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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No Such Thing as Death

Don't forget, there is no such thing as death. What "dies" (or gets broken) is name-and-form called pot, while nothing happens to the clay. And, the pot does not actually "exist" as it is a mere name-and-form that "appears to exist" and so, even the pot does not die because how can something that did … Continue reading No Such Thing as Death

A Path to Truth

One has to thoroughly understand why the World is mere Name and Form (Nama-Rupa), including one's body and mind including the ego sense or egoic-I, by understanding the analogies of Clay and Pot, Water and Wave, Gold and Ornaments made of gold. Thereafter, if one can draw out all the implications of the World being … Continue reading A Path to Truth

The Holographic Universe (Scientific Model of Advaita)

The following Youtube videos do a very good job of explaining why the world is an illusion, a mere appearance, one that supports the concept of Maya in religions like Hinduism. They also talk of other things like The Double Slit Experiment, Free Will, Consciousness, etc. THINK OF IT AS THE SCIENTIFIC MODEL OF ADVAITA. … Continue reading The Holographic Universe (Scientific Model of Advaita)

The Meaning of Truth, Consciousness and Bliss – Satchitananda

Shanmugam's Blog

Conscious first-person experience is the absolute truth.

The objective world you see outside and the internal world that you see inside happens in your conscious first-person experience. Without a consciousness that knows the existence of an object in the objective world or in the internal conscious field, there is no one else to confirm the existence of such object.

This first-person conscious experience is like a pure screen of awareness where the movie of your life is being played. The scenes in the movie keep changing; there is no permanence found in the contents of the screen. The screen is experiencing itself and is also consciously aware of its contents.

The contents of the screen include the following:

  • The information you gather from the five senses.
  • The information after it is processed in your internal monologue of thoughts, concepts, and words.
  • The likes and dislikes that arise from the association…

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Schrodinger On Determinism and Free Will

Following is the Epilogue in Erwin Schrodinger's book "What Is Life?" (Note: Schrodinger was an Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of Quantum Mechanics, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933)   Epilogue: On Determinism and Free Will As a reward for the serious trouble I … Continue reading Schrodinger On Determinism and Free Will