Monday, August 31, 2020

Poorna - Fullness

“Can infinity have parts? What is meant by parts of infinity? If you reason it out, you will find that it is impossible. Infinity cannot be divided, it always remains infinite. If it could be divided, each part would be infinite. And there cannot be two infinites. Suppose there were, one would limit the other, and both would be finite. Infinity can only be one, undivided. Thus the conclusion will be reached that the infinite is one and not many, and that one Infinite Soul is reflecting itself through thousands and thousands of mirrors, appearing as so many different souls. It is the same Infinite Soul, which is the background of the universe, that we call God. The same Infinite Soul also is the background of the human mind which we call the human soul.”

― Swami Vivekananda, Practical Vedanta


Monday, August 24, 2020

Impediments in Vedanta

"The impediments are (1) binding attachment to the objects of the senses, (2) an agitated and dull intellect, (3) indulgence in improper and illogical arguments about the nature of moksha and (4) the deep conviction that the self is an agent and an enjoyer."

-Vidyaranya Swami, Panchadasi, IX.43


Monday, August 17, 2020

The "I" is the Light of Consciousness

"The light in the perception of sense objects is the changeless Atma, the One without a second which abides infilling all.

"To see It as It is, the objects must be separated from It or else they must be made to point towards It.

"The 'I' must be removed from body to Atma. Freedom from bondage, peace and happiness will flow from it."

-Atmananda Krishna Menon, Atma-Darshan


Monday, August 10, 2020

Only One Being

"The Truth that is to be Realized may be summarized simply as the Realization that no matter what is arising, no matter how many others are present, there is only One Being. This is precisely different from the childish but common religious notion that even when you are alone there is always Someone Else present, Who will look out for you if you do the right thing. True freedom is not a matter of striking a deal with an All-Powerful Parental Deity; no such God exists. True freedom is in the Realization that there is only God and You are That One."

-Adi Da

Monday, August 03, 2020

Aids to Self-Inquiry

"The wise say that inquiry means reflecting on awareness, discussing it with liberated souls who appreciate the value of scripture, and trying to understand Vedanta's logical arguments proving that one's self/existence is non-separate from other existent selves. One should generate an unbroken thought-current on awareness. Discussions with those not committed to self-knowledge are a waste of time."

-Vadyaranya Swami, Panchadasi