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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Paragate Publishing; 1st Thus edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976578301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976578307
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,545,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Strand on 26 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
One of the most extraordinary books on non-duality to emerge over the last few years is "Perfect Brilliant Stillness" by David Carse. This book takes a very direct, honest and uncompromising approach to spirituality and spiritual awakening, and reading it means embarking on a journey beyond the individual self, to a place of stillness, oneness and clarity.

In the world of spirituality all words are but pointers to the ultimate truth, but David Carse comes closer than virtually all other authors and teachers in giving expression to that which truly is beyond words. "Perfect Brilliant Stillness" is an unusually profound and far-reaching work, and there's enough highly explosive spiritual dynamite in this book to enable it to act as a powerful catalyst to the reader's spiritual understanding and awakening.

David Carse is a writer of incredible clarity and depth, yet has a rather unusual way of writing and expressing himself. There is something raw and unpolished, wild and untamed about his writing, and this very unique style gives the book a freshness and vitality that's quite rare. This also helps to make the book virtually free from the many clichés and banalities often found in writings on non-duality, and it is almost as if it's consciousness or stillness itself that speaks through this book. "Perfect Brilliant Stillness" is a work of exceptional spiritual maturity, so much so that it deserves a place amongst the best books on non-duality ever written.

David Carse plays down the importance of his own person to such an extent that he even refers to himself as 'the david thing', yet in spite of this he skilfully interweaves aspects of his own journey into the book.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. Waite on 11 Jun. 2006
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The Self cannot be described but David Carse makes a very good effort. Quoting from Sufi and Taoist sages as well as Advaitin ones, he helps uncover the non-dual truth that is the essence of the phenomenal appearance. The language he uses is direct and carries the conviction of experience. In many books on Advaita there is the distinct feeling that what is said is in the realm of theory or based upon what has been read elsewhere; one is left in no doubt that this is not the case here. Although nothing new is being said, the material comes across so clearly, simply and self-evidently. And I think this is the key to why the book succeeds. The words carry the understanding to those seeking the explanations but they cannot prevent the heart-felt, mind-less, direct `knowing' from shining through and piercing the merely intellectual.

Although much is said about the inadequacy and ultimate failure of language to speak of reality, David's writing is very good. I have said in my own books that it is not possible to talk clearly about this subject without using the correct Sanskrit terminology but this book seems to give the lie to that statement. There are some very original metaphors and many brilliant, quotable observations. Sometimes, every other paragraph seems to contain a new profundity.

David is not a teacher of Advaita and specifically states that he does not teach. Beginners will probably not benefit and should perhaps look elsewhere to begin with. But, if you think you know it all already yet feel that `it' has still not clicked, this is definitely for you. It is the book for those who want to differentiate between intellectual understanding and realization.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. O'Hara on 22 Oct. 2009
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I love everything about this book: the length of it (this is complained of in a couple of other reviews); David's story of awakening / liberation in the Amazon jungle -- and suggestions that trotting off to said jungle will not do the trick; the way he clarifies confusions in relation to advaita, 'the path,' and how we view 'enlightened people (he does not give us anything to idolise, or make a set of rules out of); what it means to be liberated and how that messy old character with all its flaws can still persist after liberation; the many quotes from different sources; his sense of humour: everything. However, I can see that the book may not be for everyone; hopefully, all those who may find benefit in it will come across it... There is 'perfect brilliant stillness', it's there, lurking somewhere, ah there it is!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By fayezel on 27 Feb. 2009
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Here is a book which describes not prescribes. Inside, David Carse opens up this non dual reality we all fundamentally are. There are no methods and instructions here but there is a compendium of heartfelt streaming or outpouring. The strange thing is that the message of this book operates so deeply that you may not come out the other side...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dario on 5 Sept. 2013
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I found this book very helpful. The subject is very difficult to write about yet David Carse has managed to impart his wisdom in such a way that you get a real grasp of what it is that he has awakened to - what it is that many others including great Masters such as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj were speaking about. I find this author's writing illuminating, inspiring and encouraging. He has succeeded in giving the subject a clarity that is not often found in books about Advaita and he has done it with sincerity and honesty.
If books can be said to radiate a "Transformative" energy then this one has that special something, especially in the later chapters.
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