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A Skimpy, Superficial, Over-Priced Promo Book
on May 11, 2013
I read this book in about twenty minutes. For the skimpy amount of superficial, mostly recycled, material it provides, it is overpriced at $3.99. And as another reviewer points out, the chapters are short and just serve as "plugs for products, services, and retreats."
The author has little knowledge of yoga and esoteric spirituality. She just took a catchy occult subject--the third eye-- and focused on it exclusive of a full, or integral, yogic context, and even her "focusing" was unfocused, bereft of depth.
The author says "Kundalini" means "illumination" or "enlightenment." It doesn't. It means "the Coiled One." And when you awaken Kundalini, you experience this "uncoiling" as a powerful force-flow that can literally rock you body and cause your head to jerk.
The author has no idea about enlightenment, the enlightenment process, or the human soul. The "seat of the soul" is not located in the third eye; it is located in the spiritual Heart-center (Hridaya, not the Anahata heart chakra), just to the right of the center of one's chest. (For more information on this, see the texts "Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi" and "The Triadic Heart of Siva."). The key to spiritual enlightenment, or Self (or Soul)-Realization, is cutting the Heart-knot (via Spirit-power, or "Shakti, the "Higher, or descending, Kundalini).
Even the subtitle of the book--"Develop you Higher Self"--reflects a limited understanding of the Self. The Lower Self cannot "develop" the Higher Self. The Higher, or True, Self, is always already perfectly developed, and when, in the case of an Initiated (or Spirit-empowered) yogi, the lower (or ego) self utterly empties itself, then the Higher, or True, Self shines through.
The author talks about developing ESP and psi abilities through opening your third eye, but that is highly improbable. The renowned magician James Randi has for many years offered a million dollars to anyone who can demonstrate psychic abilities under laboratory conditions. So far no one has collected.
Please note that followers of the author are plastering one-star reviews of this book with negative votes. Right before the New Year, I had 49 added to this review in a day! I re-submitted my review to "purge it" of this legion of negative votes.
I wish I could think of a single reason to recommend this book, but I can't.
Note: After I resubmitted my review, it got 12 of 12 positive votes, then in the last few days, 26 negative votes were plastered on it. Lots of shenanigans are going on with the reviews of this book.