- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438252269
- ISBN-13: 978-1438252261
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,447,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awaken To The Here And Now: Completing Your Search For Enlightenment Paperback – July 11, 2008
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"I thought this book was very well written and sheds light on the advaita tradition of non-dual awareness which defines natural perception as the freedom of enlightenment. The author has taken 30 years of experience and translated his knowledge to point directly at liberation." -- Barclay V. Powers, Independent filmmaker and author of "The Answer."
This book belongs among the elite volumes (its neighbors THE BOOK by Alan Watts, BE HERE NOW by Ram Dass, and MERE CHRISTIANTY by C.S Lewis) that pragmatically illustrates the value of spiritual practice upon everyday life. It may well outstrip THE POWER OF NOW in its transformative power for troubled souls. -- David Bischoff, New York Times Bestselling Author
About the Author
Kevin Duffy was born on December 28, 1956 in New Albany, Indiana. He is a retired Naval Officer. He has a BS in Biology education from Purdue University, an AAS Computer Technology from University of the District of Columbia, and an MS in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School.
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Kevin Duffy, the author of "Awaken to the Here & Now" thinks that by merely grasping and accepting the concept of non-duality this means your enlightenment. I think the author has been searching for a long time, which is great, but he still has a long ways to go before he is ready to guide others to a destination where he has never been.
I read the book and wrote this review, however, for another reason; something unsettling that I would like to share. It is as follows:
When I watch YouTube videos of spiritual talks given by enlightened teachers, I observe that there are two kinds: The first kind possesses a certain vitality in his speech, his facial expression, his eyes-he is full of Life, full of love and compassion, and that energy radiates; the other kind does not.
Watch U.G. Krishnamurti, then watch Eckhart Tolle or Adyashanti. My point is, renouncing attachment to the organic world is only the first step; the one who has realized his timeless self (i.e. enlightened) still needs to return to the organic world and face his sufferings; he must use the light of his consciousness to dissolve all that were previously unconscious; only then is he completely free.
This second step is potentially much more arduous than the first, and is perhaps a life-time practice. Of course, if you remove yourself from modern society, away from sources of pain, you don't have to face them; but then how free are you?
Some of the above enlightened teachers are not truly free, they are still confined by some unconscious suffering (you can see on their faces); and so the vitality, the life energy, love and compassion is not yet able to shine through.
I loved the part about finding out who you really are. If you understand the discussion on quantum physics you realize that your physical body is not you. If you start stripping away the parts of your body, all thats left is all you are. You are perfect. You are God or the infinite wisdom.
Read this book with an open mind and begin it as if you have no previous beliefs and it will become very clear how to become enlightened. As you replace your old beliefs with the new ones life becomes much simpler and less stressful. You will begin to see we live in an illusion anyway and be able to just sit back and enjoy the ride.