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Jeeva-Brahma-Aikya-Vedanta-Rahasyam is a Sanskrit text by Cuddapah Satchidananda Swami, a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi. The title means "The Secret of the Identity of the Individual Soul and the Supreme Self in Vedanta". The text consists of 18 chapters, each explaining a different aspect of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy. The 18th chapter is the final and most important one, as it reveals the ultimate truth of the non-duality of the self and Brahman.


The 18th chapter begins with a quotation from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, one of the four principal Mahavakyas or "Great Sayings" of the Upanishads: Aham Brahmāsmi, which means "I am Brahman" . The author then explains that this statement is not a mere assertion, but a direct experience of the highest reality. He says that one who realizes this truth becomes free from all bondage, ignorance, and suffering. He also says that this realization is not something that can be attained by any external means, such as rituals, scriptures, or teachers, but only by one's own inner inquiry and meditation.

The author then gives a detailed description of how to practice this inquiry and meditation. He says that one should first renounce all attachments and desires, and cultivate detachment, discrimination, and dispassion. Then one should withdraw the mind from all sense objects and focus it on the inner self. One should then inquire into the nature of the self, by asking "Who am I?" or "What is my true essence?" One should not accept any answer that involves the body, mind, senses, or ego, as they are all impermanent and unreal. One should keep rejecting all such answers until one reaches the pure awareness that is beyond all names and forms. This awareness is the self, which is identical with Brahman, the absolute reality.

The author then says that one who abides in this awareness becomes free from all doubts and delusions. He says that there is no difference between the self and Brahman, as they are both pure existence-consciousness-bliss. He says that there is no duality or multiplicity in reality, as all phenomena are only appearances of Brahman. He says that there is no birth or death for the self, as it is eternal and unchanging. He says that there is no bondage or liberation for the self, as it is ever free and perfect. He concludes by saying that this is the secret of Vedanta, which can be realized by anyone who sincerely seeks it.

The author ends the chapter with a prayer to Sri Ramana Maharshi, his guru and inspiration. He praises him as the embodiment of Brahman, who has revealed the truth to countless seekers. He expresses his gratitude and devotion to him, and asks for his grace and guidance. He also dedicates his work to him, and hopes that it will benefit others who are interested in Vedanta.

This is a summary of the 18th chapter of Jeeva-Brahma-Aikya-Vedanta-Rahasyam, a text on Advaita Vedanta by Cuddapah Satchidananda Swami . For more information on this topic, you can listen to an audio commentary on SoundCloud .


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