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The Disappearance of the Universe | [Gary R. Renard]

The Disappearance of the Universe

What would you do if you were sitting quietly in your living room when a mysterious couple suddenly appeared from out of nowhere, and then told you they were "ascended masters" who had come to reveal some shocking secrects of existence and teach you the miraculous power of advanced forgiveness? Would you call the cops? Call a psychiatrist? Call out for pizza?
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What would you do if you were sitting quietly in your living room when a mysterious couple suddenly appeared from out of nowhere, and then told you they were "ascended masters" who had come to reveal some shocking secrects of existence and teach you the miraculous power of advanced forgiveness? Would you call the cops? Call a psychiatrist? Call out for pizza?

When two such teachers appeared before Gary Renard in 1992, he chose to listen to them. (And ask a lot of questions.) The result is this startling audiobook: An extraordinary record of 17 mind-bending conversations that took place over nearly a decade, reorienting the author's life, and giving the world an uncompromising introduction to a spiritual teaching destined to change human history.

©2004 Gary R. Renard; (P)2005 Hay House, Inc.

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    John Trinidad, CO, USA 02-28-07
    John Trinidad, CO, USA 02-28-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Positively Great"

    While some may find the concept of reincarnation and the absence of time and physical reality hard to understand, this book is in my opinion one of the ten greatest books ever written. It fits very well with future students being introduced to "A Course In Miracles".

    Some may be disturbed by the story as many have been programmed with a certain God fearing dogmatic mindset that this book contradicts. If you want to learn that GOD is love you must hear this. It is very believable because even the author makes judgemental statements and is redirected in his thinking by these teachers.
    They do not always agree with his preconcieved notions and do state things in an understandable way. It is humorous at times as the teachers have a few witty answers and comments and leads to a surprise ending.

    Having read the printed version twice then listening to this again is a positive life changing experience.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Master Yoda 01-02-09
    Master Yoda 01-02-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Classical Advaita Vedanta in a New Age format"

    The audio of this book did not turn out to be as bad as some other reviews below suggest. Though it is improvable but is listenable. I am not a big believer in mediumship or angelic revelations but this work, even if it might be purely a fiction, seems to have been written with a lot of thought and imagination. It does have some trappings of New Age and that is why I reserve a bit of healthy skepticism.

    What made me a bit wary was the claim of this book that Thomas was killed in India. This seems to be retelling of a popular myth as the contemporary biblical scholarship, both secular and religious, now discounts this story as apocryphal. The fellow mistaken from St. Thomas was actually Thomas of Cana , a Persian merchant who escaped to India with other Christian refugees in 4th century CE. I was wondering if Purusa was real St. Thomas whether she would have still made this claim about St.Thomas' death in India which is now known to be spurious, based on a mistaken identity.

    Having said that there is a lot in this work that is thought provoking. It is basically retelling of classical Hindu philosophy of Advaita , or Non-dualism, in a New Age format.

    For a more orthodox and time-worn reading of non-dualism philosophy the reader is advised to refer to the works of Adi Shankara, the 8th century Indian mystic who reconciled Buddhism and Hinduism. Another classical Hindu work that comes to mind, which contains the same exposition, is "Yoga Vashishtha". A more contemporary and Christianized, and yet somewhat conservative and orthodox, reading and practice of his philosophy is also available from Self-Realization Fellowship founded by Paramhamsa Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi (available on audible). The present work refers back to Course on Miracles, a work I am not very familiar with but would definitely like to check out after listening to this work. On the whole, I recommend this book but with a little caution however.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kristopher Lee's Summit, MO, USA 12-27-08
    Kristopher Lee's Summit, MO, USA 12-27-08
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    "Solid Content With Bad Form"

    I already read the text prior to purchasing the audio book, so my expectations as to the content were already set. The book reads quickly (took me about a day) and its message is solid. In contrast, the audio book (in my opinion) is rather loathsome to listen to. Something was certainly lost in the translation from print to audio.

    As another reviewer mentioned, the person who plays the part of Arten has a radio announcer voice; while Pursah is played by Doreen Virtue, a familiar voice (if one listens to Hay House Radio). I think those two factors diminished the content considerably. They took away from the message more than they gave.

    The only believable person in the audio book is Gary Renard himself. Then again, it was he who had the actual experience; not the other two.

    However, as I considered it, I realized that this was one of those situations where I would be called upon to forgive. Could it have been done better? Without question it could have. Yet how many of us could have done it perfectly? Probably none.

    Let this be a lesson to us all who seek the Truth: We screw up even the purest of messages with our own hands, try as we might to do otherwise. It is almost inevitable. Best to forgive it and take the content of what we're given; leaving the form behind.

    If you're averse to reading a 150,000 word book, this audio format is just fine. The content is all there, just as it is in the book, and the audio quality is high and well recorded. But if you've heard Doreen and the other guy before, one can't help but be distracted by them.

    I think the author should seriously consider redoing this book using real actors; perhaps ones with a heavy spiritual inclination, in order to capture the essence of not only the message, but of his overall experience.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Anne PORTLAND, OR, USA 03-01-08
    Anne PORTLAND, OR, USA 03-01-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Content vs. Form"

    The content of "The Disappearance of the Universe" includes some eye-opening and worthwhile concepts for students of New Age spirituality. It frankly acts as a sort of advertisement for and clarification of "A Course in Miracles," but its ideas are certainly available to anyone, regardless of their exposure , to the earlier work.

    The audiobook, however, is a perfect example of What Not To Do. The author, whose voice is so nasal and sinusy as to border on the loathesome, has insisted on reading his own work. Another spiritual author, Doreen Virtue, reads the part of Persa, the female spiritual guide, while an obviously professional reader, with a slick, radio-type announcer voice, reads the words of Arten, the male spiritual guide, and makes them sound like an infomercial.

    The mix is so bizarre as to make the content difficult to approach. Fortunately, the sections the author reads are very brief, and the more listenable voices of the other two readers constitute the majority of te work.

    Don't listen with good earphones unless you want to know all about the sinus condition of the author. Sorry, Audible: this is one I wish I'd bought on paper and read with my eyes, 'cause my ears are annoyed.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Culver City, CA, USA 07-09-10
    Lori Culver City, CA, USA 07-09-10
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    "Disappearance of the Universe"

    I love this book because it is inspirational and life-altering. I must have listened to it 20 times, each time understanding and applying the principles set forth to a greater degree. It a good read and a tool for transformation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Temecula, CA, USA 05-01-09
    David Temecula, CA, USA 05-01-09
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    "Hmmm. It will get you to think"

    I enjoyed this. I'm still a little confused as far as the ending is concerned and not 100% sure I buy into the whole story (and I have a very open mind), but it will definetely get you thinking. Either Gary Renard is one of the great New Age con men of our time, or a great messenger. You decide.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 12-24-07
    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 12-24-07
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    "Opened my eyes to ACIM"

    I had tried to read A Course in Miracles years ago but simply could not understand the text and always put it down. This audio program helped open my eyes to what the book was trying to say and got me interested in reading it again.

    The audio is well done, and while Gary doesn't have the professional public speaker type voice he does a good job of narrating.

    If you were curious of a course in miracles or had tried to study the course and found it difficult to follow I recommend this audio as a good primer.

    Thanks Gary, it got me started back on that path.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Tucson, AZ, United States 01-30-12
    Bill Tucson, AZ, United States 01-30-12
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    "Some interesting ideas; narrators are awful"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no. Although many if the ideas were thought provoking, the narrators, especially Gary, were so bad it detracted from the listening experience.


    Has The Disappearance of the Universe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I would never buy another audible in which Gary was one of the narrators.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have had someone other than the author narrate the author's part. Gene sounded like a bad parody of a radio DJ. Doreen was pretty good.


    Was The Disappearance of the Universe worth the listening time?

    Barely. The content was somewhat interesting, but the narration was so bad, I didn't really enjoy the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I looked through other offerings authored by Gary Renard but found that he was also the narrator in all of them so I didn't purchase any.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Torrance, CA, United States 08-10-11
    Karen Torrance, CA, United States 08-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "This book has profoundly changed me forever."

    I have listening to this book a few times now and each time I get something new from it that I didn't get the first time. I've learned so much from Gary, Pursah & Arten and am forever grateful for their words of wisdom & encouragement. I have started applying some of the forgiveness techniques whenever I have any sort of problem or an "un-settling" feeling come up... and let me say what a difference it has made in my life already. I highly recommend this book, and I have gone on to purchase two more of Gary's books as well. Bravo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carla PARADISE, CA, USA 08-02-06
    Carla PARADISE, CA, USA 08-02-06
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    "Life Changing"

    Gary Renard's book "The Disappearance of the Universe" set me on a path that has been life changing in only a few short months. It is an increditable ride that takes you from disbelief to Truth. My outlook on life and God has changed forever.
    Carla

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "An interesting take on Christianity"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrators voice is a bit robotic, although I do like the fact that it is the genuine author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gives you a taste of avenues you may want to pursue in finding out a more factual take on events with Christ, rather than just a 'bilble-ised' version.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Yes, if it had similar content on the same subject, although I would say that it could be narrated better.


    Do you think The Disappearance of the Universe needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, because it leaves unanswered questions, did he pursue that he may have been hallucinating. Did his wife every get to meet the same people who are central to his book. What were the 365 daily insight's of wisdom that are meant to help us on our way to god?


    Any additional comments?

    Essentially good subject matter, even interesting whether it was a manifestation of his mind rather than a visitation. Good have been presented a little better, author has a kind of robotic Stephen Hawkins ring to his voice which is a bit hard to listen to continually.
    That being said, I did pretty much listen to it end-to-end in one day, so it wasn't impossible to listen to.

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  • M. A. Contreras
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    "The greatest book since the Bible"

    This is the greatest book since the Bible, absolutely and without a doubt. The extraordinary experience that happened to Gary back in '92 has just got to be the most phenomenal personal awakening.



    I won't give the game away, if you are reading this its because this is your calling to listen and be totally amazed!



    I've been studying spirituality for 20 years and when I first heard this work I had not just one but many epiphanies! I has such a deep and power awakening with it that I also have the hard copy book of it too so that I can receive the information through as many ways as possible.



    For me this answered every single question I've ever had! The author actually reads the main book himself which for me is the icing on the cake.



    If you are searching - your search has ended and you've arrived. Prepare for your life to change in the most miraculous way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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