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The "Crest Jewel of Discrimination" is Shankara's manual for both students and teachers of Advaita and a remarkable introduction to the theory and practice of this philosophy. We recommend the following:

Recommended Books

Vivekacudamani of Sri Sankaracarya

(translated by Swami Madhavananda): A short and accessible translation with the original Sanskrit, many explanatory notes and an index to the verses. Published by the Advaita Ashrama, ISBN 0-87481-147-3. About 230 pages. Available from Amazon and Vedanta Press and Catalog.

Sri Samkara's Vivekacudamani

(translated by P. Sankaranarayanan): This unusual version contains a modern commentary by one of the most senior Shankaracharyas of the last century, Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati of the Sarada Pitham in Sringeri, India. It also has the original Sanskrit with English transliteration and translation. Published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1999, no ISBN. Hard to find; available as of August 2008 from the Society of Abidance in Truth or directly from the Advaita Meditation Center.

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