Because suffering is unnatural and freedom is natural to us, everyone seeksfreedom knowingly or unknowingly. The universal desire to remove the naggingsense low self-worth that dogs our days on earth has created a perennialenlightenment culture. Just as the development of sophisticated scientific,ps..
How to Attain Enlightenment: The Vision of Nonduality
This complete guide to enlightenment presents the wisdom of the ancient science of self-inquiry (Vedanta), a time-tested means for achieving spiritual freedom. It is a challening and liberating book because (1) with crystal clear log..
The Yoga of Relationships
Life is nothing but relationships. Isabella Viglietti Swartz applies the non-dual logic of the teachings of Vedanta, the ancient Science of Existence/Consciousness to the topic of love relationships. After a careful analysis of the thorny problems inherent in ordinary d..
Read the fascinating story of James' quest for liberation, his trials and tribulations, mystic experiences, and his discipleship with Swami Chinmayananda, one of the greatest Vedanta masters of the last century. Aside from the spiritual value of a good human story, this book is a damn good read. Y..
After much anticipation we are pleased to announce the publication of James’ new book, “The Essence of Enlightenment.” Here is what James has to say about it. “I wouldn’t say that it is the same as “How to Attain Enlightenment” and I wouldn’t say that it is different. Vedanta is Vedanta; if properly..
The popular and often misunderstood Mandukya Upanishad is considered the “king” of the Upanishads because its simple, elegant logic removes the belief that the Self is a ﬁnite entity, revealing its limitless fullness. The famous commentaries of Gaudapada, a great sage of the Vedantic teaching tradi..
A straightforward introduction to the topic of meditation and its relationship to liberation, this elegant book analyzes the psychology of meditation, critically evaluates the experiential theory of meditation and proceeds to unfold the basic Vedantic discrimination that amounts to the freedom from..
Panchadasi, ‘the book with 15 chapters,’ was written in the 14th century by Vidyaranya Swami, one of the Shankaracharyas of Sringeri Math. Unlike some Vedantic texts, Panchadasi presents the entire teaching in a clearly arranged fashion that avoids excessive repetition of ideas. It is considered to ..
A visual roadmap to enlightenment, this wonderful professional graphic collection of all of Vedanta's basic teachings will aid inquirers familiar with James' books and videos to refine their understanding of the nature of existence. It includes updates of a few of the original charts and new cha..
Vivekachudamani, which means ‘the crown jewel of discrimination,’ is a premier Vedanta text written in the 8th century by Shankaracharya, the most important teacher in the Vedanta sampradaya (lineage). As do all Vedanta teachings, it begins with an invocation to the self and discusses the uniqueness..
TWENTY YEARS AGO, on one of my frequent trips to India, I visited the ashram of the sage Ramana Maharshi. The ashram is situated at the foot of a famous Indian holy mountain Arunachala in Tamil Nadu a little over one hundred miles south of Madras, now Chennai, in an arid, primitive landscape where s..
In Ramana Maharshi’s chief work, Sat-Darshanam, we meet, not the ethereal holy ascetic famous for teaching the Self ‘in silence,’ but his elegant words in the form of the solid vision of non-duality as revealed in the Upanishads and unfolded from time immemorial in the teaching tradition of non-dua..
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