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.
Identification with the perishable body is the greatest obstacle to Self-Knowledge, says Swami Sivananda in this very detailed synopsis of some of the most important points of yoga and vedanta. He discusses the 3 bodies, the 5 sheaths, the 3 states of waking/dream/deep sleep, the 6 changes the body goes through, the tattvas, indriyas, 5 pranas, the antakharana, and much more. A lecture not to be missed.
Swami Sivananda begins by recommending we meditate on Soham, and Aham Brahmasmi. He explains that the Brahmakara vritti is the form taken by the mind when it is about to lose itself in Brahman, and that it is not like ordinary vrittis of the mind. Find out more in this amazing lecture.
Brahmavidya is the science of Brahman, the Knowledge of the Absolute and here Swami Sivananda talks a great deal about what this means. He explains who a person with Brahmavidya is and their qualifications. He also covers many topics related to Knowledge of the Self and how to obtain it – some of the topics are Om, the Atman, the aspirant, self-control, discrimination, intellect, Purusha, and more. A wonderful lecture not to be missed.
Swami Tattvarupananda is giving a lecture during a satsang in the Yoga Vidya ashram Bad Meinberg. He begins with a story which makes you think about what belongs to you. To tell you beforehand it’s neither your thoughts nor your soul.
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Swami Tattwarupananda got his deep knowledge about Vedanta and spiritual truth as a long time student of Swami Dayanandas in the tradition of Swami Sivananda. He teaches yoga, Vedanta and Bhagavad Gita in several ashrams and schools and he is also leading a Gurukulam for underprivileged children in Trivandrum, Kerala.
Prof. Dr. Chandrashekar („Shekhar“) Pandey – teaches at the Institut of Social Studies, Den Haag, Netherlands. He is a “seeker” and a teacher at the same time. In this video he talks among another story about Shankara.
Shankara is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism.
His works in Sanskrit discuss the unity of the ātman and Nirguna Brahman “brahman without attributes”.
Shekar Pandey is also giving seminars in the Yoga Vidya ashrams. You can find them here.
There are many more English seminars offered by Yoga Vidya. You can find all of them with the link here. If you like Shankara and if you are a yoga teacher already the “Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Intensive F4 – Viveka Chudamani and Asana Intensive” is perfect for you!
Shanmug is giving a lecture to the topic “The role of a guru from a modern perspective”. This speech happened during the 19th Yoga Congress in November 2016 in the Yoga Vidya Ashram in Bad Meinberg. If you want to know more about yoga and meditation visit our website by clicking here.
This talk by Dr. Nalini is about prana. In living beings, the universal energy prana is considered responsible for all bodily functions through five types of prana, collectively known as the five vāyus. Tantra, ayurveda and Tibetan medicine all describe praṇā vāyu as the basic vāyu from which all the other vāyus arise. Dr. Nalini is giving lots of seminars in all yoga vidya ashrams every year. One of her seminars is also about prana healing and another one about pranic wellbeing. You can find them here.
Sukadev is talking about the lineage and tradition of Yoga Vidya and himself. Our lineage stars with Narayana and also contains Shankara. Shankara was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.
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Sukadev Bretz is the founder of Haus Yoga Vidya and the Yoga Vidya organisation. From his adolescence he was fascinated by the possibilities of the mind, learned fast reading autodidactically and attended concentration and memory training courses.