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The Holy Trinity: Scholarship, Wisdom and Insight,
This review is from: Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita (Paperback)
What a book! Dennis Waite is a treasure. His website has long been a hub for Internet Advaita. (Google him, or start out on Amazon's Dennis Waite page; he's everywhere.) His excellent Book of One (which, interestingly enough, Amazon kindly informs me that I bought almost exactly seven years ago from the date this review is being written--back in August of 2004--is a touchstone of modern Advaita. Rather sadly, the many fine teachers within the broad field of Nonduality can write much faster than I can read, so I haven't yet read Dennis', 'Enlightenment: the Path through the Jungle', but you can bet I will. I see it's been reviewed positively by brighter lights than this one.
So THAT'S who Dennis Waite is, but what about this book?
Here's the longer review, which isn't very long:
Well, it's just an amazing work. It's BIG--as one might expect a $50 paperback to be. (Thank you for the nice discount, Amazon.) It's good scholarship, as one would expect from the scientifically-trained Mr. Waite. But it is the magical combination of Mr. Waite's own deep spiritual understanding, compounded with a tremendous intellectual and intuitive grasp and presentation of the traditional scriptures, specifically the Upanishads, that grants us this quite surprising and welcome element: this book, all by itself, is capable of stimulating Self-realization. I'd put money on it.
It's not a walk through the park to read this book. Beyond the intellectual challenge, there's a fair amount of Romanized Sankrit to deal with. I concede, however, that there really is no easier, more effective alternative to Sanskrit for exploring the traditional, and still very valid, Indian view of Nonduality. But these difficulties leave me making another wager. I'd also put money on the fact that those who could benefit the most from this book will not bear down to read it. It will take a place in Advaitic history, but more likely as joyful broadening for those already awake than as the atom splitter for any but the most dedicated of spiritual seekers.
Here's the shorter review, which is just one line: This is a $50 paperback on spirituality that's worth every nickel.
Do I really need to say more?