• Dr.Jeevan.E.P

Realization of my True Nature

How can I understand my true nature ?

Vedanta, the essence of Hinduism, was expounded by sages of ancient India who had come to understand certain divine truths about the meaning and purpose of human life. Vedanta teaches that all our problems stem from being ignorant of our true divine nature, and that this ignorance can be got rid of by means of various paths called yogas. 

The idea of the harmony of all faiths is inherent in the scriptures of Vedanta, which declare,

“God is One; different sages call the same God by different names.”

What is Vedanta?

ANSWER: Vedanta is the ultimate truth that forms the very core of a person’s existence. Vedanta is the knowledge of what we truly are, that each and every soul is divine.

A person can abandon everything extraneous to him or herself. But what forms the very core of that person’s being can never be abandoned. And that which forms the very core of a person’s being is Vedanta.

Vedanta represents the philosophical portion of the ancient scriptures of India, the Vedas. Specifically, it refers to the final portion of the Vedic literature, the Upanishads, but it also includes the Bhagavad Gita, the great epics of India, as well as the Puranas, as well as many other texts, hymns, and writings. The basic teaching concerns the ultimate identity of the individual soul with the Supreme Soul. The goal of Vedanta is for the seeker to have the direct experience of his or her true nature, and it is held that each and every one of us is qualified to have that highest illumination, if we are willing to put forth sincere and intense effort.

From the very earliest period, Vedanta has preached the harmony of religions. We find this in the ancient words of the Rigveda, ekam sad viprā bahudhā vadanti (“Truth is one, sages call it by various names”) as well as in the realizations of the modern day saint, Sri Ramakri­shna (“The substance is One under different names, and everyone is seeking the same substance; only climate, temperament,  and name create differences. Let each one follow his own path. If he sincerely and ardently wishes to know God, peace be unto him. He will surely realize Him.”)

Vedanta also teaches that we are all members of a single family and that our differences are merely superficial. By look­ing upon all beings as her own children, she demon­strated the truth that no one is a stranger, that the whole world is our own.

The Vedantic teaching that the Lord dwells within in all beings was given special meaning by Swami Vivekananda through his doctrine of the “Living God.” For him, the high­est form of worship was to see God dwelling within all beings, and especially in the poor and under privileged. To serve the people who need help with the attitude that we are serving God was to him the greatest worship of God.

Vedanta teaches the divinity of everything and every being

The most fundamental teaching in Vedanta is that all that exists is divine. Thus every human being is innately divine. And the ultimate goal of life is to manifest this inherent divinity. Divinity is equally present everywhere, but not equally manifest everywhere. So far as human beings are concerned, divinity is most manifest in a spiritually illumined soul.

The four Yogas

Individuals can manifest their divinity by following different spiritual paths (or spiritual disciplines) called Yogas. There are mainly four Yogas:

(1) Bhakti-Yoga or the path of love and devotion to God;

Love everybody

This is the path of devotion, wherein the devotee approaches God through a particular relationship and with a par­ticular attitude. It emphasizes practices such as prayer, chant­ing the names and glories of God, and meditation on God as a loving reality, ever present within our hearts. Through this practice, one intensifies the feeling of intimacy and love for God, and ultimately reaches the state of union or oneness with God. It is not like in Christianity or Muslim that you go to church and believe in a Form God worship this higher spirit as a sinner. On the other hand you worship, believe and love the divinity residing in your body and mind or better way to explain is the the body and mind resides in the divinity. And finally you see this divinity in every human beings and creatures

Atmavat satatam Pasyet Api Keeta Pipeelikam

(2) Raja-Yoga or the path of mental concentration and meditation;

Concentrate fully on your self

This is the “Royal Path” of meditation and is one of the main spiritual practices for all seekers of God or Self, regardless of their spiritual attitude. Through the practice of meditation, one can experience higher and higher spiritual states, culminating in the direct vision of the one reality that remains when the mind no longer functions in its usual way. There are various techniques available for the practice of meditation, but the one use of a mantra and some concrete or symbolic image of the divine.

(3) Jnana-Yoga or the path of philosophical inquiry, also known as the path of knowledge;

Study and enquire knowledge which are non-perishable.

This is the path of knowledge or philosophical discrimination, wherein the seeker strives, through the power of reason, to discover the Self within by casting off the false superimposition of the body, mind, senses, intellect, and personality. As a result of this practice, the seeker realizes the Supreme Reality to be present within as his own higher Self, and knows him­self to be the birthless, deathless, Reality, the One without a Second.

(4) Karma-Yoga or the path of selfless action.

Do your duty without expectation

This is the path of self­less work. For the devotee, it means to do all ones work as an offering to God and to expect nothing personal in return. For the philosopher, it means to see that all action is the interplay between the mind and senses, on the one hand, and sense objects, on the other, and to realize that the higher Self is merely the witness. It is to feel that one is not the agent of action. In either case, it means to practice detachment and equanim­ity with regard to work, and to real­ize that the results of all actions are not in our hands. Through such a practice, the mind becomes purified, and the seeker comes to realize his or her true nature.

By adopting these 4 actions you will be free of diseases.

Vedanta believes in divine incarnations

Vedanta teaches that there have been several divine incarnations and there will be many more in the future as and when the need arises. While improving your satvic quality you can be divine. Ayurveda & Yoga helps in this process.

The idea of harmony of religions is inherent in Vedanta

The Vedas declare that the Divine Truth is one but different illumined sages call the same Truth by different names. This Truth can be reached through different spiritual paths.

“God is formless and yet He can assume forms. … God sometimes assumes different forms. Sometimes He has attributes, sometimes none. God has form and then again He is formless. He is like the infinite ocean. The cooling influence of the spiritual aspirant’s devotion for God causes the water to freeze and become ice. But when the sun of true knowledge rises, the ice melts and becomes formless water again.”

Believe in your self, you realize God.

Vedanta does not believe in conversion

It does not believe in conversion; it believes in inner spiritual transformation of individuals. It only wants to help a willing Hindu to be a better human, a willing Christian to be a better human, a willing Buddhist to be a better human, and so on. Even a person who does not belong to any organized religion or is an atheist can be accommodated by Vedanta to have personal spiritual fulfillment.

Vedanta believes in practicing religion before preaching it to others

The teachers of Vedanta are expected to first practice the spiritual disciplines enjoined by the scriptures of Vedanta before teaching or preaching them to others. Their lives are expected to speak more eloquently than their mouths.

The word blasphemy is absent in Vedanta

Any honest inquiry about the highest truths of religion is welcome in Vedanta. Answers to all possible inquiries are also to be found in Vedanta, because over the hundreds and hundreds of years of its existence, just about all possible questions have already been asked in Vedanta and valid answers given by its saints and sages.

Vedanta and Hinduism

The word Vedanta is synonymous with the word Hinduism. The ancient ancestors of the Hindus, however, did not know the word Hinduism, nor would they call themselves Hindus. They felt that the duty of every human being was to become noble. Keeping that goal in view they called themselves Aryas (Noble people). They would therefore call their religion Arya Dharma (Arya: noble; Dharma: religion). They also called their religion Sanatana Dharma or the Eternal Religion (Sanatana: eternal) since they believed that their religion was based on some ideas that were eternally true. They also thought that their religion was not meant for some chosen people living in a particular area on earth. They thought that it was meant for the entire humankind. That’s why they also called their religion Manava-Dharma (Manava: humankind).

The religion of the Aryas (English: Aryans) was not based on any book authored by anyone. Some of their ancestors were able to develop their minds to extraordinary levels of perfection. Such minds are called pure minds. These minds enabled them to know certain truths that were not known to others. The truths they discovered came to be known as Veda or Knowledge.

They believed that those truths must have come from the same divine source from which the entire creation had come. For this reason they called those truths Apaurusheya, not man-made. Those truths being of divine origin were considered sacred. Thus the Veda came to be regarded as sacred. Aside from that, any book that reveals what is not ordinarily known is called a scripture (in Sanskrit: Shastra). For this reason the Aryans regarded the Veda as the most sacred scripture.

Those thinkers to whom theApaurusheyatruths were revealed are known as Rishis or seers, because they were able to know or see truths unknown to others. At the beginning the Veda was communicated orally by teachers to students. There were no written books. Hundreds of years later a great Aryan sage named Vyasacompiled the sacred truths and created a book. That book also came to be known as the Veda. The Veda is a four-volume book, that’s why it is called in English the Vedas. The highly philosophical part of the Vedic literature consists of the Upanishads.The Upanishads are also called Vedanta.

The ancient Aryans who had settled on the banks of the river Sindhu (English: Indus) were eventually branded by the name of the river by their neighbors. Those neighbors would pronounce the name of the river Sindhu asHindu. Thus the ancestors of Aryans in the fertile Indus valley came to be known as Hindus. The word Hinduism,however, was created by the British during their occupation of India.

To understand the true nature / Atma/ internal Divinity / Purusha/ Self / Truth / God one has to understand the mind and its qualities. To attain Blissfullness you need stillness. Here starts the YOGA. To attain stillness you need wellness or a state of healthiness.

Here starts the Ayurveda.

In a sound body only a sound mind exists.

Sareeram adhyam Khalu Dharma Sadhanam !

The Hatha Yoga overlaps the Raja Yoga and Raja Yoga overlaps the Vedanta / Upanishads of Veda, Where the Ayurveda and Yoga converges in Veda.

The Asana, Pranayama and Prathyahara makes the Body and mind again a deeper perfection and perception. Here start the Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi which are purely Vedanta / or the essence of Knowledge or Upanishads.

One has to go through all these lineal developments from AYURVEDA, YOGA and UPANISHADS in order to attain the Perfect Health or Immortality.

Eat, Relax and Renounce with Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta for your Body, Mind and Conciousness. This is the underground wisdom of these knowledgesystems.





Swami Vivekananda

1.1.2ab/ aayuH-kaamayamaanena dharmaartha-sukha-saadhanam |

1.1.2cd/ aayur-vedopadezeSu vidheyaH param aadaraH || 2 ||

आयु: कामयमानेन धर्मार्थ्सुख्साधनमl
आयुर्वेदोपदेशेशु विधेय: परमादर: ll

-Ashtang Hridayam, SU.1.2

It is all through the respected Ayurveda we desire life, longevity (ayu) why? To comprehend the four goals or four instincts of human life which are Dharma, Artha, Kama andMoksha.

Dharma (righteousness)-It is a concept of the rights and duties of the human being, where one creates an understanding of the good, the bad and the wrong  and adopts good morals and thinking of well being of an individual and the society.

Artha (financial) -literature says one must earn, be financially strong and wealthy to live the best life. Vedas have also talked about to pray God to obtain all the wealth and luxury to live like a lord.

Kama (desires and procreations) -It directs one to fulfill life's desires and procreate our own kind and expend to create a better and prosperous world.

Moksha (nirvana, mukti; instinct towards freedom) -This aspect takes human life towards the attainment of salvation through liberation.

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