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Swami Sarvpriyananda

Postby Mira » Wed May 31, 2017 5:59 pm

I'm really enjoying utube videos by Swami Sarvpriyananda. He is a dynamic young monk in the Ramakrishna order. He has an excellent grasp of the Upanishads and has a funny, interesting way of conveying their wisdom. I saw a utube where he eloquently discusses the 7th verse of the Madukya Upanishad and the karika in front of college students!

He is currently the resident monk at the Vedanta Society of New York. And has some nice Q&A utubes on the internet answering questions from seekers at all levels of their search. In one of these he nicely reconciles the Buddhist notion of 'emptiness' with the 'self' of advaita vedanta--while relating hilarious stories of his encounters with (perhaps slightly hostile) Tibetan lamas!

Link to a lovely talk on the 2 birds metaphor:

Links to some Question and Answer videos:

Link to Mandukya 7th verse and karika

I wondered if any of Shining World members from the NYC area were familiar with him?
Cheers, Mira
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Re: Swami Sarvpriyananda

Postby kpitsim » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:26 pm


I just watched some of the links to Swami Sarvpriyananda, and thank you for that. He had a beautifully clear and interesting answer to a question about the place of doubt in religion and spiritual searching. In that same question and answer video he addressed a question from a young householder about the issue of dividing his attention between worldly responsibility, and his spiritual inclinations. I did not have time to listen to the whole answer today, but he started by saying that one of the real achievements of their founder Swami Vivekananda was his emphasis that the worldly and spiritual should not be divided, and that one could approach the worldly as a spiritual endeavor. I suppose that is another way of talking about Karma Yoga.

I know that James on occasion has said that Swami Vivekananda was perhaps not the best Vedantic authority to study. I wonder if you or anyone else reading both this and having looked to that Q & A, has any thoughts on this. I have probably read some of Vivekananda's small books, eg. on Jnana yoga in the past ( I have it on the shelf in my library). I have not attended any talks in NYC though I only live a half hour outside the City.

Thanks again for this new resource.

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Re: Swami Sarvpriyananda

Postby Mira » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:06 pm

Hi Bob,
I have not found any disparities between what Swami Sarvpriyananda says and what James says. My thought is that Shining world teachings provide a perfect foundation in Vedanta. That is, Shining World is essential for the Shravana and Manana phases (to understand the Vedantic teachings clearly and make sure that there are no lingering doubts).

In the Nidhidhyasana phase, I find that I enjoy listening to talks from a variety of traditional Vedanta teachers.

Here is another talk I enjoyed from Swami S. He takes on Martin Seligman's positive psychology bit and completes it using Vedanta.
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Re: Swami Sarvpriyananda

Postby kpitsim » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:38 pm

Hi Mira:

Been a while since I checked the new posts. Thanks for your response. My experience with watching Sarva... is that it is beautifully complements the teachings here. I will watch your link for Savra next.

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Re: Swami Sarvpriyananda

Postby Marie de Potter » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:45 am

I recently attended a Vedanta seminar with Swami Sarvapriyananda (live), where he was teaching the Drg Drishya Viveka. His teachings and his being are pure nectar and totally in line with the teachings of Ramji.
It is indeed very complementary! Both teachings are directly coming from the scriptures and as such totally authentic, only the way of teaching the non-dual knowledge is different, because both teachers are different.
I will continue to attend Ramji's seminars and I will continue to listen to Swami Sarvapriyananda's you-tube satsangs with exactly the same love and attention, and with the same drive of mumukshutva.
Marie de Potter
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