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An excellent primer!
on 5 July 2012
I've just spent the last two evenings reading Dennis Waite's newest offering, Advaita Made Easy. I knew this book was coming and wondered if Dennis could really pull this off. He did! If you think you're interested in Advaita Vedanta, this is absolutely, positively the first book to read.
Fortunately, Advaita is quite flexible, and able to meet the reader wherever they come in, so there's no reason to be intimidated. Secondly, Dennis is a clear writer with a wonderful grasp of his subject matter. He's well qualified to lead you by the hand for a long, long way in your Advaita studies, but happily he doesn't clobber you here with a lot of specialized jargon or over-lofty concepts.
To tell you the truth, while it's certainly a beginner's primer, I found myself enjoying Dennis' clear enumeration and expounding of the basics. I'm happy to have it on hand to flip to if I have a question. It'll also be a great "read this" if someone is leaning the Advaita way. This is not a substitute for either Dennis' "The Book of One" or his groundbreaking "Back to the Truth: 5,000 Years of Advaita," but it's a great set-up for both of those.
Let me clear by saying up front that I'm not an authority on Advaita Vedanta. I'm actually one of the independent guys Dennis would tell you to be suspicious of, though he might flip me a wink when he did it. This is a good book; I recommend it highly. Oh, Google up Dennis' website while you're at it. It's easily the premier Western Advaita site. Have a good journey, my friend, wherever it appears to take you.