Kaivalya Gita: Vol.1: Absolute Understanding

Peter Julian Capper (ed.)

Published by Advaita Publications, 2006
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A man who is total is he who embraces life without his mind interpreting it. He comes to understand that life is a mystery, and that mind does not know life: it never has and it never will. The author; Dr Vijai S Shankar; shared this understanding in his first book, `The Illusions of Life'. Reading the book with an open mind allows wisdom to shine through; reading the book with a closed mind, one would find it abstruse and a great opportunity lost.

His second book, `Kaivalya Gita', is an invitation to receive wisdom. To understand it is easy and rewarding, provided the illusions (maya) life manifests through the mind are understood. The author writes with clarity that the intelligence of life is such that it manifests an illusion that is convincingly real. The mind, along with the entire universe (jagat), which Adi Shankara declared to be mithya or illusory, is an integral part of this illusion: the mind is itself illusory. The implications of this are far-reaching: all our cherished beliefs, convictions, logical - even reasonable - arguments do not hold water.

A mind conditioned by beliefs, theories, dogmas and philosophies would find the `Kaivalya Gita' controversial, and so it would be wise to read it without interpretation and without the interference of beliefs, etc. It reveals that life cannot be understood, but can only be lived, whereas the mind can be understood - for the ego has not met life, but it has met the mind. Once the mind is understood to be illusory, life is lived and not thought of - and this is enlightenment or `Moksha'.

Man is yet to understand that he is not the doer, the speaker or the thinker. Man is yet to understand that time, individual, action and problems of life are illusory, and have to be, if the universe (jagat) is illusory. This understanding is what both the books `The Illusions of Life' and `Kaivalya Gita' offer.

Why are these two books a must-read? They are because man is yet to understand that the beliefs, which he believes will grant him freedom, in fact prevent freedom and strengthen bondage. -- Peter Julian Capper

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Title: Kaivalya Gita: Vol.1: Absolute Understanding
Publisher: Advaita Publications
Publication Date: 2006
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