Chapter I of the Brahma Sutras by Swami Sivananda, The Divine Life Society, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, India
Commentaries there have been many on the Brahma Sutras, but either theyare too short and insufficient to be useful for a comprehensive study of the Sutras,or are extremely tough and abstruse to be utilised
by men of ordinaryunderstanding. This work of Swami Sivananda is of a
type in itself,unrivalled by any other. This commentary is neither too short to be useless, nortoo verbose to be unintelligible, but follows a
course, useful to one andall, mainly the spiritual aspirants, who want thought, not mere word.
Swamiji has got his own inimitable way of writing, which is a boon to theinquisitive student on the spiritual path. All real aspirants after Truth shouldpossess this book, for it is a guide-light that is capable of steering them across thesea of ignorance and doubt.
Swamiji has left nothing unsaid that may be useful to the student of theBrahma Sutras, and in addition has given useful information which will not befound in other notes and commentaries. The division of each Pada into therelevant Adhikaranas marking at the same time the number of Sutras theycontain, the subject matter they treat of, and the accompaniment of each Sutra bythe serial number from the very beginning is for the use and guidance of thestudent. An elaborate introduction precedes the work in addition to a shortintroduction
and a summary of the different Adhikaranas preceding each Pada.These are all a boon to the student of the Brahma Sutras for which theincomparable Swamiji has to be eulogised. Each Sutra also contains a word-by-word
meaning and a running translation.
More need not be said than that the production is a marvellous one. Swamijihas completed his annotations on the Prasthanatraya with his Brahma Sutras. Hiswritings are too famous to necessitate further introduction.
The text of the Brahma Sutras has been included herein to enable the readersto do Svadhyaya and get them by heart for purposes of meditation.
Sri Vyasa Purnima THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
28th July, 1999
I prostrate myself before that Guru, the Existence, devoid of the three Gunas,beyond comprehension, the witness of all mental functions, changeless and pure,one and eternal, transcending the pairs of opposites,
expansive like the sky,reachable through the sentences like 'Thou art That', the Bliss of Brahman, theGiver of Supreme Happiness, the Mass of Absolute Wisdom.
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