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The Immediacy of Infinite Being: Seeing beyond the veil of mind Paperback – May 8, 2010
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The teachings are given in a direct and straightforward manner, without any references or allusions to other traditions or disciplines. There are no offhand digressions into speculative philosophy designed to entertain and occupy the mind. The teachings stand alone in their own wisdom and clarity and are therefore quite accesible to any sincere reader.
These are not teachings of asceticism, negation, or avoidance, but rather of embracing the wholeness of who we truly are within the totality of consciousness.
The role and function of the ego, the mind, and our world experience, are not demonized, but rather placed in context as necessary steps in our evolution toward the certain awakening to our True Self.
Most importantly, Desthein continously reminds us of the immediacy of our being, and the opportunity presented in each moment to surrender our investment in our personal stories and to awaken into the awareness of what is, of Reality. There is therefore no need of engaging in prolonged practices or disciplines designed to improve or prepare ourselves, since such practices only affirm our separateness and serve to defer and avoid.
Like the proverbial fingers pointing to the moon, each page is filled with "pointing out instructions" which are complete distillations of the entire understanding. Open at any page and the reader is presented with profound truth.Read more ›
Yet, for some the world rings false after enough years go by. Dreams achieved or discarded, goals met, things done, experiences had, stuff accumulated. Nothing satisfies. If this is happening to you, this book can help.
The unique aspect of this book (and the reason I am on my third reading) is its breadth of exposition on the topics of identity, reality, and consciousness. We have a vested interest in not hearing the truth, so explaining One Thing a thousand different ways can be very helpful. An example:
"One must come to the understanding that commitment to the path of self-realization is not a way out of suffering, but quite the contrary. It the the actual meeting with all possible causes of suffering."
If this strikes a chord in you, this book can help you.
This book has not been professionally edited, and contains some incorrect and confused word usage. As does this review. However the clarity of the author's "infinite being" makes these shortcomings a minor practical matter that does not detract from its helpfulness.
A couple of books I have found equally helpful:
Perfect Brilliant Stillness
The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness
Desthein is the one writer for me; I wish he has more books. I will re-read all his books again .