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Avoiding the mind
on 9 June 2015
This is typical of neo-advaitins (with a slightly different twist) to come to conclusions about the nature of reality and then stick to that with the same intensity and fervour as a religious fanatic would have.
The author repeats the same theme throughout the book (which is fine as some concepts need drilling to nullify already existing and unwanted ones), but although the truth may be simple in essence it cannot be simplified in words like this which get you nowhere in the end. What it does lead to is avoidance of all the already existing beliefs that continue to operate and cause problems in your life and keep you from seeing the whole truth.
By repeating that all there is is 'this' it feels relaxing in the beginning where one can lay down their baggage of concepts and rest in the simplicity of what is (or consciousness) and not pay any heed to the mind. But unless looked at on a deeper, continuous and fully honest way the mind will continue to play out its antics in spite of your consciously repeating or imagining that 'this' is all there is.
Discounting everything whilst favouring one concept alone else seems to be one-sided and far from a true non-dualist approach.
The book is short and not so expensive, and if you can read it and understand that all that is said is just another trick of the mind to believe in something else however simple and purely non-dualist it may seem then give it a try. It can be read in a single session but I doubt it will leave you with any change in perceptions (except initially just like a psychedelic or hallucinogen can, as the author describes himself in the book). Thereafter 'simplicity of being' becomes another concept/belief to obscure the truth of what is really going on