Where to Start with Vedanta

For any spiritual seeker, I highly recommend checking out Vedanta. Vedanta is the ancient science of self-knowledge which derives mainly from the Upanishads. It is a teaching which reveals nothing less than the complete picture of reality. Where do you fit into this picture? You probably already have an intuitive or intellectual sense that reality is non-dual, that it is "all one thing," indivisible. Perhaps you even have an understanding that you are that one indivisible, eternal, aware Self. And yet we continue to experience ourselves as separate beings, and we continue to experience duality as a world apart from us, even after many years of spiritual inquiry.

It is the sorting out of this deeply ingrained sense of individuality, teasing it apart from the glory which is our real nature, which Vedanta promises and delivers. We already
are this glory, but we don't know it. This is what Vedanta is for. It's for you to have the the knowledge of who you already are.

Here are some Vedanta teachers I recommend:

Swami Sarvapriyananda, Resident Swami at the Vedanta Society of New York, has become quite a YouTube sensation in the last couple of years. He unfolds the teachings in an engaging and scholarly fashion, and he is a delight to listen to. He bubbles over with the joy of sharing Vedanta, either unfolding entire scriptures or in stand-alone lectures. He has a great interview on Batgap, and many other YouTubes to enjoy. GOOD FOR BEGINNERS.

James Swartz has been teaching Vedanta for over forty years. He is a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda, and realized his true nature in the early 70s. A great place to start is to read James book, “The Essence of Enlightenment.” This book clears up a lot of misconceptions about spirituality very quickly. Highly recommended. James' website is Shining World, and there are many resources there for you to explore. GOOD FOR BEGINNERS.

Swami Paramarthananda, a disciple of Swami Dayananda, has been giving lectures on Advaita Vedanta in India for the past twenty years. He's a brilliant teacher. The transcriptions of his talks are full of Sanskrit, but if you have a dictionary nearby, you'll find these to be priceless outpourings of knowledge. I recommend the Mandukya with Karika for a very enjoyable read. NOT APPROPRIATE FOR BEGINNERS.

Here is a very useful
Sanskrit Glossary in PDF form.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Vedanta.