Shanti Sadan is a centre of the Yoga of Self-Knowledge, Adhyatma Yoga, and the philosophy of non-duality, Advaita Vedanta.
Advaita Vedanta teaches that the true Self of each individual is not in essence different from the universal Self, called God or the Absolute. Adhyatma Yoga provides the practices through which this identity may be approached.
Direct realization of this identity is the highest goal of life, and brings the cessation of limitations and suffering.
The practices include ethical living, devotion to truth, study, service and meditation.
Light from the Upanishads
Meditation Sessions Summer 2014: Every Tuesday at 8pm
Meditation is the best way of turning towards the immutable consciousness at its source. There are meditation practice sessions every Tuesday evening at 8pm at Shanti Sadan. The meetings are free, suitable for beginners and experienced meditators, and all are welcome. These are the practices currently being done
on Tuesday evenings.
Meditation: My Mind Rests in Contemplation of the Ever-Shining Light in my Soul
From Self-Knowledge Journal: True Knowledge is Self-Knowledge
"In truth, even those happy states of mind that ease our path in daily life—peace, contentment, fellow feeling, courage, cheerfulness—have their ultimate source in the bliss and wholeness that is the true nature of the Self. We need to uncover this nature—not create it—by developing a new way of thought, a spiritual way that will lead us beyond the limits of thought into the transcendental wisdom."
From True Knowledge is Self-Knowledge in the Spring 2014 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.
New Edition: Teachings from the Bhagavad Gita
Hari Prasad Shastri translated key passages with explanatory notes and an introduction to this timeless text. The meaning is conveyed with special clarity, helping us to understanding one of the most important mystical classics of the world. Order details in the bookstore
Shanti Sadan Publications - now available as Ebooks
Publications from Shanti Sadan are being prepared as ebooks, and two ebook versions are now available. They can be found in the on-line bookstore
and ordered for immediate download to the ebook library
. Either or both of the most popular ebook formats are available for use in all the major ebook readers and reading apps.
From Self-Knowledge Journal: Seeking Truth, Finding Peace
"Knowledge of truth is self–knowledge. It is to have direct, immediate experience of our spiritual nature as our true Self and to recognize conscious immortality, unshakeable peace and the completeness of our being.
We live out our lives apparently identified with a particular body and mind which are ever changing and subject to decay and disappearance. But the spiritual truth is that which abides within us, transcending the field of change, ever taintless, perfect, infinite and free. To realize this truth is to acquire perfect peace, called shanti."
In Seeking Truth, Finding Peace in the Winter 2014 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.
Egoism to Divinity
To those whose spiritual eyes are open, there is one power supreme underlying this world of appearances, and it is the ultimate source of all the laws that hold our universe together. The very word 'universe' ('uni' meaning 'one') implies a single complete system embracing all space and time, matter and energy. But when we enter the world of man, there is a change of perspective. In our all-too-human affairs, the underlying unity is forgotten, and we focus on establishing our particular stake in the universe, often clashing with others in the process. Nonetheless, the hidden harmony is always there and can be realized as the only true experience.
The knowers of ultimate Truth have awakened to this underlying spiritual unity and this experience brings inexpressible peace and complete fulfilment.
In From Egoism to Divinity
in the Autumn 2013 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal
The Bridge to God-Consciousness
"The supreme wisdom is to know that there never has been a gulf between man and God, or Brahman, and that this Lord is the very self of the individual when rightly understood. There seems to be a gulf, and the poet Milton has referred to that 'distance immeasurable where God abides'—in other words, very far away from this human realm
. But this is not the truth, for the spiritual reality is nearer than the nearest, closer to us even than our mind..."
From The Bridge Leading to God-Consciousness
in the Spring 2013 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.
Key Yoga Teachings