Self-Knowledge by Swami Nikhilananda

By Swami Nikhilananda

Self-Knowledge is a translation via Swami Nikhilananda of the sacred textual content, Atmabodha, composed through the eighth century thinker and mystic of India, Sankara. Self-Knowledge units forth the rules of Non-dualistic Vedanta: the divinity of the soul, the harmony of lifestyles, the oneness of the Godhead, and the concord of religions.

As Swami Nikhilananda writes within the preface, "The very identify of the ebook - Self-Knowledge - indicates its perennial curiosity and common price. Self-Knowledge is key. All other kinds of data are of secondary value; for a man's motion, feeling, reasoning, and considering are based upon his suggestion of the Self. His view of lifestyles may be both materialistic or religious in accordance with his belief of himself. for that reason it behooves every body to domesticate Self-Knowledge consistently. Self-Knowledge serves the sensible goal of destroying discomfort and soreness (which are consistently because of lack of awareness of the Self) and in addition the confident finish of aiding every body take pleasure in ideally suited peace and blessedness the following and always."

This 246 web page ebook includes an advent (114 pages) at the philosophy of Non-dualistic Vedanta and an appendix with 14 of Sankara's non secular hymns recited via numerous Hindus in the course of their day-by-day devotions.

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He visits the jail in order to do good to the prisoners and redress their grievances. He is quite independent. ” The criminal has entered the jail and the King also has entered the jail. But there is world of difference. Even so, the little Jiva takes birth in this world owing to the force of his desires and Karmas. He is swayed by ignorance. He has no independence. He is a slave of passions. He is a victim of Avidya. , Raga and Dvesha (likes and dislikes) whereas the Lord takes His incarnation in this world as an Avatara, out of his own sweet will, in order to protect Dharma and the righteous persons and punish the unrighteous.

The two dogs Chandra and Moti were fighting. The husband of Vimal Kumari abused his neighbour’s dog Chandra and praised his own dog Moti. Vimal Kumari thought that her husband was abusing her own brother and praising her brother’s enemy. She was a bit annoyed towards her husband. Vimal Kumari was pained in her heart as she did not understand her husband properly. She was deluded by mere names. Even so, the Vaishnavaites and the Saivites are pained in their hearts when they find the criticism of Hari and Siva in Siva Purana and Vishnu Purana respectively.

He was a man of great Purushartha. He rose from poverty to power, from a field labourer to the Prime Minister of Britain. His first job was addressing envelopes for 10 Sh. a week. He was too poor to buy tea; so he drank water instead. His main meal every day for months was a three-penny beef-steak-pudding. He was a pupil teacher. He took great interest in Politics and Science. He was a journalist. He gradually through right exertion (Purushartha) rose to the present position in life. Take care of your thoughts.

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