The Fundamentals of Advaita Vedanta / Tattva-bodha Cycle II
Facilitator: Dr Radha Raghunathan
October, 2, 9, 16, 26, 30;
November, 6, 13, 20, 27;
December. 4 and 11
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While studying any subject, it is preferable, if not imperative, to be familiar with the fundamental concepts, terms and definitions commonly used in that subject. So too with any philosophy. Studying Vedānta requires the study of the source-texts for Selfknowledge, namely the Upaniṣads, and supportive texts known as treatises. Before embarking on studying these texts, it will help the student to familiarise oneself with the concepts, terms and definitions generally used in these texts. Traditionalists generally opt for some elaborate texts like Śaṁkarācārya’s Ātma-bodha and Viveka-cūḍāmaṇi, Śrī Vidyāraṇya Swami’s Pañca-daśī and so on. In contrast to such books, Tattva-bodha is a small and simple text which presents the bare essentials in this area. It is a book not traditionally enjoined in the study of Vedānta. Rendered in the form of 50 and odd simple and short question-answer format, the beauty and profundity of this text is that it can be read within ten days, studied for months too or be re-visited repeatedly while progressing to advanced texts. ‘Tattva-bodha — The Fundamentals of Advaita Vedānta is intended for those who desire to study Śrīmad Bhagavadgītā, the Upaniṣad-s and Vedānta related treatises. This programme will acclimatise the student with the basic concepts, terms and definitions in Advaita Vedānta. There are two versions of Tattva-bodha, one authored by Śrī Vāsudevendra Saraswati and the other by an unknown author. Manuscripts of both versions are available at the Adyar Library and Research Centre. Śrī Vāsudevendra’s version is available in print. This will be the primary text followed in this programme with additional inputs, if necessary, from the other version.
For Prior Reading and Revision
For an Elaborate Reading
This ācārya trained under H.H. Sw. Chinmayananda Saraswati and H.H. Dayananda Saraswati, and has been teaching Advaita Vedānta in a structured format in English regularly from the simplest to the most complex texts for almost 45 years now. He has written the Foreword to my Critical Edition and Translation of Jñānāṅkuśam with Two Commentaries, a Advaita work.