Non-dualism: The Art of the Shortcut | Swami Sarvapriyananda

The Direct Path

Swami Sarvapriyananda gives a discourse on the direct path of Advaita Vedanta. Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the being, and the harmony of religions.    

“The objects of knowledge, viz., sound, touch, etc., which are perceived in the waking state, are different from each other because of their peculiarities; but the consciousness of these, does not differ because of its homogeneity.”

Talk was inspired by this verse from the book, Pancadasi by Vidyaranya.

The underlying teaching inspiring and expressed during our gatherings is the remembrance of our reality, true nature of non-duality: Continuing from last week where we watched Anne Breytenbach, animal communicator – the underlying universal truth of shared space being, non-duality is what makes her connection and communication with animals possible. As she expresses and shares, abiding in this space silence and acting from this space of non-duality, separation dissolves, time and space are non-existent. 

The same teaching is affirmed  by Swami Sarvapriyananda. He is Indian Vedic monk in the Advaita Vedanta – non duality tradition.

Belonging to the Ramakrishna Order. He is the current resident Swami and head of the Vedanta Society of New York, a position he has been serving since January 2017.

Lots of Sanskrit terms in this talk but explained beautifully and clearly. 

“If you look for consciousness, you will never find it…because consciousness itself is the one that is looking…Misery is in the mind. You are not happy or miserable, you are not old or young. The changes are in the body or in the mind, not in consciousness-{awareness).”

Swami Sarvapriyananda
May 17th, 2022