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.

Chapter 1
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

Chapter 2
Four necessary reasons for writing a text, fourfold qualifications for understanding the text, devotion to the teacher

Chapter 3
Manifestation of the self, manifestation of the non-self, manifoldness of one, oneness between jiva and brahman

Chapter 4
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

Chapter 5
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

Chapter 6
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

Chapter 7
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

Chapter 8
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

Chapter 9
The 3 states of experience, the seer of those, self-luminosity, the analysis of validity of means of knowledge

Chapter 10
The five coverings, the discrimination between the self and its coverings, the different types of perception of truth

Chapter 11
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

Chapter 12
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)

Taittiriya Upanisad

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


Current Classes
Taittiriya Upanisad | Vakya Vrtti | Laghu Vasudeva Mananam

Previous Classes
Isavasyopanisad | Sadhana Pancakam | Dakshinamurti Stotram | Sri Rudram | Tattvabodhah | Short Topics of Vedanta | Vishnu Sahasranama | Bhagavad Gita classes | Sanskrit

Text Description

Vakya Vrtti: Authored by none other than Adi Sankara, this text is the summary of the 6th chapter of Chandogya Upanisad, which contains the famous vakya (sentence) Tattvamasi. The text systematically helps the student think through the erroneous conclusion that one is a samsari, a limited and suffering individual, instead of a timeless, changeless reality which is the very essence of Paramatma. This freedom from a life of samsara can only be achieved through convincing ourselves as to how the error is made.

The text consists of 53 verses, and will take about a year to cover, perhaps a bit more. It is particularly suitable for students that just completed the classes on Tattvabodhah, but both beginning and experienced students will benefit.

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