Book Recommendation By Leonard Cohen: Consciousness Speaks: Conversations with Ramesh S. Balsekar

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Augenstein Hannot writes:

I once asked Leonard if there is a must book to read. Here is the book. If you read it, you do understand him in a different way.

Love, Frank

Update: Leonard also recommended this book during the Sony 2001 online chat.

Suss: Dear Leonard. Do you have any favorite books to recommend?
Leonard Cohen: Dear Suss, “Consciousness Speaks” by Ramesh S. Balsekar.

Consciousness Speaks: Conversations with Ramesh S. Balsekar by Ramesh S. Balsekar (Author), Wayne Liquorman (Editor) is available in paperback or as an e-book at Amazon and other bookstores.

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Advaita Press; Fourth Printing edition (December 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929448146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929448145

The Leonard Cohen Reading List

This is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books commended by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

2 Replies to “Book Recommendation By Leonard Cohen: Consciousness Speaks: Conversations with Ramesh S. Balsekar”

  1. Klaus Offermann

    I will read anything Leonard Cohen recommended because I believe he was a very wise man and he was a very well read man.

    A number of years ago I decided to study in depth, how the West got itself into such a mess in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and the Middle-East. I read and followed many authors, including the books and writings of Ahmed Rashid.

    At the time (Oct. 8, 2012), I was stunned to come across Ahmed’s facebook post, indicating that Leonard Cohen had read Ahmed’s “Descent into Chaos”, a deeply critical analysis of US foreign policy in the region.

    From then on, Leonard Cohen songs such as “Almost Like the Blues”, sang to me singed with a sad reality, knowing that Leonard was so well informed about the detail of issues, when his lyrics appeared to explore them in a more universal fashion.

    Thank you for sharing this recommendation.

  2. Judith Ripp

    It is true that at one time, shortly after he left Mt. Baldy, Leonard was very keen on “Consciousness Speaks.” In fact, he visited Balsekar at his home in Mumbai for weeks at a time (1999-2000). And Balsekar dedicated a book (“Sin & Guilt: Monstrosity of Mind””) to Leonard. But, I believe, Leonard later became disillusioned with Balsekar’s teachings and the song “It Seemed the Better Way” deals with that.