“It is not the pursuit of greater and greater states of happiness and bliss that leads to enlightenment, but the yearning for Reality and the rabid dissatisfaction with living anything less than a fully authentic life.”
When the book you’re holding can move you to tears with the intense honesty and beauty of a single sentence, you know you’ve got a gem. This little book is one of them. Whereas many can get lost in trying to put words to that which defies conceptualization, Adyashanti remains true to his intent to write “a stripped down, practical guide to spiritual liberation.” For all it’s simplicity and practicality, this book sacrifices nothing in the way of power and poetry in expressing the naked Truth.
“Being is that which disturbs our insistence on remaining in the life-numbing realm of our secret desperation.”
I remember when I first encountered Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, and feeling that the book pulsated with Truth. I had the same experience with this one with the added benefit of being struck by the beauty and poetry amidst the fierce, down-to-earth forthrightness. This is what Adyashanti is known for. In my mind, there’s no better proof for a teacher’s realization and ability to transmit that realization to students than their dexterity in distilling very complex, ineffable concepts down to that which is most honest and useful. Here, he succeeds in spades.
The best part? Adyashanti has made a digital version of this book available for FREE on his website.
Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
And for those who are wondering about Adyashanti’s Enneagram type, I’m fairly certain he’s a Two. In addition to his ability to be deeply intuitive and connected with his audience, you can also catch whiffs of Eight in his grounded simplicity and Four in his flair for honest expression. It is a testament to his upper Level of Health that he can hold all of these qualities so gracefully and without attachment to any specific sense of self.