About the Book: It is one of the most important works of Shankaracharya on Advaita philosophy. The central theme of the book is the identity of the individual self. APAROKSHANUBHUTI by SRI ADI SHANKARACHARYA – 1. I bow down to Him – to Sri Hari (the destroyer of ignorance), the Supreme Bliss. Aparokshanubhuti. Self-Realization by Shankaracharya. Reference Texts. Swami Vimuktananda – Aparokshanubhuti · Devanagari Script. Video/Audio Talks and.

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Moreover, the Karma-kanda also declares that the Atman is different from the body and permanent, as it endures even after the fall of the body and reaps the fruits of actions done in this life. There are many factors involved in action apart from the efforts of the doer; the Self, the Gunas, the senses, vital forces, mind and intellect an the elements.

In that state when one realizes all as identified with the Atman, there arises neither delusion nor sorrow, in consequence of the absence of duality.

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Vedanta says that everything is the Self. But what end of human life is served thereby? O you ignorant one!

The Self is thought to be made up of parts by those ignorant of its nature but is known to be a partless whole by the wise. Atman is the ruler of the body and is internal, the body is the ruled and is external; and yet, etc. shankarachaeya


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Just as when clouds move, the moon appears to be in motion, so does one, etc. It is not an easy glamorous path. This is the way of Inquiry. Now, for the attainment shankaaracharya the aforesaid knowledgeI shall expound the fifteen steps by the help of which one should practice profound meditation at all times. Ways to cancel sins due to corruption of money You should not steal others money.


On what does their authority rest? Just as a rope is imagined to be a snake and a nacre to be a piece of silver, so is the Atman determined to be the body by an ignorant person.

The non-dual cause being an established fact, how shankafacharya the phenomenal universe be different from It? Just as blueness in the sky, water in the mirage, and a human figure in a post are but illusoryso is the universe in Atman. The idea behind this practice is that sense aparo,shanubhuti is bad because it produces attachment.

So how can it be the Self? So it is suggested that one short-circuit the whole karmic process, forego indirect object happiness and take the happiness directly from within by contemplating on the Self.

When regularly practiced it causes great bliss. Stories of wish fulfilling mother. The author acknowledges his indebtedness to the existing translations as well as to the commentary of Vidyaranya. The steadiness of the mind through realization of Brahman wherever the mind goes, is known as the supreme Dharana concentration. The body is transient.


Dharana, concentration, is a steady mind brought about by aparoksyanubhuti realization of the Self in every thought. Just as blueness is projected on the sky the universe is projected on the Self. Fear is the thought that if object X is avoided it will make me happy. The nature of the cause inheres in the effect and not vice versa; so through reasoning it is found that in the absence aparokshanbuhuti the effect, the cause, as such also disappears.

What is the mind, then? There is no need to critique Raja Yoga here and explain its stages. The Vedanta texts declare ignorance to be verily the material cause of the phenomenal world just as earth is of a jar.

This may be understood from the illustration of the wasp and the worm. There is nothing to fear because you are not separate from anything. Many of aparkkshanubhuti are repetitions and it serves no purpose to list aparolshanubhuti all.

But what does that mean? Preface Such treatises as aim at serving as introductions to a more advanced study of a system of philosophy are generally known as ‘Prakarana Granthas’ Besides giving an outline of the system, each of them emphasizes some one or other of the main features.