Advaitic Sadhana is an inspired trilogy that constitutes a thorough, practical guide on the path to Self-realisation. Book I has particular relevance to spiritual aspirants visiting Sri Ramanasramam, as it was written by the author in the 1940s for the sole purpose of making their visits meaningful. It throws much light on the practice of sadhana, especially meditation, and the insights and guidelines presented are as applicable now as when they were written.
Book II contains the well known Mandukya Upanisad with brief notes. This Upanisad is said to offer the briefest, clearest, and most practical study of the nature of man, or Atman (Self). Atma Bodha of Book III was composed by Acarya Sankara, the greatest expounder of the Upanisads. In sixty-eight short stanzas the celebrated author delivers the cream of Vedanta.
This essay was drafted many years ago, when the
author was residing in Sri Ramanasramam at
Tiruvannamalai in the gracious presence of his Master,
Sri Ramana Maharshi, where many foreigners used to
flock on short visits. He used to watch their comings
and goings and the haste with which most of them
expected to pluck the plum of Self-realisation, immediate
apprehension of the Reality, before even grasping the
elementary principles of the Master’s teaching or the
Vedantic truth. It is especially for their benefit that this
treatise has been written.
The term "Direct Liberation" used in the subtitle
seeks, as in the Bhdgavata Purdna, to distinguish the
"direct" path of the Jidna Marga (the path of immediate
knowledge), whereby Liberation is gained and the
essence of bliss tasted by the Paramahamsas in this
very life, from the "indirect" path, which is said to take
several million years spent in a disembodied state by
the Hamsas in a number of subtle spheres and results
from the practice of prandydma (breathing exercises),
ritualistic and devotional worship (updsanda), etc.
This book is a small trilogy on the science of Self-
knowledge, a science which has been from time
immemorial inculcated in this country by the great
Vedantic Masters to those who sat at their feet, seeking
release from the misery of birth and death and succeeded.
Its greatest exponent in our own age, who lived more
then half a century in our midst, was the celebrated sage
Ramana of Arunachala, who left behind him a
compendious literature which benefited thousands of
truth seekers all the world over and led a number of
them to final and complete Emancipation.
The trilogy consists of (1) Advaitic Sadhana or the
Yoga of Direct Liberation,which throws much light on
the practice of sddhand, especially meditation, (2) The
well known Mandiikya Upanisad with brief notes and
(3) Atma Bodha of Sankara, the greatest expounder of
the Upanisads, with simple comments bringing out the
meaning of the stanzas, in simple language, comprehensible even to foreign beginners.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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