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Video Satsang: From Upasana to Gyana

A new Video Satsang of Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji was published on 21st Nov 2017. In this Hindi language Chintan series satsang, a visitor to Ashram, Col KM Rai asks a question that he has been lately meditating on the principle that everything is basically Brahman, and this has been a great blessing to him. It has helped resolve many knots within, however, he confesses that inspite of this deep down he still continued to feel a lack – something is still missing. This is what has been answered. We have named this episode as Ishwar Upasana and After.

While appreciating his sincere efforts to believe in the basic divinity of all, including himself, he tells that as long as our Jiva-Bhava, or limited individuality exists so long being one with the limitless or infinite is not possible. The fragmentation has been caused not by Brahman but by our perception of limited identity. So the next phase of sadhana is to focus on the truth of our Self. The moment we discover clearly, rather than just believe, that all limitations are imaginary, they shall fall, and the Berlin Wall too shall fall. One needs to see that the very fact that we seek, reveals our limited identity, and as long as we ourselves are limited, so long Ishwar will be away, and no amount of feeling of oneness will help. So the way out is self-exploration. This is what Atma-Anatma Viveka is all about.

When we turn the focus on our identity, we discover that all limitations which we see are just superimpositions of the dharma of our faculties on our self. When two things are in close proximity and we are not clear about their truth then there are great chances of anyonya-adhyasa – superimposition of the characteristics of one on the other. This is just perceptual error, it is just an imagination. Whenever this is the nature of problem, then the solution is to clearly see the truth of both the involved components. So one needs to deeply observe & analyse. Taitiriya Upanishad talks about five layers of our personality – the so called our body-mind complex. He briefly talks about these so called Panch Koshas, and then says then as & when you yourself see that all these are the dharma of your faculties and not you per se, then that very moment all imaginary limitations shall drop, and with this all our divorce with infinite consciousness shall also end. Do check out this profound discussion or Satsang.

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This entry was posted on November 22, 2017, in vdo-satsang.

Video Satsang: Samarth Ramdas ji Maharaj

In the Video Satsang project of Vedanta Ashram, Poojya Swamini Poornanandaji started a series on Maharashtra ke Sant – in Marathi language. In this series the first episode was on Samarth Ramdasji Maharaj. She talked about his life and teachings, and hoped that better knowledge of these enlightened masters will not only make people proud of their rich heritage but also prompt them to study their works and ultimately become aware of the one substratum of the entire creation – as their own self.

Knowledge of the truth of Self and the world alone helps us transcend the ego, which creates all kinds of stress and conflicts in the life of the person, and then in the whole society.

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This entry was posted on November 22, 2017, in vdo-satsang.

New Ashram Project: Video Satsangs

Vedanta Ashram started a new program of preparing and publishing Video Satsangs. In these Video Satsangs, Ashram Mahatmas discuss on any one topic of general interest and these are recording in a make-shift studio made at the Ashram. These videos are edited at the Ashram itself, and later published on the YouTube in its Vedanta Ashram Channel. In a short span of a month we have published five Video Satsangs. Two of Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji, two by P. Swamini Amitanandaji and one by P. Swamini Samatanandaji. A series of talks are in the pipeline, by P. Swamini Poornanandaji also on the topic of ‘Maharashtra ke Sant’.

Ist Vdo Satsang: Prarabdha aur Purushartha – in Hindi:

In our first such publication, we prepared and published a Hindi language video of Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji. It was on the topic of Prarabdha & Purushartha, meaning, Is the direction of our life pre-determined by Fate / God’s Will / Prarabdha, or do we have any Free-Will too, to steer the direction of our lives. This is a very commonly asked question, and the lack of clarity on this topic makes so many people wish to somehow get a peek into their already written fate, and also manipulate it, if possible. It is a very important topic to be very clear about.

2nd Vdo Satsang: Who am I – in Hindi?

In this second release, Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji is asked a question, as to how do we go about knowing our Self. Koham – Who am I? This question is the essence of the message & teachings of Upanishads. He says that in this journey of realizing the truth of ourself, we need to begin with first negating all that we clearly know all that which we are not. Taittiriya Upanishad talks about five layers or Koshas of our personality. Not knowing the truth of our Self, we identify with these koshas and thus create our false identity. A seeker of truth needs to clearly see that I am none of these, these are just our faculties. Once we negate the notion of ourself being these koshas, then alone the clouds get cleared to realize the sun-like self.

3rd Vdo Satsang: Ishwar-Darshan – in English:

In this Video Satsang publication, P. Swamini Samatanandaji answers a question about – How to get darshan of Ishwar? This is in English language. In this satsang P. Swaminiji says that there are different kinds of darshan.

One, pratyaksha, in which we perceive an object by our sense organs. Anything seen by our sense organs is limited, inert and also perishable. Obviously we cannot see God by this way.

Two, the second kind of darshan is intellectual, like in the famous example of smoke & fire. Whenever we see an effect, we definitely know that a cause is also definitely there. This is intellectual seeing. So when we see this beautiful creation then we can easily infer the presence of its creator. Moreover, every creator has to obviously fully knows its creation, so the creator of this entire creation has to be omniscient, and in order to translate the knowledge into a creator, he obviously must have appropriate power & capacity to do so, so Ishwar, the creator has to be omnipotent too. So when we see the world, we ‘see’ God, in this intellectual way.

Three, there is a third kind of ‘seeing’ also, this is neither pratyaksha nor intellectual, but direct. It is called Aparoksha. Like ‘seeing’ our own Self. We don’t see our Atma, by our sense organs nor do we infer its existence by inference etc, i.e. intellectually. Even when our eyes etc are closed, and our mind is quiet, still we know our existence. This is called aparoksha-anubhuti – direct, immediate ‘seeing’. As Ishwar himself says that ‘I am the Self of all’, so God has to be realized as our very Self, that is the way to get Ishwar-Darshan. Of course in this kind of seeing, I the limited individual has to be completely negated.

4th Vdo Satsang: Ishwar Krupa – in Hindi:

Another often asked question by devotees is how to invoke more Ishwar Krupa, so as to make our lives more happy & comfortable. In this fourth release P. Swamini Amitanandaji answers a question to this effect. This Satsang is in Hindi language. She says that there are three subjective adjustments by which we can open the doors of our mind to experience infinite blessings of God.
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One, fully & sincerely believing that ‘every’ situation has blessing in it, because it comes from God himself;
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Two, examining our own parameters by which we see only some situations alone as good or bad; and 
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Three, re-visiting the notions of our own identity – whether notions of our being limited, and thus endlessly expecting, is our truth; or deep-down we are complete – as the Upanishads say, thus making the very expectations baseless.

5th Vdo Satsang: Ishwar-Krupa – in Gujarati:

P. Swamini Amitanandaji talks about invoking Ishwar Krupa – in Gujarati language. She says that there are three subjective adjustments by which we can open the doors of our mind to experience infinite blessings of God.
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One, fully & sincerely believing that ‘every’ situation has blessing in it, because it comes from God himself;
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Two, examining our own parameters by which we see only some situations alone as good or bad; and 
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Three, re-visiting the notions of our own identity – whether notions of our being limited, and thus endlessly expecting, is our truth; or deep-down we are complete – as the Upanishads say, thus making the very expectations baseless.

 

This entry was posted on November 18, 2017, in vdo-satsang.