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Rambles in Vedanta

Rambles in Vedanta



  • Dimensions:7.3' x 5'
  • Edition:1996
  • Author:B.R. Rajam Iyer
  • Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  • ISBN:9788120809130
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:885
  • About the Book

    This book deals with the ideals and Elements of Vedanta and the exposition of Vedanta symbology by taking recourse to the stories and illustrations drawn from the Epics, Puranas and Classics. The principal aim which runs throughout-from the short story of Suka's advent to the long life-tale of Vamadeva and other miscellaneous stories-is the realization of Self, the Knowledge of the Atman, the elaboration and impression of the sublime truth taught by all religions and sages of antiquity, lord Srikrsna and Jesus Christ. 

    The author has delved deep into the subjects of great controversy such as the concepts of Atman, Karma-yoga, Bhakti, Virtue and Sin and has cleared the intricacies of the subject-mater in as simple, homely and interesting style as possible. the variety of pabulum presented with the splendid linguistic and literary flourish, it is hoped, will be found pleasant and delicious both by the young and advanced readers. 



       B.R. Rajam Aiyer : A Sketch
       In Memoriam

    I. Ideals of Vedanta :
       Modern Civilisation and the Vedanta
       Suka and the Steam Engine or The World's Progress
       What is Vedanta?
       A First Principle - From Maruthaiveeran to Mahavishnu
       Hinduism and Religious Evolution
       The Universality of the Vedanta
       A Great Superstition
       Karma Yoga
       Para Bhakti or Wisdom
       Free Will versus Fatalism
       Karma and Freedom
       Man, His Littleness and His Greatness
       Work and Saintship
       The Sages and Their Real Usefulness
       Is the World Real or False? I
       Is the World Real or False? II
       The War
       The Vedanta and the Emperor of Emperors
       The Glory of Suicide

    II. Elements of the Vedanta :
       The Object of Vedanta
       A Strange Vision
       Gnana or Wisdom
       The Atman
       The Self in Us

    III. Thoughts on the Bhagavad-Gita :
       The Two Questions at the Outset
       The Anthem to the Atman
       The Crisis
       The Doctrine of Non-Resistance :
          i. Nature and Application
         ii. Meaning
       Gnana-The Direct Means to Moksha
       Avatars :
          i. Ordinary Theories
         ii. Vedantic Theory

    IV. Symbology :

    V. Imitations of Vyasa :
       Man Never Alone-What is the Nature God (1-2)
       Tit for Tat-Love God for Love's Sake - A Story of Emerson (3-5)
       Where is God-Transmigration-A Simile-The Siddhis-The Mystery of Creation (6-10)
       A Strange Teaching-Truth-Bargaining with God (11-13)
       The Tree of Samsara-Wanting God (14-15)
       From Heaven to Hell (16)
       From Hell to Heaven-A Wonder (17-18)
       The Great Beyond-Self-Sacrifice (19-20)
       Imitation and Reality (21)
       Going Round the World (22)
       The Value of Books (23)
       The Great Samsari (24)
       What is there in Him-A Good Story (25-26)
       A Text and a Commentary (27)
       Right Learning-A Sharp Reply-The Glory of Mental Worship (28-30)
       God is Everything-Where is God? (31-32)
       The Efficacy of Prayer-Going to Heaven (33-34)
       Our Religious Differences-A king and a Sage (35-36)
       Fate Inevitable (37)
       Silence is Golden (38)
       The Mind, a Maddened Monkey-Thirst for God (39-40) 
       A Child and a Sage (41)
       An Old Man and Sri Krishna (42)
       Science, Religion and Truth (43)
       The Heroism of a Missionary's Life (44)
       Saved and Lost (45)
       The Above of God (46)
       Reforming the World (47)
       What is Duty? (48)
       Each is Great in His Own Place (49)
       Theodora (50)
       Who is the Real Chandala? (51)
       Ahamkara or Egoism (52)
       Real Faith (53)
       Isvara and Brahman (54)
       Ahamkara (55)
       Is Vedanta Pessimistic?-Manki-the Brahmin Calf-breeder (56-57)
       The Power of Faith (58)
       The Glory of Love (59)
       Helping Others (60)
       Cause of Misery (61)
       The Story of Nachiketas (62) Faith-Samadhi-The Nameless! (63-65)
       Gnana and Karma (66)
       Om! Santih, Santih, Santih (67)

    VI. Pitfalls in the Vedanta :
       What is Real Asceticism?
       The World an Illusion

    VII. Seekers After God :
       Nanda the Pariah Saint
       Sri Alawandar the Vaishnavite Sage
       Buddha or The Great Renunciation
       Saint Vayilar
       Sree Tatwaraya Swami
       Sree Ramakrishna Raramahamsa
       Sree Jayadeva Swami

    VIII. True Greatness or Vasudeva Sastri :
    i. The Dewan Bahadur and a C.I.E.
    ii. A Vedantic Conversation
    iii. Annammal the Terrible
    iv. The Death Scene
    v. After Krishna's Death
    vi. Subbi and the Wild Cat
    vii. A Timely Expedient
    viii. Very Angry with Nature
    ix. A Mysterious Figures
    x. More Wonders
    xi. Sastri and His Daughter
    xii. The Plot Thickens
    xiii. Siddha's Early History
    xiv. Sastri on Duty
    xv. A Window Consoled
    xvi. In Search of a Guru
    xvii. Very Angry with God
    xviii. Sastri in Samadhi
    xix. Moonlight Revels
    xx. Sastri Stands the Test

    IX. Miscellaneous Stories :
    i. The Beach
    ii. Monism Qualified and Pure
    iii. The Wilderness of Life
    iv. The Secret of Death
    v. A Fowler and a Serpent
    vi. Time How Far Real
    vii. The Glory of Devotion
    viii. The Glory of Mental Worship
    ix. The Manner of Giving
    x. The End of Desire
    xi. Radha and Krishna or The Confessions of an Honest God
    xii. An Idler and a Temple Trustee
    xiii. The Missing Tenth, or Reckoning without the Host
    xiv. How Ramdas Saw God
    xv. Goodness is Happiness
    xvi. The Story of Bali
    xvii. The Extent of my Dominion
    xviii. Seeing God?
    xix An Unconscious Prophecy
    xx. Gnana-The Highest Sacrifice

    Appendix :
       Some Questions and Answers
       How to Kill out Anger
       The Story of Jada Bharata
       The Living are Few but the Dead are Many
       In the Brahma Loka
       The Skandopanishad
       Sadhanas or Preparation

    Manana Mala or the Meditations of a Mauni :
       Meaning of Visvarupa-Ideal Teacher-Thirst for Truth, an Impetus to Seek it-Sages and Pairs of Opposites-Truth in Proverbs (1-5)
       Sin in Its Absolute Sense-Gnana Dissolves Names and Forms-Best Offering to a Guru-The Highest Teaching-Ignorance to be Removed, Nothing more to be Done-Gnanis and Agnanis (6-11)
       Marjala and Markata Nyayas-Mind Married to the Lord-Scriptures as Boats (12-14)
       Guru in a Child-Brahman Beyond Word and Thought-Mind Defined-Pure and Impure Giving (15-18)
       Sat Sanga-Killing the Mind-World a Shadow of the Soul-Unaided Effort Useless (19-22)

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