- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: TAT Foundation (22 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979963001
- ISBN-13: 978-0979963001
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,202,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beyond Mind, Beyond Death Paperback – 22 Jan 2009
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When you go within, you can't take a book, or even find a map to your particular psyche and process of self-realization. You're in a field with no paths. But to get to that field, there are a few paths that essays in this book point to. Our egos are so seductive, and self-reinforcing, that only the difficult path of working against our strongest desires and fears provides any results. Yet as Bob Ferguson says, we are guided by our intuition. In a section called "Stalking Yourself", Bart Marshall lists strategies such as absorbing teachings, being your own authority, refine your intent (self-realization is usually a means to an end of improving our lives in some way), give up knowing for unknowing, inquire into the real nature of self, choose silence, and befriend death. In another section called "The Most Practical Endeavor", Bob Cergol says to "focus your attention on what it feels like ... to be you." He identifies how going within "requires dispassionate, detached, pure looking at experience - without spinning it. "
Beyond Mind Beyond Death is a compilation of the best essays from the online magazine TAT Forum, devoted to self-realization and the teachings of Richard Rose. Going within is a complex unraveling of our ball of yarn, covering the territory of our search for meaning, finding out why we're here, and what we truly are. This book is a handbook for that process.
If any of these words interest you, then you gotta buy this book. Or steal it. Just get it.
It's a compilation of the "best of the best" from several years of the TAT Forum, an online monthly "E-zine." Poetry, essays, photos, humor, excerpts from lectures, metaphysical insights--just a wide variety.
Digestible, for the consummate seeker of truth and meaning. Great bathroom reading, or train or bus reading, or park bench reading. Each posting can be mulled over for hours or days--or for a lifetime.
I'd call it good meditation fodder for someone on the path of seeking an ultimate Answer to their life. Each piece is a vignette with a core of depth that's surprising to encounter.
Here's an example quote (p. 19) that goes right to the heart of the matter:
"The worded description of this final state is something that has caused much consternation in seekers and teachers alike through the centuries. Perhaps the best that can be said about it is what it is not. It is not an intellectual conclusion reached through deduction, no matter how astute. It is not a feeling-state, no matter how sublime. It is something we receive, though we give it to ourselves. We become It rather than 'get it' and then know we have never not been It."
BMBD is one of the best books on Reality, or Absolute Awareness, and it inspired me enough to write a review here. I know this book won't "fix" me or my personality flaws. Instead, it gives readers the tools to find an aspect of their True Self -- something that is beyond the false personality.