One-Week Vedānta Course II for Adults
September 22 @ 8:00 pm - September 28 @ 1:00 pm
Īśāvāsyopaniṣad – Mantras 1-6
This Upaniṣad begins with the statement that everything that is here is to be envisioned as the Lord, Īśvara. The verses that follow make it clear that this is not a visualization or meditation. Everything is to be envisioned as Īśvara because that is the truth—everything is Īśvara. How this is so, what is necessary to understand it, and what is the outcome for the person who understands it will be shown in Swamiji’s teaching of these six verses.
Vijñāna-Naukā – The Boat of Wisdom, also known as Svarūpa-anusandhāna-aṣṭakam – The Eight Verses of Inquiry into the Truth of the Self, is a profound contemplative work of eight verses attributed to Ādi Śaṅkarācārya.
This text succinctly unfolds the vision of the sages of ancient India — that I am even now what I seek to become. This direct recognition resolves all searching into the fullness which is myself.
It is in this recognition that freedom, peace, and fullness are discovered, a recognition that enables me to become alive to the reality of myself, the world, and the sacred, allowing me to meet life with joy, compassion and purpose.
This text presents several traditional teaching methodologies, as well as the means to gain the preparedness to transform a desire for mokṣa into an abiding wisdom. Each verse of this powerful text is well suited to bring into the contemplative practice of nididhyāsana.