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The Nature of Consciousness: Essays on the Unity of Mind and Matter Paperback – June 1, 2017
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Over the past 40+ years, I have immersed myself ardently in most of the great wisdom traditions of the world. This has included intensive practice of vipassana and Tibetan Vajrayana meditation with a number of excellent teachers. For the past 15 years, my main focus has been Advaita Vedanta, Dzogchen and Mahamudra.
I have been a very enthusiastic follower of Rupert since I watched his interview with Iain McNay on Conscious TV in early July, 2011. Since then, I have watched well over 100 of his YouTube videos, each one of which I've regarded as an impeccable work of art. I've been so impressed with a number of them that I have laboriously transcribed them into Word documents. Of the many excellent teachers of non-duality I've been exposed to, I have consistently regarded Rupert as second to none. Unfortunately, I have not been able to meet him in person or attend any of his live retreats.
I had been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book since I learned about it on Facebook, anticipating that it would be absolutely superb. I ordered two copies as soon as it became available--one for my grandson and the other for myself. My high expectations for it have been much more than fulfilled.
As anyone familiar with non-duality is well aware, imparting an understanding of it in language, which is intrinsically dualistic, is all but impossible. In this regard, Rupert has more than accomplished the impossible. I cannot imagine any serious, open-minded person reading this earthshaking book without gaining at least a clear intellectual understanding of non-duality, including its many subtleties. Through the artful use of carefully chosen metaphors and analogies, Rupert elegantly offers a very gradual, systematic, highly redundant and comprehensive, spoonfed overview of non-duality, starting with the very basics and proceeding to what is by far the most advanced exposition that I have ever come across. In reading it, I have repeatedly experienced a great many surprising epiphanies and, again and again, have recognized how his masterful explication elucidates pith teachings from other non-dual wisdom traditions, as well as the deep insights of a number of great literary giants.
Since I have come to a very deep conviction that non-duality is the ultimate and necessary antidote for the materialistic madness that increasingly threatens the very survival of civilization, I am rapturously delighted that Rupert has provided a very timely and highly user-friendly map to this magnificently liberating paradigm of ultimate Reality, or "God's infinite being," as he defines it. May it quickly gain the popularity it so rightfully deserves and virally offer massive impetus to a non-dual renaissance out of the Kali Yuga into the Sat Yuga.
In one of your retreats someone asked "How do you know when this understanding and teaching have successfully infiltrated and dethroned the separate self"
Your response was: "When thoughts and feelings can no longer take you away from your true nature".
They no longer take me, awareness, away. Thank you Rupert.
For those unfamiliar with the topic, Spira's books would probably be the very last one's I'd recommend.
For those with a track record, though, I don't think anyone wields language with the exacting precision he does, which makes these pointers (which is all language could ever be) the most relentlessly direct and effective I can possibly imagine.
He is never succinct. And you will read the screen/movie metaphor more times than you thought you would in a lifetime. But no word is out of place, and, I mean, the unmistakable seeing of truth is apparent on every page.
Also I like the plain white cover.