President Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK "The Book of One' takes the reader step by step on an intellectual inquiry into the truth of oneself. It provides a critical examination of the meaning and purpose of one's life" Dr Kuntimaddi Sadananda, AchArya at Washington Chinmaya Mission