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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment - Part 3 of 4

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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment Isn’t One Kind of Enlightenment — It’s the Only Kind 

THE MARK OF A TRUE MASTER is that he can express a subject of the utmost complexity with uncanny simplicity. Jed McKenna is such a master, and spiritual enlightenment is his subject. 

  His first book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, was an instant classic and established him as a spiritual teacher of startling depth and clarity. Now, his second book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, takes us on a fascinating tour of the enlightened state — what it is and what it’s not, who’s there and who’s not, how to get there and how to get somewhere better. 

  Delightful surprises abound, including the dramatic unveiling of perhaps the greatest spiritual masterpiece of all time — long hidden in plain view and well known to all. Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti all appear, and a student from the first book returns to share her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also surprising are the author’s gentle efforts to guide the reader away from enlightenment toward a more desirable and accessible state. 

     Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged,
     Missing me one place, search another,
     I stop somewhere, waiting for you. 
          -Walt Whitman 

  Jed McKenna’s books aren’t for everyone. They’re for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when you’re ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy you want to see standing there — waiting for you. 

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“Jed McKenna is an American original.” -Lama Surya Das 

"Absolutely marvelous, splendid, perfect books!” -Shri Acharya 

“These books have profoundly changed my life.” -C. Jensen 

“These three books are precious gifts to humanity.” -E. De Vries 

“Thank you for the books. I’ve been waiting all my life for them.” -C. Vankeith 

“I can think of no other author I’d recommend more highly.” -M.R. Fleming 

"I say an eternal thank you for the Trilogy. The books continue to challenge my mind and life. I ordered my 4th complete set. Nothing compares to this writing." -J.H. 

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The First Step

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It is not probable that this monomania in him took its instant rise at the precise time of his bodily dismemberment. Then, in darting at the monster, knife in hand, he had but given loose to a sudden, passionate, corporal animosity; and when he received the stroke that tore him, he probably but felt the agonizing bodily laceration, but nothing more. Yet, when by this collision forced to turn towards home, and for long months of days and weeks, Ahab and anguish lay stretched together in one hammock, rounding in mid winter that dreary, howling Patagonian Cape; then it was, that his torn body and gashed soul bled into one another; and so interfusing, made him mad..............

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Destroy the Enclosing Thing

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It’s trying to come out, to break open. You don’t want that. As soon as you see some cracks there, you bring some plaster and fill them in and block it again. It doesn’t have to be a so-called self-realized man or spiritual man or God-realized man that pushes you; anything, that leaf there, teaches you just the same if only you let it do what it can...............

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Let What Will Befall

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“What Julie’s doing…” says Govinda, holding one of the pages.

“Yes?” I say, without looking up.

“She’s, like…”

I keep reading while he puts it together.

“She’s like Captain Ahab, isn’t she? That’s the thing, isn’t it?”

I look up over my granny glasses.

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Entertaining Negativity

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Every step in the process of awakening has all three components. A step begins with seeing and understanding.That seeing and understanding becomes the very thing that destroys the thing seen and understood. But it doesn’t end there. Just because you killed something doesn’t mean you killed your attachment to it. Seeing the thing is the beginning of killing the thing, and killing the thing is the beginning of detaching from it. The third step isn’t therapeutic; it’s the point...............

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The Little Bastard

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Manhole covers and sewer grates are good to look at. The green lamppost knows its business. I can be very happy staring at a cement floor; not just any cement floor, of course. Still, what kind of yutz takes pleasure in staring at the floor? Williams knew what kind: “So much depends upon a red wheel barrow, glazed with rain water, beside the white chickens.” Words can’t say the rightness of a black steel door in a red brick wall. My foot casts three shadows. This is the same breeze that cooled Christ and Buddha under this same moon. What does it all mean? Why, absolutely nothing. If it meant anything, it wouldn’t mean a thing.................

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Jolly Punches

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There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody’s expense but his own. However, nothing dispirits, and nothing seems worth while disputing.He bolts down all events, all creeds, and beliefs, and persuasions, all hard things visible and invisible, never mind how knobby; as an ostrich of potent digestion gobbles down bullets and gun flints. And as for small difficulties and worryings, prospects of sudden disaster, peril of life and limb; all these, and death itself, seem to him only sly, good-natured hits, and jolly punches in the side bestowed by the unseen and unaccountable old joker..............

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The Mind of Absolute Trust

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Working-Class Heroes

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I write “Oblivious” along the flat line at the beginning. Along the gradually descending line I write “Mass of Men.” Along the vertically descending line I write “Event.” Along the steeply ascending line I write “Rebirth,” and along the less steep line I write “Life.” I bisect the line vertically at the Event point with a dotted line and write “Flesh” on the left side and “Spirit” on the right. I’m drawing the diagram as an aid to my own thinking and so I’m ready in case tonight’s meeting ever gets under way, but when I turn around I find that everyone is now seated and facing me. I guess tonight’s meeting is under way.

“Oh,” I say. “Hello.”............. See All Chapters
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The Bird’s Nest

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You can try to take control of your self, try to make some sense of it, organize it, but all you can really do is tidy up on the surface. Some egos are more cluttered, some less, but the idea that a true self lurks within the clutter is just one of the little vanities that keeps us walking in small, purposeful circles..........

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Distrust All Honest Fellows

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You can’t be interested in this. How can you be interested in this? – that is my question. How can you be interested in this kind of a thing? What you are interested in is a totally different thing, fancy stuff, fantasy. You may indulge in all kinds of fantasy – that’s your affair. If this is not fantasy, you will be interested in some other kind of fantasy. How can you be interested in liquidating yourself?...........

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