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This collection of ten first-person accounts of the experience of "awakening" is drawn from a book entitled Mystics Masters Saints and Sages: Stories of Enlightenment. Spanning thousands of years and many religious traditions, the ten figures profiled here have one experience in common: they achieved enlightenment, the elusive promise of "profound peace, extreme happiness, and a deep understanding of the truth."
Following a brief biographical sketch of each person, the editors then let the subjects speak for themselves. How did ordinary people become extraordinary? What did the experience feel like look like; how did it unfold? Those who describe enlightenment experiences recount a shift out of their ordinary frames of reference - their worldviews became markedly different from what they were before the experience, and many report never again being the same.
We've selected a mix of experiences and religious traditions, attempting to be inclusive across the world's spiritual traditions. Included are people you've no doubt heard of, like Saint Catherine of Siena or Eckhart Tolle (whose book The Power of Now is now selling briskly). Others you may not know - such as modern-day spiritual teachers Lester Levenson or Suzanne Segal.
Segal's life changed "...one day at a bus stop in Paris. Twenty-seven years old and pregnant. I lifted my right foot to step up into the bus and collided head-on with an invisible force that entered my awareness like a silently exploding stick of dynamite, blowing the door of my usual consciousness open and off its hinges, splitting me in two."
Includes a foreword by The Dalai Lama. The ten figures profiled are: Saint Catherine of Siena, The Baal Shem Tov ,Baha u llah, J Krishnamurti, Peace Pilgrim, Lester Levenson, Robert Adams, Gangaji, Eckhart Tolle, Suzanne Segal.