A MASTERPIECE of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path. Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment, and how the rule can be broken. :: Book One of Jed McKenna's Enlightenment Trilogy. Contains Bonus Material. More
From a spiritual master unlike any, a spiritual masterpiece like no other.
AUTHOR, TEACHER AND SPIRITUAL MASTER Jed McKenna tells it like it's never been told before. A true American original, Jed succeeds where countless others have failed by reducing this highest of attainments — Spiritual Enlightenment — to the simplest of terms.
Effectively demystifying the mystical, Jed astonishes the reader not by adding to the world's collected spiritual wisdom, but by taking the spirituality out of spiritual enlightenment. Never before has this elusive topic been treated in so engaging and accessible a manner.
A masterpiece of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path. Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment — and how the rule can be broken.
Spiritual Enlightenment follows Jed through several days and nights in his "accidental ashram" as he answers in simple yet illuminating language the questions and concerns of his spiritually diverse students. Vampires and zombies; airborne adventure; Maya, Goddess of Delusion; and Lara Croft all find their way seamlessly into these pages. The book also contains carefully selected quotations and poems from the world's great masters, as well as original poems by the author.
The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable. It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath. If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be lost, we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped in the dark because "the light is better over here."
Mankind has spent ages looking in the light for a coin that awaits us not in light and not in dark, but beyond all opposites. That is the message of this book: Spiritual enlightenment, pure and simple.
1. That Which Cannot Be Simpler 2. Paradox 3. Big Thoughts 4. Placid and Self-Contained 5. Done 6. The Savage Rocks of Eternal Mind 7. Neither Holy nor Wise 8. Heartless 9. Both In and Out of the Game 10. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? 11. Kill the Buddha 12. One Truth 13. The Ultimate Truth 14. Refiner’s Fire 15. The Willing Suspension of Disbelief 16. The Harmony of the Spheres 17. Murder Me 18. The Unlocked Cage 19. Codename Beatrice 20. Right Here, Right Now 21. Pasupatastra! 22. Truth-talk in the Dreamstate 23. As Immortal and Fathomless as Myself 24. The Golden Rule 25. The Uncherished Sword 26. Raw Human Things 27. Further 28. Layers 29. Even the Poorest Thing Shines 30. The Origin of All Poems 31. Theater of the Absurd 32. No-Self is True-Self 33. Like a Death Sentence 34. In the Ward of Fevered Minds 35. Die While You’re Alive 36. Why Not Epilogue
BONUS MATERIAL A. Recipe for Failure B. Interview with Jed McKenna C. The Deficiency of Recorded Accounts D. Dr. Pillay Interview E. Impersonating Jed McKenna F. Blues for Buddha