Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 13 by Ira Schepetin

Nirvāṇaṣaṭka. Morning remembrance prayer. Vedānta and modern science. No conflict between science and Vedānta. Science makes statements about the waking state. Vedānta is a subjective science: its about your own experience. Analyse of the three states according to Gauḍa-pādas kārikā.

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 12 by Ira Schepetin

Vedānta is not a business. The highest teaching of Vedānta. The method of Vedānta: deliberate superimposition for the purpose of teaching and negation of this teaching in the end. Mutual superimposition. 3 identifcations: knower, doer, experiencer. adhyaropa and apavāda. Tat tvam asi. Role of the teacher. You are everything. Is samadhi necessary?
Making the knowledge of the self firm? How many jñānis are there?

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 11 by Ira Schepetin

2 ways to get vairāgya: 1. seeing the defects of happiness from objects (it has a beginning and an end) 2. understanding that objects are not real. Bhagavad Gītā ch. 13, 7-11. Spiritual sadhana: developping qualities. Humility is knowledge because it leads to knowledge. Cultivate the qualities through effort. Only if a person has these qualities
direct knowledge can arise. Bhagavad Gītā ch. 13, 12. If you negate everything existing and non existing the self remains. There is no other way to teach the self except by
negation: neti neti. Is vers 13, 12 a contradiction? That which is devoid of all duality is described by adhyaropa and apavāda,” i.e., by superimposition and negation, by
attribution and denial. Intuition of the self. After negation of objects, even the mind, the self stands self revealed.

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 10 by Ira Schepetin

Story about Swami Satchidanandendra and Kirtan. The concept of avidyā / ignorance. Best source is adhyāsa bhāṣya: Introduction to the commentary of Shankaracharya
on the Brahma Sutras. 2 notions of ignorance: Shankaracharyas notion of mithyā jñāna and Padmapādas notion of mithyā ajñāna. Avidyā and māyā. Waking ego, dream ego and the witness. Vedānta is no dogma. Ego is kṣetra. Every quality is an object to the witness. Sadhana: act to get rid of tamas. Do your duty with no desire for the fruit of your action to overcome rajas. Sadhana to become free from actions (naiṣkarmya): no attachment to saṅkalpa, karma, karma phala. Freedom from the gunas. Jñānaniṣṭha. Jñāni. Bhagavad Gītā ch. 18, 66.

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 9 by Ira Schepetin

Explanantion of the shloka Brahmanandam paramasukhadam. Shankaracharyas critique of other schools of thought. Knowledge as the solution to remove ignorance. 3 types of ignorance: 1. not knowing as the root. 2. Misconception. Adhyāsa. Superimposition. 3. Doubt. Ancient vedantic position. Five fundamentals of Vedānta: 1. The witness 2. Nature of ignorance 3. Difference between doing something and knowing something 4. Absolute and relative perspective 5. Method of Vedānta.

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 8 by Ira Schepetin

Review of the first two Shlokas of chapter 13 Bhagavad Gita Bhasya. Witnessing consciousness: unique teaching of Vedanta. Paramahamsa. Witnessing consciousness is identical with the supreme reality. Avidya: mixing up of subject and object. Forms: Not knowing, misconception, doubt. Verses 3-6: Kshetra. Ira and his teacher Swami Atmanandendra. Wise and Dharma. Jnana Sadhana is necessary. Q & A: Jnani versus Jnananishta. Role of a Guru.

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 7 by Ira Schepetin

Qualities of a real Bhakta according to Shankaracharya based on the Bhasya of Shankaracharya 11th and 12th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.

 

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 6 by Ira Schepetin

Prakriti and Gunas. Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7. Types of Devotees. Karma Yoga. Stages of Karma Yoga. Chapter 12, 8-20 Bhagavad Gita.

 

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 5 by Ira Schepetin

Traditional study of the Bhagavad Gita. Different schools of Advaita Vedanta. Main Teachings and Defects according to Shankaracharya. Maya and other definitions.

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 4 by Ira Schepetin

Qualifications according to the Bhagavad Gita chapter 13, 7-11. Story King Janaka, Katyayani, Matreyi. The Witness. The Self and deep sleep.

 

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 3 by Ira Schepetin

Explanation of the Mantra Guru Brahma Guru Vishnur. Qualifications of a student according to the Brahma Sutras: Viveka, Vairagya, Shat Sampat, Mumukshuttva.

 

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 2 by Ira Schepetin

History of the Vedanta Scriptures. Lack of qualification as a main problem to realise. Sadhana as the solution to be qualified. Meaning of Avidya according to Shankaracharya: mutual superimposition.

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 1 by Ira Schepetin

The first of a series of 17 talks on Vedanta by Vedanta Scholar Ira Schepetin, one of the  great Experts on Vedanta. He was the first western disciple of Swami Dayananda and the only western disciple of Swami Satchidanandendra. He focusses especially on the views of Shankaracharya based on his original texts: bhasya on the Bhagavad Gita, bhasya on Brahma Sutras, bhasyas on the 10 main Upanishads and Upadesha Sahasri.

These talks were given in August 2019 in the Yoga Vidya Ashram in Bad Meinberg in Germany. The talks are based on the Bhasya of Shankaracharya on the Bhagavad Gita. Mainly chapter 13. It is an extraordinary opportunity to learn the original views of Shankaracharya.

In this first talk the subject is: Introduction. Definitions. One without a second. You are sat chid ananda. The witness.

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What is Advaita Vedanta? Chandra explains

Advaita Vedanta is the Philosophy of Oneness. It is unconditional non-dualism. It is supposed to be the zenith of all philosophies. Chandra Cohen explains in this short podcast what Advaita is. He gives insights into why everything in this manifested universe is nothing but a manifestation of the One, the Brahman. This Vedanta Podcast is taken from an Interview conducted by Sukadev, founder of Yoga Vidya, and Chandra, during a Vedanta Seminar in Germany at Yoga Vidya Ashram Meinberg.

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What is Vedanta? Chandra explains

Vedanta is considered the most important of the Philosopical Systems of India, both by Western scholars as well as in India itself. Vedanta is the foundation of Jnana Yoga, the Yoga of wisdom. In this short podcast, Chandra Cohen, disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda, Swami Brahmananda and Swami Dayananda, describes the meaning of Vedanta. He mentions Sankara (probably 788-820 C.E.) as the most important Vedanta Philosopher. Chandra explains how Vedanta refers to the Vedas, the most ancient Indian scriptures. Chandra is teaching Vedanta Courses at Yoga Vidya Germany. This short talk is part of interview that Sukadev, founder of Yoga Vidya, conducted with Chandra.

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