Translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, 139 Pages, Paperback.
Shankara's "Crest-Jewel of Discrimination" is a classic Vedanta text that provides the seeker of self-knowledge with a clear way to realize God, the Ultimate Reality. When earnestly applied, these direct teachings reveal the essential core of Being. God alone is and the individual exists as That.
Adi Shankara (686-718 A.D.), one of the great sage-philosophers of India, taught the profound nonrealistic philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. His words are alive and relevant today, just as they were when he walked the length and breadth of India, teaching the way to self-realization through self-knowledge. Like the Buddha before him, Shankara's chief concern was to provide the earnest seeker with a practical means to realize eternal peace and happiness.
According to Shankara, it is ignorance of our real nature that causes suffering and pain. The desire for happiness is essentially a longing to awaken to who and what we truly are. Through the path of self-knowledge, Shankara clearly teaches how to awaken from ignorance created by the mind, and abide in the peace of our true nature.
The "Crest-Jewel of Discrimination" clearly points the way to truth through insight, inquiry, and discrimination. Once awakened from this dream—to seeing things as they really are—one experiences true joy and freedom.