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The Bliss of Ignorance [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan X Turner
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It’s rare to find a book that is so shocking in its revelation and yet so consoling at the same time.

Turner takes us on a trip of discovery as he revisits the line of reasoning that brought him to a recognition of his basic ignorance. He describes in methodical detail how he came to realize that he simply had no idea what he was. In doing so, he challenges our most fundamental ideas about ourselves and reveals our inability to attain any certainty in our search for absolute truth.

The author goes on to describe the blissful life of one who no longer has any delusions about what they know and explains how much simpler and more joyful life suddenly becomes when the obsessive search for truth is abandoned.

This is not a book of worthy but tedious ramblings about abstract philosophical ideas with no connection to everyday life. It is the expression of a radical viewpoint that pushes us towards a transformation in the way that we view our very being and the apparent lives that we live.

If this compelling book fails to shock and intoxicate the reader, it is most likely because its implications have not been fully understood. This work has the potential to overthrow a lifetime of conditioning, to liberate the mind from its shackles and to point the way towards the end of suffering.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 46 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R3MUJE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special 5 Jun. 2014
By Siskar
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This book thoroughly irritated me in the beginning as I thought it was a form of nihilism and seeing ignorance as something to be embraced. Or worse still, a kind of New Age platitude to find a safe place within to avoid the realities of this world in favour of naval gazing. Well, big assumption on my part, highlighting my own latent beliefs and judgements.

It was only by Chapter 5 that I saw where he was really going with it.

It is extremely well thought out and intelligent book designed to break down the scourge of belief systems currently poisoning the potential lying within us all.

He differentiates between a form of addictive, obsessive need to find the Truth and a healthy quest for knowledge which incorporates the idea that truth is indeed relative and no absolute truth is possible to find. It is here that acceptance and surrender ushers in true freedom from suffering whilst encouraging service to others. Our relentless journey to fill ourselves up with theories and beliefs only causes suffering and judgment and letting go of all this inevitably creates peace within. Does it sound obvious? well, maybe but the devil is in the details.

Non-identification with beliefs and our own habitual need for self-importance is displaced in favour of the fact that WE DO NOT KNOW at this level of existence. What we can know is that we exist. So, what are we going to do with that fact? The first step is to let go and stop this relentless expansion to know based on our own conditioning. Stop. Pause and trust the mystery of which we are part.

The only truth is that we know nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ignorance is bliss 10 Jan. 2015
By docmarc
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It's rather comforting to know that my stupidity may be my salvation. I have, through my life, read a number of books on spirituality, each one having been a steppingstone from the book before on my path across the river. Each steppingstone taking me a little closer to the other shore, but also always leaving me surrounded by water and the knowledge that there were still unanswered questions, something which didn't quite make sense. Jonathan Turner's profoundly simple book is the final step to the other shore. No more steppingstones, accept the bliss of knowing that I can never know! No more wondering what is the purpose of being, just be! An old Chinese poem says "words don't make a man understand, it takes a man to understand the words".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written - Might (or might not) be helpful 22 Jun. 2014
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Mmmm - I (if I am an individual) have never (as far as I know), wrestled in the same way as Jonathan Turner, with the meaning of my existence and the reality or otherwise of being a person on a trajectory from birth to death. At times it has crossed my mind that I might be a simulation in a cosmic computer game, or that I might wake up each day being a totally different person. But that is about as far as I have got. Nevertheless, Jonathan gives a good argument about how we can never know the truth about our own existence, about the existence of others or the existence and workings of the world in general. So, according to his philosophy all our notions about our existence etc. are beliefs (predicated on "consciousness" and we have no idea what that is)... beliefs which we need to give up or suspend in order to live at peace, without anxiety. We need to act and respond in the present experience of ourselves as entities perceiving now, and act (non judgementally) to do the best for other perceived entities and for our own health and wellbeing. Sounds good. However, he argues, to be able to function in our perceived world we need to behave "as if" some of these beliefs are true without actually believing them. Not sure I can get my head around this but I will certainly give it some thought (actually I may not be able to trust my own thought as it is mysterious as the rest of me). Seriously, I will read this book again and ponder on it, as it feels as though it might contain some grains of helpfulness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true Pyrrhonist (whatever that may be) 11 Mar. 2015
By Anatta
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The ultimate truth of things which is that the ultimate truth itself a an never be known as all knowing are beliefs, and beliefs are what you presume to be true but are not provable to be true. Ultimately all these words in this book cannot be taken to be true either but that's the very beauty of what is implied for everything else as well as these words, in this book, and yes, even in this review.......and yet these words flow without really knowing what they mean.
Relatively speaking this book is very useful to see what many things are taken for as truth are not really knowable as truth except through beliefs and all beliefs are suspect to be true.
This message was also discovered by Pyrrho of Ancient Greece and the teachings are called Pyrrhonism or Skepticism. The state that the author talks about when he mentions being at peace with the bliss of ignorance is called 'ataraxia' (whatever all that means of course). I'm only stating this if one has more interest in understanding these principles (if there is any want to understand anything after this anymore ☺️)
Gratitude to the author (whoever or whatever that is😊)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very short, but could be even shorter
I like this book, but to be honest one page could contain all the information in it.
Published 4 months ago by Tom
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing of any real practical value
Having read several of the five star reviews, I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, it fails to deliver. There is nothing new or surprising here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Grayhambo
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unusual, but in the second chapter got a little bored.
An interesting material to read, if you are ready to consider your existing views about life and being. Read more
Published 5 months ago by HOLENDERA
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Totally pretentious psychobabble
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Bliss really is ignorance
One can truly appreciate the simple and uncomplicated nature of truth and the way it will unfold in daily life. This little book is brill...love how it's put together.
Published 10 months ago by roy forman
5.0 out of 5 stars simple and effective
This really resonates, definitely worth the read. The author has cut through all of the spiritual stuff and all that's left is the 'is ness of 'I exist'.
Published 10 months ago by juleee
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air
If even half the world consciously lived from this bliss of ignorance, using a basic philanthropic code of conduct .... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Suzie
3.0 out of 5 stars States the question, but not the answer. Read ...
States the question,but not the answer.Read J.Khrishnamurti but still no answer.At least he seemed to get the bliss.
Published 10 months ago by Reboot
5.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming
this is the best book I've ever read. I felt a deep feeling of peace and being at ease. this will relieve you of all suffering.
Published 11 months ago by Melissa
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