Reflections

Freedom cannot be attained by changing or controlling the external world, only by going inward, bathing that which arises in the light of consciousness. Vedanta, like many offerings in the spiritual world, can become a trap, a spiritual overlay. No practices will lead to moksha (liberation), including Karma Yoga, Upasana Yoga and Jnana Yoga, unless […]

The Source Texts of Vedanta

The Scriptures of Vedanta Primary Literature: The Vedas are the source texts of Hinduism and Vedanta. There are four Vedas: Rig, Yajur, Sama and Arthavana. Each of the four Vedas have two primary sections, the Karma Kanda, dedicated to lifestyle and the fulfillment of the first three human goals: security, pleasure and virtue, and a […]

The Crest Jewel’s 7 Questions

In Adi Shankaracharya’s, Crest Jewel of Discrimination, Viveka Chudamani, written in the 8th century, the student (shishya) puts forth seven questions. Within this 580 verse text, by one of Vedanta’s great luminaries, the teacher (acharya) responds to each question and in the process, reveals the totality of Vedantic teachings (shastra) and the path to liberation […]

Guided Audio Meditation w/ Eaden Shantay

11 minute Guided Audio Meditations. Enjoy silence and further contemplation following each meditation. Additional meditations will be added each week so please return. You can also participate each Wednesday evening, 7:30pm at True Nature, Carbondale, CO for Meditation+Vedanta. Meditation 1, With Contemplation Meditation 2, Exploring Emotion If you enjoy these meditations and find benefit in […]

Ganesha Mantra

A beautiful mantra to Ganesha, the Hindu deity that removes obstacles. Om Shrim Hrim Klim Glaum, Gam Ganapataye, Vara Varada, Sarva Jana Me, Vasha Manaya Svaha What does this mantra mean? Love & beauty, clear perception, powerful energy and stability. Primal seed, Ganesha, bless me. Help me steady my thoughts and emotions. Here’s a nice […]

The Five Features of Consciousness

Many believe consciousness comes from the body but how can consciousness arise from a combination of five inert elements of which the body is made – earth, water, fire, air and space? Or even the expanded 118 elements of the period table? In other words, how can something, sentience, come from nothing, insentience? Does moonlight […]

Order of Vedantic Study

Before exploring the Upanishads, it is recommended that students study the following texts: Introduction to Vedanta  Value of Values Tattvabodha The Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita Upadesha Saram Bhagavad Gita Home Study (9 volumes) Other important texts include: Vivekachudamani, Aparoksanubhuti and Panchadasi. For those who enjoy reading books, Swami Dayananda is as good as it […]