Traditional Advaita Vedanta
is a school of Hindu philosophy and religious practice, and one of the classic Indian paths to Self-realization. One searches for the identity of Atman and Brahman. Liberation is believed to be attainable after long preparation and training under the guidance of a guru. It emphasizes Jivanmukta, the idea that moksha (freedom, liberation) is achievable in this life. It is the oldest extant sub-school of Vedanta – one of six schools of orthodox Hindu philosophy. Advaita (not-two in Sanskrit) refers to the idea that the true Self, Atman, is the same as the highest reality, Brahman. Advaita Vedanta traces its roots in the oldest Upanishads, with Brahma Sutra consolidating the central premises of this tradition. Traditional Advaita Vedanta centers on the study of the Sruti, revealed texts, especially the Upanishads. Correct understanding is believed to provide knowledge of the identity of atman and Brahman, which results in liberation. The main texts to be studied are the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahma Sutras. The schools have traditionally had a high reverence for Guru, and recommends that a competent Guru be sought in one’s pursuit of spirituality. This reflects the Advaita tradition, which holds a competent teacher as important and essential to gaining correct knowledge, freeing oneself from false knowledge, and to self-realization.
Satguru Sri Ramana Devi Practical Application
The Art & Science of ekaH Yoga
Yoga is an Ancient Science. The Vedas are its origins. Lord Shiva is known as the first Great Yogi. Over the years many wise souls walked the Path of Yoga. Scriptures tell us about these Sages and their wonderful world. These Sages were like children. Everything fascinated them. The Sages lived closest to nature in forests and simplicity was the foundation of their life. Sri Ramana Devi presents the ancient tradition of Yoga in a systematic way. She is the founder of ekaH Yoga.The word Yoga means to join or unite. In ekaH Yoga, Sri Ramana Devi describes Yoga as the practice of unifying and balancing the mind, the feelings, the actions and the psychic nature of man. So, man can become a whole and integrated individual. This is the goal of Human life. Sri Ramana Devi explains that the goal of all Yoga is to bring one closer to Brahman, God. And, to ultimately free one’s self from all material bondage and therefore realize one’s true self. Sri Ramana Devi teaches that we must practice Yoga with Tapas. Tapas (heat) refers to spiritual practices, which require great effort to achieve self-realization. Sri Ramana Devi says TAPAS is an acronym Tenacity, Asceticism, Perseverance, Authenticity, and Self-discipline. Sri Ramana Devi is careful to point out the obstacles that we face while following the path of Yoga, which is mainly spiritual ego or arrogance. One must combat this tendency with the cultivation of Humility. To enable us to cultivate good discipline, and overcome the obstacles, Sri Ramana Devi laid down a clear and simple path. This unique path is known as ekaH yoga.
ekaH means One, and Yoga means to unite with Brahman. Therefore, ekaH Yoga means oneness unifies us with Brahman, as there is only one, without a second. ekaH Yoga comprises of the best practices of the 4 Principal Yoga’s from the Upanishads; Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, and Raja. ekaH Yoga also includes Guru Bhakti Yoga, which is absolutely necessary to achieve Moksha. The four paths Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, and Raja are not antagonistic to one another, but are complimentary. One-sided development is not commendable. Jnana Yoga removes the veil of ignorance and develops will and reason. Bhakti Yoga develops the heart. Karma Yoga purifies and develops the actions. Raja Yoga steadies the mind and makes it one-pointed. Therefore, one should practice the four Yoga’s. We can have our dominant Yoga as the central basis and can practice the other Yoga’s as auxiliaries to bring in rapid progress in the spiritual path.