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Shankara's Crest Jewel of Discrimination: Viveka-Chudamani [Kindle Edition]

Shankara , Sankara , Swami Prabhavananda

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A classic text on the path to God through knowledge. The basic teaching is that God alone is the all-pervading reality; the individual soul is none other than the universal soul.

According to Shankara, it is the ignorance of our real nature, our divine nature, that causes suffering and pain. The desire for happiness is essentially a longing to awaken to who and what we truly are. Through the path of self-knowledge, Shankara teaches how to awaken from the ignorance created by the mind, and abide in the peace of our true nature.

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A mental approach to spirituality according to Shankara

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A classic text on the path to God through knowledge. The basic teaching is that God alone is the all-pervading reality; the individual soul is none other than the universal soul.

Shankara was under no delusions about the nature of this world. For this reason he is able to describe with great power the transformation that takes place before the eyes of the illumined seer, when the world indeed becomes a paradise.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1202 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 147 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vedanta Pr; Auflage: 2nd (31. Mai 1970)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0874810388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874810387
  • ASIN: B0031ER4SI
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5.0 von 5 Sternen little book, big wisdom 8. April 2002
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Shankara was a 7th century hindu mystic/saint. he founded a number of monastic orders in his short life,[32 yrs], and showed remarkable spiritual talents and insights from a very early age. this book is a true classic in the field of the jnani yoga tradition. his directives are clear, succint, and leave no doubt in the readers mind he knew where of he spoke. i wouldn't say this should be your entry level book into the advaita philosophy but if the idea of your oneness with brahman, the impersonal ground of being, appeals to you and you're ready for the genuine article, then this little book is for you and will reward your careful study. i'll be quiet now and let the master have the last word with a few quotes from the book: "when the vision of Reality comes, the veil of ignorance is completely removed. when our false perception is corrected, misery ends." and "the self controlled man is illumined when he enjoys eternal bliss. he is entirely merged in Brahman. he knows himself to be the unchangeable reality". and, "teachers and scriptures can stimulate spiritual awareness. but the wise disciple overcomes ignorance by direct illumination, through the grace of God". and, "the treasure i have found cannot be described in words, i am one with Brahman".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A must for those on the spiritual path 8. März 2007
Von Venkateshwaran Ramaswamy - Veröffentlicht auf
Shankara's Vivek Chudamani is a classic text orignally written in Sanskrit and is a must of anyone on the spiritual pathway to enlightenment (Hindu/Buddhist pathways). It makes you take a hard look at your beliefs and practices, social norms and customs and helps you separate the wheat from the chaff. Swami Prabhavananda and Christoper Isherwood have done an excellent job of translating it into English. The translation is easy to read, although the material is by no means a light read and is meant for someone who is serious about the pathway. It is a great book to read again and again as your awareness grows.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Good for the the Western Reader, basic introduction and Interpretation. 16. Februar 2012
Von Atisha Dipankara - Veröffentlicht auf
As I greatly respect the Author Swami Prabhavananda, of this Version. I do have to point out that this is a exoteric, orthodox, and elementary interpretation, not a Translation of this fine Treatise. Good for the totally unfamilar student - reader.
The Charles Johnston 'Forgotten Books' Version of the Crest-Jewel of Wisdom is by far the most accurate and esoteric translation. That publisher's Type set and other changes as mentioned by them, do make it the best and most readable reprint available. It is the most affordable also of the Original Johnston version noted below. Many of Sankara's other great writings are also included. You will not find them else where.
The Original 1946 Theosophical University Press Covina version is a Great edition also, Most worthy of picking up a pristine copy.
The 1964 Watkins version is a complete rewrite;
where over 25 years after his first Version, he decided to rewrite under a different perspective.
Though worth having both Johnston Translations... I would go with the first version if you desire a 'True Essence' translation. The above mentioned books also have additional texts unavailable any where else, of course by Sankara.
The Charles Johnston translations are simply the Only versions worth Reading. Beginners are welcome to take up True Non-Dualism...Advaita & Sankara.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Translation of the Vivekachudamani 18. April 2001
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Prabhavananda used to be an indian monk of the Ramakrishna order directing the hollywood branch of that organisation in the first half of the last century. Isherwood was a famous writer who worked together with Prabhavananda. They translated indian scriptures and wrote several books, either together or independently. This particular book is a translation of the Vivekachudamani, a compact presentation of advaita vedanta, attributed to Shankara. It's pleasant to read and contains deep wisdom. The Ramakrishna Vivekananda Organisation has also another version of the Vivekachudamani on sale, which contains the Sanskrit text as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Definition/Description of God 4. Oktober 2007
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We are currently witnessing a spate of atheistic and agnostic, generally scientistic, denials of the existence of God (Often perceived as appropriate responses to the ongoing onslaught of machinations of the fundamentalist media). Alongside these inceasingly popular books, we have a lengthening list of works which approach religion and the objects of its concern from a phenomenological standpoint, materlialistic analyses tracing what amounts to a "natural history" of God, or God as conceptually conceived. How can one adopt the pretense of attempting to study God when one's attention is focused on the ever shifting sands of temporal/material existence, where the mind is kept ever flirting with one image, or illusion, after the next?
I beg all of the authors of these books to turn now to this venerable masterpiece - The Crest Jewel of Discrimination, which gives a precise and comprehensive description of the nature and existence of God: ". . . beginningless, endless, immeasurable, unchanging, one without a second . . . pure existence, pure consciousness, eternal bliss, beyond action, infinite, omnipresent . . . cannot be grasped since it is transcendent . . . cannot be contained, since it contains all things . . . without parts or attributes . . . subtle, absolute, taintless, indefinable, beyond the range of mind and speech . . . reality itself, established in its own glory, pure, absolute consciousness, having no equal, one with a second . . ." This extract may serve the prospective reader as an example of the succint yet comprehensive analysis given here. The book is, as always in the style of Sankara, eloquent in its spare and direct rendering and clarification of the most obsessively mystifying, often abstruse and yet essential subjects. The translation here, of 1947 vintage, is justly celebrated.
Wisdom is revealed on every page - remarkably, every question the devoted seeker might ask is answered in detail and, best of all, the reader can carry this diminuative treasure trove anywhere - the ultimate distillation of Truth in a mere 150 pages.
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Of the steps to liberation, the first is declared to be complete detachment from all things which are non-eternal. Then comes the practice of tranquillity, self-control, and forbearance. And then the entire giving-up of all actions which are done from personal, selfish desire. &quote;
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Iswara is Brahman united with Maya-the combination of Brahman and its power which creates, preserves and dissolves the universe in an endless and beginningless process. Iswara is God personified, God with attributes. &quote;
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If you really desire liberation, hold the objects of sense-enjoyment at a distance, like poison; and keep drinking in with delight such virtues as contentment, compassion, forgiveness, straightforwardness, tranquillity and self-control, as if they were nectar. &quote;
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