Namaskaar. On the auspicious Guru Purnima day 31st July 2015 we will start a new series of talks on Upanishads. We already have a basic idea about Upanishads from the talk of Pujya Swami Dayananda titled Upanishads Explained
As Pujya Swamiji has said, there are many Upanishads, almost 108, but we students of Vedanta consider 10 of them as the ‘Principal Upanishads’ because Sri Adi Sankara wrote elaborate commentaries on these.
Of these 10 ‘Principal Upanishads’ the suggested study scheme by Pujya Swamiji in the AVG (Arsha Vidya Gurukulam) Paramparaa is as under :
Of these if we are able to complete even the first 3-4 of them, it would give us a very good insight into the teachings and enough material to ponder over for a lifetime 🙂
We will therefore start our learning series with the Mundaka Upanishad. There is a very nice series of 17 articles / write ups on this Upanishad on the website http://advaita-academy.org by a very learned teacher of Vedanta Shri V. Subrahmanian who is one of the many prominent writers on that site.
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Advaita Academy has three primary goals :
1. To reach out to spiritual seekers from around the world by providing access to:
— Live webcasts & recorded A/V talks by teachers from different sampradaya.
— Articles & Blogs written by teachers and fellow seekers.
2. To offer online courses in Advaita Vedanta.
3. To establish traditional gurukuls offering long term courses in Advaita Vedanta
I am grateful to Advaita Academy for permitting me to share all the articles and videos from their library for the benefit of fellow seekers. You may also visit their website http://advaita-academy.org and look up the study resources. There are many videos, articles and some very nice series of writeups on Vedanta.
As always, I would request you to please leave your comments and queries at any time. I’ll try pass them on to the author/s and get their responses. After all Upanishads are all about Questions and Answers 🙂
Pranaam from Kamal Kothari