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The Spiritual Quest
Our Pursuit of Happiness and Peace of Mind
The Spiritual Quest

Author: Marce Ferreira
First Published: November 2019
Last Updated: November 2019
Length: 168 pages
Formats: pdf, epub, mobi
Price: US$ 3.69

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This eBook explores a non-dual approach to notions of Spiritual Growth, Self-Realization and Enlightenment, written for those interested in mankind’s perennial endeavor in search of a deeper understanding of life and living.

Drawing from his own experiences and insights of the past thirty years, and firmly rooted in Non-Duality and Advaita Vedanta traditions, Marce shares his findings with the reader.

The main premise of the book is that our conceptual framework of never-ending questions and answers—imposed by others, by society, and civilization—perpetuates our “state of unhappiness” and our subsequent “search for salvation.” Moreover, our cultural, educational and intellectual make-up are remarkably tough, persuasive and persistent, and it takes “a godsend miracle,” so to speak, to get out of the stranglehold of those.

No willpower, Guru, religion or philosophy, no belief, ideal, or hope can bring about “our liberation and happiness.” In fact, we can’t do a single thing, because every doing and every movement, in whatever direction, only strengthens us in moving away and out of direction of understanding or changing anything at all.

Our so-called liberation, happiness, or peace of mind will not “happen” through thoughts, thinking and concepts, or by the actions they invoke. It will come about only when those cease to constantly overshadow our essence—this simple, receptive, uncontaminated, and innocent being without a single claim on presence.

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Below this paragraph you’ll find an overview of the Table of Contents and topics. More about Marce’s take on the subject can be read in Our Pursuit of Happiness and Peace of Mind.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
~ OUR PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AND PEACE OF MIND 6
~ A SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY 8
THE SPIRITUAL QUEST
~ THE ANSWERS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR 14
~ WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? 16
~ ADVAITA VEDANTA 21
~ VIPASSANA AND THE REALIZATION OF NON-SELF 24
~ THE CONCEPT OF KARMA 26
~ MEANING AND PURPOSE 28
~ PHENOMENOLOGY, ADVAITA VEDANTA & VIPASSANA MEDITATION 29
~ GRADUAL AND SUDDEN ENLIGHTENMENT TRADITIONS 33
~ THE TRANSMISSION OF MIND 35
~ OUR LOVE 36
~ THE RADICAL ANTI-GURU 37
~ SATSANG, KOANS AND ALLEGORIES 39
~ NO LIMITS 41
~ THE WORK 42
~ FOOD, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND SPIRITUALITY 45
~ TRADITIONAL BODYWORK AND SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS 48
~ PUPPET ON A STRING 49
~ THE FINAL CONCEPT 51
~ DOOR AFTER DOOR… 53
~ IDENTITY, MEMORY, AND THE CONCEPT OF “I” 54
~ KILLING THE EGO 56
~ NATURAL MAN 58
~ HOW TO GET THERE? 59
~ ROLLING STONES 61
~ CHOICELESS AWARENESS 63
~ TO SHOOT THE MESSENGER 64
~ THE AFTERMATH OF SELF-REALIZATION 66
~ ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING 67
~ SOLVING PROBLEMS 68
~ WHAT IS MIND? 71
~ FINDING TRUTH 73
~ A BLACK HOLE 75
~ SELF-INQUIRY OR WHO AM I? 77
~ WHATEVER I SAY 79
~ REALIZING WHAT WE ARE 81
~ LIVING THE TRUTH 82
~ WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? 83
~ PRESENCE AND ESSENCE 85
~ THE ROAD TAKEN 88
~ OUR QUESTIONS 89
~ WHY DO I LIVE? 91
~ WHAT TO DO? 93
~ HOW TO CHOOSE? 95
~ CHOICE OR DESTINY? 98
~ THE TEN MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION 100
~ HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE? 102
~ OUR USEFUL LIFE 104
~ BOYCOTTING THE SYSTEM 107
~ REALMS AND FREEDOM 109
~ APPROPRIATE ACTION 111
~ PATIENCE 112
~ UNDERSTANDING OUR PAINS 113
~ YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR 115
~ REGRETS 116
~ OUR CENTER 117
~ THE PRICE TO PAY 118
~ OUR OPINIONS 119
~ TURIYA: THE FOURTH STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS 120
~ A TOUGH ROUGH THING 122
~ IT TAKES TWO 123
~ THE COURAGE TO LIVE 124
~ LOVE CAN’T BE FOUND 126
~ RESPONSIBILITY 128
~ SEEING REALITY FOR WHAT IT IS 130
~ NO BUSINESS LIKE NO BUSINESS 132
~ WHAT IS LOVE? 134
~ BEING CLEAR 137
~ NO WAY BACK 138
~ SLEEPWALKERS 139
~ MASTERY AND THE ART OF LIVING 140
~ OUR PLANS 142
~ BEING ALIVE 144
~ SOMETHING DOES IT! 145
~ CRYSTAL CLEAR CLARITY 147
~ TRANSCENDING TRANSCENDENCE 149
~ THE VOYAGE 151
~ STILLNESS 153
~ PASSING THE DOORS OF NO-RETURN 155
~ JUST LOOK 156
~ OUR OWN WAY 157
~ CONSEQUENCES OF TRUTH 159
~ WHEN THINGS GO 160
~ STILL PICTURES 161
~ PHILOSOPHY 162
~ SELF-RELIANCE 164
~ OUR UNSPOILED GROUNDS 166
APPENDIX

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