Vedanta: The Only Consummate Spiritual Science
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Vedanta: The Only Consummate Spiritual Science

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Item Code: NAJ480
Author: Swami Satchidaanandendra Saraswati
Publisher: Adhyatma Prakashan Karyalaya, Bangalore
Language: English
Edition: 1991
Pages: 64
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 60 gm
Foreword

This is the eighth and final number of a series of books under the head - 'Satchidaananda Vaak-Jyoti Series' or 'The Enlightening Words of Satchidaananda'. All these booklets are free transliterations of Kannada books which contain the enlightening and immortal teachings of Shri Satchidaanandendra Saraswati Swamiji, of revered memory, and are meant for those readers who do not have the facility and advantage of reading and understanding his original books in the Kannada language. As the title of this book implies, it champions the cause of 'Vedantic Spiritual Science' as the acme of all 'Knowledge' and human pursuits in a convincing, rational manner.

This small plan of publishing these 'gems of spiritual literature' - unrivalled in their esoteric import and teachings of the highest order - based on the pristine pure original 'Bhaashyas'of Adi Shankara - was first mooted by Shri D. B. Gangolli, a staunch devotee and follower of Swamiji. He had brought out the first of the series entitled - 'The Relevance of Vedanta in This Modern Age of Civilization'- and followed it up with other numbers like 'A Broad Outline of Vedanta', 'The Reality Beyond All Empirical Dealings', 'Deliberation on the Ultimate Reality Culminating in Intuitive Experience', 'Brahmavidya or The Knowledge of the Ultimate Reality', 'The Quintessence of Pristine Pure Vedanta' and 'The Philosophical Science of Vedanta' in that order. Barring the first number, for which Subharam Trust (Regd.) had provided munificent financial aid, all the other seven booklets have been entirely financed by Shri Gangolli himself and he has generously made over all the copy rights of all these books to the Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya , Thyagarajanagar, Bangalore - 28.

It is an irony of our times that even that great Aeharya's immaculate teachings of 'Aatma Vidya' (Self-Knowledge), purely based on the strength of the Upanishadic statements, their veracity based on Intuitive ratiocination (called Anubhavaanga Tarka) and finally on the strength of the culmination or consummation of all those teachings in one's own Intuitive experience here and now, have been distorted beyond recognition and redemption by many post-Shankara commentators. These booklets are cleansed of those misleading accretions and are sure to help the discerning seeker of the Ultimate Reality of Atman in a profound manner. The well-planned sequential order of these booklets is based on a spiritual theme so as to enable the student to surmount many a stumbling block that he might encounter on his path to spiritual progress.

We have great pleasure in publishing this book, the last of the series, under the auspices of Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya, Thyagarajanagar, Bangalore -28 and are thankful to its author,Shri D. B. Gangolli. We hope all true seekers will read these books and take full advantage of this opportunity.

 

Contents

 

I Physical (Empirical) Sciences And Vedanta 1
II The Limitations of Physical Sciences 12
III Imperfect Philosophies 21
IV Special Features Of The Methodology of Shankara's Vedanta 29
V Shaastra, Pramaana And Tarka Acceptable To Vedanta 37
VI Intuition of Brahmaatman Or Ultimate Reality 45
VII Benefits Accruing From Vedantic Knowledge 51
VIII Concluding Remarks 58

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