Insights Into Existence - Essays On The Upanisads

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Readworthy, 2008 - Ontology - 281 pages
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It is generally opined-though erroneously, that the Vedanta or Upanisads are beyond the reach of common lot of people, and are meant for only the recluses dedicated to the spiritual quest. Swami Vivekananda not only introduced them to the general public, but also tried to convince them that the Upanisads have solutions to our common problems, The essays presented in this book attempt to give a glimpse into the Upanisadic methodology or Vicara as it is called, which makes use of doubt and inquiry.
 

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Contents

Kaleidoscopic Problems of Life
1
An Overview of the Upaniṣads
12
The Eligibility for the Quest
23
From Questions to the Quest
41
The Approach of the Upaniṣads
53
The Terminus of the Quest
66
The Means for the Quest
85
The Three States of Consciousness
97
The Preceptor
146
Teachings of Death
161
Knowledge and Knowing
182
Beyond Knowledge and Knowing
198
Stories from the Upaniṣads
216
Freedom from Bondage
232
Divine Acceptance
249
Epilogue
265

Awareness the Fourth
115
Death
136

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Raghunandan presently works for Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Hurda, Rajasthan. Inspired by (Late) Swami Ranganathanandaji, the then President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, took to the life of seeking by joining Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.Work took him to various places and he met many persons who changed his attitude towards life. His other works include, A Silent Journey – In Search of Oneself; The Wisdom of Vasistha; Insights into Existence – Essays on the Upanisads; Tapestry – A Collection of Short Stories; and Humanscapes – Stories on Human Nature.

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