Panchadasi Discourses: Vedanta's Most Brilliant Ideas

Teaching is based on using verses of Panchadashi by Swami Vidyaranya, and combining the commentaries of each verse from 5 Advaita Vedanta sources for a thorough, all-rounded explanation of each verse.

Sources include: (all sources adhere to non-duality / Advaita understanding of reality, that all is one, and one is all).

  • Chinmaya Mission: Subhanshu Chaitanya
  • Chinmaya Mission: Swami Gurubhaktananda
  • James Swartz
  • Swami Paramarthananda
  • Ramakrishna Math: Swami Swahananda

Complimentary: 7 Stages of Enlightenment

June 16, 2019

Summary: Panchadasi Chapter 7, Part 1 and 2 below discusses all 7 stages spiritual seeker undergoes in lifetimes, until total Self-Knowledge (vision of Oneness) is gained and fully ascertained. It's a useful checklist for intermediate-advanced…

1 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 1-2 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

July 14, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: Guru is acknowledged. And who is qualified for Pancadasi, is established; only those with purified hearts/minds. Source: Swami Vidyaranya, Pancadasi CH1 – verse 1, 2 Introduction: Because Panchadasi is an advanced…

2 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 3-6 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

July 28, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: Waking, dream and deep sleep state analyzed. Atman pervades all 3, thus you are other then the 3 states. Meaning one is free of all 3 states. Source: Swami Vidyaranya, Pancadasi…

3 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 7-14 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

August 11, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: Everyone loves one infinite self only. But also many finite objects. How is this possible? Contradiction resolved. Source: Swami Vidyaranya, Pancadasi CH1 – verse 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,…

4 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 14-22 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

August 25, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: Definitions of Ishvara, Maya, Avidya. 2 Types of prakriti which cause Creation. 3 Gunas defined. Jiva's avidya (ignorance). 5 subtle elements. 5 Organs of knowledge/action, 5 pranas AND antahkarana (Subtle Body)…

5 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 15-25 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

September 1, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: Another revision of verse 15-22 for total clarity about creation. Macrocosm & microcosm established and explained. Source: Swami Vidyaranya, Pancadasi CH1 – verse 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,…

6 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 26-34 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

September 22, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: Subtle to Gross elements conversion via pancikarana. Universe has 14 worlds. How jiva is trapped in samsara and finally saved. Discriminating self from not-self via panca-kosha-viveka. Source: Swami Vidyaranya, Pancadasi CH1…

7 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 35-46 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

October 5, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: How to use 5 sheaths and 3 bodies to reject false “I” and reveal the true “I” (Brahman). Also significance of ‘Tat Tvam Asi' is discussed and relevance in understanding that…

8 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 47-52 and 5 Sheaths (Anandamaya Kosha, Causal Body), Tat Tvam Asi Mahavakya

October 23, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: We revisit 5 sheaths, specifically anandamaya kosha / karana sharira (causal body), as they are often least understood. Source of all joy is Self alone, even in Deep Sleep. Mahavakya ‘Tat…

9 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 53-55 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

November 2, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: 3 step process of shravana, manana, nididhyasana explained. Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga 8-step practice interpreted in light of non-dual Advaita practice. Savikalpa to nirvikalpa samadhi progression. And what is nirvikalpa samadhi? Source:…

10 – Panchadasi: CH1, Verse 56-65 (Swami Vidyaranya's Panchadashi / Pancadasi)

November 20, 2019

Summary of Panchadashi Discourse: Nirvikalpa samadhi has 2 definitions (‘state' per Yoga & ‘nature of self' per Vedanta). We're interested in 2nd definition. Samadhi benefits: burns samskaras, sanchita karma, clears mind for paroksha-jnanam. Finally gives…

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