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Perfect Brilliant Stillness

Narrated by: Terence Stamp
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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The legendary British actor Terence Stamp reads the book that he says 'changed his life'. This is an exploration of our existence and a journey towards enlightenment.

In what the author calls 'the fine print' at the start of the book, David Carse wrote: 'There are many books out there that will help you to live a better life, become a better person, and evolve and grow to realise your potential as a spiritual being. This is not one of them...almost every popular spiritual teacher in America and Europe is teaching that ultimate spiritual enlightenment...can now be yours; and that reading their book or attending their seminar will help you toward that end. This book will tell you that these ideas are absurd, because it’s quite obvious that neither you nor anything else has ever existed....' He then concludes, 'That said, enjoy'. We think you probably will.

©2015 David Carse (P)2008 Silksoundbooks Limited

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No words for this

Most sincere seekers i have come across over the years well gnash their teeth st this book and angrily dismiss it as 'neo-advaitist' nonsense, urging that you should read x,y and z spiritual master instead. For me,i see no need to add anything else to my already not inconsiderable pile. I will no doubt read more, but i am almost certain that although i may broaden my knowledge by doing so, i can never increase my understanding any further than this book has taken me. It flings the door wide open and beckons you to the threshold. There may be works out there which can bring you to the same place but i have not found them. For me, all words end here, at the beginning of silence.

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Beautiful book narrated by Terence Stamp

What did you like most about Perfect Brilliant Stillness?

The utter simplicity and truth of it.

What other book might you compare Perfect Brilliant Stillness to, and why?

There is no other book that compares in quality to this book.

What about Terence Stamp’s performance did you like?

Terence Stamp gives the book a wonderful authenticity. You can see and hear very quickly that Mr Stamp is very passionate about this book and it shows in his wonderful performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book is one long wonderful moment :)

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Highly recommended version especially with Terrence Stamps passionate input.

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Incredible

Fantastic - listened to this over and over - Terence Stamp reads it beautifully - love it

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Wonderful book

Wonderful book beautifully read. Listened to it at least 20 times over the few years since I got it

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An inspiring, invaluable perspective

The extraordinary value of the book is not in its content but in the way in which Carse discusses ideas familiar in Advaita, in the analogies and metaphors he uses and in the no-nonsense tone of his delivery. This is something which Terence Stamp conveys very well. He undoubtedly gets Carse.

Early in the book, Carse discusses how many sages and teachers have told us that the absolute truth is ineffable and that that best they could ever do was point to it and hope that we would follow where the finger points and not get transfixed on the finger.

He suggest that looking at a number of 'pointing fingers' might help us to triangulate better on that to which they point. To a large degree this happened for me. Something about Carse's delivery has helped me focus my inquiry better and obtain profound insights I had not had before.

Obviously, this won't be the same for everyone and there are clearly some who are left cold by the book. No matter, you should try it anyway and if it doesn't work out for you try another writer.

In any case, as Carse points out, whether you listen to the book isn't up to you anyway

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amazing

a real gem and a wonderfully executed guide to you yourself and others . learn the truth of spiritual practice and ego chasing

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Profound

Insightful, and beautifully written, a must read for the authentic spiritual seeker, it gets you in waves !!

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Find some space to listen

I enjoyed this book. It's a relaxing stroll through what can occur when the sense of self drops away. Terrence Stamp obviously enjoyed reading the book, as his intro intimates. Will it change your life? I have no idea, but it's a lovely listen on a subject that can be hard to grasp, or for that matter, to believe at all. If non duality resonates with you, then this is a great book to listen to. But in the same breath, if you are just interested in the subject or just want to know more, it's also a great place to start. It's a long book, so worth the price in my opinion. Find some space to listen, and while listening, pick up on the awareness in the room that is you.

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Hidden gem! A bit repetitive but there is no other way to be done and made easily understood for everyone.

Dear seeker if you read this you may enjoy Jed Mckenna's books. Start with the trilogy first!

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A hidden gem of nonduality

Terence Stamp was so taken by this book when he read it, he narrated it for free and he does the perfect job. The book, however, took me completely by surprise. A genuine and authentic insight into spontaneous awakening. Little is known about the author David Carse and as stated in the book, he doesn't teach Advaita. He has no personal internet presence and works as a carpenter in Vermont. He has his own insight as well as referencing the modern greats, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj and also his friend and guide, Ramesh Balsekhar. The book itself is almost impossible to find but this audiobook is well worth a credit for Stamp's excellent and heartfelt translation

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  • Robert P. Pherigo
  • 29-05-16

My desert island book

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This book has been my companion for many years. I was thrilled to see that there was an audio version and Terrance Stamp reads it with real understanding. This is the best book I've read on the experience of losing the self but gaining the All.

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  • bella
  • 10-02-16

A pearl beyond price

Treasures come our way in life sometimes through the generosity of others sharing something precious they have found. I will forever be indebted to the friend who told me about PBS and introduced me to David Carse. This is truly a life changing story, if you allow it to be. Finally the search is over for me, no small thing! I love listening to this narrative by Terence Stamp and I can tell he feels the same way, you can 'feel the love' as they say. Words cannot explain what all this means really. If you are interested don't pass this by but be ready for what might come next.

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  • Jahaira Luzzi
  • 10-04-19

Profound. But only if you're ready for it.

Listening over and over and feeling deep peace knowing that all is well. Listen even while meditating.

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  • Jo A Lapointe
  • 02-08-17

Wonderful Wonderful

I will listen to this over and over!
Loved everything about it. Just listening is a meditation and always hear something different the more times I listen. Terence Stamp has been an inspiration in every performance he does.

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  • L Wilder
  • 11-12-16

Perfect. Brilliant

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Have listened to the book twice. I am sure I'll be listening again and again.

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  • Chris
  • 27-06-16

The Only Book You Need

The writing is clear and straight to the point. You are that. You always have been and always will be. There's no need to find it or obtain it, because it is all there is. So why listen to an audiobook on it? Because most are misidentifying with what they are not, which is the cause of all the unnecessary suffering. This book points directly to what you are and helps to untangle the mess. Let these words wash through you until it is seen that there never was a you to begin with.

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  • Matt H
  • 10-02-16

Perfect

Perfect for the Western seeker, imo. The material is not new but the delivery is. Mr Carse has a way of explaining the unexplainable, more clearly than any I've read, if that makes sense. I've always cherished Nisargadatta, Maharshi, et al. So does Mr Carse, apparently.

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  • new york gal
  • 20-08-16

Excellent.

Good book for someone who knows a bit about adviata. But maybe good for a beginner also.

Presents ways to live daily life.

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  • Emerson Lim
  • 20-01-20

The End of Seeking

Clear and direct to the point. The hype is true about this piece of work about ending individualism towards Self Realization.

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  • Burt patterson
  • 04-11-19

One of the best

This is a really great book. A masterpiece, actually, in my opinion. I have listened to it at least 4 times now and get something new out of it every time. There are so many great analogies and stories that point to the Truth. The book is also packed with advice for the spiritual seeker and the pitfalls that one can fall into. Terence Stamp also does a wonderful job narrating the material. If you want to seriously raise your consciousness or actually wake up, then this is the book for you.