How to Achieve Total Enlightenment: A Practical Guide to the Meaning of Life

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Jun 1, 2005 - Self-Help - 224 pages
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If you've ever wondered where to find a wise man on a mountain or how to act if God appears to you, look no further. You can build a backyard water element, practice Tantric sex, or even just find out why there are over 300 million Hindu gods in this lighthearted and useful manual to all things spiritual.

How to Achieve Total Enlightenment is both a humorous and inspirational guide for the soul searcher in all of us. From organized religion to surfing, from alms-seeking to Zen rock gardening, it demystifies various spiritual paths and practices and proves that the quest for meaning can be entertaining as well as enlightening. Author Sam Martin offers a no-nonsense, lighthearted approach to finding Truth in some of life's most common pursuits. You might . . .

* Learn how to build a shrine to Buddha

* Sign up for a pilgrimage in the Pyrenees

* Make your own communion wafers

* Get the perfect abs through yoga

* Learn the basic techniques of the Whirling Dervish

With unique, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, informative lists, and practical advice, How to Achieve Total Enlightenment is the divine guide to the meaning of life that no one should be without.

  

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A very easy to read book., which made it enjoyable, yet at the same time enriching. I didnít think the book covered much new ground. The author makes frequent jokes, which on one hand, makes the book more readable, yet on the other hand, some may view such as flippant and even sacrilegious. Overall, a book worth picking up to remind you of the spiritual things. 

Contents

Mainstream Religion
4
Prayer Techniques
28
Alternative and LesserKnown Religions
36
SelfHelp or Personal Development Groups
42
Building Shrines
49
The Spiritual Triad Mind Body and Soul
57
Body
71
Soul
92
Enlightenment Through Eating
125
Cooking Up Total Enlightenment
131
Enlightenment Through Work
147
Working for Others Less Fortunate
153
Home and Zen Garden
165
How to Build Simple Shelves
171
Making Your Own Candles
179
Installing a Backyard Water Element
185

Wandering in the Wilderness
103
Taking a Pilgrimage
109
The Road Trip
117
How to Tell If Someone Has Worked on Themselves
191
How to Love Unconditionally
199
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Sam Martin is the author of How to Mow the Lawn: The Lost Art of Being a Man. He honed his "do-it-yourself" approach as a senior editor at This Old House and Mother Earth News magazines. He is now a contributing editor at Budget Living magazine and is an award-winning author for Lonely Planet Guidebooks. He makes his home in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two sons

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