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Charles Berner (Yogeshwar Muni), The Originator of the Enlightenment Intensive, at Kayavarohana West, St.Helena, CA, USA

Sri Anandamayi Ma in India with Charles and students



Imagine that in the 12th century Chinese zenga painting below two monks are sitting across from each other on an Enlightenment Intensive. The intent listener on the left has instructed his partner, 'Tell me who you are.'

The speaker, on the right, having received what his partner has asked him to do and having intended to experience himself directly, is open to the Truth of himself and now tells the attentive listener the result of his contemplation. This is the essence of the Enlightenment Intensive technique.

12th Century Chinese Zenga Painting and
Enlightened Being Sri Anandamayi Ma

For three days 18 hours a day the participants are focused on contemplating the Truth of themselves. Each aspect of the intensive is designed to support the process.

A unique technique, a structured, non-distracting environment, regular nourishing meals, and experienced staff all add to the ability to experience the Truth of oneself.

This is a powerful technique. Charles Berner said,

"I have tested this technique and I have compared it to other methods of enlightenment. This technique is about 50-100 times more rapid in producing enlightenment experiences than the classical techniques."

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In the first edition of Consciousness of Truth, a Manual for the Enlightenment Intensive, new knowledge was added to the wealth of information and wisdom in the old manual, Transmission of Truth.

This new knowledge includes a precise definition of enlightenment and a definition of consciousness, the reasons for using only the questions "Who am I?" and "What am I?" on Enlightenment Intensives, an explanation of why only three-day Enlightenment Intensives should be given, and the reasons for telling participants on an intensive what enlightenment is.

In this second edition, in addition to the above, you will find a change in the definition of enlightenment (p.1), a clarified and expanded definition of consciousness (pp. 3-4), Berner 's conviction that a master should not say whether a participant is enlightened or not (pp, 68-9, 133, 137, 142, 144), the boundary between inspiration and manipulation (p. 69), why only the "Tell me" form of the instruction should be used (p. 90), and a minimum age for an EI participant (pp. 73-4, 209-210).

This manual is indispensable for the Enlightenment Master. It is also useful for Enlightenment Intensive participants and anyone who wants to know more about enlightenment and how to achieve it. In addition, much of the information can be applied to the successful running of any workshop and the achievement of mastership in any field.

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For Enlightenment Intensives in Australia contact the Natural Meditation of Australia or Self Foundation.

x© 2004 Charles Berner