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eBook Be Who You Are ePub

by Mary Mann,Jean Klein

  • ISBN: 0722401698
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Mary Mann,Jean Klein
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Watkins (1978)
  • Pages: 88
  • ePub book: 1943 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1206 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 645


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Jean Klein, master of Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Ramana Maharshi and Atmananda Krishna Menon and author of many books on non-dualism, spent several years in India going deeply into the subjects of Advaita and Yoga. In 1955 the truth of non-dualism became a living reality. From 1960 he taught in Europe and later in the United States.

Book, Online - Google Books. Mann, Jean (Jean Sylvia). Be who you are, Jean Klein ; translator, Mary Mann. Find in other libraries. Cumberland Park, SA : J. Mann, 1997 276 p. : il. ports. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive.

Be Who You Are by Jean Klein 9780955176258 (Paperback, 2006) Delivery UK delivery is usually within 10 to 12 working days. Translated by. Mary Mann. Mind, Body & Spirit. Read full description.

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Recorded lectures given by Jean Klein at some point during his teaching career. More of a supplement to his other books or other heavier works on Vedanta.


Bukelv Bukelv
A different world than the one I live in. Great to know. Great to practice. I have read every book by Klein that I could get my hands on, all of them at least twice, and one four times. A guru he is! Not just a teacher. His very manner of expression reflects the world that is going nowhere and blissfully there.
Ylal Ylal
Awesome brain picking lecture. Do recommend to those who look for different perspectives.
Andromathris Andromathris
Klein's words carry the authenticity of a true master, not preaching but sharing a direct apprehension of the true nature of reality. Not always easy to follow on first reading, they are nevertheless a true reflection of the Direct Path teachings inspired by the sage Atmananda Krishna Menon, one of Klein's major influences. This book is one of the four recently republished by Non-Duality Press and it is very good indeed. As with all of his books, each chapter consists of a short talk on a particular aspect followed by questions and answers that are not always related. Topics specifically addressed are: Direct Path teaching including a comparison with Yoga and meditation, objects and attributes, presence and being in the present. If you only tend to read books by current satsang teachers, you should definitely try this for a change!

Dennis Waite, author of Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita
Legend 33 Legend 33
Circa 1980, when I was living in Marin County, my roommate's brother, Larry Cook, who later became a spiritual teacher known as Lawrence, introduced me to Jean Klein's teachings via Klein's first book, "Be Who You Are,"originally published in 1978. When Klein (1912-1998) visited nearby Berkeley, I attended a couple of his satsangs and also had a personal meeting with him. Years later, I attended one of Klein's retreats (at Mt. Madonna Center, just outside of Santa Cruz) and had another meeting with him. I also met with Klein in Del Mar, California.

Lawrence, partially tongue in cheek, described Klein's teachings as "European Vedanta," and I think that is an apropos description. Klein, a doctor and musicologist with a passion for art and architecture, was a true Renaissance man, and in "Be Who You Are" he quotes or refers to Guenon, Kipling, Schopenhauer, Musset, Plato, Bach, Goethe, and a few other such icons. Klein has some interesting takes on art and architecture relative to spiritual life. For example, regarding art, he writes:

"Certain painters, when they wish to compose the subject of a picture, assemble objects according to their passing fancy, taking one of them as a centre around which they harmonize all others. Other artists on the contrary, set aside any idea of a centre. They observe the outline of the objects, the way they catch the light, the parts that are shaded, the relationship of space to space, so that no one object is more prominent than any other in the final arrangement, to such an extent that the presence of each object seems to eliminate that of the others. An ensemble is thus obtained, which has neither centre nor outline, and whose presence loses itself in the void. It might be said that all authentic works of art have the property of eliminating themselves (as objects), giving place to Ultimate Reality."

Klein spent a number of years in India studying yoga and Advaita Vedanta before becoming a teacher who traveled the world enlightening disciples, and his essential teachings are on full display in "Be Who You Are." For me it was a trip in time rereading a text I first read more than thirty years ago. Because my perspective on Advaita Vedanta is different now than it was then, I find myself in disagreement with Klein on a number of points.

First off, I reject Klein's world-denying philosophy. He writes: "After all, the body is nothing but a notion which has been built up and put together by the mind..." This is nonsense. Animals and insects lack minds. How did they get bodies? Klein writes: "To understand this [spiritual] search, we must rid ourselves of one foregone conclusion, that is, the idea that objects exist independently of he who observes them." I reject this primacy-of consciousness point of view. I fully believe that the laptop I'm using to write this review exists as it is independently of my perception of it. Elsewhere Klein writes: "The ego appears and the world comes into being. World and ego are one." Again, I reject this absurd, solipsistic philosophic perspective.

Like many Advaita Vedanta proponents (such as Adyashanti), Klein is critical of mysticism, and like these critics, it's because he doesn't understand true mysticism. Interestingly enough, Klein writes: "Each breathing out expresses an entire surrender of the creature to God. And each inspiration signifies the return of the divine influx." If Klein had understood true mysticism, he'd have known that it's all about receiving this divine, en-Light-ening influx.

Klein champions an apophatic approach to Self-realization, and his teachings reflect the influence of his friend J. Krishnamurti. Here are a few examples of his Dharma: "The state of listening is the first true step on the path." This type of listening is an "effortless attention devoid of any strain." "The unknown always reveals itself spontaneously and independently of ourselves. We should therefore avoid any wish to seize, to grasp or to force anything."

The idea of spirititual discipline is anathema to Klein. He writes: "All disciplines are fixations; disciplines exclude everything, except the one thing that one wishes to concentrate upon. Thus one establishes a dictatorship over oneself and all understanding is jeopardized. What is absolutely necessary is attention without strain... Such a result (Self-realization] can only be brought about in the total absence of any effort, by the simple virtue of discernment."

The problem with a purely effortless approach to Self-realization is that it doesn't work, and Klein contradicts himself by "smuggling in" allusions to effort. First off, one cannot begin to listen and develop discernment without an effort. Secondly, Klein recommends "frequent repetitions of an inner attitude... deep relaxation accompanied by visualization of the body as being more and more fluid and transparent..." Klein writes: "We must remain on the watch a long, long time..." Laughably, even though Klein disses disciplines, he refers to spiritual students as "disciples."

I am now a spiritual teacher myself, and although I believe non-resistance, or effortlessness, is an essential component of integral spirituality, I believe it is just one-half of the en-Light-enment "equation." Without the "voltage" supplied by a complementary practice of presence + oneness (or communion), which is a kind of holding on, just letting go and letting be will not "produce," or unveil, en-Light-enment.

Even though Klein was a medical man, I don't think he was very astute regarding nutrition. He writes: "All acid foods should, I repeat, be avoided because they destroy the machine and empty it of its substance." This is rubbish. Even though an optimal diet is predominately alkaline, an individual also needs acid foods. Klein informs us that "the most balanced diet is based on unrefined cereals." Again, pure rubbish. Moreover, unbeknownst to Klein, most grains are acid forming.

Even though I'm critical of Klein's teachings, I still think he's an Advaita Vedanta guru/teacher worth reading, along with Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, and Robert Adams. Consequently, after considerable inner debate, I have tentatively decided to give this book four stars rather than three.
fr0mTheSkY fr0mTheSkY
This is one of the best books, but you don't have to pay an outrageous sum for it. It is available at the Jean Klein foundation for only $8.95.
Xellerlu Xellerlu
I really encourage everyone to own a copy of this book. This book further explores the idea of always living in the present.
Ndlaitha Ndlaitha
Much clarity here! The simple truth pointing to the Truth!