Aparoksanubhuti belongs to the series of works by SANKARA known as prakaranagrantha, i.e., specific treaties in verse and prose concerning basic points of Vedanta teaching that examine the great sentences (mahavakyas) contained in the Upanisads. In this series of treaties by Sankara, other works fundamental for the understanding of the Advaitavada or path of Non-duality include Vivekacudamani, Atmabodha, Upadesasahasri and Laghuvakyavrtti. Aparoksanubhuti means direct perception or knowledge of the Self and by extension the action or practice actualized to realize oneself as atman-Self, and therefore Self-realization. Because Aparoksanubhuti is based on jnana Realization (Knowledge), a text that appears as Sankara's Preface to the Svetasvatara Upanisad has been included in the Appendix because it promotes the right consciential position for one who wants to walk the Path of Knowledge. The translation and commentary by RAPHAEL adhere to the Advaita Tradition and offer a conceptual methodology appropriate to the Western mind; moreover, they adequately and properly stimulate the reader s consciousness to living a real metaphysical life. The book includes a transliterated Sanskrit text and a Glossary.
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SANKARA is considered from many perspectives a philosopher, a mystic, an exegete of the Sruti, a founder of monastic orders (mathas), an Avatara (Siva's incarnation). But above all, he is to be considered as the supreme Instructor (acarya) who was able to indicate the true and ultimate end of human existence, based on Knowledge, and which constitutes the very goal of the Upanisads: the recognition of our own real nature, and the liberation (moksa) from samsara-becoming. Sankara has profoundly influenced not only India's philosophical development, but that of the entire world. It can be said that his philosophical and spiritual greatness is recognized by all scholars of Eastern and Western philosophy. According to some, he is the architect of one of the highest realizations of the human Spirit.
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Book Description Aurea Vidya, New York, 2015. 211 pages. Paperback in fine condition in a dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 20059