Recommended sequence for Advaita Path's courses
Advaita means non-duality. Advaita refers to the understanding that the ‘Atman’ or Self is not different from ‘Brahman’ or all pervading consciousness. Advaita teaches that the highest reality is that there is no-two. It is not matter and energy, it is all energy. Matter is just an apparent precipitation of the same energy.
Advaita Vedanta emphasizes Jivanmukti, the idea that Moksha (freedom, liberation) is achievable in this life in contrast to Vedic philosophies that emphasize Videhamukti, or moksha after death. Advaita is considered to be a philosophy or a spiritual pathway rather than a religion, it does not require those who follow it to be of a particular faith or sect. One who starts the Advaita path may find a lot of old concepts breaking away as he progresses.
Silence is the way to recognize that I am already the field of awareness and not the separate self that I think I am. This field of awareness is God. This field of awareness is all-knowing. This field of awareness is alive and is called consciousness. This field of awareness is common to all, that is how we are all ONE. The body is just a precipitation of this field of awareness.
Enlightenment is not an attainment that I can toil for and achieve. I am already enlightened but the Ego does not let me see it. May the clouds of Ego fade away and may the Sun shine through. I am already enlightened, there is nothing to gain, there is nothing to do. Those who find it hard to get there through the path of pure silence can attempt to find the source of thought, the source of ’I’. Knowing the truth that one is the non-dual awareness and not the mind-body duality is the path of Advaita!
Advaita Beginner: Upanishads
Upanishads are considered as Vedanta [End of Knowing]. Upanishad means 'Sitting close to the Master'. It signifies the finite getting close to the infinite, the known reaching out to the unknown. The word ‘Upanishad’ also means ‘Atma-vidya’ Knowledge of the Self OR ‘Brahma-vidya’ Knowledge of the Brahman. Read more..
Advaita Intermediate: Ashtavakra Gita
The Ashtavakra Gita is an unveiling of the highest knowledge by a Saint to a wise King thousands of years ago. King Janaka is taken to deeper levels of understanding on how this knowledge helps manage the deeper aspects of Mind, Intellect and Emotions.He fathoms through the levels of individual existence and reaches the shore beyond. Read more..
1] Ramana Maharshi’s direct path of self enquiry was his own individual path. It has a lot of similarities with Advaita but was not officially Advaita Vedanta as he chanced upon it by himself devoid of a teacher. His highest teaching is the teaching of Silence and therefore can be treated as an Advanced Advaita path. Please find it under ‘Individual Spirituality’. Read more..
2] Bhagwad Gita is treated by some as partially Advaita Vedanta but as it has many Dvaitam teachings too, it is controversial. Bhagwad Gita can be found under the Vedic path. Read more..
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