[Advaita-l] Basics

sunil bhattacharjya skbhattacharjya at yahoo.co.in
Sun Oct 30 01:16:33 CDT 2005

Dear Vishuji, 

Probably Yogavasishtha will serve your purpose. the
original book had 32,000 vereses. My own copy has
about 30,000  Sanskrit verses along with translation
to Hindi. Please see if you can get hold of a copy of
the same and manage to have time to go through that. 



--- Vishu <vishu at fractalsmiths.com> wrote:

> Hello folks,
> Few questions:
> 1. What are the axioms that Advaita is built on?
> 2. Where can I find (books, websites) a fundamental
> treatise on Advaita? I
> have read Eliot Deutsch and Swami Prabhavananda -
> summary of Advaita,
> Bhagavadgita, Viveka-chudamani. They served their
> purpose. However, I'm
> looking for something that takes axioms from
> scriptures (Smriti and/or
> Shruti) and builds upon these axioms to make the
> case of Advaita.
> 3. There is a lot to Hinduism (Advaita being the
> most influential on the
> philosophical side) - the philosophical side
> (dvaita, advaita,
> vishista-advaita etc), the rituals, the itihasas,
> the puranas, astronomy,
> astrology, ayurveda etc. At times, each branch has a
> clear message and yet
> other times, one branch is applied to other blurring
> the lines. Is there a
> work that lays out everything and puts them in
> context? -  a brief history
> of everything and how one finds place in the other.
> 4. Is there a resource on morals and ethics derived
> from living the Advaita
> way? I know this may be offensive to puritans. I
> apologize in advance. The
> whole idea of applying Advaita to this dream state
> world may be sort of
> anathema to Advaita, which transcends this virtual
> reality we are living in.
> Nevertheless, while we are in this dreaming state of
> ours, we need to deal
> with this virtual reality from stem cells to mars
> rovers. Is there a work
> that arrives at a moral/ethical position derived
> from Advaita on some of the
> seemingly controversial issues of our times? 
> I appreciate your help!
> Thank you,
> Vishu
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