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Systematization of the Vedanta tradition

In his book Advaita Vedanta, Sesha provides a straightforward and outlined systematisation of the teachings of Govindapada, Gaudapada and Sankara, in conjunction with the fundamental aims of Raja yoga established by Patanjali, integrating the viewpoint of the above-mentioned Advaita masters with this dualist sage in a readable and complementary fashion.

In this systematization the immense similarities in the large variety of philosophic models laid down by different oriental masters become evident. A step by step description of the different states of mind allow us to see what there is in common with the ideas of the most distinguished oriental masters.

In this same book the distinct ecstatic states or levels of samadhi, described amongst others by Sankara and Patanjali, are clarified and put into hierarchical order, and so become integrated into just five states of consciousness: Dream State, Thought State, Observation State, (savilkalpa samadhi associated with objects), Concentration State (savikalpa samadhi associated with sound) and Meditation State, properly referred to as samadhi (nirvikalpa samadhi).

The main dilemma confronting any western student when initiating meditation practice, is the mind's inoperative character as an element of study of one’s own inner processes. This is due to the disorder that prevails within one’s mental instrument. The mind is not a mechanism completely purified and educated enough to detect the varied and subtle inner activities thanks to which different forms of reality can be recognised. For this reason, it is necessary to provide it with organised material so that the inner world is analysed in an easier fashion. This is why Sesha has formulated a systematised map of  Hindu metaphysics.

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