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The following books have been written by students of Swami Dayananda in an academic and scholarly style. Their content is therefore accessible to readers who are already well informed about Vedanta.

The method of early Advaita Vedanta, a study of Gaudapada, Sankara, Suresvara and Padmapada - Michael Commans, 490 pages, Motilal Banarsidas
It is a scholarly and unique work describing the method of Vedanta and the teachings of four of the great Vedanta teachers, Gaudapada, Sankara and his two disciples, Suresvara and Padmapada. The first three chapters are concerned with Mandukya Upanishad Karika of Gaudapada and the influence of Mahayana Buddhism on his work. The following two chapters discuss about Sankara and his understanding of the nature of Isvara, and the way he views the role of the Upanishads in leading to liberation. The final two chapters are devoted to an explication of Naiskarmyasiddhi and Pancapadika of Suresvara and Padmapada respectively, the two best known disciples of Sankara.

Accomplishing the accomplished, Anantanand Rambachan, 178 pages
University of Hawai Press, Honolulu
The aim of this work is to question the prevalent views of most contemporary commentators that Sankara regarded the words of Vedanta only as secondary in gaining liberation. According to these commentators, Sankara viewed that the knowledge gained by Vedanta needed to be verified and confirmed through a direct experience. This study investigates Sankara’s understanding of the role of the words of the Vedanta, examines the process of gaining this knowledge and analyzes the commentaries of Sankara on the Upanishads to refute the necessity of any experience for liberation.

The limits of the Scriptures, Vivekananda’s reinterpretation of the Vedas – Anantanand Rambachan, 167 pages
University of Hawai Press, Honolulu
This book critically examines Vivekananda’s understanding of the role of the Scriptures and experience in gaining liberation, and his contention that karma, bhakti and jnana yoga are parallel paths for arriving at the truth. The book shows how Vivekananda is diverging fundamentally from the original position of Sankara that exposing oneself to the means of knowledge in form of Vedanta, can alone lead to direct and immediate discovery of the reality.

The Jungian myth and Advaita Vedanta, Carol Whitfield, 241 pages
This work is a PhD dissertation of Carol Whitfield (student of Swami Dayananda), who has received Doctorate in Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. It examines Jung’s ideas about the loss of containing myth in western psyche and the need for a new myth in modern world. It compares the Jungian concepts of the self with the Vedantic self, examines the problems a western seeker could face in following a eastern spiritual tradition and suggests that incorporation of Jung's ideas can help a seeker in gaining maturity necessary for understanding Vedanta.

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Vedanta, the Yoga of Objectivity
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