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Essential Writings on Nonduality
by Jerry Katz
Reviewed by The Editors on Dec. 1, 2007
A translation of the first verse of the Avadhuta Gita, a Hindu scripture, reads: “Through the grace of God alone, the desire for nonduality arises in wise people to save them from great fear.” Katz attributes the appearance of this desire to know our true nature as an outgrowth of the desire for spiritual development, which ultimately shows itself to be another wish for something to possess. Mystical experiences, inner peace, and even wisdom eventually leave us unsatisfied. Something lies beyond these: the realization, rather than the acquisition, of our ultimate identity beyond our dualistic world. In One, Katz presents various perspectives—including writings from Sufism, Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Buddhism, and Native American tradition as well as the essential teachings of Ramana Maharshi and a discussion of The Matrix Trilogy—to guide us toward recognition of the essential oneness of reality, the truth of our Self.