No matter what’s going on in my life, my sadhana (daily practice) always includes reading my teacher Swami A. Parthasarathy’s seminal book, Vedanta Treatise, a seminal work on the Hindu spiritual tradition that I’ve studied for six years. Vedanta is a philosophy based on the ancient texts called the Vedas. It literally translates to the “end (anta) of knowledge (veda)” for two reasons:
- It teaches students to search for Self-knowledge
- It’s the culmination of knowledge—meaning once you’ve truly learned this wisdom, there’s no need to learn anything else.
Here, I want to share with you four (of many) ways that Vedanta helps you get in touch with the highest version of yourself.
- It offers clear explanations.
I’ve heard my students say that some spiritual traditions are so esoteric that it’s difficult for them to apply to their lives. Vedanta principles are clear—in fact, it might surprise you that such simple concepts can profoundly impact your practice and perspective.
- It’s relatable, addressing the real issues of modern living.
Though the Vedas don’t reference Instagram, the idea of svadharma(own nature) couldn’t be more relevant in the age of social media. The philosophy focuses on locating and acting from your true Self, despite the noise (or notifications) that try to get in the way.
- It’s not about results—it’s about the path.
Vedanta values consistency, effort, and a dedication to learning and growing. Of course, when you stick to your studies, you’ll start to see the changes in your life, but it’s freeing not to think about results as you embark on this journey.
- It’s a beacon of hope.
It’s easy to get down in today’s world. But the spiritual principles of Vedanta are a pillar you can lean on in challenging situations—it has your back, and it’ll help you spot the ways you can make things better for yourself and those around you.