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A good source of Vedanta?

Q: A Vyasa text?

A: Vedanta, also termed Uttara Mimamsa, is one of six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Vedanta is the most prominent and philosophically advanced of them. [WP, "Vedanta"]

Vedanta is rooted in the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras, and commentaries to those basic texts. Among the commentaries of the Brahma Sutras are Adi Shankara's well-known one. It has been translated into English. The Brahma Sutras is attributed to Vyasa.

The text sets forth doubts, objections and answers. So will it help you succeed? Are there defects in it? Are there tall duality-grounded descriptions of the realization of non-dual Brahman (Spirit) and the jivanmukta (someone liberated while living)? Are there realms (lokas) one had better not get all occupied with in heaven because they are going to be destroyed some time? Is all that is pointed out thoroughly welcome?

And what are the reasons for the many interpretations of the work, and subsequent differing schools of Vedanta?

There is much to ponder. Vernon Katz' book Conversations with Maharishi, Volume 2, has just been published (in 2015). The book contains insights into the Brahma Sutras. The backgrounds for what was delivered were the island of Mallorca and alpine Switzerland and France.

"In Dr. Katz, Maharishi was speaking to someone who understood him . . . Thank you dear Vernon!" - Dr. Bevan Morris.

The Brahma Sutras - also known as Vedanta Sutras - are not simple to get to terms with, as indicated by this: Different commentators understood it so differently that several Vedanta schools were formed during the centuries, and their differences stemmed from the different understanding of early commentators. There are at least ten schools of Vedanta, for example Dvaitadvaita Vedanta (Bhedabheda vada), as proposed by Nimbarka. [WP, "Vedanta"]

The Brahma Sutras summarise teachings of the Veda over many generations, and also form a "head spring of an ever broadening activity of commentators as well as virtually independent writers" to our days. (Thibaut 1: xii)


Answers, Literature  

Gambhirananda, Swami, tr. Brahma-Sutra-Bhasya of Sri Sankaracarya. Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1965.

Katz, Vernon. Conversations with Maharishi: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Speaks about the Full Unfoldment of Human Consciousness. Vol. 2. Fairfield, IA: MUM Press, 2015.

Sivananda, Swami. The Brahma Sutras. Text, Word-to-Word Meaning, Tra[n]slation and Commentary. 4th ed. Shivanandanagar, Uttarakhand: The Divine Life Society, 2008.

Thibaut, George, tr. The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankarakarya. Part 1. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1890.

Thibaut, George, tr. The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankarakarya. Part 2. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1896.

Vireswarananda, Swami. Brahma-Sutras: With Text, Word-For-Word Translation, English Rendering, Comments and Index. Mayavati, Almora, Himalayas: Advaita Ashrama, 1936.

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