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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (24 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883319684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883319687
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THERE ARE THREE major components of physical immortality: the philosophy of physical immortality, the psychology of unraveling the death urge, and the physiology of physical immortality, which involves basis principles of body mastery. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elskamp on 9 May 2011
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Very nice to read stuff about some of the living immortals but the advice given in this book is only partially their teachings with a lot of added material by Orr himself - a bit ego minded as it is viewed as a goal of live (as Maharishi would say, who wants it?). Most of the immortal masters keeping their body alive for a long time seem to have a couple of things in common - not eating, sungazing and living without ego. Tat Wale Baba, Devraha Baba and Brahmarishi are well documented people and people like Prahlad Jani show the possibility of living without food nor water. So if you are really feeling a gravitational pull, go visit the masters yourself. Babaji has a new body visited by some yogis already, among other Vishwananda who talks about his meetings with him and people like Brahmarishi (north of Madurai - south India) and Bartrihari south of New Delhi give you a real experience.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 1999
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Reading this book is a way of reducing the gap between immortal yogis and yourself! This book is very inspiring both as spiritual guidelines and as practical wisdom for everyday life. It made me feel the urge to follow these simple examples to come closer to the spiritual reality. A good contribution to the litterature on religion and new-age and also making the gap between these two smaller. If you feel attracted to it at this stage, don't doubt a second more!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Revolutionary perspective 31 Jan 2004
By SF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First discovering this book years ago I purchased a dozen copies and gave them to friends. Not many of these friends actually found that the book spoke to them. Some even dropped me from their list of desirables. How audacious they said, "you must be afraid of dying"! This is not surprising as the idea of physical immortality appeals to very few people. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.
The more I have investigated the subject and applied the principles that Leonard speaks of, the more I become alive and vital, and the more effortless is the enjoyment of this marvelous breathing experience we call "existing as human". This book then is one to read and return to, not for it's literary brilliance as one reviewer complained, but because it creates a new invaluable perspective of our possilities. As the Nobel prize winning poet, Theodore Rhedke (spelling?) says, "What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible." After reading this you may want to explore, Sondra Ray, Robert Coon, Analee Skarin, SATPREM'S The Mind of the Cells, and go to the website, [...] to mention only a few other sources of inspiration.
By the way, I saw Leonard in January 2004 and he looks ageless, relaxed and is full of fun and laughter. Perhaps these principles when applied bear delicious fruit!
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! Cutting edge spirituality clearly explained.Buy! 24 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Far and away superior to the usual superficial cliches that pass for "spiritual or New Age" writings these days. Really useful information you can use to make your life better and more Holy in a real and practical way. This is the kind of wisdom you usually have to spend 20 years in a cave in India to get. Written in clear, concise, and understandable prose. Beautiful. Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Breaking the Death Habit; The Science of Everlasting life 8 Mar 2006
By G. Kingi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It is incredible. About a year ago I started seriously thinking about my own immortality but not really knowing how to begin to achieve my divine right of immortality. Leonard maps it out with humor, sensitivity and wisdom. It should be a must read on everyone's list. I am now practicing daily water/fire/earth and air purification according to Leonard's suggestions. Next will be over-coming the food/sleep addiction that we all seemingly have. Who knows I just might make it to immortality. Do yourself a favor and buy the book and then read it and then love yourself enough to start the purification processes as outlined by Leonard. Namasti. GK - Los Angeles
50 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Better writing and presentation would help 23 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I typically like to be presented with ideas and concepts with enough information presented in an such a way that I will reach the same conclusion as the author or presenter has done him or herself.
When information is being presented to promote one's viewpoint on any topic, be it life, love, death, etc. I want to be taken into this world in a descriptive and visualized way in order to sense on my own what THIS experience really is. I believe this would be generally called objectivity. Mr. Orr would do much better working with this.
Breaking The Death Habit unfortunately has a habit of presenting information in both structure and prose that reads more like the advertising of an expensive vitamin plan, which includes useful facts, first account stories, new terms ("death urge" is my favorite marketing ploy used in the book), and enough negative reinforcement to drop everything and head to the mountains in order to stop this terrible thing called death that we have all subscribed to. And by the way, it's a really really bad thing if you don't do something right now about it!
What this book really needs is a rewrite. There are some very interesting accounts of immortality here, along with education from terms, thoughts, physical exercizes, that can be quite useful.
What this book contains in its presentation is negativity and reinforcement, which is ironic to this reader, because Mr. Orr has a section of the book specifically aimed at organized religion and how it's negativity and reinforcement creates fear and misinformation to the masses.
I think Mr. Orr can learn much from his own writing.
Also, there are better ways of presenting a singular, personal experience without the reader feeling like he or she is less relevant than the writer. It takes away from the overall character of what the book's message is all about.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
this book will alter the way you conceptualize reality. 17 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book will give you a basic introduction to the the immortal yogis of India. It also includes some helpful guidelines for spiritual purification that work! For seekers of all kinds
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