What is Vedanta?

Living is an art, a skill, a technique. You need to learn and practice it, as you would to play a musical instrument or fly an aircraft. –A. Parthasarathy

Vedanta is the ancient philosophy that originated in Himalayas over 10,000 years ago. It presents the higher values and eternal principles of life and living, which create inner peace and tranquility—coupled with boundless energy. A combination that promotes mental health, happiness and physical wellbeing.

Vedanta is derived from two Sanskrit words, veda (knowledge) and anta (end). Vedanta literally means the culmination of knowledge. This implies that once you learn Vedanta there is nothing more to be learned. It is the ultimate. The highest knowledge, which answers fundamental questions like, who am I? What is my purpose? And when did this world begin?

Is Vedanta a Religion?

Vedanta is known as sanatana dharma meaning the eternal principles. It is a systematic knowledge which gives true insight into life. Vedanta excels in its scientific exposition—it expounds the truth methodically, logically.

Etymologically religion means to rejoin. The Latin term re-ligare, re “again” + ligare “to connect.” So Vedanta aims to connect you, unite you with your true Self.

Great spiritual masters of the past gave out certain aspects of the truth. However, no individual master could possibly cover the whole truth. Just as one scientist, however great, cannot present the entire subject of science.

Science is an amalgam of knowledge, contributed by numerous scientists. So too, Vedanta is the ultimate philosophy given out by a galaxy of Self-realised sages and saints.

The Vedanta Academy

The Vedanta Academy, founded by Swami Parthasarathy in 1988, is the world’s leading resource for study, research and dissemination of Vedanta.

The Academy offers continual three-year, full-time residential courses and youth camps for students as well as corporate seminars and retreats for professionals and businesspersons.

The Vedanta Academy communicates the knowledge of Vedanta through a scientific programme of study and reflective contemplation. This encourages the spirit of enquiry into the known and the unknown; ultimately leading to the exulted state of enlightenment.

The strategic and liberal approach offered at the Vedanta Academy goes beyond gaining mere intelligence on a subject. It enables students to develop their intellect to manage their mind and handle the challenges of life with dignity, poise and ease.

For more information about the Vedanta Academy, please visit Vedanta World.