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”
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-H4y0 … Continue reading Swami Sarvapriyananda on Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism)
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 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
"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
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
Read especially Chapter 3 "Who Are You?" in this preview of the book "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer https://books.google.co.in/books/about/The_Untethered_Soul.html?id=sqPzr7Pn4cQC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y
Note that the ordering of the videos in this Playlist is a bit off. So, play them in order manually. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkJ8J5w-ASQ&list=PLDqahtm2vA73q0FdVC8kMNVkxVqji3m1m&index=4
The following text was Ramana Maharshi’s earliest written work, in which he translates the entire text of Vivekachudamani as written by Sri Shankara for the benefit of those who were not able to read Sanskrit.
Ramana has also written a beautiful introduction to the text, which you can find here, which summarises the teachings in brief and states that this text contains all the pertinent points that a seeker requires to attain liberation and also represents the essence of Shankara’s commentaries of the triple canon of the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahma Sutras.
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