Richard Rose


After the Absolute is an e-book (you can access it here) that gives a clear description of how Richard Rose acted and lived. To me back then, it was a wonderful example of how someone lives from an "enlightened state (sorry, such a silly term)". Reading it was very demystifying. The excerpts below of Q & A are taken from it:

Question:  How do you function here, having been to where you've been and then finding yourself back where you are now, wherever that is?

Rose:  I do nothing and yet everything gets done.  Upon returning, you are aware of your projections, of feeling beauty and the like, but you always know that it's not real, that it's nothing. 

Question:  So what do you do now?

Rose:  I'm not sure I understand your question, Rose said.  I'm not interested in being a functional person, if that's what you mean.  I do a lot of things, but I don't make plans.

Question:  Does life get any easier after Enlightenment?

Rose:  No, Rose said quickly, but it gets funnier.


Question:  I’m afraid that if I get involved in this work I'll never get a chance to experience all the things I want to do in life.

Rose:  Every one of us has some game we feel compelled to play, especially when we're young.  We think we're unique and important, and that God put us here to have lots of fun because he loves us so much.  But it’s a trap.  Our lives are nothing more than a series of distractions.  One of the most difficult things for people on a spiritual path to get away from is cowardice - allowing things to happen to them because ‘God wants them to happen.’  And while you're indulging in some fascination or another you're convinced, 'This is important, this is my destiny, this is the real me.'  But after your appetite is sated, you look up and shake your head and wonder what it was that possessed you.  Whole lives pass that way, moving from one distraction and disappointment to another, and people never wise up - until it's too late.


Rose:  To know death properly, a person must die.

Question:  Then why would anyone want to pursue something like that, I mean, if they knew it meant they had to die to get there?

Rose:  Who dies?  What dies?  Sometimes you have to plow under a city to build something more beautiful.  I know nobody looks for death.  I wasn't looking for death.  I didn't want to find Nothingness.  In fact, I always wanted to assert my individuality to the greatest degree of its intensity.

Question:  The whole experience doesn't sound very pleasant.

Rose:  Who said it would be?

Question:  I mean, it’s not the type of spiritual experiences I've been reading about.

Rose:  Then you're reading about lesser experiences.  Enlightenment is the death of the mind.  Death.  You think you are dying - completely and forever.  And it's good to think that because it kills the ego.  When a person feels himself dying he immediately drops all his egos.  It has to be this way.  You must go through death with no hope of survival.  Because you have to be truthful with yourself--all those tales about life after death could be fiction.  But when you die honestly, you die with absolute despair.  And that absolute despair removes the last ego you've got left - the spiritual ego that believes the individual mind is immortal.  But then something amazing happens.  After you die, you find yourself still here, observing this mess.  And that observing is the secret of immortality.  In fact, the only thing I think is valuable to know is that when you die, the Observer still lives.


This whole planet is fiction.  A picture show.  Sometimes it can be a rather engrossing picture show, but that doesn't make it real.