A few comments for those of you that have read the review on the Sri Ramana book. The review underlines a point I would like to make clear, and that is that I am not "pushing" Sri Ramana or his doctrine. It is only that MY mentor studied under him, so in effect, there is a direct line to me, hence the emphsis on Ramana. However, Elena Gutierrez starts HER review of the book by stating, and I am pretty much in accord with what she says and why the recommendation: "...(the book is) one of the best instruction manuals for getting Enlightened that (has) ever been written." Then she goes into a review posted in the Amazon.com Customer Review section that tears the book apart. Gutierrez then follows up with:
Enlightenment books -- the useful ones -- contain instructions for getting
enlightened. You're supposed to follow the instructions, get enlightened, and
Unfortunately, this reader's (that is, the Amazon.com review writer's) misunderstanding is very common. People think
enlightenment is about absorbing wisdom from wise sayings.
Sorry, that's not how it works. The way it works is, the book tells you what to do.
The doing makes you wise.
Those few paragraphs make fairly clear my intentions in the matter.
Now for something a little more controversial. It has to do with a "Guru type" called Osho, now deceased, who was once known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Not much written about him has been very good, however, he himself, did write a very good account of his own Awakening that you may consider reading. Again, I am not "pushing" his doctrine, only making available to you another example of an Enlightenment experience. I have put a link to that page following a short bibliography below:
Born in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, India on December 11, 1931. His parents gave
him the name Rajneesh Chandra Mohan and raised him as a Jain. When he was seven,
his grandfather died with his head in Osho's lap while riding to the doctor in a bullock
cart. Osho became enlightened at 21 and graduated at about the same time from the
University of Saugar with first-class honors in philosophy. While a student, he won the
All-India Debating Championship. He was a professor of philosophy at the University
of Jabalpur for nine years. In 1966, he left his teaching post and established an ashram
in Bombay. In 1974, he left Bombay and established an ashram in Poona. In 1981, he
moved to the United States and established an ashram in Oregon. In 1986 he was
deported from the United States for violations of immigration law (to which he pleaded
no contest) and returned to Poona. He died on January 19, 1990.
MY AWAKENING, By Osho
Compare the above with the following:LUANGPOR TEEAN JITTASUBHO
See also the below, especially within the contents: #6 Luangpor Teean Teaches "Outside the Texts":LUANGPOR TEEAN: The Singular Quality of an Ordinary Monk
Equally as well as worth looking into and even more so as it offers a person's insight under the grace of Sri Ramana:WHAT RAMANA'S "I-I" FEELS LIKE
So too, the following:THE MEETING: An Untold Story of Sri Ramana
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