Saturday, January 17, 2009

Book Review: Paradise Found

Charlie Hayes graciously sent me a copy of his excellent Paradise Found: Recognizing and Living as the Infinite Love That You Are (Nondual Expressions, $24.95). It's a nondual, no-nonsense hodgepodge of quotes, pointers, humor, discussions, and admonitions (e.g., "Look for yourself. Don't believe, disbelieve, accept, or deny any concept!").

Up front, Charlie furnishes us not only with the basics of the book, but of ourselves: "YOU are Awareness, simply being. No one can say they do not exist. That existence, the sense of 'I' as in 'I Am,' is undeniable and inescapable...So the simple pointer is, what you are IS That Presence of Awareness."

I think of Charlie as America's Nisargadatta. His toughness is matched only by his compassion. I get the feeling that if he were to toss you out of one of his weekly discussions in Enid (Oklahoma) for being overly conceptual, he would give you a hug first. (I can't see the sage from Bombay doing that!)

And speaking of teachers, Charlie's nondual lineage is absolutely top-of-the-line: He came to his understanding through the writings of and conversations with Bob Adamson (who was taught by Nisargadatta) and Bob's premier "student," John Wheeler. It goes without saying, then, that Paradise Found is not to be missed.

You can order the book from Amazon or (for only $19.95) from Charlie's store at: http://stores.lulu.com/charliehayes36.


Also, there are other versions of this work available. You can email Charlie at: non.duality@yahoo.com.
His excellent Website can be found at: http://www.theeternalstate.org/.

1 comment:

Richard said...

Hi All,

Rupert Spira gives some valuable insight into non duality on his site http://non-duality.rupertspira.com. I just thought I'd share this with you...