Vedanta to Know Your Self
Vedanta is derived from two words, veda – knowledge and anta – end. Vedanta therefore means the culmination of knowledge. It is the ancient Indian philosophy which answers the fundamental questions of life. Vedanta designs the pursuit of happiness through logical and systematic exposition of eternal truths. The knowledge promotes material and spiritual well-being. Combines dynamic action with mental peace. Above all, its philosophy leads one to the ultimate goal of self-realization.
Disciples learn Advaita Vedanta based on various scriptural texts, the primary three being the Prasthana-traya, or the major Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, and the Brahma Sutras. These texts are studied based on the respective commentary by Adi Shankaracharya. Also studied are Sanskrit grammar, Vedic chanting, and select Vedantic introductory texts, devotional masterpieces, and original compositions of various spiritual master
This course will introduce you to some of the canonical texts of Indian philosophy. Originally composed in Sanskrit, the texts will be presented to you in the best interpretations and with appropriate paraphrasing.
- Sanskrit and Sanskrit subhashitas (wise sayings)
- Vedic Chanting: An extensive collection of important Vedic mantras will also be a part of the syllabus and will be taught with correct pronunciation and underlying meaning
- Introductory Texts: Tattwa Bodh and Atma Bodh: Composed by Adi Shankara, the ancient Vedanta guru, these texts are interesting primers on Vedanta philosophyBhaja Govindam, Upadesha Sarah, Sadhana Panchakam, Panchadashi (Ch. 5, 10, 15), Vivekachoodamani: This is a poetic rendition by Shankaracharya, elucidating the main tenets of Adwita Vedanta philosophy at length, Drg-Drshya Viveka, Aparokshanubhuti, Vakya Vritti, Advaita Makaranda, Vedanta Sarah, Sad-Darshanam, Vedanta Dindima, Hastamalaka Stotram, Nirvana Shatkam, Maneesha Panchakam, Shivapradhakshamapana Stotram, and Dakshinamurti Stotram
- Shrimad Bhagavad Gita (Ch. 1-18) Bhagavat Geeta: The Bhagavat Geeta, considered as the most essential text of the Hindu philosophical cannon, embodies the core ideas of Vedanta knowledge and is presented in a beautiful poetic form
- Upanishads: The Upanishads are a literary collection, considered as utterances from the divine, defining the true nature of the Universe and is one of the central sources on Vedanta.: Kena, Katha, Isha, Mundaka, Aitareya, Taittiriya, Prashna, Mandukya with Karika, Chandogya (Ch. 6-8), Brhadaranyaka, Kaivalya, Amrta-Bindu, Shvetashvatara, and Maha-Narayana
- Brahma Sutras (Sutras 1-4)
- Devotional Texts and Hymns (some studied in-depth; some in general, with select verses): Shrimad Bhagavatam, Tulsi Ramayana (Ramacharitamanasa), Adhyatma Ramayana, Valmiki Ramayana, Vishnu Sahasranama, Narada Bhakti Sutra, Hanuman Chalisa, Mukunda Mala, and Madhurashtakam
- Other Texts: Yoga Vasishtha, Tapovana Shatkam, Purusha Suktam, Jivanmuktananda Lahari, Manah Shodhanam, Bhakti Sudha, Dhyanasvarupam, Maya Panchakam, Kaupina Panchakam, Svarupa Anusandhana Ashtakam, and Dhanyashtakam
Who Should Join?
Yoga practitioners who want to deepen their philosophical base are most welcome to take this in-depth course. This is an opportunity to take your conceptual learning one step further than what you learnt in the basic teacher training courses in yoga. While in a teacher training course, your study had been limited to the yoga canons as presided by various masters, our “Yoga and Vedanta” will widen your worldview by presenting various comparative aspects. It is like looking at one object from different angles and thus gaining a more detailed understanding.
Why take this course
- To strengthen your philosophical base
- To be a Vedanta teacher besides being a yoga instructor
- To sharpen your intellect through extensive study of canonical texts
- To receive valuable interpretation of the texts from authentic Indian teachers
Vedanta Study Schedule
|Morning sessions||Day Sessions||Evening sessions|
|Basic Sanskrit Lessons||Yoga Asanas||Puja / Bhajan / Aarati|
|Study of Texts||Yoga Dhyana||Sat Sang|
|Vedic Chanting||Yoga Samadhi||Other forms of devotional performances|
At Ayushgrama, yoga teachers and Ayurveda scholars who are well versed in Vedanta conduct daily interactive talks.