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Mouni Sadhu is the mystical name taken by Dymitr Sudoski, a noted Occultist and Mystic of the first half of the Twentieth Century. The word "mouni" means silent and "sadhu" refers to a wandering holy man. The author has tried many paths on the route to self-realization, and is uniquely qualified to relate the truths in this book. Steeped in the Hermetic schools which abounded at the turn of the 19th century, then embracing the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi and Vichara-yet never forgetting his Catholic faith-Mouni Sadhu successfully advances our mental synthesis and leads us to the door of True Self. Mouni's writing was based not only on rigorous study of the texts of his day, but on personal experience and diligent practice.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Wilshire Book Company; Revised edition (December 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879800232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879800239
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ian Andrews on July 14, 2001
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In the late 1960's and early 70's there was a phrase that was made popular which went, "Tell it the way it is." It came about as a result of the falsehoods which society was being inundated with from all sides of life. People, and especially the young people of that time, were tired of being lied to. In this book, published over four decades ago, Mouni Sadhu "tells it the way it is" in regard to the art and discipline of meditation. He pulls no punches and does not try to sugar coat the cold, hard facts about the development of the ability to concentrate and its necessity in being able to meditate properly.
Mouni Sadhu is the religious name taken by a Westerner who studied with Sri Ramana Maharshi, a famous and much beloved Indian spirtual teacher who passed away at the mid-point of the twentieth century. The word "mouni" means "silent" and "sadhu" refers to a wandering holy man of the Hindu faith. Though the author had tried many paths on the route to self-realization, it wasn't until he came upon his Indian teacher Sri Ramana that he managed to successfully break through the ego's hard exterior and into the infinity of being. He is therefore a bona fide spokesman for the truths which he recollects in this book.
Written in a simple and easily understandable style, Concentration is a classic among books on the art of meditation. Published, as it was, before our fascination with things "New Agey," it dispells many of the myths and misconceptions that have arisen and been promoted out of that movement. And for this reason alone, for the preservation of the truth, it is worth its weight in gold.
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This is a excellent book. It is not a difficult read, although it should be read carefully for understating of the subtle issues being addressed in the book. It is truly as the title says, a guide to mental mastery. But I must warn readers. Reading this book is not a assurance of mental mastery. A reader must be deligent and patient with the exercises in the book, in order to reap the long term benefits. I hope others can will gain by reading this book as well
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Training your mind to concentrate is one of the most difficult, but one of the most rewarding, tasks that you will ever undertake. This book is a guide through this difficult process. There is no royal road to mastering yor mind, but this book at least sets out some good guide posts.
My only quibble with the book is the author's fascination with his Indian Guru, and his acceptance of the Indian Hindu belief structure. This is not a serious enough quibble to harm the utility of the book. I reccomend it to all who wish to make their mind their tool.
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I note that the listed publication date is 1986. I purchased my copy in 1966. This book DESERVES a long sales life, being the most masterful work of its kind ever done. If you want to achieve pure concentration in its highest form and are willing to expend the necessary effort, buy and use this book!
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When I first encountered this little gem of a book, I read it once through and didn't give it too much thought afterward. I was mainly interested in improving my concentration in an effort to strengthen my intellect, and, at the time, it seemed to me that there were better ways of doing this. This probably isn't the case, though. While Sadhu's exercises are almost insanely difficult, they are practically guaranteed to bring results. And the great thing is that much of the advice offered in the book is compatible with almost any theological or philosophical outlook. The only thing that I found a little off-putting about the book is all the Eastern mysticism and such that Sadhu makes references to and seems to believe in. That's not even nearly enough to detract in any way from this book's value, though.
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Any time you spend reading from this book and doing the exercises, no matter how minimal your discipline, will be time well spent.
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This book isn't on any best seller this and still if you want to learn how to concentrate, this is it. I've had the book for a little over 2 yrs and have only finished half of the exercises. When you think you've performed exercises adequately you haven't, go back and do it again. This book will test your will power but what you gain is worth the work you put in to it
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I have been an off and on again student on Yoga in its many forms for four decades. This book gives a practical, step-by-step guide to the application of the principals at the heart of Yoga. The instructions allow the student to cut through the dogma and get to the essence of mastering the mind.
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