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    Good books for a begginer.

    Hi there.
    I'm interested in hinduism.
    I read that Jana Yoga was the Yoga advised by Adi Shankara, the founder of Advaita Vedanta.
    I liked what I read about Advaita very much and so am interested in getting to know a bit more.
    Can you recommend some good reads for a begginer.
    I'd specially apreciate, free e-books and online resources.

    Peace

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    Re: Good books for a begginer.

    We have a Personal Hindu Library that lists books for downloading arranged sectionwise. You can access the Library here: http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/library.html

    As for the Advaita for beginners, you might try these books:
    A Step by Step First Exposure to Advaita
    http://www.advaitin.net/advaitadialogue.pdf (109 KB)

    Advaita Vedanta: A Presentation for Beginners (D. Krishna Ayyar)
    http://www.sankaracharya.org/library...itaVedanta.pdf (353 KB)

    I am That (Nisargadatta Maharaj)
    http://home.earthlink.net/~grharmon/I_Am_That.pdf (1.1 MB)

    Some teachings from Shri Atmananda (Krishna Menon)
    http://www.advaitin.net/Ananda/SomeTeachings.pdf (251 KB)
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    Re: Good books for a begginer.

    I highly recommend Swami Vivekananda's "Jnana Yoga".

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/7384491/Jn...mi-Vivekananda

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    Re: Good books for a begginer.

    hari o
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    Namaste FlipAsso



    Quote Originally Posted by FlipAsso View Post
    I'm interested in hinduism.
    I read that Jana Yoga was the Yoga advised by Adi Shankara, the founder of Advaita Vedanta. I liked what I read about Advaita very much and so am interested in getting to know a bit more. Can you recommend some good reads for a begginer. I'd specially apreciate, free e-books and online resources.
    Peace
    Here is a 'map' that may help. This outlines the various types of knowledge that is part of Sanātana Dharma
    http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=1946

    praām
    यतस्त्वं शिवसमोऽसि
    yatastvaṁ śivasamo'si
    because you are identical with śiva

    _

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    Re: Good books for a begginer.

    Thank you all for your answers.
    They way exceeded my expectations, I've got much to read and understand now!!

    @Yajvan:
    Thanks for the map, I'll give it a profound study.
    That's exactly what a begginer in hinduism needs.. To know it's paths.

    Happiness@all

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    Re: Good books for a begginer.

    Most of the download sources have their links broken

    Can you find alternate links?
    SarveSha cAdhiKAro vidYAYA ca shreyah:
    kevalaYA vidYAYA veti siddhah.


    It has been established that everyone has the right to the knowledge of Brahman and the Supreme Goal is attained by that Knowledge alone.
    Adi Shankara in Taittiriya Upanishad, Bhasya 2.2.

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    Re: Good books for a begginer.

    Anatman, thanks for bumping this thread and making it possible for me to find this library.

    I could not download the PDFs by simply clicking on the links, I found it weird since the URL pointed to HDF domain, so I tried "Right Click > Save As" and while the PDF was downloaded, it was corrupted with no data inside it.

    A shame since it seems like there are great documents in there!

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    Re: Good books for a begginer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pietro Impagliazzo View Post
    Anatman, thanks for bumping this thread and making it possible for me to find this library.

    I could not download the PDFs by simply clicking on the links, I found it weird since the URL pointed to HDF domain, so I tried "Right Click > Save As" and while the PDF was downloaded, it was corrupted with no data inside it.

    A shame since it seems like there are great documents in there!
    I did that, but I was unable to open the files.

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    Re: Good books for a begginer.

    Namaste

    Before taking the time to read lots of books on advaita, you may wish to make sure first that advaita is what calls to you most.

    I have seen many people embark down a spiritual path that appeals to them, and then later on they encounter something that appeals to them even more, and then they are in a quandary, either cutting off the previous path, or struggling to reconcile it.

    I highly recommend you read Yajvan's thread, considering his words as those of a pandit. Having read these forums for several years, along with some others (ie, indiadivine), I can say with confidence that Yajvan is likely the most knowledgeable poster on Hindu dharma and he takes care to present his posts to be easily understood and referenced, like encyclopedia articles.

    Vedanta evolved into subsequent variations, drawing on older devotional and mystical traditions. Many of these are, like advaita, monistic/non-dualist in nature, whether qualified or unqualified (to reconcile the 'problem' of maya and brahman, which advaita itself does through a complex series of doctrines). These variations, whether shakta, shaiva or even vaishnava (although most vaishnavism is more dvaitic than advaitic) generally emphasize what amounts to integrated bhakti yoga which encompasses both jnana yoga (in contemplation, absorption into the ishta-devata, etc) and karma yoga (devotional service, consecration of acts and speech to god-as-all).

    I suggest you look at the devotional traditions of non-dual deity yoga because (in my view) these traditions offer the most direct route to self-realization, as the attributes of Ishvara are revealed to be the secret attributes of the atman once unobscured by maya due to the revelatory power of the Lord. When one achieves self-identification with Ishvara, one simultaneously identifies with nirguna brahman.

    As far as "pure" advaita vedanta, I believe the foremost exponent of recent times to be Sri Ramana Maharshi, whom you may wish to read the works of, and about. His conception of Ishvarta was somewhat different, and he said seemingly contradictory things regarding the nature of Ishvara and the Self to different people at different times to benefit them each at their own level of understanding and personal inclinations.

    My recommendation, if it amounts to anything, is to survey fully the different paths, and then select which you will walk. It is certainly possible to integrate multiple paths, and they can help illuminate eachother in their distinctions and subtleties. If you do select a variation of advaita (ie, paradvaita of the trika) you may still wish to imbibe the 'original' advaitic teachings still, many of which are, even with the alternate ishvara-focused yoga, still very useful for self-inquiry.



    Namaste

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