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Confusions in Advaita Vedanta- Knowledge, Experience and Enlightenment

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Item Code: UAQ613
Author: Dennis Waite
Publisher: Indica Books, Varanasi
Language: English
Edition: 2022
ISBN: 9789381120293
Pages: 452
Other Details 9.50 X 6.50 inch
Weight 570 gm
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About the Author
Dennis Waite has been studying Advaita full time since 2002 and has written 7 books, including 'The Book of One' and 'Back to the Truth'. Initially inspired by Direct Path teaching, he eventually recognized its shortcomings and became increasingly convinced that the traditional, proven, sampradaya method was the only dependable one.

He has maintained a website at advaita.org.uk for the past 20 years, which contains hundreds of articles and details of resources, books and teachers. Advaita Vision' was begun 10 years ago at advaita-vision.org to host more general discussions, together with over 500 questions and answers, which led to the book 'Answers... to the Difficult Questions in 2019. It was primarily through these that he was able to discover those areas of the teaching that cause the greatest confusion amongst seekers and this, in turn, was the prompt to write this book.

Primarily, seekers want to know what they have to do to become enlightened. There are many books that purport to tell them but conflicting explanations are found. Even revered teachers may appear to contradict each other and the scriptural text and comments from one translator may not tally with those from another. Ideally one would only seek to learn Advaita from a qualified teacher in the approved, traditional manner. If that is not possible, and one wants to read and learn on one's own, what is one to do? In this book, Dennis Waite looks specifically at the topics of action. knowledge and experience and turns to Shankara to explain their relevance to our search for enlightenment and to counter the many, erroneous ideas that can impede the seeker's progress.

The content and style throughout are aimed to be relevant both to the beginner (so that he or she may avoid the pitfalls) and to the advanced seeker (60 that any remaining confusions may be resolved). It will also appeal to the academic student aiming to investigate the related topics and clarify the issues that have been the subject of debate over the centuries.

This book began as an article addressing issues raised by a respondent at my website (www.advaita-vision.org) who objected to my posts about 'Knowledge versus Experience', particularly regarding samadhi. [This is the deep meditative state which, according to some teachers, is required in order to bring about enlightenment. As I gathered information for the article, I realized that much of it was relevant to a proposed second edition of my book Back to the Truth. I initially intended to insert passages from the article at relevant places in the book, but as the scope of the article grew, I decided to make it a separate standalone chapter in the book. But it continued to expand! So much so that I eventually decided it merited its own book... the one you are reading now.

I had also originally intended that this book would cover all of the topics I have found to trigger confusion amongst students of Advaita Vedanta. But, as the explanations relating to knowledge, ac- tion and experience continued to expand, I realized this would turn into a mammoth tome that would take a long time to reach interested readers. The work will be in three volumes. The first volume focuses on enlightenment: what it is, how it is achieved, and what are its results. In particular, it will address the topics of knowledge and experience and their relative value in bringing about enlighten ment. The second volume will deal with the key topic of ignorance, and the third will address the world, creation and causality. Other topics, such as grace, free will, Ishvara etc. will also be covered.

One of the things you will notice time and again is that I diffe rentiate between traditional and modern teaching. By 'modern' I mean the satsang style of teaching, which includes Neo-Advaita. By 'traditional' I mean qualified teachers who belong to a sampradaya [the tradition or established doctrine of teaching from master to pupil through the ages.

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