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Immanent Awareness: The Aparokshãnubhuti of Sri Shankara, With and Introduction and Translated from the Sanskrit by Yours Truly.
Sri Shankaracharya is widely recognized as the pre-eminent voice of Advaita Vedanta, the Indian philosophical concept of Non-Duality. Believed to have lived around the 8th Century BCE, and to have died at the early age of 32, Shankara is reputed to have been the author of some 400 texts. However, only a handful are traditionally ascribed to him including the Advaita Vedanta stalwart, the Vivekecashudamani. Many of his other works included commentaries on the Brahmasutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Manduka Upanisad. The Aparokshãnubhuti is attributed to Shankara, however, the authenticity of that statement will remain unanswered. It is, nonetheless, one of the most powerful and intriguing texts in all of Indian Philosophy and will challenge readers despite is deceptive simplicity. Like a playful Zen Koan, the Aparokshãnubhuti calls to us and confounds us, teasing us with its lucidity, yet provokes us with its profundity.