Author: Sri Adi Sankaracarya
Editor(s): Swami Chinmayananda
Publisher: Chinmaya Mission Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175975125
The golden key, by which the scriptures are opened and its divine knowledge brought out, is found in the books like Atma-Bodha, which explains exhaustively the categories in Vedanta. Such volumes are called the Prakarana-books.
Knowledge available in the world of books is found in two types of records. Text books of the science, explaining the theory and technique, are called the Sastras, and the books that explain the terms and terminologies used in the Sastra books are called the Prakarana-books. Pancadasi, Vivekacudamani, Tattvabodha, Atmabodha are some of the examples of the latter type of books. They explain the Sastra, and they do not contribute any original thought.
People, who thus follow religion as an escape from themselves, ultimately come to gain nothing except, perhaps a lingering sorrow, dulled by a blind faith that benumbs the very capacity to perceive their own life’s fallacies. Atma-Bodha supplies all these requisites and Sankara has made this scientific treatise a chiseled beauty with a distinct cadence and rhythm of its own.