The ancient Rishis or seers, delved into the depths of their being, and closely analyzed all of the layers of the human existence. In this process of self-inquiry, they discovered that in essence we are but pure consciousness, and that various factors and conditionings cloud our vision and hide this truth. They laid out practices for clarifying our vision so we too can access this first-hand knowledge. Yogic disciplines have been prescribed as preparatory practices, for purifying the heart and balancing the mind. For unveiling the deeper truths, the study of Vedanta has been prescribed.
Just as a map is necessary for reaching a destination, the teachings of Vedanta are the compass guiding the aspirant along the path of self-inquiry. Traditionally, Vedanta is studied by listening to the teachings from an experienced teacher, reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and meditating on these truths to enshrine them in our being.
This six-week course will focus on the text Drk Drshya Viveka (Inquire into the Distinction Between the Seer and the Seen) by Adi Guru Sankaracharya, which thoroughly analyzes the difference between subject or observer and object or observed. A clear understanding of who is this perceiver, what is perceived, and what are the instruments of perception is necessary for the recognition of one’s nature as a conscious being, transcendent of external and internal changes. Through this recognition, the grip of the tide of life’s ups and downs gets loosened and the aspirant enjoys a greater sense of peace and freedom.
Required text – Drk Drshya Viveka of Adi Guru Sankaracharya, available at the Center’s boutique.
Recommended preparation – Read the text Tattva Bodha of Adi Guru Sankaracharya (also available at the Center’s boutique) and listen to the lecture series on Tattva Bodha that was offered earlier this year at the Center by following this link.
This class meets six consecutive Tuesday evenings.
Gajananam is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda and the founder/director of the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Fremont, CA. He began his training in the late ’80s at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Tel Aviv, and became a Sivananda yoga instructor in 1989. In the ’90s, he served as a staff member and director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York and has taught at many Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses and retreats.
Due to his love for chanting Kirtan, mantras and slokas, which have a wonderful uplifting vibration, with the desire to pronounce these more accurately as well as deepen his understanding of the mantras and ancient scriptures, Gajananam studied Sanskrit under the tutelage of the Sanskrit Scholar Dr. Sarasvati Mohan from 2004 through 2012.
He is an excellent teacher of Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit. Gajananam has had the opportuniy of studying Vedantic scriptures in a traditional manner at Arsha Vidya since 2013.