Immerse in this sublime discourse by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda on the meaningful practice of dharma. Learn about the principles of dharma that are useful to tackle the challenges of our modern technological age, often rife with culture clash.
The discourse offers a glimpse into the practical philosophical approach for revisiting the goals of life, evaluating what is most important and anchoring onto a defined spiritual path despite professional challenges. The exposition addresses the challenges posed by technological advancement that amplify stress in day-to-day life bringing about time constraints that modern day seekers face while trying to implement the elements of dharma.
His Holiness touches upon how rational deliberation (vicāra) to bring about right conduct and developing the discriminative understanding (viveka) between what is of immense value and what is transitory respectively constitute the zeroth and the number one step in practising dharma. In this context, the discourse refers to the base ten concept of Vedanta philosophy.
Evaluating the root cause of these challenges, the discourse explains the importance of our personal values in addressing the issue. It touches upon the idea of reviewing the goals of life and truly understanding what is of utmost importance.
The discourse expounds on two fundamental principles of dharma, namely, pravritti-dharma and nivritti-dharma. His Holiness explains the core differences between these approaches and the benefits that are accrued by adhering to the tenets. It expounds about the qualities that are required in a seeker based on the different goals of the two paths. These qualities become progressively accentuated with diligent practice.
Sanskrit verses from a variety of philosophical literature are effortlessly interwoven in the discourse and elucidated with practical examples to guide a better understanding. The style of the discourse implements the ancient Sanskrit tradition of using spiralling logic to promote holistic learning. Intent listening followed by contemplative reflection is recommended.
This audio was recorded live at an Institutional Fellowship hosted by the Char Dham Hindu Temple, The Woodlands, Texas on 26th September 2018.