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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; Revised edition edition (31 Jan. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938190121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938190127
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By sstflo on 28 Nov. 2013
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opened doors to a variety of thinking and patterns. I like the drawing of Menry (I guess is spelled this way) I bought the book for family and friends. I will recommend this book.
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Joel Kramer in '68 25 Feb. 2001
By John Selby - Published on
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I remember meeting Joel KRamer, author of The Passionate Mind, back in 1968 at a yoga group just north of San Francisco. I was a young searcher of truth who had experienced many of the teachers of the 60's ... and I found Joel to be a true gem, someone speaking from a depth of personal knowledge and experience, teaching a direct path to awakening the passion within each of us.
I still have an early copy of his book, and am just now ordering a new one for a friend, thirty-some years later (his later book was a bit too cerebral for me). His basic message, stated in short, clear prose, is that passion is to be found only in the present moment, and mainly through becomeing aware of the thoughts flowing through our minds ... and through the primal process of just watching (observing)our thoughts, they begin to self-correct.
I've based much of my deeper (spiritual) work as a therapist on Joel's early teachings, along with great insights learned from listening to Krishnamurti over the years ... and this book of Joel's (Passionate Living) is definitely invaluable to anyone on the spiritual path. I've quoted from the book in numerous of my own, and continue to practice his basic mind exercises for awakening true passion. The Passionate Mind is one of those texts that stays in your hands for years, being digested step by step ... and with great pleassssure!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An Amazing look at Oneself 26 Nov. 1999
By John D Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
Joel Kramer has done it again. First, his book with Diane Alstad ("The Guru Papers") is a marvelous treasure. This book, which, to me, owes a lot to the thinking of Krishnamurti, is a wonderful journey for anyone seeking to discover how to look at oneself. Actually, it's not about "how" to look, but about JUST LOOKING! Be prepared to become a whole person!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Most serious book 21 July 2000
By karl leicher - Published on
Format: Paperback
If read with deep seriousness this book becomes alive and imparts great insight! It imparts to the left brain what Krishnamurti's Notebook does to the right.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This Book Will Free You 25 Aug. 2005
By David Bingham - Published on
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In the early "70's" a friend and I challanged each other to read the other persons book which had the strongest influence on our young lives at that time. I don't even remember what I told Barney, my friend, what he should read. My challange was to read "The Passionate Mind" by Joel Kramer.

This book without a doubt has influenced me in many ways through out my life. It has released me from opressive ideas which had chained my mind with fear and guilt. I learned to see that many of my ideas and beliefs were arrogant and self-righteous.

It isn't necessary to believe, read it and experience real passion and freedom like you have never felt before.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book will blow you away! 2 Aug. 2006
By C. Sachs - Published on
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a very small book filled with some great big ideas...Joel has an interesting view of the world and our participation in it....the material focuses on the responsability of each of us regarding our well being and the well being of our planet...should be read by everyone who is into the study of self and the future of the human race...

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