Overview for Enlightenment: May Or May Not Happen
"How can I tell if I'm making progress in my spiritual search?" "Can I speed it up at all, and if so – how?" Answers to these and other crucial recurrent questions can be found in this book. But be warned: these answers are uncompromising and may shatter your misconceptions. Ramesh S. Balsekar – life-long devotee of Ramana Maharshi, and disciple of Nisargadatta Maharaj-has been sharing his wisdom with seekers from all walks of life, for the past 20 years. Gently but insistently, he points to the fact that there is nothing anyone can do hasten his or her spiritual progress, because the individual seeker, the "me"-entity, just does not exist. The outcome of our spiritual search is not in our hands. Rather, it is in the hands of that power – call it Consciousness or God-which turned us into seekers in the first place. All manifestation is a reflection of that same impersonal Consciousness, and it is That which is seeking and which does or does not become enlightened, according to Its own ineluctable functioning. Madhukar Thompson recorded, transcribed and edited all conversations featured in this book. Brimming with earnestness and authenticity, they stand as a vivid testimony to the modern-day seeker and provide invaluable insights into his/ her predicament. The text is illustrated with a series of cartoons which underscore key aspects of Sri Balsekar's teaching. They ensure that the book, and the seeking itself, are lively experiences, full of enjoyment and liberally sprinkled with laughter.
Madhukar Thompson (Author)
A native of Germany, Berthold Madhukar Thompson left the West in 1980 after achieving success as a businessman, becoming a fervent disciple of Osho. After his master died in January 1990, Thompson became a student of Sri H.W.L Poonja, and served as his personal assistant. On several occasions, Poonjaji publicly declared that Thompson had attained enlightenment, but he eventually left his teacher, believing him to be mistaken. The author has since 1993 pursued an ever-deepening dialogue with enlightened adepts throughout India and in the U.S. In the meantime, Thompson wrote seven books and eight cartoon books. Today he teaches Vedanta mainly in China and Taiwan. He lives in India and Hawaii. Books from this author - The Odyssey Of Enlightenment, Enlightenment: Who Cares?, Enlightenment: May Or May Not Happen, Gentle Hammer, Friendly Sword, Silent Arrow.