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 […]

Meditation Will Not Give You Enlightenment

By Vinay & Lidija (Samadhi) It’s important at this point to clear a common misconception about meditation. A common belief nowadays in various spiritual circles is that meditation can lead to enlightenment. People spend years and years meditating of hours a day, and end up being frustrated. According to Vedanta, meditation will not give you […]

Is Vedanta Flawed?

Q: Is there a flaw in Vedanta’s rationale because Vedanta says the Self cannot be known? A: There is a flaw, however not with Vedanta but rather our understanding per the qualifications. The teachings are pristine and have been helping qualified jivas become free (attain Self knowledge) for thousands of years. It is true that […]

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 […]

Reflections On Love

The final stage of bhakti (devotion), as shared by the Narada Bhakti Sutras, is non-dual love. The first stage is love of objects, then God, followed by love of Self knowledge and finally actualizing Self love. In realizing my essential nature as non-dual love, I no longer NEED to receive love or even give it. […]

When The Student is Ready, The Teacher and Teaching Appear

In the Bhagavad Gita, one of the great teaching stories of both action (karma) and knowledge, Krishna (as consciousness) is driving Arjuna’s chariot, playing the role of teacher and friend. Arjuna, as student and warrior, has a very difficult decisions to make. Does he go to war with his former guru and friends in order […]