Upanishads Authenticity & Why Everything is Brahman (4)

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, Awareness, Existence) – and I AM THAT.

And this (sarvam brahma) can not be solved by Science, nor by any human being, which are limited to: (1) Perception (2) Inference

Hence the need of Upanisads to solve the existential problem of understanding myself as the WHOLE… and nothing is apart from Me.

We also ask and answer “How to validate if Upaniṣads are true?

Then we investigate: māhaṁ brahma nirākuryām

Meaning: May I NOT reject pursuit of Brahman (Enlightenment/moksa) – despite my worldly pursuits.

And why should we pursue Brahman? What will Self-Knowledge give an Ignorant Jiva (sincere spiritual aspirant)?

OTHER TOPICS COVERED:

  1. Summary of Ignorance: I am LIMITED. (This is result of NOT knowing Self as the WHOLE).
  2. Why is Buddha fat? 🙂
  3. Why most don't pursue: sarvam brahmah?
  4. Neo-Advaita vs. Advaita Vedanta
  5. Reason why Karma Yoga is crucial for understanding “I AM the WHOLE'.
  6. Why running away from the world in pursuit of Enlightenment is erroneous thinking.

Download visual mind map of this session.

22 May 2018

7 Comments

  1. Advaita Vedanta is eerily similar to Platos allergy of the cave. How is it too seemingly different cultures who developed far away from each other ( i mean apart from the whole Alexander thing) came to similar conclusions about the nature of reality. In my mind the only logical explanation is they came to the same logical conclusions from investigating the same reality.

  2. Thanks for the teaching, the drop of ocean is part of the ocean, to point out the layer of what we think we are what we do & the free will are from Brahman could be harder to digest for the ignorance Jiva chasing the desires in front,
    The materials world constantly affect & influences Jiva to pursue their desires and we could easily forget those are all be given to us,

    To see the bigger picture we need someone who’s being there to point out the map,
    otherwise we could stand in the same spot wondering or busy pursuing the material life,
    The beauty is we’re alive and we can practice to purify our senses our mind to be able to realize:-)
    Thanks for sharing,
    Inspiring & motivated!

  3. I have a question here. The teacher(Sir Andre) in this lesson says that “Samsara cannot be solved on removed on it’s own”, He goes on to say that a teacher is strictly required to get out of samsara, and not by reading stuff from internet or watching youtube videos. So does that mean that the recorded videos that we are watching does not serve the purpose of gaining knowledge and illuminating our minds and dispelling our ignorance for the youtube viewer who is a sincere seeker, even if by 10%? If it does not then what purpose does this video serve for us the viewer?

    1. Hi Sir,

      Let’s bring question to something relatable.

      Suppose you want to study biology. Master biology. For sake of being a researcher in cancer cell research.

      Will one accomplish this by watching endless videos on the topic (freely available), OR seek out a teacher who will guide him?

      Without a relationship with a teacher, I guess it’s possible, but why even say it’s possible, when it’s clear humans learn best when there is a personal teacher-student relationship.

      We see this in spiritual world constantly. Person studying alone for 40 years. Finds a teacher and discovers they knew nothing.

      So it’s not that YouTube doesn’t help. Everything helps Sir.

      It’s that, if you’re serious, seek a teacher.

      If teacher is online, then you can still have relationship with him/her via email/webinar. So don’t just look at the videos (as most do). But in addition, build a relationship with the speaker, so you can ask questions.

  4. Is the politician, economist, and scientist portion mentioned at 39:46 a distinction made by the Vedantic teaching?

    1. It’s referring to:

      1) Brahmins (Scientists. Law makers, teachers, those who find solutions to problems through deeper thinking).

      2) Kshatriyas (Politicians. Those who run your country. Who protect and uphold the law. EG: Police force, government, prime ministers, presidents).

      3) Vaishyas (Economists. Those who exchange value-for-value, trading, money, business owners, CEO’s).

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