Panchadashi is a classic text on the non-dual philosophy that has been studied by serious students for centuries. It is one of the best sources from which to gain a thorough understanding of the non-dual view.
This philosophy is most helpful when we are studying the teachings, and doing meditation and the other practices, yet sometimes find that our experiences challenge the conviction that all is ultimately one without a second, a supreme transcendental reality which is the Self in all. Sometimes the problems and complexities of the world provoke confusion and depression in our minds.
The real purpose of studying the non-dual philosophy is to provide a solution to these mental challenges when they occur, so that we can progress in the deepening vision of unity and ultimate Selfhood. All differences and difficulties arise in appearances, not reality.
Panchadashi is recognised as one of the best texts for helping us to do this.
The text deals in detail with how the apparent world that we experience through our senses can ‘arise’ from the non-dual reality. The aim here is not to give a definitive account of the nature of everything, which is not possible in words. The purpose is to provide us with ways of thinking and investigating that lead us to the discovery of the reality as our own being; and it is here, beyond words and thoughts, that the mystery is resolved.
To this end, the text discusses, in different ways, the various elements of our inner world, and the distinction between them all and the light of consciousness. One chapter considers carefully the four ‘great sentences’ by which the nature of the Self is indicated to those who have made themselves ready to understand.
Committed students of non-duality, particularly those in whom the intellect predominates, will find that Panchadashi is a valuable text for regular, dedicated study time.