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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), 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), and to, for a few, the hesitant hermit (LOC 900s). He arrives at and stabilizes in the Absolute (LOC 1000).

Additional description.

To assist the advanced seekers and spiritual teachers around the world, Ramaji offers case studies and other in-depth practical explanations 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 that, by Its very nature, is 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, etc. 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 a PDF here.

Ananda Devi

Ramaji’s partner and «Spiritual Finisher»

Intimacy with the Infinite — The Truth about Life after Awakening

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«Intimacy with the Infinite» is the candid spiritual autobiography of contemporary spiritual teacher Ananda Devi. It reads like a novel, yet it offers unique, powerful, and 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 occur 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 having no contact with her wealthy parents and brother. «Intimacy with the Infinite» is the only book that explores in-depth the heroic challenges, 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 a caterpillar to a butterfly ─ is 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 humanness. Instead, you will be more human, more vulnerable, and more authentic than ever before. At long last, you are true to yourself… and you will know it! Well-known spiritual teacher Adyashanti said, «Enlightenment is a destructive process.» (The full quote is available 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 everything else will inevitably fall away for good and forever once you have fully embraced Truth. It is not enough to realize the Truth. You must live it!

Short bio.

Non-duality teacher Ananda Devi is the author of the boldly honest spiritual autobiography Intimacy with the Infinite — The Truth about Life after Awakening. A powerful heart-centered Zen style spiritual teacher, she has transformed the lives of hundreds of students around the world many of whom have achieved spiritual enlightenment. Born in South Africa, she is a single mother with triplet teenagers. Her spontaneous spiritual awakening in 2014 shattered her conventional materialistic existence. She and her Twin Flame life partner Ramaji deliver the RASA spiritual blessing to rapidly accelerate awakening via live group and one-on-one-online sessions. She teaches that spiritual awakening is about vulnerability, integration, and unconditional love so that you become authentic and truly human — not above human. She is an expert in the application of the Enneagram for awakening, personal transformation, and relationship coaching.

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

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 about Nisargadatta Maharaj are available on Amazon here, etc., and as PDFs below.
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, a direct «student» of Nisargadatta Maharaj)
Other books as PDF are available here.

Karl Renz

One of the currently clearest, fully awakened people (LOC 1000) from Germany

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 Amazon here, etc.

Ramana Maharshi

«The Silent Sage of Mount Arunachala»

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

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

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Other books about Ramana Maharshi are available on Amazon here, here, here, etc., and as PDFs below.
The Path of Sri Ramana — Part One (includes profound instructions on Self-inquiry)
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; an alternative, complete translation is available here)
Silence of the Heart — Dialogues with Robert Adams (a direct «disciple» of Ramana Maharshi; includes detailed instructions on Self-inquiry, perfectly suited for Westerners)
Other books as PDFs are available here.

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,» etc.)

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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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View only the Tao Te Ching as a PDF

Another superb translation of the Tao Te Ching (or «Daodejing») by Lao Tzu is available as a PDF here.



Consciousness Strikes
By Ramesh S. Balsekar and Shirish S. Murthy (editor)

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Shankara’s Viveka-Chudamani
«The crest-jewel of discrimination»

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The Bhagavad Gita with Shankara’s Commentary

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The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin

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