Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

Advaita Vedanta is the knowledge of reality of self. In the vision of Vedanta, the relationship of the individual with the universe, as also the cause of the universe, is that of undivided oneness. This course is an introduction to the knowledge of this reality. The Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras, analyzed and explained by Adi Shankaracharya, are its foundational texts. The knowledge is brought down to us through an unbroken chain of teachers and students and the effort is to present it maintaining the sanctity of this long-preserved tradition.

Instructor: Udhav Sureka

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Unit 1: The Central Proposition of Vedanta

The Fundamental Mistake 35 min

The course begins by pinpointing the exact nature of problem because of which there is suffering. The solution proposed by Vedanta is self-knowledge and it is also introduced in this introductory chapter.
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Orders of Reality: Satya and Mithya 14 min

Before we understand the reality about self, we need to understand two orders of reality - Satya and Mithya.
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Body and Mind 16 min

Having understood the orders of reality, we begin the analysis of body and mind, which one commonly refers to as self.
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All-Intelligence 14 min

The body and mind were seen as Mithya in the previous chapter. The search for their Satyam leads us to understanding the All-Intelligence.
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The Truth of All-Intelligence 14 min

In this chapter, the enquiry ends by understanding the truth of All-Intelligence - Consciousness.
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Consciousness 24 min

In this chapter, a defining statement from the Upanishads is introduced and explained. With this, the true nature of self as consciousness is clearly understood.
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Conclusion - I am free 9 min

The Unit is concluded by reiterating the solution as proposed at the beginning of the Unit, in light of the brief analysis that was undertaken so far.
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Unit 2: Knowing Consciousness

Consciousness is not an object 16 min

In Unit 1, the nature of self as consciousness was introduced. This unit is commenced by explaining the peculiarity of knowing this reality about oneself.
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Vedanta itself is the Pramana 30 min

Since the self cannot be known as an object like other objects, the means for self-knowledge is Vedanta shastra itself.
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The Place of Logic & Reasoning 6 min

Logic and reasoning alone cannot lead to self-knowledge. However, it has an important role to play in the process and this is explained in this chapter.
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Direct Knowledge of Self 19 min

The statements of the shastra, explained by the teacher, is itself the direct knowledge of self. This crucial understanding of the process if given in this chapter.
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Qualifications of the student 28 min

To become ready for direct knowledge of self, one has to undergo preparation and develop certain qualities necessary for the knowledge to take place effectively. This chapter elaborates upon these qualities and introduces Karmayoga as the indirect means of knowledge.
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Unit 3: Karmayoga

Introduction to Karmayoga 12 min

Karmayoga, as an indirect means of self-knowledge is introduced. Its need in the process of knowing oneself is also explained.
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Mumukshatva 10 min

Through the same analysis given at the beginning of the course, Moksha is established as the purpose of actions in Karmayoga.
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Choice of Action – Dharma 17 min

In Karmayoga, actions are to be chosen on the basis of Dharma. The law of Dharma, and its various implications on choice of actions, is introduced in this chapter.
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Raag Dvesha 27 min

Dharma is to be chosen regardless of personal likes and dislikes i.e. raga and dvesha. Rather, raga dvesha are to be neutralized by choosing Dharma. This crucial aspect of Karmayoga is explained in this chapter.
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Choice over action only 15 min

In light of the foregoing discussion, the approach towards actions and their results is explained in this chapter. The law of Karma is also introduced here.
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Equal-minded approach towards results 11 min

The approach towards results of actions is further elaborated upon in this chapter.
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Recognition of Ishvara 13 min

Examining one’s relationship with Ishvara in all actions is an important aspect of Karmayoga. This is explained in this chapter. The entire approach of Karmayoga explained so far is also summarized at the end.
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Unit 4: Karma Bandhana & Dhyana

Karma Bandhana 13 min

The unit begins by further elaborating upon the theory of Karma and explaining the cycle of birth and death in which the jiva is trapped.
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Sannyasa 19 min

In this chapter, the foregoing discussion is concluded and the meaning of Sannyasa is explained.
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Meditation Part 1 - The Meditator 12 min

Meditation has an important place in preparing for self-knowledge. This chapter gives the definition of meditation, basic guidelines for posture, and also explains the process of arriving at the meditator.
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Meditation Part 2 - Puja and Japa 8 min

The two-step process of meditation is briefly explained in this chapter. Some important points to remember during meditation are also explained.
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Prayer 15 min

The unit is concluded by reflecting over the significance of prayer in Vedanta.
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