Insights Into Vedanta: Tattvabodha (Transliteration, word-for-word meaning, translation and commentary)

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Item Code: IDH338
Author: Swami Sunirmalananda
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
Language: (Transliteration, word-for-word meaning, translation and commentary)
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 8178232294
Pages: 365
Cover: Paperback
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Publisher's Note

We place before you INSIHTS INTO VEDANTA, an English translation of Tattvabodha with a running commentary, based on Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda's teachings. Sri Sankaracharya is the putative author of this work. This book has not been translated for a long time into English. Now our publication fulfils that need.

Tattvabodha is apparently a simple text, and the purpose of the author is to acquaint the lay reader with Advaita. But the text is profound. Though the book appears to merely mention the different aspects of Advaita Vedanta, it anticipates discussion and deep thought.

A thoroughgoing study of Advaita Vedanta in the light of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda's teachings has been a long-left need. The translator has made a humble attempt towards this end. He has divided the topics into chapters and has commented on each idea in detail, chiefly using the words of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.

Swami Sunirmalananda, the Translator, is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order. He was the editor of Prabuddha Bharata, an English Monthly of the Ramakrishna Order, between January 1999 and December 2001. Also, he was an Acharya of the Monastic Probationers' Training Centre at Belur Math. Presently, he is the Assistant Minister at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, Brazil. He has got a simple style and has done this translation well.

One reader-friendly feature he has adopted is giving not only the text in Devanagari and transliteration in English but also word for word meanings. So even those with only a nodding acquaintance with Sanskrit can understand the text currently. What is more, on each verse he gives a running commentary wherein he explains the thrust of the verse as illustrated by the observation of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda in relevant contexts. Several drawings and charts have been included to aid comprehension.

We hope the reader will be acquainted with the numerous aspects of Advaita through this book.

Key to Transliteration
Translator's Note
i. The Inspiration1
ii. Advaita: An Introduction5
iii. The Author and the Book21
Chapter 1:Adoration of the Teacher25
Chapter 2:Teacher as Supreme Brahman32
Chapter 3:About the Work42
Chapter 4:Four-fold Qualification48
Chapter 5:Discrimination59
Chapter 6:Dispassion70
Chapter 7:The Six Sadhanas76
Chapter 8:Mastering Oneself80
Chapter 9:Self-Knowledge97
Chapter 10:The Atman108
Chapter 11:The Body116
Chapter 12:The Subtle Body137
Chapter 13:The Organs of Knowledge143
Chapter 14:The Organs of Action154
Chapter 15:The Causal Body158
Chapter 16:The Three States162
Chapter 17:The Waking State166
Chapter 18:The Dream State170
Chapter 19:The Deep Sleep State177
Chapter 20:The Five Sheaths180
Chapter 21The Food Sheath183
Chapter 22:The Life-Force Sheath188
Chapter 23:The Mental Sheath193
Chapter 24:The Intellect Sheath195
Chapter 25:The Blissful Sheath197
Chapter 26:'I' ness and 'My' ness201
Chapter 27:The Atman208
Chapter 28:Being (Sat)216
Chapter 29:Consciousness (Cit) 219
Chapter 30:Bliss (Ananda) 219
Chapter 31:'Know Thyself' 226
Chapter 32:Twenty four Cosmic Principles 230
Chapter 33:Maya, or The Statement of Fact 234
Chapter 34: Creation of Individual243
Chapter 35:The Mind, Intellect, Etc 247
Chapter 36:The Organs of Action 251
Chapter 37:The Life Force (Prana)254
Chapter 38:Pancikarana 257
Chapter 39:The Jiva 263
Chapter 40:Isvara 273
Chapter 41:'You are That' 280
Chapter 42:The Meaning of 'You' 288
Chapter 43:The Meaning of 'That' 292
Chapter 44:The Liberated in Life 296
Chapter 45:Who is a Jivanmukta 306
Chapter 46:Removal of Ignorance310
Chapter 47:Karma314
Chapter 48:Karma Yet to be Done330
Chapter 49:Karma That is Stored 336
Chapter 50:Karma That is Taking Effect340
Chapter 51:How is Karma Destroyed343
Chapter 52:Distribution of Karma347
Chapter 53:The Liberated351
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