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Knowing-Being Direct Intuitive Realization of the Self

Author Name: Yellamraju Srinivasa Rao | Format: Paperback | Genre : Religion & Spirituality | Other Details

aparokShAnubhUti is a short treatise written by Shankara, the seventh century saint and foremost exponent of Advaita Vedanta, in which he provides the most Direct Path to the realization of the Self on a “here and now” basis. Through the 144 verses of this text, he explains that the means to having the direct and intuitive realization of brahman - the eternal, immutable Beingness-Knowingness, which is our very nature. He declares, up-front, the unreality of the three entities, the Individual-World-Creator, a model commonly invoked by many philosophical systems to explain the genesis of a “me,” the person, and the world that I live in. 

Srinivasa Rao gave an elaborate commentary on aparokShAnubhUti in a series of talks, over a period of eight days. These audio commentaries have been transcribed, translated into English, edited, and organized into this book to help Non-Dual aspirants understand the intricacies of Shankara’s Direct Path. 

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Yellamraju Srinivasa Rao

Yellamraju Srinivasa Rao (1927-2015) lived in Southern India. An erudite scholar and a staunch Non-Dualist, he made Shankara’s clarion call for Advaita his own, and dedicated his life to the study, practice, and teaching of Advaita. He tirelessly explained the concepts and nuances of the Advaita Vedanta to small groups of committed seekers. His sharp and penetrating Non-Dual vision often pierced through traditional boundaries, and freely explored Non-Dual concepts from Buddhism, Kashmir Shaivism, Sufism, and mystical Christianity. Alive and vibrant with the spirit of Non-Duality, his talks stirred a kindred spirit in his students and challenged them to keep pace with him as he unfolded the Absolute Truth with great clarity and insight.   

Ramesam Vemuri is the author of the book Religion Demystified and a regular blogger at the He translated several philosophical works from Telugu to English, including Yogavasishta and Yogataravali. Dr. Vemuri lives in Virginia, U.S.A, with his family. 

Padma Neppalli is a student of Srinivasa Rao and the author of the book Not-Two: The Essence of Non-Duality, an interpretive translation of one of Srinivasa Rao’s books, originally written by him in Telugu. Padma lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.