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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:36 PM

Book Review - about going beyond self-improvement

How to Go Beyond Self-Improvement
by Mitch Ditkoff

In 2012, more than five million books were published worldwide.

Of these, a sizable percentage were of the "self-help" variety, a growing genre that promises to help people improve the quality of their lives -- to become happier, healthier, smarter, kinder, thinner, cooler, richer, less depressed, selfish, anxious and, generally speaking, better in countless ways that society uses to define what it means to be a successful human being.

At the core of the self-help book world is a fundamental assumption around which all of the writing revolves -- that there is a self to improve -- an essence at the core of a human being that is flawed and needs some tweaking.

And while this assumption certainly attracts a lot of book buyers, there is another kind of book, beyond self-improvement, that addresses an even more basic theme -- not improving the self, but knowing the self -- what sage Greek philosophers were referring to, centuries ago, when they distilled the purpose of life down to two simple words: know thyself.

This is the province of the newly published The Greatest Truth of All: You Are Alive! (21 excerpted talks of Prem Rawat) -- a 198-page book that awakens, inspires, and demystifies the so-called "search for self."


more at link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mitch-ditkoff/prem-rawat-book_b_2443702.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=3802500,b=facebook

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(caveat: I've been listening to Prem Rawat for more than
40 years and am probably biased -- but I love what he
has to say, & it never gets old for me.)

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