All that is known is experiencing, and experiencing is not divided into one part (an inside self) that experiences and another part (an outside object, other, or world) that is experienced. Experiencing is seamless and intimate, made of “knowing” or awareness alone. This intimacy, in which there is no room for selves, objects, or others, is love itself. It lies at the heart of all experience, completely available under all circumstances.
From an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeen he learnt to meditate, and began a twenty-year period of study and practice in the classical Advaita Vedanta tradition under the guidance of Dr.... Read more
“Presence is one of the most exciting and illuminating books on non-duality I have encountered, and its precision, articulateness in naming the nameless, unparalleled depth, and ability to inspire were constantly appreciated. This book succeeds in taking the reader beyond concepts and into the experiential level. The irony is that this work, which is so advanced and sophisticated in its use of language, thought, and conceptualization, is inexorably directed toward pure experiencing. It is a brilliant and lucid work carrying great strength and authority that suggest it is an indisputable source of Truth.” —Victoria Ritchie, former manager of Watkins Bookshop and editor for Eckhart Tolle
“These essays are both timeless and contemporary. They are timeless in pointing to that which never appears or disappears. They are contemporary in expressing non-dual understanding in a way that is free of cultural baggage and that is accessible and relevant to ordinary Westerners.… Enjoy these potent and revelatory writings, and be prepared to be unveiled as you truly are and to discover life as it truly is: open, self-illumined Presence.” —John J. Prendergast, PhD, professor of psychology (emeritus) at California Institute of Integral Studies, author of Listening from the Heart of Silence and In Touch