Enlightenment Without God: Mandukya Upanishad | Himalayan Institute

Enlightenment Without God: Mandukya Upanishad

Swami Rama

It is declared in the Mandukya Upanishad that if one studies and practices its teachings, one acquires the knowledge to attain enlightenment. This volume is written for those students who actually want to practice the method according to this Upanishad... The Mandukya provides a comprehensive map for the inward journey that shows the individual the way from the mundane to the eternal. It then describes this state, the Ultimate Reality, the goal of human existence.

When one understands the teachings of the Upanishads, then one realizes that life itself is a sort of worship that can shine on the altar of infinity... This can be done when people determine to enlighten themselves, and enlightenment is possible here and now without the help of the word of God.

from Chapter 1, "Awakening"

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1982, Current printing 2014
ISBN: 978-0-893890841
124 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Self-Help / Inspiration

About the Author:

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. He traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages. Swami Rama also received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya in South India. He then returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery. In 1969 he came to the United States. His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

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