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Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self

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This wide ranging guide to spiritual realization "covers much of the spectrum of spiritual awakening, from the initial experience of one’s true nature to the practical challenges, which always call for a deeper seeing and deeper understanding of how spirit manifests as all of life and beyond.…Nirmala welcomes whatever arises within the field of experience. In the midst of ...more
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Published by Endless Satsang Foundation (first published January 30th 2008)
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Amrita Skye
I've been sitting with nondual teachers and reading extensively for three years. "Nothing Personal," which I own both in hard copy and ebook formats, has touched me more deeply than writings from Longchenpa to Jean Klein. I experience it as reminding nourishment. The PDF version lives at work, where I can read a few pages on my breaks. The hard copy version is always on the table near my reading chair. If nondual teachings call to you, this is a must-own book.
Dwight Zavitz

I came to Nirmala’s books as a lifelong mystic and spiritual explorer who served as an ordained minister for 22 years. The mystics of the East and the West have inspired me for decades. After reading the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Shankara, many Buddhist teachers, and the Yoga Vasistha, I wanted to explore the Advaita tradition in more depth. I stumbled onto Nirmala’s books after an on-line search. I only planned to read his book Nothing Perso
Harry Robinson
This book surprised me a bit. I've read quite a few works on neo-Advita and Zen. This one was simpler than most, and very direct. But I felt it got to the center of the subject: the nature of the separate self. It did it, in fact, much more simply and directly than most of the books I've read. I was sufficiently impressed to be willing to consider this one work that I will re-read in the future, and also I may pursue other works by the same author.
Steven Miller
Amazon recommended this to me based on my wishlist I keep filled with books I want to eventually buy, so for $3 I figured I'd give it a shot.

My only real criticism lies not with this book, but with most nondualist text I've read. After a while it seems futile to keep trying to simplify the ideas they put forth. In this book specifically, one large section of text almost seemed to be looping itself.

It's trying to grind down the method they use to explain their view of the existence to the idea i
Well written, sensitive book on noticing the essence that you are.
Frans Baars
very direct and - most importantly to me - comes with actual directions on how to surrender to what is. Highly recommended.
A very entertaining book on advaita. A good place to start learning about this branch of Hinduism.
Chris Scott
Very good book! Makes nonduality easier to grasp.
Gina Lake
Great nondual book.
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Who are you really? Are you your body. mind and personality? Or are you the spacious awareness in which they appear? Questions like these point us to the infinite Presence that is the true source of peace, happiness and fulfillment. Nirmala is a spiritual teacher in the Advaita tradition of nondual wisdom, and is the author of several engaging and practical books about our spiritual nature.

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