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The Awakening West: Conversations with Today's New Western Spiritual Leaders Paperback – March 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159233010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592330102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Scorelle on July 29, 2004
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I am really enjoying this book. I find the sympathetic approach to my liking. The teachers interviewed are among the hottest of the emerging Westerners. Having been on some type of spiritual path for the last 30 years, the issue of moving from the occaisional glimpse to an on-going state of 'presence' quite compelling. Demythologizing the state of 'self-realization' and bringing it into clear accuracy is of great service.

As to whether a particular teacher appeals to one's sensibilities or genuine or not should be left up to the critical faculties of the seeker. This book points to something beyond belief systems and gurus. If one of these teachers appeals to you, check them out, read their books, go to their satsangs, etc. Judge for yourself.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By F. Juergens on March 13, 2004
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What prevents me to appreciate this book is the servile base flattery which is penetrating all over the pages. Each and every teacher is praised by the authors in a complete uncritical way. This makes the interviews monotonous, and the portrayed persons somewhat unpleseant since everybody seems to accept this keen servility and praise. Furthermore: the authors's questions and remarks, printed in full lenght, which makes readings boring, give a "me too"-impression: "Me too, I've had deep insights, me too, I've already found wisdom, me too"...
I recommend the very honest and captivatingly written book by Paula Marvelly: partly the same teachers but a very different quality. After reading it gets clearer whom of the teachers one would like to listen to and whom not. This makes it far more interesting and helpful than "Awakening in the West": Easily available via the British Amazon site.
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By VAN on May 28, 2013
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These interviews are worth there weight in gold.
This probably one of the most important books I ever read.
I have been on the spiritual path for 45 years.
I had a similar experience when I was 16 for 2 weeks (by way of J.C.)
So I understood that this was no a bunch of flakes.
I no longer search (see Ramana). And good luck on your path.
You would also love...
The Path of Sri Ramana
By Sri Sadhu Om
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJM on April 21, 2010
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I not only LOVE this book, but keep going back to it, reading the interviews over and over and highlighting the amazing pearls of wisdom these teachers impart! This book is a goldmine for those, who are spiritually advanced enough to understand what "awakening/enlightenment" truly means and are themselves keenly interested in waking up. Unfortunately, these insights and sharing of experiences get lost on those still deeply asleep in "maya" - being "spiritual" is not enough to get the transmissions hidden in this book from these enlightened teachers.
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