Vedanta, which is the core philosophy of Hinduism, is based on three principal texts or Prasthanatraya (triple canon): UpanishadsGita – This is principally a distillation of the core wisdom and teachings of the Upanishads.Brahma Sutras – This text is a systematization and explanation of the teachings of the Upanishads, which is usually read by more … Continue reading A Systematic Study of Vedanta: Texts to Read
Sri Krishna on Sthitaprajna (S/he who has Steady Wisdom) (from Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2) What, O Krishna, is the description of him who has steady wisdom and is merged in the Superconscious State? How does one of steady wisdom speak? How does he sit? How does he walk?When a man completely casts off, O Arjuna, … Continue reading Sthitaprajna (S/he who has Steady Wisdom)
The views of Hindu scriptures (Vedas and Gita) and Buddhist scriptures (The Dhammapada) on the qualities of a Brahmin Guys, some of you may take objection to this post of mine as being along caste lines. But, I would like to maintain that "Brahmin" is just a code word for a "Sattvic person" or if … Continue reading Qualities of a Brahmin
"Only a true Brahmin is a true Hindu. A true Hindu does not consider himself a Brahmin, true or otherwise. And to be a true Brahmin you need not be a born-Hindu. Not all born-Hindus are true Hindus. A true Hindu is one who does not consider himself as belonging to any identity be it … Continue reading A True Hindu
You now think that you are an individual, there is the universe and that God is beyond the cosmos. So there is the idea of separateness. This idea must go. For God is not separate from you or the cosmos. The Bhagavad Gita also says: The Self am I, O Lord of Sleep, In every … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on God
(extracts from the book Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi) Ramana Maharshi : The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God”. Stillness is the sole requisite for the realisation of the Self as God. Later, the Maharshi said the whole Vedanta is contained in the two Biblical statements: “I am that I AM” … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on the Essence of Bible and Christianity
Bible – Matthew 6:31-33 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given … Continue reading Do Not Worry. Meditate.
Please find below the link to the PDF "Buddha Counsels Arjuna", wherein I have written up an imaginary conversation between Buddha and Arjuna who has taken Leave of Absence from the Kurukshetra War. Hope you find it entertaining and edifying. https://selfrealizationhome.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/buddha-counsels-arjuna-1.pdf