This is the question being explored in the Vedas, Indian
writings of antiquity.
Bhagavad Gita summarises these thoughts in eighteen
Chapter 2 reduces that summary into seventy two verses.
Among the many commentators on Gita, Sri Shankara
stands out as the foremost proponent of the non-dual view.
‘Swami Chidananda Puri has translated that from Sanskrit
to Malayalam and provided an explanation of his own.
This is a translation of that.
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Swami Chidananda Puri is a renunciate, having been
called to the order in 1989, after years of study. He established
the Advaitashram at Kolathur, off Calicut, India in 1992. At-
tached to the ashram are an orphanage, a school and another
house for like minded people who choose to live there. A unit
of the Ashram functions in Palakkad. He also runs a similar
ashram in Mehmadabad, Gujarat, India, which was entrusted
to him by his Guru on his passing away. With no fund-raising
plans, the whole thing runs on charity. The website of the dsh-
ram is http://advaithashramam.org
Swamiji runs regular classes for the trainees in the
ashram and monthly classes in ancient Indian wisdom for the
genera! public which are well attended. So are the three annu-
al residential programmes each lasting a week. He also runs a
busy lecture schedule outside the dshram.
He has authored several books, beginning with short
explanations of concepts and leading to commentaries on the
works of great Gurus like Shankara. The University of Cali-
cut, Kerala, India has made him the Visiting Professor in the
Chair for Sanatana Dharma Studies. He has been awarded
several titles and prizes by many organizations.
Vijay Chandran has a Masters Degree in English Lit-
erature and began his career as a lecturer in English in the
colleges under the University of Kerala. Later he joined the
Indian Administrative Service and served the Central and
State governments of India in various capacities, retiring as
Principal Secretary to the Government of Kerala. After a few
more years of work involving consultancy to international
organizations like the World Bank, he lived in U.K and Czech
Republic for about 12 years, giving lectures and readings on
spirituality and teaching Sanskrit to beginners. Now back in
India, he is engaged in translating the works of Swamiji into
Children’s Books (38)
Brahma Sutras (85)
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