Shanti Sadan is a centre of the Yoga of Self-Knowledge, Adhyatma Yoga.
This Yoga is based on the philosophy of non-duality, Advaita Vedanta, which is taught in the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita as interpreted by Shri Shankara.
The Upanishads declare that the true Self of each individual is not in essence different from the universal Self, called God or the Absolute. Direct realization of this identity is the highest goal of life, and brings the cessation of limitations and suffering.
Adhyatma Yoga is a traditional path to Self-Realization, through ethical living, devotion to truth, study, service and learning meditation.
The teaching is universal and is free from sectarianism and political or nationalistic bias. It encourages a love of wisdom and true spirituality, whatever its source.There are articles on Adhyatma Yoga, and Advaita Vedanta among the key Yoga teachings from Self-Knowledge Journal
That Light is Bliss, that Light Am I - Meditation Practices
A meditation practice session recently led by the Warden of Shanti Sadan is available to listen to here. The periods of silent meditation have been reduced on this recording and you may pause the playback at these points. Notes on the practices are also available here.
Our Highest Potential and the Ox-herding pictures
A talk was given recently at Shanti Sadan on Our Highest Potential, using as illustrations the Ox-herding pictures from the Zen tradition, with explanations from the non-dual perspective. The talk considers many steps in the spiritual enquiry, including the apparent re-appearance in the world of the illumined Knower of Truth. It is available to watch here.
(If you have difficulties downloading or playing this file, here are alternative ways to view.)
New Publication: Understanding That Thou Art
The newly-published Understanding That Thou Art is a translation by Hari Prasad Shastri with a commentary of Shankara Acharya's Vakya Vritti. This is an important and accessible text on what Shri Shankara treats as the central statement - That Thou Art - around which all the non-dual teachings revolve. Dr Shastri's translation and commentary bring out the full significance of the text and its practical implications. More details.
From The Bridge Leading to God-Consciousness in the Spring 2013 issue of Self-Knowledge.
From The Immovable Wisdom in the Winter 2013 issue of Self-Knowledge.
From Direct Experience of Reality in the Autumn 2012 issue of Self-Knowledge.
From Discovering the Bright Pearl Within in the Summer 2012 issue of Self-Knowledge.