Does Consciousness Evolve?

There is a belief in the spiritual world that consciousness evolves, and that part of our mandate as spiritual seekers, is to support the evolution of it. But does consciousness really evolve? Well, it does and it doesn’t, depending on your  perspective and definition of consciousness. From the Upanishads, the source texts of Vedanta (a […]

Purify Fear & Desire w/ Karma Yoga

What is Karma Yoga? The attitude with which we take action. When is the best time to practice? Anytime during the waking state. What is the purpose of Karma Yoga? To purify binding fears and desires, reduce emotional and mental disturbance and cultivate predominate sattva (peace of mind). Thus preparing the mind for the assimilation […]

On Self Esteem

Low self-esteem is one of the great dis-eases of our modern culture. When the Dalai Lama first visited the United States, he had no idea what it was as it was non-existent in Tibet. Low self-esteem results from a variety of factors including: neglectful parents, negative peer groups, trauma/abuse, the media as it relates to […]

Ancient Yogic Wisdom for the Modern Day Seeker

Gain the timeless wisdom of the sages as presented in the Bhagavad Gita & Upanishads at True Nature Healing Arts, an intentional center for personal growth in the heart of the Colorado Mountains. Study with Ramji, a teacher with over 50 years experience, living and learning with Vedantic masters in India. Live-streaming via the web, […]

Does studying Vedanta require you to believe in God?

By Ramji (James Swartz) Short answer: God is a word that means many things to many people so this is not a question that easily lends itself to a short answer. However, if by God you mean some kind of being that lives in a heavenly realm somewhere “out there,” then no, Vedanta does not […]

Traditional or Non-Traditional Vedanta

Satsang by Ramji (James Swartz) We all have reasons to justify our likes and dislikes. Some Vedantins criticize me because of a peculiar duality: traditional vs. non-traditional. Obviously the Truth is beyond tradition. Many years ago Swami Dayananda wrote a small pamphlet to explain why he no longer felt comfortable teaching with Swami Chinmayanada. His […]

Sadhana (Practice)

Our morning formal practice helps us remember who we are, what’s important and provides the opportunity to plants seeds of intention for coming the day. Then, throughout the day, with informal practice, we apply our understanding of the teachings to moment to moment life – karma yoga, discrimination (viveka), dispassion (vairagya), Self inquiry, bhakti, triguna […]

Sharing The Teachings

When it comes to sharing the blessing of traditional Vedanta with others who may or may not feel your passion, here’s sage advice from Wewer Keohane: “Meet people where they are, not where you are.” I’d like to add that modeling/living a dharmic life is potentially the greatest influence. When others see your contentment, peace, […]

Great Oneness, Isvara

Remove my ignorance – the likes and dislikes, fears and desires, that influence my actions. Let me act instead from understanding and dharma, the nature of creation, which is love. Remove my attachment to this body-mind, and the objects and experiences that appear as thoughts in my mind. Let me know your love, the source […]

Creating Peace in a Chaotic World 

With all that’s unfolding here in America and abroad, it’s not hard to feel overwhelmed. Here are some simple actions to cultivate a peaceful mind in the midst of disconcerting events.  1) Begin each day with gratitude. Regardless of what’s happening in the world. For most, there are many things to be grateful for – […]