Living non-duality according to Vedanta

What’s It Like to Live the Vision of Non-Dual ONENESS?

By Andre V | November 5, 2018

When one realizes oneself to be unborn-ordinary-actionless-non-dual Awareness… and that Awareness (Ātman/Brahman) is everything that is… it does not mean that the world (jagat) suddenly goes “poof” into a whirlpool of nothingness. The world remains, but with the understanding that there is nothing real (substantial) to it. In other words one no longer gets fooled.…

Selfish life VS Life of Karma Yoga

Beauty and Logic of Living Life as Karma Yogi

By Andre V | October 25, 2018

“Now listen to the wisdom of yoga which will free you from bondage to action. In this yoga, no effort is wasted, nor are any unsuitable results produced. Even very little karma yoga protects one from great fear.” ~ Bhagavad Gītā Karma yoga is the “mothership” for qualifying and preparing the mind for Liberation. Irrespective of the type of activity you perform, it’s…

Dakṣiṇāmūrti Vedanta

What is Advaita Vedanta About?

By Andre V | October 24, 2018

“The fire of certainty which is the result of knowing Onself as immaculate Awareness, burns down the entire forest of ignorance. The eradication of ignorance and the dawning of happiness are one event.” – Aṣṭāvakra Gītā What is Advaita Vedanta (Brief)? Total freedom, total confidence and total satisfaction. This is the fruit of Vedanta, a proven methodology that equips…

Existence (Brahman/Ātman/Awareness) is Beginingless and Endless…

By Andre V | October 15, 2018

Existence (Brahman/Ātman/Awareness) is beginingless and endless. Thus, the notion of “Today I’m enlightened“, implies “Yesterday, I wasn’t“. Which contradicts THAT which is beginingless/endless. What’s more, such thoughts are subject to Time. Meaning anything that BEGINS in time has an inevitable ENDING in time. Common sense. So what’s the solution – if mokṣa (Freedom) is beyond…

What are the Vedas?

By Andre V | October 10, 2018

Vedas are divided into 4 sections: (1) Rig Veda, (2) Yajur Veda, (3) Sāma Veda, (4) Atharva Veda. Each each section is further divided into 2 parts. Part 1 called “karma-kāṇḍa“. Part 2 is called “jñāna-kāṇḍa“. Karma-kanda deals with rituals and prayers. Basically, how to live a happy, harmonious, smooth and clean life. Jñāna-kanda deals with…

James Swartz Interviews, Review & Critique on Vedanta and Non-Duality

By Andre V | October 8, 2018

This is a collection of various James Swartz interviews (Q & A) on topic of practical use and correct method of Vedānta – as means to mokṣa (Liberation) – through proper self-enquiry. James Swartz is an author of “How to Attain Enlightenment: The Vision of Nonduality“. He worked tirelessly teaching traditional Vedānta for 40 years…

Why a Wise Person Won’t Argue Against an Ignorant Person

By Andre V | October 1, 2018

What a wise person (Jñāni) knows directly – can be summarized in below Ādi Śaṅkarācārya’s words. Which is why there is NO GAIN for a jñāni to argue or defend themselves – when challenged by criticism of an ignorant Jīva (person who identifies “I” with Body-Mind complex): brahma satyaṁ jagan-mithyā jivo brahmaiva nāparaḥ anena vedyaṁ…

‘I’ – The Subtlest of the Subtlest

By Andre V | August 30, 2018

Bhagavad-Gītā says that we have five sense organs of knowledge (seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, tasting); these are very subtle. Example: Organ of seeing is a lot more subtle then the physical instrument of seeing; eye. More subtle than the sense organ is the Mind. Subtler than the mind is the Intelligence. Subtler than these is…

Moving from Jīva-Sṛṣti (Vision of Samsari) to Īśvara-Sṛṣti (Vision of Wise Person)

By Andre V | August 15, 2018

Persons false notion about reality is called “Jīva-Sṛṣti”. It is seeing what is NOT. It is subjective notions born of Ignorance. It is misapprehension/projection onto Īśvara (God). It is cause of adharmic (sinful) actions and ahimsā (entertaining thoughts of injury towards one own self or another being). It is also cause for years spent pursuing…

Keyswap – Tool for Quickly Typing Sanskrit Transliteration Diacritics (ā, ī, ṁ, ñ, ṝ, Ś, ḥ, etc)

By Andre V | August 9, 2018

Keyswap is a Windows language transliteration application which was created during my years of Sanskrit study – for naturally typing letters with diacritics – by simply pressing “=” after the corresponding letter. Traditional ITRANS format is unacceptable for serious scholars. Example: ITRANS: bRhadAraNyaka upaniShad  😯 Diacritic marks by Keyswap: bṛhadāraṇyaka upaniṣad  😀 It can be used…