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Caution Spiritual Seekers: You Might Just Find What You're Looking For!

Underneath the turmoil of thought, emotion, and personal will, there is a flow. If you're reading these words, you've probably felt it - the natural movement of life, the truth that beckons below the surface of things. What would happen if you were to stop avoiding this universal energy, and instead completely embrace it?

According to author and teacher Adyashanti, herein lies the heart of spiritual awakening - and it's likely to "end your world." Why? Because with spiritual awakening, instead of a new version of you, you find no version of you - your true nature beyond any point of view - "that which is continually partaking of all experience, in each and every instant."

Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment

More and more people today have had a glimpse of this genuine kind of awakening, only to see it slip away after a few hours or days. Adyashanti calls this the "I got it/I lost it" phenomenon that perplexes so many of his students. For those caught between what he calls "non-abiding" awakening and the ultimate state of "abiding" enlightenment, Adyashanti offers The End of Your World - his first in-depth audio course about the remarkable yet enigmatic process of spiritual awakening.With straight talk and penetrating insight, Adyashanti helps you navigate the pitfalls and cul-de-sacs that "un-enlighten" us along the journey, including: the trap of meaninglessness; how the ego can "co-opt" realization for its own purposes; the illusion of superiority that may accompany intense spiritual breakthroughs; and the danger of becoming "drunk on emptiness."Inquiring Sincerely into Every Aspect of Your Life

"Full awakening comes when you sincerely look at yourself, deeper than you've imagined, and question everything," teaches Adyashanti. With 12 bold sessions about topics ordinarily kept private between student and teacher, The End of Your World is your invitation to join Adyashanti for an honest investigation of what you really are - and how to live when you discover it.

©2008 Adyashanti (P)2008 Adyashanti

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Invaluable and rare insights

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Adyashanti shares invaluable and rare insights about a relationship with life seldom spoken of, that is, living life with eyes wide open in perpetual wonderment. These talks are not so much a guide to spiritual attainment. They do not discuss spiritual practices or method. What they do offer is reassurance of the validity of that inner, intuitive intelligence, that 'little voice' that represents an alignment with the path as it opens up. They serve as an encouragement to surrender and stay present in the face of whatever arises, trusting that this is where liberation can only ever be found. Stay with the One who Knows.... Onwards!

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great

loved every minute of it. very useful.. for me one listen wasnt enough. well worth a listen

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Profound

This book will blow your spiritual socks off. Even if you didn't know you had any. Recommended for anyone whether you're atheist, spiritual or religious.

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Beginners to this subject seek elsewhere.

Very very slow. Murray knows his stuff, but poor delivery. NOT FOR BEGINNERS! Misses the target, except for listeners who already have this level of understanding. If you want to answer the question of transformation in a lived sense, seek elsewhere; if you enjoy an academic gathering of ideas then go for it.

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A bunch of lectures

This is just a collection of lectures that Adyashanti gave in the past. I’m sure I could find some of them on YouTube.

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Somewhat dry

What disappointed you about The End of Your World?

There were not many anecdotes or examples that I could really relate to. I've learned so much from spiritual teachers who talk a lot about their lives or people they've worked with, for example Pema Chodron. In comparison but this felt rather abstract.

Would you ever listen to anything by Adyashanti again?

maybe

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

not relevant, the book is of talks given by the author himself. He's not an actor

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

determination to read it till I got something out of it. I did eventually.

Any additional comments?

Maybe the blurb should make it clearer that this is for hardcore spiritual truthseekers rather than haphazard listeners like me.

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Fabulous - Requires focus and effort

The book is long and can easily be criticised for verbosity on the part of the narrator. But, given an open mind and time, the story unfolds and comes together.

Having gone through the various chapters to the penultimate Q&A, it was especially gratifying to hear a genuine, constructive, humble engagement.

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Great stuff!

A gift to humanity!!

This is for the ones that are on the path towards awakening....

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Simple, honest & relateable.

I am normally sceptical about spiritual teachers, as I feel most of them get very dogmatic and rigid in their ways.
So naturally I was afraid that it was going to be another dogmatic book, but it was quite the contrary.
He talks in a very simple and relateable way which makes one want to listen.

He understands that speech is keeping us in the dualistic realm so does his best in helping one look past his words to the truth behind them.
He is pointing to the moon so don't get stuck staring at his finger.

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Not as expected.

Hard to finish, even annoying in lots of moments, there is some good parts, but nothing new, but maybe that didn't work just for me. :)

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  • Victoria
  • 24-04-13

My favorite Adyashanti

Would you listen to The End of Your World again? Why?

Yes - and I have - several times. This one feels a little more "raw" than Adya's other books. I really connected with this one.

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love all his books, but this one was particularly good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.....it's a little too "meaty".

Any additional comments?

Just really loved this one. Adya is so approachable - so human. He feels more like a friend who has been through the trenches and is passing along what he's learned - rather than some elevated guru.

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  • Carolyn
  • 15-01-15

clear and understandable

Adyashanti is a western born awakened teacher for our times. He speaks in terms we can comprehend and is subtly moving us towards our selves with each eloquent sentence. Thank you!

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  • rebecca purcell
  • 15-06-13

quietly blasting through the usual zen-fare

For those of you who have labored through obtuse, circular language and the niggling sense that some one is simply reading from their own journal while you are trying to find some usable insight and answers between work and making dinner; this may finally be a book you can derive some actual information from!

It is most likely a book for those who feel they have had at least a glimpse of another way of being, maybe not as good for those wholly new to the concept of enlightenment?

There is very useful insight into the various facets of awakening and how to deal with this in the everyday. Practical yet highly enlightened ways to nourish and use those moments of unbounded clarity to find deeper insight and extended awakening WHILE you are living a life of work and family etc. That he is attempting this is so rare as to be nothing short of extraordinary in and of itself! But he is quick to explain how this is not a self-help book, retaining the true nature of zen artistry, in a way that is clear and understandable — at least to me!

Adyashanti also exposes the various ways you can get caught in your attempts toward enlightenment. For me this was incredibly valuable information, I am already inclined to say even life transformational information! We shall see...

Anyway, brava Adya! and thank you!!!!

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  • Craig K.
  • 12-09-13

Broke open my head (in a good way)

It's wild because this is listed as a book, and is available as a book, but the whole program seems like someone talking to you about their direct experience.

Adyashanti's teachings come through loud and clear and touch the heart of what it means to be truly awake.

I will be listening to it again (and again).

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  • Michael
  • 13-05-20

Uncensored Straight Talk

This book made me really uneasy for several different reasons. First is the author and his narration, which sounded affected to me. I actually felt like I was being manipulated. Maybe it was just the irony and the presumption of someone presenting himself as an example of enlightenment. The irony certainly isn't lost on him, because he gets cagey in the interview at the end, when Tami Simon asks him if he abides in awareness permanently. But the bigger issue I had with this is the way that he, like so many other spiritual teachers of our time, portrays the ego and the discursive mind as obstacles that have to be overcome on the path to liberation. There is no way you can ever get rid of the ego so it's pointless to even make that a goal. I've never met or heard of a person without an ego, including Adyashanti or any other guru or teacher. (Let's not include Buddha, Jesus, and other figures from the distant past.) Everybody has an ego, it's inescapable, and the people who say they are egoless (or let or encourage other people to think they are egoless) are deluded and/or manipulative. Your ego may become more fluid and transparent, less rigid, but it will never disappear, unless of course you are suffering from psychological disassociation. I have a similar issue with Adyashanti's critique of the thinking mind. He says that thoughts don't have any reality, they're just illusions with no substance, etc. That really sent up red flags for me. I've been to so many spiritual centers and ashrams and have met people on the spiritual path who have a really hard time getting in touch with their own thoughts, expressing what they really think and feel, because they've bought into this idea that thoughts are illusory. Even when people tell Adyashanti that they have insomnia or other physical ailments, after having had a spiritual breakthrough, his response is "it's only a problem if you think it's a problem." This is really dangerous advice. We have to be more in touch with the voice inside, not disconnected from it. Yes spiritual breakthroughs may very well involve an upending of everything you thought you knew, and learning how to suspend thoughts for periods of time can help you go deeper inside. But please don't make your own ego and your own mind obstacles to further progress. If you do you'll be reading books like this for the rest of your life.

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  • Sani Misic
  • 11-02-16

Great Audio!!!

This wonderful audio. If you want to see what enlightenment is not. Very simple explanation.

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  • carmen tavernia
  • 26-09-15

straight forward

one of the most straight forward, honest book about the waking up process. no fluff! first "spiritual" book I have read that talks about the Whole progression, the ups and especially the downs, the times when you feel stuck, or lost or questioning everything, all in a no frills context.

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  • Ashley
  • 29-01-15

I have been looking for this book for a long time.

So much confusion has dissipated. I am finally able to reconcile my past experiences and start over looking for more . . .I wish I found t
his book many years ago.

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  • Bradley J
  • 14-04-15

Life-changing...

For me, Adya's teachings cut right through. There is a plainness in his language that allows it to be heard deeply. This is one of my favorite books in this life.

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  • Mark
  • 03-04-15

Excellent Read

Great ideas and concepts that are presented in the serene mannerisms of the author. Definitely worth the read. Extra words.

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