Veda, Vedanta, Advaita – May 17 2019

Where there is creation there is progress. Where there is no creation there is no progress: know the nature of creation.

Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy.

Where there is the Infinite there is joy. There is no joy in the finite.

Chandogya Upanishad

The word Veda means “knowledge”. 

Vedanta means “the end of knowledge,” or the goal of knowledge. (Veda [knowledge] + anta [end])

The quote above comes from one of the Upanishads, the ancient texts of Vedanta.

When we speak of Vedanta, we are referring to Advaita Vedanta

Advaita means, literally, “not two.” (A means “the negation of,” dvaita means “two.” A + dvaita = “that which is not two, that which has never been two.”) 

Advaita is a system that states that all is the Self. Consciousness. That which is me, which is you, which is the world and in the world, and transcendent of the world – all is the Self.

Toward what end do we study Advaita Vedanta, or what we might call the Vedic world view?

Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

We study the Vedic world view in order to understand the nature of the world, and of ourselves in the world. We are meant to be guided by something other than our thoughts or ideas, or the ideas given us by our culture, our religion, our parents or our peers. We are meant to be guided by nature itself, and nature guides us in the form of happiness. 

All we want is to be happy. All our desires, whatever they may be, are the longing for happiness. Basically, we wish ourselves well… desire by itself is not wrong.  It is life itself, the urge to grow in knowledge and experience. It is choices you make that are wrong. To imagine that some little thing-food, sex, power, fame-will make you happy is to decieve oneself. Only something as vast and deep as your real self can make you truly and lastingly happy.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

We study in order to be reminded where this “real self” may be found, to be reminded of the only place true bliss can be found. Within.

Having never left the house you are looking for the way home.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

It’s all so very simple. And often so difficult to remember. So each day we  ask of ourselves, If I am not my thinking, then what am I? How will I be directed today? What will I use to guide me? How will I find happiness here, right here and now, exactly the way things are, exactly the way I am, exactly the way you are?

Today I will choose happiness as a way of being. I will remind myself that everything I need is here, now. I will look in your eyes and see there the Self, and recognize it as a reflection of me. Of the Self in me. And I will open myself to the love that Self recognizing Self makes possible.

Meditation Hut #9, Maharishi Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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