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Self-Knowledge: Sankara's "Atmabodha"

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From the author of The Complete Commentary by Sankara on the Yoga Sutras, this book deals with the karma-yoga meditation practice and the realization of the supreme self as described in the Bhagava Gita yoga.
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published December 1st 1946 by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center (first published 800)
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Sanjay Gautam
Aug 03, 2014 Sanjay Gautam rated it liked it
Its about Self-Knowledge written by Adisankara.
Jan 31, 2016 J.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who enjoyed the Astavakra Samhita
I read the ebook version of this text, as translated and commented on by A.S. Deekshitulu and Ch. Sundara Ramiah. I liked it a lot more than the other interpretation I had started reading by James Swartz (

This text consists of sections, first showing the original text in English transliteration, then a translation below it, with a commentary afterwards. The overall text is not very long, being only sixty-four pages, so it's a quick read. The translation
Feb 13, 2014 Nidish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book, but I felt a lot is lost in translation. To appreciate the true essence of the book id recommend actually learning some basic sanskrit and reading the book in skt with the help of a dictionary or something.. Sankara's references to patanjali's yoga aphorisms and his different viewpoints therein show that aspect of the vedic religion that's lost today-flexibility. I'd say its a must read for any beginner of Indian philosophy, or more specifically advaita.
Chris Marchan
Apr 23, 2012 Chris Marchan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First 120 pages are the best introduction to Avdaita I have read. The rest is excellent commentary on the 8th century scriptures of Sri Shankaracharya, Atma Bodh (Self Knowledge)
Jul 12, 2012 Geva rated it it was amazing
the best book ever. period.
Deborah J
Mar 31, 2016 Deborah J rated it liked it
Picked this up for no good reason, and was truly surprised. I don't read thrillers or crime stories as a rule, but I'm not sure this qualifies as either. I found the main character - Sarah Fortune - really unexpected, and some of the detail quite shocking - just getting old? - but I kept turning the pages. Have picked up another Fyfield already.............
Jan 06, 2014 Paulo rated it it was amazing
Único e inigualable. Este tratado preliminar de vedanta advaita (prakaranagranta) es de lectura obligatoria para todo aquel que se decida, con un corazón humilde, a emprender un camino hacia el interior de si mismo.
Oct 22, 2015 Ludo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a translated version in Dutch.
Working on this version very slowly, since it contains the original Sanskrit and with that I'm just a beginner :-)
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Adi Shankara(788 CE - 820 CE), also known as Śaṅkara Bhagavatpādācārya and Ādi Śaṅkarācārya was an Indian guru from Kalady of present day Kerala who consolidated the doctrine of advaita vedānta. His teachings are based on the unity of the ātman and brahman— non-dual brahman, in which brahman is viewed as nirguna brahman, brahman without attributes.

Shankara travelled across India and other parts of
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