The Tradition           The Teachers            Swami Advaitananda

The Tradition .......

The timeless fragrance of Truth can never be confined within the pages of history. To the seekers of wisdom, what matters most is its relevance and application to changing times. Therefore, Indian philosophy being oriented towards the quest, places principles above persons. In many of our texts we find no mention of the authors. Even where authorship has been attributed, it has not been without controversy. We believed and still do believe, that nobody has a copyright on the divine declarations. The teachings are more important than the teacher. The teacher is only an instrument, an excuse to cause the teaching. Ultimately one teaches oneself. The teacher is always within.

Hinduism as a religion is not a very organized body. There is no founding members, no hierarchy of governance, no managing bodies to take decisions; yet it has a living vitality which has survived the onslaught of time across centuries and continents. Not just survived, it is continuously growing, continuously nourishing, continuously adapting and yet retaining its intrinsic strengths and values.




















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This is because its roots go deep into the very essence of life and living. We always say- Hinduism is not a religion, but a way of life. A way of life with its roots embedded in dynamic philosophy. When the roots are nourished, the tree grows of its own accord, enriching every branch however small, and yielding its fruit, even if unsought! So today, despite all the apparent differences and warring sects, the truth which binds them all is one. There is only one reality- within and without. That thou art. This is the wisdom enshrined in the Upanishads. This is the message of Vedanta.

& The Teachers....

The earliest crusader of Vedanta, historically is Sri Adi Shankaracharya, supposed to have lived between 788-820 AD. He wrote major commentaries on the source books of Vedanta and traveled extensively to spread its message. It is credited to Sri Shankaracharya for the consolidation and effective presentation of the revelations of the Upanishads. He cleared the dross of philosophical speculations and superstitious religious beliefs and upheld the pristine glory of Vedanta. His major contribution to Hinduism has been the organization of its monastic members. This has set a pattern for an unbroken lineage and a tradition of teachers.

None the less, there have been many non-monastic teachers and their contribution to the spiritual heritage is unparalleled. The adventurous practices of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) and the benign influence of Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950) provides a re-education of spiritual living, which is witnessed even to this day. The credit of carrying the message of Vedanta to the western world goes to Swami Vivekananda, the illustrious disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) opened the doors of eastern wisdom to western thought and today the world stands revolutionized by it.

Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) needs no introduction for the present times. The Master of masters lived, taught and trained many seekers of wisdom from his abode in Rishikesh, Himalayas. The Divine life society founded by him has gifted to the world many teachers who have engulfed the world with their spirituality.

Contemporary to Swami Sivananda; was Swami Tapovananam (1886-1957) of Uttarakashi, a great scholar-saint of the Himalayas. A student of these two masters who descended from the Himalayas and lit ablaze the flame of spiritual revival was Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993) the foremost of Vedanta masters and the greatest exponent of our times on the Bhagavad Gita. He was a trendsetter in bringing the wisdom of Vedanta to the masses.

" A Master is someone who started much before you did " -Says Swami Advaitananda, the inspiration behind the Brahma Vidya Ashrama.

He is neither a teacher nor a therapist in the conventional sense, both of whom are available in plenty nowadays. He claims no skills or techniques as his own contributions. He is only a messenger from the Masters who upholds the tradition of Vedanta.

Swamiji’s life has been that of quest since his early days. Seeking answers to his experiences and wanting to know of the Higher Reality, he traveled far and wide. He cherished the guidance of those who had already walked the path. In his journey towards the Truth, he was guided and inspired by many masters of Shaivism and the Agamas until he finally came under the tutelage of Swami Chinmayananda, the founder of Chinmaya Mission and renowned authority on the Bhagavad Geetha. Having completed scriptural studies with Swami Chidananda as the acharya, he retired to the Himalayas for silence and solitude. Living in the Himalayan monasteries, he got acquainted with Shad-Darshanas, the six schools of Indian Philosophy.

He is a guide on the path, a gifted speaker and a prolific writer.


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