The Great Equation - Doctrine of Advaita Vedanta

The Great Equation - Doctrine of Advaita Vedanta

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Author: R Krishnaswami Aiyar
Publisher: Chetana Publications
Year: 1984
Language: English
Pages: 143
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0856554847


Vedanta is the perennial philosophy of India. In its non-dualistic formation, known as the Advaita, it proclaims the oneness of the subject and the object, matter and the spirit, the seer and the seen etc. and propounds that all that exists is Brahman that undifferentiated consciousness, which is ever free, ever illumined, ever pure. Realization of this oneness of the universe within the Brahman is the great equation of the Advaita. This work is a logical presentation of the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta which the author elucidates by using the syllogistic method of illustration, not unlike that of the Aristotelian enthymeme.


The Great Equation is indeed the equation of the self with the Brahman, the truth of truths. The author of this vigorous treatise explains how a number of wrong equations, e g of the body with the soul, of the mind with the spirit have covered up the track of what should be self-evident perception.
-M P Pandit

The author of this book has discussed topics which form the very bedrock of Advaita philosophy. In explaining knotty and abstruse problems of a highty speculative philosophy he has brought into service not only the traditional Shastric similies but also concrete examples culled out from the day-to-day life Scientifically treated and written in an easily understandable style this book is a must for every aspirant desiring the true knowledge of Vedanta.
-T A Venkateswara Dikshitar

Truth is always one. If there were varieties in it, we coul try to dilute it or alter it to suit the circumstances, but truth does not admit of variation and the slightest variation from its will land us only in falsehood. There can be no compromise in matters of truth. Truth is not, like politics, a matter of expediency and adjustment. If Dharma descended to that level, it would cease top be truth and would forfeit all claims to our allegiance, The Divine Law is Sastra that which rules, and not Sasya, that which can be ruled in, ruled out or ruled round about at our will and pleasure, Dharma (truth) is inviolable and immutable, To realize truth we must learn to dissociate our individuality from the soul. In other words, we must learn to equate the soul with the limitless Brahman.
-From The Great Equation




An Axiom
The Supreme Being
The Lure of the Abnormal
The Ladder of Realization
Proper Guidance
Desire and Action
Regulation of Duties
The Three Bodies
Dedication of the Bodies
The Bodies and the World
Dependent Existence
The Supreme Cause
The True Equation
Kinds of Equation
The Vedic Equation
Kinds of Significance
The Conquest of Maya
The Realisation