can-self-atma-be-known-advaita-vedanta-non-duality

In last session 30, the student doubted Vedanta’s means of knowledge to remove ignorance. Student claimed only experience can provide knowledge of self (Awareness). Basis of doubt was, “You need to taste the sugar to know it’s sweetness. Therefore no amount of scriptural words can give taste of Truth. You have to experience the Truth…

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knowledge-versus-experience-knowing-brahman-atman-truth-advaita-vedanta-2

In part 29 we addressed two concerns. Role of the guru. And if absolute Truth, as revealed in Upanishads, is just another point of view. Let’s revise them before moving onto the most controversial topic – if Advaita (non-duality) is matter of experience or knowledge. If we don’t answer this, fellow seeker will remain unsatisfied…

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6-blind-man-hindustan-advaita-vedanta-purpose-of-teacher-guru-master-acharya

In part 28, we attempted to correct a deeply ingrained false notion. A silent killer. It’s the cause of belittling thought as, “I am a victim. Powerless. Not in control. A puppet of God, government, family, society, etc” Even respected spiritual masters trumpeted a misinterpreted version to disciples. Adding to sense of limitation and postponing…

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In previous part 27, it attempted to show that the world which you experience everyday — consists of an endless combination of forms and color, sounds, tastes, smells and feelings. Isn’t that your experience? From the moment we wake up in the morning, what happens? Without effort, if eyes are working, sight of form and…

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many-minds-antahkarana-one-consciousness-atman-brahman-satya-mithya-2

In previous part 26, a common assumption was corrected, “If one mind is liberated from the false notion of separateness, then all minds should also be liberated“. It was explained that even though all minds (antaḥkaraṇa) are pervaded by the one same Consciousness (ātmā) – each mind also enjoys it’s own individuality. Hence it’s not…

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individual-mind-knowledge-understanding-ignorance-vedanta-advaita-avidya

In previous part 25, we highlighted an important word “mithya”. Without fully understanding it, we can never reconcile Oneness and world of multiplicity. World is mithyā, a dependent reality. Meaning whatever aspect of the world you look into, that very aspect depends on another aspect which you are failing to acknowledge. For example, we say…

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impure-dirty-rajasic-tamasic-non-sattvic-mind-antahkarana-reflecting-consciousness-self-atman-brahman

In previous part 24, student thought maya and consciousness are two different entities. Teacher explained there is no question of two-ness. Just like the skill of singing is never away from the conscious person in whom that potential rests. Even when the singing power projects outwards, the person can’t be reduced to a single definition…

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In previous part 23, we’ve seen that maya is dependent on the Limitless One (brahman) for it’s existence. Māyā is the totality of all names-forms which enjoy their reality in the one undivided Truth. Just how all words on a whiteboard, irrespective of the relative glory they enjoy – all have their being in the…

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maya-neti-neti-not-this-not-that-māyā-reality-status-nature

In previous part 22, we heard how maya’s veiling and projecting power works. They work in tandem. Veiling power (āvaraṇa-śakti) causes partial knowledge. For example, if we see the top, we’re under the influence of veiling power. Because we don’t see the bottom. Thus any opinion about the object is partial-knowledge because it’s limited to…

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brahman-isvara-ishvara-with-maya-superimposes-projects-world-jagat

In previous part 21, we asked “What causes projection of ignorance?” The cause of ignorance is partial knowledge and the effect is partial ignorance or projection. Suppose I say it’s a 6. You say it’s a 9. Debate goes on for years. Without the ink – is there a 6 or 9 to debate? It’s…

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