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Tattvabodha – Basic

Tattvabodha, authored by Adi Shankaracharya is a prakarana-grantha, an introductory or topical text. Tattvabodha defines all the terms and terminologies used in the Vedanta Shastra, even while presenting the essence of Vedanta in a simple question-answer style. Tattvabodha thus is a comprehensive ‘book of Vedantic definitions’. This text is a must study for all students seeking a thorough clarity of the Vedanta Shastra.

Beginner Course Medium: English

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Tattvabodha, authored by Adi Shankaracharya is a prakarana-grantha, an introductory or topical text. Tattvabodha defines all the terms and terminologies used in the Vedanta Shastra, even while presenting the essence of Vedanta in a simple question-answer style. Tattvabodha thus is a comprehensive ‘book of Vedantic definitions’. This text is a must study for all students seeking a thorough clarity of the Vedanta Shastra.

A total of 20 video sessions by Swami Advayananda, divided into 11 lessons, are made available to the registered students. The presentation is detailed and comprehensive and will benefit students who wish to start their study of Vedanta on a strong foot.

What You will Learn

  • Sadhana Chatushtaya – the preliminary qualifications required for the study of Vedanta
  • Layers of our personality – the three bodies and the five sheaths
  • The three states of experience – waking, dream and deep sleep
  • The nature of Reality
  • A peep into creation and the concept of maya
  • Analysis of the individual (jiva) and the Lord (Ishvara) and mahavakya Tat tvam asi
  • The Man of Realisation – Jivanmukti and Videhamukti

Why should I do this Course?

Tattvabodha is one of the preliminary texts to be studied on Vedanta that provides basic definitions of the Vedantic terminologies that are essential prior to entering the study of other prakarana-granthas, as well as treatises such as the Bhagavad Gita or the Upanishads. It therefore serves as a good foundation text to one’s study of Vedanta. .

The Svadhyaya Series offers two courses on Tattvabodha – Basic and Advanced.

  • The Basic Course will benefit students who are new to the study of Vedanta and wish to embark on the study or have just been initiated into Vedanta.
  • The Advanced Course is meant for students with a certain amount of knowledge of Vedanta, but wish to delve deeper into the Vedantic concepts and gain further clarity. It is not a prerequisite to complete the Basic Course to enrol for the Advanced one. To register for the Tattvabodha – Advanced Course, please click here.

How do I purchase the Text?

A copy of Tattvabodha, with the commentary of Swami Tejomayananda, published by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT), is recommended. You may purchase the same by clicking the following links:

Tattvabodha (English) | Tattvabodha (Hindi)
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Contact: Sri M. Jayaraman Nair

In-charge, Chinmaya Vani, Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF)
Ph: +91 92077 11138 / WhatsApp: 9207398313 / Email id:
cifpublications@chinfo.org

Requirements

  • Keenness to understand the fundamentals of Vedanta for delving into the deeper texts
  • Good internet connection
  • Knowledge of Sanskrit is not a prerequisite

Course Details

Tattvabodha Basic Course comprises 11 lessons.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Mangalcharana and Anubandha-chatusthaya
  • Lesson 3: Sadhana-chatustaya
  • Lesson 4: Adhikhari, Mumukshutva, Tattvaviveka
  • Lesson 5: Sthula-, Sukshma- and Karana-shariras
  • Lesson 6: Avasthatrayam – The Three States of Experience
  • Lesson 7: Panchakosha (Five Sheaths) and Beyond
  • Lesson 8: Nature of the Self
  • Lesson 9: Maya, Trigunas and Panchikarana
  • Lesson 10: Relationship of Jiva and Ishvara and Enquiry into “Tattvamasi” Mahavakya
  • Lesson 11: Jivanmukta, Types of Karma and Result of Self-knowledge

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