"Sankara's works, the manuals and catechisms for learners, are complete and perfect. They really teach, quite plainly and lucidly, the first steps on the path of wisdom; they point out, with clear insistence, the qualities that are necessary to make these first steps fruitful; qualities without which the learner may remain, hesitating and halting, on the threshold, through lack of the force and sterling moral worth which alone make any further progress possible. "The Crest-Jewel of Wisdom begins with these first steps on the path and ends with the complete teaching of Sankara's philosophy so far as that teaching can be put into words. His teaching is, briefly stated, this: The cause of the sorrow and suffering of mankind is a belief in the reality and isolated existence of the personal life. But the personality, with the fate of which each one of us identifies himself, has no real existence; it is nothing but an image of the body in the mind, and its sufferings are imaginary. Its original cause is the "beginningless, ineffable unwisdom" of separation; and this illusion of isolated being is dispelled by an insight, which we may well call illumination, or inspiration. When the false self is dispelled, Sankara tells us, the real Self rises in the heart, as the sun shines out when the clouds are dispersed."-Charles Johnston
FRESH and glowing as it was in the days of the Great Sage, Sankaracharya, The Crest-Jewel bears the ancient glory that is Wisdom into our own time. In its precise and beautiful language, and in that of the other writings of the Sage, which are included in this volume, is presented his brilliant synthesis of all that is best in the Upanishads--the reality of Spirit. As it was the work of Gautama the Buddha to "scatter broadcast throughout the world the teachings of India's Golden Days," so it was the work of Sankaracharya to preserve these teachings, to explain them, and to mark them with a spirit and interest which will not die. It was by the reforming and refreshing of the Doctrine instituted by Sankaracharya at a critical time that the Brahmans were enabled to carry forth the sacred flame of knowledge and spirituality through dark and difficult centuries.
This Journal Book is based on Vivekachudamani, the classic of Vedanta philosophy, composed by Adi Shankaracharya. Consolidating the highest flights of Vedic thoughts this work discusses the unity of the individual Self and the Supreme-Self through lucid, poetical language. According to Shankara, Brahama (the Supreme-Self) alone is self-existent and Real; and the Self of everyone, at its very essence, is nothing but that Supreme Consciousness. Shankara avers that there exists a self-existent ever-enduring entity-which persists as the eternally abiding substratum of the consciousness of egoism: the 'I' sense. It is the enduring witness of the three states and ever distinct from the body; it always knows everything which happens in the waking state, in dream and in profound sleep. It is always aware of the presence or absence of the mind and its functions. And that substrate of the notion of egoism: That one is the Atma, our Self, which is One with the Supreme-Self. Besides the original Sanskrit text, transliteration and translation of the verses is provided. There is ample space on every page for you to journal your daily thoughts, or to perform the Likhita-Japa of Rama-Nama. Once embellished with your Rama-Namas, this Journal-Book will become a priceless treasure which you can present to your loved ones--an unparalleled gift of love, labor, caring, wishing, and above all: Devotion.
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