Namaskaar. Part 2 of the 4-Part series titled “Vedanta is a Means of Knowledge” by Ted Schmidt. Very logical and systematic explanation of what Vedanta is and is not.
What Vedanta Is Not
Before proceeding further, it is important to understand that Vedanta is not a philosophy, a channeled teaching, “intuitive knowledge,” a religion, a salvation theology, or a self-improvement plan. Erroneously believing it to be any of these things only allows for doubt concerning its efficacy. We will debunk each of these misperceptions in turn as we did earlier with the enlightenment myths.
Despite the plethora of references to its being so, Vedanta is not a philosophy. A philosophy is an ideational perspective on life that is proffered by an individual or a group of individuals. As such, it is a product of the human mind. The human mind, however, is limited in scope and invariably conditioned by ignorance. Thus, the human mind is incapable of producing a teaching that adequately and comprehensively conveys a perspective that is transcendent to itself. Continue reading