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The Enlightened Mind Paperback – May 26, 1993
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About the Author
Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.
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"If the mind is happy, not only the body but the whole world will be happy. So one must find out how to become happy oneself. Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the whole world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes".
"Gaining enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon doesn't get wet; the water isn't broken... The whole moon and the sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass".
"A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison to us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature".
"The Love-Religion has no code or doctrine. Only Love".
He doesn't realize that dissociation mimics enlightenment. If you split off from your traumas and bury them deep you really can seem to be at peace, and have that ever-present Buddha smile on your face. One wonders if the Buddha's smile was borne of dissociation. Certainly no lack of his followers have taken that path---yet just below the surface are cannonballs waiting to explode.
At times Stephen Mitchell, with his knack for writing annoying, all-too-clever little chapter intros that thankfully are italicized so they're easy to root out and skip over, also gravitates toward "enlightened minds" who just write nonsensical mishmash. Take his chapter by Franz Kafka. Half the stuff in it is unintelligible---yet its cleverness clearly has Mitchell hooked.
Three last gripes:
1. Although I liked the chapters by the two American Indians, especially the Seneca chief, I didn't find them so enlightened.Read more ›
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An inspiring book, handy to have for reference as well as moment to moment reading, Stephen Mitchelll 's language is very clarifying.Published 15 days ago by Wisdom on subject
I've had this book for years (this one was a gift) - keep it by my bedside and read the passages/excerpts over and over. Inspiring.Published 10 months ago by Grey Igloo
this is a wonderful little book. i would have never read Thomas Trahearn if not for this book and there are so many other to discoverPublished 13 months ago by Dennis B.
Beautiful selections covering the spectrum of teachings and writings about non-duality. Great book to just pick up from time to time and randomly open.Published on May 8, 2014 by Steve Zimmerman
Still reading this as it deserves study for the person interested in various ways to search for spiritual enlightenment in various traditions. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Vicky Ogle Reinhart
Behold two holy books: "The Enlighted Heart" and "The Enlighted Mind" by one and the same author: Stephen Mitchell. End of review.Published on June 8, 2013 by Popescu