On Being You: A Simple Guide to Self Enquiry ~Michael Vincent

“I came into this body with no-thing : without my name, my mind, my ego and without any material thing. It is assured that I will leave this body with no-thing. What is the nature of this “I” which existed before all these things were attached to it……..? What is the nature of this Consciousness, this Awareness, that existed as “I” before entering this body? Who is this “I” that I am? Who amongst us will dare to ask…..?”

If you would reflect on “Who am I?” in your search for Self Realisation this small volume may be the invitation you seek and the map you require on your personal journey. The travelling may not be easy as you are invited to drop all the masks and kick away the crutches. But as the fog lifts and the clouds clear away you will become aware that the Realisation of True Self is the essential factor rendering as decoration and side show all other activities pursued in life. You have within you all that is required and membership of this club is guaranteed with endless benefits…..

Born in Suffolk in 1949 Michael has been a painter and writer throughout his life. His inspiration is found in front of the living, vibrant landscape where painting becomes both a connection to our precious Earth and an act of deep meditation. He specialises in gouache and oil painting using reproductions of his work to illustrate his articles and books. Several of his paintings have been reproduced as limited edition prints and he has work in private collections worldwide.

In 2004 Michael was honoured to receive the Sannyasin name Tathagat from his friends at Osho Leela, a name he continues to use in his work on Self Enquiry. A life-long interest in meditation culminated in a deepening understanding of Self Enquiry and his first book on this simple yet radical and profound Practice was published in 2010. A revised Edition is now available on Kindle eBooks.

Michael now lives in Bridgwater, Somerset with his daughter Jennifer. From here he pursues a combined programme of creative activity and meditation taught to others through Satsang and Retreats.


The Book of Listening by Jean Klein (Author), Emma Edwards (Introduction)

This book is a compilation of Volumes 1 – 10 of Jean Klein´s journal Listening, published by the Jean Klein Foundation on a limited basis between 1989-1995. Each volume of Listening is arranged around a theme, for example, Love and Marriage, The Guru and Disciple, and includes a previously unpublished private discussion or a transcription of a public talk with Jean Klein.

Listening also includes one question answered in depth (Your Question) and a brief description of Jean’s unique approach to the role of the body in his teaching. For each volume Jean selected an extract from his own favourite literature and poetry, covering many ages and cultures, which complemented the depth and richness of his own expression. The Book of Listening reproduces each original volume in full and, as well as offering an exposition of the direct path, captures the multi-cultural interests and tastes of this remarkable and pioneering exponent of Advaita in the West

Jean Klein was born in Berlin and spent his childhood in Brno and Prague. He studied musicology and medicine in Vienna and Berlin, becoming a physician. Having left Germany in 1933 for France, he secretly worked with the French Resistance in the Second World War. After the war, Klein again left for India to study Yoga and Advaita Vedanta for three years. During those three years he met a spiritual teacher of Advaita, “Panditji” Rao, and returned to the West to become a spiritual teacher himself. He died in 1998 in Santa Barbara, California. Several of his disciples, including Francis Lucille, went on to become spiritual teachers themselves


Jean Klein in Dialogue (Audio Extract).

Jean Klein was a master of Advaita (non-dualism) and yoga. He taught yoga in the Kashmir Tradition, an approach based on awareness through body sensation.

Books by Jean Klein

Be Who you Are
I Am
Who Am I?
The Ease of Being
Transmission of the Flame
Living Truth
Beyond Knowledge
Open to the Unknown
The Book of Listening

Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree by Ravi Ravindra (Author)

Three Essays about J. Krishnamurti published in 1995 by someone who had many meetings with him over a period of twenty years.

Ravi Ravindra, Ph.D., is a spiritual visionary, scholar, and leading international speaker on religion, science, and spirituality. A native of India, he emigrated to Canada and is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served for many years as a professor in Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Physics. He was a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and Founding Director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. He has been a member of the Board of Judges for the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Ravindra’s spiritual search has led him to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, G. Gurdjieff, Yoga, Zen, and a deep immersion in the mystical teachings of the Indian and Christian classical traditions. He is the author of many books, including Christ the Yogi: A Hindu Reflection on the Gospel of John and Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree.


Ravi Ravindra ‘A Voice Without A Form’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Sep 13, 2015

Ravi Ravindra ‘A Voice Without A Form’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of many books including ‘Science and the Sacred,’ ‘Krishnamurti – Two Birds On One Three’ and ‘Heart Without Measure. – Gurdjieff work with Madam de Salzmann.’
Ravi was born in India in 1939. As a teenager he found himself reading the works of Swami Vivekananda and being ‘pulled by a longing to understand the mystery and significance of life. He was struck by one particular statement: ‘I am a voice without a form.’ It opened a door to a new dimension for him.
He talks about his time with Krishnamurti, ’Silence was a special delight to both of us, it was easy to understand each other’s thoughts and feelings.’
And then his 10 years with Madame De Salzmann who was head of the Gurdjieff work since the latter’s death in 1949. She stressed, ’attention is all that we have, that is to say, attention is all that we can bring. The rest is out of our control. A higher energy is there. The purpose of man’s existence on Earth is to allow the exchange of energy between the earth and higher levels of existence.’

Watch Alan Watts’ Powerful Speech On The Higher Self

Alan Watts (1915-1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Among Watts’ greatest works include: The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism; Psychotherapy East and West (1961); the essay “The New Alchemy” (1958); and the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).

Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He considered “Nature, Man, and Woman” (1958) to be, “from a literary point of view – the best book I have ever written.” He also explored human consciousness, in the essay “The New Alchemy” (1958), and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).

Watts felt that absolute morality had nothing to do with the fundamental realization of one’s deep spiritual identity. He advocated social rather than personal ethics. In his writings, Watts was increasingly concerned with ethics applied to relations between humanity and the natural environment and between governments and citizens. He wrote out of an appreciation of a racially and culturally diverse social landscape.

Source: Body Mind Soul Spirit

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