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This is the best fromat I have listened to of the teachings of this emerging teacher of enlightenment. There are only the teachings, dialogues have been omitted. Recommended for would-be students and veterans alike.
This guy is amazing. I have both of his speeches that are available here, and recommend them both VERY VERY VERY highly. His views on being awake are actually liberating (no joke). He teaches that being AWAKE is really not hard, and that in his opinion there are a lot more AWAKE people than you realize ... MAYBE EVEN YOU.
You can hear his authentic-ness in his voice. Very easy too listen too. He leads you through a couple guided meditations. This is basically the teaching he gave at a retreat. I would love to meet this guy!!!
I once saw a video of Adyashanti and did not enjoy his style. But an audio talk of his came to me as a gift, and I loved it, and so downloaded this book. Maybe I just wasn't ready for his teachings when I saw the video, or maybe his style is different in this book, but in any case, I totally LOVE this book.
I fully agree with the enthusiastic reviews that preceded this one, and can also understand the negative reviews....this book is not for everyone. But I would say that anyone who has been studying and resonating with Eckhart Tolle's teachings, or Gangaji's, would probably find this interesting at minimum, and possibly life-changing, as it has been for me. Each time I listen to it, I am struck by the power of things that I heard previously but suddenly see in a new way. I especially love the way Adyashanti speaks about the experience of living in the enlightened state, and the accessibility of that state to us all. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
In terms of the teacher himself, I concur wholeheartedly with the other positive reviews of "Spontaneous Awakening", as Adyashanti is unquestionably one of the clearest and most insightful spiritual teachers of our time and one of only a few in the so-called neo-Advaita or satsang movement that's actually offering a path of rigor and substance. (Gangaji is another standout in this field who's teachings are very compatible with Adya's.)
That said, I get a little concerned when I read reviews (here and elsewhere) that characterize Adyashanti's self-described "pathless path" as being easy...I'm not sure if people aren't listening all the way through or aren't understanding what's being said or what, but this ain't enlightenment-on-a-stick, folks. Even in this series, which seems very casual and conversational on the surface (especially the first hour or so), a lot is being asked of the student, both in terms of practice (i.e. meditation and self-inquiry) and vigilance regarding shadow tendencies like self-deception, conceptualizing, and spiritual bypassing.
Simple isn't the same as easy, and when you get into the real meat of what Adya is offering here (especially in terms of stabilizing and embodying one's spiritual experiences, or what some teachers call integration), it's not really even all that simple...
Adyashanti has a very approachable style and he speaks from an awakened place, so listening to him is listening to awakening. If you are on the path, you will love this! Highly recommended.
This is one of the recordings I listen to multiple times a month, more if I'm stressed. Adya's style and humor put me at ease and he's very easy to understand. He speaks to your body, heart and gut and your innate wisdom so don't try to think through his words with your mind, just listen to the message. If you've never listened to a spiritual teaching by anyone before I admit it might take awhile to understand his nuanced vocabulary but you will be richer for the education and you'll walk away with something you can put into use right now. If you want real, visceral substance in your spiritual teachings, Adya's your guide. He doesn't sweet talk you about what it takes to be awake in the world but he's certainly not harsh either. He speaks with such love and eloquence you swear he's talking only to you. He understands the human condition so well that no matter what your previous experience, you will get something from this recording. I cannot recommend his teachings enough. If you want to learn to love your life, listen.
Yes, I've listened to others and this one is just as good.
If you are wondering what life will be like once you've experienced awakening...this is very helpful. Even if you haven't had the experience; listening to Adya is very helpful--a good reminder to just be as you are; as you always have been.
I simply cannot get enough of Adya. Very thankful I am able to hear what he is teaching and open to having deeper experiences on my road to awakening from the dream.
I found this book really interesting and very well presented. I really liked the way that just when the subject matter was getting a little dry, some hummer would put in to lighten the mood - great book which I will listen to again.
"Not as good as Falling into Grace but still great!"
This book was not as good as Falling into Grace but still great! The way I view the world has changed yet again
"Another path to try"
There is nothing better than a live presentation of an author's ideas. Adyashanti is an engaging host, presenting his ideas on a path to enlightenment in a very personal way. The engagement of his audience also comes through.
The initial welcome sets a light, yet engaging tone for the whole series of talks.
Smiles and thoughtful engagement.
This books offers an intriguing path that may be of real benefit to those who are ready to follow. Certainly, the lack of strictures and Thou Shalts allow these talks to reach a wide audience and engage them. Adyashanti has a quiet, engaging charm that comes through. His personal anecdotes of his long term engagement with Zen Buddhism give him depth and his ideas show an understanding of people and how they put up there own roadblocks to understanding.
"Just what I was looking for"
I have not read the print version
Simple, no nonsense discussion of how to allow awakening to happen
I liked the guided meditations
I felt more peaceful. I would not say I was "awakened as yet, but rather more conscious and I feel awakening is possible
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