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Preface

Mind is like the wandering moon. There are always fluctuations in the emotional conditions. This is natural in all living beings. However, man is capable of stabilizing his emotional agitations by personal efforts through various methods. The easiest and successful way is to make sincere appeal to God with love. This type of emotional loving approach to God is bhakti (devotion). Bhakti is supreme love to God. Love springs from God and enters into the human heart. The abundant treasure of God’s love is hidden in the human heart. That is to say, the human heart is overflowing with God’s love. Man has only to realize this wealth of God’s love in him and feel its richness. God shelters man from the scorching miseries of life, when man clings to God. Loving shelter from God is the reward of bhakti practice.

Showering a brilliant light amid gloomy darkness, radiating the sweet fragrance of life, bringing reconciliation to all contradictions are (some of) the gifts of bhakti, in spite of innumerable contradicting views. Bhakti is the golden bridge which links man on earth to the divine paradise. To train the mind for divinity, there is no road equal to devotion, bhakti. Words fail to bring out the pleasure of devotional practices (bhakti sadhana).

 

Presentation

THOUGH man acquires and enjoys the material life to his satisfaction, he still feels dissatisfied and he fails to understand the reason. This is because he is in need of peace and real happiness. He takes this as a major suffering in his life. Man suffers, because he identifies his soul with the conglomeration of body and mind. He wants a sort of freedom that he is unable to explain for himself. This state of freedom so badly needed, freedom from suffering and freedom from the sensation of bondage is liberation (moksa). It is obtained when this identification ceases and consciousness too ceases with it. Through devotion, the hook that binds the soul to the created world (prakrti) with its modes is released and the bondage does not reappear. Man finds his ultimate joy through this liberation.

Maksa is the direct path to perfection. It leads to the very heart of the Self-consciousness. It is the final approach to the purity and the perfection of the soul. Happiness is the universal aim of life. True happiness of human beings does not lie in the possession of external things, but in the attainment of the higher mind and spirit, that is to say, in the development of what is the innermost part in us. It may mean pain and restraint, but it will lead us to joy and freedom.

Our mind has a tremendous power. Every individual mind is the master of its destiny and the maker of its body and circumstances. It is the mind that gives us our desired objects. It can create its own body; it can change the form of the body by its own intense and repeated imagination. It can create physical disorders and its own disorder too. In other words, whatever the mind determines to experience, no other agency can withstand. Bondage and freedom are states of mind too and are determined by it. Bondage is due to our wrong belief that we are finite beings. Freedom from ignorance, wrong knowledge and the firm conviction of being one with the Absolute Reality constitute moka. Realizing the absolute is to know the truth and live accordingly. Our knowledge of the truth should go beyond a mere belief; it should become a living experience.

The subject is vast and every effort will be made to clarify the points to enable the reader to feel at ease and to suit the present- day life. All the presentations in the write-ups are taken from the great teachers of the past, who served the individuals as torchbearers to achieve the goal of spiritual realization. We owe all our knowledge to these souls of the past, who invested much effort in making man reach his higher planes of consciousness, thereby helping him to develop his soul together with physical developments in the process of evolution of his life. We owe our gratitude to our father and guru who repeatedly quoted them in all his “classes” as he used to call his lessons.

The lotus-plan of wisdom that has seen the sun of Consciousness and is bearing the blossoms of virtue blooms with a pure and superior lustre, beautiful like the sky at dawn.

 

From the Jacket

The way to liberation or moksa needs perfect knowledge, perfect action and perfect surrender to the Lord. The bhakta becomes a bhagavata as he not only knows and sees but also lives as a servant of God. Moksa is the final approach to the purity and perfection of the human soul. This volume attempts an in-depth study of the concept of liberation or moksa and the way to attain it.

The book begins with the meaning of love, devotion, religion, the body-soul relation and the three yogas, an understanding of which is essential to understand the concept of moksa. In this context, it delves into the meaning of the Brahinan, the Absolute, as conveyed in the Vedas and other religious works like the Upaniads and the Bhagavad-Gita, the concept of the universal spiritual entity of Sarvevara, concepts of sin and virtue, and even the principles of monotheism and polytheism in Hinduism, Quoting from the scriptures and other relevant texts, it emphasises on the notion of devotion and its benefits to examine the means to self-realization and liberation and includes a study of the concept• of contemplation and meditation, including meditation techniques and practices, which is central to the attainment of moksa.

With interesting illustrations, the volume will be useful to religious scholars and students and seekers on the path of spiritual fulfillment.

 

About the Author

Mr. T.K. Sribhashyam, son of Shri T. Krishnamacharya, obtained his Master’s degree in accountancy as well as in Hindu philosophy. He also received intensive lessons on yoga philosophy, and Indian psychology. He is the Head of all Yogakshemam schools in Europe. Two of his books in English viz. Blissful Experience, Bhakti — - Quintessence of Indian Philosophy and From Devotion to Total Surrender, Shanagati Yoga —In the Light of Indian Philosophy are appearing from India in 2012. He has published many articles in different yoga journals in Europe. He is an honorary life member of the international Yoga Federation and the world Yoga Council

Mrs. Alanielu Sheshadri, second daughter of Shri T’. Krishnamacharya is graduated from Mysore University. Shri T. Krishnamacharya initiated her to Yajurveda, taught her all major Upanishads, Brahmasutras and the Bhagavad-Gita in traditional way He also trained her in yoga, both practically and philosophically. From 1985 until 1989 she continued studying many philosophical subjects, especially Visistadvaita.

 

Contents

 

  Genealogy ix
  Benediction by Sri B.K.S Iyengar xi
  Preface xiii
  Presentation xv
  List ofTables and Figures xvii
1. Hinduism -A Brief Perspective 1
2. Introduction 5
  What is Love for Man 5
  What Love That can Never be Measured 9
  The Impermanency 11
  Two Ultimate Aims in Man 14
  Body- Soul Relation 19
  Attachment to and Detachment from the Body 21
  What is Devotion? 24
  What is Religion? 28
  The Cultivation of Devotion Withot Religion 32
  The Three Yogas 37
3. Concept of Liberation (Moksa) 41
  Views on Soul and Liberation 51
  Means to Liberationr 55
  Karma and Liberation 56
  Liberation as the Aim of Devotion 57
  Devotion and Libertion 63
  Liberation: Yoga and Samkhya View 77
4. Brahman,The Absolute 81
  Brahman in the Vedas 84
  Brahman in the Upanisads 85
  Brahman in Bhagavad-Gita 91
  Brahman the Unmanifest 94
5. The Universal Spirtual Entity, Sarvesvara 95
  Concept of the Universal Spiritual Entity 96
  Attributes of the Universal Spiritual Entity, God 106
  One Without a Second 107
  Formless 108
  Incarnation 108
  Omniscient 109
  Omniscient 109
  Non-intrusive 110
  Just and Benevolent 110
  Monotheism and Polytheism 110
  Narayana 114
  Visnu 121
  Krsna 121
  Sudarsana 123
  Siva 124
  Sri as Goddess 129
  Concept of Hiranyagarbha (the Golden Egg) 137
  Jesus as God, Guru and Saints 137
  Conception of a religion-free God 138
6. Concept of Sin and Virtue 145
  Concept of Karma 145
  Concept of Sin 148
  The Universal Spiritual Entity is not the Judge of Our Sin 157
  Role of Sin and Vice 164
  Jiva and Karma 167
7. Peaceful Emotion, Santa Rasa 172
  Birth of Human Emotions 172
  Peaceful Emotion, Santa Rasa 184
  Santa Rasa and Bhakti 187
8. Benefits of Devotion 193
  Introduction 193
  Devotion Reduces the Consequences of the Activities of other Emotions 195
  Realisation Reduces the Consequences of Klesa and Karma 199
  Avidya 202
  Asmita 202
  Raga 203
  Dvesa 203
  Abhinivesa 203
9. Devotion as a Means 215
  To Self-Realisation, Atma-Jnana  
  Brahman and Our Consciousness 216
  Self-realisation 218
10. Meditation Techniques inHinduism 227
  Upasana, Vidya 228
  Brahma Upasana or Brahma- vidya 228
  Vidya 228
  32Vidyas of the Upanisads 230
  Ritual bound Upasana (Angava Baddha) 231
  Svatantra 232
  Pratika Upasana 233
  Subjective Meditation Techniques 234
  Meditation in the Puranas 235
  Meditation in Vaisnavism 237
  Meditation in Saivism 238
  Meditation in Tantra, Tantradhyana 239
11. Practical Exercises in Contemplation and Meditation 241
  Five steps to meditation 245
  Preparatory Practices 245
  Contemplation 245
  Maditation 246
  Dedication 246
  Practice 246
  Preparatory Practices 247
  Contemplation 249
  Confidence in a Spiritual Teacher 249
  Precious Human Life 250
  Death Consciousness 250
  The Risk of a Downgraded Life 251
  Karma and Its Effects 252
  Developing Renunciation 252
  Developing Equanimity 254
  Recognising the Kindness of all Beings 255
  Cherishing Other Equally 256
  Compassion 257
  Meditation 257
  Peaceful Mind 257
  Vision of the Self 258
  Renunciation of the l-ness 259
  Refuting the Premanence of the Body 261
  Viion of the Ultimate 262
  Dedication of Meditation 262
  Glossary 265
  Bibliography 286
  Index 293

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Preface

Mind is like the wandering moon. There are always fluctuations in the emotional conditions. This is natural in all living beings. However, man is capable of stabilizing his emotional agitations by personal efforts through various methods. The easiest and successful way is to make sincere appeal to God with love. This type of emotional loving approach to God is bhakti (devotion). Bhakti is supreme love to God. Love springs from God and enters into the human heart. The abundant treasure of God’s love is hidden in the human heart. That is to say, the human heart is overflowing with God’s love. Man has only to realize this wealth of God’s love in him and feel its richness. God shelters man from the scorching miseries of life, when man clings to God. Loving shelter from God is the reward of bhakti practice.

Showering a brilliant light amid gloomy darkness, radiating the sweet fragrance of life, bringing reconciliation to all contradictions are (some of) the gifts of bhakti, in spite of innumerable contradicting views. Bhakti is the golden bridge which links man on earth to the divine paradise. To train the mind for divinity, there is no road equal to devotion, bhakti. Words fail to bring out the pleasure of devotional practices (bhakti sadhana).

 

Presentation

THOUGH man acquires and enjoys the material life to his satisfaction, he still feels dissatisfied and he fails to understand the reason. This is because he is in need of peace and real happiness. He takes this as a major suffering in his life. Man suffers, because he identifies his soul with the conglomeration of body and mind. He wants a sort of freedom that he is unable to explain for himself. This state of freedom so badly needed, freedom from suffering and freedom from the sensation of bondage is liberation (moksa). It is obtained when this identification ceases and consciousness too ceases with it. Through devotion, the hook that binds the soul to the created world (prakrti) with its modes is released and the bondage does not reappear. Man finds his ultimate joy through this liberation.

Maksa is the direct path to perfection. It leads to the very heart of the Self-consciousness. It is the final approach to the purity and the perfection of the soul. Happiness is the universal aim of life. True happiness of human beings does not lie in the possession of external things, but in the attainment of the higher mind and spirit, that is to say, in the development of what is the innermost part in us. It may mean pain and restraint, but it will lead us to joy and freedom.

Our mind has a tremendous power. Every individual mind is the master of its destiny and the maker of its body and circumstances. It is the mind that gives us our desired objects. It can create its own body; it can change the form of the body by its own intense and repeated imagination. It can create physical disorders and its own disorder too. In other words, whatever the mind determines to experience, no other agency can withstand. Bondage and freedom are states of mind too and are determined by it. Bondage is due to our wrong belief that we are finite beings. Freedom from ignorance, wrong knowledge and the firm conviction of being one with the Absolute Reality constitute moka. Realizing the absolute is to know the truth and live accordingly. Our knowledge of the truth should go beyond a mere belief; it should become a living experience.

The subject is vast and every effort will be made to clarify the points to enable the reader to feel at ease and to suit the present- day life. All the presentations in the write-ups are taken from the great teachers of the past, who served the individuals as torchbearers to achieve the goal of spiritual realization. We owe all our knowledge to these souls of the past, who invested much effort in making man reach his higher planes of consciousness, thereby helping him to develop his soul together with physical developments in the process of evolution of his life. We owe our gratitude to our father and guru who repeatedly quoted them in all his “classes” as he used to call his lessons.

The lotus-plan of wisdom that has seen the sun of Consciousness and is bearing the blossoms of virtue blooms with a pure and superior lustre, beautiful like the sky at dawn.

 

From the Jacket

The way to liberation or moksa needs perfect knowledge, perfect action and perfect surrender to the Lord. The bhakta becomes a bhagavata as he not only knows and sees but also lives as a servant of God. Moksa is the final approach to the purity and perfection of the human soul. This volume attempts an in-depth study of the concept of liberation or moksa and the way to attain it.

The book begins with the meaning of love, devotion, religion, the body-soul relation and the three yogas, an understanding of which is essential to understand the concept of moksa. In this context, it delves into the meaning of the Brahinan, the Absolute, as conveyed in the Vedas and other religious works like the Upaniads and the Bhagavad-Gita, the concept of the universal spiritual entity of Sarvevara, concepts of sin and virtue, and even the principles of monotheism and polytheism in Hinduism, Quoting from the scriptures and other relevant texts, it emphasises on the notion of devotion and its benefits to examine the means to self-realization and liberation and includes a study of the concept• of contemplation and meditation, including meditation techniques and practices, which is central to the attainment of moksa.

With interesting illustrations, the volume will be useful to religious scholars and students and seekers on the path of spiritual fulfillment.

 

About the Author

Mr. T.K. Sribhashyam, son of Shri T. Krishnamacharya, obtained his Master’s degree in accountancy as well as in Hindu philosophy. He also received intensive lessons on yoga philosophy, and Indian psychology. He is the Head of all Yogakshemam schools in Europe. Two of his books in English viz. Blissful Experience, Bhakti — - Quintessence of Indian Philosophy and From Devotion to Total Surrender, Shanagati Yoga —In the Light of Indian Philosophy are appearing from India in 2012. He has published many articles in different yoga journals in Europe. He is an honorary life member of the international Yoga Federation and the world Yoga Council

Mrs. Alanielu Sheshadri, second daughter of Shri T’. Krishnamacharya is graduated from Mysore University. Shri T. Krishnamacharya initiated her to Yajurveda, taught her all major Upanishads, Brahmasutras and the Bhagavad-Gita in traditional way He also trained her in yoga, both practically and philosophically. From 1985 until 1989 she continued studying many philosophical subjects, especially Visistadvaita.

 

Contents

 

  Genealogy ix
  Benediction by Sri B.K.S Iyengar xi
  Preface xiii
  Presentation xv
  List ofTables and Figures xvii
1. Hinduism -A Brief Perspective 1
2. Introduction 5
  What is Love for Man 5
  What Love That can Never be Measured 9
  The Impermanency 11
  Two Ultimate Aims in Man 14
  Body- Soul Relation 19
  Attachment to and Detachment from the Body 21
  What is Devotion? 24
  What is Religion? 28
  The Cultivation of Devotion Withot Religion 32
  The Three Yogas 37
3. Concept of Liberation (Moksa) 41
  Views on Soul and Liberation 51
  Means to Liberationr 55
  Karma and Liberation 56
  Liberation as the Aim of Devotion 57
  Devotion and Libertion 63
  Liberation: Yoga and Samkhya View 77
4. Brahman,The Absolute 81
  Brahman in the Vedas 84
  Brahman in the Upanisads 85
  Brahman in Bhagavad-Gita 91
  Brahman the Unmanifest 94
5. The Universal Spirtual Entity, Sarvesvara 95
  Concept of the Universal Spiritual Entity 96
  Attributes of the Universal Spiritual Entity, God 106
  One Without a Second 107
  Formless 108
  Incarnation 108
  Omniscient 109
  Omniscient 109
  Non-intrusive 110
  Just and Benevolent 110
  Monotheism and Polytheism 110
  Narayana 114
  Visnu 121
  Krsna 121
  Sudarsana 123
  Siva 124
  Sri as Goddess 129
  Concept of Hiranyagarbha (the Golden Egg) 137
  Jesus as God, Guru and Saints 137
  Conception of a religion-free God 138
6. Concept of Sin and Virtue 145
  Concept of Karma 145
  Concept of Sin 148
  The Universal Spiritual Entity is not the Judge of Our Sin 157
  Role of Sin and Vice 164
  Jiva and Karma 167
7. Peaceful Emotion, Santa Rasa 172
  Birth of Human Emotions 172
  Peaceful Emotion, Santa Rasa 184
  Santa Rasa and Bhakti 187
8. Benefits of Devotion 193
  Introduction 193
  Devotion Reduces the Consequences of the Activities of other Emotions 195
  Realisation Reduces the Consequences of Klesa and Karma 199
  Avidya 202
  Asmita 202
  Raga 203
  Dvesa 203
  Abhinivesa 203
9. Devotion as a Means 215
  To Self-Realisation, Atma-Jnana  
  Brahman and Our Consciousness 216
  Self-realisation 218
10. Meditation Techniques inHinduism 227
  Upasana, Vidya 228
  Brahma Upasana or Brahma- vidya 228
  Vidya 228
  32Vidyas of the Upanisads 230
  Ritual bound Upasana (Angava Baddha) 231
  Svatantra 232
  Pratika Upasana 233
  Subjective Meditation Techniques 234
  Meditation in the Puranas 235
  Meditation in Vaisnavism 237
  Meditation in Saivism 238
  Meditation in Tantra, Tantradhyana 239
11. Practical Exercises in Contemplation and Meditation 241
  Five steps to meditation 245
  Preparatory Practices 245
  Contemplation 245
  Maditation 246
  Dedication 246
  Practice 246
  Preparatory Practices 247
  Contemplation 249
  Confidence in a Spiritual Teacher 249
  Precious Human Life 250
  Death Consciousness 250
  The Risk of a Downgraded Life 251
  Karma and Its Effects 252
  Developing Renunciation 252
  Developing Equanimity 254
  Recognising the Kindness of all Beings 255
  Cherishing Other Equally 256
  Compassion 257
  Meditation 257
  Peaceful Mind 257
  Vision of the Self 258
  Renunciation of the l-ness 259
  Refuting the Premanence of the Body 261
  Viion of the Ultimate 262
  Dedication of Meditation 262
  Glossary 265
  Bibliography 286
  Index 293

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  • It was for me much better to read the Bhagavad-Gita or some of the many different Upanisads than this book, though a laboriously gathered work with many quotes from Gita, Upanisads and Vedas. Why? The original scriptures stimulated my own self to feel Brahman, etc. In spite of writing that "the glory and nature of God are so vast that it eludes the grasp of our mind" (page 107) the authors try so hard to describe God, Brahman, Vishnu, Isvara etc. The experience to read this book stays more in the head with all the explanations...
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