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This final, definitive edition of The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment, also known as the Young Person’s Guide Edition, features 3 new and previously unpublished chapters, "EXPAND!”, "FREE WILL”, and "WHO’S ON FIRST?”, as well as an addendum to the book, "A Young Person’s Guide to Enlightenment,” with final conclusions offered by author Thaddeus Golas, as he paves the wayThis final, definitive edition of The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment, also known as the Young Person’s Guide Edition, features 3 new and previously unpublished chapters, "EXPAND!”, "FREE WILL”, and "WHO’S ON FIRST?”, as well as an addendum to the book, "A Young Person’s Guide to Enlightenment,” with final conclusions offered by author Thaddeus Golas, as he paves the way for his opus "Love and Pain.""We are equal beings and the universe is our relations with each other. The universe is made of one kind of entity: each one is alive, each determines the course of his own existence."That is really all you need to know to understand this book or to write your own. Everything that I say has it's roots in that first paragraph, and it's possible to resolve any question by going back to it and thinking it through for yourself."These words of Thaddeus Golas's, written back in 1971, still ring true, and when late in life he revised and updated his text for this final Edition of the Guide, Thaddeus Golas chose to return the book to its original format, thin and unassuming, for a whole new generation of readers across the World. (The Guide was originally intended to fit into a hitchhiker's back pocket!)This is the most complete edition of The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment to date. Some of the subtle changes in the vocabulary were meant to sidestep references to LSD and avoid some outdated 60′s vernacular, but Thaddeus Golas had also wanted to bring minor fixes to some of his earlier assertions about energy — assertions which, over the years, he described as "slightly mistaken.” It was those very changes in his paradigm that brought about the writing of Love and Pain, his follow-up book.3 New Chapters are meant to help readers deepen their understanding of "expansion,” "contraction,” and the role of the intellect our spiritual progress."Equal and unique live beings are all that is fully true and real in the universe. We are the universe."Available from www.seedcenter.co.uk See www.thaddeusgolas.com for details and links....

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  • Robin Clark
    2019-01-06 11:03

    We are equal beings and the universe is our relations with each other. Thaddeus Golas.There it is! Enlightenment! So, so simple. So profound. Easy, simple. Now relax for the rest of your life and be happy.

  • D
    2019-01-01 13:16

    The 2008 edition is great. Some snippets:A constantly expanding love...* The attitude toward any goal: nice if it happens; nice if it doesn’t. It’s OK. You won’t mind letting go of one beautiful experience because love will make the next one just as rewarding.* Take the example of music, letting go of one note to hear the next, then our pleasure can be constant though the vibrations change.* If we ‘listen’ to the world, and let it act on us without either-or judgements and ideas, then we can comprehend each flash of pleasure as a tone in the infinite harmony. The orchestra of the world plays the familiar melodies again and again...* All states of consciousness are available right now. Every possibility in the past and future exists timelessly, it’s always there and you activate your level of reality by your own vibrations.Whether I am conscious of it or not,I am one with the cause of all that exists.Whether I feel it or not, I am onewith all the love in the universe.* Every state of consciousness is perfect and complete, and does not need to be changed. * Look at your own vibration level before reacting to what you think is an external reality.* The more you love, the faster you vibrate, the less need you feel to control anything, and you are not fearful of change and variety. You experience everything deeper and slower and more lovingly.* No matter what others are doing, you are the only one who is responsible for what happens to you. * When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven.* You are free to be anywhere you want to be in the world that is real to you now. And beyond that, you are capable of being in any time, on any vibration level, in any system, with whomever you like.* You’re never alone - there are many beings aware of you at all times, loving you, ready to make you feel it whenever you are ready to open up to it, taking care to see that you don’t get in too deep, encouraging you to love yourself.* The world you see is in truth a reality of convenience - the universe will compassionately arrange itself into anything you need it to be to work out your preferences. You have an infinite choice of worlds to live in* No resistance. Remember this especially when you are dyingGo beyond reason to love -- it is safe. It is the only safety. The sin that most needs to be loved and forgiven is the state of mind that sees human beings as sinners. Give others the freedom to be stupid - the most important and hardest step to take in spiritual progress. Handle the world with divine love. We are but channels of spiritual joy, and to continue to have it we need only be open channels.We enjoy exquisite spiritual wealth and pleasure when we know we are all equals.The jewel you hold is Understanding. You cannot add to its beauty by hiding it and hinting that you have it, nor by wearing it with vanity. Its beauty comes from the consciousness that others have of it. Honor that which gives it beauty.I am one with all the love in the universe.

  • Fidel
    2019-01-03 13:09

    De acuerdo. El secreto de la vida es el amor. Entregarse a los otros. Más o menos lo hemos sabido siempre, es el relato del cristianismo desprendido de la idea de pecado. Esa es la respuesta que proporciona este libro. La respuesta del amor y la elección. Pero yo me pregunto, al igual que me he preguntado siempre, ¿qué amor?Quizá esa era una cuestión demasiado complicada para entrar en ella; más allá de la respuesta obtenida, estas son algunas de las preguntas que ha despertado la lectura de este libro:¿Qué tipo de amor es positivo entregar?¿Cuándo conoces a alguien maravilloso, y sin necesidad de acordar ningún pacto entre ambos, sabéis mutuamente que no necesitáis nada más, no es siempre el principio del fin?¿Debería evitarse ese tipo de amor, o sería simplemente caer en la facilidad?¿Cuándo ese amor termina, y uno decide guardar un luto y honrarlo, no está siendo preso de los recuerdos y el sufrimiento?Y si la otra persona decide empezar a buscar con desesperación las emociones que se han ido en el sexo y emprende relaciones casi forzadas con su entorno, ¿No está siendo esclavo de la necesidad de emociones?¿No somos todos esclavos de nuestras emociones?¿Quién o qué determina la graduación que distingue amar de paliar las propias carencias en los otros?¿Hasta dónde puedes amar a otro sin hacerle pensar con tus actos –aunque te expliques perfectamente- que pretendes algo más de lo que en realidad quieres, dado el pacto social?¿Dónde está el límite entre la expansión de esa energía que mencionas que todos somos, y la perturbación de la energía de los otros?¿Por qué uno necesita expandirse hasta tocar la existencia de los demás? ¿Y por qué habría de necesitar no hacerlo? ¿Qué es exactamente, y para qué sirve entonces, la empatía?¿De qué sirve lanzar preguntas al vacío, como botellas con mensajes desde una isla desierta? ¿Existe realmente ese vacío, o podría haber alguien dispuesto a recibirlas?¿Qué es la culpa más que la negación de la realidad humana, no aceptar que la perfección es imposible, o bien que todo es en sí mismo perfección, tanto lo que percibimos como errores como lo que nos parecen aciertos? ¿Existe siempre la necesidad de evaluarlo? ¿Qué es entonces la moral?¿Quién eras tú, y quién era yo, y que cabía esperar de nosotros?¿Debía esperarse algo?¿Qué importa ahora mismo?¿Por qué el presente parece siempre más válido que el pasado o el futuro?¿Qué iluminan los sueños, aunque nos sobrecojan en su aparentemente perfecto diseño? ¿Ni un adarme de futuro, como decía Umbral? ¿O son capaces, desde hechos en muchos casos absurdos, de revelarnos el verdadero estado de nuestra conciencia, al que difícilmente podemos acceder ensombrecidos por el ruido de lo cotidiano?¿Sirve de algo darle vueltas a los sueños? ¿Y si no es así, por qué seguimos haciéndolo?¿No es, como suponía Descartes, la vida, bajo su aparente y engañosa reiteración, el mayor de los sueños?¿Si un sueño es capaz de trastocar todo nuestro presente y nuestra conciencia vital, cómo aceptar que no significan nada y desdeñarlos?¿Sirve de algo el mundo intelectual, el logos, más allá de para encontrar preguntas sin respuesta?¿Para qué pensar siempre las palabras más adecuadas para expresar lo que se piensa, o lo que se siente, cuando es tan mutable?¿Fue antes pensar o hablar?¿Si las preguntas no tienen respuesta y constituyen senderos trillados, por qué hemos de seguir haciéndonoslas, más que para perpetuar nuestra sensación de que somos animales anómalos?¿Acaso dan los animales algo más que su amor al mundo, sin culpa ni moral?¿Qué nos mejora exactamente respecto a un animal si toda nuestra estructura mental, más allá de llevarnos más lejos técnicamente y perpetuarnos, nos hace cada vez más infelices, nos hace sentir cada vez más fuera de lugar?¿Después de haber leído durante años toda la literatura que cayó en tus manos; a tantos supuestos sabios de la historia humana, eres más feliz? ¿Sabes algo más del mundo?¿No fue todo en realidad, la vivencia de los sueños de otros?¿Es simplemente estar en el mundo, mirar una flor y conmoverse, el secreto? ¿Y si así fuera, por qué a veces resulta tan complicado? ¿Por qué esa flor ha de ser un símbolo que nos remita a otro lugar, a un recuerdo? ¿Cómo erradicar ese símbolo una vez que se ha constituido? ¿Cómo aceptarlo sin erradicarlo, aunque duela?¿A dónde conduce el sobrecogimiento amoroso, o el éxtasis, cuando su añoranza paraliza o desata una compulsiva búsqueda de lo mismo una y otra vez?¿No es el amor, sencillamente, la mayor de las drogas, haciéndonos sentir plenos y llevándonos después a un estado de carencia en el que lo que habría de colmarnos sencillamente ya no nos sirve?¿Es nuestra visión del amor algo puramente sociocultural o está inscrito en nuestro ADN?¿Es el amor la mayor de las mentiras, perpetuada y enriquecida a través de las exageraciones de la historia hasta convertirla en un monstruo, o siempre fue así?¿La gente que desdeña el amor romántico, todos aquellos a los que has escuchado renegar de él, no terminaron siendo en un final los más prendados de sus hechizos?¿Por qué los sentimientos más fuertes y el amor más puro han de conducir como un péndulo a los mayores padecimientos?¿Hay alguien que verdaderamente pueda pervivir sin sentir esa carencia en su plenitud, rellenando tal hueco con lo esporádico, lo que no colma ni destruye, sus intersticios?¿Es el secreto estar sólo, el ascetismo? ¿No es una renuncia consciente a nuestra naturaleza? ¿Es la existencia humana en sí misma algo más que una crisis existencial, en el sentido griego de cambio, y en el de Golas de continua expansión y contracción?¿somos piedras aquejadas de preguntas? ¿Cuál es nuestra naturaleza intrínseca, si todo se haya en continuo cambio?¿Existe una naturaleza intrínseca?Si se trata de aceptar y abrazar, ¿para qué crear?

  • Thaddeus Golas
    2018-12-31 08:08

    For those on the road still trying to thumb a ride, this book will show you how to make it on your own. There is no other way. Being the lazy man’s lazy man, I quickly went to the last pages and back cover to glean the quintessential enlightenment offered in the excerpts. How can I be lazy and accelerate my vibrations to encompass all that wisdom in a flash, you may ask? Chapter 7 answers that If you’re the kind of person caught up in sin, asceticism, rejection of earthly enjoyment, or other evidence of strict virtuous discipline, and are still having trouble being enlightened and in joy, this book is for you. It will shatter all your preconceived ideas about spirituality, If what you are doing isn’t working…love it and leave it. In other words: let go and let God. The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment lets you know you are already there. So what’s the point of arrival? We exist on many levels simultaneously: from a being of concentrated mass (separateness, individuality), through energy being, to space being (oneness). How come, you may ask, most of us are only aware of the densest physical level? The answer is you can’t be anywhere else until you love yourself where you are now. After all, it’s a world of your own creation. As long as we reject anything we are tied to that one thing. Now that’s karma! The only effective way to be free of anything, is to love. Accept yourself where you’re at. If you hate or despise something, love yourself for despising or hating it. It’s the E=MC2 of the Universe. Be there, then.R.L. I AM Magazine, Quebec.

  • Guy
    2018-12-31 13:13

    I have an ambivalent reaction to this book. It gave me no new understanding, but I like that Golas aligned himself with Chuang Tzu and like Taoists who argue against straining and struggling to take actions or achieve understanding.It is likely at a more challenging level to spiritual/philosophical ideas than an introduction, but will be unnecessary for people who have been seriously struggling with the spiritual/philosophical meanings of life for any length of time.I like his blunt way of stating the obvious truths we delude ourselves into not seeing. As such I keep thinking that it deserves more than 3 stars, but I cannot bring myself to move my rating to 4. Perhaps my concern about it is that like many spiritual guides, it emphasizes the role of mind and attitude in achieving so-called enlightenment at the expense of respecting one's somatic reality, and perhaps physical well-being. As a society we are completely beholden to products of the mind, be it agri-business justified land, water and animal abuse, the poisoning of our food products with -icides or business practices with Harvard Business Schooled flow charted MBA-itis.A good read and more than an introduction to Taoist philosophical ideas.For further notes about this book, see egajdbooks

  • Lauren Albert
    2019-01-14 10:02

    I bought this book a million years ago. I found it on my shelf and read it in a sitting (it is very short). I guess I'm not very enlightened because I kept finding my attention distracted by all of the mentions of LSD. Published in 1972, it shows that it was published in 1972. I guess I have to work towards the enlightenment that lets me read it without focusing on all of the off-hand references to LSD and other drugs.

  • ImaRoRa
    2019-01-18 07:56

    my bible.

  • Doc
    2019-01-17 05:19

    Possibly the thinnest most entertaining essay on enlightenment ever written. 80 pages of purely great stuff!

  • D
    2018-12-28 06:00

    highly recommended

  • Thaddeus Golas
    2019-01-12 09:21

    For those on the road still trying to thumb a ride, this book will show you how to make it on your own. There is no other way. Being the lazy man’s lazy man, I quickly went to the last pages and back cover to glean the quintessential enlightenment offered in the excerpts. How can I be lazy and accelerate my vibrations to encompass all that wisdom in a flash, you may ask? Chapter 7 answers that If you’re the kind of person caught up in sin, asceticism, rejection of earthly enjoyment, or other evidence of strict virtuous discipline, and are still having trouble being enlightened and in joy, this book is for you. It will shatter all your preconceived ideas about spirituality, If what you are doing isn’t working…love it and leave it. In other words: let go and let God. The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment lets you know you are already there. So what’s the point of arrival? We exist on many levels simultaneously: from a being of concentrated mass (separateness, individuality), through energy being, to space being (oneness). How come, you may ask, most of us are only aware of the densest physical level? The answer is you can’t be anywhere else until you love yourself where you are now. After all, it’s a world of your own creation. As long as we reject anything we are tied to that one thing. Now that’s karma! The only effective way to be free of anything, is to love. Accept yourself where you’re at. If you hate or despise something, love yourself for despising or hating it. It’s the E=MC2 of the Universe. Be there, then.R.L. I AM Magazine, Quebec.

  • CutFromAbove
    2018-12-26 07:11

    Even though it's short, it's quite heavy and there were more than a few important lessons. It's really impossible to make a proper review of this book, because it is really for someone who is 'on the path to enlightenment.' You've got to have at least read a few self-help books for this to be of any use to you at all, otherwise it just won't make any sense at all. However, if you've journeyed a little bit, there are a couple of ideas (no resistance, love that you hate it, vibration levels) that are really important and good to have vocalised by someone. Thaddeus Golas has quite an authoritative tone, and I believe he knows what he's talking about.

  • Wallwaster
    2018-12-30 12:54

    Some nice bullshit about vibrations and everything being one. The book has some nice elaboration on Alan Watts' analogy of life and music though, but other than this part, it's not worth reading:"Music shows us how to maintain pleasure and ecstasy. Normally we tend to think of a moment of euphoric realization as unbearable and impossible to continue. It slips away and then we pursue it again. It does so because we are unwilling to let it go, we are unwilling to conceive of being away from it. But if we take the example of music, letting go of one note to hear the next, then our pleasure can be constant though the vibrations change."

  • Stephanie Foley
    2019-01-22 07:11

    This book is an easy and meaningful read. The Voracious Reader presents a video summary here: http://youtu.be/TPBbIpAaodE

  • James
    2018-12-23 10:09

    the most relieving book when in a deep fryer of nihilism

  • Lisette Van Der Maten
    2018-12-23 07:22

    Amazing, clear, punctual, funny book!

  • Yvette
    2018-12-28 13:00

    I am neither a man or lazy however still found this little book helpful.

  • Mergenc Pater
    2018-12-29 08:59

    Fú, hogy ez mekkora egy halom banthaganyé volt.Coelho ehhez a faszihoz képest egy tisztánlátó materialista.A végét, őszintén szólva, már csak átlapoztam. Iszonyú.

  • Gregg Bell
    2019-01-21 07:59

    I remember about twenty-five years ago, at a time in my life that I needed something to help me live, standing in a Waldenbooks store in a mall, facing a huge wall of books, maybe a hundred and fifty. Instantly my eyes were drawn to this tiny book called The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment. I plucked if off the shelf. It must be a joke with a title like that, right? I thought. But I was intrigued by what I perused. I bought the book, took it home and spent hours reading and digesting it.Then about ten years ago I realized I'd lost the book (it is tiny) and I was determined to get another copy, but it wasn't easy. The book had only been printed sporadically, but I persisted. What I found was the same book but with a new introduction, a new introduction that essentially nullified what was in the original book. But I'm getting ahead of myself.The original book hit me as being substantially the truth about how the world worked. We, as human being "entities," have interior workings that radiate and broadcast, so to speak, our frequencies to the world, and the key feature that determines our level of frequency is how loving we are. People with low frequencies are "mass." People with high frequencies are "space." People with alternating high and low frequencies are "energy."Golas catalogs how the different frequency levels impact each other and how to rise or fall on the frequency level. And he tells us that our frequency levels determine what happen to us and who we will associate with.Great. But then in the new version of the book (isbn 0-87905-698-3) love gets superseded by consciousness as the lynchpin that holds everything together. And Golas is convincing in his argument.Consciousness, or more specifically prolonged consciousness, Golas postulates, is our way out of this material reality (our way to become "space."). I know, it sounds new-agey, goofy, but again, Golas' thoughts just have a way of ringing substantially true.Here is a little summation of his shift from love to consciousness. (Remember what I said about "mass," "energy" and "space.") He writes:"The oneness of space is not a mystically difficult state to achieve. All an entity needs to do is cease vibrating: to will to be continuously conscious. Energy imagines a mysterious power that knows all and controls all. But space has no interest in the information that energy wants, and has no desire to engage in manipulating others. Is love the power? No. Consciousness is the power. But it is not the power to do anything specific. It is the power to push away from itself all unconsciousness, to remove itself from all energy and mass entities. Consciousness is not the power to control the material world: it is the absolute power to be free of it."Golas makes you think. And how many people even have a rudimentary sense of how the world works? Golas takes that bull by the horns and enlightens us enough to at least make us wonder about whether what he says is true. The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment is new age in character, but it is also rot-gut honest. Its ideas will leave you shaking your head, but then after a while those selfsame ideas may find you smiling.Have a little spare time? I've free flash fiction (all stories under 1K) at my website greggbell.net

  • Janine2610
    2018-12-26 10:15

    Was ist das eigentlich: Erleuchtung? Wie wird man "erleuchtet"? Wie lebt man als Erleuchteter?Für mich klingt der Begriff "Erleuchtung" so abgehoben, genauso wie das Wort "Esoterik". Ich selbst bevorzuge lieber die Ausdrücke allumfassende Bewusstheit und Spiritualität. - Das ist mir persönlich eher zugänglich.In diesem Buch geht es also explizit um Erleuchtung beziehungsweise Bewusstwerdung, ich habe aber auch schon ein anderes Buch gelesen, das eine ähnliche Thematik beinhaltet (BewusstSein von OSHO) und in dem der Autor ähnliche Worte (Golas benutzt zum Beispiel »Gewahrsein«, OSHO benutzt »Bewusstsein«), aber in einem leichter verständlichen Kontext, verwendet. Hier im Buch von Golas musste ich einige Sätze mehrmals lesen und nachdenken um sie zu verstehen. Manche Sätze sind mir auch leider gar nicht klargeworden, auch nicht nach 10-maligem Lesen.~ Und das ist alles, was wir zu tun haben: Volle, akzeptierende und gewährende, liebende Aufmerksamkeit absolut allem schenken, was wir in unserem Geist, in unserem Körper, in unserer Umgebung und anderen Menschen sehen. ~(S. 18)Golas beschreibt den Zustand der Erleuchtung so: »Erleuchtung ist jedes Erlebnis einer Erweiterung unseres Bewusstseins über seine momentane Begrenzung hinaus. Wir könnten auch sagen: Vollendete Erleuchtung heißt, erkennen, dass wir überhaupt keine Beschränkungen haben und dass das ganze Universum lebt. ... Erleuchtet zu sein, heißt, in einem Zustand beweglichen Gewahrseins zu sein, zutiefst offen.« - Im Grunde bedeutet das dasselbe, wie ich es aus OSHOs Buch kenne, nur hat sich OSHO wesentlich ausführlicher und deswegen auch leichter verständlich ausgedrückt.Kurz gesagt: Golas beschreibt hier einen etwas anderen Weg, wie man nach und nach zu völliger Gewahrsamkeit kommen kann: durch Liebe! Indem man jeden Gedanken, jeden Menschen, jede Situation, jede eigene (und fremde) Handlung und jedes Gefühl, völlig egal, ob gut oder schlecht, liebend betrachtet/wahrnimmt. Wie genau das funktionieren soll, möchte ich hier jetzt nicht vorweg nehmen, Antworten darauf findet man im Buch, aber ich bin auch der Überzeugung, dass jeder Mensch seinen eigenen Weg finden muss/kann - es gibt nämlich nicht nur ›den einen‹ Weg, um gänzlich, auf allen Ebenen bewusst zu werden. Und das ist genau das, was der Autor hier auch mehrmals zu erklären versucht.~ Eben die Menschen, die wir jetzt als vulgär, nicht erleuchtet, dumm, Absteller und Verrückte ansehen - gerade diese Menschen sind unsere Eintrittskarten ins Paradies, wenn wir lernen, sie und alle unsere Gefühle, die wir für sie haben, zu lieben. Und das ist alles, was wir zu tun haben - sie lieben. ~(S. 84)Trotz ein paar weniger Verständnisschwierigkeiten habe ich mich nach und nach an Golas Sprache gewöhnt und einige sehr interessante und wichtige Erkenntnisse aus dem Buch mitnehmen können. Lesenswerte und zum Nachdenken bringende Zitate habe ich ebenfalls recht viele (für nur 93 Seiten) gefunden. Für mich hat sich die Lektüre also auf jeden Fall gelohnt! Und auch wenn ich dem allumfassenden Bewusstsein noch nicht besonders nah bin, bin ich durch dieses Buch dennoch auf einem guten Weg in die richtige Richtung.

  • M
    2019-01-03 10:15

    The grain of salt that you need to take this with is this book can be considered a spiritual primer as much as it could pocket guide to paranoid schizophrenia. The talk of vibrations and the control exerted thereby, changing states of matter, and our casual interconnectivity are all common delusional tropes. That out of the way, it's an excellent read. I'm not about to drop everything and convert, but the way he looks at the world straddles this line between 60s hippie mystic and shouting half-naked dude in a tinfoil hat, and it's fascinating. It was heavy on Taoism: nonjudgmental acceptance of life and people, total nonresistance to the stream of fate, equality with all other beings. Serenity and humility, you know this old dance. The advice he kept coming back to was the indiscriminate outpouring of love into the universe. Love yourself, your surroundings, all the terrible stuff that happens to you, and eventually you'll vibrate at such a frequency that everything'll be cool.Sounds bonkers, right? It did in the book, too, but good-naturedly bonkers. I liked it.

  • Uvindex
    2019-01-12 10:17

    "Si reconocemos que la fealdad está siempre en nuestro interior, seremos libres de crear la belleza." Thaddeus Golas.Este ensayo filosófico entre otras cosas destaca la naturaleza dual y por "niveles" del individuo, el universo creado a partir las interacciones entre los seres, que dependen del grado de exteriorizacion del mismo, donde ya no existe más el yo, el ego, sino un intercambio de emociones, donde el amor es el ingrediente principal que nos hace vivir plenamente.Es un libro ampliamente espiritual, donde antepone una vida ascética sobre vida racional, incluyendo drogas y demás chucherías como medios para meditación, actividad creativa y para alcanzar la iluminación verdadera.Aunque con explicaciones algo pobres de los términos introducidos a lo largo del libro, algunas repeticiones, algunas ideas que considero contradictorias, y "consejos" con los que radicalmente estoy en desacuerdo, es sin duda un libro interesante con varios puntos rescatables.P.S. En resumen, este libro te enseña...Sé amoroso, déjate llevar y usa drogas. xD

  • Norman Haase
    2019-01-22 13:04

    This is the book that I've given away to at least 100 individuals over the last 20 years. Of the countless books I've read on the subject of enlightenment/higher consciousness (ok, so I'm a slow learner), this little book captures all of the essentials without obfuscation, in a scant 80 pages. There was a time when I read it cover-to-cover each and every day, and I've never been so clear, expanded, loving and happy (so why did I stop, you ask? What fun is life on Earth if we can't be dense and contracted from time-to-time? ). I corresponded with Thaddeus for awhile back in the early '70s, and I was very impressed by his no-B/S attitude to personal growth, and the fact that he eschewed followers and self-agrandizement.The Guide is perhaps the most honest book I've ever read and a great and loving gift to us all. Get past the '60s lingo and you have a trusted--and tested--companion for life.

  • Kevin Summers
    2019-01-09 06:57

    This book contains some valuable spiritual insights (although the drug references are dated).Sample quotes:"Anything that really frightens you may contain a clue to enlightenment. It may indicate to you how deeply you are attached to structure, whether mental, physical, or social.""The state of mind that most needs enlightenment is the one that sees human beings as needing to be guided or enlightened.""What we see is always ourselves. It is useless to correct anyone's behavior. If he knew what he was doing, he wouldn't be doing it, true enough, but he is just as capable of knowing it as we are. If he doesn't see it of his own free will, is he any more likely to do so when we tell him? By denying him his freedom to be wrong, we are equally wrong.""When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven."

  • Steve Are
    2019-01-22 11:12

    this book still informs my world-view. t'was truly hard to comprehend much of it at first, first coupla attempts failures till i finally just forced myself to read straight thru it, worry about understanding it later. written in '72, on the tail of the "summer of love," it references psycedelics as a way of opening your mind to realities otherwise unavailable for the most part and if you can get past that non-essential, you'll be good. he essentially says everything vibrates, is a vibration, that the highest vibration is love. his best piece of advice is 'no resistance,' or 'love it the way it is.'one of the more controversial notions is, to emphasize a positive a negative is thereby also created and we must be responsible for both.finish reading this and your mindspace may be altered without the psychedelics.

  • Stefan Meyer
    2018-12-30 08:53

    If you want the secret to life succinctly boiled down to eighty small pages, this is the book for you! Golas sets down the basic principles of life in quick order: We are all equal. The universe is nothing but live beings, each controlling their own destiny. Nothing needs to be corrected. We are free to experience the world as we desire. Our choice at any given moment is simply whether to expand or contract our awareness. Therefore, our experiences are in accord with our state of consciousness. There is nothing we need to do first in order to be enlightened. Or, as another writer once said, if man's concept of himself were different, everything in his world would be different. His concept of himself being what it is, everything in his world has to be as it is.

  • Amanda Jaczkowski
    2018-12-25 06:07

    This is a short book full of one man's view on enlightenment. It's not tied to any religion, and there was a rotating reference to vibrations and other religious imagery. He touched on the use of psychedelics, but did not by any means insinuate that they were necessary on the path of enlightenment.Really, the focus was on love. Loving each other, yourself, and your current situation. At the very end, there is a brief cliff-notes style summary of the already short book, keeping true to "Lazy Man's Guide".I thought it was cute and worth the time spend whipping through it.

  • Katya
    2019-01-02 04:52

    Really short and really funny guide for lazy people seeking enlightenment. After listening to the book I felt I would really liked to meet a person like Golas - someone who would speak without trying to convince and share his experiences without trying to teach. Paradoxically, it is a very convincing book!

  • Shea
    2019-01-03 10:01

    A patron at the library lent me his copy of this. It kind of makes me think about the koan at the end of Dogen's Genjokoan where the monk says to Mayu, "The nature of the wind is permanent, and there is nowhere that it doesn't reach. So why do you still fan yourself?" It all sounds good in a book, but is it functioning in your life?

  • Elodie
    2019-01-13 05:10

    I learned a lot of very interesting things on the universe, love and our cosmic vibrations. Ultimately it's a really good book to read and think about without using the ideas with too much dogmatism.Everything is quite positive and reminds you that everything is possible at any given time. Sometimes, this is what we need to keep in mind.

  • Relbie
    2019-01-10 08:10

    I felt so good after reading this book. It has helped me in many ways, to accept myself and others more, to understand the world around us... It has simple answers for complicated questions. It's a tiny book with a huge world inside, one of these works you can't put down once you start reading. I'm really glad I bought it. Highly recommended for everyone.