Vivekachudamani is a philosophical treatise expounding the cardinal truths of Advaita Vedanta, according to which, liberation or 'moksha' can be secured only through 'jnana', which, in the first instance, begins with the discrimination between the eternal and the transient. This book is translated by P. Sankaranarayanan. The work itself called Vivekachudamani- Crest Jewel of Discrimination, shows that the ills of life are to be traced to one's inability to discriminate between the eternal and the ephemeral. Mistaking the wordly things which are the 'nonatman' for one's real 'atman', one loses oneself in pursuit of them, and thus prolongs the 'samsaric' cycle. Discrimination between the 'atman' and the 'anatman' is the primordium on which the entire spiritual process for 'atmasakshatkara' which leads to liberation is based.