The Reason Why – Br. Shankara

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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WhyAugust is a month for the study of Jnana Yoga, a path to realization that requires analysis, discrimination, reason, and constant devotion to your goal. Your aim is liberation, freedom from all limitation.

Vedanta’s scriptures and teachers tell us that life’s misery — its pain, anxiety, and sense of imprisonment — is caused by seeing inaccurately, due to “maya.” As a jnana yogi, you may set aside that framework of delusion and see only Pure Consciousness — Brahman — everywhere, in everything and everyone, including yourself. This is realization, liberation!

As a spiritual seeker, you may have been troubled by questions like these:

  • Why does this Universe exist? Does it have a purpose?
  • Why am I here? Does my life have any special meaning?
  • Why do I, and other human beings, behave the way we do?
  • Why have we created such a painful, stressful world to live in?

Answers are found in the Upanishads and other scriptures, and in the teachings of Sage Vasistha, Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Ramakrishna, and Jesus Christ. Here we read and discuss some of those explanations, and explore how they can help you lead a life of ever-greater freedom and well being.