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Socrates, Death and Self-Transformation

Learning from Socrates How to Live and How to Die

by Shai Tubali

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This book presents a refreshing, meaningful and profound interpretation of Phaedo by Plato.

It is based on a series of meetings in which Shai Tubali taught and interpreted the text in terms of what he calls “philosophy satsangs.” These are meetings that combine practice, guided meditation and other teaching elements in order to provide an experiential learning journey through philosophical texts, which are actually texts of liberation.

As a philosopher and a spiritual teacher, Shai weaves a thread between philosophy and spirituality, between the East and the West. He presents an approach that is inclusive and open. Often, when we want to learn about spiritual enlightenment, we turn to the traditions of Buddhism, yogic knowledge, Sufism, the Kabbalah or Christianity. Rarely do we realize that we could simply take a closer look at one of the birthplaces of Western culture: ancient Greece. There, among the philosophers, we can find teachings that are deep, radical and truly astonishing. Importantly, these teachings frequently talk about enlightenment and the path to spiritual liberation. In the teachings of Plato, we can find treasures of spiritual guidance and spiritual practice that have the power to change our experience and our perception.

This book explores Plato’s Phaedo. It is a dramatic text, in the sense that it actually documents the last conversation between Socrates and his students, just before the former drinks poison hemlock and executes himself. This text teaches us about the preparation for death, the act of “meeting” death and the question of what lies beyond it. It is a reflection on the meaning of life and our deepest and truest identity. It also speaks about the meaning and purpose of philosophy, as well as mysticism.

This text teaches us about the preparation for death, the act of “meeting” death and the question of what lies beyond it. It is a reflection on the meaning of life and our deepest and truest identity. It also speaks about the meaning and purpose of philosophy, as well as mysticism.  

About the Author

Shai Tubali

Shai Tubali is an internationally-renowned author, speaker and innovator in the field of inner transformation and personal development. Shai’s approach weaves together a tapestry of thought and tradition from psychology, philosophy, medicine, Yogic traditions, Eastern thought and practices and the most advanced scientific research. His vision is made manifest in the Human Greatness Center, where all aspects of his system are made available to anyone who wishes to partake. The establishment of the Human Greatness Publishing House is to spread this knowledge beyond the limits of those who attend his workshops and classes in person, making it possible for anyone around the world to benefit from his experience and wisdom.

Shai was born in Israel and has lived in Berlin for a decade. He is a trained Yogi with 21 years of study in the field of Eastern thought and Yogic traditions. He is a multi-award-winning author of numerous best-selling books. Ever since he achieved a revelation at the age of 23, he has dedicated his life to helping others live deeper lives that reveal the hidden potential of their hearts, minds and bodies. He is completing his PhD in philosophy in the field of mysticism, self-transformation and Western philosophy at University of Leeds in the UK.

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