Category: Swami Dayananda Saraswathi

 

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Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati was a distinguished, traditional teacher of Vedanta. His depth of understanding and nuanced appreciation of both Eastern and Western cultures made him that rare teacher who could communicate the vision of non-duality to modern listeners. He was able to make one see, with immediacy, the truth of oneself as the whole.

An eminent teacher of Vedanta and an erudite scholar in Sanskrit, Swamiji was well known for his excellent communication skills. Swamiji taught Vedanta in India for more than five decades, and around the world from 1976. In his public talks abroad, Swamiji spoke at many prestigious forums, and addressed international conventions, UNESCO and the United Nations, where he participated in the Millennium Peace Summit.

Gurupurinma

by Swami Dayananda Saraswati [ Published in the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam 15th Anniversary Souvenir, 2001 ] As we have Father’s Day and Mothers Day, Gurus also have their own day. This day is Gurupūrṇimā and it marks the anniversary of Veda Vyāsa, who occupies an exalted place in the hierarchy of teachers. Although there were also gurus for Veda Vyāsa,...

What is the meaning of Life

Swami Dayananda Saraswati If we take the word “meaning” to be “goal”, the meaning of life certainly cannot be death. If death is the goal of life, then I need not be born at all, the goal being my absence. If I was absent before I was born, I do not need to be born in order not to be....

Availability of the Mind, Śama

Swami Dayananda Saraswati What is this Śama? The author of the Tattvabodha says, mano nigrahaḥ. What does mano nigrahaḥ mean? They will generally translate this as mind control, or mind destruction—as though the mind needs to be destroyed.  Anyone who wants mind destruction is already destroyed, otherwise, why should he need mind destruction? His whole thinking is destroyed, so he...

Eight Significant Verses of the Bhagavad Gītā

Swami Dayananda Saraswati [Published with detailed commentary in the 16th Anniversary Souvenir 2002 of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.] 1. The two-fold committed life-styles loke ‘smin dvi-vidhā niṣṭhā purā proktā mayānagha | jñāna-yogena sāńkhyānāṃ karma-yogena yoginām || 3-3|| anagha – Oh! Sinless One; asmin – in this; loke – world; dvividhā – two-fold; niṣṭhā – committed life-styles; purā – in the beginning;...

Viveka, What Do I Really Want?

Swami Dayananda Saraswati [Transcribed by Constance Dimartino from classes on Vākya Vṛitti by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg — September, 1997] One has a certain discriminative knowledge with reference to what one wants. Because you seem to want a lot of things, you have to discriminate about what you really want. For instance, you may want...

Discovering Love

Swami Dayananda Saraswati [Transcribed from a speech Swami Dayananda Saraswati gave at Chennai in 1998] Love is a very ancient topic. Gods, playwrights, musicians and poets have glorified the meaning of the word ‘love’. But love is not like other emotions. It is not that there are many emotions of which one is love. No, it is the only emotion....