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Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita Paperback – January 12, 2007
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An introductory book on Sanskrit 'The Spiritual Seeker's Essential Guide to Sanskrit' was published in India in 2005. His book 'How to Meet Yourself', published in 2007, was aimed at the non-specialist reader and addresses the fundamental topics of meaning and purpose in one's life and the nature of happiness.
His major book on Advaita, also published in 2007, was entitled 'Back to the Truth'. This is a systematic treatment of Advaita which, by using examples from many sources, helps the reader to differentiate between approaches and teachers. It compares the scriptures of traditional Advaita with the words of contemporary Sages and with the modern 'nothing to be done' teaching of neo-Advaita.
'Enlightenment: the Path through the Jungle' was published in 2008. This aimed clearly to define the term enlightenment and dispel the many myths about it propagated by new-age books on the subject. It endeavored to set down the proven methods, passed down for over a thousand years in the traditional teaching of the subject and contrast these with Western approaches, demonstrating in the process that only the traditional methods are likely to bring about enlightenment. 'Advaita Made Easy', published in 2012, aims to summarize the essentials of the subject in a short, easily assimilable form. 'Sanskrit for Seekers' (2014) gives the reader just enough understanding of the language to be able to use a Sanskrit dictionary. 'A-U-M: Awakening to Reality', published Autumn 2015, is a presentation for the modern reader of the Mandukya Upanishad and Gaudapada kArikA-s. 'Time for the Wind' is a novel, an ecological thriller which also gives an insight into Advaita philosophy as part of the plot. It was published in December 2015.
Dennis maintains the most popular website on Advaita at www.advaita.org.uk. There is an integrated blogging facility at www.advaita-vision.org. You may also browse a portfolio of his photographs (a lifetime hobby) at http://dwaite1.500px.com/.
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Its first, and greatest, uniqueness is its strategy of presentation. The author strides like a colossus on the shoulders of all the giants of this ancient philosophy that was originally formally streamlined from the teaching of the Upanishads, by towering authorities like Gaudapada and Shankara, then supplemented and strengthened by a whole lineage of Masters over the centuries down to the times of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, now propagated worldwide in the twentieth century by Seers of the stature of Ramana Maharishi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Atmananda Krishna Menon, and the like and expounded resoundingly by Swami Sivananda, Swami Ranganathananda (and others of the Ramakrishna Mutt), Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Dayananda and scores of others through lectures as well as writings almost up to the present time. We hear the words of these originators and expositors all throughout the book. Further, the book testifies to the power of the electronic media of modern times most dramatically in the fact that, in addition to this time-tested foundation on which the author stands high on a pedestal, there are elaborate quotations of diverse writings (with most proper acknowledgments, of course) on the web by various modern authors on anything even remotely connected with advaita.Read more ›
For those that would like a bit more guidance than "you are that", this IS the book. FULL STOP with this one, submerge yourself in it, change the way you see the world and your self.
This book will make sense of the various teachings you may have already encountered, put them in perspective, clear confusion and correct misdirection. This book explains the direct path and how it works.
Knowledge is everything and here you will find the knowledge that provides clear pointers back to the truth of that which you truly are.
Non-duality, Advaita and Zen are all at home here and the material is supported by a massive amount of quotes from modern and traditional sages and teachers.
This is an excellent read, a substantial resource and I am sure will remain amongst my favourites.
The author's purpose is twofold: (1) to compile within a single volume the most complete and up-to-date treatment of Advaita. He succeeds at that. It is clear that Waite is a voracious reader of nondual subjects. Dennis told me, or I read somewhere, that he reads with a pencil and makes notes in the books he reads. That is the only way Back to the Truth could have been compiled. It had to be written by a student and a scholar who knows "everything" written on Advaita, including emails posted especially to the Advaitin email list, and who is a gatherer and an organizer of themes.
And (2) to bring about a shift in the attentional direction of the reader. The latter is the primary aim of the book. That only makes sense. If a sage has any purpose at all, it is to get you to awaken. That is Waite's primary purpose. It's not a chosen purpose; it's the way it is. Dennis provides a number of hooks to hang your hat on.
What does it mean to hang your hat? When you've hung your hat, you've turned your attention around toward truth. Lots of hooks in this book. Even the curved neck of the swan on the cover looks like an inverted hook. Yes, these hooks should be inverted since they are associated with the turning around of attention.
Hooks in this book come in the forms of teachers of Advaita, a variety of themes (e.g., karma, death, desire, happiness, spiritual practices, enlightenment, nature of reality, methods of teaching, science, grace, creation.Read more ›
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Hats off to Dennis - the world will benefit from your hard work of writing this book. The book is written in simple english with less sanskrit words (they have detailed explanation... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jayan
A very profound topic, the Author Dennis Waite do a very good analysis and compendium on Avaita Non Duality. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M23
This one 'ere 32 years ago, had a rare lucid vision of a wandering swan winging a way home at night, but Who was performing the watch above the swan? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wandering Swan
Excellent thematic book with many sources/quotations about Advaita, a complete book I'd say. It simply opens your eyes.Published 10 months ago by Juhász Attila
Dennis Waite eloquently details that Self-Realization or liberation while in the body is often taught in THREE Advaitin ways; Traditional Advaita, Neo-Advaita and the Direct Path. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Prior2yourstory
I want to rave about Dennis Waite's advanced sequel to the excellent intermediate Book of One. Back to the Truth is the most comprehensive, easy to read exegesis of Advaita I've... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ann
This is proving to be one of the most important books for my spiritual on-going transformation. Haven't finished it yet - it is slow-going, because there is so much to ponder and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by William H Patterson