Understanding Vedanta

Understanding Vedanta

Pravrajika Vivekaprana

Pravrajika Vivekaprana Returns to the West in 2016

The Understanding Vedanta Lecture series is based upon the talks presented by Pravrajika Vivekaprana. She is a senior sannyasini of the Sri Sarada Math and the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission. She is presently head of the Retreat Center at Pangot, district Nainital, India.

Pravrajika Vivekaprana has been following closely in the footsteps of Swami Vivekananda for 55 years. She has done an in-depth study of Hindu Philosophy in the context of human psychology. In 1993, she was invited to speak at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago, exactly 100 years after Swami Vivekananda spoke at the same forum in 1893 and made his first electrifying impact on the West. Her ability to reach out to audiences from India to Europe to the United States and South America always leaves a lasting impression.

Indu Ramchandani

The Samiti expresses gratitude for the opportunity to post these extracts from the Understanding Vedanta Lecture Series by Pravrajika Vivekaprana. The talks are taped, edited, and published through the devoted efforts of Indu Ramchandani. The Samiti shall add new extracts for study and contemplation on a regular basis.

The Light Within

With attention we perceive, so it must be very important. Attention comes from within. It must be some kind of light as it makes things clear. So this something within, is fantastically important and absolutely central. From outside we get physical light. But where do we get this light of attention from? Are we born with it? Is it self-existent?

It is this light that makes the world seem real. Each one of us has this source of light within; so is there some kind of a universal source? In a dream everything is lighted up, so 'seeing' and 'hearing' a dream can be possible only through a light of metaphysical nature.

Can we accept then, that we are metaphysical beings, not merely physical multicellular organisms with feelings and emotions? In reality we are invisible. We only make the object visible. So the object becomes more important. We light up the object and we remain in the background. Is it any wonder then that our experiences appear absolutely real and our own reality recedes into the background? We do all this subconsciously.

If we want to understand all this consciously we can. It is possible to experience various levels and go beyond all these levels to the very depth of our being. In this day and age, people like Sri Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi have demonstrated all these phenomena, and proved the truth of the concepts. They could go deep within and remain unaware of the physical, physiological, psychological, and even the metaphysical levels and be steady in the very source of light and pure consciousness, in a state called Samadhi.
("Discrimination between the Real and the Unreal". Pravrajika Vivekaprana.
Understanding Vedanta Lecture Series-4.
TransEdit Communications. Delhi. c. 2008. Pages 33 and 34.