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Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge & Cream of Liberation
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Eastern Religion
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ISBN:  0-941532-38-0
Book Size:  6" x 9"
# of Pages:  208
Language:  English translation



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Two short classics of Advaita Vedanta presented in a single volume:

Many people have found that the Advaita Bodha Deepika (Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge) is the clearest, easiest to understand summary of the system of Hindu thought known as Advaita Vedanta. The Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge is in the form of a dialogue between a seeker and his spiritual master, with the seeker posing many probing questions about the nature of existence, the universe, and humankind. Of course, these fundamental questions still puzzle people, and so these clear answers from the ancient past often strike home with readers today.

The Kaivalya Navaneeta (The Cream of Liberation) is a classical Tamil book attributed to Tandavaraya Swami. It is a widely known Advaita classic. The Cream of Liberation outlines the basic philosophical principles of Advaita Vedanta and reviews these in a way intended to make them very clear to readers, again in the form of a dialogue between a master and devotee.

Both of these books were admired by Sri Ramana Maharshi, and were recommended to those wanting to understand the non-dualistic spiritual path of Advaita Vedanta. Bringing these two short texts together in a single volume offers the reader the opportunity to grasp fundamental concepts of Advaita Vedanta within the evocative setting of ancient sages instructing their disciples on questions that still intrigue people today.

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Two short classics of Advaita Vedanta presented in a single volume:

Many people have found that the Advaita Bodha Deepika (Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge) is the clearest, easiest to understand summary of the system of Hindu thought known as Advaita Vedanta. The Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge is in the form of a dialogue between a seeker and his spiritual master, with the seeker posing many probing questions about the nature of existence, the universe, and humankind. Of course, these fundamental questions still puzzle people, and so these clear answers from the ancient past often strike home with readers today.

The Kaivalya Navaneeta (The Cream of Liberation) is a classical Tamil book attributed to Tandavaraya Swami. It is a widely known Advaita classic. The Cream of Liberation outlines the basic philosophical principles of Advaita Vedanta and reviews these in a way intended to make them very clear to readers, again in the form of a dialogue between a master and devotee.

Both of these books were admired by Sri Ramana Maharshi, and were recommended to those wanting to understand the non-dualistic spiritual path of Advaita Vedanta. Bringing these two short texts together in a single volume offers the reader the opportunity to grasp fundamental concepts of Advaita Vedanta within the evocative setting of ancient sages instructing their disciples on questions that still intrigue people today.


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Sri Karapatra Swami

Sri Karapatra Swami was a monk and teacher (Pithadhipati) at the sacred seat of learning at Kashi (also known as Varanasi or Benares). He took earlier writings of Advaita Vedanta by Sri Shankaracharya and other great sages, and condensed them into Sanskrit verse in a work of twelve chapters, called Advaita Bodha Deepika, Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge. This is widely considered to be the easiest to understand summary of the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, and was often recommended by Sri Ramana Maharshi to those wanting a clearer understanding of these teachings.

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“The spiritual tradition of India known as Advaita Vedanta is one of the most profound and complete visions of the Absolute articulated by humankind. These two jewels from the crown of that tradition, texts largely unknown in the West, are distilled and near perfect presentations of the perennial Truth which lies at the heart of all religions. And these two short classics provide an excellent introduction for the reader who wishes to drink from the stream of that transforming wisdom which Hindus call sanatana dharma (eternal religion). This is the underlying religion which has guided and illuminated countless souls since the Vedic period began some twelve hundred years before the birth of Christ.

Many people have found Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge (Advaita Bodha Deepika) is the clearest, easiest to understand summary of Advaita Vedanta. It is in the form of a dialogue between a seeker and his spiritual master, with the seeker posing many probing questions about the nature of existence, the universe, and humankind. Cream of Liberation (Kaivalya Navan-eeta) is a widely known Advaita classic and outlines the basic philosophical principles in a very clear way, again in the form of a dialogue between master and disciple.”

—Banyen Books and Sound



"These two classics of Advaita Vedanta are important reading for anyone serious about true enlightenment. Both texts were highly regarded by the great sage of modern India, Ramana Maharshi, and help explain the traditional background of his profound teaching of Self-inquiry. They address the deepest issues of the human mind and soul, our fundamental questions about life and who we really are, and can help lead us to our ultimate goal of liberation from all bondage and sorrow."

—David Frawley, author of Yoga and Ayurveda, and Director of the American
Institute of Vedic Studies



"These texts offer a discrete mix of practice and theory. They contain all the elements of an Upanishadic and Advaita sadhana. It is an example of a teaching manual in the commentary tradition of the Sankara sampradaya. Namely, it explores in an explicit manner the teaching method of the Upanishads within the unique guru-student relationship as expounded in the Sankara tradition."

—William Cenkner, Catholic Univ. of America, and author of A Tradition of Teachers: Sankara and Jagadgurus Today



on Lamp of Non-dual Knowledge (Advaita Bodha Deepika):

Advaita or non-dual philosophy is the most satisfactory explanation of man's relationship to the all-pervading cosmic consciousness. Its message of all-enveloping equality is the panacea to the ills of modern society.

Right from the time of the Upanishads, through Adi Sankara to Ramana, great
preceptors have written treatises on Advaita philosophy and its powerful instrument of Self-enquiry. The epitome of all these voluminous writings has been later condensed by Karapatra Swami into a book of twelve chapters called Sri Advaita Bodha Deepika, "The Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge."

This book contains the English translation of the first eight chapters of the original Sanskrit text. The last four chapters have never been found. The work is a beautiful and clear treatise on Advaita Vedanta: how ignorance is super-imposed on the non-dual Self(Adhyaropa), its removal (apavada), the means of accomplishing it (sadhana) consisting of various methodologies, annihilation of latencies (vasanakhayam), the play of the mind in projecting the individual self, the world and the personal God, and the significance of Self-enquiry as the perfect instrument leading to the extinction of mind and the dawning of Self-realization. This is a veritable manual of non-dual philosophy.


on Cream of Liberation (Kaivalya Navaneetham):

The philosophy of the Advaita school is beyond a doubt the most satisfactory exposition of the transcendental relationship between the human soul and cosmic consciousness. Its all-encompassing quality is the message that the world desperately needs today to put an end to all internecine differences.

The Advaita philosophy is subtle and needs a sincere application by the student. In the past, the difficulty was compounded by the fact that the medium in which it was conveyed was generaly classical Sanskrit, not known to the majority of the people. Only during the last four centuries have works in Tamil imparting Advaita philosophy begun to appear. Out of these thirty or more works, the best known is Tandavaraya Swami's Kaivalya Navaneetham, "The Cream of Liberation."

The work is presented in the form of a discussion between an earnest student and an enlightened preceptor. The great merit of this book consists of the lucid manner in which the subtle and abstract principles of this school of philosophy are presented with a number of examples. There is no doubt that the earnest seeker who studies this scripture will get a lucid understanding of Advaita philosophy and have all lurking doubts and objections removed.

—V. S. Ramanan, President, Sri Ramanasramam, India


In language easy to understnad, the author give a remarkably clear exposition of the tenents of Advaita. Its English translation will srve to make it known ro a larger circle of readers and this extend its usefulness.

- V.A Devasenapathi, Professor of Philosophy, University of Madras.



Table of Contents for Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge & Cream of Liberation

Advaita Bodha Deepika (Lamp of Non-dual Knowledge):

Foreword and Introduction
1. Super-imposition (Adhyaropa)
2. Its removal(Apavada)
3. The means of accomplishment (Sadhana)
4. Hearing, reading, talking about God (Sravana)
5. Reflecting on the the Supreme (Manana)
6. Annihilation of latencies (Vasanaksaya)
7. Direct Realization
8. Extinction of the Mind (Manolaya)
Appendix and Index


Kaivalya Navaneeta (The Cream of Liberation):

Preface and Introduction
1. The Exposition of the Truth
2. Doubts Cleared Away
Appendix and Index


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from the Lamp of Non-dual Knowledge, Chapter 6 of , Annihilation of Latencies. (Vasanaksaya):

7. Wise son, now that you have known what need be known from them, you should efface the impressions left by your studies. D: What constitutes these impressions? M: It is the inclination of the mind always to study vedantic literature, to understand, the meanings of the texts, to commit them to memory and constantly be thinking of them. Since this inclination obstructs meditation, a wise man must overcome it with every effort. Next the latencies connected with the world (lokavasana) must be eliminated. 8. D: What are these latencies? M: To think, this is my country, this is my family pedigree and this is the tradition. Should any one praise or censure any of these, the reactions of the mind denote the latencies connected with the world. Give them up. Later on, give up the latencies connected with the body also, (dehavasana). ---------------------------------------------------from the First Section of Kaivalya Navaneeta 14. After eagerly saluting his Master, he stood up and sobbed out his heart, saying "O Lord! I have suffered long the torture or worldly life, which is after all so false! Gracious Master, save me by tearing off the cords which bind me to the five sheaths, so that my heart may be at peace!'' 19 and 20. "Look here, my son! He who has forgotten his true nature is alternately born and dies, turning round and round in the unceasing wheel of time, like a feather caught up in a whirlwind, until he realised the true nature of the Self. If he comes to see the individual self and its substratum, the Overself, then be becomes the substratum, i.e., Brahman, and escapes rebirths. Should you know yourself no harm will befall you. As you asked I have told you this.'' 51. The question then arises: Whereon does the superimposition rest when the substratum is completely hidden? And how can there be any superimposition if the substratum is not hidden? "(The answer is:) The substratum is twofold, general and particular, of which the general substratum remains continuous and unbroken. Transient superimposition is particular. 52. In the world, the common substratum 'This is' can never be veiled; but only the particular identity - 'This is a rope.' Similarly with the jiva, ignorance does not veil the substratum - 'I AM'; but it veils the specific knowledge - 'I am Brahman'.''


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