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Book: The Power Of Death - A Radical Path to Personal Transformation and Spiritual Enlightenment
Author: Gabriel Dee
I generally don’t read any books that sounds negative. I simply don’t want to waste my time reading half of the book and then close it. This book is an exception. I did not go after this book. The author contacted me and asked if I am willing to read the book and review. I paused for a moment and said OK.
Gabriel Dee - This is not his original name. He changed everything about himself. I liked the message from him - The message is important, not the messenger. I felt so moved that I removed all the references of myself from my own personal website. I will eventually change the domain name of my personal website, as soon as I get a good alternative. Not many authors have had so much influence on me from a single book.
This book has nuggets of wisdom spread all over. Simple quotes that makes you think very deeply. Many times, I stopped and re-read those simple quotes to grasp the message. Simple and powerful - a deadly combination. This comes naturally for the author. I should probably collect all those quotes and publish it in a separate blog post.
Death Awareness - a concept he proposes that the awareness of death, being aware that this very moment could be our last - is the way to immortality. He does not believe in god/evil, after life, heaven/hell, re-birth etc. But he talks about being immortal; that our soul/what-ever-name-you-assign lives for ever. This life on earth is just a simple human experience for a short time. However, he did not discuss in depth about - being immortal. (i.e. what does he mean by the word immortal?)
He talks about the benefits of death awareness, the after effects of near death experiences, practices of spiritual masters like Buddha and Osho, fear/denial of death, masks worn by all of us at different stages of our lives etc. There are too many inter-related things that are covered in this book. Not in-depth, but an overview of every other aspect of death awareness.
I loved the chapter on ego. It struck me really hard at many levels. I am already practising non-attachment and minimalism in my life. After reading this chapter, I am letting go of many things which I use to think that I was in control of. I choose to remain anonymous and happy in my own ways. You may/may-not get the similar experience, depending on where you are - on your spiritual path.
He discusses the possibility of experiencing psychological death while living on this earth and explains seven methods to face death. He also created “Defeat Death Meditation” - an audio course which will make you experience what you learnt in the book. He provides a free audio sample about the course. Please listen. If you are inspired enough, please go ahead and buy the audio course. The learning will not be complete without experiencing it. I am about to listen to the audio course. I cannot comment anything at the moment about the course. I will come back and update this review, if the Defeat Death meditation is extra-ordinary (which I hope to be the case).
Nevertheless, it’s a good read.Please buy the book from your local bookstore.