His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda shares how to develop intuition of reality based on Vedantic reasoning and the Vedanta method of Self-enquiry. His Holiness emphasizes the unique indubitable nature of Vedantic enquiry and therefore the importance of asking the right question while focusing on the central core teaching (siddhanta) of Vedanta.
The discourse expands on a particular section from a commentary on Brahma-sutra by Adisankara to explain a fundamental tenet of Vedanta. His Holiness outlines the distinction between practice of meditation and realization of knowledge. He explains how this higher knowledge is borne of some means of right knowledge. Therefore, knowledge cannot be done, undone, or done in some other way. This knowledge is independent of any injunction or will of the seeker.
During the discourse, Vedantic reason is distinguished from other types of reasoning, theology, argumentation, or speculation based on empirical logic. Herein the vision of the Atman is said to be not an ordinary seeing using mental faculties, but directly intuiting the Self by the aspirant as the Self. His Holiness uses the Self to mean the consciousness (Atman) and self to imply the intellect.
The discourse hints that Atman cannot be objectified by knowledge. The intuition of Atman is therefore that every enquirer is an unobjectifiable consciousness whose manifest immortal essence lights up everything else. His Holiness talks about Atman in the context of Brahman, highlights the mental prowess of Brahman, and points to the goal of non-duality in highest realization of truth.
In this process of developing the correct enquiry, a high-minded seeker becomes a qualified aspirant with the guidance of a realized teacher, a satguru. Without the direct teaching of the spiritual master, who is able to interpret the Vedanta tenets from the Upanishad literature, the aspirant would be lost in the maze of bookish knowledge. There is a clear path to highest wisdom through the method of Vedantic enquiry.
This video was recorded at a worldwide Livestream Fellowship broadcast from Santa Barbara, California on 30th January 2016.