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Mandukya Karika : Part - 13 : Liberation, Nondoing, Bliss

Mandukya Karika : Part - 13 : Liberation, Nondoing, Bliss

June 25, 2020

Gaudapada describes how the recognition that the activity of mind is illusory can lead to dissolution of mind and oneness with Brahman. The bliss and samadhi are the final states, nothing remains to be done now.

Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Mandukya Karika : Part - 12 : Unborn, Incomprehensibility, Mind

Mandukya Karika : Part - 12 : Unborn, Incomprehensibility, Mind

June 23, 2020

What is born and what is unborn? Can something be born out of unborn? Atman is incomprehensible (as an object), does that make it unreal? What is mind, and what is it actually doing? Why do we need it?

Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Mandukya Karika : Part - 11 : Pots, Spaces, Suffering and Reincarnation

Mandukya Karika : Part - 11 : Pots, Spaces, Suffering and Reincarnation

June 19, 2020

Chapter 3 undertakes the task of establishing non-duality by reason alone. Atman is like Ether, empty space. Is it multiple? Does it become many in the form of many individuals? Does Atman suffer or becomes happy? Will it die and reincarnate? Gaudapada clears up such questions and many beliefs.

Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Mandukya Karika : Part - 9 : Duality in Nonduality

Mandukya Karika : Part - 9 : Duality in Nonduality

June 12, 2020

All other streams of philosophies can be merged in one as subsets or partial views of reality. The nondual is not separate from dual. It is just that, that which is dual is merely an appearance. Nondual is the substratum on which all duality appears in various illusory forms. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part -8 : Imagination and Refutation

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part -8 : Imagination and Refutation

May 29, 2020

Gaudapada gives us the reason behind accumulation of ignorance and then declares all other philosophies as merely imaginations, delusions born out of the ignorance of the true nature of reality. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 7 : Illusion of objective reality

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 7 : Illusion of objective reality

May 26, 2020

Gaudapada presents his arguments about the unreality of objective experiences. He affirms that there are only subjective experiences. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 6 : Illusion of the Waking state

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 6 : Illusion of the Waking state

May 23, 2020

Gaudapada starts dismantling the belief that the waking state is real and dream state is unreal. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 5 : Persistence of Illusion, Practices around Aum

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 5 : Persistence of Illusion, Practices around Aum

May 20, 2020

Why won't the illusions of worlds and bodies go away after awakening? Gaudapada also explains the meaning of the three letters in the AUM and the meaning of the silence after Aum. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 4 : Realizing the Turiya

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 4 : Realizing the Turiya

May 19, 2020

We see here some secrets of Turiya revealed, and pointers on how to realise the Truth of Turiya. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 3 : Turiya

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 3 : Turiya

May 18, 2020

Mandukya Upanishad's verse VII introduces Turiya and Gaudapada explains it. Shankar clarifies it and answers some objections. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Note that some part of this talk was removed because of noisy mic and some parts still have some noise, but are audible.

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 2 : Vishva, Taijasa, Prajna

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 2 : Vishva, Taijasa, Prajna

May 16, 2020

Gaudapada explains the six verses of Mandukya, we try to correlate it with our experience with the help of Shankara. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 1 : Aum, Four States

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 1 : Aum, Four States

May 15, 2020

Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad. The books starts with Mandukya Upanishad verses I-VI which introduce the symbol Aum and the three states of consciousness, with a commentary by Shankara.

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Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-5 : Death

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-5 : Death

January 5, 2020

Reading about the teachings of Ranjit Maharaj with commentary. Death is an illusion. Ignorance brings fear of death, and odd, irrational behaviour. Those who know death, know life. How long can you postpone the understanding of who you are? Death is knocking on your door. It is never too late to know, and that is our purpose for assuming a perishable form.

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-4 : Happiness and Teacher

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-4 : Happiness and Teacher

January 4, 2020

Reading about the teachings of Ranjit Maharaj with commentary. He gives us the key to eternal happiness. He feels that a teacher is necessary to progress quickly, and a bit of faith is initially needed, but in the end the teacher merges in you and knowledge replaces faith.

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-3 : Zero and Mind

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-3 : Zero and Mind

January 3, 2020

Reading about the teachings of Ranjit Maharaj with commentary. Zero is absolute, the emptiness without qualities, the only reality. Minds and thoughts are merely appearances in it. When there is no mind, reality is.

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-2 : Body, Ego and World

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-2 : Body, Ego and World

January 1, 2020

Reading about the teachings of Ranjit Maharaj with commentary. He holds the view that the body, ego and the world, all are illusory, unreal. He then states the implications of this understanding. Once we see the illusions, we are freed from the illusions and ignorance. The Reality, the Self shines forth.

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-1 : Reality, Knowledge and Ignorance

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-1 : Reality, Knowledge and Ignorance

December 31, 2019

This is the audio version of a reading session livestreamed on my YouTube channel recently. It has been edited slightly and cleaned up. Ranjit Maharaj was a Guru brother of Nisargdatta Maharaj and so his teachings contain the same flavour. In this part we learn about his views on reality or zero and the relation between knowledge and ignorance.

The text can be found here : https://www.inner-quest.org/Ranjit_Meeting.htm

Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj : Part-10

Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj : Part-10

July 8, 2019

In this concluding part of the series, we see the problem of spiritual progress and get a detailed summary of all of his teachings. Nisargadatta's philosophy is seen as a distilled form of Advaita or Nondualism. He presents this timeless knowledge in as pure form as possible and in a very direct way.

Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj : Part-9

Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj : Part-9

July 7, 2019

Is deep sleep my ultimate state, or my real nature? Is Nisargadatta a devotee or a gyani? What is suffering, who suffers? Why is it still there even after knowing what I essentially am?

Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj : Part-8

Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj : Part-8

July 6, 2019

There is no perceiver and no perceived, but only perceiving. This immediately leads us to unity, oneness. This destroys the doer. Intellect is an obstruction when used to find the absolute. There can be no re-birth. Nisargadatta discusses all these matters.

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