Advaita, A Book Review - Science and Nonduality (SAND)

Advaita, A Book Review

AdvaitaBy Iván SendeNon-Duality Press, 2016160 pages

by Tony Kendrew

Advaita is a full-length comic book. This is already exciting news! Iván Sende deserves our gratitude for finally bringing together these apparently odd bedfellows, for the pleasure of devotees of both comic books and advaita. The frames are beautifully drawn, with muted gray-greens and browns the dominant color scheme, while the style – and the hero’s quiff – remind us of Herge’s Tintin. It reads like a spiritual autobiography, following the author’s seeking years traveling the world and trying various paths, negotiating a relationship all the while – something many of us can relate to.

There is also something fascinatingly fractal about the author drawing himself talking about the actual book we are holding in our hands. He talks to his girlfriend about it, and in one frame tells her it’s for people who like comics, not something for a spiritual audience. I am not a big enough fan of comics to know if comic lovers will enjoy Advaita, but I was struck by how wordy it is for a comic book, and sometimes thought the pictures a distraction from the story. But that’s my tendency to focus on the words which, in translation at least, make a pretty serious impression. Iván Sende lives in northwest Spain, and wrote the original in his native Galician. There is a wry sense of humor throughout, but it’s the illustrations that set the mood, managing the changing scenes beautifully, sometimes whimsically. And some brilliant full-page illustrations evoke a sense of place that brings to mind the golden age of traveling artists.

Lovers of Nisargadatta will be happy to see the author finds I Am That in a bookshop in Rishikesh, and I bet Francis Lucille is thrilled to see his satsang featured in the pages of a comic book.

Total
0
Shares

#81 Ecology of Care

Podcast with

Exploring the vital intersection of healing arts and indigeneity with Egyptian international interdisciplinary sound artist

Rabbi Cat’s musings on Parsha Tazria

Article by

As I think about what is happening today in Israel and Palestine, I think about the challenges we all face when we are confronted with stories different from those with which we were raised and that held a lot of meaning for us

Flower Fresh & Mountain Solid

Video with

A breathing exercise and meditation from the revered Zen monk.

Lalla Fatma N’Soumer

Article by

The Kabyle resistance fighter who challenged the French colonial army

#80 Awakening Hope

Podcast with

An exploration of Hope in trying times and RevD's upcoming courses.

The Rising Voice of the Feminine

Video with

Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.

My Orphan Country

Video with

A poem by Palestinian refugee Nibal Khalid

Indigenous Solar Eclipse Stories From Across Turtle Island

Article by

From rodents of unusual size to flaming arrows, communities across North America share solar eclipse traditions

Support SAND with a Donation

Science and Nonduality is a nonprofit organization. Your donation goes towards the development of our vision and the growth of our community.
Thank you for your support!