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Paramanubhavabodhe of Sri Nijaguna Sivayogi (The Teaching for Experience God, The Supreme): An Old and Rare Book

Paramanubhavabodhe of Sri Nijaguna Sivayogi (The Teaching for Experience God, The Supreme): An Old and Rare Book
Item Code: NAI437
Author: M. Sivamurthy
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Language: English
Edition: 1994
ISBN: 817276040
Pages: 344
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 365 gms
About the Book

Sri Nijaguna Sivayogi is one of the great saints of India who had lived in Kollegal taluk area of the Mysore district of the present Karnataka State, most probably during the Fifteenth century A.D., or earlier. He was a Paleyagar turned into a great saint. He has written Six excellent treatises dealing with spiritual and philosophical matters, which are popularly known as "Shatchastras'' one of which is Viveka Chintamani, the first encyclopedia in Kannada language.

This book: ' Paramanubhavabodhe' is considered to be the best among these. It is in the form of the cordial conversation between the great Sage Yajnavalkya and his beloved pious wife - Maitreyi, who had married him mainly for obtaining Atma Jnana, the spiritual knowledge. When Sage Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi were living happily together, Maitreyi asked the Sage one day to tell her the way by which she could easily get rid of the sorrow of entanglement in the Worldly affairs and ever live in bliss.

The reply to this request of Maitreyi is the subject matter of this book. The Sage has first explained to his beloved wife how the physical world came into existence and what the true nature of the beings is. He has then described in detail different techniques like the Sagunashtanga Yoga, Nirgunashtanga Yoga, Raja Yoga, Sivayoga which is the Integrated Yoga or Poorna Yoga, etc., to attain self-realisation, that is God-realisation. As a final advice, the Sage has told Maitreyi that the easiest way for living in everlasting bliss is to surrender through devotion (Bhakti) the individual ego to God, the Supreme which is the Universal Sakti.

In this book thus, Sri Nijaguna Siva yogi gives clearly the techniques which could be adopted by persons of different aptitudes to achieve the goal of experiencing God-realisation and of living in everlasting bliss.


About the Author

Professor Mathada Sivamurthy is by profession a Demographer and a Statistician. Literature is his hobby. In his professional field, Sivamurthy worked in the Reserve Bank of India, Bombay, in the Department of Statistics of the Karnatak University, Dharwad (India), and as Professor of Statistics in Bangalore University, Bangalore (India). He also served as United Nations Demographic Expert in the Cairo Demographic Centre, Cairo (Egypt) for more than ten years. His research work in Demography has been published in reputed Professional Journals, and Research Monographs of the Cairo Demographic Centre. One of his books: 'Growth and Structure of Human Population in the Presence of Migration,' is published by the Academic Press, London.

Sivamurthy has contributed to the Kannada literature through translating from English to Kannada a book on Research Methods in Social Sciences, and through writing a number of articles and poems in Kannada. He is also one of the contributors to the Kannada Encyclopedia prepared by the Mysore University. He started writing poems in Kannada during his High School days, but it blossomed well in the literary atmosphere of Mysore, while he was studying in the Mysore University. It was then that he was awarded Professor B.M. Srikantaiah Gold Medal by the Mysore University for one of his long poems. One collection of his poems in Kannada - Kadina Hoovugalu, has been published. He has also written a few poems in English.

Sivamurthy hails from a small village - Mangapura, in Kudligi taluk of Bellary district in Karnataka State (India). His illustrious parents were: Ugranamathada Sri Gurusiddaiah, a village school teacher and a farmer and Smt. Channaba-savamma. He is married to Smt. Shambhavi Sivamurthy, daughter of Sri H.M. Halaiah and Smt. Channaveer- amma of Harihar and has two daughters - Krupa and Chetna.

He had his early education under the guidance of his illustrious uncle Sri Mathada Channabasaiah who had the honour of receiving the President of India Award for best teachers. He then got his Masters degree in Statistics from the Mysore University (India) in 1958 and his Ph.D. degree in Demography from the Australian National University, Canberra (Australia) in 1970.

He was introduced to spiritual literature and practice by his grand-father Sri Hiremathada Basalingaiah of Bachigon-danahalli and to 'Sri Nijaguna Sivayogi's literature by Sri H.M. Vrushabhendraiah of Harapanahalli, which later ripened with the blessings of the most merciful Gurujis: Sri Mad-Ujjini Jagadguru Siddheshwara Sivacharya Mahaswamyji, Sri Guru Nagalinga Swamyji of Mustur Dasona Math and Sri Guru Doddabasava Swamyji of Punya Kshetra, Nandipura (Bellary district).




Dedication iii
At the Lotus Feet of Gurusiddha v
Acknowledgments vii
Avatarana of Translation ix
Sri Nijaguna Sivayogi: His Life and His Writings xi
Key to the Transliteration and Pronunciation xxxi
Sandhi - 1  
101 Prayer to the Ishtadevata 1
102 Status of the Book 3
103 The Question 6
104 The Pious Teaching of the Sage 8
105 The Birth of the Kalpita Purusha 9
106 Characteristics of the Ten Moods of the Kalpita Purusha 11
107 Five Avidyis for the Kalpita Purusha 14
108 Evolution of the Mahattu and the World 16
109 Birth of the Qualities of the Basic Elements 18
110 Creation of the External World and the Karnas 20
111 Process of the Production of the Seven Dhatoos 23
112 Development of the 'Pinda' - the Foetus 24
113 Birth of the Jeevana Pinda 26
114 Jeeva-panchaka: the Five states for the Jeeva 28
115 Pravartaka Karma 30
116 Nivartaka Karma 32
117 Three States for the Jeeva 34
118 Tanu-trayas for the Jeeva 36
119 Jeeva - trayas 38
120 Five Klesas for the Jeeva 39
121 Tapa-trayas and other Pravartaka Karmas 141
Sandhi - 2  
201 Rejection of the Characteristics of the Bhootas for the Atma 44
202 Rejection of the Prana and other Vayu Dharmas for the Atma 46
203 Rejection of the Characteristics of the Karma Indriyas for the Atma 47
204 Rejection of the Characteristics of the Jnana Indriyas for the Atma 48
205 Rejection of the Characteristics of the Antahkaranas for the Atma 49
206 Rejection of the Characteristics of activating the Bahya- Karanas for the Atma 50
207 Rejection of the Experiencing of all Duhkha for the Atma 51
208 Rejection of the Characteristics of the Shadoormis for the Atma 53
209 Rejection of the Jagat Badhe for the Atma 55
210 Rejection of the Characteristics of the Maya-tanu for the Atma 57
211 Sakala Sakshitva for the Atma 59
212 False Appearance of the World 60
213 Rejection of Jeevatma in the Atma 62
214 Rejection of the Illusion of the Seer and the Seen in the Atma 65
215 Advaita Atma 68
216 The Question 70
Sandhi - 3  
301 Non-existence of the Bhranti qualities for the Atma 72
302 Rejection of Bhoktrutva for the Atma 74
303 Characteristics of the Body and other Drusyas not being there for the Atma 75
304 Similarities and Dis-similarities between the Body and the Atma 77
305 Rejection of the Tanu-dharma for the Atma 78
306 Rejection of the Deha-bhava for the Atma 79
307 Non-existence of the Illusion of Gotra and other Attributes for the Atma 81
308 Rejection of the Jati and Asrama Dharmas for the Atma 83
309 Rejection of Bandha and Moksha for the Atma 85
310 Body and other Adhyasas for the Atma 87
311 Abhava of the Jagats in the Atma 89
312 Thinking as Jeevatma in the Atma 91
313 Non-expalainable Nature of the Jagat 93
314 The Samvidatma 94
315 Rejection of the Useless Argumentation 97
316 The True Experience 99
317 Atma being Beyond Pramana 101
Sandhi - 4  
401 All-achieving Character of the Guru Vakya 104
402 Meaning of the Kandatraya 107
403 Rejection of Dosha-ttaya in the Atma 109
404 Bodha Chatustaya: the Teachings of Four Types 111
405 The Five Vairigyas 113
406 Unchanging Sat and other Characteristics for the Atma 115
407 Characteristics of the Brahma-swaroopa 117
408 The Jeevanmukti 119
409 Rejection of the Affairs of Prarabdha Bhoga for the Yogeeswara 121
410 Destruction of the body and other things for the Yogeeswara 124
411 Destruction of the Separateness of Prakruti 125
412 Non-existence of Vidhi or Nishedha for the Yogeswara 126
413 Non-existence of Vidhi-niyama for the Yogeeswara 128
414 Special Meaning of Kandatraya 130
415 Analysis of the Subject of Kandatraya 132
416 Greatness of Jnana 134
417 Non-applicability of Karmadhikara to the Yogeeswara 137
418 Non-existence of Kanna for the Yogeeswara 139
419 The Names of Nirgunastangas 141
420 The Nirgunastanga Yoga 142
421 Nijanubhava Yoga - the Yoga of True Experience 144
422 Nija-sthiti: the True State 146
Sandhi - 5  
501 The Sequence of Names of Sagunastangas 148
502 Ten Parts of Yama 150
503 Four Divisions of Niyama 153
504 Niyama of Worshipping Iswara 154
505 Niyama of the Way to Worship Iswara 155
506 Five parts of Niyama 157
507 Manner of the Asanas 160
508 Need for Nadi Suddhi 162
509 Characteristics of Pranayama 164
510 Different Forms of Pratyahara 166
511 The Dharananga 168
512 The Dhyananga 170
513 The State of Samadhi 171
514 The Differences in Samadhi 173
515 Special States for the Yogeeswara 175
516 Manner of the Destruction of the Karma for the Yogeeswara 177
517 Yoganga of the Saptavaranas 179
518 Rejection of the Kartru and other Jeeva Bhavas for the Yogeeswara 181
519 Procedure for Interacting with Brahma for the Yogeeswara 183
520 Mantra and other Five Yogas for the Yogeeswara 185
521 Times for Samadhi for the Yogeeswara 186
522 Distinctions of the Yogadhikaris 187
523 Prescription of Bhikshatane for the Yogeeswara 188
524 Guidelines for overcoming the Obstructions to Yoga 189
Sandhi - 6  
601 Difference among the Gurus 191
602 Distinctions of Guru-Upadesa 193
603 Chracteristics of the Pious Sisya 195
604 Chracteristics of a Bad Sisya 197
605 Description of Sravana, Manana, and Nididhyasana 198
606 Chracteristics of Mumukshu 199
607 Chracteristics of Abhyasi 201
608 Chracteristics of Anubhavi and Aroodha . 202
609 Kandatraya and other Differences 204
610 Rites for the Mumukshu and others 206
611 Special State for the Yogeeswara 208
612 Non-existence of the Two kinds of Karmas for the Yogeeswara 210
613 The Sarvadhikya for the Yogeeswara 212
614 The Non-entanglement for the Yogeeswara 214
615 Procedure for Dehatyaga for the Yogeeswara and others 215
616 Procedure for Deha-Samskara for the Yogeeswara and others 217
617 Greatness of Siva Bhakti 219
618 Chracteristics of Sadbhakti 221
619 Meaning of Vakya 222
620 Rejection of the Deductions of the Meaning of the Vakya 224
621 Vijnapane of Maitreyi 226
622 The Parisista 228
The Divine Light is Shining 230
Glossary 232

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