Sunday Talk: Modern Masters of Advaita, with Br. Shankara
On Sunday morning, Jan. 30th at 11am, Br. Shankara will give a talk on “Modern Masters of Advaita — Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi & Nisargadatta Maharaj.“
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January is a month for study of Jnana Yoga (advaita vedanta). As a jnana yogi, you practice discrimination, reason, detachment, and satyagraha (insistence on Truth). The goal is freedom from limitation (moksha). Our teachers say that all miseries in life are caused by seeing inaccurately. An earnest and persistent jnani may break through this misapprehension (maya) and see only the Divine Presence everywhere, in everything and everyone.
Our current beliefs are the operating system for a life within maya — nothing more. Learning higher practical and spiritual beliefs is said to be auspicious, because they cause fewer agitations in the mind. Yet, “… fetters, though of gold, are not less strong to bind,” wrote Swami Vivekananda.
This Sunday morning we will discuss the lives and teachings of three great masters of the non-dual path. All of them lived and taught in the 20th Century.
We’ll start by reviewing short biographies of Swami Vivekananda (whose solar calendar birthday was January 12th*), Ramana Maharshi, and Nisargafatta Maharaj.
Next, we’ll compare and contrast what they taught about important principles and practices of advaita vedanta: discrimination, detachment, concentration, and insistence on Truth.
Then, we’ll practice 10 minutes of silence. Sunday’s meeting will end with an open forum on non-dualism.