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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt to clarify enlightenment
"Who am I?" is the question that comes up often or atleast once in the life time of every thinking, rational being. This question has been studied and answered by several thinkers over the ages. Is there really a separate entity? Or is the sense of separation/ego an illusion? Advaitins (Non-dualists) maintain that the concept of ego as a distinct entity is an illusion or...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly interesting
I think this book will be of interest to anyone who is completely new tothe idea that there is no such thing as 'enlightenment', at least not inthe way we have traditionally thought about it. The author demystifiesenlightenment thoroughly; the style is laid back, with no mysticalreferences or convoluted language. The author does their best to offersimple activities to try...
Published on 21 April 2004


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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt to clarify enlightenment, 22 Aug. 2004
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S V SWAMY "swamy-reviews" (Hyderabad, India) - See all my reviews
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"Who am I?" is the question that comes up often or atleast once in the life time of every thinking, rational being. This question has been studied and answered by several thinkers over the ages. Is there really a separate entity? Or is the sense of separation/ego an illusion? Advaitins (Non-dualists) maintain that the concept of ego as a distinct entity is an illusion or a trick perpetrated by the ego. Other thinkers have come up with different schools of thought. Jan Kersschot explores this question and the logical follow ups to this question in his earlier book, "Coming Home" and in the present book.
The author doesn't ask for much of believing and accepting. He asks the reader to explore the subject in an objective manner, but at the same time doesn't leave the reader to rediscover the wheel all by him/herself. He provides many insights from other philosophers and thinkers of various ages and lands/religions. He extracts the common ideas and suggests some innovative experiments to the reader to check out these ideas.
The book is certainly thought provoking and will appeal to an intelligent and persistent reader. Persistent because the book is not uniformly easy to read. One may need to read it a little at a time or reread it two or three times before one could say, "Aha! It is now clear!"
There are many books on the subject but Jan's is probably unique in not asking the reader to accept the metaphysical concepts without questioning and experience. A good read and a good attempt to clarify enlightenment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly interesting, 21 April 2004
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I think this book will be of interest to anyone who is completely new tothe idea that there is no such thing as 'enlightenment', at least not inthe way we have traditionally thought about it. The author demystifiesenlightenment thoroughly; the style is laid back, with no mysticalreferences or convoluted language. The author does their best to offersimple activities to try and give the reader a real experience of what heis talking about - some of them were interesting, while others weremystifying. If you really feel you are searching, then this may help youto come home to yourself; I cannot say I enjoyed reading it, however and Iwould recommend other authors such as Tony Parsons, Eckhart Tolle or ByronKatie as better examples of this kind of philosophy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening journey into yourself, 5 Feb. 2003
By distilling years of personal research and experience in medicine, philosophy and meditation into this easy-to-understand guide to present awareness, Jan Kersschot has created a work that can bring about rapid and profound changes in how you see the world and how you live your life.
Do yourself a favour. Read this with an open mind and come home, to your real home which is your shining awareness. It may give you peace of mind. This book may even bring an end to your spiritual search.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful message, 6 Feb. 2003
Reading Jan's book and sensing the deeper essence of its message was a wonderful experience. Each page is a lyrically beautiful expression of an essential truth. Zen-like in its simplicity, it communicates directly with the awareness of the reader, gently inviting a response from the deepest levels of Being.
In these pages you will learn not just the principles behind coming home to your true nature, but simple, practical ways to apply those principles in everyday life and bring an end to your path of spiritual seeking.
What a joy to discover this book.
Christine
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 6 Jun. 2011
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This book is a very enjoyable read for that which finds non duality and realization of the true undivided self.
Even after the penny has dropped, Jan's pointers are even more delightful because there is no longer anything
struggling to try and get somewhere or work it all out. The words just become an easy description, almost a
biography and an autobiography of that which we really are that actually lives.
I have read many books on this subject previously but there has often been so much sugar in the medicine that one just ends up with
indigestion.
Even so I will stress for the reader to remember that as good as this book is, the metaphors used are still only pointers to the actual.
A steak house menu can never be the food itself.
If there is only a desire in following a path ,joining some church or saving the planet for example, then just enjoy enjoy that lifestyle as it doesn't really matter anyway, but this book would probably
be of not much use in this case, this reading material is for that which has had enough of all that kind of stuff.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of "spiritual Apartheid", 12 Feb. 2003
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Niyati Evers (Cape Town South Africa) - See all my reviews
In South Africa there used to be job reservation for whites. In the game of seeking self realization, there seems to have been a myth of “enlightenment reservation”; a myth played out and sustained in the paradigm of “special guru’s” versus “ignorant disciples”.
I have come to see that the greatest gift a so-called “spiritual teacher” can give to a seeker is to completely abandon the paradigm of teacher versus seeker. Not just in words, but by actually being completely and utterly ordinary.
My deeply felt gratitude goes out to all those people, of which Jan is one, who embody this ordinariness, thus demystifying enlightenment and destroying the myth of the “special few”.
Thank you Jan, for giving your own, uniquely beautiful expression to the all-inclusiveness of enlightenment.
Niyati
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful message, 4 Nov. 2003
Reading Jan's book and sensing the deeper essence of its message was a wonderful experience. Each page is a lyrically beautiful expression of an essential truth. Zen-like in its simplicity, it communicates directly with the awareness of the reader, gently inviting a response from the deepest levels of Being.
In these pages you will learn not just the principles behind coming home to your true nature, but simple, practical ways to apply those principles in everyday life and bring an end to your path of spiritual seeking.
What a joy to discover this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars book to help with awakening the spirit within, 3 Dec. 2012
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this book has given me so much help it is hard to put in words how much, would encourage anyone to read this book who is on the path of self exploration
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming Home, 12 Feb. 2003
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Michel Masson (Antwerp, Belgium) - See all my reviews
A lot of books - especially those in the philosophical area - are described as unique. The very uniqueness of Jan Kersschot's book "Nobody Home" is that the writer does not pretend to bring something "new" but rather brings our attention to That which is already here anyway. Something which is available to all of us. And "that" is the one consciousness that makes us aware of what is. And that consciousness is universal. The perception or interpretation of it may differ from one place to another, and is then described as culture or religion. But "It" is something that unites us all and at the same time broadens our sense of perception - unspoiled from any influence from outside. This Consciousness is our true nature, it is our original sense of Beingness. Seeing this is like Coming Home to our Self.
Have a nice walk home.
Michel Masson, Antwerp, Belgium
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