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W Self Realization hen the knowledge of the Self first became commonly planted into English and other European languages at the turn of the twentieth century, brought by the Vedic Upanishads, it was an event of the time. Mystically inclined people were enthralled and elated. All began striving for the high goal before even preparing for the lower ones that lead up to it. No one thought much about their nonattainment at that time, but went on into other “-isms” and “-asms,” such as Druidism, which was big at that time.

Everything was there for me, except for one philosophical glitch. That was Paraßiva or Parabrahman, the timeless, spaceless, causeless Íivam. Knowledge about this aspect of philosophy must have been a carry-over from a past life, for it came up ever so strong in my mind at the time. indb 30 1/13/05 11:55:04 AM AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION xxxi followed near the end of the 1930s when the Bhagavad Gîtâ was introduced to the West as the Holy Bible of the Hindus. The metaphysical and philosophical circles and intelligentsia in America could not believe that an excerpted episode of the Mahâbhârata preaching violence could be anything but detrimental to future generations in the West.

As a seed becomes a bud, and a bud becomes a flower, these nine steps of spiritual unfoldment are inevitable for all humankind. A parallel analysis known as dasakariyam, “ten attainments,” is found in ancient Tamil texts. My First Encounters with Hinduism  H aving been orphaned in 1938 at eleven years of age and raised by a family friend who had lived five or more years as a guest of the Mahârâja of Mysore, where she explored Indian art, dance and culture, it was in the path of my natural evolution to come to know Íiva Na†arâja, the God of the Dance.

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