Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Advayatarakopanisat
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Advayatarakopanisat
Pages from the book
Advayatarakopanisat
Look Inside the Book
Description
Preface

The Second book in the series of K.S.R.I Yoga Granthamala is the present edition of the text Advaya Tarakopanisat, along with English translation and Roman transliteration. Explanation of terms and concepts are also provided wherever necessary .

The institute has been seriously engaged in the Sanskrit and Indological Research for more than six decades now. There has been articles written in the Journal of Oriental Research dealing with Yoga. However, no single text was published or translate for a long time. From 2006, the Institute took upon itself the task of bringing out Yoga texts with translation and notes and fervently hopes to publish them as a series.

The ATU deals exclusively with the means to achieve Rajayoga, the means being Taraka Yoga. This leads to the experience of Brahman, who is non-dual. Hence the title of the text Advaya Taraka Upanisat.

This book is the result of the joint efforts of my colleagues Dr.K.S. Balasubramanian, a specialist in the field of Yogic studies and Dr. T.V. Vasudeva, an Advaita scholar (both Deputy Directors of the Institute). They plan to bring out some more minor texts on Yoga.

The present publication is made possible by the financial assistance rendered by Sri S. Krishnamurthy and Smt. Kamala Krishnamurthy, in memory of Svargiya Acaryasevaratnam Sri G.R.Nataraja Aiyar. The Institute is deeply indebted to them for their kind gesture.

The academic staff of the Institute – Mrs. R. Subasri, Mr. V. Ramakrishnan and Mr. S.N. Krishna have assisted the editorial committee in proof reading the text.

 

Introduction

The study and practice of Yoga has gained momentum around the globe. Many texts on Yoga, apart from the popular Patanjali’s, Yogasutras have been brought out by many scholars and practitioners of Yoga. Various research studies have been conducted on the benefits of Yogic practices and results have shown that if these are practised under competent teachers, one can derive physiological and phychological benefits. However, more research has to be undertaken in this direction and hence there is a need for bringing out more original Yoga texts. We have already brought out the Darsanopanisat with Roman transliteration, English translation and notes to help the students and practitioners of Yoga.

The present book Advaya Taraka Upanisat (ATU) is the first in the alphabetical order among the twenty ‘Yoga Upanisats’, published by the Adyar Library and Research Centre and also by others. This is a small text consisting of eighteen passages, both in prose and verse form.

According to Upanisat Brahma Yogin, who has commented on one hundred and eight Upanisats, this text belongs to Sukla Yajur Veda and expounds the means to achieve ‘Raja Yoga’. Since it teaches the means, viz. Taraka Yoga leading to the experience of ‘non-dual Brahman’, it is aptly named ‘Advaya Taraka Upanisat’.

The word taraka suggests that it helps the practitioner to cross the ocean of births and deaths. The Amanaska Yoga ascribed to the legendary saint Goraksanatha, describes Taraka Yoga elaborately. It seems that ATU has borrowed the ideas from Amanaska Yoga in its definition and description of two-fold devision of Taraka. The Mandalabrahmana Upanisat one of the ‘Yoga Upanisats’ also describes Taraka Yoga in the same way, besides dealing with other topics. The texts on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga do not give prominence to the practice of Taraka Yoga and hence the students of Yoga would find this text interesting and useful. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika makes a passing reference to Taraka. ATU deals with three-fold laksya, or object of meditation, namely, external, intermediary and internal. While dealing with the intermediary object of meditation, it gives valuable information on the five-fold akasa. (vyomapancakam). Among the texts on Yoga, Goraksa Samhita mentions the term vyomapancakam, but does not describe the five akasas individually. Again this Upanisat follows the description of two-fold forms of Taraka – (i) with form (murti taraka) and (ii) without form (amurti taraka); the latter is known as amanaska.

The definition of Sambhavi mudra found in ATU (12) is similar to that given in popular Hatha Yoga texts. Sambhavi mudra is supposed to be highly efficacious and hence the most sacred among the Yogic practices.

Generally the texts on Hatha Yoga describe the practice of this mudra in the same way as giving equal importance to the awareness of both external and inner object. That is, one should be conscious of his inner Self, though his vision rests on the external objects. This state can also be called as sahaja samadhi, where one is in the state of external awareness and inner absorption. But ATU hints that the reverse should also be practiced.

This text finally emphasises the need for a competent guru by describing the characteristics of acarya and guru, which are well-known.

True to its name, this Upanisat says that the practice of Taraka Yoga leads one to the experience of non-dual Brahman. It says (v.3) that since this makes one to cross the ocean of births and deaths. It is known as Taraka. Following the basic tenets of Advaita Vedanta, this Upanisat instructs that it is due to maya that one differentiate jiva from Brahman and one should disregard all the attributes through the method ‘neti neti’ (not this, not this). Finally what remains is Brahman.

It may also be mentioned here that even though this is a small text, it poses considerable problems in proper understanding of the sentences. The commentary of Upanisat Brahma Yogi also does not come to our rescue. We have tried to bring out the essence of the statements given in the text. We hope that this book, which is different from the texts on Hatha, Raja, Mantra and Laya Yoga in the treatment of the subject and also in its description of the practices which are often obscure, would be received well by the students and researchers in Yoga.

 

Contents

 

Preface iii
Introduction v
Text and Translation 1
Sample Pages




Advayatarakopanisat

Item Code:
NAL086
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2009
ISBN:
9788185170411
Language:
Sanskrit Transliteration and English Translation
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Pages:
32
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 50 gms
Price:
$8.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Advayatarakopanisat

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 2979 times since 25th Mar, 2019
Preface

The Second book in the series of K.S.R.I Yoga Granthamala is the present edition of the text Advaya Tarakopanisat, along with English translation and Roman transliteration. Explanation of terms and concepts are also provided wherever necessary .

The institute has been seriously engaged in the Sanskrit and Indological Research for more than six decades now. There has been articles written in the Journal of Oriental Research dealing with Yoga. However, no single text was published or translate for a long time. From 2006, the Institute took upon itself the task of bringing out Yoga texts with translation and notes and fervently hopes to publish them as a series.

The ATU deals exclusively with the means to achieve Rajayoga, the means being Taraka Yoga. This leads to the experience of Brahman, who is non-dual. Hence the title of the text Advaya Taraka Upanisat.

This book is the result of the joint efforts of my colleagues Dr.K.S. Balasubramanian, a specialist in the field of Yogic studies and Dr. T.V. Vasudeva, an Advaita scholar (both Deputy Directors of the Institute). They plan to bring out some more minor texts on Yoga.

The present publication is made possible by the financial assistance rendered by Sri S. Krishnamurthy and Smt. Kamala Krishnamurthy, in memory of Svargiya Acaryasevaratnam Sri G.R.Nataraja Aiyar. The Institute is deeply indebted to them for their kind gesture.

The academic staff of the Institute – Mrs. R. Subasri, Mr. V. Ramakrishnan and Mr. S.N. Krishna have assisted the editorial committee in proof reading the text.

 

Introduction

The study and practice of Yoga has gained momentum around the globe. Many texts on Yoga, apart from the popular Patanjali’s, Yogasutras have been brought out by many scholars and practitioners of Yoga. Various research studies have been conducted on the benefits of Yogic practices and results have shown that if these are practised under competent teachers, one can derive physiological and phychological benefits. However, more research has to be undertaken in this direction and hence there is a need for bringing out more original Yoga texts. We have already brought out the Darsanopanisat with Roman transliteration, English translation and notes to help the students and practitioners of Yoga.

The present book Advaya Taraka Upanisat (ATU) is the first in the alphabetical order among the twenty ‘Yoga Upanisats’, published by the Adyar Library and Research Centre and also by others. This is a small text consisting of eighteen passages, both in prose and verse form.

According to Upanisat Brahma Yogin, who has commented on one hundred and eight Upanisats, this text belongs to Sukla Yajur Veda and expounds the means to achieve ‘Raja Yoga’. Since it teaches the means, viz. Taraka Yoga leading to the experience of ‘non-dual Brahman’, it is aptly named ‘Advaya Taraka Upanisat’.

The word taraka suggests that it helps the practitioner to cross the ocean of births and deaths. The Amanaska Yoga ascribed to the legendary saint Goraksanatha, describes Taraka Yoga elaborately. It seems that ATU has borrowed the ideas from Amanaska Yoga in its definition and description of two-fold devision of Taraka. The Mandalabrahmana Upanisat one of the ‘Yoga Upanisats’ also describes Taraka Yoga in the same way, besides dealing with other topics. The texts on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga do not give prominence to the practice of Taraka Yoga and hence the students of Yoga would find this text interesting and useful. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika makes a passing reference to Taraka. ATU deals with three-fold laksya, or object of meditation, namely, external, intermediary and internal. While dealing with the intermediary object of meditation, it gives valuable information on the five-fold akasa. (vyomapancakam). Among the texts on Yoga, Goraksa Samhita mentions the term vyomapancakam, but does not describe the five akasas individually. Again this Upanisat follows the description of two-fold forms of Taraka – (i) with form (murti taraka) and (ii) without form (amurti taraka); the latter is known as amanaska.

The definition of Sambhavi mudra found in ATU (12) is similar to that given in popular Hatha Yoga texts. Sambhavi mudra is supposed to be highly efficacious and hence the most sacred among the Yogic practices.

Generally the texts on Hatha Yoga describe the practice of this mudra in the same way as giving equal importance to the awareness of both external and inner object. That is, one should be conscious of his inner Self, though his vision rests on the external objects. This state can also be called as sahaja samadhi, where one is in the state of external awareness and inner absorption. But ATU hints that the reverse should also be practiced.

This text finally emphasises the need for a competent guru by describing the characteristics of acarya and guru, which are well-known.

True to its name, this Upanisat says that the practice of Taraka Yoga leads one to the experience of non-dual Brahman. It says (v.3) that since this makes one to cross the ocean of births and deaths. It is known as Taraka. Following the basic tenets of Advaita Vedanta, this Upanisat instructs that it is due to maya that one differentiate jiva from Brahman and one should disregard all the attributes through the method ‘neti neti’ (not this, not this). Finally what remains is Brahman.

It may also be mentioned here that even though this is a small text, it poses considerable problems in proper understanding of the sentences. The commentary of Upanisat Brahma Yogi also does not come to our rescue. We have tried to bring out the essence of the statements given in the text. We hope that this book, which is different from the texts on Hatha, Raja, Mantra and Laya Yoga in the treatment of the subject and also in its description of the practices which are often obscure, would be received well by the students and researchers in Yoga.

 

Contents

 

Preface iii
Introduction v
Text and Translation 1
Sample Pages




Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Advayatarakopanisat (Hindu | Books)

Lyrics of Thyagaraja (Cult of Devotion and Social Realism)
by T. V. Kuppuswami
Hardcover (Edition: 2004)
Adroit Publishers, Delhi
Item Code: NAM610
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Pujyasri Chandra Sekharendra Sarasvati Swami (A Succinct Biography)
by A. Kuppuswami
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Vanathi Pathippakam, Chennai
Item Code: NAM181
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Comparative Study of Adhyatma Ramayana and Valmiki Ramayana
Item Code: IDI734
$37.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Siva Temple and Temple Rituals
Item Code: NAO553
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Eclipses in Hindu Life and Thought
Item Code: NAH730
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Valmiki Ramayana (Condensed in the Poet's Own Words)
Item Code: NAL422
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
I received the Green Tara Thangka described below right on schedule. Thank you a million times for that. My teacher loved it and was extremely moved by it. Although I have seen a lot of Green Tara thangkas, and have looked at other Green Tara Thangkas you offer and found them all to be wonderful, the one I purchased is by far the most beautiful I have ever seen -- or at least it is the one that most speaks to me.
John, USA
Your website store is a really great place to find the most wonderful books and artifacts from beautiful India. I have been traveling to India over the last 4 years and spend 3 months there each time staying with two Bengali families that I have adopted and they have taken me in with love and generosity. I love India. Thanks for doing the business that you do. I am an artist and, well, I got through I think the first 6 pages of the book store on your site and ordered almost 500 dollars in books... I'm in trouble so I don't go there too often.. haha.. Hari Om and Hare Krishna and Jai.. Thanks a lot for doing what you do.. Great !
Steven, USA
Great Website! fast, easy and interesting!
Elaine, Australia
I have purchased from you before. Excellent service. Fast shipping. Great communication.
Pauline, Australia
Have greatly enjoyed the items on your site; very good selection! Thank you!
Kulwant, USA
I received my order yesterday. Thank you very much for the fast service and quality item. I’ll be ordering from you again very soon.
Brian, USA
ALMIGHTY GOD I BLESS EXOTIC INDIA AND ALL WHO WORK THERE!!!!!
Lord Grace, Switzerland
I have enjoyed the many sanskrit boks I purchased from you, especially the books by the honorable Prof. Pushpa Dixit.
K Sarma, USA
Namaste, You are doing a great service. Namah Shivay
Bikash, Denmark
The piece i ordered is beyond beautiful!!!!! I'm very well satisfied.
Richard, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India