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The Way To Liberation (Moksha-Dharma Of Mahabharata)

The Way To Liberation (Moksha-Dharma Of Mahabharata)

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  • Dimensions:8.4' X 5.4'
  • Edition:2008
  • Author:Swami Jyotirmayananda
  • Publisher:International Yoga Society
  • ISBN:8185883610
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:270 (15 B/W Illustrations)
  • Introduction

    The Mahabharata is the mother of the world’s most popular scripture - the Gita, which contains the teachings of Lord Krishna. It was composed by Sage Vyasa many centuries before Christ. This grand scripture consisting of eighteen volumes is an extraordinary religious epic.

    His Holiness, Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda, the author of over fifty books on Yoga philosophy and related subjects, has written this book steeped in profound knowledge of the Mahabharata for the aspirants of the East as well as the West. The writings of Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda contain a unique blend of simplicity, literary beauty, mystic insight, and a light to guide you on the path to Self-realization.

    Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda’s genius lies in writing his profound thoughts and making them alive, almost walking with a dynamic movement. Each one should give this book the fullest and most careful consideration. Consequently, you will feel rushing within a breeze blessed with blazing dispassion, that will dispel fear and doubts which have been restraining you upward movement to the Self-realization.

    The Mahabharata is known as the fifth Veda because it deals with all the topics that concern the individual soul on its way to spiritual evolution. It details upon Dharma (ethical value), Artha (material value), Kama (vital value), and Moksha (the infinite spiritual value of life). There is a popular saying, ‘What is not found in the Mahabharata cannot be found in any other scripture. Whatever is there in other scriptures is definitely present in Mahabharata”

    Moksha Dharma Parva of the Mahabharata contains the sublime teachings that enable an aspirant to understand the problems of his life in the light of the primary duty of his existence - the attainment of liberation or Self-realization. The teachings were given by Great Bhishma who was a mighty hero among the warriors of ancient India, and even a greater hero in the spiritual field of life. Though lying on the bed of arrows, this majestic personality continued to counsel King Yudhishthira, day after day, on all important subjects that enrich human life and enable the soul to move towards its final attainment - liberation.

    The present book contains selected portions of Shanti Parva, the Volume dealing with Peace, retold by Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda in a manner that will enable the reader to gain a deep insight into the beauteous writings of the Mahabharata. The very study of this book is considered highly auspicious. Pious men in India read this section of the Mahabharata to promote harmony and peace in the atmosphere, to remove obstacles and adversities, to acquire health, peace and prosperity, and to move on to the glorious summits of spiritual perfection. Actual chapter numbers are included to help serious students of the Mahabharata.

    Stories and parables, illustrations and poetic images, pithy instructions and penetrating insights are blended in this book. Through the study of this book, along with the first volume, one can gain the storehouse of ancient wisdom which is so needed in the troubled times of the present world. May God bless you!




    Publisher’s Note 3
    Dedication 5
    Introduction viii
    How to Remove Grief 1
    The Primary Duty of a Person in this Transient World 8
    The Glory of Renunciation 12
    The Song of a Brahmin Called Manki 14
    Prahlad and Avadhuta on the Attitude of Detachment 18
    A Dialogue Between Kashyapa Brahmana and Indra 23
    Fruits of Karma 26
    The Glory of Right Conduct and the Defect of Sinfulness 28
    The Knowledge of Self 30
    Yoga of Meditation 35
    Glory of Japa (Repetition of Mantra) 37
    He Who Falters in Japa Falls Into Hell 40
    Even Heavenly Words Are Hell for a Japaka 41
    Story of Japaka Brahmana and King Ikshwaku 43
    Prajapati Manu and Sage Brihaspati 51
    The Nature of Self and the Manner of Realizing It 55
    The Eternal Nature of the Self 57
    The Method of Attaining Self-realization 59
    The Method of Attaining, Brahman, the Absolute 61
    The Nature of the Supreme Self 64
    Bhagavan Krishna: The Source of Creation 67
    Story of Bhagavan Varaha 71
    The Wheel of the World-process 82
    Study of the Three Gunas 85
    Detachment From Sensual Enjoyments 87
    Practice of Brahmacharya And Vairagya for Liberation 89
    Instructions for Attaining Brahman 92
    Sage Panchashikha Expounds the Nature of the Self 99
    Regarding the Nature of the Self 103
    Story of Shwetaketu and Suvarchala 105
    The Nature of Austerity 111
    Spiritual Instructions by Sanat Kumara 112
    Indra and Bali 119
    Lakshmi Abandons Bali 124
    Indra and Namuchi 127
    Indra and Bali 130
    Qualities That Please Goddess Lakshmi 132
    The Nature of Time 136
    Yuga Dharma 140
    Description of Brahma Pralaya and Maha Pralaya 144
    The Glory of Serving the Brahmanas 146
    The Duties of a Brahmana and the Manner of Crossing the Stream of Time 148
    Yoga of Meditation 151
    The Predominance of Intellect 156
    The Glory of Wisdom and the Means of Attaining It 159
    God Is Realized Through Yoga 161
    The Difference Between Action and Knowledge 164
    The Conduct of a Sanyasi 167
    The Method of Attaining god-realization 171
    Description of the Evolutes of Nature 174
    The Greatness of Intellect 176
    Characteristics of a Wise Man 178
    The Method of Crossing the River of the World-process 180
    Characteristics of a Knower of Brahman 182
    Functions of the Five Great Elements 185
    Self Differentiated from the Three bodies 186
    The Tree of Desire & the Manner of Eradicating It 187
    More About the Five Elements, Mind & Intellect 189
    Story of the Origin of Death 191
    Death Practises Austerity,  
    And Is Ordained to Destroy Living Beings 193
    An Insight Into Dharma and Adharma 199
    The Story of the Ascetic Jajali 201
    Tuladhara Explains the Nature of Dharma 203
    Tuladhara Gives Spiritual Instructions 205
    Jajali Receives Instructions from Birds 207
    The Story of Gautama and Chirkari 210
    Story of the Brahmana & Kundadhara Megha 217
    Questions on Dharma, Adharma, Vairagya & Moksha 221
    The Way to Self-realization 225
    A Son Instructs his Father Regarding the Transitoriness of the World-process 229
    Transitoriness of the World-process 229
    The Method of Attaining Brahman 234
    Vritrasura Receives Instructions from the Sanat Kumaras 236


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