I recently spoke with a wonderful group from Chattanooga. Here is the first part of the discussion. Parts 2 & 3 can be found on my YouTube Channel
The Brahma Sutras are a portion of the Vedas that addresses Vedanta. Sri Adi Shankara in his commentary on the Brahma Sutras set forth the non-dualistic( Advaita) interpretation of Vedānta. It is said that knowledge is structured in consciousness. In other words, the knowledge a person has of any subject is a function not only of the information they have, but even more so it is a function of their level of consciousness. Certainly this is true when addressing a topic as sublime and profound as Vedanta and the Brahma Sutras. Even as it is stated in the Veda, Knowledge does not dwell in books, it dwells in the consciousness of enlightened individuals.
Furthermore, translations, interpretations of the texts themselves, interpretations of the commentaries, and the changes of subtle meaning of words and expression over time result in the study of Vedanta and Brahma Sutras texts and commentaries being an incredibly elusive field of knowledge.
Swami Paripoornananda Saraswathi, a renowned saint, scholar and visionary, recently visited Mount Soma. It was wonderful to spend time with him. Everyone at Mount Soma greatly enjoyed the talk he gave to the group. He and I became great friends, even in the little time we had together. I would love to some day offer a conference with him to discuss, not just academically, but experientially the Brahma Sutras and Vedanta. He and I did have the opportunity to privately have a brief discussion on the topic. It was fascinating. He is a great reservoir of knowledge. He has invited me to join him to tour and give lectures in India. I very much look forward to that magnificent opportunity. It is a great joy to have him as a dear friend.
Starting today July 7, 2014, we have four pandits doing pradakshina [going from one temple to the next] to the eight sacred Ashtavinayaka Ganesh temples in India. They will be doing pujas and havans at each temple. It will be a lovely wave of harmony and prosperity for the world. You can read about the temples HERE:
Sri Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma visited Mount Soma recently. He is very well known and respected. For those of you who are not familiar with him, some information is HERE:
Upon sitting and talking with Maharshi and hearing of Maharshi’s vision and message, he invited Maharshi to join him on a speaking tour in South India, which Maharshi immediately accepted. He also wants to stay longer at Mount Soma and suggested bringing a group of his students to Mount Soma to stay for a retreat. He said he would start mobilizing groups of people to start meeting and staying at Mount Soma.
He was very impressed with Maharshi’s knowledge and ability to communicate it. He and Maharshi obviously felt a strong connection.
He was also impressed with Sri Somesvara Temple. He said the energy of the Shiva Linga is very powerful. It reminded him of the red granite at the Balaji Temple in Tirupathi. He also remarked on the power of Sri Hanuman.
Sri Sarmaji commented on the wonderful combination of Maharshi and Pandit Prasad. He appreciated the teamwork of Maharshi’s ashram and students, and their dedication to their Guru and God, as well as Lakshmi (Panditji’s wife) and how she supports Mount Soma.
Sri Sarmaji loved the mountains and enjoyed nature’s beauty. He said he would like to stay for some time at Mount Soma to do sadhana.
The five-day Hanuman Installation ceremony ended in magnificent form!
I leave it to all those who were in attendance to post their experiences in the ‘comments’.
To see the pictures CLICK HERE … Enjoy!