The list author says: "The wikipedia calls non-duality ÂA nondual philosophical or religious perspective or theory maintains that there is no fundamental distinction between mind and matter, or that the entire phenomenological world is an illusion (with reality being described variously as the Void, the Is, Emptiness, the mind of God, Atman or Brahman).Â This is not a definition that is universally acceptable and the man in the street would be unlikely to give it credence at all without personal validation. Hindu Advaita Vedanta or Buddhist traditions have incorporated nonduality in their teachings for centuries and more modern non-traditional gurus such as Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and Krishnamurti have been teaching it as well. The most recent and most understandable works tend to get less attention and acknowledgement as being non-dualistic. A sampling of those works is given here as well. The best way to gain an understanding of the contrast between the traditional Hindu Advaita Vedanta teachings and more modern non-traditional gurus is to consult ÂPath through the JungleÂ by Dennis Waite. The most popular contemporary teachings are ÂThe power of NowÂ, ÂA course in miraclesÂ, the works of Gary Renard and Byron Katie. The key early works are very much lacking in practical instructional material, they do not own the word non-dualism as some might have you think. The awakening which provides the personal validation of illusion and onset of personal peace arises by the removal of the ego. The conflicted ego thought system is normally dominant and is diametrically opposed to the natural mind guided by the small still voice. By a process emptying the ego is slowly dissolved until the tipping point is reached. The tipping point may happen with finality or vacillate in the beginning. Once reached mystical experiences of oneness can help consolidate validation. ItÂs no longer necessary to know Sanskrit and sit at the feet of masters to awaken, just go to the best seller racks."
"This is an excellent "course" in Advaita/nondualism, written in an accessible, instructive style. Very objective. ÂA masterful and profoundly insightful survey of the Advaita teaching and the contemporary scene.Â The content is not peppered endlessly with Sanskrit words and it comes with a nice set of invaluable appendices."
"Sri Nisargadatta's guru told him to focus his attention on the I AM to the exclusion of all else. He did this practice in his spare time for three years and realized his True Self. Simple answers are given to complex questions--advaita transmissions from a more contemporary teacher. He died in 1981 and lived in India. This classic is widely recognized as being an authentic dharma teaching."
"This is a collection of conversations between the author and the many seekers who came to him. A main concern was to convince his listeners that self-realization is the natural condition of man. This state can be discovered by undertaking the self-investigation described in these talks. The instructions in each section provide further illumination of this seer's message."
""A disciple of Ramana Maharshi, Robert had an early childhood spontaneous awakening, later was turned away by Yogananda after pestering him regarding all of the rituals he asked followers to partake in, and finally moved to Tiruvannamalai where he shed the last vestiges of ego (and his clothes!) upon his first visual contact with Ramana.Â"
"This popular and controversial American Zen teacher veers from some of the more rigorous practices to simplified techniques that have worked for his students. Inquiry is used to dissolve the ego. This work focuses on the beginning aspects of the ins and outs of the process of spiritual awakening."
"A responsible potpourri covering a cross section of the major traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sufism, Judaism, Taoism, and Native American Tradition. His overview pulls together what lies at the core of all of the great religions Â- the same realization of the absolute witnesses the unity of all things and paths."
"A sourcebook of practical technique. This book has step-by-step formulas for going from the ego-dream to awaken to your true Self. It begins by exposing the ego's deceptions and the fact that the ego does not really want to awaken. Instructions for seven different methods of practice are given in this book."
"ÂWhatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with itÂ . This will miraculously transform your whole life.Â ÂNothing is what it seems to beÂ . Our collective human world is largely created through the level of consciousness we call mind.Â Âevery form is destined to dissolve again Â ultimately nothing out here matters all that much.Â Two million copies sold."
"A masterpiece of nondual spiritual insight combined with practical methodology to dispel illusion by transformation of the ego with miracles (corrections) to perception. The three volume self-study ACIM course teaches how to integrate forgiveness into daily livingÂmassive accumulation of buried guilt (judgment) is dissolved via the systematic practice of forgiveness. Over two million copies sold."
"In this very popular, humorous and purposely plainspoken book the author relays the contents of conversations he had with two spiritual beings named Arten and Pursah who begin to appear one day on his couch and give discourses on ACIM. Rigorously nondual. The conversations are lively and provocative and a sequel called Your Immortal Reality has also appeared. Hilarious enlightenment."
"There is no world, no body, no death, no hell, no devil, Âbelieving we are an ego is also a dream.Â ÂWe largely exist outside the now moment; this means we are not really present, here and now. And because of this, we do not see or hear anything truthfully.Â This work is a very succinct restatement of ACIM and the ÂWork of Byron Katie.Â See the Âscribed sequelsÂ listmania for more ACIM materials."
"This discipline systematically empties the ego via personal inquiry ÂWhat would I be without that thoughtÂ until a point of unconditional acceptance of Âwhat isÂ is achieved. KatieÂs personal journey is described more completely in ÂA Thousand Names for Joy,Â a restatement/commentary on the Tao te Ching."
"Marianne Williamson calls him "one of the great living teachers, one of the stars that make the dark sky bearable." "Somehow, somewhere, he was given the keys to our future, and he generously and skillfully passes the secrets on to the rest of us." It contains the most complete development of the ideas originally presented in his first two books, Starseed Transmissions and Vision."