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Crest-Jewel of Discrimination: Viveka-Chudamani Paperback – 1 Dec 1978
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Those wishing for verse-by-verse commentary can refer to Swami Chinmayananda's version; however the version under review makes for a more streamlined read.
As for the text itself, Shankara points the way to seeing the Eternal Reality underlying the apparent world of Name and Form, by directing the reader inwards where, like a mirror image of the sensory world, the world of thoughts is superimposed on the unchanging pure Consciousness.
As within, so without. Shankara's words exhort the reader to examine their sense of being a separate individual and by a process of careful discrimination discover for themselves that this sense is based on a fallacy. When this is clearly seen, this false ego disappears of its own accord and the inherent peace of the true ego is self-evident as the eternal underlying natural Truth of Being. why this isn't known to all at all times anyway, how the Truth comes to be shrouded in a veil of fallacious perceptions and what is required for the veil to be pierced - all these are elucidated by the sage. for those drawn to path of non-dual silent investigation of Reality, this is a must-read.
For those that are searching honestly the answer to life itself.
it was a revelation and truly 'mind expanding' explanation of the Devine and the search of the Self.
it is now an absolute critical bedside companion, I constantly read passages to remind me of the ephemeral world we live in. I loved it.