Advaita Vedanta: a unique means of knowledge
Advaita Vedanta is a spiritual teaching tradition, and is a part of the Vedic culture.
‘Advaita’ means ‘not two’. Vedanta reveals the fact that the true nature of myself and the world are nondual. The words of Vedanta, when handled by a traditional qualified teacher, form a unique means of knowledge for discovering the nondual nature of the self.
‘Vedanta’ means ‘the latter portion of the Vedas’, i.e. the Upanishads. These ancient mantras, together with the Bhagavad Gita and Brahmasutras, are the three pillars of the Advaita Vedanta tradition.
The vision of Vedanta
Vedanta reveals that self-knowledge is the answer to our human quest for permanent security, peace and happiness. The self is always complete, limitless, but due to ignorance and misapprehensions about our own true nature, we find ourselves limited and wanting.
Generally we search and seek outside ourselves to gain security, peace and happiness. We are constantly striving, collecting things which seem to give us some happiness and getting rid of other things which do not. Vedanta puts a final end to this seeking, by methodically unfolding that you are that fullness that you are looking for. Your nature is free from limitations. Step by step this teaching methodology removes the ignorance about your own nature, and clearly reveals that you are brahman, the limitless consciousness, the nondual reality of everything that exists.
You are not a small, insignificant individual – you are the whole. This is the vision of Vedanta, and it is something to be understood.
Traditional teaching in the Netherlands
Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1930-2015) was an indispensable link in the Vedanta tradition, a teacher of teachers, a true master in communicating the vision of Vedanta. With his three-year-courses in Vedanta, Sanskrit and Vedic culture, Swami Dayananda has given this tradition a powerful impulse. Hundreds of his students are now sharing the vision of Vedanta in their own country, using the traditional teaching method.
Rommert and Manon van Dijk completed this three-year-course in 2015 under the guidance of Swami Dayananda, in the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Anaikatti, India. Rommert offers Vedanta-classes as well as Sanskrit and chanting classes in Dutch and English language, in Lelystad and online. Some texts that are being studied are Tattvabodha, Vivekacudamani, Bhagavad Gita and various Upanishads.
Are you interested in following classes? Please send an email to Rommert: firstname.lastname@example.org.