Vedanta

Advaita Vedanta Books and Resources for LearningThis is collection of quality Advaita Vedanta resources (PDF's, books, FAQ's, explanations, etc) - which can help you further in clarifying how to live intelligently and further explain the vision of Oneness.

Before diving into any resource, remember, Vedanta only becomes fully alive when taught by a living human being (guru/ācāryaḥ). Self-study is only meant as a follow up after studying from a teacher.

To pursue any meaningful career, we seek a professional and develop a relationship with him-her. It's no different in spirituality.

Once the guru/teacher has guided the aspirant — below are some recommended prescriptions given to maintain the aspirant's sanity, well-being and clarity...

Resources adhering to (1) Simplicity (2) Step-by-step structure:

  1. ExploreVedanta.com: Free practical step-by-step Vedanta course. How to live it! Start and finish it - before moving onto next recommended resource #2 below.
  2. ShiningWorld.com: Vedanta course, fun quiz and thousands of pages of invaluable satsang writings. Owned by James Swartz who's studied under Chinmaya, Dayananda and Paramarthananda.
  3. DiscoverVedanta.com: Lots of articles filled with knowledge of Oneness. And stellar knowledge in video format of various Upanishads. Complete education. It will compliment and add clarity to anything learned in #1/#2 above. Neema is a Swami Dayananda Saraswati disciple and contributed most to my clarity like no other teacher before.
  4. NeverNOTPresent.com: Dozens of explanations in plain English with seasoned Vedanta methodology.
  5. VedantaHub.org: Hundreds of videos arranged in categories of various Upanishad texts and scriptures by various Advaita teachers.
  6. Give me something to do: 42 sādhanās by Chinmaya Mission.

Resources for Vedanta erudite pundits, Sanskrit scholars and serious Intellectuals:

  1. ArshaAvinash: Hundreds of books on non-dual Vedānta, technical manuals, Sanskrit grammar, etc. Devoted to Swami Dayananda Saraswati's lineage. And his most prominent disciple Swami Paramarthananda. In my experience, both teachers are closest to Adi Shankara's method of teaching.
  2. Arsha Drishti (Sanskrit Tools | Vedic texts) : Specifically for Sanskrit scholars.
  3. Arsha Vidya UK: Swamini Atmaprakashananda is a Dayananda disciple. Hundreds of talks on various Upaniṣads, and articles teaching Traditional Vedānta.
  4. VedantaStudents: Every major Vedanta text/Upanishad categorized, summarized, explained, visually sketched out and commented by Swami Paramarthananda (arguably the most sophisticated/insightful Advaita guru still alive), and his students. Some are from other schools. But all fit traditional Vedanta non-duality.
  5. Vendata literature / PDF book downloads : Brahma Sūtras, Purāṇa, Upaniṣads, Ātmā Bodha, etc)

Vedanta teachers:

  • Chinfo.org: Their teachers are residential in Kerala, India. However, I favor them specifically for the brilliant online self-paced courses, esp, "Foundations of Vedanta Course".
  • Dayananda.org: Look under "Teachers".
    • Independent sites of teachers teaching under Dayananda:
      • Arsha Bodha Center: Swami Tadatmananda, a disciple of Swami Dayananda (Arsha Vidya), brilliant explains Vedantic knowledge in visuals and structure.
      • DiscoverVedanta.com: Neema's webinar classes are interactive. She is one of Swami Dayananda's brightest students who took the 3 year course.
  • ShiningWorld.com: First exponent who introduced me into the proper tradition of Vedanta was James Swartz.
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