My Book “Happiness and Consciousness” on Amazon India

My Book “Happiness and Consciousness: Your Guide to Enlightenment” is now available on Amazon.in (Amazon India) in Kindle eBook edition. Those wanting Paperback version order on Amazon.com Paperback edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CPB7QSG (Ships from US) Kindle eBook edition: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08CT7X4NH This book “Happiness and Consciousness” tells you how to attain lasting happiness and how to become enlightened, there being a link … Continue reading My Book “Happiness and Consciousness” on Amazon India

My Book “Happiness and Consciousness: Your Guide to Enlightenment”

My Book “Happiness and Consciousness : Your Guide to Enlightenment” is now available on Amazon.com (those outside the US, check your local Amazon) Paperback edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CPB7QSG Kindle EBook edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CT7X4NH This book "Happiness and Consciousness" tells you how to attain lasting happiness and how to become enlightened, there being a link between the two. It shows you how … Continue reading My Book “Happiness and Consciousness: Your Guide to Enlightenment”

Jnana Yoga by Swami Sarvapriyananda

I cannot recommend this strongly enough that whoever is interested in knowing/understanding Advaita Vedanta MUST see this video coz it is eminently sufficient for that purpose (And what does Advaita Vedanta say? It says you are not the body and mind; you are consciousness. Of course, stopping at this level would get you ONLY to … Continue reading Jnana Yoga by Swami Sarvapriyananda

Advaita Vedanta in a Nutshell

Advaita Vedanta says that the world is just names-and-forms whose underlying substance or reality is Consciousness or Awareness, much like a pot is just a name-and-form whose underlying reality or substance is clay. Just like a pot is a mere appearance and does not “actually” exist because what exists is only clay, similarly, the world … Continue reading Advaita Vedanta in a Nutshell

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

Why I Have Stopped Reading the Quran

I hope the title of this post does not serve as a click-bait. Nor do I want to offend the sensibilities of those who derive their truths and maxims to live by from the Quran or other Abrahamic faiths. And, please do not see it as a piece written by a Hindu about Islam, because … Continue reading Why I Have Stopped Reading the Quran

Shankara: How to Meditate for Self-Realisation| Vivekachuhdamani | Nididhyasana | Samadhi

Tom Das

Here is a collection of verses I have taken from Shankara’s Masterpiece Vivekachudamani focusing on the last step in the path to liberation, namely meditation or Nididhyasana, which as we shall see culminates in Samadhi.

In Vivekachudamani, the entire path to Moksha (Liberation), in which suffering is totally removed, is set out for us. Not only is the entire path explained in detail, but repetition of almost every point is made again and again to ensure that the meaning is clearly imparted and cannot be misunderstood. This text has been approved and recommended by all the great Advaita sages over the centuries, including Bhagavn Sri Ramana Maharshi who translated the entire work into Tamil for those around him who could not read the original Sanskrit.

The path starts with the seeker of liberation burdened with suffering approaching a self-realised teacher. The teacher then gives the verbal/conceptual teaching (sravana) and then contemplating…

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