ADVAITA BODHA DEEPIKA

I had the grace to read the book “Advaita bodha deepika”, it dramatically opened up new door/perception on certain uncertain questions.

Basically it is resolve around 3 state (waking,dream,unknown) and one can use these 3 state to imagine for all your spiritual questions. There is nothing to explain about this work by me, please find the below forward and let the experience churn you.

slide-1-728          FOREWORD Originally Sri Shankaracharya and other great Sages hadwritten several works like the commentary on the Vedanta Sutrasand thus furnished the methods for those engaged in Self enquiryto accomplish their purpose. From those, Sri Karapatra Swami later condensed thesalient points into Sanskrit verse in a work of twelve chapters,called Sri Advaita Bodha Deepika. Still later, some great man seems to have translated thisinto Tamil prose. For some unknown reasons only some eightchapters of the same are found published. They are: 1. Adhyaropa = Super imposition. 2. Apavada = Its removal. 3. Sadhana = The means of accomplishment. 4. Sravana = Hearing, reading, talking about God. 5. Manana = Reflecting on sravana. 6. Vasanakshaya = Annihilation of latencies. 7. Sakshatkara = Direct Realisation. 8. Manonasa = Extinction of the mind. In this work the author has explained how Ignorance obscuresthe true nature of the Self which is non-dual only; how by itsveiling aspect it covers It (the Self) with two effects — ‘that It doesnot exist’ and ‘that It does not shine forth’, how by its other aspect,in the shape of the mind, projecting individuals, Iswara and theworld and presenting them as real, thus giving rise to illusion; howone fully qualified is alone fit to obtain this knowledge; how a barescholar of the shastras cannot be fit; how enquiry is the chief meansfor knowledge; how this enquiry consists in hearing of, reflectingupon and contemplation of TRUTH, and Samadhi; how theindirect knowledge gained by hearing puts an end to the idea that‘It does not exist’ and the direct knowledge gained by reflection,which means enquiry ‘WHO I AM’ and seeking within, destroys iii

The wrong notion that ‘It does not shine forth’; how the knowledgeof THOU in THAT THOU ART is identical with the knowledgeof THAT; how by meditation the different latencies perishing whichwere the obstacles on the way and the mind which is the limitingadjunct (upadhi) of the individual perishes too and by the eventualunobstructed realisation of BRAHMAN (God) the Seeker becomesfree from the bondage of the three kinds of Karma which form thecycle of births and deaths; how in truth there is neither bondagenor release for the SELF and in what way to extinguish the mind. Thinking that this will be helpful to Seekers of LiberationSri Ramanananda Saraswathi (formerly MunagalaVenkataramiah) a devotee of Bhagavan has by the grace of SriRamana rendered into English the eight chapters of the worknow available.