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Mandukya Upanisad With the Commentary of Sankaracarya Paperback – 2000

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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Advaita Ashrama; 2nd edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8175050993
  • ISBN-13: 978-8175050990
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,517,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tepi on February 9, 2010
The Mandukya Upanisad is the shortest amongst the principal Upanisads having just twelve 12 mantras. It analyses the entire range of human consciousness in the three states of waking (jagrat), dream (swapna), and dreamless sleep (susupti). It asserts unequivocally that the Absolute Reality is non-dual (advaita) and without attributes (nirguna). It also has a unique method of approach to Truth in providing as a symbol for meditation the mono-syllable AUM - which is made up of three sounds A ,U, M - and describing its philosophical implications.

Gaudapada, who is the only pre-Shankara philosopher known to us to give a rational explanation of the Advaita Vedanta, wrote two hundred and fifteen verses known as the Karika to explain the Upanishad. Sankara was later to write a commentary on both the Upanisad and the Karika.

According to Swami Nikhilananda, the reason for the importance of the Karika is because: "It is only Gaudapada that has successfully demonstrated in his Karika that the non-dual Atman declared in the Upanishads as the Ultimate Reality is not a theological dogma, and that it does not depend upon the mystic experiences of the Yogis; but that it is a metaphysical rather [than] a philosophical truth which satisfies the demands of universal tests and which is based upon reason independent of scriptural authority."

V. Subrahmanya Iyer, in his Foreword to Swami Nikhilananda's edition, stresses the importance of the Karika by declaring: "If a man cannot afford to study all the hundred and more Upanishads, it will be enough, it is declared in the Muktikopanishad, if he reads the one Upanishad of Mandukya, since, as Shankara also says, it contains the quintessence of all of them."
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