What is Advaita Vedanta About?

Dakṣiṇāmūrti Vedanta

“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)

Permanent freedom from limitation. From doubts. From confusions. From needing to know. From ignorance. This is the fruit of Vedanta, a proven and systematic methodology that reveals your limitless truth while living, and stops the cycle of rebirth.

Until then, one will continue to feel limited, anxious and uneasy admits the currents of life. Until then, one continues to chase an endless array of objects — mistakenly thinking it will quench the existential sense of lack.

While we can’t change life’s strong currents,  we can certainly change our raft. It’s going to take some effort, but it’s well worth it.

Vedanta gives us an opportunity to trade our fickle rubber duck inflatable — for a mighty solid steam ship engine. Self-knowledge is just that. A solid transporter with an inbuilt roadmap.

Gain self-knowledge and you’ll never get lost again, nor will any rapids flip you over again.

Self-knowledge is not something magical or mystical, nor is it some high transcendental state or status. It's simply knowledge of Self (the true, limitless you). Until then, the definition of “I” is erroneous and distorted; intimately associated to the mortal body and limited mind.

Thus Self-knowledge and the inquiry put into it, enables one to conduct an investigation into how-things-really-are. Thereby arriving to the absolute Truth; recognizing, “I am not different from the Whole”.

This investigation signposts you right back home to your true self, your already limitless free nature.

When self-knowledge is firm you can weather any of life’s existential storms. Discovering both your oneness with everything and freedom from any form of limitation.

What is Advaita Vedanta? (Intermediate)

AUM or OM is a sound symbol of the limitless I. In a scientific sense the verse means that the whole world is made of Consciousness in a state of vibration.

The word Advaita means “not two”. In other words, One without a second.

Just as there are many ornaments; their reality is nothing but the One gold. When ornament melts, what's lost is merely the name-form such as “bangle” or “chain”. What remains is the very same gold that was sustaining the bangle and chain throughout their momentary existence.

This example carries major implications when understanding that everything resolves in you (Self). This is of course taught by a Vedanta teacher and is beyond scope of this brief article on what-is-Vedanta.

The word “Vedanta” is a combination of two words ‘Veda’ and ‘anta’. It means the culmination of knowledge, which is moksha (enlightenment).

In other words, the culmination of knowledge in the Vedas (the source of non-duality) — is that it liberates you (Self).

Not a philosophy, nor a “school of thought”

Vedanta is not a philosophy nor a contention of a particular religion or a philosophical school of thought.

Vedanta is simply revealing the reality, which can't be contradicted. It's revealed, non-negatable truth.

Meaning Vedanta is not “my truth”. But truth that is always true in past, present and future.

Is enlightenment possible by merely reading books?

It may be possible but it is unlikely because truth, like anything else, is only good as one’s understanding of it. Therefore the teaching tradition of Vedanta has evolved.

It requires a mature qualified mind seeking to know, and a teacher who understands the reality and who can skillfully wield the means of knowledge to the student.

Finally, to realize one's true identity, the process of discriminative enquiry (viveka) should be employed. Because “I” and body-mind are intimately mixed up due to ignorance carried since time immemorial.

Therefore a teacher carefully guides the qualified aspirant through the discriminative enquiry. Thereby the aspirant gradually gains clarity of what-is. This is called liberation.


  1. I have one problem with non-duality which I can’t seem to resolve. If all is one, all is Brahma, the self, the Atman is Brahma and Moksha is release from Samsara. Then does not Moksha mean you cease to exist? Re-birth implies seperate soul. (which in itself seems to be a contradiction, why would Brahma be reborn?). Moksha implies union with God and freedom from re-birth. But doesn’t that very fact mean you cease to exist? Which means ultimately you never existed and you are not immortal as you never existed. Sorry, really having trouble getting my head around the non-duality concept.
    If we are all one, all God then the 3 worlds also seem to be very contradictory. If this is all Lila then everything seems rather irrelevant.

    1. Hi Greg, how can you go out of existence? Where will you go? That implies existence is within time-space. And suddenly “you” are kicked out of the ball of existence. This logic immediately introduces dvaita.

      Advaita (non-duality) means: Everything already exists as the One Reality. Moskha just means “My mind is able to capture what is ALREADY TRUE now. But because it holds false notions, it’s unable to reconcile Reality”.

      Also Greg, your question has depth. Means you’re thinking. Next step is to learn from a teacher. One who will resolve every mind’s doubt.

      To help out, go here: https://www.yesvedanta.com/advaita-vedanta-melbourne/

      In Table of contents, start at: “Story of Mahabharata”. Only then go to “Essence of Oneness”. Reality won’t take place until first take care of the relative person, else the mind will constantly overshadow the knowledge with it’s narrative.


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