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Books by Swami Dayananda

In this section you will find a selection of books on Vedanta along with their summary. These books can be ordered in the USA at:

PO Box 1059, Saylorsburg
PA 183534 , USA
Tel : 570 992 2339
Email: avp@epix.net 

In India, they are available in all leading bookstores such as LANDMARK (it has also an online bookstore
http://www.landmarkonthenet.com), HIGGINBOTHAMS, CROSSWORD and ODYSSEY. 

They can be ordered directly from:

Anaikatti PO
Coimbatore 641 108
Tamil Nadu
Tel : 0422 2657001
Email: arsha1@vsnl.com
Purani Jhadi, PB No 30
Rishikesh 249 201, Uttaranchal 
Tel : 0135 2430769
Email: ashrambookstore@yahoo.com

For a comprehensive list of books on Vedanta, you can also visit SWAMI DAYANANDA ASHRAM (Rishikesh) on line bookstore at http://www.dayananda.org/bookstore-essays.html which has a fully secure payment system for delivery worldwide.

by Swami Dayananda

Publisher: Arsha Vidya Centre - Research and Publication

Mundaka Upanishad 1 and 2, 180 & 248 pages
Arsha Vidya Centre - Research and Publication 
ISBN 81-903636-3-8 & ISBN 81-903636-5-4
Every Upanishad is a word mirror which reveals to the one who is looking at it, that he is the only one which exists, sustains everything, and unto which everything resolves. Two volumes of Mundaka Upanishad are the first of a series of books on Upanishads, based on class materials compiled and edited by Arsha Vidya Centre, Research and Publication. The book comprises the entire Sanskrit text of the Upanishad with transliteration, word to word meaning, and an elaborate explanation based on commentary of Sankara

The Upanishad begins with Saunaka asking his teacher Angiras to teach him 'that knowing which everything is as well known'. In answering that question, a wide range of methods are employed to reveal the identity between Isvara and the individual. 

Bhagavad Gita, 242 pages
Arsha Vidya Centre - Research and Publication 
ISBN 978-81-903636-8-6
The book comprises the entire Sanskrit text of the Bhagavad Gita with roman transliteration and translation in English. Swami Dayananda says that, "The reading of the Bhagavad Gita verses with meaning should be looked upon as a part of one's daily prayer. One can easily cover one chapter in a sitting, daily. This inspiring routine will make this book your unfailing companion." 

Exploring Vedanta, 51 pages
Arsha Vidya Centre - Research and Publication 
ISBN 978-81-903636-4-8
This is the first of a series of books titled 'Exploring Vedanta', where some significant sentences from any one Upanishad are taken for inquiry. The first sentence is from Kaivalya Upanishad, where the first line of the teaching is 'Know [Brahman] through sraddha, faith; bhakti, devotion; and dhyana, meditation'. The second sentence which is from Brhadaranyaka Upanishad begins with 'Suppose this person were to know about Brahman' and reveals the fulfillment of a person who has the knowledge of the self.

"The sentences revealing the equation between energy and matter does not mean anything to the one who is not prepared. The sentences in Vedanta are no exception; they need to be analyzed for understanding. The process of analysis implies negation of all possible but wrong meanings leaving the intended vision of the sentence like daylight. This is what we call Vakyavicara." Swami Dayananda.

Living intelligently, The need for cognitive change, 84 pages
Arsha Vidya Centre - Research and Publication 
ISBN 81-903636-1-1
This is the first of a series of books based on 'Public Talks' of Swami Dayananda on two different topics. The first topic, 'How to live intelligently', is an aspiration of all individuals. Swamiji claims that living intelligently requires one to recognize the presence of Isvara. Only when one finds oneself connected to Isvara, one becomes pragmatic. He claims that, in the final analysis, this understanding does not involve bringing Isvara into one's life but in discovering that Isvara is already there in all aspects of one's life.

The second topic highlights the importance of 'The need for cognitive change' on the part of an individual to live effectively. The present day society with its intense competition has led to progress in one hand but also has resulted in many complexities. In order to meet the challenges of life, one needs to understand life and its meaning differently. Swamiji iterates that the study of Vedanta enables one to initiate cognitive change in several areas to the extent that one finally discovers that 'I am the whole'.

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Vedanta, the Yoga of Objectivity
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of Objectivity. What is the relationship between objectivity and seeing the reality as it is? What are the different
levels of objectivity we are speaking about?
Listen to audio (3:46 minutes)

Introduction to Vedanta, a timeless wisdom
A series of 4 videos which unfolds in a methodical,
short and powerful way the whole vision of Vedanta by looking into what we are really
searching in life and by inquiring into each side of the equation you are that (tat tvam asi).

The timeless teaching of the Bhagavad Gita
Watch this series of 20+ videos which unfolds the
essential verses of the Bhagvad Gita in a modern, accessible and yet profound manner. These talks
highlight how its vision is relevant to our contemporary world. It also shows how its teaching can help us to
live a meaningful and objective life.

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