Advaita Vedanta is the clearest and most systematic expression we have found of the common philosophy that lies at the heart of many of the world’s great religions and philosophies. Meaning ‘one without a second’, it is a universal philosophy of great breadth. Its most central tenet is that everyone and everything are in essence the expression of One consciousness, irrespective of geography, race, religion or creed. It can be found not only in the East, where it was first taught, but equally at the heart of many of the western philosophical and religious teachings.
A true appreciation of Advaita allows life to be led more fully and richly, conferring greater freedom on the individual and those around him or her. This is evidenced from the very first class of Philosophy Works! Elements of this teaching bring out the best in those who hold fast to its practical application in everyday living.
We seem to live in a very imperfect world. How can we say all this is perfect? What does this mean? The key is in the Sanskrit word purnam, that which fills everything. Purnam means the limitless, all-pervasive. It begins by saying ‘That is perfect‘. ‘Take perfect from perfect and what remains is still perfect‘.
Om Purnamadah Purnamidam
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
If the mind is agitated, it can’t perceive the completeness and perfection everywhere. When the mind is calm, it’s possible to see that perfection.