Vedanta Questions & Answers

Vedanta Q & A Clips

  • How to know or experience the Self/Consciousness/Atman/Brahman?
    • How to know the Self when It cannot be objectified? Is inference sufficient?
    • Is Awareness experienced as an object?
    • Everything we do is prompted by thoughts, which are the functions of the mind. So how does one experience Consciousness in its purity without the mind?
    • How is Consciousness experienced? How do we know/grasp it? What exactly is Consciousness, Atman, Awareness, Pure Consciousness, Brahman, etc.?
    • Our minds are limited by time, space and causation. Brahman is beyond these three. With this in mind, at what level (or in what way) can we conceptualize Brahman?
  • What exactly is Consciousness and how does It function?
    • What is the difference between mind (citta) and Consciousness?
    • Is Consciousness separate from the brain?
    • What is the nature of "I"? What exactly does it refer to?
    • Is Pure Consciousness aware of change, suffering, etc., and if so, how is it that It does not change, and/or suffer?
  • What is Maya?
    • How does the One appear as many?
    • Brahman alone is real and the world is an appearance. What causes the world to appear?
    • How can Maya be both real and unreal? How to reconcile the ultimate reality with Maya?
    • Does the presence of Maya imply duality?
    • Are we One or many? Where does ignorance lie?
    • How is the universe related to the Absolute? Is the universe real?
  • Who or what is God as per Advaita Vedanta (Nonduality)?
    • Is Brahman the cause of the universe? Does Advaita Vedanta recognize an Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God?
    • In Bhakti traditions, God is understood to have love and compassion. What is the relation of God of Advaita with the God of Bhakti traditions?
  • How to manifest the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta (Nonduality) in daily life?
    • How to manifest the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta?
    • The knowledge of the eternal Witness gives enormous peace, but how to live life in the light of this knowledge? How is it relevant in the struggle of life?
    • Balancing Self with samsara
    • If we have family, friends, and relationships can we also reach Enlightenment/Self-Realization? Can we have both?
    • How can I apply Vedanta to family life?
    • After getting a breakthrough insight into what I really am, how do I approach the demands of the world?
  • What is Advaita Vedantic (Nondual) meditation?
    • On Advaita Vedantic meditation
    • What's the difference between Advaita Vedantic meditation (Nidhidhyasana) and Yogic meditation (meditation of Patanjali Yoga Sutras)?
    • What should I focus on during meditation?
  • How to calm/control the mind and overcome distractions during meditation?
    • Overcoming disturbances during meditation
    • Dealing with sleepiness during meditation
    • How does one make the mind one-pointed?
    • How can we focus our minds (esp. in environments filled with distractions)?
    • During meditation I'm faced with external disturbances, such as ticking of clock, chirping of bird, etc., and the internal & external get mixed up. What is the way out?
  • How to tackle impurities of the mind?
    • Overcoming impurities of the mind and turning it towards God
    • How to provide sufficiently strong arguments to mind, to counter distractions, provocations such as greed, lust, etc., in order to attain perfect chastity in thought, word & deed?
  • If the world is Brahman/God, why is there evil?
    • Where does evil come from?
    • If the whole world is Brahman, then it suggests that evil is also Brahman. So how to distinguish between good and evil? If God exists then why is evil more than good in the world?

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