- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Watkins (July 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842930931
- ISBN-13: 978-1842930939
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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This Is It: The Nature of Oneness*Interviews with Teachers of Non-Duality Including Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now Paperback – January 1, 1999
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For a book about non-dualism, it has a strangely two-pronged flavor.
First, it is making the general and expected points: No need to do anything, you are already enlightened (except that you don't exist and enlightenment is meaningless to begin with), etc.
Second, it has a definite under-edge of Non-Dual community infighting. At times, it has a strangely catty, insider tone. I feel it is written not so much for the general person just trying to figure things out, but for a specific narrow sub-readership of people who are very experienced shoppers in the spiritual supermarket, even or especially people who've been around the non-dual track a few times. These are the people that the author wants to reach, and get them to 'stop seeking'.
Though of course, even 'stop seeking' is "doing" something, or having a kind of program, and therefore unacceptable. Except that of course EVERYTHING is acceptable because it is all illusory anyway.
I say that this author (and his interviewees) are on the far edge of current non-dual thought in that other stars like Byron Katie still offer a kind of goal (cessation of mental suffering) and a sort of problem-solving method (4 questions) to advance that program. Or for example Gangaji is supposedly pure advaita but she subtly asserts the reality of various distinctions, such as guru v. seeker; a more lovely Satsang space v. a less-lovely one; a community of friends pursuing the goal or teachings together (as though that would help it along); etc.Read more ›
Many of the other interviews are good as well.
judges nothing as all is absolutely perfect in the "daydream". I absolutely love Northern Lights review below as there was an element of truth contained therein. This neo-advaita is a joke and if awakening should ever happen for NorthernLights he will,in fact, laugh and laugh and laugh, and see that it was and is - that everything is just that....a cosmic joke - yet behind the joke is absolute peace and some might say even love. Pssst... it yet it goes even deeper, but we'll have to save that for another day....
Chuck Hillig, Author of:
Enlightenment for Beginners, The Way IT Is, Seeds for the Soul, The Magic King, Looking for God: Seeing the Whole in One
"advaita" or "nonduality" -
These words signifies the highest truths about reality, and the highest teachings in religions. They are simple, yet complicated (a true nondual insight - both, not one or the other). Because of their logical concepts, it is quite easy to get an intellectual understanding and this is both a useful and nescessary tool. Still, the real and deep insight (in which words like "Self-realization", "enlightenment" etc have meaning)is lacking in several books on this topic. It has become a trend, making it possible for people to write books, even with only partial understanding. So people who feel inclined towards nondual teachings should be aware of this. In the old greece, there was philosophs (lovers of wisdom) and sophists (experts at manipulating the language). Much of this "modern advaita" is sophistry. personally, i believe to know and to have experienced "true nature" or "self", but mostly i`m caught in my "stories" and patterns (knowing truth, and recognizing "the truth of no-truth"). Actually, all of us know our true selves and meet with it every night (in dreamless sleep. Being together with someone who knows "true nature", makes it possible to learn to recognize the "original mind" or "natural mind" (in which all is one...in the heart of hearts, everybody is One)
It can be instantaneous, and it can take time. First a sudden insight or feeling of expansion, then working to get this "knowing" and "Being" to become more regular or total . "Enlightenment is not a fixed place", one realized individual said. Some of these books can trigger such moments of expansion.Read more ›
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I expected more input from the people interviewed, it was almost as if the interviewer was leading the answer with the questions.Published 13 months ago by Teacher
Mr Kersschot says in his book that there is nothing to do....that we are already "IT"
However.... Read more
Thanks for any negative reviews and causing the price to be more affordable! This book is another step toward awareness of spaciousness and original purity.Published 23 months ago by Diane
The relative story of "me" will preface this review by stating first,that I have read Nisargadatta,Ramana Maharshi, Krishnamurti,Wei Wu Wei,etc... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Kindle Customer
The author's words are very confusing. And often contradictory. A book full of opposites.
Comes across as no substance. Jan is a teaser.
Jan's book on consciousness, like Tony Parson's and Eckhart Tolle's, takes a leap of faith in assuming consciousness is located in your brain or head. Read morePublished on December 24, 2004 by Charles Andrew Wingard