Category: Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati

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Sri Swami Viditatmanandaji, a disciple of Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, expounds Vedanta with a simplicity and directness that make it easy to assimilate. Having lived and worked in the United States prior to becoming a renunciate, Swami Viditatmanandaji is familiar with the lifestyles in India and the West. With his insight into both cultures, he reaches out to everyone with equal ease.

Swami Viditatmanandaji graduated in 1978 from the course taught by Pujya Swamiji in Bombay, India. Since then he has been extremely active, teaching, and writing books. Swamiji is the President of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam,Saylorsburg, USA.

Under the banner of Adhyatma Vidya Mandir, Swami Viditatmanandaji conducts various programs to disseminate the knowledge of the scriptures. Swamiji gives talks on the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita all over Gujarat, India. Swamiji also conducts management seminars with a view of showing the relevance of Vedanta in management.

Swami Viditatmanandaji’s TatvatirthaAshrama is situated in the western outskirts of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. As its name suggests, it is a center for learning the Tattva, i.e. the truth.

PRATAḤ SMARAṆAM 6

Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda

…continued from previous issue

The first verse describes the Self as sat cit ānanda, while the second verse describes It as self-effulgent. In the third verse, the Self is described as the Self of all.

Early in the morning, I bow to the limitless, that which is beyond darkness, which has the luster of the sun, which is the changeless support known as the supreme being,

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PRATAH SMARANAM 5

Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda

The non-Self is able to reveal objects only due to the presence of the Self

Vāco vibhānti nikhilā yadanugraheṇa. Yadanugraheṇa, by whose grace, nikhilā vāco vibhānti, all these words manifest, is speech also manifest. What makes speech function? Again, the Kenopaniṣad [1-5], says,

yadvācā’ nabhyuditaṁ yena vāgabhyudyate,
tadeva brahma tvaṁ viddhi nedaṁ yadidamupāsate.

“Brahman is that very (consciousness) which one does not know with the mind and by which (consciousness),

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PRATAḤ SMARAṆAM

Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda

Introduction

The meditator and the object of meditation are different from each other in one type of meditation.

Prātaḥ is dawn and smaraṇam is remembrance or meditation. Prātassmaraṇam is thus, meditation at dawn. The meditation is upon the Self, the very meditator. Usually, meditation involves a division of meditator and that upon which he or she meditates. We meditate upon or concentrate on a form,

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Yoga and the Mind – Part 2

Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati

We have seen how the reality of the Self is quite different from what we take ourselves to be.  We are like the boy in the story of The Ten Boys, where the one who is searching for the 10th boy is the 10th boy himself.  We are searching for happiness, immortality, knowledge and intelligence outside of ourselves, while all this is our very nature.  It may sound unbelievable that the one who takes him to be mortal is,

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Yoga and the Mind – Part 1

Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati

 

yogaThe word yoga means joining.  When we study what yoga teaches us, we find that it is not a process of joining something with something else, but rather, a process of disjoining or disconnecting two entities that are as though united.  We take the two entities to be one and are not able to distinguish between them.  Yoga teaches that this perceived oneness of the two entities is the cause of all the pain and sorrow that we have in our lives.

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