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What is Subjective Perception? – Part 3

May 10, 2019

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…

How to Know Brahman?

Brahman is Beyond All Means-of-Knowledge, Or Is It?

April 20, 2019

Brahman (Consciousness) is beyond all means of knowledge. No scientific instrument can detect it. Because every instrument IS made out of Brahman — being the content of everything, including…

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What is Real and Not-Real? – Part 2

April 20, 2019

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…

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Limitless Existence Consciousness (satcitananda) – Part 1

April 12, 2019

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…

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Karma Yoga Prayer (The Essence of Karma Yoga Spirit In Action)

April 5, 2019

Still unsure what is Karma Yoga and how is it applied? This prayer will help… “  With gratitude for all I have been given, I offer my every action…

Dharma VS. Samsara

If You Enjoy What You Do, Life Is Very Simple

March 28, 2019

Living does not simply mean dragging oneself around from day to day – from bed to work, back home and to bed again. The whole process repeats itself until…

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12 Spiritual Practices (Sadhanas or Yagyas) from B.Gita

March 2, 2019

Lord Krisna in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, mentions 12 types of powerful spiritual sadhana's (spiritual practices or yagyas) one can choose to purify one's mind. Their end result (karma-phala)…

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Is there ‘Creation’?

February 21, 2019

Nothing can ever be created. Matter cannot be created. To say “something is created” is to imply it’s not already within Creation. Which sets up an unsolvable equation; duality…

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That I attempt to be different, is samsara.

January 30, 2019

“That I attempt to be different, is saṃsāra”. To see how this is true, we first ask… What is saṃsāra? It is mistakenly seeing one's own thoughts/emotions (prātibhāsika; Subjective…

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What is samsara?

January 19, 2019

Samsara is limitation one experiences and caused by not knowing difference between REAL (Self; ātman) and UNREAL (Not-Self; anātman). A samsari seeks freedom in the world through acquisition (beauty,…

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Objectivity vs Subjectivity in Light of Vedanta

January 15, 2019

Purpose of this article is to bring light to an uninvestigated pillar in the spiritual world (irrespective of Religion, philosophy). It's largely fault for one's spiritual stagnation, inconsistent relationships…

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Inquiry Into Various Vedanta Definitions

January 5, 2019

THE MATERIAL UNIVERSE Something cannot come from nothing. This material universe evolved out of consciousness. Consciousness is both the substance of which the creation is made and the intelligence…

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Brief Introduction to 3 Gunas

December 29, 2018

The creation comes into existence with the emergence of the 3 guṇas: Sattva, Tamas and Rajas. Sattva is intelligence and knowledge. Ttamas is a heavy dense energy. It's matter,…

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What is Significance of ‘Namaste'

December 15, 2018

In India, many greet each other with the word “Namaste” – this is joined usually by a slight bow and palms touching in front, sort of like a prayer…

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Original Purpose of Vegetarianism According to Vedic Culture

November 22, 2018

Vegetarianism is an example of the application of the value for ahimsa (non-injury). Many arguments in favour of a vegetarian diet can be made, but the basic argument supporting…

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

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…

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Beauty and Logic of Living Life as Karma Yogi

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…

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What is Advaita Vedanta About?

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…

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

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…

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What are the Vedas?

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…

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James Swartz Interviews on Vedanta

October 8, 2018

Four interviews by James Swartz – a scholar of Vedic philosophy… Interview: PART 1 What does the Self mean to you? The self is me, Awareness. And how do…

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

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…

‘I' – The Subtlest of the Subtlest

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…

Moving from Jiva-Srsti (Vision of Samsari) to Isvara-Srsti (Vision of Wise Person)

August 15, 2018

Persons false notion about reality is called “Jīva-Sṛṣṭi”. It is seeing what is NOT. It is subjective notions born of Ignorance. It is misapprehension/projection onto Īśvara (God). It is…

Keyswap – IAST Diacritics Windows Software (for Sanskrit Language Scholars)

August 9, 2018

About Keyswap: Keyswap is a Windows transliteration application that runs in the background. It let's you add diacritics to roman letters by pressing ‘ = ‘ after any key….

When Fruit of ‘I am Brahman' is Denied (viparīta-bhāvanā)

August 4, 2018

A common question by a person with Self-Knowledge: “Having done Śravaṇa and Manana, I am very clear I am Brahman. But in my behavior I do not find myself,…

Shankaracharya's Song to Fool Caught in Samsara (Bhaja Govindaṃ)

July 29, 2018

Bhaja Govindaṃ was written by Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya. Bhaja govindaṃ is one of the minor compositions of the spiritual giant, Ādi Shankarācharya. It is classified as a prakaraṇa grantha,…

Advaita Vedanta in a Nutshell (Aparokshanubhuti by Adi Sankara)

July 15, 2018

Our ancient teachers have left behind a treasury of useful and convenient means of understanding Vedānta, the science of life, contained in the prasthana traya. Mainly in the Bhagavad Gīṭa,…

7 Stages of Enlightenment (Panchadasi by Swami Vidyaranya)

June 29, 2018

(Following excerpts are from book Inquiry to Existence by James Swartz, chapter 7. Whole text is actually from Panchadasi by Swami Vidyaranya. James provided some commentaries for legibility. We…

Purpose of Studying the Scriptures (Śruti)

June 20, 2018

Śruti (Scriptures), the Vedas is the only means of knowledge to understand nondual Brahman – I am the limitless reality I seek. Above statement doesn't exclude Scriptures from other…

How is Vedanta Different to Other Systems?

March 31, 2018

Firstly, what we mean by “system” is what's called Pramāṇa – or “means of Knowledge”. In Vedānta case, it's a means of Self-Knowledge. Self-Knowledge in stage of “listening” can be…

Does a Liberated Person Also Experience Happiness from Objects?

March 28, 2018

Object-happiness (viṣaya-ānanda) is a name given to a phenomenon that naturally occurs in the subtle body. Brahman is of the nature of sat-cid-ānanda (Existence-Awareness-Bliss). Although Brahman pervades the entire…

Who gains Self-Knowledge? Self, Subtle Body or Reflected Consciousness?

March 25, 2018

First of all “Self-Knowledge” is NOT mokṣa (Freedom, Enlightenment, Liberation). It is the means to mokṣa. It is a “knowledge-thought” that is created/assimilated in the Subtle Body… by the…

Real vs. Unreal: How to ‘Get Out' of Maya's Crocodile Jaws

March 7, 2018

Here's an example how Māyā works and how innocently one gives absolute reality to mere appearance… What is this?…   Got it? If said “Table”, that's correct. Suppose you…

How To Apply Knowledge of Vedanta in Daily Life (nididyasanam)

February 21, 2018

QUESTION: How should nididhyasanam (contemplation) be practiced? ANSWER: The biggest obstacle to ‘aham Brahmāsmi’ (I am Brahman) knowledge is the basic ignorance of the jiva (individual soul) identifying himself…

10 Basic Qualifications for Liberation

February 10, 2018

This is not a popular topic because most of us are wanting shortcuts. Unfortunately like all valuable things in life, freedom is earned by diligent work. To make the changes necessary for…