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Introduction to Vedanta

Dr. K. Sadananda
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Genre: Philosophy
Language: English
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Vedanta, or the philosophical end parts of the Vedas, expounds the ancient wisdom of India and Hinduism. This book introduces them in simple language, examples, and easily understood concepts. This book is written to assist both the beginner as well as the advanced student-seeker with interest in self-inquiry.
This book starts with the fundamental human problems and questions and search for happiness, and introduces the philosophy behind the spirituality of the many Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, and provides brief quotes from them. It goes on to explain the nature of the mind, its classification, and describes what this “I” is. In the process, it also explains the errors in perception, what is real and what is unreal, and the nature of consciousness and ultimate reality. A brief list of materials for further exploration appears at the end of the book.

About the Author

Dr. K. Sadananda is a Materials Scientist by profession, and worked at United States Naval Research Laboratory as Head of Deformation and Fracture, published extensively in Scien- tific Journals and received many awards. He retired in 2005 and now works as a private consultant in the United States for six months of the year, and spends the rest of his time in India. He was also a visiting professor at Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. He is a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda, was a founding trustee of the Chinmaya Mis- sion’s Washington Regional Center as well as the Siva Vishnu Temple in Lahnam, Maryland, USA. He served as Secretary and Treasurer of SEVA, Inc., a philanthropic organization formed around 1980 to fund projects in India and elsewhere.
In 1988, Swami Chinmayananda asked Dr. Sadananda to start teaching Vedanta in Virginia, and he became a formal
Acharya or spiritual teacher of Chinmaya Mission in 1997. While in India, Dr. Sadananda works on webcasting of Ve- danta topics for Advaita Academy, and while in the USA,
he teaches Vedanta classes and conducts spiritual camps for Chinmaya Mission. His audio talks are available at Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center website and video talks are available on YouTube under Acharya Sadaji. He is one of the founder-moderators of the Advaitin mailing list, where extensive discussions on Advaita are being conducted. He is married to Mrinalini Sadananda, who is a well-known Kuchipudi dancer and Choreographer.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780999170403
Publisher: SRATH-VISUAL Press
Number of Pages: 230
Dimensions: 6"x9"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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johnpetrovic 4 years, 1 month ago

Re: Introduction to Vedanta

The book "Introduction to Vedanta" by respected scientist K. Sadananda is a must-read for spiritually-inclined people who seek to understand the important Hindu Vedantan perspective of reality, which might be summarized as follows: Atman is Brahman and Brahman is All. It presents the key aspects of Vedanta in a down-to-earth format as if the author were speaking directly to you. He shares many examples from his own personal experience, and employs very useful analogies for understanding. A few of these are the rope-snake perceptional misidentification, and the yearning for the physical pleasure of coffee drinking. The most important analogy for me was that between gold and gold jewelry, which shows that the spiritual essence of God is present in all of God's creations. I very much enjoyed reading this book and learned much from it. Anyone seeking to comprehend reality will greatly benefit from this book.

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