Do You Want to Know Who You Are?
One of the most fundamental questions that we as human beings wonder about is "Who am I?" When one begins asking this question in earnest it marks the dawn of spiritual awakening. The Master Key to Self-Realization provides a foundation for self-investigation and discovery through methodical exploration.
In this condensed text containing the teachings of Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj (pronounced sid-ha-ram-esh-war) the reader is led on a journey of Self investigation and Self-discovery. What is presented in the Master Key to Self-Realization are basic fundamental philosophical principles and concepts that have been used for centuries to convey the teachings of non-duality.
So, what is this "Master Key"?
The Master Key to Self-Realization is not a new method or technique for enlightenment. It is a time-proven method of investigation that leads to an experiential understanding of who you are at the essence of your Being. The Master Key represents one way that knowledge about your true Self is communicated which leads to a greater Self-awareness in one's own direct experience.
The Master Key to Self-Realization presents the methodical teaching of the great 20th century saint Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj about Self-Knowledge and Final Reality. The teaching contained in this text reflects the clear and simple language that was used by Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj and that has been similarly used for expressing non-dual spiritual teachings for millennia.
The spiritual instruction contained in this book provides the reader with solid foundation for understanding the Advaita Vedanta teachings of Shri Ranjit Maharaj and Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj, and other great Masters such as Shri Ramana Maharshi, Shri Adi Shankaracharya, and Saint Shri Samartha Ramdas, among others. This 'Master Key' empowers the spiritual aspirant to verify and understand for oneself the timeless essence of non-dual wisdom.
The Tradition of the Sadguru
In the Master Key to Self-Realization the reader is first introduced to some of the aspects of the traditional role of the teacher or Sadguru (pronounced sat-guru; commonly translated as true teacher). The tradition of the Sadguru puts emphasis on the value of having direct instruction from a realized master. In this tradition there is known what is called the Threefold Verification. This verification is used for evaluating spiritual teachers and teachings. The three verifications are (1.) is the teaching being presented consistent with Advaita Vedanta scriptures, (2.) is the teaching being presented consistent with what acknowledged saints and the sadguru say, and most importantly, (3.) is it verifiable in one's own experience. This threefold verification helps an aspirant be able to discern for oneself the validity of any spiritual teaching which also helps to ensure that one does not get involved with some "cult of personality" where a teacher is just making up a teaching based upon whatever thoughts happen to be running through their mind on any given day. In this tradition, you become your own authority through verification in your actual experience. An added benefit is that you can always have access to the Sadguru's teaching through books that are associated with this tradition.