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I. Introduction
A. A Brief Biography of Abhishiktånanda
B. The issue: The nature of Abhishiktånanda’s advaitic experience
C. Previous Research
D. Notes on the Text
II. Comparative Philosophy and Dialogue
A. Comparative Philosophy
B. Experience and Concept: Four Models
1. The Model of Immediate Experience
2. Constructivism
3. Hermeneutics
4. The Yogic Model
C. Phenomenology
D. Sources Investigated
III. Major Influences on Abhishiktånanda
B. Jules Monchanin
2. Teachings of Ramaˆa Maharshi
3. Abhishiktånanda’s Previous Information about Ramaˆa Maharshi
4. Time Spent with Ramaˆa Maharshi
5. Disciples of Ramaˆa Maharshi who had a major influence
6. The influence of Ramaˆa Maharshi on Abhishiktånanda
1. Who was Gnånånanda?
2. Teachings of Gnånånanda
3. Time spent with Gnånånanda
4. The influence of Gnånånanda on Abhishiktånanda
E. Buddhist Influences
1. Guru/Disciple relationship
2. The d¥kshå of Marc Chaduc
G. Other Important Influences
1. Raimon Panikkar
2. Chidananda
IV. Abhishiktånanda’s Description of His Advaitic Experience
A. Doubts and Authenticity of the experience
B. Criteria of Authenticity
1. Immediate Luminousness of the Experience
2. Philosophical Reasonableness
3. Moral effect
C. Levels of Advaitic Experience
D. Pre-1972 “Tastes” of the Advaitic Experience
1. Ramaˆa Maharshi
2. Caves of Arunåchala
4. Himalayas
E. The Advaitic Experiences in 1972–1973
1. Experiences with his disciple Marc Chaduc
2. Rishikesh
F. Interpretive Expressions
V. Nondual Perception
A. Nondifference of Subject and Object
1. Some issues in nondual perception
2. Nondual perception in Buddhism
3. Nondual perception in Vedånta Advaita
B. Abhishiktånanda and Nondual Perception
1. The four states of consciousness
2. Yoga and nirvikalpa samådhi
3. Sahaja samådhi as a return to the world
4. Seeing Brahman in all things
5. Anåtman and Self
6. Affirmation of the world of “objects” and distinctions
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