The Four Purusharthas

A friend asked today: "I had a philosophical question for you:- On one hand, there is a school of thought that says that you should visualize what you want very clearly (to the point of obsession), and only then it would materialize; - On the other hand, there is another school of thought which states … Continue reading The Four Purusharthas

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”

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)

A Systematic Study of Vedanta: Texts to Read

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

Upanishads vs. Western Philosophy

He who reads and understands the Upanishads says: 1. The Truth is Consciousness (Prajnanam Brahma). (ontology) 2. I am the Truth (Aham Brahmasmi). (ontology) 3. You, too, are the Truth (Tat Tvam Asi). (ontology) 4. There is nothing other than the Truth (Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma). So, it is a metaphysics of Nonduality, with only one … Continue reading Upanishads vs. Western Philosophy

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Mr. Ranganathan, I. C. S: In Srimad Bhagavad Gita there is a passage: One’s own dharma [swadharma] is the best; an alien dharma is full of risks. What is the significance of one’s own dharma? Ramana Maharshi: It is usually interpreted to mean the duties of the orders and of the different castes. The physical … Continue reading π‘πšπ¦πšπ§πš 𝐌𝐚𝐑𝐚𝐫𝐬𝐑𝐒 𝐨𝐧 π’π°πšππ‘𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚