“ Yes Vedanta precisely unfolds the profound Knowledge of the Seers and the Sanskrit Language to all willing students… ” 

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Guru-Student Tradition in Advaita Vedanta
Vedanta's guru-śiṣya-paramparā is self-knowledge transferred from guru to student to help remove ignorance of Reality, AS IT ACTUALLY IS. It's teachings establish ways of intelligent living. And brings clarity pertaining to nature of Self.

Vedanta, specifically Advaita (non-duality) is a tradition sourced in Vedas of India — revealing the depth of ever-true wisdom within the three major texts: Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahma Sutras. They are further elaborated through Adi Shankara's Tattva Bodha − and Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadasi.

Yes Vedanta's purpose is to systematically unfold the methodology of these texts, so the student can actually arrive to the same understanding, vision or realization of the absolute reality as oneself — right here and now.

What is Advaita Vedanta (essence of non-duality)?

Vedanta is not a philosophy. Not a school of thought. Not a system of beliefs which can be negated from different angles. Not a set of contentions.

It remains independent of your thoughts about it. Just how one's existence remains independent of whether one verbally acknowledge one's existence or not.

Vedanta is a systematic and structured means of knowledge which establishes absolute clarity of the whole reality as yourself. Means of knowledge means, that by which one accomplishes the ultimate end (moksha / self-realization).

More specifically, the methodology reveals the ever-present truth about yourself (jīva), universe (jagat) and Existence-Consciousness (Īśvara/Brahman). Showing you that you are that very truth right now (tat tvam asi).

Until then, ignorance causes one to seek “THE reality” as though it's separate from oneself. This motivates one to apply countless actions in hopes to discover something bigger. Which results in frustration for many because it doesn't bring about permanent contentment, but temporary reliefs.

It's like a wooden chair doing different meditation techniques for years – hoping to discover the wood which it considers the ultimate Reality. In truth, the chair is always only the wood.

Similarly, a sincere seeker of truth will never become the sought – because the seeker is actually the sought right now. It's a matter of discovering how this is so. And this is what Vedanta serves to resolve once and for all.

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How can Vedanta help me?
Who am I? What am I not? How is the universe created? What came first? If reality is without a second (non-dual) – why do I experience many (duality)?

What is the highest purpose of human birth? How to know which decision is most appropriate?

What is the absolute meaning of “Truth”? And through what method do we unmistakably discern truth from falsehood?

What is the relationship between self, world and Awareness (or Consciousness)?

Such questions have already been thoroughly resolved throughout texts of Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Brahma Sutras, Pancadasi, Tattva Bodha, etc.

As result of their irrefutable logic, the answers to above questions can't be negated from any point of view, at any point in time.

Why is this? Because upon inquiry, you'll find they are pointing to the One reality which you always knew about – even now. But haven't yet captured in it's totality due to doubts or distorted notions.

Therefore Vedanta is not making any unverifiable claim or asking you to adhere to blind faith. Nor is it a mystical lineage, philosophical discussion, or a religion.

Vedanta is an observation of WHAT-IS.

Isaac-Newton-gravity-discoverJust like Newton didn't create “gravity”. He only discovered what-is on bases of observation and contemplation.

Therefore gravity can't be considered a religion or a philosophy. It's is not owned by any author. It is a non-negatable fact.

It's existence remains independent and true – whether we think of it or not.

In the same way, Vedanta directly points out the one unchanging Truth of everything. Which “you” are not away from.

Thus Vedanta reveals the reality of self, of “I AM”.

And the knowledge which uncovers the truth of self is called self-knowledge (brahmavidya / jnana-yoga). It's purpose is to free oneself from sense of limitation.

Moreover, Vedanta is continued through the guru-disciple lineage (guru-śisya-paramparā). It remains immune to contamination of other schools.

Above all, it's free of personal biases owning to vast literature covering every possible angle of Reality.

Hence the only purpose of Vedanta is to show the qualified student…

THAT knowledge, once known, nothing else remains to be known.

However such knowledge is not always presented in it's entirety.

For example most modern “gurus” will handpick parts they personally understand and stick with that.

But this attitude robs the seeker from hearing the full message. It doesn't address emotions. Bypasses psychology. Skips world of matter. Disregards science.

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This leads to inner conflict of contradictions. A disharmony in worldly engagements.

Neo-Advaita is a typical example of handpicking and avoiding the rest.

This results in spiritual bypassing.

A messed-up “Mr Enlightened”. In other words, discounting world duties, dharma, spouse, family, work — while proudly trumpeting “I'm spiritual “.

Is this what a rational, intelligent seeker wants? Self-denial or escapism are qualities of children. Not adults.

Frankly, life transformation requires a detailed investigation into one's thoughts. Discounting nothing.

And this is why devotee needs to be guided through the process of self-inquiry.

Otherwise life circumstances quickly overshadow our realizations. The progress seems to fade into the background.

For this reason, the student needs to stick to the tradition if he or she desires a total spiritual metamorphosis.

What does “traditional” mean?

It means the knowledge is expounded as originally delivered, and how it's supposed to be taught for it to have any effect.

It's important because a proper order is crucial for proper, whole and direct knowledge of oneself.

Else the one existence remains partially assimilated in the mind. A case of superficial intellectualism. Or an enlightened ego.

It's like a person who learns arithmetic, but is never shown addition.

Consequence will be a limited mathematician whose convinced “I figured it out “.

This is EXACTLY the situation with modern non-traditional teachings — disguised as Advaita Vedanta.

Such methodologies are incomplete, yet ironically attracts flocks of followers. How come? Psychology of easy and exciting wins over hard and necessary — any day!

Face it, humans seek the path of least resistance.

And the effect of subscribing to quick-fix techniques is an artificial sense of security and freedom, justified as “spiritual awakening”.

For instance, read the online forums. They're full of stories of “My spiritual awakening”.

But if we follow up with the author years later — still seeking. No significant milestones. The “happy awakened” bubble has burst.

incomplete-incorrect-spiritual-schoolsFor example once life throws addition onto our mathematician, he or she discovers there is no way of solving the equation.

In fact, nothing is faulty with one's ability or effort.

Instead the problem lies in ignorance of the missing knowledge, which once known and practiced, the equation can be solved.

To emphasize further the significance of sticking to the tradition…

Can a doctor cure the patient's sickness with partial medical knowledge?

Perhaps the patient may be temporarily relieved. Although the disease will inevitably resurface – unless an informed diagnosis is conducted.

In the same way…

Only complete knowledge of Reality can fully and definitively destroy ignorance (intruder of the mind preventing the fullness of self).

This is the purpose of traditional Advaita Vedanta as taught on this website.

Study Materials

Main Texts:

Vedānta comprises of three primary texts, known as the triple canon (prasthāna trayī). They form the foundation of Vedānta:

Upaniṣads (Śruti / Heard)

There are ten principal Upanishads which include:

There are also around a hundred minor Upanishads like Amṛitabindu, Kaivalya, Śvetāśvatara, and others.

Bhagavad Gita (Smṛti / Remembered)

Bhagavad Gita is the essence of the Upanishads that teaches how to realize the highest – while living in the world. It consists of 700 verses across 18 chapters and is part of the Indian epic Mahabharata.

If the Upaniṣads (highest truths) be represented by cows, then Gītā would be the milk of the cows (essence of the truths) extracted by Kṛṣṇa (supreme inner Self; Ātman) for the benefit of Arjuna (individual ignorant self believing is apart from the Whole) – who is unsure of the right path in midst of the battle of Kurukṣetra (struggle of life).

Brahma Sutras (Nyāya or Logic)

Brahma Sutras (Vedanta Sutras) is the philosophical treatise of Vedanta that systematically lays out the philosophy of the Upanishads. It consists of 555 aphorisms across 4 chapters. It should be studied along with the commentary of Shankaracharya for a deep and comprehensive understanding of Advaita (Non-Dual) Vedanta.

Supporting Commentaries:

There are many commentaries (prakarana grantha) written by some of the greatest Vedanta philosophers, like Adi Shankara and Swami Vidyaranya. Both contributed to clarifying many verses and principles from Main Texts above. They include:

Complimentary Material:

Few more Vedantic classics:

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Nisargadatta MaharajDesire is the memory of pleasure and fear is the memory of pain. Both make the mind restless. Moments of pleasure are merely gaps in the stream of pain. How can the mind be happy?

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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– Bhagavad Gita 17.23