“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

“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

“You are the world” – A Conversation on Consciousness

"More generally, what could we mean by the pronoun ‘I’ if not the thing that is the cause of the actions my body initiates? As it happens, neuroscientists agree that I must be the thing that is the cause of my action. And they locate that thing, that cause, in the brain, the neurons. But … Continue reading “You are the world” – A Conversation on Consciousness

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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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)