In responding to each letter Barry Long lovingly challenges men not to
but to re-examine in a spiritual context their fundamental need for the
love of women. He also speaks about how this love can be used to strengthen
man's connection with the great mystery.
While steering well clear of 'fancy mind-bending and entertaining doctrines',
Long urges his readers to find their own way by considering their own
experiences and realities with courage and intelligence.
It is refreshing to read someone who speaks lovingly and is not afraid
to say 'should'. While urging people to find their own source of inner
wisdom, he is bold enough to say: 'In today's society there is a notion
that lovers should not mind
the lover going off and making love with others; and this is promoted
spiritual or unconditioned love. It is absolute nonsense and is a notion
by sexual man (and woman) to satisfy lusting without taking responsibility
Conscious Living Australia
In our postmodern world, the issue of gender has become another ground
for polarised absolutes - women's issues and men's issues - where bodily
identity is perceived to be the truth of our existence. And much value,
arisen from this, because it has allowed women to deconstruct the myths
about them that patriarchal societies have perpetuated. But as is the
case with any conceptual undertaking, this movement has led to the creation
of other myths.
And the big one is that men and women, essentially, are fundamentally
So, Barry Long's recent book of letters addressed to men is a welcome
to our modern myth-making. And it does so in a practical way. It starts
in his difference, which is really just the body-mind, and in showing
with simple clarity what lies beyond the body-mind, Long takes man to
his essential truth,
which is the truth of all life. Like all the great nondual teachers, Long
'The spiritual life is not a matter of doing, but of undoing not
giving in to the
human ignorance that moves everyone and spoils their lives. The will to
continually dissolve one's self by not attaching to the movement
of the emotions while
being consciously present eventually leads to the divine state of
As is to be expected from Long's teachings, the letters are uncompromising
their direct pointing to the truth of a particular problem. For example,
the res-ponses to the problems of sex have a sound, commonsense, non-esoteric
to them. If one had to sum up the teachings in this regard, it is simply
the exhortation to give up dishonesty and the fantasising of the mind,
and to see directly in the moment where 'stillness is the way'.
Noumenon South Africa
Whatever comes from Barry I enjoy and the new book is no exception. I
very useful and clear. Also it addresses many issues in man's life.
But what really resonated in me was: I could see through the book how
Barry has been helping people in many places with his teaching. The love
and dedication in answering so many letters. I can imagine that the ones
in the book
are only some of the many he has been receiving during so many years.
really grateful for the privilege of having met Barry in my life.
I also resonate very deeply with the words of so many men that are looking
for God. I felt them like brothers without knowing them. And some of the
letters brought tears to my eyes.
Letter from a reader
Selected comments from reviews
The author conveys his teachings by answering letters from men requesting
spiritual guidance. The problems are real and gritty and the advice is
The intimacy and honesty experienced between both the male questioner
Barry Long presents a powerful storehouse of spiritual guidance and knowledge.
Golden Age Australia
Revealing, personal and honest, 'To Man In Truth' is full of practical
how men can free themselves of self-denial and negative emotions and lead
more enlightened life. It also shows what women should be asking of men
during their journeys toward a more profound love.
The Planet Australia
This is Long's tenth book of spiritual exploration, and it's a fascinating
one . . .
a lovely opportunity to get inside the minds of men and understand the
they are inquiring into in our complex world. Long's responses are equally
rewarding to read. His sometimes blunt words must have stung a few male
egos, but at the same time his advice is profound. . .
Nova Holistic Journal Australia