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Happiness and the Art of Being: A Layman's Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of the Spiritual Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Paperback – Oct 31 2007

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  • Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (Oct. 31 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425124658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425124656
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 15.4 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #632,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource on Advaita Vedanta as explained by Bhagavan Jan. 8 2008
By Umesh Prabhu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was blown away by David Godman's "Be as you are". It provided all the answers to the basics on man's apparent problems & solutions. However I could not find a single book that explained all the nitty, gritty of Advaita Vedanta direct from a master like Sri Nisargatta. They were all scattered in a zillion books on Sri Ramana & other Saints from India. Michael James has done an excellent job of consolidating all the relevant teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana in his magnum opus must have book for a spiritual aspirant at any stage of his apparent journey.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The art and science of "being" June 17 2010
By Mary Dettmers - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm loving this book. I read the introduction and last chapter and am now re-reading a page-a-day and making notes. If your intention is to just "be", author Michael James analyzes everything Bhagavan Sri Ramana (an adept at existence) ever said, wrote or did, repeating over and over in every conceivable way, that happiness IS our essential being. To attain true and eternal happiness, we must attain the experience of true SELF-KNOWLEDGE--absolutely clear consciousness of our own essential being.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
From the source ... Aug. 29 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Based on what i read from the website [...] about this book, I immediately ordered and have begun reading it.

I'm very much attracted to this book due to the science/practicality of how to know one's Self and that is enough for me.

My recommendation? Check the site first and if you're open minded enough to understand and accept what is there, you will not have a second thought to invest in this book.

And if you want to quickly get started, get this book first:

Thanks Michael James!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book Aug. 16 2012
By xvgh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the lifechanging teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. Of all the books I have read on, and by, Sri Ramana, I have found this the most useful.

It is extremely well-written and it explains ideas clearly and logically. I found it immensely helpful, explaining clearly and simply concepts that I hadn't understood from reading other books. I also found it very inspiring, written with great love and care.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A work of Love, from Love July 1 2011
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A truly amazing book. Page after page, paragraph after paragraph leads to nowhere but "I am", explaining what we call life along the way. Reading Michael's book while practicing Self Inquiry is like practicing Self Inquiry while practicing Self Inquiry.