Is Vedanta Only For Philosophers?

Q:  Is Advaita Vedanta only for philosophers? How can the average person practice Advaita Vedanta in his or her daily life in a way that it is easy to follow and not be drawn other ideologies?

Vishnu:  No. I don’t consider myself a philosopher and I’ve studied and “practiced” Advaita Vedanta for over a decade. Don’t take my word for it though. Just go to an Advaita Vedanta satsang and see for yourself. Spoiler alert: It is going to be filled will average, everyday people. Why? Because everyone is looking for truth, not just philosophers.

You practice Advaita Vedanta in your daily life by:

1) Living a life committed to dharma (in this case, dharma means right living).

2) Consistently applying the teachings of Advaita Vedanta to your mind until they help you directly realize your total non-difference from brahman, the non-dual absolute reality. After that, there’s nothing to practice. Sure, you continue to live a life committed to dharma.  But once you’ve seen the truth of your own nature, it’s not something you can practice. It’s just what you are.

Advaita Vedanta is not there to convince you to follow it’s teachings. Rather, it says you’re just fine as you are (but you just don’t know it!). If what Advaita Vedanta has to say appeals to you, you won’t need to be convinced to commit to it.  Nor will you look for answers in other ideologies (not that Advaita Vedanta is an ideology).

So if what Advaita Vedanta has to say speaks to you on a deep, inner level, then you’ve found the right teaching. If not, start looking for the one that does!

All my best – Vishnu

Steady Wisdom: Day 48

Steady Wisdom:  108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 48

Untouched by suffering, beyond all illusory appearances and free from doubt and indecision, I am all-pervasive; I am not the body which is unreal. 
-Aparokshanubhuti V.26
Meditation

I am not the body nor the mind, both of which are illusory appearances projected onto myself, the one, all-pervasive reality.  Because I am not the body or mind, I am free from doubt, indecision and suffering.  I am the one, limitless reality.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 47

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 47

I am immutable, formless and unperturbed consciousness.  I am unaffected by the appearance of the body and mind. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 1:17
Meditation

What reveals the forms of the body and mind?  Me, pure consciousness. Does consciousness assume the forms that it illuminates?  No, therefore I am formless.  Is consciousness perturbed by the forms it illuminates?  No, therefore I am unaffected by the appearance of the body and mind. OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 46

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 46

I have no father, mother or family; I was never born nor will I die.  It cannot be said that I have affection or delusion.  I am ever-free by nature; there’s no illusion for me. 
-Avadhuta Gita 4:21
Meditation

The body is born to a mother and father but I, the self, am not.  Rather, the body is “born” to me, pure existence.  As such, I am present and unaffected before the birth of the body and I remain present and unaffected after its death. 

The mind suffers from affection and delusion but I, the self, do not.  Rather, the affection and delusion of the mind are “revealed” by me, pure consciousness.  Just as the sun is free of all that it illumines, so I am free of the mind.  There’s no illusion for me. OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 43

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 43

In truth there are no scriptures, no gods, no religious practices; there are no worlds; there are no paths to heaven or rebirth; there are no stages of life, no caste, no lineage.  There is only me, the highest reality.
-Avadhuta Gita 1:34
Meditation

Although I appear to have been born at a particular place and time to a particular family, and although I appear to have worshipped God and done religious practices to purify my mind, the truth I have realized from the scriptures is that I alone exist—all else is ultimately illusory.  Thus, I followed the path, thinking it would lead to freedom.  But it merely led me to the recognition of the fact that I have always been free. OM.      

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