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Vivekacudamani of Sri Sankaracarya (Shankaracharya)

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From the Jacket:   A most valuable and lucid compendium of Advaita philosophy describing the transcendental knowledge of Brahman, and the way to achieve it through discrimination and meditation. Being an original production of Shankara's genius, the whole book is instinct with the prophetic vision of a seer, a man of realization, and the expression is so lucid and poetical that quite a new life has been breathed into the dry bones of philosophical discussion, and that too, on...
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A most valuable and lucid compendium of Advaita philosophy describing the transcendental knowledge of Brahman, and the way to achieve it through discrimination and meditation. Being an original production of Shankara's genius, the whole book is instinct with the prophetic vision of a seer, a man of realization, and the expression is so lucid and poetical that quite a new life has been breathed into the dry bones of philosophical discussion, and that too, on this most abstruse subject.

FORWORD

Scarcely any introduction is needed for a book that professess to be, as its title-" Crest-jewel of Discrimination" -shows, a masterpiece on Advaita Vedanta, the cardinal tenet of which is -" Brahman alone is real, the universe is unreal, and the individual soul is no other than the Universal Soul". Being an original production of Sankara genius, the book combines with a searching analysis of our experience an authoritativeness and a depth of sincerity that at once carry conviction into the heart of its reader. The whole book is instinct with the prophetic vision of a Seer, a man of Realization, and the expression is so lucid and poetical that quite a new life has been breathed into the dry bones of philosophical discussion, and that, too, on the most abstruse subject ever known.

In preparing this edition, which is a reprint in book- form from the Prabuddha Bharata, the translator gratefully acknowledges his Indebtedness to the admirable Sanskrit commentary of Swami Keshavacharya of the Munimandal, kankhal, which along with the Hindi translation would be highly useful to those who want a fuller knowledge of this book.

For Facility of reference an Index has been added, and the book, it is hoped, will in its present form be a vademecum to all students of Advaita Philosophy.

 

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

In this edition the book has been generally revised, and some improvement has been made as regards printing and other matters. All this, it is hoped, will make the book more acceptable to the public.

 

Contents

 

  About the Author v
  Preface vii
  Introduction: Ageing Process and Longevity xv
  United Nations Principles for Older Persons xviii
Section I: General Aspects  
1 How to Stay Young Longer 3
2 Nutrition for Vigour and Vitality in Old Age 7
3 Vitamins and Minerals Can Slow Down Ageing 13
4 Rejuvenative Foods 21
5 Harmful Foods that Hasten Ageing 32
6 Herbs to Fight Old Age 43
7 Exercise and Yoga Can Retard Ageing Process 50
8 Importance of Rest, Relaxation and Meditation in Old Age 66
9 Weight Control for Healthy Old Age 71
10 Thirty Useful Tips for Better Living 75
Section II: Nervous System and Mental Disorders  
11 Amnesia 81
12 Depression 85
13 Stroke 90
14 Parkinson's Disease 95
15 Insomnia 99
16 Headaches 104
17 Cervical Spondylosis 109
18 Falls 113
Section III: Low Vision  
19 Low Vision 119
20 Cataract 124
21 Glaucoma 129
Section IV: Cardiovascular System Disorder  
22 Arteriosclerosis 135
23 Coronary Heart Disease 139
24 Hypertension 146
25 Varicose Veins 153
Section V: Respiratory System Disorders  
26 Pneumonia 161
27 Pulmonary Tuberculosis 165
28 Bronchitis 170
29 Emphysema 175
30 Asthma 179
31 Cough 185
Section VI: Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System  
32 Hiatus Hernia 191
33 Peptic Ulcer 196
34 Constipation 202
35 Diarrhoea 207
36 Diverticulosis 211
37 Colitis 215
38 Piles 220
39 Cirrhosis of the Liver 225
40 Gallbladder Disorders
41 Jaundice 234
Section VII: Musculo-Skeleton System Disorders  
42 Osteoporosis 241
43 Arthritis 245
44 Gout 250
45 Rheumatism 254
46 Muscle Cramps 259
Section VIII: Diseases of the Kidney and Urinary System  
47 Kidney Diseases 265
48 Bladder Infection 270
49 Prostate Disorders 275
50 Sexual Impotence 281
51 Vaginitis 286
Section IX: Diseases of the Endocrine System  
52 Diabetes 293
53 Thyroid Disease 299
Section X: Other Diseases  
54 Anaemia 307
55 Cancer 313
56 High Blood Cholesterol 320
  Appendices  
  Chart Showing the Common Foods with Acid and Alkaline Ash 329
  Nature Cure Treatments (Prescribed in Various Chapters) 332
  Glossary 346
  Bibliography 357
  Index 359
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Item Code: IDE164 Author: Trans By. Swami Madhavananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2015 Publisher: Advaita Ashram, Kolkata ISBN: 9788175051065 Language: Text, with English Translation, Notes and Index Size: 7.0" X 4.8" Pages: 232 Other Details: Weight of BooK 173 gms
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