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Author QuotedSankaracharya
Title QuotedCrest-Jewel of Discrimination
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/10/26
ImprintHollywood : Vedanta Press. 1947
QuotationSankaracharya [Note 28: Sankaracharya. one of the most important Hindu theologians, lived in India in the eighth century A.D. He wrote commentaries on the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita and was the founder of the Advaita Vedanta doctrine of nondualism. His best-known work is The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination, available in several translations, including the version translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood (Hollywood, CA: Vedanta Press, 1947), from which the following quotes are taken.] on the mind and the atman (from The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination): "The Atman dwells within, free from attachment and beyond all action. A man must separate this Atman from every object of experience, as a stalk of grass is separated from its enveloping sheath. Then he must dissolve into the Atman all those appearances which make up the world of name and form. He is indeed a free soul who can remain thus absorbed in the Atman alon"¦. [and some more quotes]
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 223
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