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Mandukya Upanishad

Mandukya Upanishad

Mandukya Upanishad belongs to Atharveda and has been given a very high status. It is the shortest Upanishad and contains only twelve Mantras. Because of its brevity, it becomes difficult for students to understand its entire import without sufficient explanation and therefore Shri Gaudapada Acharya, (Guru of Bhagwaan Shri Shankaracharya) has written karikas (verses written with a view to expound an aspect of the subject matter). 

Brahman is the only reality, nothing else is real. This is the declaration of the Upanishad. The karika explains and proves with various inferences and logic that this universe is nothing but a dream. Challenging our small thinking, Mandukya Upanishad leaves a seeker with intense desire to realise this unwavering Truth.

Genre: Vedanta

Duration: 130+ Talks/140 Hrs

Media: Audio

Series: Vedanta Course 2015-17

Kathopanishad

Kathopanishad

Kathopanishad belongs to Krishna Yajurveda and is unique in a sense that it starts with a story of a young brahmin boy (Nachiketa) who is ready to face Lord of death (Yamraj) in his quest for Truth. Totally rejecting the limited worldly pleasures offered to him by Yamraj, Nachiketa displays qualities which ever seeker should aim to have. Having the desire only on the Truth, choosing that ONE alone, Yamraj is compelled to give him the Ultimate knowledge, knowledge of the Self. The seeker is guided step by step to the glorious state of immortality, peace and bliss.

Genre: Vedanta

Duration: 100+ Talks/125 Hrs

Media: Audio

Series: Vedanta Course 2015-17

Chandogya Upanishad

Chandogya Upanishad

Chandogya Upanishad belongs to the Samveda.

The sixth chapter contains the famous mahavakya, Tat Tvam Asi and is regarded as one of the most important of all Upanishadic teachings. Chapter 6 deals with brahman as sat or existence and hence called sat vidya. It establishes that essence of all beings is same, it is that One Truth, One Reality!

The eighth chapter of the Chandogya Upanishad opens by declaring the body is born with as the “city of Brahman”, and in it is a palace that is special because the entire universe is contained within it. Whatever has been, whatever will be, whatever is, and whatever is not, is all inside that palace asserts the text, and the resident of the palace is the Brahman, as Atman – the Self. With the knowledge of the Brahman, one is free from darkness. 

Swami Abhedananda has explored these chapters in-depth in these talks.

Genre: Vedanta

Duration: 25+ Talks/30 Hrs

Media: Audio

Series: Vedanta Course 2015-17

Kenopanishad

Kenopanishad

Kenopanishad belongs to the Saamveda, talavakara shakha. It essentially deals with nature of Brahman and establishes that this highest Truth does not come under the scope of ordinary means of knowledge in a human mind.This Upanishad is divided into 4 khands- the first 2 khand is in pursuit of the nature of Brahman. The 3rd and 4th khand reiterates the nature of Brahman in a story form. This makes the Upanishad unique in the sense that it speaks of Ishwara and Avatar. 

An in-depth analysis of Shankara Bhashya outlining the essential principles along with Ishwara prakaran has been beautifully expounded by Pujya Swamiji.

Genre: Vedanta

Duration: 90+ Talks/120 Hrs

Media: Audio

Series: Vedanta Course 2015-17

Complete Bhagavad Geeta With Shankara Bhaashya

Bhagavad Geeta with Shankara Bhaashya

Srimad Bhagvad Geeta is a lighthouse of eternal wisdom that has the ability to inspire and guide mankind towards supreme accomplishment and ultimately, enlightenment. It is the most profound and pragmatic conversation between Lord Krishna and the mighty warrior Arjuna, right in the midst of the battlefield of Kurukshetra. In His Bhaashya of the Geeta, Bhagawan Shri Adi Shankaracharya has presented beautifully the interpretation of Lord Krishna’s words.

These talks, which covers all the 18 Chapters of the Bhagavad Geeta were delivered during the 2-Year residential Vedanta Course conducted by Swami Abhedananda. In these talks, Swamiji has delved deeply into every sloka, to give the listener an opportunity to study this divine text in the most comprehensive manner.

 

Genre: Vedanta

Duration: 400+ Talks/400+ Hrs

Media: Audio

Series:Vedanta Course 2015-17

Atma Bodha

Atma Bodha

Atma bodha is a text prescribed for the Teevra Mumukshu : one who desires liberation in this very birth. For such a committed seeker who is inquiring into the reality of himself and the world, Bhagwan Sri Adi Shankaracharya has elaborated the core Vedantic principles through which one realises the essence of the Self, the ‘Atman’.

Pujya Swami Abhedanandaji describes beautifully what is the nature of Jiva, how action cannot take us to liberation but it is Knowledge alone that ferries the seeker across; and from various other logically irrefutable perspectives by expounding on the Supreme Knowledge.

Genre: Vedanta

Duration: 44 Talks/70 Hrs

Media: Audio

Series: Vedanta Course 2015-17

Hymn to Dakshinamurthy

Hymn to Dakshinamurthy

Lord Shiva Himself comes in the Guru avatar as the first teacher. Endowed with the sweetness of grace, He comes for the dissolution of our ignorance as – Dakshinamurti. In the scripture lies the assurance from Lord Shiva himself, that He will help us, the seekers to cut the noose of life and death.


 Swami Abhedananda, with his simplistic style helps us discover the locked treasures in this beautiful scripture, and lays the path for freedom from the shackles of sorrows and revel in limitless joy.

Genre: Vedanta

Duration: 10 Talks/12 Hrs

Media: Audio

Series: Vedanta Course 2015-17

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