Crest Jewel of Wisdom
Also known as the Crest Jewel of Discrimination or Viveka-Chudamani
Translated by JOHN RICHARDS
ACCORDING TO TRADITION, this book was written by Sankara, the most important philosopher of Advaita Vedanta. Modern scholarship has cast doubt on this attribution, but the book remains one of the most famous and widely-read classics in the Advaitan literature.
The author (whoever he or she may have been) sets forth a method of Jnana Yoga called viveka or discrimination in which the seeker learns to distinguish what is really the self from the insentient things with which it is normally confused.
Rev. John Henry Richards, who made this translation, placed it in the public domain in 1998. He was rector of Stackpole Elidur Church in Cheriton, Wales until his retirement in 1999.