Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tattva Bodha of Adi Shankaracharya

Tattva Bodha of Adi Sankaracharya

Translated by Charles Johnston
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The Awakening to Reality

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To the Master, the World-Soul, the Master of seekers for union, obeisance; to the teacher, the giver of wisdom. To fulfill love for those who would be free, this Awakening to Reality is addressed to them.

The Four Perfections
We shall tell of the way of discerning reality, the perfection of freedom, for those who are fitted by possessing the Four Perfections.
What are the Four Perfections?
-- The Discerning between lasting and unlasting things; No Rage for enjoying the fruit of works, either here or there; the Six Graces that follow Peace; and then the Longing to be free.
What is the Discerning between lasting and unlasting things?
-- The one lasting thing is the Eternal; all, apart from it, is unlasting.
What is No Rage?
-- A lack of longing for enjoyments here and in the heaven-world.
What is possession of the Perfections that follow Peace?
-- Peace; Self-Control; Steadiness; Sturdiness; Confidence; Intentness.
What is Peace?
-- A firm hold on emotion.
What is Self-Control?