Talk: If Consciousness is Not Plural, Then What Are You? – Br. Shankara

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Talk: If Consciousness is Not Plural, Then What Are You?

Speaker: Br. Shankara

April 22, 2018

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April is a month for study of Jnana Yoga (Advaita Vedanta). A jnana yogi practices discrimination, reason, detachment, and satyagraha (insistence on Truth). The goal is freedom from all limitation (mukti). Advaita’s teachers say that our mistakes and miseries in life are the result of seeing inaccurately, due to our innate ignorance.

As a jnana yogi, you may gain control of your mind, dissolve your illusions, and see only the Divine Presence everywhere, in everything and everyone. As Swami Yogeshananda, the founder of our Center, told his students, “Consciousness is primary, and is not plural.”

Indeed. What are we? Answers to this question are offered in this talk. Some will be familiar, yet within a different frame of reference. Others will be surprising, to many of us. There will be quotes from Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, and Vivekananda. Toltec wisdom, as taught by the Yaqui Indian master Don Juan Matus, will be discussed. Poems by St. Teresa of Avila and Walt Whitman will be read. Altogether, this is meant to be a follow-on to our month-long study of Swami Ranganathanandaji’s book Divine Grace, in which he invited us to join him in the belief that to be fully human is to be fully divine.

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