Author: D Venugopal
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788172764579
The title, “Vedänta, the solution to our fundamental problem”, will immediately raise the following questions in the mind of the readers.
The first is, “What exactly is Vedänta? The others are, “What is considered to be our basic problem and how does Vedänta solve it?” While the entire book addresses these questions, they can also be briefly answered.
Veda is a body of revealed knowledge handed down by teaching through countless generations to us. The latter portion of Veda is singled out as Vedänta owing to the uniqueness of its subject matter, which is self-knowledge. What self-knowledge can solve is self-ignorance and self-ignorance is the cause of our primary problem of insecurity and unhappiness.
Venugopal is able to present the subject matter in all its details and subtlety. His unfolding of the vision is thorough and deft. He not only unfolds but analzes with precision. His successful use of scholarship brings depth to his work. He makes the vision and all the related topics, immediate to the careful reader. I am sure that this book will be well received.
= Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Swami Paramarthananda: I congratulate Sri Venugopal for bringing out this excellent manual, covering all important topic. I recommend this book to all spiritual seekers who want to study Vedanta in a systematic way.
= Swami Paramarthananda:
Swami Siddhabodhananda: This is an admirable piece of authentic work, which is true to the sampradaya. I recommend that all may make the best use of it.
= Swami Siddhabodhananda:
2. Our fundamental problem
3. We are the problem but we lack self-knowledge
4. Vedänta is the means for self-knowledge
5. We have to be qualified to gain self-knowledge
6. Preparing the mind for self-knowledge
7. We have to learn Vedänta from a qualified guru
8. Enquiry into the self as the subject
9. Analysis of the subject in its three states of experience
10. Enquiry into Jiva, the living being
11. The revelation about Brahman
12. Brahman as the cause of the manifestation
13. Analysis of the cause and the effect
14. Resolution of the Jiva the jagat and Isvara into Brahman
15. Understanding Isvara
17. The divergent views
18. Gaining Jnana-nistha
Accessing the teaching