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Vedanta Treatise (The Eternities)

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About the Author A. Parthasarathy is an internationally acclaimed philosopher with a multi-disciplined academic base including postgraduation from London University. He has researched for over sixty years on the state of human beings and focused on the urgent need to revive, rehabilitate the human intellect. His resolve has emerged into four distinct avenues of service: Vedanta Academy Parthasarathy founded the Academy in January 1988 in Malavli Hills, 108 kms from Mumbai, India. ...
About the Author

A. Parthasarathy is an internationally acclaimed philosopher with a multi-disciplined academic base including postgraduation from London University. He has researched for over sixty years on the state of human beings and focused on the urgent need to revive, rehabilitate the human intellect. His resolve has emerged into four distinct avenues of service:

Vedanta Academy

Parthasarathy founded the Academy in January 1988 in Malavli Hills, 108 kms from Mumbai, India. It offers three-year residential courses designed to build intellectual ability and instil higher values of life in students from India and abroad.

Public Discourses

His discourses on intellectual development have captivated audiences the world over for more than fifty years. And have been widely acclaimed by prestigious universities, institutions and organisations.

Corporate Seminars

He has been a distinguished resource of the Young Entrepreneur's Organisation (YEO), Young President's Organisation (YPO), World President's Organisation (WPO), World Economic Forum and several multinational corporations.

Writings

Parthasarathy has published ten books which present ancient philosophical teachings and wisdom of thinkers from the East and West. Three of them have earned bestselling status. These ten books have also been combined into a single volume entitled The Complete Works of Swami Parthasarathy.

 

Preface

The Vedanta Treatise presents the ancient philosophy of Vedanta. A philosophy which enunciates the eternal principles of life and living. Living is an art, a skill, a technique. Few have understood it to be so in the span of human history. Nevertheless, you need to learn and practise the technique of living. As you would for playing a musical instrument or flying an aircraft.

The world today is unaware of this process of learning. It is not taught in a school or university. Nor in a moral or religious institution. Thus people go through a mechanical way of living merely following a routine of their predecessors. They lack this fundamental knowledge of living. And become victims of stress and strain.

People everywhere have lost the pleasure in action. They try to find peace and happiness by abstaining from action. Hence everyone looks forward to weekend and vacation. Even seeks premature retirement from work. This is a human weakness. Do not fall a prey to it. If you cannot find peace and happiness in action you can never find it through abstaining.

The world presents two distinct classes of people. One class is active, productive and prosperous. The western world seems to fit into this category. But by their own admission they have lost their peace of mind. While the other class of people is relatively peaceful and happy but without much action. Since they lack action they are not productive, prosperous. Some of the eastern countries face this problem. Thus there is action without peace on one side and peace without action on the other. One wonders if it is possible to combine dynamic action with mental peace. Vedanta provides the answer. The few who have imbibed the knowledge of Vedanta, learnt and practised the technique of living, live a dynamic life of action while enjoying perfect peace and happiness within.

Above all, the Treatise helps you evolve to greater heights in your own spiritual path. It provides you with the knowledge and guidance to reach the ultimate in human perfection. The goal of Self-realisation.

The book contains twenty-one chapters spread over three sections. The first section introduces the concept of Vedanta to help those unfamiliar with it. The second deals more with its practical application. How Vedanta can be ingrained in your lives. The final section covers the highest tenets of its philosophy culminating in the transcendental experience. It ploughs through human ignorance and delusion to discover the pristine glory of one's supreme Self.

Section I: Introduction to Vedanta

The first section introduces Vedanta to the layperson. Vedanta is a systematic knowledge which explains the meaning and purpose of your existence in the world. A knowledge that is founded on its own authority. It trains you to think for yourself. To analyse, investigate and realise the quintessence of life. Not to submit yourself to blind faith, superstitious belief or mechanical ritual. Ultimately, it leads you to spiritual Enlightenment.

The knowledge of the unknown can be gained only through the use of known factors. Therefore, to unravel the mystery of God you need to use the world of objects and beings known to you. Start with the study of the world, the individual and the relationship between them.

How are you to relate with the world to find peace and harmony? It is not the world that bothers you as you believe it to be. But your relationship with it. You need to learn the principles of right living. Change the character of your action from selfishness to selfless service. Mend the quality of your emotion from preferential attachment to universal love. Raise your knowledge from the mundane to the supreme Self within. Thus you shall reach the culmination of human life, the ultimate state of peace and bliss, the goal of religion.

Section 11: Practical Vedanta

The second section covers the practical application of Vedanta in life. Explains the composition of a human being. The five layers of the human personality enveloping the inner Self. The three states of conditioned-consciousness known as waking, dream and deep-sleep. Every human being goes through the cycle of these states. None realises the pure Consciousness, the Core of one's being. Vedanta directs you to discover the Core, the supreme Self within.

Humans fall under four distinct classes depending on the development of their mind and intellect: the predominantly emotional, predominantly intellectual, balanced in both, underdeveloped in both. Accordingly the four paths of Devotion Bhakti, Knowledge Gnana, Action Karma and Compulsion Hatha are prescribed respectively for their spiritual development. Practising these disciplines the seeker evolves to the state of dispassion. Which prepares him to enter the final stage of meditation. And through meditation he reaches Self - realisation.

A Self-realised person is one with God. He revels in absolute peace and bliss. Becomes a beacon for the rest of the world to follow and steer their lives towards evolution.

Section III: The Essence of Vedanta

The third section expounds the real philosophy of life. Exposes the exact nature of the terrestrial world. Points out the transcendental Reality beyond the phenomenal world. Helps you discover that underlying Reality to be the supreme Self within.

 

Contents

 

  Preface 9
Section I : Introduction to Vedanta  
Chapter I Role of Vedana 15
  Science and Vedanta 15
  Vedanta, the Base of Religion 17
  Tributes to Vedanta 21
  Reason, the Sap of Vedanta 23
  Your real Self 25
  Vedanta procures Happiness 27
  Vedanta provides Material Prosperity 28
  Eternal Bliss within 30
Chapter II World and Human Being 33
  Mystery of the Origin 33
  From the Known to the Unknown 35
  Composition of the World 41
  The Human Species 42
  Three Conditions of the Mind 46
Chapter III Life, Its Course 50
  Composition of Life 50
  The Individual Mechanism 51
  Nature of the World 56
  Course of Life 58
  Goal of Life 60
Chapter IV Code of Living 65
  Scope of Spiritual Education 65
  Elements of Right Living 68
  The Three Temperaments 72
  The Caste System 80
Chapter V Exigency of Action 83
  Action is Inevitable 83
  Value of Action 86
  Chronology of Action 88
  Renunciation in Action 91
  Three Types of Action 94
Chapter VI Strength of Emotion 98
  Emotion and Intellection 98
  Facets of Emotion 100
  Love 101
  Kindness 104
  Pity 105
  Charity 106
  Effects of Manifestation 110
  Root of Emotion 111
  Desire veils the Self 116
Chapter VII Light of Wisdom 117
  Veil of Ignorance 117
  How to Gain Wisdom 122
  The Aggressive and the Passive 129
  Joy of Learning 133
Chapter VIII Culmination of Human Life 134
  The Role of Religion 134
  Consummation of Life 141
  Personality Chart 144
  Knowledge Gnanam 145
  Action Karma 146
  Actor Karta 146
  Intellect Buddhi 147
  Steadfastness Dhriti 149
  Happiness Sukham 150
  Renunciation Tyaga 151
  Prepare your Chart 151
Section II : Practical Vedanta  
Chapter IX The Human Composition 155
  Basic Constitution 155
  Composite Personality 159
  Personality Layers 164
  Food Sheath 165
  Vital-air Sheath 165
  Mental Sheath 166
  Intellectual Sheath 167
  Bliss Sheath 168
  Gross, Subtle and Causal Bodies 168
  Waker, Dreamer and Deep-sleeper 169
Chapter X Self-Analysis 172
  Enquiry into Yourself 172
  Your Self is Supreme Reality 174
  Drift in Religion 177
  The Problem of Introversion 179
  Practical Exercises 185
Chapter XI The States of Consciousness 189
  Waking, Dream and Deep-sleep 189
  The Fourth State 194
  Assurance of Vedanta 199
  Path of Reality 201
Chapter XII The Four Yogas 206
  Four Spiritual Disciplines 206
  Bhakti Yoga Path of Devotion 211
  Gnana Yoga Path of Knowledge 217
  Karma Yoga Path of Action 220
Chapter XIII Renunciation 224
  What is Renunciation 224
  Way to Success 233
  Renunciation is Bliss 236
  Renunciation heralds Meditation 240
Chapter XIV Meditation 243
  Technique of Meditation 243
  Principle of Meditation 247
  The Symbol Om 248
  Procedural Details 251
  Self-Realisation 255
Chapter XV The State of Self-Realisation 257
  Self-realised Person 257
  His Intrinsic Being 258
  His Extrinsic Conduct 265
  Impact of World on Him 271
  His Impact on World 273
Section III : The Essence Vedanta  
Chapter XVI Use and Abuse of Religion 279
  Individual Diagnosis and Treatment 279
  Positive Religion 284
  Negative Religion 287
  Impediments in the Spiritual Path 289
Chapter XVII Law of Causation 296
  The Supreme Law 296
  Law of Destiny 298
  Law of Karma 300
  Birth and Death 304
  Theory of Reincarnation 307
Chapter XVIII Theory of Perception 315
  Phenomenon of the World 315
  Idealism 317
  Realism 319
  Vedantic Theory of Perception 320
Chapter XIX The Illusions: Maya 328
  When, Whence, Wherefore this World 328
  World, an Illusion 331
  Intrinsic and Extrinsic Illusions 333
  World is God 337
  Why heed an Illusion 339
Chapter XX The 'Supreme Reality 341
  The Supreme God 341
  Manifestations of Brahman 347
  Process of Negation and Assertion 350
  Idea of Trinity 353
  Three Schools of Thought 355
Chapter XXI That Thou Art 357
  The Four Aphorisms 357
  I am God 360
  Finite is Infinite 365
  Characteristics of Self-development 368
  Know thy Self 373
  Index 376
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Item Code: NAM282 Author: A. Parthasarathy Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2012 Publisher: A. Parthasarathy, Mumbai ISBN: 9789381094167 Language: English Size: 8.0 inch X 6.0 inch Pages: 400 (11 B/W and 5 Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 450 gms
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