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The Law of Attention is a remarkable guide for all those who wish to find the treasure that lies within each of us. Edward Salim Michael has given us a guide to the path that leads within and words of encouraging instruction when the way is difficult. His words reflect a life dedicated to spiritual practice.” (Rev. Serena Seidner, Shasta Abbey)

“The Law of Attention is a remarkable book filled with clear guidance that presents a strong call for the total dedication of one’s life in the quest of supreme enlightenment. With Edward Salim Michael’s uncompromising emphasis on integrity and effort this is not a book for the fainthearted or dilettante, but I would recommend all serious aspirants to read this book again and again both for its inspiration and its precise instructions. Although not a specifically Buddhist text, the path mapped out and advice so meticulously given render it a suitable companion and guide for any spiritual traveler.” (Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery (subject of Cave in the Snow by Vicki M)

“This fine book offers, without doubt, the clearest and most comprehensive description of ‘Nada Yoga’ (meditation on the inner sound) that is available in the English language. This is a practice that is known in Vedic, Buddhist, and other traditions to be a powerful and liberating spiritual discipline and is also one that I have used for more than 25 years, to great benefit.” (Ajahn Amaro, co-abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery in the Forest lineage of the Theravada Buddhist tradit)

“Edward Salim Michael’s teaching goes straight to the heart, making us realize the commitment, energy, and love it takes to realize the truth at the deepest level. This book is a spiritual friend and guide for all seekers of Truth.” (Ajahn Sundara, Theravada nun, Amaravati Monastery)

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MEDITATION / SELF-TRANSFORMATION

“. . . presents a strong call for the total dedication of one’s life in the quest of supreme enlightenment. I would recommend all serious aspirants to read this book again and again.”
--Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery and author of Reflections on a Mountain Lake

“The clearest and most comprehensive description of Nada Yoga available in the English language . . . a powerful and liberating spiritual discipline that I have used for more than 25 years, to great benefit.”
--Ajahn Amaro, co-abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery

This book--at once simple and powerful--stands as a monument to the lifelong spiritual struggles of Edward Salim Michael, struggles that he heroically surmounted on his path to enlightenment. Due to the circumstances of his birth, Michael had no education, no mother tongue, and no book learning when he was drafted at the age of 19 into the British Royal Air Force during World War II. After learning to read and write he became an accomplished classical composer in France. In 1949, after seeing a statue of a Buddha for the first time, he experienced a powerful awakening of his innate Buddha Nature, which inspired him to begin a sustained and extremely disciplined meditation practice. Michael abandoned his career as a composer and went to India, the home of his maternal grandmother, where he lived for seven years fully focused on his spiritual awakening.

Michael’s spiritual teachings reveal techniques of yoga and meditation that can open the door to one’s higher nature and to directly experience the after-death state. Nada yoga (meditation on the inner sound) is one of the core techniques for this realization. There is a vast luminous consciousness already within us, but it is obscured by the clouds of our incessant thoughts. With sincerity, moral integrity, and inner vigilance, which, when embodied, implies that we have internalized the basic tenets of the law of attention, we can move beyond the promptings of our lower nature and break through the clouds of our ordinary mind to realize our own divine nature. Emphasizing inner attention and an awareness of attitude, Michael’s practices can help aspirants make direct contact with the divine source each of us unknowingly carries deep within.

EDWARD SALIM MICHAEL (1921-2006) began transmitting the fruits of his inner experiences and mystical understandings to his pupils in 1974. In addition to The Law of Attention, first published in 1983, he has written seven other books in French.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; 2nd Edition, New Edition of The Way of Inner Vigilance edition (January 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594773041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773044
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the few books that explanes about nada yoga, or the sound of silence.
Bram
It may take us months to read and assimilate what this extraordinary book offers... and yet it's worth.
Mario L. M. Ramos
The author is very humble, and he hints that this is only a small part of his teaching.
TheSongsofDistantEarth

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By NANCY on April 5, 2010
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This is one of the most inspiring books I have read in years.
All this book aims to one thing, enlightenment, a direct knowledge of the Absolute which, undoubtedly the author has known himself. In a very clear and precise langage, he transmits different means, and for some completely new (Nada-Yoga), always encouraging the seeker in his endeavors. And with his guidance, one can feel that it is possible to know, through a direct personal experience, this supreme achievement.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SNOW on February 28, 2010
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At last a book one does not have the feeling to have read before.

Exceptional and so earnest, full of useful advices and effective means to keep the awereness centred.

It is an indirect account of the author's struggles toward enlightenment. Any serious seeker will find it a compendium of truly useful informations and, with its deeply felt and concentrated writing, worth many a revisit.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Holloway on March 4, 2010
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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in attaining enlightenment/liberation. Very detailed. This is especially helpful to those who are on their path without a Master to guide them.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maggy on March 14, 2010
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On every page, one can feel a direct intense experience, something so genuine that it grips you, from a master who, without doubt, knows his subject.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on May 5, 2010
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This is a book I will be re-reading for years before I realize everything that is inside, if ever.
this isn't the sort of book through which one plows and tosses aside. it's a book to go back to and which to refer over and over. This is one of the books that started me on the spiritual search, and I return to it again and again. Exceptional teaching.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TheSongsofDistantEarth on April 16, 2011
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I first came across this book about 15 years ago, discovered in an out of print edition from another publisher. Despite the author's stated lack of formal education, it comes across as a direct and crystal clear manual of spiritual development. The author is very humble, and he hints that this is only a small part of his teaching. That actually inspired me to seek him, but my lack of speaking French hindered my efforts. He passed away several years ago, alas, but has left behind this, and apparently other materials that have yet to be translated. I actually contacted several publishers in an attempt to bring this book back into print for others, and now I am delighted that this publisher has reprinted it without revision.

I counted stumbling across this little-known book a true blessing on my spiritual path, and if you are a sincere aspirant, you will do well to leave off most other books and focus on this little manual.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rahasya Poe on August 5, 2010
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The Law of Attention: Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance
By Edward Salim Michael
ISBN: 978-1-59477-304-4 (Inner Traditions, 2010)

Anyone who gives it a little thought quickly concludes that most of our spiritual and religious views are culturally determined. So to find a writer born in 1921 who was not indoctrinated into a culturally based belief system was refreshing. At this point in my life I found this book to be a welcome perspective on my own higher nature and a guide to a personal experience of the after-death experience through meditation ... the very thing that many of us run from and avoid at all costs. Many of our deepest fears emanate from not coming to grips with our mortality so anyone seeking the deeper meaning of life should read this book.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide
To Believe Or Not To Believe: The Social and Neurological Consequences of Belief Systems
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LINDA on April 14, 2010
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Is it possible to use simple words to describe what is beyond words ? to transmit a deep knowledge issued from a personnal direct experience and which is not intellectual ? It is what I have found in this book, remarkable for its sincerity, clarity and authenticity.
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