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You Are No Thing Paperback – May 4, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality Press (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955829070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955829079
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What I like about this book is the clarity of the writing, the division into four parts, and the author never straying far from the buffet table of life. Lifting a spoon to your mouth, you hear the jaw dropping upshot: "...we're left with nothing at all, simply This. We can't say anything about it."

But don't worry, the book is not so stark. You are given a guided tour of the buffet table's four kinds of offerings, starting at the beginning.

The first part of the book is about spiritual seeking. If you are a seeker, you will at once identify with the author and be led on a journey through the rest of the book. Randall speaks to the seeker's feeling of imprisonment:

"We're looking to get out of this trap which we've created, this entanglement of uncertainty which we wade through, this murky idea about what-we-are."

Part two is about finding your way out of this trap, this suffering, through self-knowledge based upon Advaita Vedanta and nonduality in general:

"Advaita Vedanta says that the world is an illusion. ... That to which we look for knowledge ... is an illusion. The very place we seek within, looking to find reality and truth, is an illusion."

Part three points to true nature: "We see that the dream character which was clinging to the edge has no separate existence, has no reality and never, ever, for one moment, existed. We fall back into our true Self, That which we never left, That which we truly are. We fall but there is nowhere to land, nowhere to go. There is nowhere ouside of our Self to end up."

The fourth part consists of dialogues which further clarify the book's teachings.
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Randall Friend compassionately and patiently pointed out that there was a simple case of mistaken identity; I am not this limited, separate individual. With unwavering clarity and precision, Randall's vibrant expression naturally and effortlessly dispels erroneous assumptions. Through his prolific output of meetings, writings, conversations, and podcasts, Randall's sincerity has profoundly moved those that have a sincere desire to end psychological suffering.

This book is a work of joy, humor and warmth. In plain, simple language, completely devoid of mystical jargon, this text directly points to our true nature: pure seeing, the activity of knowing; unshakable peace and boundless freedom. You Are No Thing.

Very highly recommended.
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i found this book during a particularly stressful trip to London at Waterstones bookstore. It was the only advaita book there and the girl at the counter thought advaita was the same as ayurveda. I glanced through it and then sat on the couch to read further. I stayed rooted on the couch for two hours. Over the next few days, i carried it with me everywhere. Its been two weeks since then and I love re-reading passages. No commentary on other gurus or paths, no faffing around - Randall stays on the point in every word, every line.

I love the format of the book - each chapter is two-three pages long which begins with a concept such as time or experiencing, and leads swiftly to a 'checkmate' of the ego. The chapters are also organised in a way to reflect your growing understanding, and the questions that arise as your insight grows.

Strongly recommend this book for anyone looking for a simple, clear 'path' to now-here. A little gem that deserves to become a classic.
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One of the best books I've read in years: clear, readable, and spot on in its presentation of the reality of non-self. Afterall the books I've read over the years, I found myself saying, "Hmmm, never thought of that" or "What an insightful way to exemplify a complex concept". Most of all, this a book that drives home the fact that the seeking process is an illusion, as is everything else. As is this review.
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Randall's words are very clear and to the point. One of the most direct pointing to the clear and undeniable presences you'll find.

His uncopromising dedication to the Truth shines through clearly. Words have limitations when it comes to expressing non-duality, but Randall's expressions go beyond any limitation of language and speak right to the heart of the reader.
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This book is imbued with the very simplicity of what it points to. The genuineness in itself, which pervades every word, effortlessly contaminates the reader's mind with the ineffable. "Prajna", the encounter of mind and heart, is singularly and skillfully poured over the reader as Divine nectar. Thank you Randall Friend for this beautiful expression!
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Randall Friend's pointers about the nature of reality/non-duality are clear and succinct . Having read a lot of non-dual/advaita books, Randall Friend is one of my favorite authors. This book is no exception.
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