The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment

The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment

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by Adyashanti
     
 

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More and more people are “waking up” spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: now what? “Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,” explains Adyashanti. “It’s most often shared only between teachers and their students.” The End of Your World is his response to a growing

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More and more people are “waking up” spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: now what? “Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,” explains Adyashanti. “It’s most often shared only between teachers and their students.” The End of Your World is his response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path. Consider the book you hold in your hands Adyashanti’s personal welcome to “a new world, a state of oneness.”

Adyashanti begins by describing the “I got it/I lost it” phenomenon that perplexes so many of his students—the fluctuation between what he calls “nonabiding” awakening and the ultimate state of “abiding” enlightenment. With straight talk and penetrating insight, Adyashanti then points out the pitfalls and cul-de-sacs that “un-enlighten” us along the journey, including the trap of meaninglessness, how the ego can “co-opt” realization for its own purposes, the illusion of superiority that may accompany intense spiritual breakthroughs, and the danger of becoming “drunk on emptiness.” “Full awakening comes when you sincerely look at yourself, deeper than you’ve imagined, and question everything,” teaches Adyashanti. The End of Your World is your invitation to join Adyashanti for an honest investigation of what you really are—and how to live once you discover it.
 

Contents
 

Chapter One:  Exploring Life After Awakening
Chapter Two:  Authentic Awakening—And the Disorientation That Can Follow
Chapter Three:  “I Got It, I Lost It”
Chapter Four:  We Come to Nirvana by Way of Samsara
Chapter Five:  Coming Completely Out of Hiding
Chapter Six:  Common Delusions, Traps, and Points of Fixation
Chapter Seven:  Life Itself Holds Up a Mirror for Our Awakening
Chapter Eight: The Energetic Component of Awakening
Chapter Nine:  When Awakening Penetrates the Mind, Heart, and Gut
Chapter Ten:  Effort or Grace?
Chapter Eleven:  The Natural State
Chapter Twelve:  The Story of the Wedding
Chapter Thirteen:  An Interview With Adyashanti
 

Excerpt
 
There’s a phenomenon happening in the world today.  More and more people are waking up—having real, authentic glimpses of reality.  By this I mean that people seem to be having moments where they awaken out of their familiar senses of self, and out of their familiar senses of what the world is, into a much greater reality—into something far beyond anything they knew existed.
These experiences of awakening differ from person to person. For some, the awakening is sustained over time, while for others the glimpse is momentary—it may last just a split second.  But in that instant, the whole sense of “self” disappears.  The way people perceive the world suddenly changes, and they find themselves without any sense of separation between themselves and the world.  It can be likened to the experience of waking up from a dream—a dream you didn’t even know you were in until you were jolted out of it.
In the beginning of my teaching work, most of the people who came to me were seeking these deeper realizations of spirituality.  They were seeking to wake up from the limited and isolated senses of self they had imagined themselves to be.  It’s this yearning that underpins all spiritual seeking: to discover for ourselves what we already intuit to be true—that there is more to life than we are currently perceiving.
But as time has passed, more and more people are coming to me who have already had glimpses of this greater reality.  It is because of them that I am giving the teachings of this book.
 
 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is a wise and beautiful book- offering all who read refreshing spiritual clarity and a free heart."
—Jack Kornfield author of A Path with Heart

"A powerful and profoundly affecting book by one of the premier spiritual teachers of our time."
—Reginald A. Ray author of Touching Enlightenment

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591797791
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2010
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
295,317
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Adyashanti

Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. His books include Emptiness Dancing, The End of Your World, True Meditation, The Way of Liberation, and Falling into Grace.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. "The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all." For more information, please visit adyashanti.org.

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End of Your World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
scotsmanbrad More than 1 year ago
Adyashanti is the real deal, no bells, no whistles, no hocus-pocus and no ancient dogma. Real enlightenment and all that it brings. This is a different kind of book, one which is geared towards the real seeker, or even better, one who has had some small awakening reliazation already and has questions.
SuzanFreedom More than 1 year ago
For those of us who have had awakening experiences, this is wonderful information about where we're going and how to navigate the waters ahead. A must read for those on a conscious Spiritual Journey.
RyanDillon More than 1 year ago
Adyashanti points directly to our true nature and shows us the points in which we might get stuck. I recommend this book if you enjoy Adyashanti and his teachings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent, easily understood and applicable
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Wonderful material, so helpful
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