To call non-duality a philosophy may lead people to believe that they have to study the words in non-duality to come to some kind of understanding of how the world really is. It assumes that non-duality is somehow another theory expounding a set of beliefs that, when mentally assimilated/believed in, gives us another set of beliefs we can adopt to understand the world in some other way. But non-duality is not about understanding. It is not asking us to adopt a new set of beliefs. It is asking us to look beyond beliefs. It points us to that sense of presence or knowing that is always and ever present. It tells us that everything that is seemingly appearing is it and it is all the one (without a second) - there are no parts to what we are. For the mind, non-duality tells us, the notion that it is all the one (without a second) is impossible to comprehend. It is impossible for the mind to comprehend it because the mind 'appears' in what we are and the mind is an illusionary appearance that can only ever see in parts. It is the mind/our beliefs that seemingly separate and divide things into parts. To try to find what we are, this totality, with the mind (philosophizing and understanding) is missing what is being pointed to by the non-duality message. Certainly, it is the apparent mind that is used to apparently comprehend the message in the first instance, but it is not with the mind that we will see what we truely are. Non-duality is a challenge to go beyond the mind - to see that there is a knowing of everything, a presence awareness, that is always there prior to the mind - a pre-conceptual awareness. And can we ever use the mind to see this? No. Therefore, non-duality cannot be a philosophy, it is a pointing.