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Advaita for the 21st Century

Book Extracts

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This is the list of Book Extracts, sorted by Author. At present (2012), the majority of these extracts have previously featured as essays in 'Discourses by teachers and writers' and the format of those has not been changed (apart from updating to the new site design). All future extracts will utilise the new format, containing full book details, author biography and photo. (Old extracts have a URL containing 'discourses/teachers'; the URLs of new extracts contain 'extracts/'.

Note that all copyright for the material in this section resides with the respective author and any request for permission to use extracts must be directed to them and not to myself. Note also that the views expressed in the following essays do not necessarily in all cases accord with my own views.




Adamson, 'Sailor' Bob

Presence Awareness


What’s wrong with: Right NOW!

What is


In This Moment!: Teachings on the Nature of Consciousness

Right Now! In This Moment

Searching After Truth

Astin, John

This is Always Enough

Two poems

Balsekar, Ramesh

The Wisdom of Balsekar (ed. Alan Jacobs)

Free Will

Berger, Mieke

Original Jin Shin


Braha, James

Living Reality

Sailor Bob and Barb Arrive

Brockman, David

The Wonder of This

Big bangers and mash

Burke, Sundance

Free Spirit - A Guide to Enlightened Being

Being Beyond Belief

Nothing But Relationship

Shopping in the Mall of the Mind

Carse, David

perfect brilliant stillness

Peripheral Vision

Chidambaram, Raju

Law of Love and the Mathematics of Spirituality

Research and Education in Spirituality

Clark, Robin

Voyager: The Art of Pure Awareness


Corrigan, James M

An Introduction to Awareness


Dale, Robin

Words and Meaning

Losing your Presence of Mind

Words and Meaning

Davis, Katie

Awake Joy

Being in the Present

Chocolate Cake

The Pointlessness of Practice

Drake, Colin

Purpose and Meaning

Beyond the Separate Self

Dziuban, Peter

Consciousness is All

Time Never Began

Eswaran, Mukesh

The Sublime Homecoming

The Passing of a Sage

Foster, Jeff

Beyond Awakening

A Walk in the Rain

Life Without a Centre

Nothing Wrong with Silence

The Revelation of Oneness

The Revelation of Oneness

Gill, Nathan

Already Awake

No Mind

Goode, Greg

Standing As Awareness

The Witness

Your Experience

Greven, John


Presence and Awareness

Hartong, Leo

Awakening to the Dream

No Claim, No Blame, No Fame

From Self to Self

Why is there anything at all?

Ingram, Catherine

Passionate Presence: Experiencing the Seven Qualities of Awakened Awareness


Jacobs, Alan

The Bhagavad Gita: A Poetic Transcreation

Bhagavad Gita II.19-24 - Reincarnation

The Principal Upanishads – a poetic transcreation

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV4.1-6 - Karma


108 Sonnets for Awakening: and Selected Poems

Reality and Truth

Jacobs, Philip


Being and the Eternal Now

James, Michael

Happiness and The Art if Being

The crest-jewel of Sri Ramana's teachings

Jones, Liz

Simply This

Meaningless Words

Katz, Jerry

One: Essential Writings on Nonduality

Excerpts from - One: Essential Writings on Nonduality

Kersschot, Jan

The Myth of Self-Enquiry


Kiloby, Scott

Love's Quiet Revolution: the End of the Spiritual Search

Waking Up

Krishna Menon, Atmananda

Spiritual Discourses of Sri Atmananda Vol. 2

Everything is Brahman

Krishnamurthy, Prof. V

Live Happily the Gita Way

Live Happily the Gita Way

Lake, Gina

Anatomy of Desire

The Myth of Desire

Your Reality

Embracing the Now

Living without Mirrors


Happiness is Here Right Now

Radical Happiness

Examining the Reality of Thoughts

Happiness is Here Right Now

Noticing What is Real

The Cause of Suffering

Return to Essence

Wanting to know the Future

Liquorman, Wayne

Acceptance of What IS

The Pendulum


Enlightenment: is not what you think it is

What is Enlightenment?

Marvelly, Paula

The Teachers of One: Conversations on the Nature of Nonduality

A trip to Ramanasramam, Parts 1, 2 and 3

An Interview with Francis Lucille

An Interview with Ramesh Balsekar

Women of Wisdom



Mistlberger, Philip T

A Natural Awakening

Belief vs Experience

Looking for Fulfillment

Spiritual Experiences


Nothing Personal



That is That

Exploring Emptiness


Meeting the Mystery

Grace Is All There Is


Living from the Heart

Love is for Giving

Nisargadatta Maharaj

I Am That

Only the Self is Real

Nome & Dr. H. Ramamoorthy

The Song of Ribhu

All is of the Nature of the Self


Blueprints for Awakening

Does the mind need to be destroyed?



The Changing Form of the Immanent

Tat Tvam Asi

The Relation-less Truth

Bhagavadgita: The Celestial Song

Action in Non-action



Realization of Brahman

Renz, Karl

The Myth of Enlightenment

The Merry-go-round

Ross, Sally

The Selfward Facing Way

Knowledge Must Apply Directly to the Whole

Sanchez, Nouk & Viera, Thomas

Take Me To Truth

Spiritual Seeking and Truth

Satchidananda, Swami

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


Satprakashananda, Swami

Methods of Knowledge

The Sruti as a means to the knowledge of the Self

Schrock, Orva

Grandpa’s Notebooks

I Once Worried, (5th Sept 2003)

Sethuraman, P

ancient Indian wisdom

Schools of Philosophy

Shapiro, Isaac

It Happens By Itself

Awareness and Experience

Spira, Rupert

The Transparency of Things

Changeless Presence

Stagnaro, Janaka

Footprints Along the Shore of an Incoming Tide


Suddhananda, Swami

Blueprints for Awakening

Does the mind need to be destroyed?

Swartz, James

The Essence of Enlightenment

The Enlightened Person

Sylvester, Richard

I Hope You Die Soon: words on non-duality

Spiritual Paths

Venugopal, D

VEDĀNTA the solution to our fundamental problem

Prayer, Introduction and part-chapter

Vernon, Andrew

The Way of the Bird

Illusory Nature of the World

Vita, Enza

always already free

Recognizing Who You Are

Waite, Dennis

Sanskrit for Seekers

Selection of extracts

Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita

Becoming the Disciple of a Guru

Different Types of Knowledge


List of Contents

List of Quoted Writers and Scriptures

Potential Problems with Sources and Teachers


The Self as Knower or Known

Enlightenment:the Path through the Jungle

(The claim that there is) No Doer

From 'Foreword' - Non Traditional Advaita

From 'Purpose of the Book (and Disclaimers)'

From 'Self-Ignorance'

From the 'Scriptures'

From 'What Enlightenment Is Not'

List of Contents

The 'Person'

How to Meet Yourself (and find true happiness)

Direct your attention

Mars does not exist




What do I want?

The Book of One - the Ancient Wisdom of Advaita (2nd Edition)


Macrocosm and Microcosm



What is Enlightenment?

The Book of One - the Spiritual Path of Advaita (1st Edition)

Direct Path teachings

Do objects exist while we are asleep?

How can we be happy?


We are not the ego

What is a realized man?


Advaita Made Easy

Has The Universe Been Created?


A-U-M: Awakening to Reality

Waking World is Unreal


chin mudrA


Time for the Wind

Weston, near Runcorn, Cheshire, England, Jan. 2000

Watts, Nigel

Fill Your Hole

Fill Your Hole

Wheeler, John

Awakening to the Natural State

No Person

Whenary, Roy

The Texture of Being

Teachers and Enlightenment


Living in Open Awareness

Peace is Every Moment

Wingate, Stephen

The Outrageous Myths of Enlightenment

Who Sets the Intention to be Free of Seeking?


Science of the Sages

Nothing Stands Apart




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