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Ramaji

1000—The Levels of Consciousness and a Map of the Stages of Awakening for Spiritual Seekers and Teachers—Revised, Updated & Expanded 2019 Second Edition
The «RASA Companion»

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From the spine.

1000 is a complete guide to LOCs (Levels of Consciousness) and the new Map of Awakening. Ramaji gives an overview of the lower levels of consciousness (LOC 30 to LOC 499). He explains the emergence of spirituality (LOC 500 to 559). He then describes the advanced seeker stages (LOC 560 to LOC 589), getting ready to leap into non-duality. Ramaji covers the four non-dual stages in considerable depth. Entries from his private spiritual journal illuminate this ultimate journey. The new non-dual sage goes from local space spontaneity (LOC 600s) to cosmic or universal consciousness (LOC 700s), to divine unknowing (LOC 800s), to, for a few, the hesitant hermit (LOC 900s). He arrives at and stabilizes in the Absolute (LOC 1000).

Additional book description.

In order to assist the advanced seekers and spiritual teachers around the world, Ramaji offers case studies and other in depth practical explanations in order to show how each major non-dual stage is different from the others. He also does all he can to describe the nature and experience of the Absolute. He calls upon Ramana and Nisargadatta frequently in his efforts to explain the Absolute which is by Its very nature ineffable and utterly beyond words. There has never been a book like 1000 before. If you are on the spiritual path in any way, this is a book that you simply cannot do without.

Other books by Ramaji are available here, amongst others. The ebook «The Yoga of Self-Inquiry», a condensed and revised version of Ramaji’s «Who Am I? Meditation», is available as a free download here (for Apple devices only) and as PDF here.

Ananda Devi

Ramaji’s partner and «Spiritual Finisher»

Intimacy with the Infinite: The Truth about Life after Awakening

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Book description.

«Intimacy with the Infinite» is the candid spiritual autobiography of contemporary spiritual teacher Ananda Devi. It reads like a novel, yet if offers unique powerful life-changing insights. Unlike most authors writing on non-duality or enlightenment, Ananda focuses on the truth about life after a genuine deep spiritual awakening.The events that followed soon after her awakening changed her life beyond recognition. The telling of these dramatic events, predicted in dreams, is interspersed with the insights that she gleaned from this remarkable transformation of her life. While most awakened authors concentrate on their journey to enlightenment, Ananda emphasizes its massive impact and the radical personal and life changes that take place post-awakening. The shocks and surprises that awaited Ananda post-awakening included meeting and falling in love with her Twin Flame life partner Ramaji who is 23 years her senior, getting divorced, giving up her multimillion dollar inheritance and going no contact with her wealthy parents and brother. «Intimacy with the Infinite» is the only book that explores in depth the heroic challenges, unsolved mysteries and long-held secrets of the post-awakening journey and its ineffable fulfillment. Hard-won spiritual knowledge that can only be gained by fearlessly living this profound death and rebirth process─symbolized by the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly─are strewn like shining gems throughout the text. Ananda Devi speaks with her heart from her own direct knowing and realization. She awakened spontaneously without a teacher. Her teachings are not influenced by any source or tradition. She aligns with Zen as the path she likes the most, but her interest in Zen came after her awakening.Enlightenment is not what you think it is. You will not arrive at your goal floating in the clouds above human. Instead, you will be more human, more vulnerable and more authentic than ever before. At long last you are being true to yourself… and you will know it!Well-known spiritual teacher Adyashanti said «Enlightenment is a destructive process.» (View the full quote here). You will not find more compelling proof of Adyashanti’s cautionary counsel than Intimacy with the Infinite by Ananda Devi. The extraordinary changes in both her inner life and her outer world demonstrate that once you have fully embraced truth, everything else will inevitably fall away for good and forever. It is not enough to realize the truth. You must live it!

Nisargadatta Maharaj

«Like the Zen masters of old, Nisargadatta’s style is abrupt, provocative, and immensely profound—cutting to the core and wasting little effort on inessentials. His terse but potent sayings are known for their ability to trigger shifts in consciousness, just by hearing, or even reading them.»

Dr. Robert Powell, editor

Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Prior to Consciousness

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Consciousness and the Absolute

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Other books by Nisargadatta Maharaj are available here, amongst others, as well as PDF.
I AM THAT
Seeds of Consciousness
The Nectar of Immortality
The Ultimate Medicine
Nisarga Yoga Manual—Key Instructions by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Be Free—108 Gems of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Blissful Life—As Realized Through the Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (by Dr. Robert Powell)
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Karl Renz

One of the currently clearest, fully Awakened ones (LOC 1000)

Heaven and Hell

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Echoes of Silence—Avadhuta Gita revisited

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If You Wake Up, Don’t Take It Personally

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Other books by Karl Renz are available on here, amongst others.

Ramana Maharshi

The Silent Sage of Mount Arunachala

«Who Am I?»
(Self-inquiry basic instructions)

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Forty Verses on Reality
(Diving deeper into Self-inquiry)

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Other books by Ramana Maharshi are available here (and here and here), amongst others, as well as PDF.
The Path of Sri Ramana—Part One (includes profound Self-inquiry instructions)
The Path of Sri Ramana—Part Two
The Garland of the Guru’s Sayings (Guru Vachaka Kovai)
Upadesa Saram (The Quintessence of Spiritual Instruction)
Padamalai (partly translated from Tamil, a complete translation is available here)
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Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now—A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
(Ideal for beginners)

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A New Earth—Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
(Contains clear and detailed descriptions of the many «facets of the ego», amongst others)

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Books of other authors

The Ashtavakra Gita and the Tao Te Ching
Here as part of the book «The Perennial Way—Expanded Edition. New English translations by Bart Marshall.»

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Another excellent version of the Tao Te Ching (or «Dao De Jing») by Lao Tzu is available as PDF here.

 

 

 

Consciousness Strikes
The Gospel of Ramesh Balsekar

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Adi Shankara’s Viveka-Chudamani

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The Bhagavad Gita with Adi Shankara’s Commentary

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The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart

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A Year with Hafiz
Versions by Daniel Ladinsky

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View selected poems of Hafiz as PDF

View selected poems of Rumi as PDF

 

 

 

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