- Taschenbuch: 424 Seiten
- Verlag: Bertrams Print on Demand (29. September 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0954779282
- ISBN-13: 978-0954779283
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,4 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 273.664 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Perfect Brilliant Stillness (Englisch)
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An intimate account of spontaneous spiritual enlightenment and its implications in a life lived beyond the individual self. "It is so rare to see any work that holds that essential and fundamental perception without compromise. Your book is a beacon which can shine through all of the fog and nonsense that is broadcast under the name of 'advaita' or 'non-duality'. Especially as that expression comes out of no-one!" Tony Parsons author of The Open Secret, As It Is and All There Is. "This book is a Gonzo Gita - a Gone-so Song of God; a soaring, rampaging loving outpouring of Unmanifest Source displayed in manifest consciousness, playing a complex spiritual melody through the hollow bamboo flute of a Vermont farmer/carpenter/building contractor who was all but ignorant of the non-dual tradition before a disorienting full enlightenment struck and he realized 'there's nobody home.' Robert Gussner PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont Dept. of Religion
Auf dem Klappentext wird es als eine Gonzo-Gita beschrieben und ich kann dem nur zustimmen. Alles ist reine Selbstreflexion und dennoch erscheint niemand, der dies für sich beanspruchen möchte. Der Text ist reißend, wie ein Wasserfall und man möchte sich baden in dieser klaren Poesie.
Sehr empfehlenswert für Leute, die sich schon mit Non-Dualität und Advaita beschäftigt haben.
Das Bewusstsein ist sich selbst bewusst, bewusst zu sein.
Die Fähigkeit des Menschen, wirklich zu SEIN (und es zu wissen!!) lässt ihn in einem Raum verweilen, der sich durchaus umschreiben lässt als: "Perfect Brilliant Stillness"
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Into the neo-advaita space pre-populated by Douglas Harding, John Wheeler, Nathan Gill and Bob Adamson etc. rolls this Harley-Davidson shovelhead hog of a treatment. Basic idea is simple: 'Life is but a dream' ... so, get over it!
But there's nothing you can do to get over it, as you don't exist and there's no actual `it' there to get over anyway. So, um, don't worry about it.
I like Carse's treatment because he delivers a straight-forward uncompromising message in a friendly, unpretentious, and sometimes humorous tone.
Carse biographs aspects of his own awakening Experience (Note: Please forgive the advaitically incorrect language of this review. "I" know very well (except there is no I, and nothing to know) that "Carse" (there is no Carse) did not Experience anything (nothing exists) ... blabitty blah blah... just fill in the necessary disqualifiers after every single word on your own from now on please). He is at great pains to assure us that the exoticism of an awakening experience, its setting or apparent cause or context, mean absolutely nothing. Therefore it is amusingly ironic that in his case the (non)awakening happened(didn't happen) in of all places (there are no places), deep within the Amazon jungle rain forest, when he was working on mysterious shamanic practices.
For god's sake! Talk about catnip to the vast Seeker hordes out there! Poor guy, all the other neo-advaita biggies try in vain to downplay their own, relatively mundane, scenes/stories of (non)Awakening (e.g. walking in a city park or whatever), but Carse really has his work cut out for him here.
He also talks a lot about supposedly huge amounts of fake non-dualism being purveyed to unwary as the Real Thing, in the shoddy spiritual supermarkets of today. This angle struck me as odd, in that he quotes, with varying degrees of apparent approbation, practically every single neo-adviatan author, Satsang vendor, or other Big Cheese on the scene in recent times. He seems to accept them all as fellow Awakeners - Gangaji, Wayne Liquorman, Ken Wilber, U G Krishnamurthi, Ramesh Balsekar, Nisargadatta, Adayashanti, and many more. He seems to validate them all, so I'd like to know who exactly he's railing against as fake? What other donkey rump is left out there to which we can pin the tail of pusher of the bogus, misleading, false advaita that Carse calls out? Anyway it doesn't matter because all the above are just puppets hanging on the strings pulled by the one infinite consciousness.
This book reminds me most strikingly of "Hardcore Zen : Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality" by Brad Warner. Though Warner writes from a Zen context, he has a similar "cut the bullspit" attitude toward the sacred cows of his own tradition (and every other).
If you have already read lots of neo-advaitan stuff or heard much of it, there won't be any new content for you here, but you'll definitely get a relentless machine gun spray of "its all fake just give it up". That may sound tedious, but if you're in the right mood it's made fun by Carse's light and amusing style. If you don't know much about the whole neo-advaitan gamespace ("life is but a dream"), then possibly you would find Tony Parson's book to be a shorter and more accessible introduction. "Stillness" is possibly best appreciated by those who've been around the neo-advait block once or twice.
Not that it matters in the slightest as you are just another dream character merely playing with yourself until you Awaken (which isn't possible).
Carse continually returns to his basic hard-nosed point, which can be summarized by him as follows:
"Annihilation here isn't referring to some party game. It is a total and radical thing, often bloody and brutal, call annihilation; wiping out of existence; ceasing to be; death. Not death of the body; nothing dies when the body dies. Real death; the only real death, as real as death gets: the death of an individual person/self."
I'm still not sure how the absolute conviction of the neo-advaits really differs from the absolute conviction of the Jesus-believing fundamentalist or any other True Believer, those who think they've got reality cornered and on the run. Basically the same emotionally invulnerable mindset as far as I can see. But that just proves how totally unawakened I am! No matter though, as Carse is completely convincing on his own terms, and I'm totally sold that he sees a lot farther than I do.
Although much is said about the inadequacy and ultimate failure of language to speak of reality, David's writing is very good. I have said in my own books that it is not possible to talk clearly about this subject without using the correct Sanskrit terminology but this book seems to give the lie to that statement. There are some very original metaphors and many brilliant, quotable observations. Sometimes, every other paragraph seems to contain a new profundity.
David is not a teacher of Advaita and specifically states that he does not teach. Beginners will probably not benefit and should perhaps look elsewhere to begin with. But, if you think you know it all already yet feel that `it' has still not clicked, this is definitely for you. It is the book for those who want to differentiate between intellectual understanding and realization. I have also noted that it seems to receive praise from both traditional and neo-Advaitins - and that is praise indeed!
I have mentioned elsewhere that I always pencil in the margins of any Advaita books that I read these days. Positive comments are marked: `good', `!' and Q (for `quote'); things that I don't understand are marked `?' or, if I disagree, `x'. There are very few `?', only a couple of x's and many Q's and good's. What more can I say? The only adverse comment that I would make - and it is a warning for potential readers as much as anything else - is that the early chapters do go on a bit! So, if you find that, don't be put off and give up; keep reading - it just gets better... and better!
Dennis Waite, author of Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita
In many ways, these two books are very different. Carse's book is thick, entertaining and personable. Norquist just tells you all you need to know, in a quick and unforgiving style. Yes, I would take both books with me to that lone island everyone talks about, except I wouldn't find myself in a TV show called LOST!
I have already reviewed Mr. Norquist's book, and won't say much more here. Mr. Carse says quite a bit about his experience. It's a thick book that never feels wordy and never tires the reader. David touches upon so many aspects of enlightenment that he turns his book into a firestorm of true brilliance.
Few books have I read were my immediate reaction was to think up how many friends I could share this with. The book literally consumed me. While reading it, I actually felt awake. That feeling hardly ever accompanies any books I've read before, except again Mr. Norquist's!
I have decided not to describe the contents of the book, simply because my interest here is in sharing how my mind reacted. While reading this book, something magical happened that is ever so rare. It communicated something to me that most books fail to convey, in a clear and authentic way. That the message is so simple it totally confounds the mind. This is about the conviction of experience and realization versus intellectual understanding.
"That everything is all right; That everything is perfect as it is; That all is well." As David continues to say: "This is what I see; And what I know!"