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The Window by Papajeff

The Window is written by spiritual teacher Papajeff. He hosts a radioshow, leads meditation groups and writes on enlightenment, non-duality and other topics. Here is a quote from “The Window”: Only a wisdom whisper from the heart will inform the freedom seeker about to whom or what they should listen. Some need to be guided. Some […]

The Shiva Samhita – A Critical Edition

The Shiva Samthita – A Critical Edition is a translation of the ancient teachings on tantra known as Shiva Samhita. The sanskrit title means “The Collection of Verses of Shiva” and the book is considered the most important root text of Hatha Yoga. It starts out by outlining various methods of liberation and philosophical ideas […]

Vedanta-Sutras With the Commentary by Sankaracharya

Vedanta-Sutras With the Commentary by Sankaracharya. The doctrine advocated by Sankaracharya’s comments is the most important and interesting one which has arisen on Indian soil; neither those forms of the Vedânta which diverge from the view represented by Sañkara nor any of the non-Vedantic systems can be compared with orthodox Vedânta in boldness, depth, and […]

The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous  project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The groups work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. It is not possible to buy the complete set of these works, but Google […]

Patanjali – Yoga Sutras in Lingo – The Liberation of Spirit in Modern Metaphors by Tai Sheridan

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras teach restraint, wise action, and morality as a path. They were written between 100 BCE and 500 BE. In this ancient Hindu text, Patanjali espouses the eight limbs of yoga as a path of practice and realization of the divine. Sanskrit translations tend to be literal and perplexing. Most versions are augmented […]

SELVES & NOT-SELF – THE BUDDHIST TEACHING ON ANATTA

Not all books here are 2.500 years old. This little gem, written by Thanissaro Bhikkhu was published in august 2011. The subtitle reveals the subject: Anatta – the sanskrit word often translated to not-self. This book is written on the notes Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote for at retreat in France with focus on Anatta. The book draws on […]

Advaita-Saadhanaa – Kanchi Maha-Swamigal’s Discourses

Advaita-Saadhanaa – Kanchi Maha-Swamigal’s Discourses. Kanchi Maha-Swamigal also known as Periyavaa repeatedly preached about the importance of following the Dharmic path and Advaita – non-duality. His various discourses are available in a pack of six volumes called ‘Deivathin Kural’ (Voice of the Divine) which have been compiled by R. Ganapathi, a devotee of Periyava. These […]

The Metaphysics of the Upanishads by Vichar Sagar

The Metaphysics of the Upanishads by Vichar Sagar was first published in 1885, translated from sanskrit by Lala Sreeram. The book is an in depth treatise on Advaita as revealed in the Upanishads and it is said that it is read by every literate Sadhu. Advaita, meaning non-duality, is a system where “Advaita” refers to the identity of the […]

Rice Eyes Enlightenmet in Dogens Kitchen by Tai Sheridan

Rice Eyes Enlightenmet in Dogens Kitchen by Tai Sheridan is a poetic presentation of Dogen’s essay Tenzo Kyokun, Instructions to the Cook, by Zen Priest and Poet Tai Sheridan. ‘Rice Eyes’ is a metaphor for the non-dual world, the essential Buddhist experience of oneness. Dogen uses the role of Tenzo, or head cook, to demonstrate how […]

A Course in Miracles

A Course in Miracles also known as ACIM is a self-study book which aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. The book describes a non-dualistic philosophy of forgiveness and includes practical lessons. Helen Schucman the book with the help of William Thetford, based on what she called an “inner voice” which she identified […]

What is Advaita Vedanta? Experience and Knowledge

What is Advaita Vedanta? – Experience and Knowledge by James Swartz is a short but well written and compact guide to Advaita Vedanta and non-duality from 2003. From the book: “The Upanishads, the source of Vedanta, say that before this creation was, the self, limitless being, was. It further says that this self continues to […]

The Story of Swami Rama The Poet Monk of the Punjab by Puran Singh

The Story of Swami Rama The Poet Monk of the Punjab by Puran Singh is the biography of Swami Rama (Swami Rama Tirtha). He was a Brahmin and a in a very young age he became a renowned teacher of Vedanta. He was among the very first teachers of esoteric Hinduism to travel to the West. He […]

Some teachings from Shri Atmananda (Krishna Menon)

This document has been extracted from a discussion on the Advaitin E-group during Nov 2003 to Jan 2004. The discussion was led by Ananda Wood; and the extraction is largely the work of Dennis Waite. The document is very compact and straightforward. If you need a quick reminder on non-duality, this is a good choice. It also […]

Lights on Advaita Selected Teachings of V. Subrahmanya Iyer

Lights on Advaita – Selected Teachings of V. Subrahmanya Iyer is a collection of short teachings on Advaita written in a nearly poetic style. The book is divided in 50 chapters such as Doctrine of non-causality, The illusion of the world experience, The illusion of the ego-experience and The illusion of space, time externality. Download the […]

Keys to the Ultimate Freedom – Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation

I read some reviews of Keys to the Ultimate Freedom – Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation by Lester Levenson and seldom have I found such positive appraisals. For some people this book has been the single most important one in their lives. Lester Levenson  developed the Sedona Method, his own method of achieving enlightenment, which he taught for […]

The Science of the Soul – On Consciousness and the Structure of Reality by Geoffrey D. Falk

The Science of the Soul by Geoffrey D. Falk was written in 2003. This book and others by Geoffrey can be found here: www.geoffreyfalk.com, and if you have patience I will post them here in the coming weeks. From the intro: “I have attempted to provide in this book is a non-reductionistic model of the behavior of consciousness as […]

Real, Whole, Here and Happy! by James Waite

Real, Whole, Here and Happy! with the subtitle: Natural happiness begins when your story end is a 156 page book by James Waite from 2009. James Waite might be known to some of you, he runs the website Nondualityliving.com. Real, Whole, Here and Happy! is based on the problem of happiness as it is pursued and perceived in western cultures. Here is […]

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad With commentary of Sri Sankaracharya

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is one of the oldest Upanishads and one of the largest and important ones. It was written by Ajnavalkya in the mid-first millennium BCE. Brhadaranyaka Upanishad means the “great forest-book” – meaning that is should be read in solitude – and it consists of three part called kandas: the Madhu kanda, the Yajnavalkya or the Muni […]

Appearance and Reality by F.H. Bradley

Appearance and Reality,1897, by F.H. Bradley is an interesting work that is often appraised in non-dual discussions even though F.H. Bradley was British and probably never had heard of non-duality or any eastern traditions dealing with these problems. F.H. Bradley was known to be reclusive and had a reputation for shooting cats. But at some […]

THE DOCTRINE OF MAYA – In the Philosophy of the Vedanta

The Doctrine of Maya is the core principle in the Advaita Philosophy– the final pronouncement of Indian speculation on the conception of Reality and Appearance. In Advaita Vedanta philosophy, Maya is the limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled. Maya is held to be an illusion, a veiling of […]

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