Review Category : Vedanta

What Is Self-Realization?

The words self realization and enlightenment are often used synonymously in spiritual literature to refer to the liberation of an individual from the sense of limitation brought about by identification with conditioned beliefs, opinions, fears, desires, and habits.  Because there are two major enlightenment traditions, Sanatana Dharma and Buddhism, and since there are many enlightenment schools within each tradition—and liberated ...

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The Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful of Sanskrit mantras. It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri mantra and firmly establishing it in the mind, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you, your life will be full of happiness. The word “Gayatri” itself explains the reason for ...

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Ramana Maharshi Self Inquiry Meditation Instructions

Ramana Maharshi Self Inquiry Meditation Instructions Question : How should a beginner start this practice? Ramana Maharshi: The mind will subside only by means of the enquiry `Who am I?’ The thought ‘Who am I?’, destroying all other thoughts, will itself finally be destroyed like the stick used for stirring the funeral pyre. If other thoughts rise one should, without ...

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Is Life an Illusion?

Is Life an Illusion? From Vedic times, the outlook of Vedanta takes a discriminating look at our lives and the nature of true reality. It asks us to distinguish between the ephemeral and the eternal. From time to time we’ve all had experiences of recognizing the dream-like qualities of life. Consider your experiences of  dreaming. Sometimes dreams follow the same ...

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