The Mystery of Death: A Study in the Philosophy and Religion of the Katha Upanishad

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This book deals with the comparative study of different problems of life beyond death and with the different philosophical and psychological enquiries about God, the Soul and the World, together with his personal mystical experience in the field of spiritual sadhana.

It has ably unlocked the mystery of the mystic dialogue between Yama, the Ruler of Death and Nachiketa by giving the best rational explanations, based upon the Upanishadic view point and scientific discoveries.

About the Author:

SWAMI ABHEDANANDA, an apostle of Sri Ramakrishna - Born October 2, 1866 - Spent his early life among the brotherhood in Baranagar monastery near Calcutta in severe austerity - Travelled barefooted all over India from 1888-1895 - Went to London at the call of Swami Vivekananda in 1896-Acquainted with many distinguished savants including Prof. Max Mueller and Prof. Deussen - Landed in New York and took charge of the Vedanta Society in 1897 - Became acquainted with Prof. William James, Rev. R. H. Newton, Prof. Josiah Royce of Harvard, Prof. Hyslop of Columbia, Prof. Lanmann, Prof. G. H. Howison, Prof. Fay, Mr. Edison, the inventor, Dr, Elmer Gates, Ralph Waldo Trine, W. D. Howells, Prof. Herschel C. Parker, Dr. Logan, Rev. Bishop Potter, Prof. Shaler, Dr. Jaynes, the chairman of the Cambridge Philosophical Conference and the Professors of Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Barkeley and Clarke Universities-Travelled extensively all though the United States, Canada, Alaska and Mexico - Made frequent trips to Europe, delivering lectures in different parts of the Continent-Crossed the Atlantic seventeen times-Was appreciated very much for his profundity of scholarship, intellectual brilliance, oratorical talents, charming personality and nobility of character - Made a short visit to India in 1906 - Returned to America - Came back to India finally in 1921 - On his way home joined the Educational Conference, Honolulu - Visited Japan, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Kualalumpur and Rangoon - Started on a long tour and went as far as Tibet in 1922 - Established centres at Calcutta and Darjeeling - Left his mortal frame on September 8, 1939.

CONTENTS
  PREFACE  
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION  
  What is the Upanishad,-Karmakanda and Jnanakanda of the Veda, - The Vedic rituals, - The Pitris and the Devas, heavens and desires,-An eternal hell,-All the knowledge depends upon comparison,-The duration of pleasure,-We cannot enjoy the pleasure throughout eternity,-The bloody sacrifice,-The rationalistic portion of the Vedas,-All thoughts and works are limited by time and space,-The word 'eternal',-The theory of creation,-The Upanishads are revealed wisdom,-Sankaracharya, -The seven notes of Indian music,-What the Upanishads describe,-The meaning of the Upanishad, Divine wisdom emanates from God,-Renunciation,-The highest pleasure,-The soul life,-Character is our companion,-The self-control,-The true being,-The story of Nachiketa,-The promise of his father,-Nachiketa went to the abode of Death (Yama),-The offer of boons,-The first boon,-The second boon,-The third boon,-The next boon was offered,-Man can never be happy by wealth and possession.  
CHAPTER II THE RULER OF DEATH  
  A man lives after his death,-Curiosity-mongers will never reach the highest goal,-The departed spirits,-What is the real truth,-All the pleasures of life are transitory,-The conception of different kinds of heaven,-Heavens are projections of our own ideas,-Even dreams are realities,-The world is like a dream,-Each perception is different,-Everything depends upon comparison,-Doubts of the Devas and bright-spirits,-Two courses of action,-Happiness independent of sense relations,-The absolute goodness,-Pessimism,-Good and evil,-Ideals of the East and West,-The paths of knowledge and ignorance,-Misfortune is the great teacher,-Our way of depending differs,-The two paths are opposite,-True knowledge,-The path of immortality,-The victims self-deception,-Death has a certain realm,-Death means the change,-Search for the inner light,-The real nature of the soul.  
CHAPTER III DEATH AND IMMORTALITY  
  The self-deluded men,-Death presupposes birth,-Eternal perdition,-Heaven and hell,-Christian conception of heaven,-Significance of 'eternal',-Different grades of pleasures-Implication of 'immortal',-The physical bodies are subject to death,-What is deathless immortal thing,-The spiritual and immortal body,-The change of mental or thought forms,-The subtle body,-We are immortal by birth-right,-The wonderful teacher and student,-The book-learning,-The ordinary mortals,-The spiritualist's defect,-The seekers after Truth,-The immortal part of our body,-The extreme longing for truth,-The highest end of life,-The personal God,-The Absolute,-The realm of the departed,-The abode of immortality,-The domain of the Absolute.  
CHAPTER IV THE ABODE OF DEATH  
  The last boon,-What exists after death,-The virtue and vice,-The realm of phenomenal relativity,-The conditional existence,-The dual existence of the world,-What is time and space,-What is beyond the categories of tie and space,-The ideal of scriptures,-When shall we attain the Reality,-The spiritual urge,-The eternal word,-Our desires spring from the infinite source,-The cravings for flesh,-The worship of truth,-Pleasure and peace,-The blissfulness,-The absolute ground of the universe,-How can we understand the support of the universe,-The ordinary run of men,-We are all craving for happiness,-The body and the soul,-Science about the change,-Our bodies are always changing,-The realized souls,-Immortal nature is our birthright,-Everything is indestructible,-Spirit-communication,-The process of death,-We create our own destinies,-The true self is itself formless,-We are the children of Bliss,-All suffering springs from ignorance,-What is salvation.  
CHAPTER V THE CHANGEABLE AND THE UNCHANGEABLE  
  The basis of our being,-The reality behind the objective world,-The maya,-Evolution implies change,-The materialistic thinkers,-The soul or ego,-The immortality is the foundation of all religions,-The empirical change,-The Sakshi,-The constant quantity is not within the realm of sense perception,-The terms percept and concept,-Truth is revealed by itself,-The provinces of philosophy and science-What do we mean by Atman,-The strongest proof of our immortal nature,-What do we mean by consciousness,-What are the intermediate changes, Does our soul or the Atman grow or die,-What is perfection,-The words birthless and deathless,-What is tamas,-Omniscience is our birth-right,-When does the revelation come,-The essence of God is the same as the essence of the Atman,-What is immortality,-Emerson on Brahman,-The germ of life,-The conception of space,-Our constant quantity is local yet universal,-The space never moves,-The Atman is without change.

Item Code: IDI950
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2008
Publisher: Ramkrishna Vedanta Math
ISBN: 9788188446902
Language: English
Size: 8.6" X 5.4"
Pages: 312
Other Details: Weight of the Book: 375 gms
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