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

Clay Pot Analogy – Name-and-Form

The clay pot analogy helps you understand why the world is merely names-and-forms, whose underlying substance or reality is Consciousness, much like a pot is mere name-and-form, whose underlying substance or reality is clay. Understand this simple analogy, and you will be able to explain to yourself all the facets and implications of the whole … Continue reading Clay Pot Analogy – Name-and-Form

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

Creation of the Universe

(from Swami Paramarthananda's Commentary on Drik-Drsya Viveka) What is creation? Creation can be defined as the production of an effect or a product from a cause. When an effect is produced out of a cause what happens exactly? What is the mechanism? The words cause, effect, etc., are normally used very loosely. Take the example … Continue reading Creation of the Universe