The Supreme Knowledge (Revealed Through Vidyas In The Upanishads)


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This veritable standard work on Vidyas, or Wisdom Meditations of the Upanishads, whose author is Sri Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj, is, as has been the case with Swamiji's earlier writings, endowed with the clarity of an acute scholar and the profundity of a practical saint combined in one. The Upanishads have these meditational procedures described in a scattered manner in different places and even different contexts. Swamiji has culled every one of these meditation techniques from their various locations in the Upanishads and brought into focus his illuminating commentary on each of them. The work is fairly voluminous but it has certainly the greatness of heralding similar literary and analytical projects on the philosophy and meditations embodied in the Upanishads. This publication is perhaps the only one on this subject, in this measure of width and depth, that will come to the hands of the readers and seekers of Truth.

About the Book

His Holiness Sri Swami Brahmananda Maharaj is a senior monk of the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, whose towering spiritual insights have sparked the flame of aspiration in the hearts of countless students from around the world. Swami Brahmananda radiates a peace so palpable that it touches a wellspring of joy in the hearts of all aspirants. Swami Brahmananda speaks from a depth of understanding which empowers his words to cut through the veil of ignorance. His wisdom, which is not from the intellect but from the very Source of Truth, is shared with tremendous patience and love.


  Publishers' Note vii
  Foreword ix
  Preface xi
  Introduction xxii
1 Isa-vidya (Meditation on the Lord) 3
2 Vidya' Vidya upasana (Meditation on Knowledge-cum-Karma) 11
3 Sambhuti-asambhuti-vidya (Meditation on Hiranyagarbha-cum-Isvara) 15
4 Nirguna-Brahma-vidya (Meditation on attributeless Brahman) 21
5. Saguna-Brahma-vidya (Meditation on with attributes) 26
6. Adesa-vidya (Meditation on Brahman with the help of analogy) 30
7. Tadvanam-vidya (Meditation on Tadvanam) 33
8. Nachiketa-vidya (Meditation imparted to Nachiketas 39
9. Adhyatma-vidya (Meditation pm One's own Self) 43
10 Parama-Purusha (Kashtha)-vidya (Meditation on the Supreme Person, the acme of Perfection 47
11. Angushtha-matra-vidya (Meditation on the Purusha of the size of the thumb) 52
12. Ekadasa-dvara-puri-vidya (Meditation on the Atman in the city of Eleven gates) 55
13. Bhas-vidya (Meditation on the Effulgence) 59
14. Asvattha-vriksha-vidya (Meditation on Brahman as the sacred Peepul tree) 64
15. Asti-vidya (Meditation on Brahman as Existing) 68
16. Apara-vidya-1 (Meditation on lower Brahman-1 73
17. Purusha-vidya-1 (Meditation on the Supreme Person-1) 78
18. Pranava (Omkara)-vidya (Meditation on Pranava-Om) 83
19. Shodasa-kala-vidya (Meditation on the Entity with sixteen limbs) 88
20. Apara-vidya-2 (Meditation on lower Brahman-2) 93
21. Para-vidya (Meditation on the transcendental Brahman) 97
22. Virat-vidya (Meditation on the Lord in the form of the manifested macrocosm) 103
23. dva-suparna-vidya (Meditation on the two birds) 109
24. Manduka-vidya (Meditation imparted by Sage Manduka) 113
25 'Ayam Atma Brahma' Maha-vidya-vidya (Meditation on the great sentence 'This Atman is Brahman' 120
26. Maha-samhita-vidya (Meditation on great conjunctions) 125
27. Vyahriti-vidya (Meditation on the Vyahritis 127
28. Pankta-vidya-1 (Meditation on five membered groups-1) 130
29. Satyam-jnanam-anantam-vidya (Meditation on truth-Knowledge-Eternity) 132
30. Pancha-kosa-vidya (Meditation on the five sheaths) 141
31. Anandamaya-vidya (Meditation on the Bliss-sheath) 148
32. Asad-vidya (Meditation on the Unmanifested) 155
33. Bhargavi-Varuni-vidya (Meditation imparted to Bhrigy by Varuna) 161
34. Annam-annada-vidya (Meditation on food and food-eater) 166
35. Ksheadi-vidyas (Meditations on Safety, etc.) 168

Item Code: IDH102
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2000
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
ISBN: 8170520746
Language: English
Size: 8.9" X 5.7"
Pages: 535
Other Details: Weight of the Book: 670 gms
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