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Vedanta Darshan

……… Darshan means Philosophy. It implies our vision as to how we look at the world & our self. Darshan is something to be lived & assimilated rather than just understood intellectually. Vedanta darshan is the philosophy of life as revealed in the Vedas. To be more specific it is revealed exclusively in the section of Vedas called Upanishad. This section being the culmination of Vedic thought is also referred to as Vedanta, the anta or the end of Vedas.

………Vedanta unequivocally, uncompromisingly & also systematically reveals that there is one, non-dual Truth in this universe, and basically everyone & everything is that & that alone. This eternal, timeless truth is of the nature of blissful, self-effulgent, existence. It is the very Life principle. This divinity which is therein called as Brahman, has an inexplicable & indefinable power called Maya, because of which this one truth manifests in different ways. The multiplicity we see all over is just the manifestation of Brahman in different Forms. As each form is unique so we have different names for them. But the essence of all names & forms is one & one alone. I am that & you too are that. To realize this limitless, non-dual truth of myself is the real GOAL of human life. That alone is door to freedom & complete fulfillment - Moksha.

………In this section we very briefly introduce you to fundamental terms. You are advised to study our Online Tattva Bodha Course for more details of Vedanta darshan. 

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Advaita Vedanta

Advaita means non-duality. Just one alone. This is what the Rishis of the Upanishads reveal. There is just one truth, call it by whatever name. Upanishads call it Brahman. That being so everyone is basically that. Not knowing this truth we divide & fragment our psyche, into a seeker & sought and then endlessly keep trying to reach the proverbial mirage water. The knowledge of Vedanta liberates us from the imagined limitation on ourselves.  

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Mahavakyas

Mahavakyas are those special statements of Upanishads which reveal the identity between the individual & Ishwara very explicitly. They are the greatest ever statements we can ever imagine. Four such statements have been culled out of four Vedas and they form the basis of all traditional teachings. They are Pragyanam Brahma; Tat Tvam Asi; Ayam Atma Brahma; & Aham Brahmasmi.

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Six Pramanas

Every knowledge requires a ‘Means of Knowledge’, which differ on the basis of the object of knowledge. These ‘Means of Knowledge’ are called Pramanas. There are six accepted & valid means of knowledge. They are Pratyaksha (Direct Perception); Anumana (Inference); Upamana (Comparison); Arthapatti (Presumption); Anupalabdhi (Non-availability); Sabda (Words of Seers). The nature of self-knowledge is such that here none of the earlier five pramanas is applicable, only Sabda is possible. That is why we give so much importance to the study of scriptures.

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Sri Sankara

Sri Adi Sankara was one of the greatest teachers of Vedanta which we have ever had. In this section we provide a brief sketch of his life & works. Read briefly about his life & contributions here. Click on the sub-title on the left to open the Page.

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Vedanta Ashram, Indore