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The Nature of Consciousness: Essays on the Unity of Mind and Matter

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Our world culture is founded on the belief that consciousness is derived from matter, giving rise to the materialistic assumption that informs almost every aspect of our lives and is the root cause of the suffering within individuals, the conflicts between communities and nations, and the degradation of our environment. The Nature of Consciousness exposes the fallacy of th ...more
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Published June 1st 2017 by Sahaja
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Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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** NB - this is a long review, but this is the important piece: if you are interested in self-growth, spirituality, and understanding the nature of the world and your self, please, please read this book.**

What would happen if someone came along and proved the existence of God?
Not much, probably.
At first.

Now, I’m not talking about a booming voice from the sky. That’s a demonstration of God, not proof. And we’ve tried that kind of thing before. Resurrecting the dead and materializing objects
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is outstanding. I can’t even for a moment begin to convey how incredible it is, words fall short.

If you are a seeker of truth read it. If you are not a seeker of truth, read it and find the truth anyway.
Preston Bryant
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Phil Calandra
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Nature of Consciousness....." is one of the most comprehensive and compelling books written on Advaita Vedenta Philosophy. From my prospective many questions have been answered that other books have failed to address. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this is not an easy book but must be read slowly and diligently; however, in my opinion, it is not beyond the comprehension of the average reader. I would highly recommend it.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talk about getting real!

This book addresses the question of what is real, what is true, what is this here/now we are experiencing, better than any other writing available. Strong statement, I realize. Every key point written here is verifiable in your own experience. Read this, go to the author’s website and YouTube channel for more, and see for yourself!
Stephen Wachter
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Long held beliefs incrementally change as the rule, but seem to evaporate instantly as Spira unveils a flipped paradigm for science and humanity. “Of course, of course”, was my inner narrative as I arrived, right side up at the end of his book.
Carole Brooks Platt
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll be writing a blog post on this book shortly.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What is real? This book puts forth the non-dual worldview, with consciousness as the only tangible reality. It battles the assumptions of matter and world and a separate entity within it called yourself, and through diligent looking at only what we know, agues that consciousness is all that exists, and we are all aspects of that same undivided infinite consciousness.

Rupert Spira is one of the clearest teachers of non-duality, and I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to figure out who t
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An exceptionally important book to read. The book is exceptionally repetitious, and could easily have been written in much less than 100 pages. It draws from several Indian traditions, including J. Krishnamurti, and the tantric traditions of Kasmir Shavism, Dzogchen Buddhism. It attempts to be a step by step logical approach to the nature of consciousness. However there are several significant non sequiturs in his logic, as well as some false assumptions, which lead to nebulous conclusions. It a ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May be I should have read this book earlier. May be not. Explaining consciousness is impossible in English. Any language is made for duality as explained by Ruper Spira himself . But in this book I think he comes the closest to explaining it. He removes mysticism from spirituality. His explanations remove any doubt that consciousness/spirituality is a myth.

Swami Vivekanda's works brought spirituality to the world in the 19th/20th centuries. May be Rupert Spira's works will do the same for us.

William A Black
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new articulation of familiar themes

An arresting (or liberating) exposition on fundamental assumptions that form the basis of our current global culture and civilization brilliantly argued and logically presented. This book, and related works, hold the potential to transform the dominant intellectual and metaphysical status quo.
I felt some frustration in the implication that there are only three teachers, one school of Hinduism and one practice that are worthy of mention. Others are passed over
Christy ofthewoods
Very important information, however, felt a little repetitive at times which made me bored, (was probably just me but I feel like a video of him talking about this would be better than a book) and also, if I heard the movie screen analogy one more time I was gonna pull my hair out, lol.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Important concepts for everyone to understand: awareness/consciousness. Four stars for repetition. Five stars for Spira’s understanding of reality.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Repetitive, but good to have these ideas drummed into my head. I really like Spira, but probably Being Aware of Being Aware is the only one you need.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
«To research the ultimate nature of reality without first know the essential nature of our own mind, is the madness from which our culture is suffering.»
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I read in a while. I highly recommend it to those on a spiritual path of non-duality.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Nothing here, move on. Wait, says who ? Ok I get it it is profound. Again, says who ?
Derek Recsei
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dense and dogmatic & repetitive in parts, but fascinating all the same. Led me to Dr Bernado Kastrup and his writings in Idealism and a cosmic consciousness. ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, illuminating and brilliant. I’ve read a number of Spira’s books this year and though there is a fair amount of repetition in them I find the repetition is good for learning and retaining the teachings which can be complex and challenging to comprehend. Highly recommend.
Mark Austin
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The longer version of Being Aware of Being Aware. It has the same general content just spread across a few hundred pages, reiterated using a few dozen different metaphors and quotations. It's broken down into convenient 1-3 page segments, making for good once-a-day reading.

It also becomes pretty formulaic with the idea spoken, turned into a metaphor, then closed with a quotation. The formula is so obvious that it began to start to pull me out of what was being said somewhat (hence the 4 stars in
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From an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeen he learnt to meditate, and began a twenty-year period of study and practice in the classical Advaita Vedanta tradition under the guidance of Dr. Francis Roles and Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the north of India. During this time he immersed himself in the teachings of P. D. Ouspen ...more

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