काशीपञ्चकम् Kashi Panchakam – Sri Adi Shankaracharya Intro

काशीपञ्चकम् – श्रीमच्छंकरभगवत्पादविरचितम् KASHI PANCHAKAM OF SRI SANKARACHARYA With the commentary Tatva Prakasika by Svami Tattvavidananda Sarasvati  Introduction: There are three aspects to any dharma: karma or rituals, upäsana or mental worship, also called bhakti or devotion, and Jñana or philosophy. All these three aspects are beautifully integrated in Hindu Dharma. In the Western culture,…

माया पञ्चकम् – Maya Panchakam – Swami Tattvidananda Saraswati Ji

माया पञ्चकम् – Maya Panchakam Pujya Sri Adi Shankaracharya निरूपमनित्यनिरंशकेऽप्यखण्डे मयि चिति सर्वविकल्पनाऽऽदिशून्ये। घटयति जगदीशजीवभेदं त्वघटितघटनापटीयसी माया।।१।। I am beyond comparison, timeless, part-less, division-less Awareness Absolute-without-a-second. In me are absent all kinds of imaginations (superimposition) etc. Yet the (माया) illusion, which is capable of making the impossible possible, creates in me the division of universe,…

Essential of Hindu Dharma – Q.A.With Swami Tattvidananda Ji

Essential of Hindu Dharma – Q.A.With Swami Tattvidananda Saraswathi Ji Question: Swamiji, you are a Hindu monk, I would like to begin by asking you what is Hinduism? Answer: Hinduism is not a religion in the strict sense of the term. It is more a way of life, what we call a Dharma, rather than…

Part 16. Overview of Tattvabodha (Tattvabodha)

Overview of Tattvabodha Over the last few sessions, we have covered the textbook of Tattvabodha in which all the important technical terms of Vedanta Shāstram have been beautifully presented. We saw all those topics in these classes. Now we will wind up the Tattvabodha study by a bird’s eye view of all the important topics…

Part 15. Law of Karma (Tattvabodha)

Law of Karma In the last few sessions, we saw the central teaching of the Vedanta – namely Jīva Ātmā and Parama Ātmā Aikyam. Through this, I am given to understand that I am not the Reflected Consciousness which is the Distorted Consciousness through the medium. But I am the original Consciousness which is none…

Part 14. Jīva Īshvara Aikya (Tattvabodha)

Jīva Īshvara Aikya In the previous sessions, we have seen the main theme of the Vedāntik Teaching – Jīva Ātmā Parama Ātmā Aikyam. The idea conveyed is that Ātmā the Chaitanyam is only Ekam. Aikyam means oneness. Therefore Ātmā the Chaitanyam is only one and that one Chaitanyam alone is expressing through the matter principle….

Part 13. Creation (Tattvabodha)

Creation All the studies that we did till now, whether Sharīra Trayam or Avasthā Trayam are all associated with the individual or microcosm. In Sanskrit we use the word Vyashti. Today we are going to the next topic through which we are entering Samashti or macrocosm. The topic is Srushtihi or creation or cosmology. How…

Part 12. Ātmā (Tattvabodha)

Ātmā Till now we dealt with the following from Tattvabodha – Sādhana Chatushtayam – Four fold qualification – Sharīra Trayam – Threefold body – Avasthā Trayam – Threefold states of experience – Pancha Koshaha – Fivefold personality layers of an individualWe also saw that Sharīra Trayam and Kosha Panchakam both refer to the same personality…

Part 11. Avasthā Trayam and Kosha Panchakam (Tattvabodha)

Avasthā Trayam and Kosha Panchakam Avasthā Trayam refers to the three stages experience and Kosha Panchakam refers to the five layers of our personality. 11.1. Avasthā Trayam We will first start with Avasthā Trayam – the three states of experience. We sill see three factors relating to each state of experience. By studying the three…

Part 10. Sharīra Trayam(Tattvabodha)

Sharīra Trayam We are seeing the technical terms used in all our scriptures which have been comprehensively presented in the small book called Tattvabodha. Not only does it give the essence of Vedāntik teaching, but also systematically introduces the technical terms. In Sanskrit a technical term is called a Paribhāshā Shabdaha. We are seeing the…

Part 09. Sādhanā Chatushtaya (Tattvabodha)

Sādhanā Chatushtaya If we look at the book of Tattvabodha, we will see that none of the above topics are covered in Tattvabodha. The text book Tattvabodha assumes that a student of Tattvabodha knows all the topics that we have already discussed. They are all taken for granted in this particular book. In fact they…

Part 08. Bhakti Yoga (Tattvabodha)

Bhakti Yoga Today we will deal with the topic of Bhaktihi found in the scriptures and a topic with various shades of meaning in different contexts and therefore often a confusing topic also. So we should clearly understand what Bhaktihi is. The word Bhaktihi is used in the scriptures in two different meanings. 8.1. First…