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Vedanta Society of Iowa April 26, 2014. Introduction To Vedanta (Part – 3). What do the Scientists say about Human Beings ? The most advanced species in the evolution cycle among 8.4 million species

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vedanta society of iowa april 26 2014
Vedanta Society of Iowa April 26, 2014

Introduction

To

Vedanta

(Part – 3)

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What do the Scientists say about Human Beings ?

    • The most advanced species in the evolution cycle among 8.4 million species
    • The most integrated personality with analytical reasoning & critical thinking ability
  • What do the Sages say about Human Beings ?
    • Human birth is one of the 3 rarest of events
    • We come from God, we live in God and we go back to God
  • What are the 4-Main Values of Human Life ?
    • Dharma, Artha, Kama & Moksha
  • What is the problem with Human Beings from spiritual point of view?
    • We’ve forgotten our True/Divine nature
    • We look upon everything around us as Matter and not Spirit
  • What is the Ideal attitude of Human Beings?
    • To know, It’s God who has become all the living and non-living beings
    • To know, we are all children of God
    • To serve others, with the idea of serving God
    • To know, every experience in life is meant to be a lesson for us
    • To know, nothing is isolated, every thing/event is interconnected
    • To feel the presence of God in and through every act
    • To see God in everything
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Sankaracharya’s Teaching
  • AnubandhaChatustaya – settingpurpose/resolution
    • Is liberation from the endless suffering your goal of life?
    • Do you know what qualifications are necessary for the Spiritual Practice?
  • SadhanaChatustaya – sense-restraint &mental purification

Have you been able to:

    • discern Real (God) from the Unreal (Objective World)?
    • develop dispassion for objective world?
    • practice restraint of senses & mind?
    • practice patience and forbearance?
    • develop faith in the Scriptures & the Guru?
    • develop one-pointed focus?
    • develop intense longing for liberation?
  • Sravana, Manana & Nididhyasana – main sadhana

Have you :

    • been hearing the Truth from the Guru?
    • been repeatedly reflecting on & reasoning the Truth to remove doubts?
    • been able to assimilate the Truth completely with single minded focus?
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Sankaracharya’s Teaching

SadhanaChatustaya

sense-restraint &mental purification

  • discern Real (God) from the Unreal (Objective World)?
  • develop dispassion for objective world?
  • practice restraint of senses & mind?
  • practice patience and forbearance?
  • develop faith in Scriptures & Guru?
  • develop one-pointed focus?
  • develop intense longing for liberation?