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Vedanta Prabodha - The Most Exhaustive Book Ever Written on Shankaracharya's Advaita Vedanta

Vedanta Prabodha - The Most Exhaustive Book Ever Written on Shankaracharya's Advaita Vedanta

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  • Dimensions:9.5 inch X 7.0 inch
  • Edition:2019
  • Author:Swami Paramananda Bharati
  • Publisher:Jnanasamvardhani Pratishthanam
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:278
  • Author’s Note for the New Edition

    How is one to begin the study of Vedanta? What are the benefits of studying Vedanta? have been the intriguing questions one faces in life. The universe is limitless, unimaginably complex and variegated. Whence it has come? Why it has come? What exactly is it's intrinsic nature? are questions that spontaneously arise in the mind of the observer. They are not answerable by inference as known to Science. It is only the Vedas-Vedanta that can answer them.

    The opening chapters in this book (Anubandha Chatustaya, Sadhana Chatustaya, Guru, and Pramanas) will reinforce the readers' ardent interest with basic constructs required for a disciplined study of Vedanta, The detailed discussions in the chapters will not only provide the reader with good clarity about the procedure to study Vedanta but also clarify the ultimate benefit of studying Vedanta. Vedas say unequivocally, that the Brahman is the ultimate cause of the Universe and is the one without a second. It is absolutely indescribable.

    The extensive discussions in the chapters on Jagat, Brahman, Jiva, Moksha and Sadhana Prakaranam, enumerates the quintessential parameters required to actually realize that Brahman is the ultimate cause of the universe. In each aeon called Kalpa, the universe is born out of Brahman, lives in Brahman and dissolves in Brahman. Therefore, Brahman is the intrinsic nature of the universe. The universe is changing-Asatya, but Brahman is unchanging-Satya. It goes even beyond and says that the observer of the universe is himself Brahman and one who realizes it attains total freedom from all bondage.

    The detailed chapters on Maya and Avidya carefully clarifies that Maya [Prakrti] is Brahman's intrinsic power by which It assumes the form of the universe for the benefit of Jivas and thereby repudiates the hardened perception that Maya and Avidya are synonyms; also that the Universe is an Illusion-Mithya! A pragmatic clarification is given to the confusion about Mithya Jagat in the discussion.

    Bhagavan Sankara has written the Prasthanatraya Bhasyas elucidating this thesis. The presentation of Bhagavan Sri Sankara's description of the universe as Mithya-Anirvacaniya-Asatya at three different levels of teaching invokes and at the same time provokes the prime attention of the reader. These adjectives are exclusively different. Thinking that they refer to the same idea, some people have stuck to the adjective Mithya and then tried to reconcile the other two with it using logic that is sometimes funny and sometimes exasperating. Nothing in the Bhasyas needs to be reconciled by devious logic. Bhasyas are already complete, immaculate and unambiguous. The authentic content in this book maintains thorough compliance to references from the Vedas and Bhagavan Sri Sankara's Prasthanatraya Bhasyas. This book exhibits the seamlessness of Sri Sankara's presentation, which .. helps the reader to plunge into Sadhana with conviction.

    As a special mention, Jasjit Mansingh, an acclaimed author deserves credit for shaping this English edition aesthetically and with immense proof reading while also adding valuable corrections to the English vocabulary used in the book. Her selfless devotion and dedication in preparing the book for publishing is highly commendable.

    Possessed with the responsibility to bring out this new edition of Vedanta Prabodha in its present form, Chi.Srihari has ardently striven to meet the expectations at various levels during proof reading, and editing, thus making the script error free for publishing.

    My prayers to lord Narayana to bless one and all with good health, prosperity and peace.


      Author's Note for the new edition xv-xvi
      The Essential Teachings of Adya Sankaracarya xviii-xxi
      What did Sankara Really Teach? xxii-xxvii
      Dedication 1
      Introductory Prakaranam 2
    Chapter 1 Anubandha Catustaya 3-6
      Subject Matter  
      The Linkage  
      Adhikari - the eligible student seeker  
    Chapter 2 Sadhana Catustaya Sampatti 7-11
      Nitya-Anitya Vastu Viveka  
      Samadi Satka  
      One Doubt  
      Who are all entitled for Moksa?  
    Chapter 3 Guru 12-15
      The need for a Guru  
      Characteristics of a Guru  
      How to get the Sadguru?  
      Service to the Guru  
      A word of caution  
    Chapter 4 Pramana- Means of Knowledge 16-23
      Triputi: Three fold factors  
      Pratyaksa Pramanam: Sense Perception as a means  
      Anumana Pramanam: Inference as a means  
      Upamana Pramanam: Analogy as a means  
      Arthapatti Pramanam: Presumption as a means  
      Agama Pramanam: Word ofGodlVerbal Testimony as a means  
      Another Pramana of the Mimamsakas  
      Jagat Prakaranam 24
    Chapter 5 Other Theories 25-36
      An Unperceived Cause of the Jagat exists  
      Three causes  
      Buddhists view  
      Mimamsaka's Logic  
      Vaisesikas's Theory  
      Naiyyayika's Theory  
      Sankhya Thesis  
      Modem Arguments  
      The Role of Logic in this discussion  
      The Limitations of Logic  
      The complete Logic  
    Chapter 6 The Vedic Theory 37-47
      Brahman is the Nimitta of the Jagat  
      Brahman is the Up adana Karana of the Jagat  
      Upadana or Antaryamin?  
      Vacarambhana - Namadheya  
      Cause-Effect Non-difference  
    Chapter 7 Brahman - The Cause 48-58
      Idea to be remembered  
      Non-difference of Eater (enjoyer) - Eaten (enjoyed)  
      Unachieved SelfInterest  
      Objection that Brahman has no Sahakari  
      The objection that the Brahman has no limbs  
      Objection of Purposelessness of Creation  
      Is the Brahman biased and cruel?  
      Objection regarding distinctiveness  
      Can inert objects come out of Cetana?  
      Whose thesis is to be accepted?  
      Objection of Brahman having parts  
    Chapter 8 Maya 59-70
      The example  
      What is Maya?  
      Synonyms of Maya  
      Apara and Para Prakrtis  
      Maya Subservient to Brahman  
      Four- faced Brahma  
      Process of Creation  
      Maya is Eternal  
      Maya is Anirvacanrya  
      Maya is non-different from Brahman  
      Summary of Jagat Prakaranam 71
      Brahma Prakaranam 72
    Chapter 9 Brahman, Separate From The Jagat 73-84
      Visesana - Laksana  
      The Existent Attributes  
      Non-existent attributes  
      Brahman is Satya  
      The Illusory Wodd  
      Three Satyas  
      Lens example  
      Transcendental Satya  
      Transactional Satya  
      Virtual Satya  
      Brahman is Jnana  
      Is Brahman Sarvajfia or Not?  
      Brahman is Ananta  
      The Experience of the Jnana  
      The Experience of the Jnana  
    Chapter 10 The Attributelles Brahman 85-96
      The Unqualified Brahman  
      The Reason for Brahman's Featurelessness  
      Is the Jagat Existent or Non-existent?  
      Doubt Regarding two imaginations  
      Summary of Brahmaprakaranam 97
      Jiva Prakaranam 98
    Chapter 11 Analysis of the Three Bodies 99-112
      Gross Body  
      The Gross Body is not me  
      Subtle Body  
      The Five Pranas  
      The Antahkarana  
      The Five Jfianendriyas  
      The Five Karrnendriyas  
      The Subtle body is not me  
      Causal Body  
      Vidya Karma Piirva Prajfia  
      Sancita, Prarabdha, Agami  
      Process of Death  
      The Process of Rebirth  
    Chapter 12 Avidya 113-157
      JIva's wrong identification  
      Where else to find Jiva Svarupa?  
      Determination of the Svariipa  
      Agama's Answer  
      Is Jiva an Amsa of Brahman?  
      Definition of Avidya and Adhyasa  
      Effect of Maya is the support of Adhyasa  
      Adhyasa is the cause of danger  
      Is Avidya an existent entity or merely absence of Vidya?  
      Buddhi is Dharmi, Vidya is Pratiygi  
      Avidya is beginningless  
      Avidya is endless  
      Avidya belongs to whom? Maya belongs to whom?  
      Motivaton for Creation comes from Avidya  
      The Meaning of the Word Avidyakalpita Illusion  
      Avidya Laksana Prakrti  
      Avidyatrnika Hi Blja Saktih  
      Which is the cause of Jagat - Maya or Avidya?  
      The two examples  
      Maya and A vidya not synonymous  
    Chapter 13 Jagrat, Svapna and Susupti 158-182
      What is Svapna?  
      The Dream Jagat  
      Dream: Junction of the worlds here and hereafter  
      Who creates Dreams?  
      Does Jy6ti Belong to the body?  
      Svapna Jyoti- Not of the body  
      Jyoti is of the Atman  
      Qualified Jfiana is Through Indriyas  
      Atman is Not unknown  
      The Facility with Dreams  
      Where is the Jiva in Susupti?  
      The Non-dual State  
      This is Paramananda (Highest Bliss)  
      Analysis of Ananda  
      The levels of Ananda  
      The Nature of grief  
      One's Svarupa is the same as in Susupti  
      One's Identity with Brahman  
      Proof of Brahman-Arman Identity  
      Why not qualified awareness?  
      Unwareness of even oneself  
      An example  
      The question of Avidya in Susupti  
      Objections for Avidya's non-existence  
      A vidya exists, but not Adhyasa in Susupti  
    Chapter 14 Turiya 183-203
      Right Realization is Sarvatamabhava  
      Sublimation of the world  
      Samasti- Vyasti  
      Some doubts  
    Chapter 15 The Analysis of Five Sheaths 204-212
      Transactions in Vyasti  
      The Nature of the Analysis  
      Annamayatma (Vya~ti)  
      Pranamayatma (Vyasti)  
      Manomayatma (Vyasti)  
      Vijfianamayatma (Vyasti)  
      Anandamayatma (Vyasti)  
      Upasafikramana of Samasti Atmans  
      Upasana Meditation on Sarnasti Atma  
      Summary of Jiva Prakaranam 213
      Sadhana Prakaranam 214
    Chapter 16 Moksa 215-219
      What is Moksa?  
      Moksa is only through Jfiana  
      Jnana is not a result of Karma  
    Chapter 17 Sannyasa 220-226
      Veda permits Sannyasa  
      Vidvat Sannyasa  
      Karma of Jnani  
      Vividisa Sannyasa  
      The rules of Vividisa Sannyasa  
      Slipping from Sannyasa  
    Chapter 18 Upasana 227-229
      What is Upasana?  
      Relation with Alambana  
      Upasana of Pratika  
    Chapter 19 Karma 230-238
      Feature of the Veda  
      The Creation of Varnas  
      Varna Dharma  
      Asrama Dharma  
      Can Karma lead to Moksa?  
      Path of Moksa - One or Several?  
      Summary of Sadhana Prakaranam 239
      Epilogue 240-246
      Index 247-251
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