Advaita Simplified

How Valid are Vedas Scriptures In Modern World? – Part 8

vedas-advaita-vedanta-scriptures-in-modern-society-2

Last part 7 introduced to purpose of the Vedic scriptures answering who is the “I” which everyone begins their conversations with. Now doubt arises in student’s who begins to question the authenticity of the scriptures. In Vedanta context, the scriptures comprise of: Bhagavad Gita, Brahma Sutra, Upanishads. Students concern, “The books describe in great detail esoteric…

Read More

What is Need for Sacred Holy Texts or the Scriptures? – Part 7

purpose of scriptures

In previous part 6 conversation, teacher explained one of most integral teachings leading to vision of Oneness; how individual (microcosmic; vyaṣṭi) and TOTAL (macrocosmic; samaṣṭi) are are of the one SAME substance. Now student continues questioning on bases of previous conversation, “If we are equal to the Limitless One, why do we need the sacred…

Read More

The Knower, a Self-Conscious Being – Part 5

subject-object-knower-known-advaita-vedanta-satya-mithya

Students were introduced orders of reality in Part 4 – which has now sparked doubts. So one of students asks… “Do you mean to say we have no independent being? That neither my mind nor body has any real feeling? Am I just an illusion, imagining a real existence?” You are neither an illusion, nor…

Read More

Reconciling Orders of Reality and Oneness – Part 4

pratibhasika-vyavaharika-paramarthika-advaita-vedanta-orders-of-reality

In last sentence of Part 3, teacher briefly introduced two new terms ” subjective” and “empirical” orders of reality. This begins to explain how we can have “orders of reality” when all is actually One… Student asks “When you talk of orders of reality? Where is the question of One?” Yes, the term orders may…

Read More

What is Subjective Perception? – Part 3

subjectivity objectivity in advaita vedanta

In last sentence of Part 2, the teacher concluded with an important concept in Vedanta “orders of reality“. But didn’t explain… Now the inquiring Vedantic student asks, “What do you mean by order of reality? Can reality have orders and differences?” We have a personal subjective reality. When we perceive something… we superimpose values, emotions,…

Read More

What is Real and Not-Real? – Part 2

clay-pot-advaita-vedanta-chandogya-upanishad-satya-mithya

Part 1 needs to be understood for this part to make sense. Student posed a question “What is real and what is not real? How do you decide their status?” In the world, entropy is the rule. Change is the constant. People, emotions, objects, and living things… with or without our knowing… every moment they change. How…

Read More

Limitless Existence Consciousness (satcitananda) – Part 1

sat-cit-ananda-consciouness-limitlessness-existence

By seeming coincidence, three sincere truth seekers found themselves before the presence of a well known wise person (jñāni) of the land. Soon enough there was an argument amidst the seekers. A confronting case of conflicting opinions arose. Each decided to make their cause before the jñāni (knower of Truth). The first said, “The One above…

Read More