Advaita Vedanta Course - Essence of Bhagavad Gita & Upanishads

Residential program currently running weekly in Melbourne.

Lesson 1 – Bhagavad Gītā In Light of Non-Duality & Basic Inquiry into Your Existence

April 30, 2018

Summary: Lesson 1 of our Advaita Vedanta Nondualism Course starts with the Bhagavad Gita story between inner-war of good/evil or spirit/matter within every human being (Pāṇḍavas/Kauravas). When Arjuna loses his resolve – unable to stand…

Lesson 2 – Fundamentals: Mind, Intellect, Vasana, Karma

May 8, 2018

Summary: Prerequisite to jumping into Advaita Vedānta course, in this session we learn about fundamentals of Mind, Intellect, Vāsanā (also called saṃskāra), and Karma. Terms often referred to during the classes. Mind (manas): Feeler of…

Lesson 3 – Apyayantu Mamangani Explained & B.Gita Krishna advice to Arjuna

May 15, 2018

Summary: Session stars with Chandogya Upanisad “āpyāyantu mamāngāni” invocation – with first line explained in detail – including: How to use our speech (vāk), Life force (prānaḥ), eyes (cakṣuḥ), ears (śrotram) to help us with…

Lesson 4 – Upanisads Authenticity & Why Everything is Brahman (sarvam brahma)

May 22, 2018

Summary: Session 4 discusses what Upaniṣads reveals to be the highest and greatest use or purpose of one’s life on Earth. In one line – it is: sarvam brahmaḥ Meaning: Everything is Brahman (Consciousness, Self,…

Lesson 5 – 4 Vedanta Qualifications (samanya Dharma, svadharma, loka-sangraha, Emotions)

May 29, 2018

Summary: Session 5 completes the meaning of “apyāyāntu mamāngāni” prayer from Chāndogya Upaniṣad. It discusses 4 distortions all humans are subject to. All serious spiritual aspirants are advised to consistently nurture them before and during…

Lesson 6 – How To Know You’re Caught In Samsara, Real VS. Unreal (Satya/Mithya)

June 5, 2018

Summary: In Session 6, along with revision of preceding session, Krishna begins teaching Arjuna about the Self (Brahman) from Bhagavad Gita, CH 2. TOPICS COVERED: Īśvara or Bhagavān (Lord) is: All-pervasive (sarvagatham) and Timeless (nithyam).…

Lesson 7 – How Maya Fools Everyone Believing Joy is in the World & About Desire

June 12, 2018

Summary: Sessions 7 focuses on mechanics how Jīva (ignorant person under spell of Māyā) believes joy is in worldly Objects – disregarding Self as source of the joy. As long as person believes joy is…

Lesson 8 – Collapsing Duality Using Vedanta Metaphors, Incarnation, Svadharma

June 20, 2018

Summary: Sessions 8 starts with providing reason and logic for Incarnation (invalidated from Vedantic point of view). Then we describe non-dual Consciousness using various metaphors to collapse idea/belief in duality (separation). Also, what does Jīva…

Lesson 9 – What is Yoga? Why Different Paths? Maya is Two Powers (Veiling/Projecting)

June 26, 2018

Summary: Session 9 elaborates metaphors to help Vedānta student “see” with added clarity, definitions of: Self, Dharma, Yoga, Ignorance and Māyā. It’s purpose is to reconcile Jñāna Yoga (Self-Knowledge; for contemplative personalities) and Karma Yoga…

Lesson 10 – Ignorance of Brahman is NOT an Action Problem – but Knowledge Problem

July 3, 2018

Summary: Session 10 starts with giving practical example applying Spiritual sādhana to purify Mind, by driving to work (through Karma Yoga spirit of Compassion). Followed by 2 paths all humans are confronted with each day.…

Lesson 11 – Formula to Negate False Illusion of Separation, Atman & Brahman Difference

July 10, 2018
Advaita Vedanta Non-Duality Australia

Summary: Session 11 shares heart of Advaita Vedānta in TWO major teachings. FIRST is using formula (A = B = C = A) to negate false sense of separation or space between You (Conscious Subject;…

Lesson 12 – Is there Freewill? 3 Karma’s Molding You. What is Compassion?

July 17, 2018

Summary: Session 12 teaches us how 3 types of Karma (Sanchita, Prarabdha, Agami) cause you (Jiva) to be WHAT YOU ARE TODAY. Provoking question “Do we have free will?“. Then we use Vedanta “Dreamer &…

Lesson 13 – Success According to Vedanta & Signs of Enlightened Person (Jivanmukta, B.Gita 2.58)

July 31, 2018

Summary: Session 13 re-defines “success” from traditional worldly view, to Vedāntic point of view of Objectivity and Dispassion. We then debunk common myths what is an Enlightened person (jīvan-mukta), as answered by Krisna to Arjuna…

Lesson 14 – Bhagavad Gītā 2.54: Description of Person (jīvan-mukta) of Firm Wisdom

August 8, 2018

Summary: Session 14 addresses Bhagavad Gita CH 2, verse 54, when Arjuna asks Lord Krisna “What is the description of a person of firm wisdom, one whose mind abides in the Self? How does such…

Lesson 15 – B.Gītā CH2 Revision (Dharma, Māyā, Ego, Rituals, Yoga) & 5 Sheaths Covering Ātman

August 15, 2018

Summary: Session 15 is revision of Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 2 keypoints in Q & A format – on Dharma, Māyā, Ego, purpose of Rituals, How to remain Pure, attainment of Yoga. Then we begin teaching…

Lesson 16 – How to Disidentify from False Self (Anatman) Using 5 Sheaths (Pancha Kosha)

August 22, 2018

Summary: Session 16 shows a visual model of 5 sheaths (pañca-kośa) that make up a person (Jīva) – as revealed in Taittirīya Upaniṣad. And how to practically use this knowledge to dis-identify with “who I…

Lesson 17 – How 3 Bodies (Gross, Subtle, Causal) Seemingly Condition Atman

August 29, 2018

Summary: Session 17 explain what 3 bodies of every human being are. Then elucidates how experience occurring within the 3 bodies or 5 sheaths – gets mistakenly superimposed onto Ātman (“I”). Hence individual (Jīva) claims…

Lesson 18 – Examples of Living & Using Vedanta Self-Inquiry in Daily Life

September 5, 2018

Summary: Session 18 focuses on how to actively use Vedānta Self-enquiry knowledge in everyday life. Then we learn pursuit of Self-Knowledge is not about “gaining something NEW”, but discovering what is ALREADY PRESENT (praptasya prapti).…

Lesson 19 – Correcting Subtle Non-dual Mistakes – and What Moksa (Liberation) is NOT

September 12, 2018

Summary: Session 19 is establishes clarity for Advaita Vedanta scholars/fanatics by seeing examples how subtle mistakes of non-dual vision creates subtle ego arrogance (duality). Possible corrections are provided. Also we remove common false notions about…

Lesson 20 – Karma Yoga (Seeing Isvara/God in Everything): Bhagavad Gita CH3

September 19, 2018

Summary: Session 20 begins with Kṛṣṇa introducing Arjuna (you) the path of being a Karma Yogi. A spirit of sacrifice built at time of creation. When lived, it produces consistent life success in all areas…

Lesson 21 – Isvara (God) is Endless Causes & Effects – and Dealing with Difficult Situations

September 26, 2018

Summary: Session 21 revisits why Bhagavad Gītā is applicable in today’s age more then ever. Then we see how understanding of Īśvara’s (God’s) Cause-Effect relationship leads one to take responsible actions every moment… eventually leading…

Lesson 22 – How Cause Effect Operates in Your Life In Light of Dharma & Karma

October 3, 2018

Summary: Session 22 demonstrates how every Cause (Action) has an Effect (Reaction) in your life. And how the quality (Effect) of life today, is result of series of Causes (Actions) in the past. This results…

Lesson 23 – Journey of Desire from Toys to Enlightenment (moksha)

October 10, 2018

Summary: Lesson 23 explains why Desire can’t be eliminated, and why it’s NOT a hindrance to Enlightenment (mokṣa). We also learn correct/incorrect method to MANAGE desire all the way to your last breath. You’ll also…

Lesson 24 – How to Practice Karma Yoga: Benefits, Principles & Examples

October 17, 2018

Summary: Lesson 24 show how Karma Yoga leads to success in ordinary day-to-day situations. Promotes healthy attitude & relationships with Self, World (Jagat), Others, Īśvara. It invokes a sharp, intentional, Sāttvic and constantly meditative mind.…

Lesson 25 – Summary of Using Karma Yoga for Mind Purification

October 24, 2018

Summary: Lesson 25 wraps up a summary on Bhagavad Gītā’s chapter 3 on Karma Yoga – as means of purifying the Mind and living in harmony with the WHOLE. We also undertake some common questions…

Lesson 26 – True Meaning of Renunciation and It’s Purpose: Bhagavad Gita, CH5

October 31, 2018

Summary: Lesson 26 clears what it means to Renounce the world or action. It is NOT to give up action, but to give up the false notion that “I AM the doer/actor”. Yoga of Renunciation…

Lesson 27 – What It Means to ‘Renounce the World’: True VS False Sannyasa

November 7, 2018

Summary: Lesson 27 answers common questions like: What is TRUE renunciation? Is aloneness and general disinterest towards world an attribute of a sannyāsī (person whose only interest is study of scriptures, God, self-enquiry)? Is sannyāsa…

Lesson 28 – Anger Management & I Am NOT the Doer – Bhagavad Gita Meaning

November 14, 2018

Summary: Lesson 28 starts out by visually comparing Mind-Intellect-Ego of a samsari (life controlled by desires) – and of a Self-Realized person (jivan-mukta). Then we correct common false notion of limiting Ishvara (God) to space-time.…

Lesson 29 – Attachment Causes Depressing Attitude & Maya / Isvara Difference

November 21, 2018

Summary: Lesson 29 establishes that Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita CH1 is refusing to do his duty (svadharma) because of his Attachment to his teachers. Thus when we are attached to something we like (vasana), we…

Lesson 30 – I AM __ Only In Reference to Mithyā: Confuse not Ātman & Role

November 28, 2018

Summary: Lesson 30 demonstrates how ‘I’ (Self/Atman) is only an APPARENT doer/actor in reference to the mithyā role played amidst relating with life. Confusing ‘I’ with ROLE results in forgetting of one’s Ātman identity –…

Lesson 31 – Summary of Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5 (Two Lifestyles & Spiritual Disciplines)

January 9, 2019

Summary: Lesson 31 summarizes 2 lifestyles every person MUST choose while living (householder/saṃnyāsi). And 2 spiritual disciplines all seekers MUST go through, both leading to Liberation (Karma-Yoga & jñāna-Yoga). Aspirant may choose which lifestyle to…

Lesson 32 – Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5: Who am I? Recognizing Atman by Jnana Yoga (32)

January 16, 2019
Lesson 32 Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5: Who am I? Recognizing Atman by Jnana Yoga (32)

Summary: Lesson 32 shares process of recognizing Ātman (“I” – Awareness). We also see 2 major benefits of following Karma-Yoga & Jñāna Yoga being vairāgya (dispassion) and jivanmukti (Liberation). Terms used in class: bhoka: enjoyer…

Lesson 33 – Difference between Lower (Ahamkara) and Higher Self (Atman/Brahman) (33)

January 23, 2019

Summary: Lesson 33 explains the process of shifting the “I” away from false experiencing doer-enjoyer (ahaṃkāra), to true identity with Brahman (Awareness). Then claiming the identity right now – instead of mistakenly postponing it to…

Lesson 34 – Self-Realized vs. Ignorant (jnani/ajnani) & Is Isvara (God) Responsible?

January 30, 2019

Summary: Lesson 34 begins introducing attributes of a jnani (Liberated person while living) for preparation of jnana-yoga in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5 verses 13-21. Then we examine if world’s condition (dharma/adharma) can be ascribed onto…

Lesson 35 – Spiritual Practices only Purify. Self-Knowledge (Jnana Yoga) alone Liberates

February 6, 2019

Summary: Lesson 35 explains why only Self-Knowledge can remove ignorance of original “I AM” (Ātman). Then outlines 4 stages all humans go through in their spiritual sadhana. None are exception. We also learn practical suggestions…

Lesson 36 – Who am I According to Adi Shankara in Tattva Bodha: Atman & Anitya-Anatman

February 13, 2019

Summary: Lesson 36 analyzes Tattva Bodha (Knowledge of Reality) verse 2.1/2.2 to answer “Who/What I am NOT?”, and “Who/what I am?”. Both INDIRECT and DIRECT means must be employed for CLARITY in viveka (differentiation between…

Lesson 37 – Tattva Bodha – What is the Gross/Physical Body? (Sthula Sharira by Adi Shankara)

February 20, 2019

Summary: Lesson 37 answers (a) What is the material cause of every Gross Body (sthūla śarīra), and (b) What CAUSES your body to be born with certain attributes/parents/country/sex, etc? Point is, once we know what…

Lesson 38 – How a Jnani Sees (Vision of an Enlightened / Self-Realized Person)

February 27, 2019

  Summary: Lesson 38 revises 4 stages of any seeker (sadhaka) towards Liberation. Then Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 5, verse 18-19) elaborates in thorough detail how Jnani (wise person) sees and lives in the world –…

Lesson 39 – Liberated vs Ignorant Living: Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5, Verse 20-21

March 6, 2019

Summary: Lesson 39 clears up false notions surrounding how jñāni (wise person abiding in Self as Self/Ātman) lives in this world, while alive (jīvanmukta). We also discover benefits of brahmavit (knower of Brahman by means…

Lesson 40 – Discipline & Mental Preparation Needed for Self-Knowledge

March 13, 2019

Summary: Lesson 40 revises basic discipline and quality of mental preparedness required for householder and/or renunciate (sannyasa)… to properly assimilate jnana-yoga (Self knowledge leading to Liberation). We also revise how our raga/dvesha (likes/dislikes) decide our…

Lesson 41 – 6 Stages of Spiritual Evolution & 4 Practices for Freedom

March 20, 2019

Summary: Lesson 41 illustrates 6 stages every spiritual seeker/finder goes through from basic discipline of empathy… to “aham brahmasmi” (Vision of Oneness with the TOTAL as the TOTAL). Followed by 4 qualifications necessary for actualizing…

Lesson 42 – Introduction to Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6, Meditation / Dhyana Yoga

March 27, 2019

Summary: Lesson 42 establishes groundwork for Upanishads Meditation, it’s true role/purpose. And 3 great false notions of Meditation: It is NOT meant for Liberation, gaining Knowledge, nor for mystical/extraordinary experiences. Source of teaching: Bhagavad Gita,…

Lesson 43 – Managing Racing Thoughts and Purpose of Meditation

April 3, 2019

Summary: Lesson 43 re-emphasises an important sadhana, Karma Yoga, required before Meditation (Dhyana Yoga). Else Meditation becomes a struggle with excessive and unceasing thoughts & emotions. Disciplines required to MAINTAIN an undisturbed mind throughout the…

Lesson 44 – How To Know If Mind is Mature, Fate-Destiny & Freewill

April 10, 2019

Summary: Lesson 44 provides test if mind is sufficiently mature to fully pursue Self-Knowledge. If not, samatvam is prescribed to cultivate the Intellect and balance extreme joys/sorrows. Also, Lord Krisna confirms reality of freewill, and…

Lesson 45 – Self/Truth is Always Experienced as Self-Evident ‘I’

April 17, 2019

Summary: Lesson 45 revises four necessary disciplines for sharpening, cleaning, preparing one’s mind for permanent happiness. We also logically explain why Self is never NOT available in everyone’s experience. What is Consciousness? And how to…