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Way to Liberation: Moksha Marga

An Itinerary in Indian Philosophy

The way to liberation or moksha needs perfect knowledge, perfect action and perfect surrender to the Lord. The bhakta becomes a bhagavata as he not only knows and sees but also lives as a servant of God. read below

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The way to liberation or moksha needs perfect knowledge, perfect action and perfect surrender to the Lord. The bhakta becomes a bhagavata as he not only knows and sees but also lives as a servant of God. Moksha is the final approach to the purity and perfection of the human soul. This volume attempts an in-depth study of the concept of liberation or moksha and the way to attain it.

The book begins with the meaning of love, devotion, religion, the body-soul relation and the three yogas, an understanding of which is essential to understand the concept of moksha. In this context, it delves into the meaning of the Brahman, the Absolute, as conveyed in the Vedas and other religious works like the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita, the concept of the universal spiritual entity of Sarveshvara, concepts of sin and virtue, and even the principles of monotheism and polytheism in Hinduism. Quoting from the scriptures and other relevant texts, it emphasises on the notion of devotion and its benefits to examine the means to self-realisation and liberation and includes a study of the concept of contemplation and meditation, including meditation techniques and practices, which is central to the attainment of moksha.

With interesting illustrations, the volume will be useful to religious scholars and students and seekers on the path of spiritual fulfilment.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124605981
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 812460598X
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2011
  • Pages : xxii, 300p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 12 b/w and colour photos and line drawings; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 600 gm

Genealogy
Benediction by Sri B.K.S. Iyengar 
Preface 
Presentation 
List of Tables and Figures 

1. Hinduism -- A Brief Perspective 
2. Introduction 

What is Love for Man? 
What is Love that can Never be Measured? 
The Impermanency of Human Love 
Two Ultimate Aims in Man 
Body-Soul Relation 
Attachment to and Detachment from the Body 
What is Devotion? 
What is Religion? 
The Cultivation of Devotion Without Religion 
The Three Yogas 

3. Concept of Liberation (Moksha) 

Views on Soul and Liberation 
Means to Liberation 
Karma and Liberation 
Liberation as the Aim of Devotion 
Devotion and Libertion 
Liberation: Yoga and Samkhya View

4. Brahman, the Absolute 

Brahman in the Vedas 
Brahman in the Upanishads 
Brahman in Bhagavad-Gita 
Brahman, the Unmanifest 

5. The Universal Spiritual Entity, Sarveshvara 

Concept of the Universal Spiritual Entity 
Attributes of the Universal Spiritual Entity, God 

One Without a Second -- Formless -- Incarnation -- Omniscient -- Omnipotent -- Non-intrusive -- Just and benevolent -- Monotheism and Polytheism -- Narayana -- Vishnu -- Krishna -- Sudarshana -- Shiva -- Shri as Goddess -- Concept of Hiranyagarbha (the Golden Egg) --  Jesus as God, Guru and Saints -- Conception of a religion-free God 

6. Concept of Sin and Virtue 

Concept of Karma 
Concept of Sin 
The Universal Spiritual Entity is not the Judge of Our Sin 
Role of Sin and Vice 

7. Peaceful Emotion, Shanta Rasa 

Birth of Human Emotions 
Peaceful Emotion, Shanta Rasa 
Shanta Rasa and Bhakti

8. Benefits of Devotion 

Introduction 
Devotion Reduces the Consequences of the Activities of Other Emotions
Realisation Reduces the Consequences of Klesha and Karma 

Avidya -- Asmita -- Raga -- Dvesha -- Abhinivesha

9. Devotion as a Means to Self-realisation, Atma-Gyana

Brahman and Our Consciousness 
Self-realisation 

10. Meditation Techniques in Hinduism 

Upasana, Vidya 
32 Vidyas of the Upanishads 
Meditation in the Puranas 
Meditation in Vaishnavism 
Meditation in Shaivism 
Meditation in Tantra, Tantradhyana 

11. Practical Exercises in Contemplation and Meditation

Five steps to meditation 

Preparatory Practices -- Contemplation -- Meditation -- Dedication -- Practice 

Preparatory Practices 
Contemplation 

Confidence in a Spiritual Teacher -- Precious Human Life -- Death Consciousness -- The Risk of a Downgraded Life -- Karma and Its Effects --  Developing Renunciation -- Developing Equanimity -- Recognising the Kindness of all Beings -- Cherishing Others Equally -- Compassion

Meditation 

Peaceful Mind -- Vision of the Self -- Renunciation of the I-ness -- Refuting the Permanence of the Body 

Vision of the Ultimate 
Dedication of Meditation 

Glossary 
Bibliography 
Index

 

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