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Shefali Shah posted Sep 16 '23 at 2:30 pm

Hari Om,


My query is related to the section on Avasthatraya – The Three States of Experience.


Reference: Video 2, between 15 and 20 minutes


If, during the deep sleep state, I am ignorant, how can I (or what makes me) recall that I had the experience of deep sleep or of the state of bliss?


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Sheela Mukherjee posted Aug 23 '23 at 7:41 am

Its was said that Sattvik ahara leads to chitta shuddhi eventually . In this connection Also it was stated that non vegetarian food etc though nutritious is bad as it affects the mind. In Bengal Fish is offered as prasad to Godess Durga and during Durga puja and even otherwise eating fish is considered good. In fact only the widows are barred from eating non vegetarian food. Similarly during Kali Puja Goat is sacrificed in kali temple and eaten as prasad later. So how is this explained and what is the meaning behind this?


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NAVEEN KUMAR TALLURU posted Oct 11 '23 at 5:01 am

In the Chapter 1 , 41 and 42 slokas Arjuna explains the results of the war in terms of family dynasty destruction and respective sastra rituals will be lost and there is possibility of Kula shayam.


Curious to know, anywhere in gita(18 chapters) does Krisha answered this doubt or directed the right path for this issue.


Please help.


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admin posted Sep 30 '23 at 4:06 am
  1. What does the upaniṣad refer to as vidyā and avidyā in verses 9 to 11?

  2. Why does the upaniṣad ask the practitioner to combine vidyā and avidyā?

  3. What is the maximum result gained by combination of vidyā and avidyā? How does it compare to the result of īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvam enumerated in verse 1?


4.What does the upaniṣad refer to as sambhuti and asambhuti-upāsanā in verses 12 to 14?


5.Why does the upaniṣad ask the practitioner to combine sambhuti and asambhuti-upāsanā?


6.What is the maximum result gained by combination of sambhuti and asambhuti-upāsanā? How does it compare to the result of īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvam enumerated in verse 1?


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admin posted Sep 28 '23 at 5:28 am
  1. Reflect the fruit of the Knowledge of īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvam as per verses 6 and 7.
  2. Reflect which terms in verse 8 negate the Self being free of the gross, subtle and causal bodies.
  3. Why does the upaniṣad begin the discussion of karma and upāsanā? What does the upaniṣad want to show by this discussion?

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admin posted Sep 26 '23 at 3:43 am
  1. Reflect the apparent contradictions made by the upaniṣad in verse 4? What are the reasons the upaniṣad presents these contradictions?

  2. How is the Self faster than the mind? Which components of the mind does the Self overtake?

  3. Who is referred to as ‘Mātariśva’ in verse 4 and how? What is its function?


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Keyur Nayak posted Oct 12 '23 at 8:09 pm

Hari Om,


In Lesson 22.2, Significance of Om, it is said that sound is property of space. However, we know that sound cannot travel in space (i.e. vacuum) . Sound needs a medium (like air).
Given this, could you please elaborate how is Sound considered as property of Space?


Also, can we say that air can be perceived with sense of smell as well given that we experience various kinds of smells in the air itself?


Dhanyavaad.


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Sudharma kantheti posted Sep 26 '23 at 7:28 pm

Hari Om!


5th question in the lesson 22 is as follows:


Externally it appears that both the ajñānin and the Jñānin suffer. In this context which of the following are true?


d.)The ajñānin gives validity to the suffering by the ahaṅkāra; not so the Jñānin. ✘


Could you please explain why this option is wrong for the above question?


Thank you..


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Vinithra A posted Sep 28 '23 at 11:47 am

Hari Om


While typing directly in the discussion box or while copy pasting from notes,
I am facing problems with spacing & number.
The text comes together as one block without space or next line.
Can somebody help me with this?


Thanks


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Varadha Sivathasan posted Sep 26 '23 at 10:10 am

2.Those of us who ignore the SELF which is all pervading and are satiated
by naama, Rupa and karma and revel in Indriya and Indriya Bhoga are said to have killed the Self.
The result of this is that they will take embodiments known as asuras.
They are said to be in blinding darkness as they are covered in
anaathmani athma budhi and jagadhi
satya budhi.


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Varadha Sivathasan posted Sep 26 '23 at 9:51 am

1.Pravritti maarga is prescribed when one doesn’t have the relevant qualifications to follow the Nivritti
maarga.
In Pravritti maarga there are 5 varieties of Karma spoken about.
If one wants to make Pravritti maarga
as a saadhana, only Nithya and Naimithika karma should be taken up.
That too unless one performs these duties offering them to a higher altar and accepting the results with equanimity( this is Karma yoga),
ones mind will be tossed around.
The mind being what it is requires
has to hold on to a higher support.
When one thus performs one’s duties
in Karma Yoga attitude the Mind and
intellect become purified and single pointed and become a fit instrument to walk the Nivritti maarga. Hence
Karma yoga is considered as the bridge between Pravritti and Nivritti
maarga.


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Grama Bhashyam posted Sep 25 '23 at 11:11 pm

I have taken a few courses: Foundations of vedanta, Upanishads etc. So far I had understood - atma is ever present, death and rebirth is like change of clothes, upadis make it appear limited etc. But what is meant by "atma hatya" in Sloka that swamiji taught yesterday? Can Atma really be "killed"? I am a bit confused now. Would appreciate someone to chime in and help understand.


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Hari Om!


I took the lesson 17 from Advanced Vedanta course, for question #7, one of the options given was,


7: Choose the correct statements:


□ Jīva = Microcosm conditioning - Sat–Cit–Ānanda Principle


Above option was also shown as correct response as per answer sheet.


Can you please clarify how this is correct.


Thank you so much.


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Varadha Sivathasan posted Sep 25 '23 at 3:13 pm

Reflection 2.


1.one should have the notion of isaavasyam idam saravam…,in order to protect one’s Self. The result is
that one is protected from samsara
and samsara kaarya…..one is protected from ignorance and it’s effects. Everything that is seen is seen
as me myself, in my True nature. Ahameva idam sarvam.


  1. When one lacks interest in walking the path of knowledge and also lacks the relevant qualifications required to walk this path(nivritti maarga), the Upanishad prescribes duty to be performed(pravritti maarga).By the dedicated performance of one’s duty, one starts purifying the mind(performance of duty has the power to purify the mind keeping raga Dvesha at bay).The mind then starts inquiring (vichaara) . Through Vichaara one starts moving towards Karmayoga,having developed ishwaraarpana budhi and Prasada budhi.The mind then starts developing the qualifications necessary to walk the path of knowledge( nivritti maarga).

3.As kurgan eva, dedicated performance of one’s duty, helps to cultivate the relevant qualities in the
mind to perform Karma yoga, which
then produces nishkaama karma


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Varadha Sivathasan posted Sep 25 '23 at 3:12 pm

Reflection 2.


1.one should have the notion of isaavasyam idam saravam…,in order to protect one’s Self. The result is
that one is protected from samsara
and samsara kaarya…..one is protected from ignorance and it’s effects. Everything that is seen is seen
as me myself, in my True nature. Ahameva idam sarvam.


  1. When one lacks interest in walking the path of knowledge and also lacks the relevant qualifications required to walk this path(nivritti maarga), the Upanishad prescribes duty to be performed(pravritti maarga).By the dedicated performance of one’s duty, one starts purifying the mind(performance of duty has the power to purify the mind keeping raga Dvesha at bay).The mind then starts inquiring (vichaara) . Through Vichaara one starts moving towards Karmayoga,having developed ishwaraarpana budhi and Prasada budhi.The mind then starts developing the qualifications necessary to walk the path of knowledge( nivritti maarga).

3.As kurgan eva, dedicated performance of one’s duty, helps to cultivate the relevant qualities in the
mind to perform Karma yoga, which
then produces nishkaama karma


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Hari Om,
Killing the self means not having awarenessof the self Alma hate in this context means totally ignoring the self. The result is that we are blinded by ignorance and hence we are not free of the cycle of birth and death. Once again after our death in this realm we shall go into another asura Loka, all asura lokas are enveloped in the darkness of ignorance.
Asura lokas are said to be in blinding darkness because they do not recognise the atma,unatma buddhi.


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Nandini Kapdi posted Sep 23 '23 at 11:10 am

In Ishavasya Upanishad , the essential theme is to shed one's individual identity as Jiva and live with Atma- Brahma ekata bhava. With thousands of births and deaths, one has collected a huge bag of vasanas and Karmaphalas. Human life is for following the four purusharthas and Moksha is the final goal. The first three purusharthas are deeply representing our place in this world where I the Jiva exist in this Jagat- the world where we are separate entities. For a Sadhaka how is it possible to renounce everything else and go for the final knowledge?


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Grama Bhashyam posted Sep 25 '23 at 3:29 am

Can Swamiji kindly make available (sometime when he can) a recital of Isavasya Upanishad? It will help people like me to learn reading the verses.


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