Namaskaar. This is a 4-Part series on a very nice and important topic titled “Vedanta is a Means of Knowledge” by Ted Schmidt.
An introduction of Ted Schmidt :
He has his wonderful website http://www.nevernotpresent.com which is a great resource for articles and info on Advaita Vedanta. After learning about many faiths and practices, Ted finally met his Guru James Swartz, a disciple of (late) Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. That meeting with James Swartz was a turning point for Ted and he studied Advaita Vedanta deeply and today himself teaches the subject. Its interesting to note that James Swartz is a “Guru-bandhu” of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati as both these great people were studying under Gurudev together. Ted has also been greatly influenced by Swami Paramarthananda fondly referred to as “SP ji”, a great teacher of Vedanta.
More about Ted in his own words here http://www.nevernotpresent.com/about/ Very fascinating journey he’s had as we can see.
I propose to put up some of Ted’s articles on this blog for which he had very kindly consented. This then is the first of those. Please visit Ted’s website and look up other articles too. Kindly post your comments / queries below and I’ll pass them on to Ted. Hope you enjoy and benefit from these wonderful, insightful writings. The first one itself begins with a profound statement, below :