Vedanta

What is Vichara ? How should one perform Vichara ?

Vichara (Self-Inquiry) Vichara, Self-Inquiry or Atma-Vichara is reflection and contemplation upon the meaning of Vedantic statements, which leads the...

What is Aparokshanubhuti ?

Aparokshanubhuti (अपरोक्षानुभूतिः) is a famous work attributed to Adi Shankara. It is a popular introductory work that expounds Advaita Vedanta philosophy.

Story of Two birds – Mundaka Upanishad

There is shloka mentioned is Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.1, which mentioned Jiva and Ishvara as two birds sitting on same tree. Where...

Advaita Guru Parampara

Advaita Guru Parampara The Advaita Guru-Parampara is the list of divine, Vedic and historical teachers of Advaita Vedanta.

What is the meaning of Pratyagatma ?

Pratyagatma (प्रत्यगात्मा) As mentioned by Adi Sankara in commentary of Katho Upanishad 2.1.1 प्रत्यक् च असौ...

Brihadaranyaka Shruti – “He who sees difference here, as it were,...

As mentioned in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.19 मनसैवानुद्रष्टव्यं नेह नानास्ति किञ्चन । मृत्योः स मृत्युमाप्नोति य इह नानेव पश्यति ॥...

How can Brahman is unknowable, yet is it said that one...

As mentioned in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.20 एकधैवानुद्रष्टव्यमेतदप्रमेयं ध्रुवम् ।विरजः पर आकाशादज आत्मा महान्ध्रुवः ॥ It...

What is Neti Neti ?

Neti Neti (नेति नेति) "Neti Neti" is a Sanskrit expression which means "not this, not that (न इति...

What are Mahavakyas ?

Mahavakyas (महावाक्य) Mahavakyas are the statement expressed by the Upanishads, highlighting the one's own nature. ...

How to understand Death

What death is ? When one was born as newborn child, when his mind or memory was not fully...

What happens after a person attains Moksha? Does the soul live...

What happens after a person attains moksha? In Hinduism, the main two philosophies are Mimamsa & Vedanta. We will...

What is the difference between Purusha and Brahman?

What is Purusha ? There is nothing called Purusha ( Jiva ). Upanishads says that Brahman alone is real and...

What is the difference between Samkhya and Advaita Vedanta in Hinduism?

Samkhya Philosophy Sage Kapila was the founder of the Samkhya (सांख्य) Philosophy. The word ‘samkhya’...

What is Moksha and how will one attain it?

Moksha Moksha is negation of this wrong conclusion that “I am a body” and knowing one’s true nature as...

What does it mean that Brahman is real; the world is...

Brahman is real; the world is unreal This sentence “Brahman is real, this world is unreal” is the core...

What is the number of Atman’s (souls), are they always the...

What is a Atman (Soul)? As per Brihadaranyaka Upanishad verse 3.7.23, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति द्रष्टा, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति श्रोता, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति...

Is “Aham Brahmasmi” equivalent to “I am God”?

Aham Brahmasmi (अहं ब्रह्मास्मि ) The objective of the statement “aham brahmasmi”  is to remove the attachment with physical...

Which is the correct path for Moksha, Karma Yoga or Gyan...

Path of Karma Yoga :   Karma cannot give Moksha, only self knowledge can give Moksha.

What are Upanishads ?

Upanishads Upanishad (उपनि-सद्) means 'knowledge derived from sitting at the feet of the preceptor' The Upanishads...

Are the Vedas and Upanishads of any use in today’s world?

What an individual needs ? As a physical body one needs unlimited sex, unlimited pleasures, unlimited Gulab Jamun, unlimited...

If we really have never-dying consciousness, then what exactly am I...

Does my consciousness die, when I sleep ? No When you are awake then you perceive this world by...

Why do people look to survive, when we all have to...

I have no answer for the above question ? but you need to logically think that why there is need even to...

Can the soul experience vision, sound, touch without a body? After...

Can the soul experience vision, sound, touch without a body? No, this not possible because what is called as...

What would have happened if Buddha/Shankaracharya/Krishna had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease?

Does Moksha depend on Memory ? If one is expert in Vedas & its philosophies throughout his life &...

Why does Veda negate itself saying “Veda cannot reach there”?

Source - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.3.22 अत्र पितापिता भवति, मातामाता, लोका अलोकाः, देवा अदेवाः, वेदा अवेदाः । अत्र स्तेनोऽस्तेनो...

Why is it so hard to see or experience the Atman...

What is Atman ? In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad verse 3.7.23, it is mentioned नान्योऽतोऽस्ति द्रष्टा, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति...

Who was Adi Shankaracharya ?

Adi Shankaracharya ( आदि शङ्कराचार्यः ) Adi Shankaracharya is an eighth century religious teacher and Philosopher. According to...

Why does Brahmasutra talk of caste based on birth instead of...

Brahamsutra never talk about birth based caste, the section referred there has a different meaning for word “shudra”, and not the caste...

What are the Karma yoga and Jnana yoga as per Bhagavata...

Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga There are two paths Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga Lord...

What is the philosophy of the Upanishads?

Philosophy of the Upanishads Upanishads are created to give the self knowledge ( Atman-Gyana), therefore Upanishads are main texts...

Is consciousness unique for an individual?

Is consciousness unique for an individual?   Consciousness cannot be counted and not unique to individuals. What...

What is the number of Atman (soul), are they always the...

What is a Atman ? As mentioned in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad verse 3.7.23, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति द्रष्टा, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति श्रोता,...

What is Atman ? How can one see it or touch...

What is Atman ?   As mentioned in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad verse 3.7.23, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति द्रष्टा,...

The Bold Beggar

Story of Bold Beggar This story is based on Chandogya Upanishad There were two Rishi -...

Upanishads

Upanishads Upanishads are a collection of texts which contain some of the central philosophical concepts of Hinduism. The Upanishads...
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