Who are you? I am a Hindu. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am an Indian. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am a Bengali. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am a Brahmin. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I don’t know. Ah, at last.
I [Yogi Ramaiah] asked [Ramana] Maharshi about contemplation. He taught me as follows: When a man dies the funeral pyre is prepared and the body is laid flat on the pyre. The pyre is lit. The skin is burnt, then the flesh and then the bones until the whole body falls to ashes. What remains … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Contemplation
Why should your occupation or duties in life interfere with your spiritual effort? For instance, there is a difference between your activities at home and in the office. In your office activities you are detached and so long as you do your duty you do not care what happens or whether it results in gain … Continue reading How To Live in the World – Ramana Maharshi’s Advice
Swami Sarvapriyananda's ongoing talks on Bhagavad Gita are available in audio form here https://soundcloud.com/vedantany/sets/bhagavad-gita-swami
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
(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
Sri Y. Srinivasa Rao's lectures in Telugu on Sankaracharya's Aparokshanubhuti have been transcribed into English. They are pretty good and available here http://advaitavedanta.in/aparokshanubhuti_english_1.aspx
"How do you know, that you do not know your self? Your direct insight tells you that yourself you know first, for nothing exists to you without your being there to experience its existence. You imagine you do not know your self, because you cannot describe your self. You can always say: 'I know that … Continue reading Nisargadatta Maharaj says …