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Vedanta-sara and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
« on: June 30, 2008, 11:56:24 AM »
Vedanta-sara is again a small advatic treatise by Sadananda, disciple of
Sankara.  Just any other advaitic book, it analyses step by step, the
nature of gross body, subtle body, mind, nescience and the states of
waking, dreaming and deep sleep states and finally talks about Self-
realization with the help of a Guru.  The characteristics of a Jivan-
Mukta is given at the end.  The book is 227 verses, said to be written
in 15th century.  It cross refers Upadesa-Sahasri of Sankara and
Naishkarmya Siddhi of Sureswara, another disciple of Sankara.  Verses
221-225 state: " He who does not, see anything in the waking state as
in sound sleep; who,though seeing duality does not really see it as he sees only the Absolute; who though engaged in work, is really inactive; he
and none other is the knower of the Self.  In his case, only good desires
persist, as do his habits of eating, moving etc., which existed before the dawn of knowledge.  Or, he may become indifferent to all good and evil. After realization, humiliy and other attributes, which are steps to knowledge, as also such virtues as non-injury etc., persist like so many
ornaments. Such qualities like non violence etc., come spontaneously to a man who has acquired Self-Knowledge."     

Arunachala Siva.