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Ishadarshanam – The Philosophy of God

Ishadarshanam – The Philosophy of God has been written by Dr. Baldev Raj Sharma. He teaches Advaita and Vedanta Philosophy at the University of Delhi in India and hes done so for several decades along with meditation and research. He has published a number Public domain books in readable form for the benefit of all. Some […]

From the Upanishads by Ananda Wood

From the Upanishads by Ananda Wood is focused on the approach of Shri Shankara’s Advaita Vedanta tradition, as interpreted by Shri Atmananda, a modern advaita philosopher who lived in Kerala State, India, 1883-1959. The book is a collection of retellings from selected passages of the Upanishads. In these retellings, the original texts have been freely […]

Mandukya Upanishad – An ancient Sanskrit text on the nature of Reality

Mandukya Upanishad – An ancient Sanskrit text on the nature of Reality by James Swartz, guides the reader through the Mandukya. The aim of the Mandukya is to analyze the creation and arrive at truth, the limitless I. From the introduction: “The Aranyakas or Upanishads, the third portion of each Veda, commonly known as Vedanta, […]

What is Advaita Vedanta? Experience and Knowledge

What is Advaita Vedanta? – Experience and Knowledge by James Swartz is a short but well written and compact guide to Advaita Vedanta and non-duality from 2003. From the book: “The Upanishads, the source of Vedanta, say that before this creation was, the self, limitless being, was. It further says that this self continues to […]

The Story of Swami Rama The Poet Monk of the Punjab by Puran Singh

The Story of Swami Rama The Poet Monk of the Punjab by Puran Singh is the biography of Swami Rama (Swami Rama Tirtha). He was a Brahmin and a in a very young age he became a renowned teacher of Vedanta. He was among the very first teachers of esoteric Hinduism to travel to the West. He […]

Complete works of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was the chief disciple of Ramkrishna Paramhamsa (Ramakrishna) Ramkrishna Paramhamsa’s first spiritual teacher was an ascetic woman skilled in Tantra and Vaishnava bhakti. Later an Advaita Vedantin ascetic taught him non-dual meditation, and according to Ramakrishna, he experienced nirvikalpa samadhi under his guidance. Swami Vivekananda expanded on this knowledge and he is considered a […]

Living Nonduality – Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization by Robert Wolfe

Living Nonduality – Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization – is a major modern work on Nondualism by Robert Wolfe. The book is release under a Creative Commons Attribute. See Robert Wolfes website here. From the intro: “The teachings of nonduality have begun to come of age in the West, recognized at last as the central essence […]

THE DOCTRINE OF MAYA – In the Philosophy of the Vedanta

The Doctrine of Maya is the core principle in the Advaita Philosophy- the final pronouncement of Indian speculation on the conception of Reality and Appearance. In Advaita Vedanta philosophy, Maya is the limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled. Maya is held to be an illusion, a veiling of […]

Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta

Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta by Arvind Sharma. Advaita Vedanta is a widespread philosophical system of India. One of the well-known doctrines associated with Advaita Vedanta is that of avasthatraya, or of the three states of consciousness: waking (jagrat), dreaming (svapna), and deep sleep (susupti). Out of these three states of daily […]

Introduction to Vedanta – Understanding the Fundamental Problem by Swami Dayananda

Introduction to Vedanta gives a overview of the teachings in the Upanishads. Vedanta asserts with breathtaking boldness that one’s true nature is completeness and limitlessness. Vedanta also promises that moksa, liberation from all forms of limitations that seem to bind a human being, is possible here and now. Swami Dayananda has conducted several intensive teacher-training courses in […]

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