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Year end Vedanta Retreat
December 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Year-end Vedanta Course
Vivekachudamani verses 40 – 70
Vivekacūḍāmaṇi v. 40-70
As its name suggests, Vivekacūḍāmaṇi is a work of discriminative inquiry, an inquiry into the nature of reality. This text stresses the importance of understanding that the goal of a human life is self-knowledge. Having determined that, one needs to discern that inquiry (vicāra), not karma, is the means. And that inquiry is to be done only with the guidance of an appropriate teacher who can unfold the śāstra. The qualifications of the student are discussed in some detail, followed by what constitutes an appropriate teacher, how to approach that teacher, and what to ask.
Tat tvam asi, which means “you are the cause of the universe” is a famous mahāvākya occurring in the Chandogya Upaniṣad. Mahāvākya is a sentence revealing the oneness of jīva, the individual, and īśvara, the Lord. In this retreat, we will see how the Upaniṣad reveals this oneness in a manner that enables one to assimilate the knowledge of the self effortlessly.