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Vedanta Sutras of Narayana Guru

With an English Translation of the Original Sanskrit and Commentary by: Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

The Vedanta Sutras of philosopher-poet Narayana Guru has 24 beautifully-fluent sutras revealing the essential message of the Vedanta. The highly-perceptive commentary by Swami Narayana Prasad elucidates the guru’s interpretation of the Vedantic concept.



ISBN: 9788124606575
Year Of Publication: 2013
Edition: 2nd
Pages : xiv, 282
Bibliographic Details : Appendix; Glossary; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 550


India’s wisdom, one may say, attained its maturity in the Vedanta — the end or culmination of veda (knowledge). Vedanta may be seen as the finest fruit on the tree of India’s wisdom, for it brings the seeker that ultimate knowledge that ushers in the gift of self-fulfilment (ananda). Over the centuries, brilliant saint-scholars like Shankara, Ramanuja, Madhva have interpreted the Vedanta in different ways. The philosopher-poet Narayana Guru belongs to this class of noted exponents of the Vedanta. And his Vedanta Sutras is a masterpiece in his attempt to restate the original Upanishadic teaching of non-dual Reality — his most succinct expression of that message. This book presents these sutras along with a highly-perceptive commentary that elucidates the Guru’s interpretation of the Vedantic concept in a brilliant style. Narayana Guru’s Vedanta Sutras reveal the essential message of the Vedanta in 24 beautifully-fluent sutras. His simple and direct revaluation and restatement of the Vedanta, in general, has been found to be comprehensive and contemplative in its insight, reconciling the superficial disagreements of the Vedantic schools and restoring the pristine vision of the Upanishadic sages. In this scientific age, his work has often been acclaimed for its relevance. His Vedanta Sutras, compact yet profound in manner, is yet another example of this. The thoroughly-engrossing commentary of Swami Muni Narayana Prasad is a unique effort. Its hallmark is his clear avoidance of exegesis with greater reliance on his personal conviction. Swami Muni Narayana Prasad places Narayana Guru on par with the sutrakaras like Badarayana, Jaimini, Gautama and Kanada with this beautiful elucidation.


The 24 Sutras
Sutra 1
Shankara’s Prerequisites
Ramanuja’s Prerequisites
Narayana Guru’s View of Prerequisites
The Five Senses
Atha, In a Modern Age
The Indisputable Experience of Oneself
Jijnasa, The Desire for Wisdom
Meaning of ‘Guru’
Narayana Guru’s Emphasis on Atman
Sutra 2
Defining the Goal
Respectives of Reality
Seeking Cause
Mind and Matter
Confirmation of Theories
Tasya and Asya
Sutra 3
Inseparability of Consciousness and Self
The Words ‘Brahman’, ‘Atman’ and ‘Tat’
Jiva, Jivatman and Paramatman
The Nature of ‘I’
Atman, Dweller and Dwelling
Sutra 4
Cause and Effect
Sutra 5
From Outer to Inner
Existent or Non-Existent World
Sutra 6
Aksharam and Karta
Other Worlds
Logic and Reasoning
Names and Forms
Waking, Dreaming and Deep-Sleep (Avastha-Traya)
Good and Evil
Sutra 7
The Great Illusion
Vidya and Avidya
Happiness and Suffering
Sutra 8
The Principle of Urge
Senses, Mind and the Pramanas
Arthapatti and Anupalabdhi
Sutra 9
Knowledge, the Inciter to Action
Sutra 10
Knowledge in the Western World
Jnana, Jneya and Kshetra
Unity in Human Perceptions
Categories of Knowledge
Sutra 11
Rudratva in Fear
Rudratva in Changefulness
Rudratva in Ethics
Rudratva in Science
Rudratva in Religion
Rudratva in Nationalism and Racialism
Sutra 12
Ahanta and Idanta
‘I’ and ‘Brahman’
Literal and Indirect Meanings
The Meaning of AUM
The Meaning of ‘God’
Sutra 13
Appearances in Time
The Nature of Time
The Search
Sutra 14
Bhava and Abhava
The Distinct and the Indistinct
Sin, Merit, Destiny and Free-Will
Birth, Death and Reincarnation
Sutra 15
The Logic of Causality
Causality in Western Thought
Causality and Non-Duality
Sutra 16
‘I’ Sense
The ‘I’ as Body (Dehoham-Buddhi)
The ‘I’ as Soul (Jivoham-Buddhi)
‘Mine’ Sense
Sutra 17
Vedanta and Modern Physics
Different Goals
Indefinable One, Definable Many
The Value of Science
Sutra 18
Drik and Drishya
Sense Subjects and Objects
Living and Lifeless
Mind and Matter in the Six Schools
The Western View
Mind and Matter in the Bhagavad-Gita
The Upanishadic View
Sutra 19
Definitions of Happiness
Pleasure and Pain
Happiness as Defined in Indian Thought
Sutra 20
Sutra 21
Sutra 22
Sutra 23
Sutra 24
Reality and Actuality
Appendix: The Works of Narayana Guru

Meet the Author
Swami Muni Narayana Prasad is the Guru and Head of Narayana Gurukula, a guru-disciple foundation open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religion or nation, aimed at promoting the Science of the Absolute (Brahma-vidya) as restated by Narayana Guru. A disciple of Nataraja Guru and Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, he has travelled widely teaching Indian philosophy. He has authored around seventy-five books in the Malayalam language. His English books are: commentaries on the Isha Kena, Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya Taittiriya, Aitareya and Chandogya Upanishads, Vedanta Sutras and Darshanamala of Narayana Guru, Three Acaryas and Narayana Guru, Karma and Reincarnation, Basic Lessons on India’s Wisdom, The Philosophy of Narayana Guru, Life’s Pilgrimage Through the Gita, Collected Works of Narayana Guru, Narayanasmritih, and Natural Philosophy for Youth.