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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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Marquis de Sade

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Oh darn, my crisis isn’t going well! Boo hoo for me! My total meltdown isn’t going as I’d hoped so I guess I’ll whine and complain like a little brat! What a coward! I’m so ashamed of myself even though I know this is what it is. No one gets around this. No one has it any easier. This is what it is. What I can’t do today I’ll do tomorrow. Small steps. One step at a time. One step at a time. I can only do what I can do. I never ever thought I could get this far, could get to this point. Every day I go a little further, I get more done, I know less and understand more. I know exactly what it means to be amazed every day by how naive I was the day before. Of course it looks impossible. I shouldn’t even look! Why look ahead? Am I trying to break my spirit? Focus. FOCUS! ! ! The next thing is the only thing and the next thing might kill me anyway. I look at the thing after the next thing and I see a total impossibility, but the last thing was the thing after the next thing at one time and now I’m past that, so what the fuck do I know? Nothing! Just do the next thing.............. See All Chapters
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The American Way

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This isn’t meant in the spirit of an East-West pissing contest. I’m just sharing what I feel is a pretty interesting observation: America is not the spiritual third-world.We don’t have to become archeologists of spirit tramping desperately through the ages and around the world, as if what we seek was only to be found at the furthermost extremes of our reach, or just beyond. Our own time and place provides all we could need. Our own people have made their own journeys and have returned to tell us in our own language what they’ve found..............

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Curtis on the Rocks

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One who has seen his true nature no longer regards life as being full of menace and misery as most people do. His previously mistaken sense of personal volition and responsibility has disappeared in such freedom and joy that life is now just an amusing spectacle like a game or a dream, in which he has no real part.

Ramesh Balsekar.................... See All Chapters
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There Is No Other

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“And you are going away, and will not come back any more?”

“Yes,” he said. “We have comraded long together, and it has been pleasant – pleasant for both; but I must go now, and we shall not see each other any more.”

“In this life, Satan, but in another? We shall meet in another, surely?”

Then, all tranquilly and soberly, he made the strange answer,

“There is no other.”............ See All Chapters
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The Break-Out Archetype

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AHAB IS AN EXQUISITE CREATION, and a unique one. No other character in literature, philosophy or religion fulfills, even approximately, the description of the unknown archetype. Ahab not only fulfills it, he defines it.It is an archetype because it is a universal role in the human drama, transcending place, time and culture; common to all, accessible to all. It is the unknown archetype because the awakened state is an undiscovered and unsuspected country.It is the ultimate archetype because it is the final archetype, and it is final because it breaks out of the confines within.........

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Irreconcilable Differences

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Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep last night because I got caught up in a reading and notetaking jag and didn’t look up from my work until sunrise. The result has been two meetings on personal business where the best I could do was collect information and postpone decisions. And now I have this meeting, which is really no more than a courtesy because I’m already pretty sure that it will bear no fruit.Not the intended fruit, anyway.I was reading Moby-Dick last night and I was just about to turn off the light and go to sleep, very mindful of the fact that today would require more than usual alertness, when something caught my eye that I had missed in previous readings:

Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?
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Gita Life

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The long Formica tables are sticky, the molded plastic chairs are slippery, the air is stale, I’m tired and hungry, and as if all that’s not enough, Curtis is cheerful.The tables are arranged in a large square and eventually the thirty some-odd people take their seats, two and three deep in some places. There’s a foil-wrapped cardboard cutout of the Om symbol hanging by a thread from the ceiling grid.Curtis asks me what it is but I’m in no mood to explain sacred syllables to anyone right now, not that I really could anyway. A tall, thin, mid-thirties guy in a pony tail and glasses stands up diagonally to my right and addresses the group.

“Good evening, everyone,” he begins, and damn me if he’s not cheerful too. What’s everyone so happy about?........... See All Chapters
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Why Arjuna Fell

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For some people this particular stage of the process is easier, for some it’s harder. Some people have had years to soften to it and slip more or less comfortably into it. Some, like Julie, hit it hard, without warning or preparation, and have a worse time of it than can be expressed by words on the page. This is where people can end up straightjacketed– as does Ahab – or worse.I’m so scared at times I’m practically frozen; frozen with fear, literally sick with fear. What else is up here?Even the air seems too heavy to move. There are parts of this attic I can’t even see into. I can make out large forms, menacing shapes, huge immovable dark objects.There are no demons but these, I now know, but some of these demons I love. That’s the scariest thing. They are me, but they’re not, but they are! My mother is up here. My father is here. My music. Pets, dreams, family, friends. It’s not all bleak and horrible. There are moments; magic, love, beauty. Poems, flowers, songs..............

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I Will Dismember My Dismemberer

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Is, then, the crown too heavy that I wear? this Iron Crown of Lombardy. Yet is it bright with many a gem; I the wearer, see not its far flashings; but darkly feel that I wear that, that dazzlingly confounds. ’Tis iron – that I know – not gold. ’Tis split, too– that I feel; the jagged edge galls me so, my brain seems to beat against the solid metal; aye, steel skull, mine; the sort that needs no helmet in the most brain-battering fight!.................

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Why Arjuna Got Back Up

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Curtis is inside working on the laptop in the office, so when the doorbell rings, both indoors and through an outdoor speaker, I assume he’ll take care of it, which is wrong because it rings again a minute later.

“I guess I’ll get that,” he shouts.............. See All Chapters

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