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Here I shall note down the books that best helped me to understand Advaita in all its ramifications.

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta MaharajThis book is a translation of the teachings of this great master recorded by a Western disciple. The message of Nisargadutta is profound, and yet direct. The message may seem cryptic, yet each word makes immense sense, and no reader can come away from the book unchanged.

The Circle of Fire: The Metaphysics of Yoga This is by far my favorite book on Advaita philosophy and practice. It explains what Advaita is in a particularly lucid manner, indeed I should say that I had never understood Advaita till I read this. It also then analyzes Advaita in relation to modern science and shows the synergies between the two. It then describes the practice of Advaita. All this in a simple straightforward language without any humbug that simply makes it unputdownable till you finish it.

Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Compass) A modern master explains an ancient philosophy.

Advaita Vedanta : A Philosophical Reconstruction A scholarly book, yet written in an easy approachable manner.

Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta A wonderful book, gentle and mesmerizing.

One: Essential Writings on Nonduality Another very good introduction to Advaita.

Some other books that have always influenced me are:


As One Is: To Free the Mind from All Conditioning

The Upanishads: Breath from the Eternal

Being Still: Reflections on an Ancient Mystical Tradition

Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity

The Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation

Consciousness Is All: Now Life Is Completely New

Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness

Confucius: The Secular As Sacred (Religious Traditions of the World)

Awakening to the Dream

Oneness

One: Essential Writings on Nonduality

The Vedanta Way to Peace and Happiness

The Final Truth: A Guide to Ultimate Understanding

Zen Action: Zen Person

Duet of One: The Ashtavakra Gita Dialogue

Finding Reality: Awakening to Spiritual Freedom

Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

The Book of One: The Spiritual Path of Advaita

The Essential Vedanta: A New Source Book of Advaita Vedanta (Treasures of the World's Religions)

Beyond Awakening: The End of the Spiritual Search

These books have all enhanced my understanding of Advaita in various ways and I would recommend them.

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