A work of popular philosophy from an Eastern perspective, this analyses our perennial search for happiness and explains why we can't find it in modern lifestyles, pleasure or fame. It enlists the help of polls by sociologists, findings of evolutionary psychologists, historians, philosophers and others, as well as drawing on personal experience and examples, to show that true happiness is to be found in realizing that we are not separate from everything else - whether people, objects, or happiness itself.
Dennis Waite is recognized as a world authority on Advaita, maintaining the largest website on the subject.
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Takes the mainstream by the hand and pragmatically leads them away from where they believe that they are in their minds, to where they actually are here and now in Heart. The guide is friendly, clear and intelligent, with well documented research. ~ Katie Davis, Author of Awake Living Joy
What distinguishes How to Meet Yourself from its predecessor, however, is the way in which the material is presented - written in a fluid and engaging style, Waite illustrates his text by drawing on themes taken from literature and the arts, science and technology, in order to convey his perennial message. Through a subtle process of deconstructional analysis, he is able to show us that investing our hopes and desires in the transient world, in all its beautiful and beguiling forms, can only ever lead to pain and loss; it is through resting in the here and now, wanting absolutely nothing, that peace can truly be found. Coupled with The Book of One, How to Meet Yourself serves to reaffirm Dennis Waite as one of the foremost contemporary writers on the subject of Advaita Vedanta in the West. ~ Paula Marvelly, Author of The Teachers of One
The subject of happiness has become fashionable, this book takes a rather different approach by adopting an Eastern perspective. We are in fact happiness intrinsically, being is bliss and we are happiest when we forget ourselves. ~ , Network Review
Dennis Waite has written a rigorous and fascinating book about the way life really IS for most of us - as we try to find happiness in all the ways humans believe will deliver - despite the repeated disappointments that come as an inevitable part of such beliefs. This is a book for real people who are seeking the ever elusive state of true happiness. But, rather than start at some fabulous sounding paradise, Dennis starts out where we are - in the middle. Because the middle of living day by day is where our desire for happiness arises. Ultimately, the book shows us the way back to the beginning - to our own true and natural state of uncaused joy. His anecdotes ring a bell in the heart and the plentiful scholarly quotations and lucid explanations thereof vibrate the mind into a new seeing. As we dive deeply into the book, fascinated by the clarity of his writing, we find that Dennis reveals - and then dismantles - all manner of beliefs that keep the happiness we seek at arms length. With the help of many great philosophers, Dennis weaves subtle yet powerful pointers into the book. These gradually and surely reveal the actual Source of happiness - The Real You. I love this book! Highly recommended. ~ Charlie Hayes, Author of From I Am To I Am, With Love
Goes way beyond self help books to examine belief itself - in particular, the belief that we are something individual and separate. As a friendly and experienced guide, he demonstrates that we are nothing other than happiness itself! ~ Dr. Greg Goode, Doctor of western philosophy, New York.
An insightful overview of the great questions of life itself: a compelling inner tapestry that encourages the reader to willingly embrace life being exactly as it is. Readable, relevant and recommended. ~ Chuck Hillig, Author of Enlightenment for Beginners