Rare Interviews with
14 important European Spiritual Masters on the teachings of
Sri Bhagavan Ramana
European Masters is totally unique, in that there are fourteen Spiritual Masters interviewed over a defined format of twelve questions.
What I loved about this book was the diverse expression of Freedom. Each Master responds to the questions in a unique way, if you donít like one, another is sure to appeal. So what you get is each Master pointing to the same from a different place, and thatís what gives this book its richness. Fourteen unique expressions of freedom which leave you savouring the rich taste of each Spiritual Master.
The twelve questions relating to the teachings of Sri Rammana Maharshi provide the background for a complete and thorough exploration of freedom. Premananderís interviewing connects with the masters in such a way that it avoids the dry repetition that is possible repeating the same 12 questions. The masterís responses are explored and Premanander is clear to ensure the reader gets answers with substance.
The inclusion of Deva Premal and Miten add insight into devotion which offers a different perspective from the central theme, though for the purist its inclusion may seem like a diversion.
If you are serious about freedom or just want to read something completely different to the standard spiritual fare then this is the book for you.
Premananda has done us all a huge, huge favor in bringing all these wise guys and ladies together in this beautiful tome.(Check out the table of contents--- you'll see what a gold mine this is.) I love this book. The physical book itself is beautifully made, yet the rainbow of contents shine even brighter. It was brought to my attention through my study of and with Rupert Spira, one of the brightest lights of our time, who is one of those interviewed. When the book arrived, I found new material from a host of my old favorite teachers and seers, and many I had yet to encounter. What a treat! Premananda pretty much asks the same questions of all those interviewed--- which itself is very revealing-- but is not rigid or insistent. He does a beautiful job of interviewing--- perhaps because he himself is very clear about advaita/non-duality and teaches it in Europe. Thus, there's material in these interviews that can be found no where else. I'm surprised there are so few reviews. After reading about a gazillion books in this arena, I am confident that this particular book deserves much more attention than it's apparently getting. My advice? Buy it. Right now. You won't be sorry. (If you are, I'll buy your copy and send it to my own friends!)
BEAR JACK GEBHARDT
This came at a time in my life where I couldn't really understand what enlightenment was. I had heard different descriptions, and wanted to understand, but it wasn't clear at all. This book is actually very clear, and I liked it a lot. If you know the non-duality or Satsang theme, then you will likely know the teachers and people interviewed. They are a good selection, but one difficulty I had was that while they were all clear, and beautiful people, I still had a sense of not understanding this whole game of enlightenment. With some teachers like Tony Parsons and Karl Renz it was very simple, and absolute, but my daily experience simply isn't like that. With other teachers like Om Parkin and Rupert Spira, they recommend practising Self-Enquiry, and doing work on yourself. Basically it's all nourishing, really interesting material and dialogues, even if for me there are perhaps too many interviews.
"What a fine job!
The book is beautiful to look at, solid and comfortable - and pretty
Great layout, everything neat and beautifully arranged.
Fine photos - nice that mine included one of the family, another with
Honoured to be an integral part of it.
Congratulations to you and all your team and all involved.
You've clearly attracted some great people who know too how to do a job
EUROPEAN SPIRITUAL MASTERS
This DVD is part 2 of the series 'Blueprints for Awakening', with the first being 'Indian Masters.' While the first is beautiful and illuminating, these European Masters really spoke directly to me, and I think probably to many people! They are all involved in this incredible awakening, and many have a strong tie to Ramana Maharshi. They all answer the same questions put to the Indian Masters, 'Who am I' 'What is enlightenment?', but they obviously use their western minds to express the inexpressible.
What results is a wonderfully clear, and often very absolute view of spirituality and enlightenment. This was especially embodied for me with Tony Parsons, who openly states that in fact no one gets enlightened, it's totally impossible for the mind to deal with it! And yet it is completely available for us to see, given that Tony was and is a completely normal bloke, but you see in his eyes that he lives in a space that defies explanation or limits. Most of the masters point out that nothing is necessary for enlightenment, something of incredible to me, and I imagine, to many others viewers.
It can often seem like the people are talking about enlightenment as if they have it all sorted out, and that there is some key to it, or some club you can join if you believe them....but for me, I really saw the genuine passion they have for this awakening, and how it has revolutionized their beings and brought them all into freedom.
This possibility lies waiting for anyone and everyone who wants to see it. If that's you, this film is an enormous neon signpost. Enjoy.
I have seen this film a couple of times, but its amazing quality again and again brings me to silence.
Very beautiful music, beautiful pictures and touching dialogues.
"European Spiritual Masters" is a very interesting addition to the Indian Masters film. The wisdom of the European Masters is expressed in a very clear, intelligent way. Basically Indian Masters and Western Masters are talking about the same, but the Western Masters transformed the ancient teaching into a language and syntax, which is much more easy to understand for "Westerners". Let's say the Western Masters don't seem so exotic, but sharp as a razor. Their words will shake your mind and leave a peaceful silence.