ENLIGHTENMENT IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK by Wayne Liquorman
Enlightenment is not what you think but rather the ultimate, unimaginable dissolution into all that IS.
Finally, a book has come along that may help to dispel some of the more persistent myths surrounding Enlightenment and Enlightened people! With his typical good humor, Wayne shines a bright, clear light on the subject, helping us to understand not only what Enlightenment isn't but encouraging us to realize directly and intuitively the Truth of Enlightenment itself.
This is an important book. With Grace, it could be the last one in your spiritual library.
"Wayne's teaching is part of the alluring and enduring tradition of spiritual inquiry in which the question is always more important than the answer, and in which the love and immeasurable patience of the teacher are what heal the wounds of the seeker." John Strydom, Clinical Psychologist
"Wayne skillfully dispels the illusion that Consciousness is something other than who you already are." Matthew Flickstein, Film Producer
This book is so full of wisdom that I find I can only read about 4 or 5 pages at a sitting. I love this book like I love dessert. It is powerful, and explodes in my consciousness the way a great dessert explodes my taste buds. It is so much fun to read and so stimulating it is almost obscene in its power and effect.
This book, like all of Wayne's books, is for anyone seriously interested in enlightenment and "understanding" their life predicament. Wayne, as a teacher, has a unique style that somehow invites the presence of grace. I have experienced this grace and so have a number of my students. I feel the same winds of grace blowing through this book. Reading it has been a deja vu all over again. I highly recommend it.
Wayne Liquorman was both a spiritual seeker and a family man with a successful export business, when he met his first and final guru, Ramesh Balsekar, in September 1987. In April 1989 the process of seeking ended when enlightenment happened through the body-mind mechanism called Wayne.
Wayne describes the event as being "of interest only to seekers." His first book, No Way: A Guide For the Spiritually 'Advanced' was published in 1990 under the pen name Ram Tzu because he "didn't want a bunch of miserable seekers cluttering up his living room." In fact, Wayne did not speak publicly until Ramesh asked him to do so in 1996.
This enlightenment event and its aftermath are described in Wayne's second book, Acceptance of What IS, published in 2000. He is also the author of Never Mind... A journey into Non-duality, and the editor of Consciousness Speaks and several other books by Ramesh Balsekar, who refers to Wayne as his "spiritual son." His most recent book, Enlightenment Is Not What You Think, was published in 2009.
The teaching, as it happens through Wayne, is pure Advaita (non-duality), uniquely presented in a uncompromising, sometimes humorous way, without religious dogma or new age veneer. In his Talks, Wayne is without agenda, speaking only in response to seeker's questions. He talks about Consciousness: the ground of all being, the source and the substance of everything.
"This Advaita, as I talk about it, is not actually a philosophy, because it does not hold any tenets. It is simply a collection of pointers and concepts, and it posits that none of them are true in an absolute sense. This teaching is not about conveying the truth. It is about prying away the limitations and misconceptions about how things are."
from Never Mind
Wayne's message is clear and simple. Although he may suggest areas for further inquiry, Wayne offers no cures, practices, or miracles to reach enlightenment. He invites you to bring your most cherished beliefs to his Talks. If you are really fortunate, you may leave without them.