Use of Technical Terms
- Correct use of Standard English grammar and vocabulary;
- American English spelling;
- All text submissions to be in a separate Word.doc or Word.docx document (not as
text in an email);
- Times New Roman font, single-spaced, with page numbering;
- ‘Text’ language, pastiches from a variety of sources that have not been edited correctly,
poor use of English, etc., are not acceptable;
- Contributor’s name and contact details, date, and title of submission must be included
in all text documents (ideally in header);
- Minimal formatting (bold, italic are acceptable; underlining, complicated tables,
exotic fonts, multiple colors, emoticons, Wingdings, are not acceptable);
- References to pages on the web must contain the full URL address (e.g. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1846943477/fromtheunreat-20);
- All abbreviations, acronyms, etc., to be spelt out in full, e.g. Advaita Academy,
not AA, unless these are all separately listed at the end of the article;
- All book titles to be written in full, e.g. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, not Br. Up,
unless these are all separately listed at the end of the article;
- Submitted pieces must be final; drafts, works in progress are not acceptable;
- All submissions must be the author’s own work; where quotations are used to support
the text, they must comply with standard Copyright Law and be fully referenced;
- Graphics, photography, audio and video are acceptable (submit as separate files,
not embedded in text document, with full accompanying details);
- Names of all files must be meaningful (e.g. not DWver-2.jpg; rather DennisWaiteBookofOne.jpg).
- No diacritical marks or use of Garit font (a font specifically designed for Macs,
which incorporates diacritical marks);
- When using a small amount of Romanized Sanskrit words, follow Standard English rules
for nouns and Proper nouns, e.g. Brahman, maya, Advaita, guna, etc.;
- When using a significant amount of Romanized Sanskrit words, follow the ITRANS system
[dictionary can be provided];
- Devanagari script/alphabet is acceptable; however, use of such script must be accompanied
by an ITRANS transliteration and word-by-word translation.
- Full title and subtitle of book
- Author’s full name
- Author’s biography
- Author’s photograph
- Author’s website
- Publisher’s full address
- Publisher’s website
- Year of publication
- Book jacket image
- URLs available for purchase of book (e.g
- Medium of book (printed book, ebook, etc.)
- Category (s)
- Language of book (French, Sanskrit, etc.)
- Reviewer’s full name
- Reviewer’s biography
- Level of Reviewer – beginner, intermediate or advanced (modesty not permitted!)
- Reviewer’s photograph
- Reviewer’s email
- Reviewer’s website
The word length should be 1,500 words approximately. Please also provide a rating
(out of five, with 0 being the lowest and 5 the highest) for the book review.
The review should also aim to cover the following:
- Introductory short synopsis of book’s subject material
- Raison d’être of the book (does it tie in with a specific event/theme?)
- Brief comment on how the book features in terms of the author’s entire work (if
- Structure of the book
- Specific content of the book
- Book suitable for beginner, intermediate or advanced seeker?
- Style of the book (tone, pace, depth, etc.)
- Does it achieve its objective?
- Are there any notably contentious issues raised by the book?
- How does it compare to the author’s previous books (if known)?
- How does it compare to other books in the same book category?
- Reasonably priced/available?
- If there is Sanskrit content: is the Devanagari included? Transliteration? Word-by-word
- What is the ‘authority’ for what is stated (e.g. author’s own experience, references
to scriptures, Shankara, Ramana, etc.)?
- Are all scriptural quotations fully referenced?
- Is the Contents list comprehensive?
- Is the Index comprehensive?
One of the objectives is to set up the largest library of Advaita books in the Western
world (at least). This will be pursued in a gradual way, aiming to obtain books
and provide subsequent reviews of those books at the website. Obviously, in order
for this to be achievable, there will need to be many reviewers. The way in which
this is intended to operate is as follows:
- The website will contain a complete list of all of the books currently held by the
library, in the process of being ordered or planned to be purchased;
- Invited reviewers will eventually be able to check this list at any time at the
website or download a PDF copy of the latest version;
- If they know of a book that they would like to read which is not on the list, they
can email AA requesting the book;
- If they want to read any book on the list (whether already held by AA or not), provided
it has not already been reviewed or ‘booked’ by another reviewer, they will be able
to ‘request’ the book for review;
- AA will purchase the book and have it sent directly to the reviewer’s address;
- The reviewer reads the book and writes a review;
- Subsequent books may not be requested until a review for the current book has been
sent and accepted. Reviewers should aim for a reading speed of at least 200 pages
- The required content and standards for writing reviews are provided in a separate
document. Note that these are not intended to stifle the creativity of the reviewer,
but simply ensure that the key points that potential readers might want to know
have been covered;
- The reviewer emails his review to AA for linking to the book on the website;
- The reviewer keeps the book as ‘payment’ for the review (AA will purchase library
copies separately.) and AA will additionally pay the reviewer a sum for each book
reviewed. This payment will be $100 minus the cost of the book and postage;
- If a reviewer sees a book on the list, which they have already read but which does
not yet have a review, they can elect to provide a review without receiving another
copy. However, because they will not have to expend any time and effort reading
the book and because the review will also not be to our agreed standard, the payment
will only be $50;
- Reviewers are also invited to donate or offer to sell books to AA, providing they
relate to Advaita Vedanta, are in good condition and not already held (or on order)
by AA. This could also include tracking down, for example, out-of-print books in
- Although the emphasis is very much on traditional Advaita (according to Shankara),
recognized scriptures and commentaries, the library will also hold books written
by or about all teachers from the formative stages of Advaita philosophy, up to
Gaudapada and then down to modern sages, academics, satsang teachers and neo-Advaitin
- All participants will be asked to open a Paypal account to facilitate transfer of
funds. Other methods of payment will not be considered.
The schedule of payments that Advaita Academy (AA) will make for articles and book reviews is as follows :
Not that, in all cases, authors retain copyright to articles and book reviews but AA endeavours to purchase exclusive rights to use of the material for an agreed period.
1. Article series (this usually relates to the unfolding of a scriptural text)
2. Single articles or essays
- $100 per month for exclusive rights for 5 years (previously-unpublished, original material). For this, we expect one contribution per month of around 1500 words until the chosen text is complete. This should include word-by-word translation of verses. Translations of Sanskrit should ideally be original but at any rate should not be from copyrighted sources;
3. Book Reviews
- $100 for exclusive rights for 5 years (previously-unpublished, original material);
- $50 for exclusive rights for 5 years;
- Articles or essays are formal and structured writing of around 1500 words on a particular topic;
- All ‘$’ refer to US currency;
- A typical audio/video length should be considered to be 1 hour;
- A typical book review should be considered to be 1200 words.
Please contact AA with details of intended submissions before sending any material.
- Advaita Academy will give priority to commissioning articles that have the potential
of bringing readers closer to an understanding of their intrinsic natures, their
oneness with Absolute Reality, by removing vagueness around the teachings of advaita.
- We aim to cover the widest range of articles related to non-dualism, either directly
or indirectly, and at the same time maintain the highest standards of writing and
inspiring content through our Editorial Board.
- Due to the generous donation of a well-wisher, a modest publishing fund is available
for the commission of new articles and to pay for reprint right of existing content.
In order, however, to allow the site to grow we would also welcome the offer of
articles as gifts from the authors. When submitting proposals for articles we, therefore,
request you tell us if it is being offered as a gift to the site or, if we need
to budget for payment (please note that payments are made via PayPal, so that you
will need to have a valid account there).
Non-commissioned original articles
- Priority consideration will be given to the following original articles:
- Series that unfold complete Vedantic texts in detail (Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita,
Brahmasutras and Prakarana Granthas), including Sanskrit translations and commentary
- In-depth analysis of one or more key verses from such texts.
- The unfolding of key verses from non-dual scriptures of other traditions.
- The explanation of key concepts and practices employed in the teachings of non-duality.
- Note that, although articles suitable for all levels of current understanding (i.e.
from beginners through to advanced) will be considered, our aim is to attract new
seekers and to persuade them that the traditional approach is worth investigating.
In general, therefore, articles should not be too ‘academic’. Also, we do not wish
to discourage material from non-traditional sources, since it is intended that all
seekers will find interesting and educational reading, whatever their current background,
whether traditional, Direct Path, Western satsang or neo-advaita.
- We will be very happy to commission articles, and accordingly invite submissions
of proposals that give a brief summary of content and (from new writers) a sample
of previous writings.
- Articles on subjects that relate indirectly, but closely, to advaita (e.g. On Sanskrit,
science, art, prayer, etc) will also be considered by the Editorial Board.
- A fee of $350 is available for exclusive rights for 5 years for commissioned articles.
These would need to be of a minimum length of 1500 words.
- Writers can opt for submitting articles as a gift to the site. These will be most
gratefully received for their contribution to deepening the understanding of these
- We will also consider publishing original (i.e. unpublished) articles of a more
general nature related to the topic of non-dualism, not covered in the above categories.
We cannot guarantee to read all unsolicited articles.
- At the Editorial Board’s discretion a payment of up to $175 could be offered for
exclusive rights for non-commissioned articles of 1500+ words
- Writers can also opt for submitting articles as a gift to the site. These will also
be reviewed by the Editorial Board and, if approved for publishing, will be most
gratefully received for their contribution to spreading understanding of non-dualism.
- In addition to commissioning original exclusive articles, we would also seek out
existing articles that match our publishing principles. We would be prepared to
offer up to $50 for the rights to a 1500+ word article.
- Authors are asked to complete the ‘Author-Article Details’ form for each essay submitted.
This is so that readers will be aware of ‘where the author is coming from’ in respect
of the essay.
Author/article details to accompany submissions to Advaita Academy
Please complete the form below as it will help guide new visitors to the site and
those who are new to the teaching of advaita and the various traditions and teachers
related to it.