Where to Start with Vedanta

For anyone seeking liberation, I highly recommend checking out Vedanta. Vedanta is the ancient science of self-knowledge. It is a complete method for attaining liberation. It answers the questions that seekers can still have, even after decades of dedication to the quest for liberation.

Many of us were exposed to all kinds of teachings and teachers, but even after many years, do not feel satisfied. It begins to feel like liberation is not possible after all. But it is. Liberation is possible – you just need to get some false beliefs dispelled and be presented with the entire picture of what non-dual reality looks like. That is what is missing from other teachings.

There are two Vedanta teachers I recommend, James Swartz and Swami Sarvapriyananda.


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. Here is a page "About Shining World." Here is a page on James’ Shining World website which is for absolute newcomers who want to know what Vedanta is.

Here is a "Beginner's Course" page for those ready to jump into the teaching. It gives detailed recommendations for what to read and watch. A great place to start is to read either of James’ books, either the original “How to Attain Enlightenment,” or his newer version of the same material, “The Essence of Enlightenment.” Both are excellent and will clear up a lot for you.

Another wonderful Vedanta teacher is Swami Sarvapriyananda. He is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order. He is the Resident Swami at the Vedanta Society of New York. His teaching is all available on YouTube. He unfolds the teachings in a meticulous and thorough fashion, and he is a delight to listen to. The non-dual message of the Vedanta teaching rings clearly in every word.

The best place for beginners to start with the Swami is
this 44-part class on Self-Realization (Aparokshanubhuti). He also has an interview on Batgap, and many other YouTubes to enjoy.

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