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2. Credits and Acknowledgements

Too Close to revere, No amount of reverence and gratitude enough

Guru and Self are not different, still we must all approach to Guru with reverential attitude and as a servant. Same is the case with God. God is the Self, rules our heart and is too close to be considered as a separate from us.

On the other hand, no amount of glory, reverence or worship can repay the debt of the grace of Guru and God.

While they are too close to speak about them ‘formally’, we are not worthy enough to pay tribute to them. This servant will always remain indebted finding not enough words to sing their glory.

Whatever good you find in this work is the grace of my Guru and God, all errors are mine.

It would not be possible to acknowledge all those whose independent contribution towards sanAtana dharma is invaluable. The author, Amrut, would extend gratitude and thank online sources, spiritual websites for publishing gigantic works like Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa, veda-s, purāṇa-s and various other texts on the world wide web. Amrut would also like to thank owner of discussion group Advaita-L mailing list Shri Vidyasankar Sundaresan ji and owner of forum HDF (Hindu Dharma Forums) known by screen name @satay who encourages healthy discussion on sanAtana dharma.

Amrut would also take this opportunity to extend thanks to members of these two groups especially members of Advaita-L namely Acharya Shri K. Sadananda ji and Shri V. Subramanian ji among others who are traditionally well versed in sanAtana dharma.

Indebted to Kanchi Paramacharya

Amrut indebted to Kanchi Paramacharya, Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekharendra Sarasvati Mahaswami, as Amrut has got much knowledge about traditional Hindu Dharma from the book, Hindu Dharma - Eternal Way of Life’, which is the collection of teachings of Kanchi Paramahcharya. Kanchi Paramacharya was called as the ‘Living God’.

Indebted to Sringeri Shankaracharyas Abhinav Vidyatheertha Mahaswami and Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswami

Amrut is also indebted to Sringeri Shankaracharyas as Amrut has been immensely benefitted from the Divine Life of Jagadguru Sri Abhinav Vidyatheertha Mahaswami, who is a living example of a saint who has not only experienced the Supreme Truth of Advaita Sthiti, but had practiced many disciplines like Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Bhakti as means to Final Emancipation. His divine life are recorded by Jagadguru Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswami and published in a book, 'Yoga, Enlightenment and Perfection of Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswami (AV)'.

A brief intro of the above mentioned book is given by advaita academy. Hard copy is available in bookstores managed by Sringeri Matha. Soft copy in PDF and EPUB format are available for free down on Official Website dedicated to Sri Abhinav Vidyatheertha Mahaswami.

This book contains a detailed account of His intense spiritual practices that culminated in His Enlightenment and Jivanmukti at a very young age. Swami ji practised many spiritual disciplines and realized truth by various ways like -

  • Hatha Yoga

  • Bhakti & Karma Yoga

  • Kundalini Yoga

  • Nada Anusandhana

  • Meditation on Divine forms

  • Intense reflection on Brahman and Nikvikalp Samadhi

  • Nirvikalpa Samadhi by Grace of Guru

  • Final Enlightenment, permanent rooting in it and Jivanmukti

Indebted to Puri Paramacharya

Amrut is also indebted to Puri Shankaracharya Jagadguru Srī Bhārati Krṣṇa Tirtha for his contribution in decoding hidden mathematical formulas in the holy vedas.

Gratitude to Shri Santosh ji

Amrut would also like to thank a brotherly friend Shri Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula, the author of Mahapashupatastra Blog who has contributed to the article ‘Women and Sanātana Dharma’. Santosh ji has contributed to some wonderful articles like explaining the origin of universe from varṇamālā by Śiva and Śakti. The creation occurs from sound i.e. sanskrit vowels. He has also contributed to establishing glory of Śiva and Śakti as supreme Brahman. He has also decoded the encrypted hidden meaning of  vedic verses and hymns like Mahākāla Suktam and Skambha Suktam. Santosh ji has also refuted the left hand interpretation of our scriptures. Amrut is influenced by Santosh ji’s works and it might be reflected in taking yogic stand to explain inner meaning of some vedic and purāṇic hymns, stories and riddles. Indeed Yoga is one of the best way to explain certain rules and regulations for living life as a Hindu.

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