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One: Essential Writings on Nonduality Paperback – January 30, 2007
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--Midwest Book Review
A translation of the first verse of the Avadhuta Gita, a Hindu scripture, reads: "Through the Grace of God alone, the desire for nonduality arises in wise people to save them from great fear." Katz attributes the appearance of this desire to know our true nature as an outgrowth of the desire for spiritual development, which ultimately shows itself to be another wish for something to possess. Mystical experiences, inner peace, and even wisdom eventually leave us unsatisfied. Something lies beyond these: the realization, rather than the acquisition, of our ultimate identity beyond our dualistic world. In One, Katz presents various perspectives--including writings from Sufism, Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Buddhism, and Native American tradition as well as the essential teachings of Ramana Maharshi and a discussion of The Matrix Trilogy--to guide us toward recognition of the essential oneness of reality, the truth of our Self.
--Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness
By carefully combining a wide range of nondual texts, both ancient and modern, Jerry Katz has made a significant contribution to the growing library of nondualist writings. The author creates a very readable overview of the subject and shows that what it’s pointing to is relevant today. Above all, he reminds the reader that the cross-cultural perennial philosophy that lies at the core of all of the great religions has been this same realization of the absolute unity of all things. True freedom arises through the discovery that separation is an illusion and that everything is, quintessentially, only One. This book can be an opening. Very well done and highly recommended.
--Chuck Hillig, author, Enlightenment for Beginners
One is a clear and concise guide to the most universal truth of all: that the world between our ears that we call "me, myself, and my story" does not actually exist. When we see this, when we actually realize our true, nondual nature, conflict and suffering leave us, and peace and joy prevail.
--Jim Dreaver, author, The Way of Harmony
Thanks for adding this stellar effort to the great body of nondualist literature which is now blossoming in our time. The few pages of excerpts you included from Advadhut Gita are well worth the price of your book all by themselves and yet they are only one small part of an amazing smorgasbord. This is the kind of book I expect to refer back to over the years regularly. It is also the kind of book I'll need extra copies of to give to folks I encounter who show even some small sign of being worthy. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
--Orva Schrock, author, Grandpa's Notebooks: The Evolution of an Amish Soul
My kind of book. I know I will enjoy having it for years to come. Leave it to Jerry Katz to show the pluralism of the unitive experience. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for the best reference guide to nonduality on the market today. A must have for serious seekers for its breadth of perspectives.
--Paul Cohen, Publisher/Editor, Monkfish Book Publishing Company
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There are many ways to talk about Reality, but none of them adequately encompass the wholeness of Reality. Language focuses on descriptions of the world around us, but necessarily loses focus when we attempt to turn it onto the essential nature of Wholeness. Lacking a basis upon which to distinguish non-dual Reality, each speaker must necessarily create his or her own language for describing the nature of that which they have come to realize in their heart. By placing many of these descriptions, each couched in its own subjective terms, side by side in this volume, Jerry Katz had made it possible for us to find the nuggets of gold buried, sometimes deeply, other times lying close to the surface, in each contribution and thus to see their common nature.Read more ›
Nonduality is a hard concept to grasp at first because the mind is trained to make distinctions in the world and nondualism is the rejection of distinction. Not to say that all differences are eliminated, merely transformed into relationships. Presented with an in-depth and captivating explanation of the notion of nonduality in the first chapter, the reader is eager to delve into the rest of the book. Further exploration is like a journey toward the understanding of truth and the desire for nonduality. Conclusions and explanations are drawn from every walk of life. There is something for everyone in the journey including beliefs from Judaism, the Native American tradition and Buddhism. If these discussions are not enough to fascinate, One also includes discussions of psychotherapy, art and even the cinematic phenomenon The Matrix.
Each writer's work featured in this complete collection is an exciting and intelligent commentary about Nonduality. Jerry Katz has ceased to become an editor and has transformed into an inspired guide into the world of nondualism and the search for truth. Any reader interested in finding the enlightenment that links us all together would greatly enjoy this book. It is a fascinating read from beginning to end and every step along the way.
In the past, when friends or acquaintances asked me to recommend a book on this marvelous, but sometimes difficult subject, I was forced to hand them a half-dozen books and point out the pertinent sections--No more! Mr. Katz's lovely book brings all the essential writings together--and much more!
Part One of "One: Essential Writings on Nonduality", begins with a straightforward and lucid introduction to the essential concepts of Nonduality, then suddenly and unexpectedly, Katz expertly guides us beyond the "concepts" of Nonduality and evokes the experience itself! With the compassionate wisdom of a Zen master, Katz pulls this off by directing our awareness to the evidence of our own inherent wisdom. By page 4 we may realize that we are "not in Kansas anymore", and by page 7 we may be startled to find that while "there is no place like home", there is "no place BUT home."
In Part Two, Jerry Katz begins to present the marvelous implications of Nonduality by guiding us gradually, and logically into the meaning and function of Nonduality in our lives here and now. As he does throughout the book, Katz leads the reader at a steady pace into subtler depths of this profound characteristic of reality by gradually building upon the knowledge we have attained in the earlier sections.
With a wonderful selection of teachings by Sri Ramana Maharshi, Katz takes us for an exciting exploration of the essential teachings regarding spiritual liberation, freedom from fear and greed, and the actualization of a full and authentic life.
Outlining the two fundamental "attitudes", or "approaches" to practice and enlightenment, Mr.Read more ›
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This is a great little book that Jerry Katz has compiled. He does a wonderful job of focusing on what is essential (our nondual nature), and what is universal (our nondual nature),... Read morePublished 18 months ago by applewood
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Purchased this book along with an Advaita book in hopes to understand the arena better. Was helpful. Easy to read and comprehend.Published on July 2, 2013 by Ed
THE BOOK FULFILLED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS. IT HOLDS A PLACE IN MY PRIVATE LIBRARY. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS RECOMMENDING IT TO OTHERS.Published on March 14, 2013 by Albert L. Smith
By its very nature, non-duality is a difficult topic to write about. Words fail to convey the deep meaning of this concept, so writers must use rather special techniques to convey... Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Eric Maroney
What's nice about this one is the broad selection of the writings. There is even one from an American Indian. One is from an artist and another from a school educator. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by D. S. Clark