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Living Nonduality



Original Language: English (USA) | 468 pp. | 2009

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Living Nonduality is about the nature of living without division. In recent decades, many in the Western world have begun to look anew at the ancient spiritual teachings from the East: the Zen Buddhism of Japan; the Tao of China; the Sufis of the Muslim Middle East; the Vedanta scriptures of India. What all of these spiritual traditions have in common is a viewpoint which is different from mainstream Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

How is it different, and what are the differences? Nonduality and the direct and immediate experience of universal Oneness, often called self-realization or enlightenment, is explored in 238 brief monographs.

There is probably no person alive who has not pondered that which some intellects have termed “ultimate reality”—the source of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we call life. Because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it is sometimes described as “spirit”.

An interest in the spiritual need not have any inherent relationship with what is defined as religion. It can be free of: required beliefs; worship of forms (or even the absence of form); dictates of regulated behavior; or ideas of right versus wrong. It can be free of all doctrine or dogma, allowing you to discern and verify for yourself what is true.

In the latter category, is an area of interest in ultimate reality (or the “spiritual”) which is referred to as self-realization. This is a direct, unmediated confirmation of the nature of truth concerning the root questions of worldly existence: what can be said about this life?

There is a motivation for exploring this area, this personal investigation into our intrinsic essence. Each person, universally, possesses a sense of immediate and unique presence. This specialized sense of personification results in an experiential image or form which is characterized as our ego.

This ego plays a pivotal and crucial role in our relationships with other life forms. Resolving the questions about the nature of ultimate reality can have a profound effect on the isolation or alienation that we countenance from within the perspective of our encapsulating, or self-limiting, ego. It is this ego which is the progenitor of the bulk of the conflict which we daily experience, for the duration of a lifetime.

The consequence of the internal inquiry, into what you are that is in transcendence of the individual ego, is the revelatory awareness that is known as self-realization. This can be independent of any and all of the behaviors and attitudes that are associated with religion. This is not an inquiry into the supposed existence (or non-existence) of a god or gods, but an investigation into the relationship (if any) between the self, that you are conscious of, and the ultimate reality in which you are conscious of it. And this is a discovery which can be immediate and direct, without reliance on any religious propositions.


Early Praise for Living Nonduality:

“For those of us who find that wanting to change the world is too daunting a task, the solution is to start with yourself and work your way out. For the decades that I’ve known Robert Wolfe, he has been an active explorer of spiritual wisdom. And now, with Living Nonduality, he shares what he has learned.”~ Paul Krassner, author of  Who’s to  Say What’s Obscene: Politics, Culture and Comedy in America Today

“Robert Wolfe’s book is a treasure of insights and wisdom. If you liked Who Am I (Ramana Maharshi) or I Am That (Nisargadatta Maharaj), you will love Living Nonduality.” ~ Jerry Jones, co-author of From Here to Nirvana

“Living Nonduality is sprinkled with dharma gems throughout—the kind of book one can open on any page and find a treasure.” ~ Catherine Ingram, author of  Passionate Presence,  In the Footsteps of Gandhi, and A Crack in Everything

“I have finally come across a book worth reading. Robert Wolfe’s Living Nonduality is simple, unassuming, direct, sincere. It will be of great help to many a confused seeker.” ~ Sri Mumtaz Ali, founder of The Satsang Foundation, author of  Wisdom of the Rishis and other titles