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  • Series: Theosophical Heritage Classics
  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835606848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835606844
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Diana Urosevic on July 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I give my highest recommendation to this book. It was my first introduction to Vedic philosophy and I found it to be an excellent one. It explains the existence of the world and God in a way that accords with physics, string theory, and science despite the fact that this philosophy was developed 4,000 years ago or more. I was also fascinated to read about the connections with Buddhism and Christianity (in the footnotes).
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Hochwalt on January 13, 2008
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Very few persons have taken the time to read the entire collection of writings comprising Vedantic wisdom.
Some have read the Upanishads; many more the Bhagavad Gita. Very few have read these and the most ancient texts -- the four Vedas.

In this very short book, Chatterji, a respected Indian scholar presents the "gist" of Vedantic wisdom.

As the author says in his preface, his purpose was to present "...a concise and comprehensive statement as to how the Veda, the most ancient wisdom of India, regards life, its origin, purpose, and goal."

In my opinion, he has succeeded admirably.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus on March 16, 2005
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I've spent decades searching out truths about existence which made sense, gradually gravitating toward Hinduism. The ancient Vedas contained details about the physical nature of reality (corresponding to quarks and string theory etc) which only recently have started to be confirmed by modern science, due to the increasing power and sophistication of microscopes and telescopes. They were written thousands of years ago, allegedly revealed by "higher masters."

This incredibly informative and concise book explains the deepest, most profound beliefs in clear simple terms. Beautifully written, there is nothing excessive about the prose. Every page contains important information explaining everything you need to know about God and life and the nature of the universe.

Hinduism is the only major monotheistic religion on earth which acknowledges there is some truth in the others, and it is (to my mind) clearly the most objective and intelligent.

Forget all the "New Age" books and read this instead. It is the REAL DEAL.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tor S. Thidesen on August 16, 2012
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As I was gently entering the transcendent world of Hinduism and Advaita I purchased, borrowed and loaned all the books I could obtain on the subject, both in-depth and introductory publications.
The in-depths ones were, obviouslt, and at first, confusing and at times impenetrable. What I discovered was that Hinduism, unlike Christianity, is a very complicated and highly constructed religion. Really, 'religion' is not an adequate description, because like Existentialism or Determinism, "Hinduism" is an intricate philosophical with countless subcategories or fractions, either affirming and amplifying early statements or contradicting them.
It should be common knowledge that there really is no such thing as Hinduism. The word itself is a semantic ghost; Rather there are religious philosophies that share some key aspects but otherwise diverge into different epiphanies and revelations.

What I was amazed at when reading (or should I say studying) all the introductions I could obtain, including this one, was the diverging nature of them. How they all seemed to tell different stories and different dogmas. They speak of the same thing, and yet, it is as if they were speaking of something as diverse as apples and toilets. I exaggerate for comic effect, but you get my drift.
This book, taking its preliminary jumping-off point from the Holy Scriptures, the Vedas, manages to be both devotional and scholarly at once. This should come as no surprise if you are familiar with Theosophy or the Occult. Like Isreal Regardie, or even Crowley for that matter, this is spiritual journey into transcendental phenomena that is Hinduism, or more precisely the Vedas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Savage on January 16, 2013
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I purchased this book several years ago from Amazon.com. For whatever reason, I didn't get around to reading it until last year. When I did, I was amazed to discover an exact description of the Unitive Vision, the Third of Eight Major Spiritual Experiences in my life in Part I,the chapter titled "Waking Up."

August 1973, at age 36, I experienced what is now popularly termed "Cosmic Consciousness." The "Experience" was such that I didn't know whether I was dying, hallucinating, poisoned, or what or why this was happening. My experiential reality ("Maya") was suddenly stripped away and I was confronted with "God only knows what." I was infinitely small, a singularity, a point of view looking out through the eyes of a tremendous being of infinite dimensions, i.e., if, oxymoronically, dimensions were possible. Looking down at my legs and body, I was amazed that I was inside of, controlling, such a huge Being, a Kabbalistic Adam Kadmon, as it were. It was like looking out from the eyes of the Statue of Liberty in a way; "a Rockefeller Plaza Prometheus," alone in the Void. This "Body," this "Universe," was all there was. There was nothing else. No light. No darkness. Nothing!

"There was neither non-existence nor existence. There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond. There was neither death nor immortality. There was no distinguishing sign of day or night. That One breathed by its own impulse. Other than that, there was nothing beyond." - Veda Hymn of Creation

Suddenly, the Nothingness began to separate into shapes and forms. I was witnessing Creation. What was assembling before me was a scene separated from me by a Great Abyss. Across that Abyss was a Mountain and a Sea off in the distance.
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