“That which does not exist always, but exists at one time and not at another, cannot be real. You exist always and you alone are therefore real. Liberation is another name for you. It is always here and now with you. It has not to be won or reached hereafter or somewhere.” ~ Day by Day with Bhagavan
About the cosmetic imperfections: these can vary, but are of the nature of a few pages having small folds in the corner, page cutting errors, smudges on inside pages, a few printing ink marks on the paper edges or damage to the cover or spine.