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Understanding That Thou Art Shankara Archaryas Vakya-Vritti
Hari Prasad Shastri
One of the most important texts attributed to the great sage and philosopher Shri Shankara Archarya.

This book is an approachable summary of the teachings of non-duality. It also presents exercises in reflection that lead to new insights and confirmations of the identity of the innermost Self and universal reality.

The innermost consciousness of man is the infinite bliss without a second;
And the infinite bliss without a second is none other than the innermost consciousness of man.

(Verse 39)

It may be asked what is the nature of the Self of man, which is pure consciousness and entirely distinct from the body and the mind. The nature of consciousness is infinity and bliss. These two words are synonymous; in infinity there is no discord and no disharmony, and the absence of discord and disharmony means bliss.

Being consciousness, the Self is like the endless blue sky or the space in which the universes roll like waves in water. It is nothing but blissfulness. There are no impediments, no obstacles, nothing to achieve, nothing to lose. Ever free from want, the Self of man is pure blissfulness.

It cannot be conceived to be otherwise. It is distinction and difference which causes grief and weariness. The bliss of consciousness is not comparable to any other bliss, as it alone exists with nothing else beside it. Such is Atman or the innermost consciousness of man.

This is a rational concept which has to be realized in meditation and in surrender to the individuality and egoity to Guru and Govinda. What greater achievement can man have than realization of his Self?

(From the commentary by H P Shastri)

60 pages, paperback, ISBN 9780854240661

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