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Suttree [SUTTREE VINTAGE INTL/E]
Suttree [SUTTREE VINTAGE INTL/E]
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5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite American novel..., June 20, 2016
I am rereading this brilliant classic-to-be and every few years when I reread it I am again newly amazed at how awesome this book is. It's very funny and heartbreakingly sad at the same time. The structure of the story, the characters, their conversations, the drunken debauchery, the money-making schemes-- It's Huck Finn on steroids and in overdrive. The beauty of the flawless consistent voice is close to pure poetry. [in a good way].

If you love great intelligent literary writing, as I do, do not miss this one.

A truly astonishing work of art!


The Meaning of Human Existence
The Meaning of Human Existence
by Edward O. Wilson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining wisdom we should all pay attention to..., June 16, 2016
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Suppose you had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in the shade by the river with one of the smartest most accomplished people you will ever know. After a few beers he begins to tell you what his long lifetime of science and deep thought has taught him and what he thinks could happen in the future. He addresses the BIG questions. As an added bonus he happens to be a great imaginative story teller and funny, too.

If you recorded it all this might be the transcript.

This is the plain vanilla straight scientific view right from the lecture halls of Harvard [!] no less. Human origins and our ultimate destiny and much more... No hint of mysticism or meaning beyond the 'what you see is what you get' variety. Well, all right, every point of view deserves to be heard in my opinion. Whether or not one agrees totally with this pure existential humanistic point of view, it is clear the scientist who wrote it believes it. He makes his case in a clear and interesting way that is fun and enlightening reading.

Great book!


Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
by Sam Harris
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars We're here anyway--might as well wake up now..., May 20, 2016
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Are you awake? Am I? The devil is in the definitions, of course.

Sam Harris paid his dues-- those of us who have read some of his books know he is not a sentimental believer of fairy tales or pie in the sky.
He makes the case here, and makes it very brilliantly, that we waste our lives mesmerized by thought habits we believe constitute real thinking when in fact there is a further brighter step yet to go: recognizing the unblemished one consciousness that is the real nature of us all.

As Ramana Maharshi used to say, 'happiness is our real nature' -- Sam Harris now says so, too.


Why I Am An Agnostic
Why I Am An Agnostic
by Robert Green Ingersoll
Edition: Paperback
Price: $4.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear short easy-to-read summary of the agnostic way to real freedom..., April 27, 2016
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This review is from: Why I Am An Agnostic (Paperback)
Robert Ingersoll is/was a great American hero. He worked tirelessly for years to help his fellow human beings escape from the mind-numbing trap of irrational religious belief. Here in this short book he very eloquently presents a succinct summary of his well reasoned point of view.

This book can be an excellent addition to your own 'truth' collection or is also ideal to handoff to someone who struggles with seeing and facing the existential facts of human life on this planet.

Give me Reason over Faith every time. Here Ingersoll does just that and does it exceedingly well.

Enjoy!


I Was Amish: A personal story of an Amish girl and her life
I Was Amish: A personal story of an Amish girl and her life
by Malinda Detweiler
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting first-person account of suffering, surviving... and thriving..., January 22, 2016
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I loved this book.

The voice is so authentic and sincere, sorrowful yet hopeful, grieving but forgiving, and with a rare deep honesty that spares no one including most of all herself.

This story is a perfect depiction of the horror, the needless suffering, the shame and pain that ignorance and superstition inflicts upon its victims. Some Amish are very nice people, there is no doubt of that; but those individuals are the very ones that would also make nice Catholics, Hindus, or Buddhists or whatever else they may have landed in by accident of birth. The Amish, as portrayed in this memoir,
[and as I know from my own past experience] make a fetish out of ignorance. Admirers call it being 'simple' and 'plain.' They are thought to be very spiritual when what they really are is superstitious and fearful. That's what will always happen in a tight-knit community [call it what it is: cult] where a woeful lack of education and the most childish literalist religious beliefs are considered virtues and actually even soul-saving necessities.

O. K, maybe some of the grammar and word usage and general organization of the material in this book are not world class according to current collegiate composition standards, but the story itself, the pure natural artistry of the primitive voice and the deep sincerity of the author's need and effort to tell her story carries the day and makes the book worth buying, reading, and admiring.


Women of Wisdom
Women of Wisdom
by Paula Marvelly
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred Feminine is Alive and Well, November 23, 2015
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I only very recently happened upon this wonderful book of the sacred feminine and have been happily savoring the rich banquet over the past few days. Ms Marvelly has produced a, well, marvelous book of great spiritual knowledge with some emphasis on the role inspired and gifted women have played throughout history.

Here we have a collection of stories of women that expressed their spiritual ecstasy and wisdom through poetry and writings and, indeed, by their very lives and actions. From Enheduanna to Yeshe Tsogyal, from Parvati and Sita to Sappho to Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila-- and dozens more. The author shares stories of their lives and character and samples of their great poetry and wisdom teachings. But this is not only a 'women's book', far from it, the author always keeps everything in balance and shows how the feminine is the too often unrecognized essential essence of the healthy Realization of Wholeness, the One, the Truth.

From the Prologue: "There are...a number of people throughout the course of history who have tasted the joy of their immortal selves, the freedom of the immanent Source, the infinite bliss of I Am. And some of those have sought to explain this ineffable state...."

Ms Marvelly has a lot to offer us in adding to our greater understanding of the Feminine, the One, the 'ineffable state'. Not only is this book a great pleasure to read, it is inspiring and enlightening in the true sense of those words. Enjoy.


The Ribhu Gita/(Sixth Amsa Of Siva Rahasyam)
The Ribhu Gita/(Sixth Amsa Of Siva Rahasyam)
by Saint Ribhu/Translated by Dr.Lingeswar Rao and Dr.Anil Sharma with support from T.Venkateswar Rao
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars the 'Bible' of Advaita Vedanta ?, November 4, 2015
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This is a wonderful new edition of the ancient classic. Highly recommended.

some sample text:
"Constant vigilance, forbearance and self-scrutiny are essential. Discharging one's duty with reverence and humility, one must push forth in parallel with one's spiritual practices."

"I am bliss. I am without a remainder. I am birthless. I am the immortal. I am eternal-- with such certitude, I am ever perfect and of the eternal intelligence...I am Consciousness alone."

"Giving up all lessons, one should practice this scripture. Giving up all practices, one should practice this scripture...giving up even the Guru, one should practice this scripture."


Blueprints for Awakening: Rare Dialogues With 16 Indian Masters On The Teachings Of Sri Ramana Maharshi (includes PAL/computer viewed trailer DVD)
Blueprints for Awakening: Rare Dialogues With 16 Indian Masters On The Teachings Of Sri Ramana Maharshi (includes PAL/computer viewed trailer DVD)
by Premananda
Edition: Paperback
Price: $34.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening anthology, November 4, 2015
a very fine collection of interviews with Indian 'spiritual masters.' the dialogs are mostly geared toward these individuals' understanding of Ramana's teachings. the book as a whole is excellent--well worthwhile. the CD of the same name is also excellent...


Absolute Heaven: Essential Choral Masterpieces
Absolute Heaven: Essential Choral Masterpieces
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD of the hundreds i have..., February 13, 2015
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My knowledge of music is simply 'by ear' and I know nothing about the technicalities. I love all kinds of music-- everything from Rock, to Jazz, to Classical, and Opera, even a little New Age and occasional Country and more...

This is the 'go to' recording for me; always stunningly beautiful and with a wide variety of, yes, heavenly music.


Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness
Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness
by Maharshi Ramana
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars As clear as words can make it..., March 21, 2014
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Ramana is a modern era phenomenon. Here in his own words are numerous pointers for the seeker of actual truth. Truth must be the authentic universal experience of the pure heart and mind at its very best. Ramana can direct the reader toward fulfillment of that very highest human potential. What else could life and consciousness really be about?

This book is well above and beyond mere 'faith' and 'belief.' Ramana says find out who you really are and then see if you still have your questions......


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