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This is a wonderful book. Yes, the author sometimes makes claims about its importance that are not relevant. That is actually the only real flaw that it has, though.
And the title is NOT an example of these rare and surprising bursts of grandiosity. The practice that the title refers to is in fact "the most direct means to eternal bliss." What he describes is the awareness watching awareness practice, employed to great effect by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This is not a method. Mantras, guided meditation, following the breath, all of these are methods, not practice. Awareness watching awareness is the practice that all methods and all teaching point to. Once you understand the practice, there is no more need for method. You drop all that, and simply practice. Most people don't understand this.
He tries to clarify what is meant by "awareness," that sense of "I AM" that all of the great teachers refer to, and thereby minimize the wide-spread confusion about what it is, exactly, in terms of your personal experience. He does a really good job. Then he emphasizes that this is what you are to focus on if you want to awaken. The title is the simple truth. Coupled with Adyashanti's "True Meditation" the teaching in this book becomes even more clear.
His main contribution is that he thoroughly and effectively debunks the ego-based sense of self, and our complete and unquestioning faith in thought, in what we believe and what we think is true. This is where I am really benefiting. I needed to know in my heart of hearts that this person I believe I am is a delusion. I could see this intellectually, I have even had the fleeting experience of this truth. But there had to be a deep acceptance of this.Read more ›
This book is the sixth edition. The author has added a new chapter to this sixth edition (Experiences, the Journey, and the Final Goal), which is very helpful. Please read my review of the fifth edition. It still holds true. Then please read my comments on the sixth edition. May it be helpful to you in your work of liberation.
Review of the fifth edition. I've been a spiritual seeker most of my life. Over the years I've been heavily into various spiritual traditions, Zen, Sufism, and Yoga, Christian mysticism, Hindu mysticism and martial arts. I've also acquired an extensive library of books written by or about every "enlightened" person that ever lived. Honestly, all I really succeeded in doing was creating a much more spiritual ego. I had just about given up on the idea of realizing Truth, when at age 57 I finally came across The Most Direct and Rapid Means to Eternal Bliss. I gotta tell you, I wouldn't care now if all my other books burned! This book is it! The author tells you exactly what the ego is. Exactly how it works, and all it's strategies and tricks. He tells you exactly what you need to do, (practice awareness watching awareness, which was the method recommended by Ramana Maharshi and Nasargadatta) and how to do it. Yes, you will be able to read this book and perform the method correctly! I've read quite a few books where the "enlightened" author tells you over and over to just look out at the world as your True Self. Right... But they offer nothing as to a method for arriving at that level of understanding? Not the case here. Nothing vague in this book. Nothing to guess about. Nothing to interpret. The author even cautions readers to read the book literally. He tells you that yes, he really means exactly what he is saying.Read more ›
The proof is in the pudding. This book will get you the results you've been searching for your entire life, assuming that your goal has been to break free of ego, pain, sorrow and suffering.
As you practice the techniques given, you will begin to identify less and less with your thoughts and emotions, and more with the ever present ground of awareness/expansiveness/peace which has always been with you, but which you failed to notice previously.
The Teacher, Michael Langford, is the Real Deal. He has been able to take a complex topic and explain it in simple language. You don't need to fly to India and live in an ashram in order to study with a modern day Yogi. He is living here in the States, and his complete message has been synthesized and simplified in this little book. His teachings will change your life if you allow them to.
Now, buy this book, read it slowly and thoroughly, then go practice......
"11.It is possible to be free of all sorrow and suffering and to experience absolutely perfect infinite eternal joy here and now in this lifetime. 12.It is possible for all humans, not just a few humans. 13.There is a rapid means to infinite bliss. 14. That rapid means is taught in this book."
This book is unique contribution. It is an 'Instruction manual for enligtenment'. It contains extremely practical step by step instruction to the 'direct experience of reality'. The first three chapters are devoted to understanding the ego and tricks of the ego and how it keeps one from waking up. These chapters are extremely insightful and I personally found it very useful. One of the several ego's tricks which I Identified in myself after reading the book was a preference to engage in endless reading and discussion instead of devoting time for actual practise. Then there is a chapter on the importance of the 'desire for liberation' and how it can dissolve all obstacles to enlightenment. There is a chapter devoted to 'how to awaken the extreme desire for liberation' which is also very insightful. There are two meditation practises offered for daily practise as the 'most rapid and direct means to direct experience of reality'. The first one is the 'Awareness Watching Awareness'(AWA) method, and the second one is the 'Abandon Release Method' (ARM). According to the author AWA is the most rapid and ARM is the second most rapid method. These two methods alone are worth the value of the book. There is an extremely useful chapter on further clarification on 'Awareness watching awareness' method which addresses all possible doubts or questions one might have during the practise.Read more ›
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