Author: Sri Adi Sankaracarya
Editor(s): Swami Chinmayananda
Publisher: Chinmaya Mission Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175970561
Aparoksanubhuti, a Prakriya grantha is an introductory text book written by Adi Sankara and not a Sastra Grantha. A Prakriya Grantha is a book of definitions, a book of categories written in order to explain the deep truths given in the Sastra’s. Aparoksanubhuti is one of the fundamental text books in Vedanta, one must not be misled by its false look of simplicity. Thought it looks simple, there is a wealth of profoundity in it.
Aparoksanubhuti helps the student to directly perceive the Truth, and hence the very text book is called A-para-aksa-anubhuti Aksa means eyes Para-aksa means somebody’s eyes. Hence Paroksa means not second-hand, i e first hand. Anubhuti means experience. Direct experience of the Self within ourselves. The very name of the text-book thus indicates that here the emphasis is more on practice than on theory.
This book also give enough material to logically convince us that what is emphasized is not a theoretical explanation but a practical guide book to those who can live the Spiritual values and come to experience, the Atman, the Self within oneself.