Barry Long
Biography & Resources

 
 

Barry Long (1926-2003) was one of the first contemporary spiritual teachers to reject spiritual traditions and religious beliefs and put attention only on the direct and immediate experience of truth, reality, or God, now.

Born and raised in Australia without much formal education, his credentials as a spiritual teacher were his life experience and his own direct inner knowledge of life. He insisted that his teachings have no value unless they are lived, and he lived what he taught. He brought to the Western world a practical spiritual teaching for men and women to live in their daily lives.

In his twenties, Long was an editor of a Sydney Sunday paper and a press secretary in the Parliament of New South Wales, and was married with two children. But in his early thirties, he began to experience a hunger for the truth and an inner call to question everything. He discovered within himself a great love of God—the inexpressible—and found that he could not sustain the life he was living.

In 1964 he abandoned everything and went to India. There he underwent a spiritual crisis culminating in a mystic death, which he called his "realisation of immortality," followed four years later by what he called his "transcendental realisation." This was his contact with a depth of consciousness from which his knowledge of universal reality ultimately derived.

Long was a well-known teacher throughout Europe, North America, the UK, and Australia, and people from many countries traveled to be with him. He developed practical means of liberating individuals from their doubts and fears and showed them how to face the truth in their everyday lives—how to negate the forces of the unhappy self. He maintained that unhappiness arises because man and woman have forgotten how to love each other. In 1984 he produced his well-known Making Love: Sexual Love the Divine Way.

His books include The Origins of Man and the Universe and A Prayer For Life. Sixteen of his books have been published and translations appear in eleven languages. He continued teaching and writing until his death in December 2003, at the age of seventy-seven. His autobiography remained unpublished while he was alive: its publication is anticipated in 2005-2006.

selected books

A Prayer for Life: The Cause and Cure of Terrorism, War and Human Suffering
(Barry Long Books, 2002)
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The Way In: The Book of Self-Discovery
(Barry Long Books, 2000)
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The Origins of Man and the Universe
(Barry Long Books, revised edition 1998)
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Making Love: Sexual Love the Divine Way
(Barry Long Books, revised edition 1998)
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Knowing Yourself: The True in the False
(Barry Long Books, 1996)
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Stillness Is the Way
(Barry Long Books, 1995)
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Only Fear Dies
(Barry Long Books, 1996)
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selected video, audio, dvd

Now – The Secret of Infinity
Audio. (The Barry Long Foundation International, 1998)
http://www.barrylong.org

Being Honest to Love
Audio. (The Barry Long Foundation International, 1997)
http://www.barrylong.org

How to Live Joyously: Being True to the Law of Life
Audio: 3 Chapters from "Only Fear Dies" (Barry Long Audio, 1996)
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A Journey in Consciousness: Exploring the Truth Behind Existence
Audio; first released in 1983 (Barry Long Audio, 1996)
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Seeing Through Death: Facing the Fact Without Fear
Audio first released in 1983 (Barry Long Audio, 1996)
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Talks From Tamborine Mountain
Audios from 1986-1990 (The Barry Long Foundation International)
http://www.barrylong.org

Being New
1 video (The Barry Long Foundation International, 2000)
http://www.barrylong.org

The Vastness of It All
4 videos (The Barry Long Foundation International, 2000)
http://www.barrylong.org

The Love and Truth Trilogy
3 videos (The Barry Long Foundation International, 1997)
http://www.barrylong.org

other related websites

Barry Long Foundation International
http://www.barrylong.org

Book Catalogue
www.barrylongbooks.com

articles & interviews

Articles & interviews in EnlightenNext magazine

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