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Vedanta in Daily Living Series

  •  Covers “Tattva Bodha” & “Durvaasanaa Pratikaara Dashakam” texts


Vedanta in Daily Living- Tattva Bodha (e-Session 1 | 3rd Apr ’20)


In this session:
  • 2:00 Ravi revises the concepts taught over the past 8 sessions
  • 29:50 before continuing the sharing on Tattva Bodha
  • 47:52 Questions from participants and answers in a simple manner


Vedanta in Daily Living- Tattva Bodha (e-Session 2 | 10th Apr ’20)


In this session:
  • Till 3:33, Ravi revises on the student’s question to the Guru on “What is Atma?”
  • 4:00 Ravi talks about the 3 states of existence (waking, dream, deep-sleep states
  • 10:55 Explanation on the dream state & vasanas
  • 15:10 Waking state vs Dream state, the Vedantic view
  • 20:55 Q & A on waking state, dream state, vasanas, karma fructification during dreams
  • 42:35 Power of positive thinking
  • 45:53 Explanation on deep-sleep state
  • 49:42 Q & A on vasanas, developing right thinking, importance of samskaras, rituals, great saints being able to manifest what they want
  • 1:13:55 Karma yoga (arpana buddhi, prasada buddhi) and covid-19 situation


Vedanta in Daily Living- Tattva Bodha (e-Session 3 | 17th Apr ’20)


In this session:
  • 2:20 Ravi starts explanation on the ‘Panchakosha’- 5 layers of personality
  • 5:00 Relationship between the Panchakosha and 3 the bodies (gross, subtle, causal)
  • 14:53 Manomaya vs Pranamaya koshas
  • 21:34 Q & A on the Panchakosha (Can a jeeva exist as just Anandamaya kosha?)
  • 23:43 Explanation on 3 levels of happiness (priya, moda, pramoda)
  • 27:12 Q & A: Buddhi, Intellect, Mind, Manas. How are they similar or different?
  • 29:07 Q & A: What is ‘Ahankara’ and where does it exist?
  • 34:33 Q & A: How error is made in identifying us as the koshas
  • 36:25 Q & A: Deep sleep, is it nothingness?
  • 38:03 Explanation of the ‘This’ and ‘I’
  • 49:00 Q & A on ‘This’ and ‘I’
  • 50:51 Q & A: How to carry out actions without identifying with it?
  • 52:57 Responding vs Reacting
  • 55:18 Q & A: Karma, moksha and a realized person
  • 59:25 Realized people staying in a subtle form
  • 1:00:12 Q & A: Happiness in Anandamaya kosha vs Moksha
  • 1:01:35 Methodology to understand the Atma
  • 1:07:00 This week’s Sadhana for all of us
  • 1:07:45 Q & A: Shunya and Atma
  • 1:12:45 Q & A: What is the Nethi-Nethi exercise?
  • 1:14:30 Using the mitya to understand and realize Satyam (which is the Atma)
  • 1:17:25 Sections in Tattva Bodha (and where are we now)
  • 1:18:20 Q & A: Why are offerings done to Pranas in rituals (using ‘svaha’)?
  • 1:20:17 UPDATED answer to the question


Vedanta in Daily Living- Tattva Bodha (e-Session 4 | 24th Apr ’20)


In this session:
  • 2:00 Revision on “Aham (I) – Idam (This)” and “Aham (I) – Mama (Mine)”
  • 5:05 Revision on Panchakosha (Annamaya kosha – food sheath)
  • 6:15 Revision on Panchakosha (Pranamaya kosha – vital energy sheath)
  • 6:45 Revision on Panchakosha (Manomaya kosha – mind sheath)
  • 7:18 Revision on Panchakosha (Vijnanamaya kosha – intellect sheath)
  • 7:32 Revision on Panchakosha (Anandamaya kosha – bliss sheath)
  • 7:43 Relationship between Panchakosha, 3 bodies, 3 states of existence and Me
  • 9:04 What is the nature of Atma (Sat-Cit-Ananda)?
  • 13:26 What is ‘Cit’ (Consciousness)?
  • 14:21 5 Principles of Consciousness
  • 20:45 What is ‘Sat’?
  • 22:09 What is ‘Ananda’?
  • 24:00 Nature of Atma as Sat-Cit-Ananda (revision)
  • 26:15 Q & A: Attribute VS Nature of Atma
  • 28:51 Get to know your real nature as Sat-Cit-Ananda
  • 29:58 Cognitions and Consciousness
  • 38:13 Q & A: Is consciousness the sum total or superset of all the cognitions?
  • 42:21 Q & A: Is there consciousness in non-living things?
  • 44:10 Ahankara (ego) and I
  • 45:21 Solution to error (mis-identification with body-mind-intellect complex) is a cognitive shift (gives peace, moksha)
  • 46:49 Q & A: Is another word for Consciousness, Awareness?
  • 48:20 Q & A: I can see possibly see myself as Atma (Consciousness), how do I see it in others?
  • 52:27 Bringing about the cognitive shift with the help of our Shastras (Shravanam, Mananam and Nidhidhyasana)
  • 55:34 Living a Divine life (life aligned to teachings)
  • 59:45 Unconditioning the mind
  • 1:01:56 Using God’s Grace as a wildcard/ fast-track
  • 1:07:00 This week’s Sadhana
  • 1:10:13 Q & A: How would a realized person engage in day-to-day activities & problems?
  • 1:13:46 Divine Grace is stronger when your goal is a spiritual goal
  • 1:15:57 Q & A: Is detaching myself from my body one way of working towards being a witness?
  • 1:19:00 Q & A: How to pursue Vedanta and yet handle obstacles and difficult situations in life?
  • 1:24:31 Using God’s grace to handle difficult situations
  • 1:26:12 Seeing Divinity in others (next session)


Vedanta in Daily Living- Durvaasana Pratikaara Dashakam (e-Session 5 | 1st May ’20)


In this session:
  • 3:50 Start of Introduction to “Durvaasana Pratikaara Dashakam”
  • 4:20 Steps to have Vedanta teachings take deep root in us
  • 6:10 Vaasana being obstacles to assimilation of a life of Dharma, karma yoga & assimilation of Vedantic knowledge

  • Verse #1
    • 10:41 Importance of daily prayers and study of scriptures & text recommendations
    • 20:57 Remedies to handle durvaasana
  • Verse #2
    • 21:10 Remedy #1 (Getting rid of ignorance of our true nature)
    • 23:57 Remedy #2 (Giving up thoughts of the past & future- practicing mindfulness)
    • 31:33 Benefits of practicing mindfulness, being in the present
    • 36:40 Remedy #3 (Having a ceiling on desires)
    • 40:21 Remedy #4 (Handling krodha (anger & frustrations))
    • 47:56 Remedy #5 (Handling lobha (greed and comparing with others))
    • 56:07 Summary of remedies covered
    • 56:26 Q & A: Is it possible to not get angry at all?
    • 57:45 Gratitude & Positive thinking
    • 1:00:45 Q & A: Invoking positivity in you and also transmitting it to others


Vedanta in Daily Living- Durvaasana Pratikaara Dashakam (e-Session 6 | 8th May ’20)


In this session:
  • Verse #3
    • 6:53 Remedy #6 (Managing the tongue (desire for food) and sexual organs)
    • 10:22 Remedy #7 (Speaking well and avoiding unnecessary talk)
    • 13:36 Guideline on how to speak right (from Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 17)
    • 15:23 Remedy #8 (Giving up bad company and reaching out to the good)
    • 18:10 Remedy #9 (Dealing with known and unknown pride in us)
    • 21:55 Remedy #10 (Handling criticisms)
  • Verse #4
    • 28:13 Remedy #11 (Spending free time to grow internally)
    • 32:32 Remedy #12 (Taking care of yourself)
    • 33:04 Remedy #13 (Overcoming mental weakness)
    • 33:28 Remedy #14 (True purpose of wealth)
    • 34:26 Remedy #15 (Dealing with unnecessary interactions & transactions)
    • 38:04 Remedy #16 (Outgrowing fascination for the opposite gender)
    • 39:01 Remedy #17 (Handling sorrow)
  • Verse #5
    • 41:13 Remedy #18 (Not leaning too much (not give-up) on spouse, children & wealth for security & happiness)
    • 46:05 Leaning on God for happiness
    • 46:59 9 ways of relating with God
    • 48:32 Remedy #19 (Handling delusion (over-attachment to things))
    • 50:12 Remedy #20 (Developing compassion for all)
    • 58:23 Remedy #21 (Handling tendency to judge people)
    • 1:01:15 Remedy #22 (Regularly retiring into solitude)
    • 1:02:50 Summary of remedies covered in this session
    • 1:03:09 Perfection in these is not needed
    • 1:06:38 A higher standard of dharma: Post-Conventional dharma
    • 1:09:55 Comment: Youth views on Vedanta teachings


Vedanta in Daily Living- Durvaasana Pratikaara Dashakam (e-Session 7 | 15th May ’20)


In this session:
  • 1:32 Recap on why we are studying the Durvaasana Pratikaara Dashakam
  • 2:58 Treating our habitual tendencies using remedies mentioned in the text
  • 5:16 Self-growth checklist
  • 6:01 Why you are not progressing/ not seeing the results of the remedies

  • Verse #6
    • 7:30 Remedy #23 (Giving-up laziness)
    • 9:56 Remedy #24 (Taking a break when overcome by excessive activities)
    • 10:54 Remedy #25 (When overcome by lethargy, be alert)
    • 11:49 Remedy #26 (Removing the perception of plurality by remembering that the perceived world is mitya and by recalling what is Satyam)
    • 13:32 Remedy #27 (Avoiding judgement of people and look within)
    • 15:48 Remedy #28 (Giving-up anger)
    • 16:06 Remedies being prescribed are gold standards meant to raise ourselves to a higher level of spirituality
    • 17:03 Remedy #29 (Giving-up shouting and scolding of people. Speak pleasantly and beneficially)
    • 18:13 Examples from Ramayana of remedy #29 being applied
    • 19:29 Inspite of being right, don’t lose self-control
    • 20:14 Remedy #30 (Giving-up fear)
    • 21:37 Abhayamudra displayed by Deities
  • Verse #7
    • 22:03 Remedy #32 (Don’t think about the past, Live in the present)
    • 26:18 The more you live in the present, the stronger you become
    • 26:58 Remedy #32 (Don’t worry too much about the future, Live in the present)
    • 28:13 Remedy #33 (Practicing karma yoga)
    • 30:28 Remedy #34 (Avoiding ill feelings & hatred (unconditional love))
    • 32:07 2 Strategies to practice unconditional love with someone you don’t like
    • 35:51 Purer person is a more spiritual person, with better vibrations
    • 37:29 Remedy #35 (Avoiding attachment to the body)
    • 42:33 Q & A: What can I do to sit longer in meditation?
  • Verse #8
    • 49:26 Remedy #36 (3 Sources of sufferings and knowing the nature of these sources)
    • 52:38 Difficulties are part of our karmic blueprint and are there for our evolution)
    • 54:50 Story from Mahabharatha illustrating how suffering can be viewed positively)
    • 58:35 Preparing for calamities and problems in life
    • 1:00:35 Remedy #37 (Practicing equanimity when there is a difference of views)
    • 1:01:20 Remedy #38 (Overcoming unhappiness caused by others)
    • 1:02:01 Remedy #39 (Forgiving with compassion)
    • 1:02:47 Remedy #40 (Responding to harm done to you)
    • 1:03:08 Responding vs Reacting
    • 1:04:56 Societal norms vs Spiritual norms
    • 1:05:34 Every elimination of dirt from our minds, brings you closer to God
    • 1:07:13 Q & A: Should a Vedantic student not believe in Astrology?
    • 1:09:03 Why do horoscope predictions become more inaccurate as you grow older or if you engage in many spiritual activities
    • 1:12:34 The 9 ways of relating to God from Srimad Bhagavatam
    • 1:21:51 Q & A: Does agami karma only manifest after the prarabdha karma?
    • 1:22:04 3 types of karma (sanchita, prarabdha, agami)


Vedanta in Daily Living- Durvaasana Pratikaara Dashakam & Tattva Bodha (e-Session 8 | 22nd May ’20)


In this session:
  • Verse #9
    • 2:45 Remedy #41 (Relying on Atma (God) and always remembering our lifespan is limited & our abilities will age)
    • 6:27 When times are good, we should strive to take up spiritual disciplines
  • Verse #10
    • 8:34 9 Fruits of studying Vedanta & a life cured of durvaasanaas
    • 16:22 End of text prayer
    • 18:28 Q & A: What is meant by the 3 sources of sufferings and what does it mean their nature is to create such sufferings?
    • 21:30 Importance of the lifestyle prescribed by the text
    • 21:50 Summary of Durvaasana Pratikaara Dashakam’s remedies

  • Tattva Bodha continues..
  • 24:25 Recap of Tattva Bodha so far (till Session 13). Highlight of important points covered.
  • 33:34 Introduction to Macro-cosmic analysis
  • 34:06 Origin of 24 essential principles (explanation of Creation)
  • 35:42 God –> Subtle –> Gross creation
  • 36:20 Introduction to Maya & Nature of Maya
  • 37:38 “Satyam – Mitya” vs “Brahman – Maya” vs “Shiva-Shakthi” principle
  • 40:23 Using dreams as an example to illustrate Creation
  • 44:40 Brahman is both the Intelligent & Material cause of Creation
  • 47:25 Divinity is in You! Divinity is in Everyone! Divinity is Everywhere!
  • 51:13 How far is your mind from God? How far is God from you?
  • 52:12 Satva, Rajas & Tamas gunas in the context of Creation
  • 54:29 Preamble of the 24 subtle principles
  • 57:03 Q & A: Why is the Maya the power to create? Shouldn’t Maya be pure consciousness?
  • 1:00:40 Creation explained using water & waves as opposed to milk & curd
  • 1:02:18 Q & A: What is nimitta & upadhaana kaarana?
  • 1:07:18 Q & A: Time & space are not absolutes?
  • 1:08:24 Q & A: Is this Creator & Created model a postulation presented by Shastra?
  • 1:12:05 Vedanta vichara, cultivation of pure & steady mind is required to see the Truth
  • 1:14:10 Q & A: Is a reverse journey possible, based on having a sense of the endpoint?


Vedanta in Daily Living- Tattva Bodha: Maya, Creation, 5 Elements,Vritti (e-Session 9 | 29th May’20)


In this session:
  • 1:58 Relationship between Brahman & Maya
  • 3:23 How Maya projects Creation and Creation of the 5 elements
  • 5:40 5 elements (panchabhutha) are mitya
  • 7:00 How the subtle senses (not physical organs) were created from subtle panchabhutha
  • 11:05 Q & A: How is sound/hearing connected to space? What is meant by subtle elements?
  • 12:18 Creation from the sound of ‘Aum’
  • 14:09 Creation of manas, buddhi, ahankara and chitta (inner instruments of Man)
  • 16:22 Introduction to ‘Vritti’ (loosely translated as ‘cognition’)
  • 20:45 How a vritti is formed
  • 21:55 Recollected vritti is called ‘chitta’ (recollection)
  • 22:10 When a vritti is formed in your mind, it is called ‘manas’ (mind)
  • 22:26 Deterministic vrittis is called ‘buddhi’ (intellect)
  • 22:39 Ahankara (I-thought) is the thought that defines you as an individual
  • 22:59 Further elaborations on manas, buddhi, chitta, ahankara
  • 23:55 Life is all about vrittis (any vrittis comes under 1 of the 4)
  • 24:38 There is no such thing, or an organ, called the mind (manas)
  • 25:35 Q & A: What about the thinking of the future (imagination), is that a vritti as well?
  • 27:01 Q & A: What is the difference between vritti and vasana?
  • 29:53 Key learning point is to know that vritti can come both from an external or internal source and that ahankara is a special kind of vritti
  • 31:26 Q & A: This definition of mind is different from the conventional (English) definition of mind as an organ?
  • 32:30 Q & A: What is 6th sense/ ‘third-eye’ and is it connected to the mind?
  • 34:40 Q & A: I understand there is only 1 consciousness. What is the purpose of individual jivas?
  • 38:47 Q & A: What happens when you meditate? Why do we peaceful when you meditate?
  • 39:40 Minimizing, eliminating vritti makes you feel peaceful & refreshed
  • 42:18 Q & A: Why does Tattva Bodha call manas (mind) as doubt & emotions?
  • 44:36 Jnana as a solution, even for the path of Bhakthi (Devotion)
  • 47:18 Q & A: Can I call vritti as an image in my head?
  • 47:58 Q & A: Is there a logical relationship between the 3 gunas and the senses?
  • 50:27 Q & A: Are intuitions also vritti?
  • 51:55 Ahankara is a vritti that owns up every other vritti.
  • 52:10 What is a pure mind, in the perspective of vrittis?
  • 56:39 Q & A: What vritti should I focus on (say while meditating) to develop a steady mind?
  • 58:57 Q & A: What do you mean by there is ONLY God?
  • 1:00:21 The different Deities and the different mental functions
  • 1:00:38 Creations from Maya’s rajasic guna
  • 1:02:40 Creations from Maya’s tamasic guna – Creation of the 5 elements we see in the gross state today
  • 1:05:57 Q & A: Why is there such a complicated process to show Creation? What is the point of this? Why didn’t the subtle just grossify immediately?
  • 1:07:55 Q & A: Why are the gross elements (panchabhuta) linked to tamasic guna?
  • 1:14:08 Consciousness vs Intelligence and Natural laws
  • 1:15:58 Q & A: Is gravity a vritti? Is gravity Satyam?
  • 1:19:29 Q & A: Can we just take the Creation illustration presented just as a model? Are the details important?
  • 1:20:35 The model is presented to understand Creation around us for us to see the Satyam-Mithya relationship in them
  • 1:23:30 Correction to be done in notes


Vedanta in Daily Living- Vritti, Ahamkaara, 3 bodies, Jiva = Ishwara (e-Session 10 | 5th Jun’20)


In this session:
  • 1:48 Vritti & Ahamkara revision
  • 15:52 Satyam – Mithya revision
  • 23:58 Jiva vs Brahman (explained using a diagram)
  • 27:20 Q & A: What are the 24 components of subtle body (to better understand it)?
  • 27:39 Q & A: Where is the causal body (kaarana sarira)? Is it inside the gross or subtle body? Can causal body exist on its own?
  • 31:27 Q & A: What happens to causal body for a realized person?
  • 33:03 The wave has merged back into the water analogy to explain realization
  • 33:32 Q & A: What happens when a person passes away (what happens to the gross, subtle, causal bodies)?
  • 37:24 Q & A: Are there different layers/levels of mithyas?
  • 38:46 Q & A: Does time really exist? Are time & space really absolutes?
  • 40:48 Q & A: When the Subject no longer attaches itself to the Object, there is no reason for the causal body to exist? Is there a subject/object divide when someone reaches enlightenment?
  • 45:54 Q & A: Why is the subtle body drawn bigger than the gross body (in the diagram)? Does it exist beyond the physical body?
  • 49:00 Q & A: How is the next birth decided based on karma?
  • 50:50 Q & A: Are the 7 upper & lower lokas (Worlds) just temporary places of being?
  • 52:03 Q & A: The relationship between us and our ancestors, is it a gross or subtle body relationship? What are karmic debts?
  • 55:14 Comment: Time & Space is different in different Worlds (lokas)
  • 57:20 Q & A: Does the buddhi or ahamkara perceive the subtle body?
  • 58:05 What happens to our karma and our causal bodies (seeds) when the Universe undergoes pralaya (dissolution)?
  • 1:01:52 Comment: Understanding causal body as the seed for subtle & gross bodies
  • 1:06:47 Definition of Jiva
  • 1:09:40 Definition of Brahman/ Ishwara
  • 1:12:04 The Jiva = Ishwara Equation
  • 1:14:24 Introduction to Maha Vakya
  • 1:18:02 Q & A: How can a Jiva be equated to an Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent Brahman?
  • 1:19:07 Brahman’s Oneness as opposed to Ishwara’s Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence
  • 1:19:17 Objective of Vedanta is to raise an individual from his/her limitedness to the limitlessness of Brahman. Objective is Oneness
  • 1:21:45 Q & A: What is the significance of the lotus emerging out of Lord Vishnu’s naval?
  • 1:22:48 Comment: Importance of self-inquiry from Ramana Maha Rishi
  • 1:23:59 Conclusion of Macro-cosmic analysis
  • 1:24:35 Unlearning deep rooted assumptions so as to manifest Vedanta teachings in our lives
  • 1:25:25 Vedanta vichara & sadhana
  • 1:25:43 Comment: A regular, continuous learning journey is important


Vedanta in Daily Living- Upadhi, Pramaana, Tat Tvam Asi,Vedanta Sadhana (e-Session 11 | 12th Jun’20)


In this session:
  • 1:25 Satyam vs Mithya (Water – Wave analogy) (revision)
  • 2:50 Jiva vs Brahman (revision)
  • 3:39 Introduction to Upadhi (anything that limit/qualify an entity- gives rise to name & forms)
  • 7:09 Q & A: Clarification on whether Ishwara is a dependent reality (dependent on Brahman- formless)
  • 13:35 Where we are currently in the “Tattva Bodha” text
  • 14:24 Student’s question to the Guru: How can a Jiva with limited knowledge & ego be equal to Ishwara has limitless knowledge and no ego?
  • 16:50 Pramaana (means of knowledge to remove our ignorance of the Self) (revision)
  • 20:16 Maha Vakyas as anchor points in the operation of the Upanishads
  • 23:19 Operation of Maha Vakya (through the story of Shwetaketu & his father)
  • 26:09 Vacyartha vs Lakshyartha
  • 27:58 Analyzing the popular Maha Vakya: “Tat Tvam Asi” from the Chandogya Upanishad to answer the student’s question above
  • 31:54 Resolving the Upadhi (destroying the name & form is NOT needed)
  • 44:36 Q & A: Does Jiva have an identity of Itself?
  • 45:20 Q & A: Is there a way (an indicator) to know you have successfully resolved the upadhis?
  • 47:31 Q & A: Is belief system only needed till you resolve the upadhis?
  • 49:43 Q & A: How to transact in the real-world as pure consciousness (as a realized person) while living in the gross body?
  • 52:49 Q & A: How can we, as an upadhi, resolve upadhi through knowledge
  • 55:20 Q & A: Importance of re-visiting Vedanta teachings and having God as a partner
  • 57:38 Q & A: Do we experience upadhi in the dream and deep-sleep states?
  • 59:45 Q & A: Is causal body (kaarana sarira) part of the Jiva? What is the causal body?
  • 1:01:16 Q & A: Why not call the causal body ‘Jiva’? What is meant by the popular term ‘soul’?
  • 1:02:40 Q & A: Is the Upadesa-saaram the same as the Upadesa-sahasri?
  • 1:03:28 Summary of Vedanta Sadhana- to achieve happiness & liberation
  • 1:10:53 The Great benefits of such a life & How do you measure where you are in your Vedanta-driven life/ sadhana (KPI)
  • 1:14:25 Q & A: How to achieve, make a difference and live an effective dharmic life in a Vedanta-driven life? Are we supposed to let things just happen, go with the flow?
  • 1:17:02 Q & A: Difference between Brahman- formless God & Ishwara- God forms re-visited


Vedanta in Daily Living- Aparoksha jnana, Jivan Muktah & Mukthi, Karma (e-Session 12 | 19th Jun’20)


In this session:
  • 1:25 Key perform indicators of Vedanta vichara & importance of doing an introspection
  • 4:00 Jivan Muktah
  • 6:25 Firm,abiding, immediate knowledge that I am Sat-Cit-Ananda
  • 9:31 Pratyaksha Jnana vs Paroksha Jnana vs Aparoksha Jnana
  • 11:03 Aparoksha jnana as an Experiential knowledge (NOT the conventional meaning of experience) (NOT an intellectual knowledge)
  • 18:48 Q & A: Is there a way to get the experience without Vedanta vichara?
  • 22:53 Adi Shankara’s experience of Enlightenment
  • 23:57 Why is a Jivan Muktah not born again? **Karma**
  • 24:23 Karma and how punya/papa unfold
  • 30:47 Q & A: Where is our punya/papa tagged to in us?
  • 31:25 Q & A: Can agami karma have an effect on prarabdha karma?
  • 32:30 Best form of agami karma!
  • 35:26 Q & A: Is aparoksha jnana (experience of enlightenment) experienced in the mind?
  • 39:14 Comment: Dilution of papa karma
  • 41:02 Q & A: What is the purpose of life?
  • 41:34 4 goals of life (purusharta)
  • 42:20 The paramapurusha: Moksha
  • 44:23 Agami, Sanchita & Prarabdha karma as explained by Tattva Bodha
  • 49:08 Karma and Jivan mukthi
  • 49:45 Q & A: Is our sanchita karma in our kaarana sarira (causal body)?
  • 54:19 Q & A: Don’t I need a tool like my mind to achieve and experience realization (aparoksha jnana)?
  • 56:28 Using a thorn to pick a thorn
  • 58:10 A salt doll exploring the bottom of Ocean analogy (to explain Vedanta vichara)
  • 59:38 Q & A: If prarabdha is part of sanchita, how can prarabdha still in motion for a jnani?
  • 1:01:18 Q & A: What are spirits/ ghosts experiencing in the samsara cycle (cycle of birth & death)?
  • 1:07:27 Q & A: Can a person who has done lots of papa (sins) achieve enightenment having sanchita karma all cleared up?
  • 1:10:09 Q & A: Rupa vs Svarupa


Vedanta in Daily Living- Revision, Atmavid, Questions & Answers (e-Session 13 (FINAL) | 26th Jun’20)


In this session:
  • 1:39 Revision on the Agami, Prarabdha, Sanchita karma of a realized person
  • 4:09 How should we relate to a self-realized person?
  • 9:07 Jnani does not have a sense of doership of actions- like the water on a lotus
  • 9:49 Knower of Atma (Atmavid) crosses samsara and attains Brahmananda (bliss, absolute happiness), here itself (while living)!
  • 11:55 Atmavid does not have any sorrow (Chandogya Upanishad)
  • 13:16 Narada & Sanatkumara story to illustrate the benefits of being an Atmavid (Chandogya Upanishad)
  • 15:27 Vedanta’s objective revisited
  • 15:57 Death of a self-realized person
  • 20:09 Q & A: Why must a realized person continue to live?
  • 21:30 Q & A: When a person has an Experience, can it be without Consciousness?
  • 22:51 Recap on vritti
  • 23:10 Q & A: What stays constant with the jiva after death and continues into every birth?
  • 27:10 Q & A: Does knowledge acquired, remain in every birth?
  • 27:30 Q & A: Doesn’t the level of ignorance reduce in every birth?
  • 28:42 Comment: Ignorance of aparokshna jnana is constant
  • 31:20 Q & A: Does our punya increase and papa decrease in every birth?
  • 34:02 Q & A: Do jivas merge or do they maintain their individuality?
  • 34:22 Comment: Pursuit of suka and duka nivrtti is also constant in every birth
  • 35:13 Q & A: Can the karma acrued in many, many births be dissolved in just really 1 birth?
  • 38:20 There is no law to tell you can’t get it here and in this birth
  • 39:23 Comment: Since you are already born as a human being, you are somewhere in the spiritual path
  • 40:05 To have been able to be in this this Advaita path, you already have great Ishwara anugraha!
  • 41:02 Clarification on aparoksha jnana- is it instaneous?
  • 43:32 Q & A: Please explain Maya as individual vs Total
  • 47:03 Q & A: Result-oriented life leads to frustration & stress normally. Isn’t the pursuit of moksha also a result oriented pursuit? Should I just let it come to me naturally? Are there other life goals that one can pursue other than moksha?
  • 50:30 Comment: There are different levels in the pursuit for moksha
  • 51:02 Vedanta journey must also be pleasant. If not, something is wrong.
  • 51:40 Q & A: Is somebody commiting suicide also the result of sanchita (past) karma?
  • 52:30 Q & A: People who do tapas, they may be doing it joyously. We may be incorrect to perceive their tapas as tough/ unpleasant right?
  • 54:12 Q & A: What is a trigger to cross from a good intellectual understanding to really seeing the reality?
  • 57:52 When I remove what I am not, What I am Shines! (Using an example from ThiruManthiram)
  • 1:00:46 Q & A: Is Aparokshna jnana like a switch?
  • 1:03:33 Q & A: Can jivas be created? Are new jivas being constantly created? Is there a sequence?
  • 1:05:53 Q & A: What do you recommend me to do when misinformation is spread about Hinduism?
  • 1:08:34 Q & A: Other than Vedanta vichara, are there other ways to attain moksha? Dying in Kasi can give moksha?
  • 1:12:49 Perfect love VS Unconditional love VS Knowledge (2 sides of the same coin?)
  • 1:16:51 Q & A: How different is Lord Krishna from a Jivan Muktah?
  • 1:18:16 Q & A: If a Jivan Muktah sees Oneness with Ishwara, can’t He dissolve His prarabdha karma if He wants?
  • 1:20:10 Q & A: Great souls like Shirdi Sai Baba, are They Mumukshus choosing to show some Ishwaratvam?
  • 1:21:13 Q & A: Did Rama know He is God?
  • 1:24:26 Q & A: In Hinduism, there is no concept of absolute evil who instigates you to do bad things?
  • 1:26:31 Q & A: What about demons who come in our stories?

Unearthing the Gem within You!

  •  3 days of talks by Swamini Pramananda based on Adi Shankara’s Hastamalaka

 

Day 1 of "Unearthing the Gem within You!"- based on Adi Shankara’s Hastamalaka

 

Day 2 of "Unearthing the Gem within You!"- based on Adi Shankara’s Hastamalaka

 

Day 3 of "Unearthing the Gem within You!"- based on Adi Shankara’s Hastamalaka