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What is Significance of ‘Namaste'

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 gesture. Namaste means literally “I bow to you”. But the way it's used, or the meaning behind it is “I bow to God (Īśvara) in you”…

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Original Purpose of Vegetarianism According to Vedic Culture

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 non-flesh eating is simply ahimsa. In India, where there are more vegetarians than anywhere else in the world, vegetarianism is based on this value alone. Why…

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

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.…

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Beauty and Logic of Living Life as Karma Yogi

“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…

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What is Advaita Vedanta About?

“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 Philosophy? (Brief) Total freedom, total confidence and total satisfaction. This is the fruit of Vedanta, a proven methodology that…

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

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…

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What are the Vedas?

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…

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

This page is meant to honestly present my experience learning from James Swartz. It's also a collection of various interviews (Q & A) on practical use and correct method of Vedanta application as means to moksha (Liberation)… through proper self-enquiry. Expect not here bashing nor glorification. James Swartz is an author of “How to Attain…

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

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

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…