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The Book of One: The Spiritual Path of Advaita [Paperback]

Dennis Waite
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4 Oct 2003
Dennis Waite sees Advaita as the philosophy underlying most religions, including Christianity, though it is more usually associated with Hinduism. Its essence is summed up in its Sanscrit name, which essentially means "there are not two things". The full title of the philosophy is "Advaita Vedanta". Vedanta, derived from the scriptures which form the last part of the Vedas, means "the end of knowledge", in the sense of being the highest knowledge one can attain. It is not in itself an organized religion, however - there are no churches or priests. Waite believes that Advaita Vedanta provides the answers to the questions of "life, the universe and everything". His book aims to be practical, yet satisfying to the intellect, providing a simple framework within which the problems of life and death may be understood and resolved.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (4 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903816416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903816417
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 15.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A masterful and profoundly insightful survey of the Advaita teaching and the contemporary scene. This book will greatly contribute to a deeper understanding of this important movement, sweeping the West, and which eventually leads to Self Realisation.' Alan Jacobs, Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK.

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Dennis Waite follows the "Direct Path" school of Advaita, being particularly influenced by Francis Lucille. He teaches Spiritual Advaita in Bournemouth, England, and has also written The Seeker's Essential Guide to Sanskrit.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'textbook' on modern advaita 15 Jun 2005
There are many books on the market that focus on the theme of advaita (nonduality). However, what separates Waite's book from the others is his meticulous and yet practical approach to its theory and practice. Many modern schools of advaita advocate the 'nothing to do, nowhere to go' approach - this is fine in itself but can be greatly misunderstood to be a form of hedonistic fatalism. Whilst acknowledging that, ultimately, the ego is a non entity, Waite offers useful techniques and delineated steps along the path to freedom. Written in an elegant and accessible style, 'The Book of One' is, in my opinion, the standard 'text book' for modern-day advaita. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Manual for Students of the One 8 Feb 2007
Dennis Waite's `The Book of the One' must surely have been a labour of love. As an author myself, I cannot image how long it must have taken him to compile such an extensive summary of the essential teachings of Advaita Vedanta and write in such an accessible style.

The publishers, O Books, seem to be setting a standard with such works, where philosophy is not merely left to the realms of high intellectual thought, but brought home by making the primarily mystical insights of Vedanta relevant to our postmodern world, as well being pragmatic, with crucial chapters on meditation and other spiritual exercises.

This book remains one of my key references on the subject. Any student of non-dualistic wisdom will surely find `The Book of the One' indispensable, as it covers numerous core areas of philosophy and spirituality, such as facing our fears, the subject of death, what consciousness is, the limitations of the intellect and ultimate questions about Reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars East Meets West as Dennis Towers! 13 Dec 2003
I read the book with the ardour of a high school student.
Dennis has done a wonderful job in covering the entire gamut of
advaita all the way from its Vedic roots to the masters of the new age. The effort is commendable both for its contents and the way they have been organized in a very systematic manner.
The paperback has eighteen chapters, perhaps an intentional or
unintentional take on the Bhagwad GItA, the advata classic, and makes very delicious reading for an aspiring palate. No wonder therefore that masters and veterans like Isaac Shapiro, Leo Hartong, Jerry Katz, Alan Jacob, Dr. Gregory Goode, Pamela Wilson, K. Sadananda and Jay Lakhani are all praise for it.
Dennis, as I know him from his profound contributions at Yahoo Group Advaitin and other web communities is a systematic researcher. The pains he has taken to collect, organize and elaborate information is obvious from beginning to end.
As the veterans have eloquently noted, it is a precious reference
book too for all advaitins. Dennis maintains a well-organized, very helpful website at [...] Just a peep into it reveals his great mastery and involvement. This book, the crowning glory, brilliantly supplements his web efforts. It should therefore prove a precious asset to libraries of philosophy the world over.
Dennis, the philosopher, doesn't forget to smile. In fact, he smiles all through, infectiously so, so that the reader keeps smiling too! Reading his book is like taking a stroll on the shores in the evening breeze in the company of a friendly uncle with the ocean of advaita roaring beside. Yet, Dennis is less avuncular than friendly. And, there lies the secret of this book, which is quite unlike others on the subject that leave the reader more confused than enlightened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure 16 Feb 2008
Dennis Waite's Book of One is an invaluable find and I would highly recommend it to everyone who is looking for a comprehensive yet very accessible approach to Advaita. Every page is alive with insight, encouragement and inspiration, which is what I want when the "road winds uphill," as it frequently appears to do.

I don't care for writing book reviews, I'm a reader not a writer, but I feel privileged to make a rare exception for The Book of One.

Thank you, Dennis Waite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & comprehensive 3 Sep 2009
A brilliantly written book, introduces all the key concepts of Advaita from a traditional Indian perspective. But Dennis is open enough to present all the teaching styles of Advaita teachers in his book - this makes for a great overview.

However, the latter half of the book may be a tough read for an absolute beginner in Advaita. It does help if you have a little basic understanding of Hindu concepts. If not, perhaps try dennis' "How to meet yourself" intro book.
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