Three Month Vedanta Course – Carbondale Colorado – 2018 – James Swartz
ShiningWorld proudly presents a three-month donation-based course that teaches the essence of Vedanta at True Nature Healing Center in Carbondale, Colorado — May, June and July 2018. Details are included below and are posted at http://www.truenaturehealingarts.com/ Recommended reading is available at ShiningWorld.com
1. Karma – Karma Yoga – May 2018
Appropriate use of free will. The month of May is dedicated to a systematic study of the topic of karma, action, as it is revealed in the Bhagavad Gita, one of the three canonical texts of Vedanta. We will investigate the nature of the individual, the person you have come to believe you are, the one who does action to gain results in life. We will discuss the motivations for actions in the context of an individual’s desire to be free of suffering. We will explain why people suffer negative emotions...desire, anger, greed, fear, depression etc. and reveal a time-tested method for removing unwanted emotions—Karma Yoga—with the idea of preparing the mind for Self Inquiry. In this module we will examine in detail the material, psychological and moral laws operating in the field of life in which we act and how they impact on our psychology. Properly understood, this inspiring teaching will release a torrent of positive energy that will produce a dramatic shift in your life.
This module is aimed at anyone who is dissatisfied with themselves or their lives and for reasonably satisfied people who know that there must be more to life but don’t know what it is. James book, Essence of Enlightenment and a careful study of ShiningWord’s satsang section and/or viewing any ShiningWorld video on the Bhagavad Gita is recommended. Swami Dayananda’s ‘Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita’ is also recommended.
2. Love – The Yoga of Love – June 2018
Perhaps there is no greater cause of suffering than the need to love and be loved. The month of June is dedicated to an inquiry into the topic of love as it is unfolded in the Narada Bhakti Sutras, a premier Vedantic text. Not only do we have a physical body for doing action in the world, we have an emotional body, a heart, for giving and receiving love. In this module we will discuss the spiritual path from A to Z in terms of five stages of love, the conversion of emotion into devotion, known as Bhakti Yoga. The course develops the discrimination between the benefits and pitfalls of conditional dualistic love and limitless non-dual devotional love, which is non-different from the freedom we seek through our actions. It presents the fundamental spiritual practices that cultivate the heart and qualify the mind for Self inquiry, which will be presented in the third module in July. This course removes certain subtle confusions between love and knowledge, love and action and other ideas related to the path of love. It takes up the topic of values and elucidates the effect of the three basic heart energies that condition and color our love. It is particularly valuable as it brilliantly describes the personality of a fully enlightened Self actualized person who enjoys unconditional non-dual love and is capable of non-dual relationships.
James’ Book, The Yoga of Love is recommended reading.
3. Knowledge – Self Inquiry – July 2018
Like the knowledge of karma, which is gained through yoga, the knowledge of the Self is gained through Vedanta, the path of s/Self inquiry, that culminates in non-dual vision, which is non-separate from non-dual love. Vedanta is a systematic means of inquiry into three topics: (1) the world (2) the person that experiences the world and (3) the unseen factors that control the behavior of the world and impact unknowingly on the individual. What you don’t know, you don’t know to your detriment. In this module we will discuss the reason people seek freedom and non-dual love, the basic enlightenment myths operating in the spiritual world, the value of knowledge, the qualifications required for gaining and retaining knowledge, the importance of scripture and a qualified teacher, and the nature of the two unseen factors that need to become know: (1) the power in us that generates the perception of non-duality and (2) the non-dual nature of the Self. Inquiry into the Self is a three stage inquiry into existence/consciousness itself which is non-separate from the self of every living being. It provides the detailed methodology for discriminating the individual from the the limitless Self, which sets the Self free from its identification with the body/mind/sense complex.
Recommended Reading: The ‘Essence of Enlightenment’ or ‘Atma Bodh’ by James or ‘Vedanta, the Big Picture’ by Swami Paramarthanda, provides a straightforward overview of the path of Self inquiry for beginners and intermediate seekers. ‘The Crown Jewel of Discrimination’ (Vivekachoodamani), details the means of Self knowledge, by Edwin Faust. ‘Inquiry Into Existence’ (Panchadasi), an advanced text on Self knowledge, delves into the nuances of Vedanta and is recommended only for advanced inquirers.
Registration and Donations: $100/Month at True Nature in person or on livestream to cover the cost of the venue. The course of donation based. It is not free. In the event that you do not find the course valuable, you have invested nothing and are free to leave. Devotions go to James Swartz directly. Participate in person or via the web livestreaming. Participate in all or a portion of the offerings as you see fit.
True Nature Healing Arts, Carbondale, CO is 35 minutes from Aspen and Snowmass ski areas. Hot springs, hiking, mountain biking, camping... all close at hand. Send inquires to http://firstname.lastname@example.org
True Nature also offers yoga classes, health giving organic food, spa services, and the True Nature Peace Garden with labyrinth and reflexology path. Carbondale is 35 minutes from Aspen and Snowmass ski areas. Hot springs, hiking, mountain biking, camping... all close at hand.
Lodging: Short & long-term rentals to be worked out - shared housing and rooms in local homes. There are over 60 VRBO and AIRB&B’s Carbondale. Camping nearby.
Daily Schedule at http://www.truenaturehealingarts.com/