“Greed” for Knowledge

There seems to be such a thing as "greed" (some may prefer to call it "hunger") for knowledge. One seeks to accumulate it just like any material possessions. This "greed" or "hunger" arises because one is too identified with the mind, and the mind being ignorant for the most part about the world and its … Continue reading “Greed” for Knowledge

The Essence of Hinduism – “There are no Others”

by D. Samarender Reddy There are always those in society who see differences among people on the basis of age, gender, caste, language, religion, nationality, and what have you. If we turn to Hinduism to see what it preaches we find a story of oneness, unity, harmony, and peace. As Aurobindo pointed out, the essence … Continue reading The Essence of Hinduism – “There are no Others”

Mahavakya Viveka – 4 Parts | Swami Sarvapriyananda

The Mahavakyas are "The Great Sayings" of the Upanishads, as characterized by the Advaita school of Vedanta. Most commonly, Mahavakyas are considered four in number: Prajnanam Brahma (प्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्म) - "Insight is Brahman," or "Brahman is insight" (Aitareya Upanishad 3.3 of the Rig Veda)Ayam Atma Brahma (अयम् आत्मा ब्रह्म) - "This Self (Atman) is Brahman" (Mandukya Upanishad 1.2 of the Atharva Veda)Tat Tvam Asi (तत् त्वम् असि) - "That essence (tat, … Continue reading Mahavakya Viveka – 4 Parts | Swami Sarvapriyananda

“There Are No Others”

All-pervading Consciousness is what I'm after I renounce all of you, all you names-and-forms With no substantial reality than say a pot has Mere names-and-forms parading as individuals You do not fool me any longer and I laugh Knowing how many of you will end up protesting That you are not mere name-and-form like a … Continue reading “There Are No Others”

All You Need to Know about Advaita Vedanta

Realizing that as long as one is mere body-mind one is subject to potential or actual suffering, one tries to see if there is a way out. The scripture or guru tells one that there is indeed a way out of suffering because one is not actually the body-mind but Consciousness. To convince you that … Continue reading All You Need to Know about Advaita Vedanta

Swami Sarvapriyananda on Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism)

Please see these videos of Swamiji roughly in the order in which I have listed them to get a very good grasp of what Vedanta, or more specifically Advaita Vedanta, is, which is the core philosophy of Hinduism: 1. What is Vedanta? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AawWsJNi0gM 2. Synopsis of Vedanta - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLWFLcu02ng 3. Defining God - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16VWfc-H4y0Continue reading Swami Sarvapriyananda on Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism)