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Brahmavidya Abhyasa (Sure Way To The Inner Self)

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About the Book Clearly analyzing the ultimate reality of the world in the logical but lucid manner poojya swamiji has presented the essence of Vedanta and Vedantic Sadhana for the contemporary world. For the serious dedicated seekers he has depicted many subtleties of the technique of tracing and realizing the ultimate reality first hand. Pointing out and cautioning against the widespread delusions and pitfalls dispelling the various myths relating to meditational experiences Swamiji...
About the Book

Clearly analyzing the ultimate reality of the world in the logical but lucid manner poojya swamiji has presented the essence of Vedanta and Vedantic Sadhana for the contemporary world. For the serious dedicated seekers he has depicted many subtleties of the technique of tracing and realizing the ultimate reality first hand.

Pointing out and cautioning against the widespread delusions and pitfalls dispelling the various myths relating to meditational experiences Swamiji through the chapters virtually handholds the seeker to take him to the pinnacle of spiritual sadhana and fulfillment.

 

About the Author

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha a knower of the supreme truth has guided numerous seekers towards the invaluable goal of self realization transforming their lives into one of joy and contentment. Swamiji’s interpretation of Bhagavadgita Sreemad Bhagavatam Upanishads and other spiritual texts coming from his experiential depth and mastery of self realization inspires seekers with the liberation touch of the transcendental knowledge.

Receiving diksa from Baba gangadhara Parpamahamsa of dakshinkhanda west Bengal Swamiji embraced sannyasa at the age of 23 dedicating his entire life for the welfare of the world for over 50 years he has been relentlessly disseminating spiritual wisdom of Vedanta with rare clarity practicality and openness to seekers all over the world.

 

Contents

 

To the Readers iii
Book 1: What is Reality  
1.1 Defining Reality
Is the World Real or Unreal
Elements and their Pervasiveness
The fifth elements
Beyond Matter
Change and Changelessness go together
3
1.2 Tracing the Reality
Subject object Distinction
Constancy of ‘I’ and Superimposition
Body Mind the root of all trouble
Can I remain alone
15
1.3 What is self
Apparent and real natures
Atma means Itself ness
All pervasiveness the divine energy
I and the reality are one
Yajnavalkya Maitreyi Dialogue
23
Book 2: Sadhana – The Method to Trace Reality  
2.1 Sravana Manana and Nididhyasana
Sravana (Listening)
Cultivating the Characteristics of a knower
The Real purpose of sastras
Turning the mind inward
Self a cleaver Intermediary
Manana (Reflective thinking)
Nididhyasana (Vedantic Meditation)
Concentration – A misnomer
35
2.2 Understanding and treating the mind
Change the mind’s direction
Mind is Manifoldness
Mind and the world are Coeval
Negate plurality to Annihilate the mind
Negation of Plurality how and why
47
2.3 Reality and god Equated
The Mystery of Creation
Why the Drama
The importance of Realizing the one ness
59
2.5 The Real Technique of Meditation
Do not wrestle with the Thoughts
Disciplining the Breath
Evenizing the mind and the Breath
Feel the Consciousness
Effect of Mantra
Relationship between the mind and the Breath
Mind & Intelligence
The Focus of Vedantic Sadhana
83
2.6 Samadhi Pinnacle of Meditational Sadhana
Practice of Brahma Vriti
The supreme Joy
Do not Miss the Goal
Jnana Samadhi or self state
Reject Unconsciousness
The Joy Samadhi Bestows
All can Attain it
93
Book 3: Advanced Lessons in Meditation and Self Realization  
3.1 Aim of spiritual Sadhana
Is there a self besides the body
107
3.2 The three Categories of knowledge
Aparoksa the Key to self perception
what is Aparoksa knowledge
115
3.3 Importance of Meditation
The Meaning of Practicing single truth
123
3.4 Obstacles on the path of Meditation
Laya The state of Trance
Causes of Laya and Remedy
Need for sharing Knowledge
Indispensability of a guru
Viksepa or Distraction
The Role of inheritance
A healthy Emotional Mind an asset
131
3.5 Three kinds of Vasana
Deha Vasana
Loka Vasana
Life – A Process of Outliving
Frame versus proper evalution
Do Not be blinded
The real guidelines
Sastra Vasana
How the scriptures Delude
Upanishads Exhort us to Discriminate
Desire is opposed to purity
141
3.6 More About Laya and Viksepa
Concentration and delight
Do not indulge in pleasure
Delightful experience during Meditation
Internal and external delights bind alike
153
3.7 Vedantic Meditation Aims at Freedom
Be Indifferent towards Delights
Aim Always at Aparoksa Knowledge
The Ideal State
161
3.8 Vedanta is a subtle Science
Knowing the luminous mind within
Steady Mind is Equal to the self
Do Not run after Mystic Experiences
Doubt free leads to yoga
Boldness Essential
Be Alert in grasping the yogic state
Self state further described
Nirveda a Lofty Virtue
Fallacy of Seeking the self
All are really the one
167
3.9 Brahmavidya as Asparsa Yoga
Significance of Sparsa
How Sparsa takes to Asparsa
Asparsa Implies Fearlessness
Asparsa the Ideal Adobe
when is Asparsa Reached
Asparsa and Aparoksa
183
3.10 Vedantic Study- Knowing and Becoming
Sthitaprajna and Sthitadhi
Study the Sthitaprajna state
After the self state what?
191
3.11 Desirelessness – The way to liberation
Channelise the Buddhi in the light of self knowledge
Brahmavidya sharpens Buddhi
sincerity – The best tuning for the heart
Mind- pure and impure
Desire versus self knowledge
Desire free life possible
Do not be a Lip Vedantin
Role of Ordeals in Sadhana
How Realization compels Desirelessness
No Excuse for a Real Seeker
203
3.12 The Role of Renunciation
Normalcy Follows Freedom
The Pleasant state of the Exalted Jnanin
Conclusion
215
Appendix I Key To Pronunciation 219
Appendix II Glossary of Sanskrit words 223

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Item Code: IHK067 Author: Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha Cover: Paperback Edition: 2007 Publisher: Narayanashrama Tapovanam, Kerala ISBN: 9788189588014 Language: English Size: 8.5 Inch X 5.4 Inch Pages: 239 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 285 gms
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