Pleasures of Mental Quietude [NOOK Book]

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Only an omniscient being can be called ‘enlightened’. Since we humans can never be omniscient none of us is or will be enlightened. If however we speak only of that which is humanly possible we can also say that all of us are already enlightened. Nevertheless between these two extremes there are enlightenments which we can work towards and attain. ‘Pleasures of Mental Quietude – An Essay on Enlightenment’ presents a logical, rational, and thinking method to help us attain profound mental quietude. This ‘equable ...

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Overview

Only an omniscient being can be called ‘enlightened’. Since we humans can never be omniscient none of us is or will be enlightened. If however we speak only of that which is humanly possible we can also say that all of us are already enlightened. Nevertheless between these two extremes there are enlightenments which we can work towards and attain. ‘Pleasures of Mental Quietude – An Essay on Enlightenment’ presents a logical, rational, and thinking method to help us attain profound mental quietude. This ‘equable quietude’ is found by rational means and makes us only more rational. The term ‘quietude’ is being used here to designate ‘mental quietude with an access to certain aspects of reality’. Once this state of mind has been attained all our physical and mental activities turn into meditation. Eating an apple is no longer just eating an apple. It rather acquires the serenity of meditation. Swimming or reading a book is no longer just swimming or just reading. Rather they become quiet meditation and also turn into authentic pleasures. Usually what we think of as ‘experiencing pleasure’ is often not pleasure proper but only ‘titillation’. The term ‘titillation’ needs to be used in a much wider, non-sexual sense too. All activities, be it a vacation or listening to a song or eating a dish or looking at a flower and so on, often produce it in our minds which we usually do not recognize as such for it disguises itself as ‘happiness’. Once, however, mental quietude has been attained, all physical and mental activities turn into ‘titillation-free pleasures’. They become authentic pleasures. This book provides a method to help us attain such a state of mind. All we need to do is ‘think the method’. This method requires us to contemplate various infinities and some other related thoughts which calm the mind and when mental quietude has been attained we can safely drop these thoughts if we wish to do so. The quietude would remain intact. We will see that sitting is not the only kind of meditation. Our mind will be in meditation all the time no matter what we actually happen to be doing. This meditation can be called ‘Equable Meditation’. Apart from being a method, this book is simultaneously an essay in philosophy. Although the meditation aspect is emphasized in this short note, the book can be read as philosophy as well. The direction of the arguments in it keeps changing, making it hard to give a summary without significantly weakening its mind-calming effects. Hence only the destination is stated here. The path is described in the book.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045197229
  • Publisher: Akshay Srivastav
  • Publication date: 8/4/2013
  • Series: ENLIGHTENMENT
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 768,787
  • File size: 86 KB

Meet the Author

Akshay has been studying languages, religious philosophies, and human mind. He likes forests, mountains, lakes, islands, rivers and such natural places. He is an agnostic and non-religious.
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