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5.0 out of 5 stars A psychological approach to "enlightenment", 28 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: Essence with the Elixir of Enlightenment (Paperback)
Almaas begins (in "The Elixir of Enlightenment") with the question: If so many people have been trying so hard for so many centuries to achieve "realization" (for lack of a better word), why do so few succeed? In this small work he outlines the problem and proposes an answer. Then, in "Essence: The Diamond Approach to Inner Realization," he outlines an approach to personal development that uses elements from the accumulated wisdom of older traditions as well as from the twentieth century's development of psychology as a Western science. This is one of the few books for the seeker that not only doesn't avoid the difficult questions but actually anticipates them, brings them squarely into the open and addresses them directly. This volume is excellent in itself and also as a springboard for further study. Almaas's thesis is that any teaching, no matter how valid it is in itself, will be ineffective unless it is relevant to the seeker's current situation. So Almaas outlines an approach whereby the seeker can work toward realization while dealing with the messy content of everyday life. One quibble: This reader found it more sensible to read "The Elixir of Enlightenment" before "Essence," though they are included in the opposite order in this combined edition.
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Essence with the Elixir of Enlightenment by A.H. Almaas (Paperback - 1 April 1998)
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