A Peep into Advaita (Essence of Advaita Philosophy by Sri Adi Shankara)

A peep into Advaita is a collection of discourse made by Sri R. Krishnaswamy Iyer at Mahadanapuram in the year 1945. The lectures are stimulating, informative and contains the essence of the Advaita Philosophy propogated by Sri Adi Shankara.

This book serves as an introduction to the study of Advaita and creates possibly an interest in the seeker to get better grasp of the basics of Advaita.

Language: English
Author: Sri R.Krishnaswami Aiyar, M.A., B.L
Edition: I
Year of Publication: 2004
Published by: Sri Shankara Advaita Research Centre, Sringeri
Pages: 48 pp+xvi
Bind: Paperback
Availability: Not in Stock

Synopsis :

With the Begnign Blessoings of His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, S.A.R.C. has brought this research edition to cater to the requirements of young seekers. This book capture sthe modern minds and young seekers to know the truth of Vedanta and understand the basics of Advaita.
Keeping with the object of making available publication on our traditional thoughts at a favourable rate, SARC is subsidising this book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – An Axiom
The State of Freedom
Its Nature
Some Questions
The Basic Mistake
The Bold Advaiti
Chapter 2 – The Great Being
Nature of Being
Time and Space
The All
Absolute Greatness
The value of Revelation
Chapter 3 – The lure of the abnormal
The Background
The uninteresting Normal
The Great Normal
The Form side
Ture Preception
Chapter 4 – The ladder of realisation
The Descent
The Ascent
A Common Mistake
Truth and Falsehood
The Misequation
Chapter 5 – Proper Guidance
Substance and Form
Virtue and Vice
Prosper Guides
A futile Revolt
The immutable Law
Chapter 6 – Desire and Action
Twofold action
Purification of the Mind
Refining of Desire
A parallel Process

Sample Chapter from the Book

As Sri Shankaracharya pertinently points out, a person who descends a flight of steps does not ascend the steps in the same order but only in the reverse order. He therefore says that the Dirt has to be first gradually and steadily minimised, distraction then slowly and surely got rid of, then non-perception overcome and then finally the great equation realised. The Dirt is reduced by the process known as Karma (Action), Distraction eliminated by the process called Bhakti (Devotion), Non-perception dissipated by Jnana (Knowledge); and the resultant realisation of the equation for ever more is given in the name of Moksha (Freedom). Such are the steps in the ladder of ascent towards God. There are some people who are of opinion that Right Action alone is sufficient to secure us salvation, some others that Devotion by itself will amply do, so others that knowledge without action or devotion is quite enough. But the Advaiti emphasises the equal necessity and importance of every one of these and points out that they are not distinct paths to salvation but they all together form a singele and the only path to it. Each is as important as the other..

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