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The Great Equation: Doctrine of Advaita Vedanta

The Great Equation: Doctrine of Advaita Vedanta
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Item Code: NAJ960
Author: Sri Jnanananda Bharathi
Publisher: Sri Gnanananda Bharathi Grantha Prakasana Samithi
Language: English
Edition: 2015
Pages: 156 (4 B/W Images)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 180 gms
About the Book

This is a logical presentation of the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. The language used is simple and lucid and the explanations with th``127e help of common day to day illustrations make the book very interesting and informative even to a casual reader. The author has successfully used even mathematical equations to prove the central theme of Adviata Vedanta that the "Jeevatma"(the Seeker) and the "Paramatma" (the Sought) are one and the same all the time and that truth is only required to be known and understood. This is a valuable book for one and all.

Preface to Third Edition

This new edition of one of the most famous books of the author, 'The Great Equation', is being brought by Sri Jnanananda Bharathi Grantha Prakasana Samithi, will be welcomed by one and all, who would like to know in clear terms what exactly the philosophy of advaitais.

The learned author, Sri Jnanananda Bharathi Swamigal was well known in his poorvashrama as Sri R. Krishnaswami Aiyar, Advocate, Tirunelveli (Tamilnadu).

Having been born as the eldest son of the great Sri G. Ramachandra Aiyar, Advocate, Tiunelveli(who was known later as Sri Ramananada Saraswathi Swamigal after he took sannyasa), Sri R.Krishnaswami Aiyar nurtured his inborn desire to study Indian Philosophy and mastered it at a very young age. He had a flair for explaining it to others through lectures and in writing in a very lucid manner, in Tamil, Sanskrit and English. He led a very simple sastraic life throughout and spent his last years as a paramahamsa sannyasi in the village of Mannadimangalam near Madurai till he passed away in the year 1975.

His translation in Tamil of the Sankara Bhashyam on Brahmasutras, and commentaries on some of the prakasana granthas of Sri Sankara Bhagavatpada are voluminous and all of them have come out in print.

Among the books written by him in English are, An Introduction to Vedanta, Outlines of Vedanta, Thoughts from the Gita, The Great Equation, Dialogues with the Guru and The Call of the Jagadguru. All of them have gone through many editions because of the richness of their contents, the simple and lucid style of writing and above all the authenticity.

This edition has been blessed by His Holiness Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamigal,Peetadhipathi of Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetam of Sringeri.

Contents

Preface to Third Edition v
Preface to First Edition (Extract) ix
I AN AXIOM 1
1. The State of Freedom
2. Its Nature
3. Some Questions
4. The Basic Mistake
5. The Bold Advaiti
II THE SUPREME BEING 8
1. Nature of Being
2. Time and Space
3. The All
4. Absolute Greatness
5. ANote of Warning
III THE LURE OF THE ABNORMAL 14
1. The Background
2. The Uninteresting Normal
3. The Great Normal
4. The Form Side
5. True Perception
IV THE LADDER OF REALISATION 21
1. The Descent
2. The Ascent
3. A Common Mistake
4. Truth and Falsehood
5. The Mis-equation
V PROPER GUIDANCE 28
1. Substance and Form
2. Virtue and Vice
3. Proper Guides
4. A Futile Revolt
5. The Immutable Law
VI DESIRE AND ACTION 35
1. Twofold Action
2. Purification of the Mind
3. Refining of Desire
4. A Parallel Process
5. Dharma Supreme
VII REGULATION OF DUTIES 42
1. Need for Enquiry
2. The Ubiquitous 'I'
3. The Subsidiary Equations
4. Function of the Sastras
5. Law, Ordinary and Special
VIII THE THREE BODIES 49
1. The Coverings
2. Mis-Equation with These
3. The Growth of the Bodies
4. A Curious Trait
IX DEDICATION OF THE BODIES 56
1. Wanted a Donee
2. The Supreme Donee
3. The Embodied God
4. Attitude of the Devotee
X THE BODIES AND THE WORLD 62
1. A Different Dedication
2. The Five Elements
3. The Subtle Elements
4. The Control of the Bodies
XI DEPENDENT EXISTENCE 69
1. The Ultimate Cause
2. The Name Advaita
3. An Analysis
4. Matter and God
XII THE SUPREME CAUSE 76
1. The Cases
2. The Universe and God
3. Their True Relationship
4. Unrelatedness
XIII THE TRUE EQUATION 83
1. Apposition
2. Perfect Identity
3. Evaluation
4. Equation
5. The Teaching of the Veda
XIV KINDS OF EQUATION 88
1. Synonym
2.Adjective
3. Imposition
4. The Vanishing Equation
X.V THE VEDIC EQUATION 99
1. Its nature
2. Supposition
3. Function of Attributes
4. Mutual Qualification
XVI KINDS OF SIGNIFICANCE 107
1. The Literal
2. The Derivative
3. Different Standpoints
XVII THE CONQUEST OF MAYA 112
1. Truth Absolute and Relative
2. Mistakes Infinite
3. Transcendence
4. Nature of Power
5. The Escape
XVIII THE REALISATION 121
1. Free from Limitation
2. The Equation Realised
3. Our Present Position
4. Higher Courses
5. The Way of Knowledge
6. Further Steps
7. Conclusion
GLOSSARY OF SANSKRIT WORDS 130

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