Vedanta for Beginners

Vedanta for Beginners

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Item Code: IDL222
Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 8170520460
Pages: 112
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.0" X 5.0"
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Sri Swami Sivananda

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a health journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a ‘World Parliament of Religions’ Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read Swamiji’s works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi.

About This Book

Vedanta is the culmination of the Vedas. It is entering into the study of Brahman. It is the science which raises man above the plane of worldliness. It is the rational method of meditating on the Supreme Absolute, the Eternal, the Infinite. Vedanta is the culmination of human experience and is the end of the faculty of thinking. It is the greatest and the highest knowledge. This wisdom was revealed to the ancient sages.

In order to practice Sadhana for the attainment of absolute freedom, you should know in the beginning itself its technique and method. You should know the nature of bondage, the cause of bondage and the way of getting rid of bondage. You have to make a searching study of life and know its mysteries.

This book contains many valuable practical instructions. It contains the gist of Vedanta. It gives Vedanta to the readers in a nutshell. The vast majority of persons have no time to go through the different books on Vedanta. A book of this kind will prove to be a constant companion to them, a vade mecum, a handbook or manual for ready reference.

Content

Introduction7
Philosophy of Raga-Dvesha 21
Adhyaropa or Superimposition 24
‘I’ Is the Soul and not the Body 28
Illustrations in Vedanta 30
Siva-Vidya 42
Pseudo-Vedantic Student 47
Siva-Jnanamrita Upanishad 50
Bases of Vedanta 55
Categories in Vedanta 68
Tat Tvam Asi 75
Right Significance of ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ 93
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