The three basic texts of Vedanta are the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, and the Brahma-Sutras. Together they are referred to as the triple canon of Vedanta. The Upanishads constitute the revealed texts, they make the summits of the veda. Vedanta is the name given to them because they are the end of the Veda (Veda + anta). The Bhagavad-Gita (The Song of God) comes next only to the Upanishads. Sri Sankara describes the Bhagavad-Gita as the quintessence of the teaching of the entire veda. The Brahma-Sutras, which is regarded as ‘Nyaya-prasthana’, sets forth the teachings of Vedanta in a logical order.
There are in all about 200+ Upanishads; the Bhagavad-Gita comprises of 18 Chapters, 701 verses, and the Brahma-Sutras (garland) is divided into 4 chapters (adhyayas), each chapter consists of 4 parts (padas); each part has a number of sections (adhikaranas) and each section has one or more aphorisms (sutras) – in all 192 sections/adhikaranas and 555 sutras.
The following books and sites have been my source of learning and inspiration, that I have attempted to share through this blog:
01. Teaching by Ms. Jaya Row, Vedanta Vishon – http://vedantavision.org/
02. The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita – explained by Paramhansa Yogananda.
03. The Journey Home, Autobiography of an American Swami, Radhanath Swami.
04. The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran.
05. The Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran.
06. Arise Arjuna by David Frawley.
07. Rumi – A Spiritual Biography by Leslie Wines.
08. Worship of Nada Brahman T.S. Parthasarathy. He is a musicologist and scholar.
09. Mother Teresa- A complete authorized biography by Kathryn Spink.
10. ‘Be As You Are’ – The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, edited by David Godman
11. The Art of Happiness by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler.
12. The Upanishads – Breath of the eternal by Swami Prabhavanand and Frederick Manchester.
13. The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Dayananda.
14. Shankara’s Crest-Jewel of Discrimination (Viveka-Chudamani) – Translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood.
15. Nivedita of India – The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture.
16. In Woods of God-Realization – Swami Rama Tirtha.
17. Self-Knowledge (Atmabodha) by Swami Nikhilananda
18. Adi Shankaracharya’s Bhaja Govindam by Swami Sukhabodhananda
19. Abridged version of the lecture by Swami Chetanananda, Vedanta Society, St. Louis, USA.
20. Purusharthas-Aims of Life – Ms. Sneha Sharma – http://www.vpmthane.org/Publications(sample)/Indian%20Philosophy%20%20Its%20Relevance%20in%20the%2021st%20Century/Ms.%20Sneha%20Sharma.pdf
21. Reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda by His Eastern and Western Admirers.
22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDUm2344fwg – Sri Chaganti Koteswara Rao Garu – Speech For Students
23. Vedanta – Seven steps to Samadhi. Talks on the Akashi Upanishads – OSHO.
24. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin F. Bryant.
25. Sankara – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi_Shankara
26. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
27. In the City of Gold and Silver – Kenize Mourad
28. The Baburnamma – Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor – Wheeler M. Thackston
29. GOD and the evolving universe – James Redfield, Michael Murphy & Sylvia Timbers
30. A History of Iran – Michael Axworthy
31. Sufism, Culture and Politcs – Raziauddin Aquil
32. I leave you my Dream (OSHO Memoirs) – Satya Niranjan
33. Alexander the Great – Philip Freeman
34. An Incurable Romantic – Musical Journey of Lalgudi Jeyaraman – by Lakshmi Devnath