Two new weekly Vedanta classes starting mid-July
(1) Laghu-vasudeva-mananam (Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 PM, starting Tuesday, July 15)
Laghu-vasudeva-mananam - Author: Sri Vasudevayatisvara
The text goes into a complete anatomy (not just physical) of the human being, identifying the causes of problems, and a review of solutions. As an introduction into the technical terms used in Vedanta, it is excellent - more advanced than Tattvabodhah, but still foundational in nature. Appropriate to both beginning as well as intermediate-level students.
Knowledge alone can give human being ultimate freedom, erroneous perception, maya, isvara and causal creations, subtle creation, gross creation, microcosmic and macrocosmic forms, the veiling of truth, removal of the veiling
Four necessary reasons for writing a text, fourfold qualifications for understanding the text, devotion to the teacher
Manifestation of the self, manifestation of the non-self, manifoldness of one, oneness between jiva and brahman
The sequence of non-desirable entities such as sorrow, the un-naturalness of sorrow, birth as the cause of sorrow, the ascertainment of the discriminating and the non-discriminating person, sorrow continues as identification with body persists, the four-fold freedom through such means as devotion to isvara, karma is the cause of birth
Three types of karma, analysis of doership, types of action, desires etc., as the cause of karma, the self does not even cause action, the results of action do not accrue to the self, 3 types of obstructions, the ascertainment of the essence of Vedanta, seven praises
Different states of mind such as desires, identification, non-discrimination, ignorance, how is the cessation of sorrow, the knowledge of the self, self knowledge in the mind, this is not action, analysis
Discrimination between the self and the non-self, identification with the macrocosmic form, one universal self, implies meaning, meaning of the words he and you, meaning to the great sentence
The 3 bodies, sequential and non-sequential creation, subtle body, meaning of implication, how sense organs are recognized, the life-giving entity, mind as an instrument, causal body, self, viewed with discrimination
The 3 states of experience, the seer of those, self-luminosity, the analysis of validity of means of knowledge
The five coverings, the discrimination between the self and its coverings, the different types of perception of truth
How the self can be recognized, the being-ness, the knowingness, the self is not the object of the mind, the nature of joy, the recognition of the self as an entity, the immediateness of the self as my nature
The analysis of non-duality, the non-duality of the nature of the self, the relevance of non-duality in the teaching, same as in reasoning, the immediate experience of non-duality, the essence of the teaching
(2) Taittiriya Upanisad (Saturdays from 8 to 9:30 AM, starting on Saturday, July 19)
This is a more advanced text than Laghuvasudevamananam, because it provides more depth, even though less breadth. It tackles the more persistent of one's problems, that of identification with the body-mind complex. An analysis leads to ways of solving these problems. This text is appropriate for relatively advanced students. All 3 chapters will be chanted at the beginning of each class. Svaras (Vedic intonations) will be taught.
Chapter 1: Shiksha Valli
Advice for a student. The importance of having the correct attitude for learning. We will go over the verse meanings, and sometime go into Sankara Bhasya.
Chapter 2: Brahmananda Valli
This is the principal section of the Upanisad. It specializes in Panca Kosa Viveka (as Mandukya U. does on the three states of experience - waking, dream and sleep). It goes over how to recognize the mistakes one makes, and work on removing with the wrong identification with the body-mind complex. It also the calculous of joy - how that increases with study and analysis. We will take the help of Sankara Bhasya, and also of an excellent commentary by Sri Vidyaranya (author of Pancadasi).
Chapter 3 (Bhrigu Valli)
This presents the teachings of the previous valli in another context. Once again, we will not go in to as much detail, as in the Brahmananda Valli
Current Class Continued: VakyaVrtti (Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 AM)
If you would like to attend these classes, please contact our teacher Sri Vijay Kapoor at