Vedanta Teaching

"There is not one God; there is ONLY God.
Therefore there is nothing secular; all that is here is Isvara"

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Swamiji on Vedanta - excerpts

Swami Dayananda Saraswati calls himself a traditional teacher of Vedanta. Rooted in the richness of tradition, yet contemporary in his thinking and approach, he continuously edits his teaching style to ensure that the truth is communicated with clarity. Impeccable logic, brilliant analysis, erudition, precise use of language, together with a child like humour, make him one of the greatest living masters of Advaita Vedanta. He says, unequivocally, “There is not one God; there is ONLY God. Therefore there is nothing secular; all that is here is Isvara.”

Further, he asserts, “Vedanta is not a theory, which implies practice and experience, but a fact to be understood.” His message is the ancient wisdom of the Vedic rishis: “You, the self, are the whole. Yet you feel small, limited, only because you do not know the reality of yourself, of who you really are. So you need self knowledge to remove this self ignorance. For which you need a teacher who knows the texts and who can use the words deftly, like a master artist.“ He teaches in language so effective that it keeps the audience spell bound as he drives home the concepts. He is at home with people of all ages, of all cultures.

Swamiji does not believe in a centralised organisation, encouraging his large circle of disciples and devotees to think for themselves, to be who they are. He says, “Only when we give freedom to others, can we be really free.” His clarity of thinking enables him to view a topic from different points, objectively, without prejudice or emotional bias. In his teaching and meditation sessions, the focus is on developing objectivity. He defines a wise person as “one who is totally objective, doing what needs to be done.” The power of his concepts, communication skill and non-judgemental nature inspire each person to give of his or her best.

His commitment to the Vedic tradition reveals itself in his initiatives and activities, be it the teaching centres, federation of Hindu religious leaders, service ‘organisations’, social and cultural projects. Among his many contributions to the teaching tradition, the Bhagavad Gita Home Study Programme requires special mention. Serious spiritual seekers, even in the absence of teachers or teaching facilities, benefit immensely from these volumes. For the younger generation, the Vedic lifestyle and culture are interestingly presented in a series called ‘’Purna Vidya’’.