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Advaitaholics Anonymous: Sobering Insights for Spiritual Addicts Kindle Edition
Shiv Sengupta experienced a powerful awakening in his twenties after suffering from years of debilitating depression. He realized that awakening wasn’t a solution in itself, but a glimpse into the right way of approaching the problem of personal existence. A problem that he spent the next decade investigating without resorting to metaphysical rationalizations, spiritual belief systems or cut-and-dry scientific explanations.
Teachers, practices, rituals, communities... in short spiritual culture, is the very thing standing in our way, according to Shiv. This ‘culture of spirituality’ is a decoy. A distraction designed to keep our vision constantly looking away from what is most evident. As long as we continue to outsource our truth-seeking to middlemen and institutions (who are more than happy to oblige us) the only truth we can hope to find is an off-the-rack variety—grossly hyped, overpriced and lacking any real substance.
With raw honesty, charming profanity and a caustic wit, Shiv Sengupta, draws our attention to some of the most fundamental questions about reality and human existence while refusing to settle for any of the rote answers that have been provided to us by scriptures, teachers and philosophers. In fact, he provides no answers of his own. Instead, he insists that it is up to each individual to determine truth by themselves.
Shiv began sharing his reflections on a Facebook page called ‘Advaitaholics Anonymous’ which gained a large readership amongst veteran spiritual seekers. This book is a compilation of his selected essays and serves as testimony of a man who has found his own mind.
Shiv is married with two daughters. A Canadian citizen born and raised in India, he can be contacted via his website: advaitaholics.com.
- ASIN : B08M6BKLRN
- Publisher : New Sarum Press (October 28, 2020)
- Publication date : October 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2518 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 257 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #397,238 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book speaks to an audience who is ready to hear about this HUMANITY. After having his own awakening experience, only to find that he still very much experienced his own HUMANITY, he decided to share his experience. I found his writing to be clear, honest, and humorous. Whether someone who is still holding tightly to his/her concepts about Enlightenment would find this book helpful or not, I can't say. We are all exactly where we are, and our experience is absolutely appropriate. But, for me, the message of the book was liberating and very helpful, and if, as you read this review, you are feeling like you have heard it all and tried everything and nothing has worked, you might want to give it a quick read and check in with yourself.
May we all find our own Peace in ourselves.
Because it was like a guilty suspicion finally being given permission to have its say in my mental space. That the various projects of spiritual progress were founded on several misapprehensions and in some cases, outright lies. And that even having the "wow" experience is not some final cheat code to the rigors and confusion of everyday living. Here, Shiv points to sanity as the ultimate possibility of relinquishing the pursuit for something "better." The sanity we'd always wanted but had been overlooking searching for the spiritual goodies. And while it can be a bitter pill to swallow (seeing the sunk cost fallacy play out in oneself is never flattering), I found both it and the subsequent book very worthy of reading and subsequent reflection.
And for what it's worth, it's even an entertaining read. Having lived in multiple lands myself, I loved his perspective on how different people and cultures influenced his thinking and upbringing.
Shiv had his own spiritual awakening many years ago, but refused to be sucked into the self promotional racket of spirituality. He is sometimes coarse in his language, but also unflinching in challenging the dogma, hypocrisy and irrationality of much of the non dual enterprise.
I found his book refreshing and illuminating, and oddly positive and helpful. I believe his book and Robert Saltzmans The Ten Thousand Things, brothers in spirit, have saved me from possibly decades of chasing a carrot on a stick. And left me simply appreciating the ordinary daily gift of being alive.
Your "faith" and "dogma" may be left in tatters, but what remains will be real. A rare gift in the field of spirituality.