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The reader is invited to consider:
George Bernard Shaw was once asked if he thought there might be life on other planets. His reply was that he was certain that there had to be life on other planets because people there are obviously using earth as their insane asylum. Mark Twain observed that "the way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people, but if we tried to shut up the insane, we should run out of building materials" and "Really, what we want now is not laws against crime, but a law against insanity. That is where the true evil lies" and "Once, I talked to the inmates of an insane asylum in Hartford. I have talked to idiots a thousand times, but only once to the insane."
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj said, "This is our stupidity, verging on insanity." This book looks at when "Going Crazy" actually begins and then studies the ways that what Advaitins call "The Ultimate Sickness" continues, in most cases, throughout the entire manifestation of consciousness. In some few cases, treatment for the effects of personality disorders is sought; is some cases, hospitalization provides an opportunity for clinically-diagnosable insanity to be treated; and in some cases, the Advaitic, non-dual teachings provide a new understanding that ends distortion and delusions and belief in illusions and untruths, lead to clear perspectives, and allow the restoration of sanity to happen.
The book in its six parts includes the following: PART ONE: Introduction; PART TWO: Originally Sane; PART THREE: Going Crazy; PART FOUR: Going ... Going ... ; PART FIVE: Gone!
& PART SIX: Going Sane.
Call it "insanity." Call it "madness." Call it the end result of a personality disorder where a person has disintegrated from psychic health to a state of only average psychic heath to a state of complete psychic unhealthiness and total mental and emotional degeneration and collapse." Call it "being so removed from Reality that one has lost the ability to know Who or What You Truly Are." Call it "being out of touch with both reality and Reality." Call it a "state of living unnaturally or trying to live supernaturally / religiously / spiritually rather than merely abiding naturally in the peace and quiet."
Call it "being so mental and emotional fragmented that one feels as if she / he is going to shatter into a millions pieces ... not feeling whole or 'at one' but feeling splintered and split and broken and shattered and divided and falling apart." Call it "a state marked by anxiety, resentment, anger, despair, depression, misery, pain, suffering, desolation, gloom, dejection, and anguish.: Call it "The Ultimate Sickness". Call it "Going Crazy." But no matter what you call it, it is a global epidemic and all will contract it at some point or another.
Of that, Maharaj said, "Insanity is universal. Sanity is rare. Yet there is hope, because the moment we perceive our insanity, we are on the way to sanity. This is the function of the Guru -- to make us see the madness of our daily living. Life makes you conscious, but the teacher makes you aware." This book traces the roots of insanity and its various degrees and manifestations and then makes clear that, as far as those interested in non-duality are concerned, "Job 1" for the guru or the Realized Advaitin or the Realized Nisargan is to bring the light and an awareness of the way back that must be traveled before the way out can ever be shown.
The author is certified to teach Psychology (Level 100) College Courses and Psychology (Level 200) College Courses all 50 states. He has also done personality testing and typing for individuals as well as worked for corporations, testing and typing and analyzing personality as a means of providing staff development programs that make employees aware of the assets and liabilities that can help assure success in the workplace and proving for businesses a higher level of quality assurance in terms of the potential effective of personnel as well as training and managing current employees.
eBOOK SPECIFICATIONS: 191 pages; Publisher: Henderson Books; Language: English.
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