What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 8(concluding)

Self-knowledge through direct perception comes only through meditation. The step leading to meditation is uninterrupted spiritual concentration of mind on the Self. Such concentration does not develop by itself. It has to be practiced consciously and regularly, and requires overcoming the drags of perverted habits, attachments, and desires. For this reason, meditation is a two-fold… Read More What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 8(concluding)

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 7

  Vedanta gives four tests of direct perception of Reality that harmonize faith and reason. First, direct perception is never negated or superseded by any subsequent experience. Second, it does not contradict reason. Third, it is always conducive to the welfare of all beings. Fourth, it transforms the seeker forever. His moments of mystical intuition,… Read More What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 7

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 6

In order to free the mind from the pitfalls of unquestioning faith, rationalization, and emotionalism, rigorous disciplines of self-mastery are prescribed so that the seeker may well be grounded in his sincerity of purpose, commitment to the goal, and absolute detachment from blind loyalty to his pet concepts, fanciful ideas, and various mental fixations. Direct… Read More What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 6

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 5

The only way to overcome the maladies of life is to establish contact with the Ultimate Reality, and the only way to make contact with It is through meditation. Meditation leads to direct perception of the Ultimate. Vedanta maintains that direct perception of the Ultimate Reality is the soul of spiritual quest. This perception is… Read More What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 5

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 3

The hopes of the believers in a golden age end in disappointment. The golden age never comes. Coping with the problems of life is easier said than done. There is a limit to coping, and beyond that limit, life becomes unbearable. The transcendentalists want to escape the problems of life by withdrawing into silence and… Read More What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 3

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 2

Responses to the problem of suffering have been various. Believers in a millennium live with the hope that someday prophet or an Incarnation of God will be born and usher in a golden age of peace and happiness. There are others who try to cope with the problems of life. Dangers and difficulties, uncertainties and… Read More What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 2

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 1

Life in this world is not what it appears to be.  It is plagued by pairs of opposites, such as pain and pleasure, birth and death, and hope and disappointment. It is subject to six changes: Birth, Subsistence, Growth, Maturity, Decline, Death. Dangers and difficulties pursue us everywhere. Uncertainties at every step of life create… Read More What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 1