Vedanta Course in India
Advaita Vedanta in Thonse Health Centre
Many of us are familiar with Advaita (non-dualism). Less well known is the great whole of the ancient wisdom of which Advaita is a part: Vedanta. The sources of this are the ancient Vedic scriptures, such as the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Vedanta is the conclusive part of these scriptures. In our time there are also Western teachers who make this wisdom available to Westerners, such as James Swartz and Arlindo Moraes. Both have been taught in India for many years and are now passing on the Vedanta knowledge in a way that is very accessible to us. Whereas Advaita focuses primarily on the direct experience of Being, Vedanta is not only concerned with that, but also with the knowledge of and insight into the whole of the human mind and the manifested and unmanifested universe. This will lead to a more complete picture of how we as humans and the universe function and results in a calm mind, peace, love and wisdom. In India it was and is customary – certainly as one gets older – to become more fully acquainted with the Vedic writings. Now this knowledge has also become accessible to us Westerners, without the traditional religious rituals.We have found Arlindo Moraes prepared to give an Advaita Vedanta course in the Thonse Health Center this winter, from 6 to 20 January 2020. The talks and satsangs will be given in English. This provides a whole extra dimension to a stay at Thonse!
Content of the course: The essence of the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the most important text in Vedanta. It is one of the three main source texts: the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras being the other two. The Upanishads are texts appended to each Veda that are humankind’s most ancient documents concerning the non-dual nature of reality. In the Upanishads, the self is presented in its essential nature as nameless and formless consciousness-awareness. In the Bhagavad Gita the self is personified as Lord Krishna.
The Bhagavad Gita draws its main ideas from the Upanishads. It is a dialogue between a sincere seeker (Arjuna) and a self-actualized teacher (Krishna) about three topics:
1. The nature of the world, the empirical reality.
2. The psychological reality, the nature of the human mind.
3. The transcendent non-dual factor: existence / consciousness, often referred to as Awareness.
The Gita, which literally means “God’s Song,” is a time tested means of liberation, which Vedanta defines as freedom from dependence on material things, other people and situations. It takes an inquiring individual from the depths of a “dark night of the soul”, an existential crisis, to Self-actualized freedom and non-dual love. In short, it unfolds the complete spiritual path from Karma Yoga, stress and emotional management to Meditation: the disciplines required to refine and purify the mind. That leads to the three stages of Self Inquiry: listening, contemplating and assimilating Self Knowledge.
When the Gita takes hold of your life you will sing its eternal melody with full confidence!
The Advaita Vedanta Course takes a closer look at the ancient wisdom from the Vedic scriptures than the Satsangs with a self-realised teacher do. Satsangs, many people are familiair with nowadays, are mainly about recognizing who or what you actually are. That is also an essential part of the Advaita Vedanta course.
In addition, a great deal of time is spent in a structured manner on acquiring insights from the Veda’s, like the Bhagavad Gita. In the course, these insights are translated into easily recognizable human characteristics, contemporary situations and how we can best deal with this in daily life. This leads to more self-knowledge and a more complete picture of how we as humans and the universe are made. The fruit of this is a calm mind, peace, love and wisdom.
Arlindo teaches Vedanta under the guidance and lineage of James Swartz. His style of teaching is gentle, simple, clear and direct. Arlindo was born in Brazil and in his twenties became a devotee of Osho, and was later influenced by the teachings of H.W. L. Poonja (Papaji), Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj.
After many years of deep soul-searching, meditation and contemplation, he has realized his true nature and began to offer Satsang to his friends in Olympia, WA. However, it wasn’t until he found his dearest teacher and Vedanta, that he knew he had found a whole and complete body of knowledge to actualize his self-realization. Recently, the style of his talks is also influenced by the teachings of Swami Paramarthananda.
The registrationfee for the 14 days-course is probably €150, intended to cover Arlindo’s travel and accommodation costs. If you let us know you are interested, we will inform you as soon as the exact date of the seminar is settled. See the contact page. Donations are important for the dissemination of the Vedanta teachings. Any donation is much appreciated by Arlindo. Keep in mind that with this small group size, the registration fee is meant to cover Arlindo’s travel and accommodation expenses only. Donations can be made directly to Arlindo during the retreat (not in India Rupees, please). Another way to donate is by PayPal to Arlindo, email@example.com (Please add a note: “Vedanta Thonse Seminar” if you donate by Paypal).
The Essence of Enlightenment by James Swartz
Youtube: James Swartz
Vedanta, the big picture
Website: Uitgeverij: Samsara
In 1970 Osho gave discourses about the Bhagavad Gita. These were only later translated into English and published in 2 parts.