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Modern Teachers and Nondualism Books Nondualism implies that things appear distinct while not being separate. The word's origin is the Latin duo meaning "two" and is used as the English translation of the Sanskrit term advaita. The term can refer to a belief, condition, theory, practice, or quality. Many traditions state that the true condition or nature of reality is nondualistic, and that these dichotomies are either unreal or (at best) inaccurate. While attitudes towards the experience of duality and self may vary, nondual traditions converge on the view that the ego, or sense of personal being, doer-ship and control, is ultimately said to be an illusion. As such many nondual traditions have significant overlap with mysticism. Nondualism may also be viewed as a practice, namely the practice of self-inquiry into one's own being as set forth by modern teachers such as Ramana Maharshi, which is intended to lead a person to realise the nondual nature of existence.
Ken Wilber: "Nonduality" means, as the Upanishads put it, "to be freed of the pairs." That is, the great liberation consists in being freed of the pairs of opposites, freed of duality - and finding instead the nondual One Taste that gives rise to both. This is liberation because we cease the impossible, painful dream of spending our entire lives trying to find an up without a down, an inside without an outside, a good without an evil, a pleasure without its inevitable pain.

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