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The Incomparable Beauty of Vedanta
Arlindo: Hi, Sujaani, I totally understand your feelings about that. I know that it sounds like we Vedantins are complete fanatics. But believe me or not, all fragmented spiritual Neo-Advaita knowledge from all teachers and all serious religious systems around the world have their roots in the Vedas.
My publication does not mean to say that these modern teachers and their so-called “personal teachings” are of no value at all. They are important steppingstones that by and by will take the seeker to a qualified teacher with a complete valid teaching methodology, and this complete (A to Z) teaching system that reveals to the jiva his own nature as pure consciousness is found at the last chapters of all four Vedas. They are called the Upanishads. There is nothing comparable to it, especially in the Western spiritual world. But these modern teachers/teachings have their purpose. The scriptures refer to them as “leading errors.”
Believe me, like yourself, I have been around the spiritual world – and I was taking that Neo-Advaita road too. Inspired by the words of my previous teachers (Papaji, Ramana and Nisargadatta), I began offering satsangs in 2012 to my close friends in Olympia [Washington state], Ubatuba [Brazil], São Paulo [Brazil] and via the internet. It all began happening after the apparent event called self-realization took place. Only a year later the scriptures came into my life, and I immediately realized that my encounter with Vedanta was marking the end of my promising carrier as a Neo guru. ☺
Vedanta attracts only the very mature seekers – it is not very popular, because it does not tell people what to do or what not to do with their lives, and that is what most people wish to have, the comfort of a sangha and a father/mother figure guiding their lives. It also requires people to think intelligently – Vedanta will rather educate people’s minds to think rightly and investigate the non-examined logic of their own experience to reveal to the individual his true nature as awareness (none other than That).
The incomparable beauty of Vedanta is also in its purity, “revealed knowledge” – it does not belong to anyone, or we may say it belongs to the sampradaya, a tradition that survived for millennia and with proven results. There is nothing personal about it, nothing to do with James, Dayananda, Chinmayananda – it is nobody’s teaching – all credits go to the Upanishads. Vedanta teachers are only links in the tradition, and there is no money to be made with it, because it only works if it is not commercialized and moreover it is very rare to find people interested in Vedanta – people who love knowledge – most people rather go for delusional, insubstantial fantasies or a good experience.
It is also important to add that many people come to self-realization without the aid of the scriptures and a qualified teacher. But it is much harder, and often in this case self-realization does not fructify as freedom (moksa). Also, to know who you are does not qualify you to help or teach anyone how to realize the self. These are two different things.