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The Ultimate Reality by Gian Kumar

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

What is the true nature of reality? How do our notions of self reality and spiritual reality influence our behavior and how we interact with others? In Gian Kumar’s third book, the intensely interesting and thought-provoking look at reality that he’s titled The Ultimate Reality, the author takes an in-depth exploration into what “experiential awareness” is, and into what the ultimate reality is for each of us.

Kumar’s previous two books showed that, in spite of material and digital comforts in the world today, we are still living a life made up of dualities, such as happiness/unhappiness, good/bad, God/devil, all of which exist side-by-side. Even when we follow the spiritual teachings of gurus or other sorts of “masters” at presenting life lessons or spiritual truths, we do not gain the solace we sorely desire. We still experience the feeling that there is something missing in our lives.

The mind, with its constant chatter and habit of delving into past experiences and anxieties about the future, does not allow us to live in the present moment and be aware in the ‘now’. By the time our mind can register it, there is already a new ‘now’ which has taken its place.

In The Ultimate Reality, Gian Kumar brings us to a realization about what the deeper existence is that we are searching for. Through experiential realization and higher consciousness, we can centralize both extremes, and ultimately realize a sense of oneness with the universe.

Think From The Heart, Love From The Mind by Gian Kumar

Reviewed by Raymond Mathiesen

On Monday morning, as you wolf down breakfast, drop the kids at school and fight the traffic to work, have you ever thought, “I wish I could be happy!” or even more, “I wish I could have more days of peace!” If so, this is the book for you. You may think the answer will read something like, “Think about what you like and don’t like, make lists, then work out strategies to increase and avoid them respectively. Quite the contrary, Gian suggests that the first thing you do is DON’T THINK. Instead we should calmly observe, noticing our thoughts and feelings, and the world around us. Eventually, Gian says, we will receive intuitions from our unconscious that will point us in the direction we should really go. Gian calls this whole process “awareness”, but some may know it by the Buddhist name “mindfulness” (Michael Carrithers. Buddha: A Very Short Introduction: Oxford University Press, c1996, p. 50-52). According to Gian the trouble with thinking is that our beliefs are based on past experiences while we live in a fast changing human life. Even our past experiences were interpreted by us in terms of what our parents, teachers, religious leaders, political leaders, etc. taught us. These ideologies are themselves interpretations of those people’s pasts. Gian is not suggesting that there is anything wrong with thinking, but the idea is that we be truly informed before we think.

This book could be classified as New Age, but it is much more accurately described as Eastern philosophy. Gian presents an interesting mixture of Buddhist and Hindu thought. The Hindu thought largely comes from The Bhagwat Gita (Ch. 13). There is also a sprinkling of Christian and Islamic ideas. Gian is a free-thinker, self-taught, and, as we have hinted, one of his main ideas is to avoid being trapped in any one dogma as we immediately limit our view of what is “now.”

The first quarter of the book deals with a brief overview of (1) the condition of man, and, (2), the solution of awareness. The second quarter concentrates on a largely Buddhist view of knowledge (Ch. 4), choicelessness (Ch. 5) awareness (Ch. 6), and duality and non-duality (Ch. 7). The third and fourth quarters concentrate on Hindu ideas of the absolute (Ch. 8), creation and destruction (Ch. 9), spontaneity and the now (Ch. 10), sensitivity rather than emotionality (Ch. 11) awareness in practical living (Ch. 12), completeness (Ch. 13), and zero (Ch. 14). This world wind summary of course can only hint at the depth of the book which shows much study.