We will introduce our core text, Drg-Drisya-Viveka: An Inquiry into the Nature of the ‘Seer’ and the ‘Seen’, By Swami Nikhilananda. You will learn and practice the key technique of discerning the "seer" from the "seen”.
Required Books: Drg-Drsya-Viveka: An Inquiry Into the Nature of the Seer and the Seen, by Swami Nikhilananda
Please read: Drg-Drsya-Viveka, verses 1-5
Optional Supplemental Text: Drig Drishya Viveka, by Swami Tejomayananda. This version contains transliteration of the Sanskrit slokas, for those to wish to read along with the chanting.
Consciousness in the Mind-Body System
In this session, we will see how consciousness is reflected in the mind-body system. Our focus is on the relationship of the ego with the body, the mind, and the witness-consciousness.
Drg-Drsya-Viveka, verses 6-12
Maya and its Functions - Part 1
How is this world related to witness consciousness?
Drg-Drsya-Viveka, verses 13-21
Maya and its Functions - Part 2
We continue our exploration of the nature of maya from the previous session.
Homework: Drg-Drsya-Viveka, verses 1-21
Who am I?
We will begin the session by reflecting upon this question of “Who am I?” In this session we will take stock of what we have learnt so far and explore the implications. Discussion of questions raised by students will follow.
Reflect: What difference did the reflection session make to your understanding of Advaita?
In this session, we will describe three types of Advaitic meditation. We will seek to understand and practice the techniques.