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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on June 21, 2008, 12:31:38 PM

Title: Viveka Choodamani and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
Post by: Subramanian.R on June 21, 2008, 12:31:38 PM
Viveka Choodamani is an elaborate treatise on Advaita by Sankara,
in 580 verses.  Bhagavan has translated it into Tamil prose, running
about 65 pages.  He has given two Invocations one to the Self and
the other to Sankara and his guru Sri Govinda Bhagavad Pada.  Sankara
gives an invocation only to his guru.  This prose translation of Bhagavan
has been done, while He was in Virupaksha Cave, in 1904, on a request
from one Sanskrit Pandit from Chidambaram.  The Sanskrit Viveka
Choodamani has been made into Tamil verses by Bhikshu Sastrigal alias,
Ulaganatha Swami, who has done verse translation of Ribhu Gita also.
Recently Ramansramam has come out with a book, that contains the
Tamil verses, with arrangment of Bhagavan's prose section, side by side.  There are any number of English translations on Sanskrit Viveka
Choodamani.  Sri Chandrasekara Bharati of Sringeri Math, who has
lived around the same period of Bhagavan has done a Sanskrit commentary.  Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Viveka Choodamani and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
Post by: Shivani on June 24, 2008, 01:02:45 PM
Vivek Choodamani..... is pure advaita. Be it a believer of Formless or God with form; it is always suggested by saints/incarnations to read it.
Title: Re: Viveka Choodamani and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
Post by: Subramanian.R on June 24, 2008, 04:33:16 PM
Dear Shivani, Viveka Choodamani is recommended by all advaitic
saints and incarnations because it is an elaborate treatise, which
explains the way and the goal and even the pitfalls, a seeker may
have to be beware of.  It is not referred to by dvaitic and qualified
advaitic.  The beauty of the book lies in its disciple-teacher format,
in which the teacher takes the disciple step by step.  Arunachala Siva.