Swami Sivananda is chanting the shanti mantra and talks about the Isha Upanishad.
The Isha Upanishad (Devanagari: ईशोपनिषद् IAST īśopaniṣad) is one of the shortest Upanishads, embedded as the final chapter (adhyāya) of the Shukla Yajurveda. It is a Mukhya (primary, principal) Upanishad, and is known in two recensions, called Kanva (VSK) and Madhyandina (VSM). The Upanishad is a brief poem, consisting of 17 or 18 verses, depending on the recension.
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Swami Sivananda tells the story of the conversation between the Sage Yajnavalkya and his consort Maitreyi from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Yajnavalkya says he is going to retire from the life of a householder and become a sannyasin and that he has to divide the property between Maitreyi and Katayani. Listen to the recording to hear more of this classical story.
“Vedanta” comes from the sanskrit word “vid” which means to know, and “anta” which means the end. Vedanta means the end of wisdom. Vedanta comes from the Upanishads. It is the essence of the teachings of the smrtis. Listen to how you can become a vedantin in this lecture by Swami Sivananda.
Wisdom includes knowledge and practical experience and goes beyond both. What is the highest wisdom? How can you reach the highest wisdom? How to become a wise person? What are the characteristics of a wise person? These are some of the themes that Swami Atmaswarupananda covers in this early morning talk at Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh. http://www.sivanandaonline.orghttp://my.yoga-vidya.org
Knowledge from the Upanishads destroys ignorance and ends the wheel of samsara (cycle of births and deaths). Behind the names and forms is the eternal Satchidananda Brahman. Learn more deep vedantic truths by listening to this lecture from Swami Sivananda.
The highest truth says: Brahman alone is – without a second. There is nothing but Brahman. Swami Atmaswarupananda talks about this Eternal and simple Truth. You might look for bliss, for peace, for knowledge. You are this bliss, this peace, this knowledge. You are this One without a second. Understand this philosophy. Practice Sadhana. Experience bliss and happiness. Then experience one-ness in meditation. But go beyond experience. Realize: You are this happiness, this bliss. Reduce your ego a little bit everyday. Slowly you will realize the Highest.
Live recording of an early morning talk at Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh. http://www.sivanandaonline.org http://my.yoga-vidya.org
This lecture by Swami Sivananda begins by chanting some of the Shantih mantras, followed by a discussion of the nature of the Self. The Knowledge of the Atman, or supreme Self, is subtle and cannot be realized by our own doing. He discusses many topics such as: the individual soul is identical with Brahman, the importance of a guru, the sreya marga and preya marga, avidya, and more.
Swami Sivananda talks about the Kena Upanishad, also called the Kenopanishad, in which is revealed the Truth of Brahman and how it relates to man. Everything is possible by the power of Brahman. Brahman shines by his own light, and everything shines as a reflection of this. Therefore, we should meditate on Brahman until we Know Brahman as pure Self consciousness, not as an object.
In this especially good audio recording, Swami Sivananda talks about Vedanta, the teachings which come from the Upanishads, literally “the end” of the Vedas. The Upanishads are revealed scriptures which tell us about the transcendental Self, or Brahma Vidya, the true nature of the Self. He also discusses the 3 main points of logic for advaita vedanta as explained by Sankaracharya, and much more.
Swami Sivananda speaks a little about the Isavasya Upanishad, one of the revealed Vedic scriptures which talks about the nature of Brahman and the ultimate reality. This is a historical recording of Swami Sivananda, 1887-1963, one of the greatest yoga masters of modern India. More information on Swami Sivananda: http://www.sivanandaonline.org, http://my.yoga-vidya.org . Copyright the Divine Life Society .