Hastamalakiyam

Hastāmalakācārya was one of the four primary disciples of Adi Shankara. When the ācārya asked him who he was, he spontaneously replied with 12 beautiful verses. हस्तामलकस्तोत्रम् (इन्द्रवज्रा छन्द -) कस्त्वं शिशो कस्य कुतोऽसि गन्ता किं नाम ते त्वं कुत आगतोऽसि । एतन्मयोक्तं वद चार्भक त्वं मत्प्रीतये प्रीति विवर्धनोऽसि ॥ १॥ हस्तामलक उवाच । नाहं […]

Panchadasi Chapter 15

Panchadasi Chapter 15 with Swamini Svatmavidyananda The Panchadaśī is a highly regarded treatise on Vedanta composed by the medieval scholar-saint, Swami Vidyaranaya. We will be studying the last chapter, known as “Viṣayānande Brahmānanda,” which means that the joy derived from contact with objects is indeed the joy of knowing oneself as Brahman. But can true […]

Bodhasāra; Munīndra-Dinācārya

Bodhasāra; Munīndra-Dinācārya: The Daily Life of the Most Exalted of Sages ‘Bodhasara’ is a text on Advaita Vedanta written by an eighteenth-century Advaitin, Narahari. The author has employed various literary devices and gives many new examples. A considerably lengthy text, ‘Bodhasara’ takes a fresh perspective on various topics of Advaita Vedanta. This text is a […]

Doṣaparihārāṣṭakam by Acharya Sridhara ‘Ayyaval’

with Swamini SvatmavidyanandajiThe doṣa-parihāra-aṣṭakam is a 300-year-old Sanskrit composition of the scholar-saint of Tanjavur, Sri Sridhara Venkateshacharya ‘Ayyaval’. The word “doṣa” means a defect, and “parihāra” means removal. In this aṣṭaka, octet, presented creatively as a conversation with Lord Shiva, Ayyaval invokes the Lord’s grace to rid himself of the habit of constantly complaining about […]

Bṛhadāraṇyaka-Upaniṣad ~ selected verses

The Camp with Swamini Svatmavidyanandaji was scheduled here at the Gurukulam from  Aug 17th-24th at the Guruklulam but due to unavoidable circumstances in India Swaminiji could not arrive here to conduct this camp. However, we are happy to offer this camp via Zoom. August 17 – 27Daily 8-9 am and 8 – 9 pm Eastern US […]

Video Course ~ Maya Panchakam ~ Swamini Svatmavidyananda

Maya Panchakam of Adi Shankaracharya, Swamini Svatmavidyananda, 6 Classes, Course in Progress September 17 – 22, 2018 Maya Panchakam consists of 5 verses on Maya composed by Adi Shankaracharya. While exploring Maya, Shankaracharyaji wonders in these verses how even the most learned and wise are fooled by the power of Maya.