Here is an extract from the final chapter of James Swartz’s new book ‘The Essence of Enlightenment’. I haven’t read it all myself yet, but dipping into it at random shows that it is every bit as good as his ‘How to Attain Enlightenment’. It has, for me, his hallmark style of forthright, clear, informative writing, adhering to traditional teaching derived from scriptures and as interpreted by modern sampradAya-s. He has no qualms about bluntly (even brutally) exposing mistaken views but leaves the reader feeling uplifted, and with a much clearer understanding of even the most difficult topic.
Extract: Realization of Brahman from the new book by Raphael.
Raphael comments on 5 sutras from Bādarāyaṇa’s Brahmasūtra, which address the realization of Brahman and its identity with Atman. These extracts begin with the teaching of neti, neti.
3.2.23. That [Brahman] is unmanifest, for this is what [the Śruti] states.
We stand at the bow of our ship. The sky is clear, the sea is calm…Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find. –Walt Whitman
Recognizing Who You Are –
an extract from the forthcoming book by Enza Vita (and the offer to download the first 3 chapters).
You live in confusion and the illusion of things. There is a reality. You are that reality.
When you know that, you know that you are nothing, and in being nothing, are everything. That is all.
— Kalu Rinpoche
From Chapter 3: “Knowledge Must Apply Directly to the Whole”. This is the first volume (‘Understanding’) of a two-part work by Sally Ross (the second volume will be ‘Practice’). Sally’s teacher is Claudio, whose influences include Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, Suzuki Roshi, Ramesh, J. Krishnamurti, Shankara and Anandamayi Ma.
Introduction and part-chapter from the book by D. Venugopal, who is a student of Swami Parmarthananda and a direct disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda. He is also the author of the book ‘Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati – his uniqueness in the vedanta sampradaya’.
The topic is Brahman is the intelligent and the material cause.
Extract: Happiness is Here Right Now
from the book ‘Embracing the Now: Finding Peace and Happiness in What Is‘ by Gina Lake.