The Nature of Consciousness: Essays on the Unity of Mind and Matter (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/6/1
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“I’ve gained deeper understanding listening to Rupert Spira than I have from any other exponent of modern spirituality. Reality is sending us a message we desperately need to hear, and at this moment no messenger surpasses Spira and the transformative words in his essays.”
—Deepak Chopra, author of You Are the Universe, Spiritual Solutions, and Super Brain
Our world culture is founded on the assumption that the Big Bang gave rise to matter, which in time evolved into the world, into which the body was born, inside which a brain appeared, out of which consciousness at some late stage developed. As a result of this “matter model,” most of us believe that consciousness is a property of the body. We feel that it is “I,” this body, that knows or is aware of the world. We believe and feel that the knowing with which we are aware of our experience is located in and shares the limits and destiny of the body. This is the fundamental presumption of mind and matter that underpins almost all our thoughts and feelings and is expressed in our activities and relationships. The Nature of Consciousness suggests that the matter model has outlived its function and is now destroying the very values it once sought to promote.
For many people, the debate as to the ultimate reality of the universe is an academic one, far removed from the concerns and demands of everyday life. After all, life happens independently of our models of it. However, The Nature of Consciousness will clearly show that the materialist paradigm is a philosophy of despair and, as such, the root cause of unhappiness in individuals. It is a philosophy of conflict and, as such, the root cause of hostilities between families, communities, and nations. Far from being abstract and philosophical, its implications touch each one of us directly and intimately.
An exploration of the nature of consciousness has the power to reveal the peace and happiness that truly lie at the heart of experience. Our experience never ceases to change, but the knowing element in all experience—consciousness, or what we call “I”—itself never changes. The knowing with which all experience is known is always the same knowing. Being the common, unchanging element in all experience, consciousness does not share the qualities of any particular experience: it is not qualified, conditioned, or limited by experience. The knowing with which a feeling of loneliness or sorrow is known is the same knowing with which the thought of a friend, the sight of a sunset, or the taste of ice cream is known. Just as a screen is never disturbed by the action in a movie, so consciousness is never disturbed by experience; thus it is inherently peaceful. The peace that is inherent in us—indeed that is us—is not dependent on the situations or conditions we find ourselves in.
In a series of essays that draw you, through your own direct experience, into an exploration of the nature of this knowing element that each of us calls “I,” The Nature of Consciousness posits that consciousness is the fundamental reality of the apparent duality of mind and matter. It shows that the overlooking or ignoring of this reality is the root cause of the existential unhappiness that pervades and motivates most people’s lives, as well as the wider conflicts that exist between communities and nations. Conversely, the book suggests that the recognition of the fundamental reality of consciousness is the first step in the quest for lasting happiness and the foundation for world peace.
"I've gained deeper understanding listening to Rupert Spira than I have from any other exponent of modern spirituality. Reality is sending us a message we desperately need to hear, and at this moment no messenger surpasses Spira and the transformative words in his essays."
--Deepak Chopra, author of You Are the Universe, Spiritual Solutions, and Super Brain
"Rupert Spira guides his reader on a delightful journey of discovery that uncovers and reveals what the Kashmiri Masters have called 'the greatest secret, more hidden than the most concealed and yet more evident than the most evident of things, ' and that is consciousness itself. Rupert deserves to be congratulated for the clarity and sensitivity with which he presents the teachings of the ancient and modern Masters concerning consciousness, and his own deeply personal experience, in such a way that it can be both easily understood and applied."
--Mark Dyczkowski, author of The Doctrine of Vibration: An Analysis of the Doctrines and Practices of Kashmir Shaivism
"In these essays, Rupert Spira cracks the shell of materialism by elucidating the 'calamitous assumption that lies at the root of our materialistic culture, ' and he artistically and persuasively leads us to the universal antidote: the realization of the primacy of consciousness. As a scientist, I very much appreciate Rupert's pointing out that scientists will never truly succeed in their exploration of the world until they successfully investigate the nature of the subject known as 'I.'"
--Paul J. Mills, professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego
"The Nature of Consciousness is a major contribution to our understanding of who we are. This is a book which I am sure will become one of the great classics of our time. Please read it, because as we evolve we will all need to understand non-duality."
--Peter Fenwick, neuropsychologist and author of The Art of Dying and The Truth in the Light: An Investigation of Over 300 Near-Death Experiences
"The Nature of Consciousness is a remarkable book. You have only to see it and flip through a few pages to get a sense of the kind of writer Rupert Spira is, and the nature of his argument. The clean design inside and out reflects his creative sensitivity and mastery as a ceramic artist, and the paragraphs are well packed with syllables, sufficient vocabulary for a minutely argued demolition of the assumptions of the prevailing world culture. Perhaps never before has logical argument been brought so effectively and readably to a comprehensive investigation of consciousness."
--Tony Kendrew, ScienceAndNonduality.com
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Over the past 40+ years, I have immersed myself ardently in most of the great wisdom traditions of the world. This has included intensive practice of vipassana and Tibetan Vajrayana meditation with a number of excellent teachers. For the past 15 years, my main focus has been Advaita Vedanta, Dzogchen and Mahamudra.
I have been a very enthusiastic follower of Rupert since I watched his interview with Iain McNay on Conscious TV in early July, 2011. Since then, I have watched well over 100 of his YouTube videos, each one of which I've regarded as an impeccable work of art. I've been so impressed with a number of them that I have laboriously transcribed them into Word documents. Of the many excellent teachers of non-duality I've been exposed to, I have consistently regarded Rupert as second to none. Unfortunately, I have not been able to meet him in person or attend any of his live retreats.
I had been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book since I learned about it on Facebook, anticipating that it would be absolutely superb. I ordered two copies as soon as it became available--one for my grandson and the other for myself. My high expectations for it have been much more than fulfilled.
As anyone familiar with non-duality is well aware, imparting an understanding of it in language, which is intrinsically dualistic, is all but impossible. In this regard, Rupert has more than accomplished the impossible. I cannot imagine any serious, open-minded person reading this earthshaking book without gaining at least a clear intellectual understanding of non-duality, including its many subtleties. Through the artful use of carefully chosen metaphors and analogies, Rupert elegantly offers a very gradual, systematic, highly redundant and comprehensive, spoonfed overview of non-duality, starting with the very basics and proceeding to what is by far the most advanced exposition that I have ever come across. In reading it, I have repeatedly experienced a great many surprising epiphanies and, again and again, have recognized how his masterful explication elucidates pith teachings from other non-dual wisdom traditions, as well as the deep insights of a number of great literary giants.
Since I have come to a very deep conviction that non-duality is the ultimate and necessary antidote for the materialistic madness that increasingly threatens the very survival of civilization, I am rapturously delighted that Rupert has provided a very timely and highly user-friendly map to this magnificently liberating paradigm of ultimate Reality, or "God's infinite being," as he defines it. May it quickly gain the popularity it so rightfully deserves and virally offer massive impetus to a non-dual renaissance out of the Kali Yuga into the Sat Yuga.
world culture. Our culture is based on a time-worn paradigm
of materialism, which of late has resulted in what seems as
an elevated level of suffering. Rupert addresses our beliefs
which are dependent on materialism, or more specifically,
on our assumption of separation, of the world of subject/object
duality located in the body. This old paradigm, stemming
from the Greeks, places our awareness, or consciousness
in a body which looks out upon a world of separated people
and objects. Conflicts result. Within persons, between persons,
and collectively among nations. How much time remains
for a reversal of this increasingly painful well-seated assumption?
A very necessary reversal, expressed with his unmatched
clarity, is the gift Rupert Spira gives to all of us.
I have been a student for several years. What has been
impressive to me is Rupert's recognition of the limits of language,
yet his scientific precision in carefully selecting and defining
his words. The powerful element of his teaching is its simplicity,
and availability to all 7 billion of us. Asking ourselves the simple
question: "Am I aware?" a question asked by the finite mind,
followed by a search and pause, results in an answer by the
serious person, as "Yes!" The answer is also formed by the finite
mind, but the mind-less experience in the pause is an experience
of our true nature, our real Self. This "direct approach" can
result in an illuminating Experience which does not depend
on years of meditation and study, and is available to everyone,
right here and now! In a world which so urgently needs a
new paradigm, this approach holds much, perhaps the only,
Our own Experience is key!
Based upon this brief questioning exercise, Rupert
expands upon a simple path of realizing our true nature.
The Q and A is essentially what he refers to as the "inward
path," which religions call transcendence, and it is followed
by an "outward path," or path of immanence, resulting in
the realization that everything is in Consciousness (God is
the religious name), and, actually made of Consciousness.
Again, all of this is Experiential and available to everyone!
Rupert appreciates the power of the metaphor, and uses
several, claiming as his favorite a metaphor of the screen
and the movie. The screen represents Consciousness, our
true Self, and the movie, appearing on and actually made
of the screen, represents our lives of seeming separation.
The characters (us) in the movie, longing for happiness,
search the world for the screen, not realizing we are made
of the screen, which is the very happiness we are seeking!
The dilemma of our time! The movie characters are simply
modulations of the screen, as are we relating to our true
identity: Awareness or Consciousness.
Hopefully, I have touched on the essence of this unique
spiritual masterpiece. Rupert has written several books
preceding this one, and there is a plethora of videos and
shorter writings on the web...again, all presented with
extraordinary clarity. His new book presents an excellent
summation of his well-stated approach, an old approach,
(the Perennial approach) stated in new language and new
luminosity for our time. It is vitally important!
Are you Aware?
~~~Charles R. Coon
In one of your retreats someone asked "How do you know when this understanding and teaching have successfully infiltrated and dethroned the separate self"
Your response was: "When thoughts and feelings can no longer take you away from your true nature".
They no longer take me, awareness, away. Thank you Rupert.