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Sunyata

The Life & Sayings of a Rare-Born Mystic

By Betty Camhi and Elliot Isenberg

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When Emmanuel Sorensen visited Ramana Maharshi in southern India, he was recognized by this sage as "one of the rare-born mystics." It was during Emmanuel's third visit to Ramana in 1940 that while he was just sitting quietly in meditation, he awared an effulgence especially radiated and directed upon his form. Suddenly out of the Silence came a telepathic message from Ramana in the form of these five English words: We Are Always Aware Sunyata. Emmanuel took Ramana's five words as recognition, initiation, mantra, and name. Thereafter, he referred to both himself and the hut in which he lived as Sunyata-which he translated as "full solid emptiness."Adyashanti writes: "Sunyata was the rarest of incarnations. A naturally born enlightened being of singular uniqueness and inventiveness. The story of his life is itself a profound spiritual teaching and a living example of how awakened spirit moves through the challenges of life. This is one of the best books on authentic enlightenment that you will ever read."
From the book: "I am not interested in what men can say with words-I am interested only in what they can say with their Silence. You must realize that men who talk very well, and who utter beautiful speeches, usually have a very bad Silence. What is really important is Silence, for it is a preparation for the Great Silence. Step by step as thou goeth, the Way shall open up to thee-thou art the Tao."

Biographical Notes

Betty Camhi (Author)
Betty Camhi has a degree in psychology from the City College of New York and worked in the San Francisco Bay area as a private and public school teacher in the field of special education, dealing particularly with children with learning disabilities. Prior to serving as Sunyata's secretary and chauffeur, she was involved in Sufism. She has also co-edited another book of Sunyata's writings: Dancing with the Void, originally published in 2001 by Blue Dove Press and re-published in 2015 by Non-Duality Press. She lived for many years in Medford and then Ashland in Oregon, and currently resides in Petaluma, California.

Elliot Isenberg (Author)
Elliott Isenberg spent seven years, from 1966, living and travelling in Europe, Africa and Asia, and in March 1973, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, in Vrindavan, India. He obtained a BA at Amherst College and a Masters at the London School of Economics, after which he went on to complete a doctorate in psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His dissertation for the doctorate, completed in 1983, was entitled The Experience of Evil: A Phenomenological Approach. Elliott currently resides in the Mission District of San Francisco where he works in private practice as a transpersonal psychotherapist.

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  • ISBN: 9781908664495
  • Publication date: 20 Apr 2015
  • Page count: 196
  • Imprint: Non-Duality Press
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