After nearly two years, I’m ending my sabbatical from teaching. There were several times I considered not coming back at all. Part of the reason for this was disillusionment. The other part was that I moved cross-country twice, had a full-time job, a great wife and a renewed interest in making music. In other words, I was just busy living. But a heartfelt thanks to my friends Paul and Dan for keeping my interest in teaching alive through many thought-provoking conversations, lots of encouragement and even the occasional kick in the pants. Also, thanks to Terry for giving me a bit of inspiration when I needed it.
So in the past year and a half, I’ve had a lot of time to think, and most of it has been spent considering how I could present the core teachings of Vedanta in a more clear and accessible manner, minus most of the technical language, confusing symbolism and theoretical concepts. After awhile, I came up with something I was satisfied with and I’ll be presenting it over time in future blog posts. Some of it will be very similar to what I’ve taught previously, and some of it very different. I will try to explain some of the differences as I go.
The question may come up: “So do you still teach Vedanta?” I feel that in many ways, I do. I certainly would have no teaching at all without what I’ve learned from Vedanta and more importantly, realized for myself. However, more traditional teachers of Vedanta might disagree. And that’s okay, because I’m not really doing this for them. I’m doing this for people who are trying to be happier and feel more at peace. So I’ll use whichever teaching method I think is the clearest and most direct way to help them do that.
I will probably write more about my thoughts on traditional Vedanta in the future but for the time being I will say this: I have no problem with traditional Vedanta whatsoever. It’s a great teaching, one that helped me to gain the clarity and understanding I have today. Over time, I did realize there were parts of it I didn’t agree with but mostly, I simply felt like I could present some of it’s teachings in clearer manner. Maybe that’s presumptuous of me. But then again, if you don’t agree with my opinions, that’s okay. I fully encourage you to investigate other teachers or teachings. There are a lot.
I will say that if you’re studying Vedanta in a traditional vein and it’s helping you be happier and more at peace, then by all means, keep it up! Because happiness and peace are what’s important. If you’re interested, I’m still fully capable and willing to answers questions along the lines of the traditional teaching. And if you need further traditional Vedanta resources, check out the ‘Links’ page.
So thanks for sticking around. I’ll be posting new articles as soon as I can. But please be patient, I’ve still got that full-time job, great wife and music thing going on. Still, feel free to send me questions and I will do my best to answer them as quickly as possible.
A note: Since I am taking a different direction in the teaching, I either have, or will be removing all of the previous content from this site. Sorry, but it won’t make sense to have two different and possibly contradictory styles of teaching here. For the time being, I’ll leave my video series on youtube. But if I’ve removed a book or article that you’ve really enjoyed, contact me and I’ll see if I can dig it up for you.
-Isaiah ‘Vishnudeva’ Sanders