The Maitreyi-brahmana is a section of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and is a dialogue between Sage Yajnavalkya and his wife Maitreyi on the highest wisdom of Vedanta.
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The Maitreyi-brahmana is a section of the Brihadaranyaka-upanishad and is a dialogue between Sage Yajnavalkya and his wife Maitreyi on the highest wisdom of Vedanta.
The section begins with Sage Yajnavalkya seeking concurrence from Maitreyi to take to renunciation after distributing his wealth to his 2 wives. Maitreyi asks a pertinent question as to whether wealth can bestow her Immortality (amritatva), seeking which alone Yajnavalkya is renouncing. Yajnavalkya replies that one can never attain Immortality through wealth.
This forms the seed for the rest of the section, and Yajnavalkya explains that all desirable objects as wealth are desired because of the love one has for the Self. He thereby expounds the profound nature of the psychology of happiness. This Self, which is verily of the nature of Immortality, has to be heard, reflected, meditated and thus realised.
Sage Yajnavalkya further explains through a series of examples that everything is nothing but the Self, and everything has come from the Self, remains in It and is ultimately dissolved back into the Self.
Division is duality and is the cause of sorrow, and by knowledge one must end the apparent sense of individuality in the Self, just as a lump of salt loses its separateness when dissolved in water. There is no duality whatsoever for everything is the Self. When one has become the Self, there is no individualised Consciousness. This is the goal that must be sought and gained. This alone is the ultimate goal of life, the summum bonum.
A total of 8 video sessions by Swami Advayananda, divided into 5 lessons, are made available to the registered students.
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Why should I do this Course?
Happiness is the goal that is desired by one and all, either directly or indirectly.
All of us seek completeness and happiness, but somehow it has remained so far elusive. This section of the Upanishad explains the nature of true Happiness, and the means to attain it.
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The course on Maitreyi-brahmana comprises 5 lessons covering the following topics:
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