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The Texture of Being [Paperback]

Roy Whenary
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Texture of Being Feb. 7 2003
Format:Paperback
I found the Texture of Being a very down to earth, clearly written, book, which I think would be readable and understandable by most readers with even just a slight interest in spirituality - and advaita, in particular. The author offers simple, clear, observations that do make one stop and think. He also offers a practical approach to living the philosophy he writes about. Much recommended. Would appeal to people who have read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Texture of Being Feb. 7 2003
By John Paul Greening - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found the Texture of Being a very down to earth, clearly written, book, which I think would be readable and understandable by most readers with even just a slight interest in spirituality - and advaita, in particular. The author offers simple, clear, observations that do make one stop and think. He also offers a practical approach to living the philosophy he writes about. Much recommended. Would appeal to people who have read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oneness of Being April 4 2005
By Paula Marvelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an absolute gem of a book. Written in a smooth and yet elegant style, `The Texture of Being' is essentially a meditation on the nature of our true selves - the unlimited, timeless consciousness that unites all beings as One. Devoid of the technical language that normally hallmarks many texts on advaita (or nonduality), Roy's book considers the way in which we can balance living in the world with the knowledge that, despite all the stresses and strains of everyday existence, life is essentially a manifestation of something greater, untainted by suffering and change. And access to this underlying ocean of peace, of oneness, is available to all of us, right here, right now. `The Texture of Being' is a beautiful book and well worth savouring time and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel the Silent Emptiness May 20 2007
By Jerry Katz - Published on Amazon.com
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Roy Whenary, a poet and writer/producer of meditational music, brings thirty years of spiritual inquiry and primarily the influences of J. Krishnamurti, Nisargadatta Maharaj and Jean Klein, to produce The Texture of Being. The purpose of this book is to show how to practice Advaita in daily life. The intended audience would be those interested in serious, general spirituality-psychology. Refreshingly free of quotes by intellectual and spiritual giants, this book is about Roy speaking to the reader respectfully and with a poetic grace. Though divided into 19 chapters, and each chapter into about 4-6 readings, the reader may open the book anywhere and find immersion within a brief, self-contained passage. Here is an example:

"Everything that you feel attached to and everything that you own, including your sense of self, will end. When you enter deep dreamless sleep, this is what happens. But you re-awaken, with your memory intact. Then your struggle re-begins. However, there is no need to struggle in this life. Struggle is caused by identification with this bodymind mechanism and all that it attaches itself to. Stand back from all this. This will end. This has no ultimate reality or significance. In deep dreamless sleep, you re-connect with your true nature. This refreshes your mind-body mechanism, freeing it from the tensions and anxieties of the `person'. If you did not make this connection regularly, you would be trapped in the mind continuously, and the mind is a prison from which you already spend most of your waking life trying to escape."

The Texture of Being is recommended for those becoming familiar with self-inquiry and the literature of nonduality. Whenary speaks as a knowing, trusted friend or guide. His theme is how to practice Advaita in daily life. To develop the theme, Whenary's treatment of Advaita calls for feeling the texture of being, "the silent rhythm of your true nature", in all of life's situations. That's the hook of the book and it is free of philosophy, analysis, a method, a list of important points to remember, a mantra, an inquiry.

Though a person could find value in randomly reading a brief section and reflecting upon it, the greater value of the book comes out of how Whenary creates a rhythm between worldly entanglements and feeling the texture of being. As the reader engages the entire book, she gets taken into that rhythm and there is generated an intimacy with the true self and a greater understanding of what is known as "daily life."

It is difficult to illustrate that rhythm without quoting an entire chapter. However, for example, in the chapter entitled "Loving Kindness," the author begins:

"We live in such a self-oriented world, in which the general sense is that you have to go out into the world and grab whatever you can for yourself. From very early on in our lives we learn the philosophy of 'me and you' - me first and you second, or last. By the time we are adults, this attitude is so ingrained into our psychology that most of us probably find it difficult to actually comprehend what another person's needs or suffering feel like - we are so disconnected from our feeling nature, from our heart."

The reader can easily absorb and understand what is being said in this passage.

Although it might be said that Whenary is offering a method - "feeling the texture of being" - he is not so conclusive. He writes:

"So, where do I begin? Quite simply, there is no answer worth having. If we look at the elements of nature, does the wind ask where it first arose and does the water ask how it came to be flowing down the stream? Nothing is permanent, nothing stays the same, all is fluidity. Wherever life arises, consciousness manifests. We are this consciousness."

This book doesn't give the reader anything "to do." As stated earlier, there is no mantra, no inquiry, no list of recommended perspectives to have in this life. However, a reading of the entire book brings the reader into "feeling the silent emptiness of our true nature," feeling the texture of being, and that, according to the author, is how to apply Advaita - nonduality - to moment to moment living.

Jerry Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle pleasure to read July 15 2012
By David Trindle - Published on Amazon.com
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I can only add my actual experience of this book, which is pleasurable and relaxing. It gently lets "you" off the hook by continually returning to the feeling/silence/stillness of it all that cannot adequately be put into words. It has a rythmic poetic healing quality. It is a short book, under 100 pages or so, and it doesn't require you to think. Everything Mr. Katz said in his review resonates well with me, and I think his comment regarding the author's unique approach of maintaining focus on "daily life" while exploring the texture of pure being, is part of what makes this book so enjoyable to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going to the core of Truth July 3 2005
By Black Dot Publications - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Texture Of Being" points directly to the ineffability of "what is." It's a clear invitation to openly embrace your humanity in the light of who you really are ... deep down. Highly recommended.

Chuck Hillig (author of Enlightenment for Beginners, The Way IT Is, Seeds for the Soul, The Magic King and Looking for God: Seeing the Whole in One)
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