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Andrea Roth-trimble
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you only read one spiritual book in you life, make it this one. Even if you don't consider yourself spiritual! ...more
Rae Lewis-Thornton
This is a great book for beginners on a Spiritual path.. Adyashanti gives clear guidelines for seekers. Many of these seekers ideas are hard to grasp but this is a simple guide for newbee's. For me there were a lot of I get it and at other times I had to reread and let the ideas sit with me... It's a quick and easy read with a lot of profound information given in such a small book.. I'm sure this book will be a go to as I continue on my seekers path.. Advance spiritual readers can probably take ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
amazingly brilliant, like all adya's books. fiercely graceful, uncompromising and naked in the best possible way... the essence of adya's teachings presented in a higly concentrated format; maximally potent for new readers and longtime students alike. i absolutely love it. ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that it tells you new things with every new reading. As your awareness grows, so does the understanding about what Adyashanti talks about.
It has been a bit more than a year since I first read it and now, I discovered a new depth to his guide towards Liberation.

I recommend it only and only if you are trying to attain Awakening. Following the teaching is not an easy task, but who ever said that it was going to be easy. It's not a common piece of literature you just rea
Beth Crit
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore his clarity. I endeavor to live in the way this book reveals.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who you really are

Many paragraphs marked. I'm working on living life as it is and this book is the perfect guide. It would take a lot of time to study and implement this, maybe even a life time work. You're supposed to challenge your beliefs and lay them aside, but I also think this fits nicely within the beliefs I already have. You can come to know who you really are.
Phil Calandra
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
"The Way of Liberation...." is a book about spiritual awakening. The main contention is that we are beyond the body, mind and individual personality. The "self" or "ego" is essentially a psychological process occurring in the mind that organizes, translates and makes sense of all the incoming data from our senses. This sense of self pervades our consciousness and tricks us into believing that we are a separate entity. As one passes through the delusion of "self," this "self" is reborn into what ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I pick up this book in the evening shortly before going to bed, I'm astounded at how Adya picks up a nuance in a question and uses it to reveal a deep, profound insight. He shows what's really behind the question, a bit like pulling back the curtain and revealing the Wizard of Oz - surprise! An old man with frazzled hair, someone so ordinary, so direct, so vulnerable behind the big, booming charade of the Great and Powerful Oz. Most deep, profound truth is simple, and powerful. In the intro ...more
Thyme Wisper
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: consciousness
I have both the kindle version and a paperback version. I even have a PDF version! And, yes, I have read all three. Many times over. I can never read this book in one sitting. It isn't meant to be read that way. And each time I even reread a section, I find that it is as if I am reading it for the first time. Thus I never feel like I have "finished" the book. I am finally realizing that it will always be so. It is a book that I will return to often way into the future. And that is okay... ...more
Javier Villar
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: prayer
Probably, it's full of truth... well, half truths... like I've heard of something but I haven't actually understood it. ...more
Tracy Heath
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book as an introduction to a yoga teacher certification program. I read it in a night, so it’s a very quick read. It’s clearly written and straightforward. As the introduction says, it is a “stripped-down, practical guide to spiritual liberation.”

I question almost everything in life, especially spiritual ideas and concepts. So, the book captured my attention right off when it said, “The primary task of any good spiritual teaching is not to answer your questions, but to question your
Tara Outman
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was my first direct experience with Adyashanti although I had heard his name before. I was tempted to give this book three stars at first, because, although there are some sublime phrases among its prose and it is packed with good insight, I didn't find it particularly remarkable. What Adyashanti puts forth here doesn't strike me as a cohesive practice or unique revelation but rather as a short set of vague principles, practices and insights that are easily found, and in many c ...more
D Schmudde
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
"In the end we all get what we value most, and if we don’t like what we have gotten, we had better take an honest look at what we are valuing."

I have been practicing various Buddhist traditions for more than a decade. I still feel that I am a beginner and read this book from that perspective. While the book does lean on a common Buddhist tendency to enumerate qualities - an approach to teaching I don't find compelling - I have to say it carries a directness that I find refreshing.

Wisdom pervade
Andrew Houston
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Beyond ego is universal being; beyond being is the Infinite.

The Infinite is pure formless potential,
prior to being and non-being, life and death,
form and formlessness.

The Infinite is neither one nor many,
neither dualistic nor nondualistic,
neither worldly nor spiritual,
neither self nor other.

The Infinite knows itself
through a simple intuitive regard it has for itself
in every aspect of itself.
Thus it knows itself as utterly unknowable
and absolutely present.

To realize the Infinite is to lose your
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With every time i read or listen to Adya, i realise how great teacher he is, i always get what i m looking for, or may be beyond that.

As i could learn alot from eckhart tolle, through videos , retreats and books i found with Adyashanti a new dimension to my spiritual journey,
Simply coz he knows what is.

Spirituality is a complete and full world that we better get into with guidance, this guidance happens be more than one teacher, i have a feeling that teachers just handle us to one another, unti
Jaroslav Vašák
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a masterpiece. It's short yet it contains everything. It contains no unnecessary words.
I'm not sure if a beginner to a spiritual journey can grasp the depths of this book, but if yes, you don't need to look elsewhere - maybe you can read something more about meditation.

Definitely, recommend this book to all the people. You may find it's hard to grasp (read), but at least you know that it's delivered by an honest purpose of something deeper and not superficial.
Heather Hamilton
So insightful

Every time I read Adyashanti teachings I come away feeling different than I was before I read or heard them. This book feels like a form of a road map I have been searching for to get into a deeper experience. I recommend this book big time.
It's unclear how I should rate this book. It's a guide to enlightenment. For a book about such a lofty aspiration it is blessedly short, but then, you'd expect enlightenment to be a pretty simple event. It's not overwordy. Adyashanti offers three processes and doesn't talk them to pulp. ...more
William Keiper
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written treatment of concepts difficult to articulate.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Very to the point.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be free, be free, be free . . . self-realization and the conditioned mind . . .
hideki kuribayashi
It helps a lot for His Youtube Materials

I love to listen to his YouTube materials very much, but often with some ambiguity. This book helps me to gain clarity there.
Richard Bowie
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is short and very precise. I would even say that it’s surgical. No unnecessary fluff. However some people prefer fluff.
Liane Carter
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So wonderful

This book is powerful and healing and has you pondering. Such a great book. I will be rereading this. Thank you. Wow.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of my yoga teacher training and I feel this book will be with me for years to read, contemplate, and savor again and again.
Samir Deshmukh
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simple but profound. Perfect for readers who are new to self inquiry.
Stacie Hammond
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Deeply familiar, yet new and informative. I found myself nodding and responding with, of course... and simultaneously buzzing with curiously and questions.

A delight. 🌸
Shreeram Bhattarai
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, short but described the techniques very well.
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
quick and dirty overview of this awakening thing
Bhakta Kishor
Liberation is not about seeking a new world or going to heaven. Heaven is just a new world where everything is supposed to be better than here. Even if it is a little better than here or much better than here, after some time you will get bored with what’s better. A lot of people living in remote places think America is fantastic. But, people in America are pretty bored. Otherwise, why such a big entertainment industry?

What is new will become old within 24 hours if you have a very active intelli
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Adyashanti is an American spiritual teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area who gives regular satsangs in the United States and also teaches abroad. He is the author of several books, CDs and DVDs and is the founder of Open Gate Sangha, Inc. a nonprofit organization that supports, and makes available, his teachings.

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