I have an exhaustive reading list which is quite exciting! “The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are” by Alan Watts provides a Western explanation of nonduality and Vedanta. Vedanta is from the Sanskrit root Vid = To Know and when you add an anta to the end of a word it means the end. So literally Vedanta means the end of knowledge but with the end of knowledge comes th beginning of wisdom. Here is a great explanantion of the Vedanta philsophy by Watts: “Vedanta is the teaching of the Upanishads, a collection of dialogues, stories, and poems, some of which go back to at least 800 B.C. Sophisticated Hindus do not think of God as a special and separate superperson who rules the world from above, like a monarch. Their God is “underneath” rather than “above” everything, and he (or it) plays the world from inside. One might say that if religion is the opium of the people, the Hindus have the inside dope. What is more, no Hindu can realize that he is God in disguise without seeing at the same time that this is true of everyone and everything else. In the Vedanta philosophy, nothing exists except God. There seem to be other things than God, but only because he is dreaming them up and making them his disguises to play hide-and-seek with himself. The universe of seemingly separate things is therefore only real only for a while, not eternally real, for it comes and goes as the Self hides and seeks itself. But Vedanta is much more than the idea or the belief that this is so. It is centrally and above all the experience, the immediate knowledge of its being so, and for this reason such a complete subversion of our ordinary way of seeing things. It turns our world inside out and outside in.” (p. 19)

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