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Insights Into Vedanta: Tattvabodha (Transliteration, word-for-word meaning, translation and commentary)

Insights Into Vedanta: Tattvabodha (Transliteration, word-for-word meaning, translation and commentary)

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  • Publishers: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
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  • Dimensions:8.1' X 5.4'
  • Edition:2005
  • Author:Swami Sunirmalananda
  • Publisher:Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
  • ISBN:8178232294
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:365
  • Publisher's Note

    We place before you INSIHTS INTO VEDANTA, an English translation of Tattvabodha with a running commentary, based on Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda's teachings. Sri Sankaracharya is the putative author of this work. This book has not been translated for a long time into English. Now our publication fulfils that need.

    Tattvabodha is apparently a simple text, and the purpose of the author is to acquaint the lay reader with Advaita. But the text is profound. Though the book appears to merely mention the different aspects of Advaita Vedanta, it anticipates discussion and deep thought.

    A thoroughgoing study of Advaita Vedanta in the light of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda's teachings has been a long-left need. The translator has made a humble attempt towards this end. He has divided the topics into chapters and has commented on each idea in detail, chiefly using the words of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.

    Swami Sunirmalananda, the Translator, is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order. He was the editor of Prabuddha Bharata, an English Monthly of the Ramakrishna Order, between January 1999 and December 2001. Also, he was an Acharya of the Monastic Probationers' Training Centre at Belur Math. Presently, he is the Assistant Minister at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, Brazil. He has got a simple style and has done this translation well.

    One reader-friendly feature he has adopted is giving not only the text in Devanagari and transliteration in English but also word for word meanings. So even those with only a nodding acquaintance with Sanskrit can understand the text currently. What is more, on each verse he gives a running commentary wherein he explains the thrust of the verse as illustrated by the observation of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda in relevant contexts. Several drawings and charts have been included to aid comprehension.

    We hope the reader will be acquainted with the numerous aspects of Advaita through this book.

    Key to Transliteration
    Translator's Note
    i. The Inspiration 1
    ii. Advaita: An Introduction 5
    iii. The Author and the Book 21
    Chapter 1: Adoration of the Teacher 25
    Chapter 2: Teacher as Supreme Brahman 32
    Chapter 3: About the Work 42
    Chapter 4: Four-fold Qualification 48
    Chapter 5: Discrimination 59
    Chapter 6: Dispassion 70
    Chapter 7: The Six Sadhanas 76
    Chapter 8: Mastering Oneself 80
    Chapter 9: Self-Knowledge 97
    Chapter 10: The Atman 108
    Chapter 11: The Body 116
    Chapter 12: The Subtle Body 137
    Chapter 13: The Organs of Knowledge 143
    Chapter 14: The Organs of Action 154
    Chapter 15: The Causal Body 158
    Chapter 16: The Three States 162
    Chapter 17: The Waking State 166
    Chapter 18: The Dream State 170
    Chapter 19: The Deep Sleep State 177
    Chapter 20: The Five Sheaths 180
    Chapter 21 The Food Sheath 183
    Chapter 22: The Life-Force Sheath 188
    Chapter 23: The Mental Sheath 193
    Chapter 24: The Intellect Sheath 195
    Chapter 25: The Blissful Sheath 197
    Chapter 26: 'I' ness and 'My' ness 201
    Chapter 27: The Atman 208
    Chapter 28: Being (Sat) 216
    Chapter 29: Consciousness (Cit) 219
    Chapter 30: Bliss (Ananda) 219
    Chapter 31: 'Know Thyself' 226
    Chapter 32: Twenty four Cosmic Principles 230
    Chapter 33: Maya, or The Statement of Fact 234
    Chapter 34: Creation of Individual 243
    Chapter 35: The Mind, Intellect, Etc 247
    Chapter 36: The Organs of Action 251
    Chapter 37: The Life Force (Prana) 254
    Chapter 38: Pancikarana 257
    Chapter 39: The Jiva 263
    Chapter 40: Isvara 273
    Chapter 41: 'You are That' 280
    Chapter 42: The Meaning of 'You' 288
    Chapter 43: The Meaning of 'That' 292
    Chapter 44: The Liberated in Life 296
    Chapter 45: Who is a Jivanmukta 306
    Chapter 46: Removal of Ignorance 310
    Chapter 47: Karma 314
    Chapter 48: Karma Yet to be Done 330
    Chapter 49: Karma That is Stored 336
    Chapter 50: Karma That is Taking Effect 340
    Chapter 51: How is Karma Destroyed 343
    Chapter 52: Distribution of Karma 347
    Chapter 53: The Liberated 351
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