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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality Press; 1st Edition edition (24 Mar. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908664029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908664020
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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...I envision myself pointing people to this book quite often because of its depth and breadth. Quite literally, it has to be read to be fully appreciated. It's nice knowing that this book is out there for people!
Scott Kiloby, author of "Love's Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search," "Natural Rest for Addiciton: A Revolutionary Way to Recover Through Presence," and "Living Presence: A Simple, Plain-English Guide to Non-Duality""

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Have you ever done non-dual inquiry and said to yourself, "I understand it intellectually, but I don't feel it. It's not my experience!" If so, The Direct Path, inspired by Sri Atmananda (Krishna Menon), could be for you.

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JUST AS A DIAMOND is carefully cut and faceted to bring out the full luster and beauty of the gem, so I hope to do here with this review. For let us make no mistake about it, this book is a rare gem, and I suspect that it's just like an heirloom engagement ring: its light gathering powers will far outlast its owner, or in this case, its apparent creator.

THE DIRECT PATH: A USER'S GUIDE, Greg tells us, could be thought of as "the missing manual" for his other book, Standing as Awareness. We could think of these books as two pillars framing the gate to freedom that is the Direct Path. If you do your part, I assure you these teachings can and will do theirs.

SRI ATMANANDA KRISHNA MENON, the founder of the Direct Path, has told us very clearly: "Time is the generic form of thoughts; space is the generic form of objects." The sooner we come to truly understanding what he's saying there, be it through a passing glimpse, or abiding within it, the happier and freer we'll be. Awakening is by no means a personal event, but don't let that fool you into thinking the hosting body-mind doesn't benefit; it certainly does. Suffering is reduced in all who ever see their true nature, even if that seeing is apparently brief. Suffering is completely eliminated, I hear tell, in a smaller number of others. PERSONAL suffering, I can reliably state, will begin to fade as we close the gap between "what we see and what we be."

"THAT'S GREAT!" YOU MAY SAY. "But just how do I get there?" That's precisely what this book addresses. However, it's not so much moving the "I" over there, so to speak, as it is getting the "I" out of here! That, I would say, is the Direct Path's specialty, but some instruction and experimentation is in order.
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If you read this book with an open and inquiring mind, and do the practices the author recommends, it will thoroughly and completely deconstruct delusions, concepts and ideas that are stumbling blocks to the full realization of the truth of experience. It will quite literally blow your mind: it will deconstruct the idea that you are mind that is dwelling in a body which is experiencing an objective world.

This is by far the most powerful book on non-duality that I have ever read. It is, however, not a warm and fuzzy book. It is not written to make you attain a constant feelgood state. It will not make you cry sentimental tears. If that is what you are looking for, this book is not it. While all feelgood states are nice, they are impermanent. Chasing them is a never ending cycle. True freedom lies in seeing that even when emotions we subsequently label pain arise, what we truly are is not affected by them at all.

The book is extremely intellectual, but ironically, it uses intellectual and experiential inquiry to rip apart the veracity of logic and empiricism, so that the reader may experience freedom from concepts and ideas and dwell in thusness.

If you are up to the task (and it is by no means an easy read), this book may very well be the last book on non-duality you need ever read.
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I cannot speak highly enough of this book. I have read many many books which have spiritual exercises in and never done them. This one though for some reason was different. It guides you very directly. The student though needs to be ready. They need enough curiosity, a completely open mind, and enough stillness to take the inquiry deep. It simply asks you to look at what is really there. I haven't yet found any aspect of my experience either subtle or gross which is not inquired into by this book. Whenever I was perplexed by something in myself I did not understand I was able to find an exercise pointing me deeper. It is actually a very accessible and easy to understand book if you have already developed the habit of looking into your consciousness perhaps with Buddhist skanhda, or emptiness meditations. Much easier than Nagarjuna or Prajnaparamita texts it has the same ability to reveal a kind of unspeakable satisfaction and joy. Written in simple, almost colloquial english at times, it retains the ability to be very profound. There is not a sniff of spiritual cliche or platitude in it anywhere.
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I love this book. The way Greg has written this is so that the reader can systematically and sequentially undo misguided concepts of what Reality is, through direct experiencing via perceptual experiments. He is a Master of Direct Path teaching and deconstructs all incorrect ideas about who we really are. We see that we already 'Stand as Awarenes' as his previous amazingly clear and beautiful book, is entitled.I encourage all seekers of the Truth to but this book so seeking can come to its end.
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This book is a great 'how-to' guide to the 'Direct Path' awareness teachings. Although my 'root' practice is Buddhist meditation, especially on'no-self', I was strongly drawn to exploring the Direct Path having seen an online interview with Greg. I couldn't describe the Direct Path approach anywhere near as well as Greg, so I will not say too much, other than that the reader is taken through a series of experiments exploring object-subject relationships and the nature of awareness. If you have an interest in non-duality, or Advaita, but have struggled to 'get it', this book could be very helpful. The book complements 'Standing as Awareness', by the same author.
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