Yes Vedanta purpose is to preserve and share the original message of Advaita Vedānta sampradāya (tradition revived by Ādi Śaṅkarācārya) – by revealing the depth of it’s eternal non-dual teachings contained in texts (sourced from last section of Vedas called jñāna-kāṇḍa) like: Upaniṣads, Bhagavad Gītā, Brahma Sūtras, Vivekachudamani, Nārada Bhakti Sūtra, Aparokshanubhuti, Panchadasi, etc.
Advaita Vedanta doesn’t mix various theosophies. Because it’s methodology is complete and does not contradict opposing views or religions (since reality is the WHOLE – and nothing is excluded from the WHOLE) – despite other views not necessarily agreeing with Vedanta.
Content taught in class is based on Traditional Vedanta (100% in Sanskrit) by Adi Shankara, but simplifies it for those unfamiliar and uninterested in Sanskrit. However original essence is strictly preserved.
Basically a devoted, life-long student and teacher of Sanskrit and Vedānta. Immersed in Upaniṣad/Vedic/Purana texts 6-10 hours per day.
About Andre Vas (AV)
“ From Europe to South Africa, finally settling 2001 in Australia – door of financial, emotional and intellectual success opened wide. I took it at age 17. Self-help intrigued the young boy, so did selling goods for healthy profits. Tony Robbins, Napoleon Hill, Robert Kiyosaki and the likes were hero’s.
However consistent prosperity until around 23, raised suspicion in form of inquiry. I recognized the impermanence of money, friendship, intimacy, security, social status, self-help, ecstatic states of consciousness.
I noticed there was no end or finality to anything done or experienced.
Thus began endless inquiry:
“ What is this strange feeling of finality I’m craving? What is finality? Finality to where? What is this end I’m seeking? End to what? When will I stop (end) asking so many questions? How is it that I’m aware of these question being asked? To whom are these questions asked? Am I the one asking questions OR the awareness of the questions asked? If I am awareness, then WHO is doing the question-asking? How is it that I know of both entities simultaneously? Could I be both or just one or neither? Which one am I then! ”
This sort of inquiry directed majority attention inwards while life continued outwards. Hence began journey of seeking TRUTH (‘finality/end’ as later discovered – means the end of the unresolved doubt every human is eventually confronted with to resolve, “What is my TRUE identity?“. Until this is answered – nothing is ever completely satisfying).
So next 10+ years, majority of day was invested into investigating, learning and applying hundreds of known methodologies, religions and instructions to “Knowing Thyself”.
Pilgrimages explored, countries traveled, Sages seen, hundreds of hours reading, full lotus meditations, breathlessness achieved (nir-vikalpa samādhi), Ayahuasca, Cosmic Orgasms, Qigong, Kriyā Yoga, Chanting names of God, Prayers, Mantras, affirmations, hypnosis, etc…
All, but another passing experience cultivating only the intellectual-ego quotient (aggrandizing Spiritual resume). Yet still Ignorant of WHO I AM… awed by the words of the scriptures (Vedas, Bible, Kabbalah, Buddhist Tripiṭaka, etc) and wise sages of our time.
Then as it goes, when student is ready (IE: one’s every breath is ONLY for sake of Liberation; nothing else) – then teacher/guru appears. It’s the same story heard in most biographies.
And so it was…
After Vedanta teachings by my guru James Swartz – and sticking with the program (meaning self-inquiring in light of the teaching)… Self-Knowledge was-is firmly and permanently established without again sporadically confusing Myself with what I am NOT. No more lights going on-off.
All seeking, sage-fascination, concerns to improve, desires for worldly accomplishments, Love-validation from others, intimidated by authority-gurus, fear of ‘not-becoming’, worries of dying-rebirth, motivation for connection/intimacy… gradually dissolved into an adorable joke.
Like when a toddler tries to convince parent they saw a flying reindeer in the sky. Parent finds this adorable and amusing, not out of belittling, but out of compassion. Yet to toddler, it’s absolutely Real, enacts emotions and worthy of investigation.
None of “it” was-is mine to begin with. “I” is free of Creation/experience.
From “THIS” point of view, it is amusing that the simplest and most sublime is missed. Ironically, it is seemingly the hardest to figure out.
Hence Yes Vedanta purpose is to reveal this Supreme Reality (Brahman: Vedic / Father: Christian / Emptiness: Buddhist) by removing false notions of who-what you are and are not.
Maybe we’ll meet someday.
In Service to Lord,
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uttiṣṭhata. jāgrata. prāpya varān nibodhata
“Arise! Awaken! And Realize the Truth!”
– Kathopanisad 1.3.14