By Pujya Swamiji Sri Dhayananda Saraswathi:
This is a unique presentation of the subject Self knowledge. You have grasped the matter well. You could present the subject in the light of science.
Congratulations and Best Wishes,
12th December, 2009
By Pujya Swamiji Sri Paramarthananda:
The topics dealt with here will be very useful to the spiritual seeker. They are classified well and presented in a language which can be understood by a lay person. The practical guidelines also will be extremely useful. This is certainly worth sharing with others.
16th May, 2010
Many in the spiritual field know that Swamiji Sri Dhayananda Saraswathi is regarded as ‘Acharya of Acharyas’ and a close associate of Swami Sri Chinmayananda and he is a world renowned vedantic teacher. He is the founder of ‘Sri Arsha Vidhya Gurukulam’, a well established Vedantic Institute in India and abroad. Swami Sri Paramarthananda is a senior disciple of Swami Sri Dhayananda Saraswathi, is an ‘encyclopedia’ of Vedanta and is in the field of teaching basic and advanced scriptural works for the past 25 years and conducting on-line classes on vedantic subjects. Prof. Sri B V Sreekantan is the ex Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and presently a senior faculty and guide to Ph D students in advanced subjects in Physics such as Quantum Mechanics, Particle Science etc. He is also the author of the book on ‘Philosophy of Science’ and many published papers in similar topics.
By Professor Sri B V Sreekantan:
Dear Sri. Jayakumar,
I give below some comments I have on your manual.
The following Slokas from the Bhagavad-Gita are well known
Manushyanam Sahasreshu kaschid yatae siddaye
Yatatam api siddhanam kaschin mam vetti tatvatah
Tat vidhi pranipatena, pariprasnena sevaya
Upadekshanti te gnanam gnaninah, tatva darshinah
The first highlights the extreme rarity of the individuals who strive for knowledge of the ultimate truth and the very few among them who succeed in this effort.
The second highlights the importance of finding the satguru who can impart the necessary knowledge for this purpose.
These are undoubtedly profound statements whose sanctity and validity cannot be questioned. However, the practical situation arises in the present day world for an individual motivated by sanskara to pursue the path of spirituality in the quest for ultimate truth and realization of it, how and where to find a satguru. What is the option left for him?
Is there no hope at all?
This piquant and very practical problem is precisely what this manual so thoughtfully and elegantly prepared by Sri. Jayakumar addresses. One can say that what is suggested is more in the line of Ekalavya who pursued the glorious path of self reliance and self effort and not only succeeded but also excelled.
Meant to be a practical guide the author of the manual makes the seeker to first critically examine himself and judge whether he fills the criteria for pursuing the spiritual path both mentally and physically.
By way of providing the necessary incentives the various practical benefits that ensue while one is pursuing this path are also enumerated.
The suggestions and the course of action stipulated are on the basis of scriptures and epics in Sanskrit and Tamil. The author has also made use of his own practical experience and acquaintance with relevant aspects of science. The format for presentation and teaching is unique and has the continuous involvement of the reader himself. The very instructive narratives towards the end of the book add a special value especially to the young reader.
The ingenious way in which the manual has been prepared though dealing with the most subtle aspects of daily life, common knowledge, scientific facts, value systems, ethics and philosophy makes the reader feel that he is aware of all this but it required a Jayakumar to make him realize that all is within himself and what is lacking is self effort.
Prof. B V Sreekantan
Former Director of Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.
National Institute of Advanced studies (NIAS), Bangalore.
Date: 11th July, 2010