I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I have. Don't we all love the "Aha!" moment when suddenly something we've always wanted to know, or hear, or (insert your own word here) suddenly pops up, as it can only really do in an audio book. And there were several of these experiencers for me, and I've been around, and around again, philosophy, religion, history, etc..
This book is a favorite for me, now, by a favorite author, and I wish I was rich enough to buy a copy for everybody in America, I'm that sure that nearly everyone would get something valuable out of it, as long as they listened carefully, and perhaps listened again. Everytime I listen I catch new, exciting things that somehow get by me the time before. This is a surprising, hard to categorize book, a gift of love, surely, from Deepak to his fans and to the world.
When you really want to understand Meditation, this audio set will give you many hours of fun and enlightenment, instruction and a stronger curiosity to seek further, perhaps learn Yoga or Tai Chi. It's definitely a great jumping-off point to a whole new interest, or surely a fun listen if it's all 'old hat' to you. Starting with the most enthusiastic voice, clear, articulate and bright as a brand new silver dollar, the author, Shinzen Young, prepares you for the time of your life and somehow keeps the energy levels and enthusiam up, up and up, beginning to end. It's easy to listen to again and again - and I have, partly because it's new to me, partly because I bought it for targeted information, which requires scanning, but mostly just because it's so much fun. He's great company on a lonely evening, and once or twice listening has cheered me when life seemed a little down. The information contained, which seems vast to a newby like me, none-the-less doesn't intimidate, and makes meditation sound immensely sensible, without sounding too foreign or exotic. A bonus is that the author has additional recordings and written works to enjoy, easily available, too. The Science of Enlightenment could be just what many people are looking for in this world. It's more of a full-fledged course, than just a passive listen -- if that's what you want to make of it, so it's a bargain at any price.
I used to buy Deepak's paper-bound books until my eyes became so problematic that Audible became a real life-saver. Bless 'em for always carrying such a fine selection, of which this book is a serious stand-out, it's so well written, has so much to express and brought answers to me at a time I desperately need them, as I willl be finding out for myself soon what life holds after death. As anyone can imagine, I had questions, even with a solid and comfortable orthodox Jewish religion supporting me. Perhaps the nicest part is that Deepak never steps on toes, never calls into question a different belief's tenents or dogma. I suppose the best referrel I can give this wonderful book is that, while toward the end -- it did give me some things to think about, it also left me comforted and in full belief that there is, indeed, existence after death, and along with an old friend "Seth", the spiritual enitity channeled by Jane Roberts in the 70's, intimates that, at least at first, the afterlife looks about the way we either expect it to look, or desire it to. With the exception of those poor souls looking forward to a "hell", or expecting 47 virgin girls as a reward for murdering Jews, the rest of us may be able to expect a restful period where we can collect our thoughts, rexamine our lives and perhaps make plans for the next. Meeting Abraham or Mose, or Jesus or whomever would also seem to be in the realm of possibility, although Deepak didn't elaborate on the religious aspects, as can be expected - nor would I have wanted him to. He's just one of our most gifted authors and a force in my life. I don't see how anyone with an open mind and a real desire to listen to lovely possibilities that sound of pure logic, and in any case are backed up by loads of research could not enjoy this book. The narrator did a fine job, though I prefer Deepak's voice, myself. I trust no other author, (other than G-d) more than Deepak Chopra -- even with my life; and death. DALevit
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