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Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita

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Advaita is a spiritual philsophy based on the Upanishads, older than most other religious systems we know about but also the most logical in its approach. This book provides a systematic treatment of Advaita which demystifies it, differentiating between approaches & teachers, so you can decide which approach is most suitable for you.
Paperback, 620 pages
Published January 12th 2007 by John Hunt Publishing
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John
May 14, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
If you're interested in spirituality, enlightenment, Hinduism, non-duality - look no further. This 500 page epic pulls upon the Upanishads bringing clarity to the confusion that is usually found when diving into the topic of non-duality. How Waite does this is he pulls multiple gurus together in this book critically comparing their teachings, classifying them as Traditional Advaita, Direct Path and Neo-Advaita. He attempts to be as comprehensive as possible pulling quotes from as many teachers a ...more
Joy
Apr 13, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
After many years of reading books on advaita, listening to teachers of various shades of advaita, participating in the labyrinthine discussions with other advaitins....Back to the Truth snapped into place so many missing, or misplaced, pieces of the puzzle for me. I read it cover to cover, which I believe is recommended by Waite. I recommend it highly as a clarifying aerial view of the complex Advaita Vedanta landscape.
Prabhuram Ramachandran
Mar 13, 2013 Prabhuram Ramachandran rated it it was amazing
Having read many a Advaitic literature in the past, I would rate this as one of the best books ever written. very succinctly written without any holier than though airs. Must read for serious seekers.
Pythagorean
Oct 29, 2012 Pythagorean rated it it was amazing
Encyclopedic exposition of Advaita Vedanta. I learned a lot from this book and recommend it highly to all students of Advaita. The author goes into great detail, the book is well organized and thorough, and provides a critical comparison of Traditional, Direct Path and "Neo-Advaita."
Dennis A.
Sep 04, 2012 Dennis A. rated it it was amazing
Life-changing. Worth reading and rereading.
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It is a very good book on advaita. Whether advaita as a truth philosophy is actually correct is another matter.
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The book that essentially started the destruction of my life. What can I say? Brilliant, but reader beware.
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“It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth”… and so it goes away. Puzzling. Robert Pirsig” 2 likes
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