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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the individual self
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.

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Published on 26 Oct 2010 by P. Strand

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1.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Blatant Silliness
I can't speak highly enough of this book: it's the height of self-delusion and self-indulgent verbosity. Carse is enlightened and if you don't believe it that just shows how little you understand. In fact he comes across all too clearly as just one more pitiful example of someone who has convinced himself he is enlightened and is desperate to prove it to the world,...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the individual self, 26 Oct 2010
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P. Strand "Laughing Buddha" (Nowhere in particular) - See all my reviews
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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. We learn that he died and was reborn while staying with an indigenous tribe in the heart of the Amazon jungle, and that it was only after his spiritual awakening that he started reading books on non-dual spirituality. He also started meeting some of the leading teachers of Advaita today, and had a close spiritual relationship with Ramesh Balsekar for more than two years.

This book was written by somebody who clearly doesn't want to draw too much attention to himself. It is stated quite specifically that he does not teach and even after 'the thing in the jungle' and all that followed on from that, yes even after writing this excellent book, he still works as a carpenter in Vermont.

The spiritual awakening that David Carse went through happened quite spontaneously, and without much in the way of previous spiritual practice or knowledge about non-duality and suchlike. He had never practiced meditation or any other spiritual disciplines and was never affiliated with any particular spiritual teachers before his awakening occurred deep in the Amazon jungle a few years ago. He was on his way to becoming a catholic priest many years prior to all this, but that seems rather irrelevant in the context of the kind of radical and total spiritual awakening he went through later.

"Perfect Brilliant Stillness" contains not only some of the most stark and direct statements of spiritual truth ever written, but also a lot of very interesting and enlightening comments on the current state of spirituality and spiritual practice in the western world. The text is sprinkled throughout with plenty of relevant quotes from many excellent spiritual teachers and authors such as Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Wei Wu Wei, Tony Parsons, Adyashanti, Jed McKenna, Robert Adams and Ramesh Balsekar, celebrated poets like Hafiz, Rumi and Kabir as well as a number of classic Zen masters from the more or less distant past.

"Perfect Brilliant Stillness" is an extraordinary book in all respects, yet it is clearly not a book that will be suitable for everybody. This book is a true gift for people who have gone beyond the ego or individual self or who are in the process of doing so, but the vast majority of spiritual seekers, people who are mainly trying to improve themselves or become better or more spiritual people, will probably not find it particularly helpful. It's certainly not a self-help book, in fact it would be more accurate to say it's a book that is more likely to dismantle the self altogether.

To give potential readers a taste of the flavour of Perfect Brilliant Stillness, it might be useful to quote the first few paragraphs from the author's preface, which he calls 'The fine print':

"There are many books out there that will help you to live a better life, become a better person, and evolve and grow to realize your full potential as a spiritual being.

This is not one of them.

At the time of this writing, almost every popular spiritual teacher in America and Europe is teaching that ultimate spiritual enlightenment, once attained only by certain yogis, gurus and other extraordinary beings, can now be yours; that reading their book or attending their seminar will help you toward that end.

This book will tell you that these ideas are absurd, because it's quite obvious that neither you nor anything else has ever existed."
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Direct, 11 Jun 2006
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D. Waite (Dorset , UK) - See all my reviews
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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. I have also noted that it seems to receive praise from both traditional and neo-Advaitins - and that is praise indeed!

The only adverse comment that I would make - and it is a warning for potential readers as much as anything else - is that the early chapters do go on a bit! So, if you find that, don't be put off and give up; keep reading - it just gets better... and better!

Dennis Waite, author of "Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book, 22 Oct 2009
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S. O'Hara (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the beautiful truth, 29 July 2013
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took a while to get there but the book says it all......I feel the need to say that when you read this you will understand there is nothing else
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books, 5 Sep 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect brilliant book., 19 Aug 2013
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Having chased the tail for several years, read the Works, sat with the Teachers, drank the Tea, I stumbled upon this brilliance. A Most direct and clear pointer that resonates deeply in the heart of no-one here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 11 Jun 2013
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Somehow David Carse manages to find a way to express the inexpressible in this rarest of books. It is not a cosy self-help book for the masses. Rather, it is about annihilation of the separate individual self, which may only appeal to the few who are driven in that direction. For those few, it is simply perfect!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewel in the crown, 15 Feb 2009
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If you buy one book on the subject of non-duality, stillness, awareness or which ever word you choose to describe THAT which cannot be described,I would suggest you buy this one and save yourself money by not buying loads of books which point to the same thing but not so well.
This book cuts through the silly arguments about traditional methods v neo-advaita or direct teaching and gets straight to the point.
The point is, as painfull as it may seem, there is no you to get it or achieve anything in the way of enlightenment.
Only when you are seen through is there a chance it may be (or maybe not) revealed. With some beautiful passages from Rumi, it is a gem of a book.
I wholeheartedley recommend this book to no-one.

Rob.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mimicry or for real? Who Carse!, 15 Jun 2014
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The forced that manifested through the Ramana Maharshi thing and the Nisargadatta Maharaj body has re-manifested and written a book via the David Carse thing.

Is he a Jnani? If this book appeared 100 years ago, then the answer is a big YES! But the way a virgin can easily fake the noises because porn video sites, the talented writer can fake it because of the Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj books.

Saying this, it doesn't matter because sometimes a faker can communicate the message better than the real deal and it helps us immensely that this book is available because it is a definite guide to the place we want to get to.
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