A VEDANTIC ENQUIRY INTO SUPREME DEVOTION - SWAMI RAMAKRISHNANANDA PURI
The Bhagavad-Gìtà is one of the core texts of the Indian spiritual tradition. Its 18 chapters present the very essence of spirituality. As Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) says, “The Bhagavad-Gìtà is verily a distillation of the Vedas. It has flowed down to us like the Ganges through the grace of God. Miraculously, even though it is a distillation, it retains the depth and expansiveness of the original. It has thus become regarded as the very symbol of Sanàtana Dharma.” Here, Swami Ramakrishnananda analyzes eight verses from the 12th chapter of the Gìtà that are referred to collectively as the Amätàçâakam. In these “Eight Immortal Verses,” we find a presentation of the qualities, characteristic and mental attitudes of an individual who has attained to the peak of spirituality, what the Gìtà refers to as supreme devotion. Using the quintessential Vedàntic commentary of Sri Adi Sankaracharya and his own lifetime of living under Amma’s tutelage as a guide, Swamiji takes the reader on a heartfelt and insightful exploration of these verses. It is a journey that touches on every aspect of spirituality and, ultimately, drives home the truth that supreme devotion is only possible when the misunderstanding that the devotee and God are two is eradicated.