The world is absolutely real, but our ideas and even our experiences of it are to a great degree illusion. The illustrations of the snake in the rope or the man in a tree trunk apply here. The impression in the mind is a real experience, but it is mistaken–misinterpreted by us. The object that produced that impression is real, but our seeing of it is completely wrong, arising from our own unenlightened mind.
To a friend who sent a great deal of quotations for my opinion/evaluation that are really mostly part of the Fools’ Parade of half-baked “Advaita” that sound good (often the more extreme and bombastic the better they sound) but are untrue.
Q: Jesus lived around 2 BC to 33 AD. Adi Shankaracharya (who founded the Govardhan Math) lived between 788 AD and 820 AD. In your website it is mentioned that Jesus lived in Govardhan Math. How can it be? Quite simple. Shankaracharya lived sometime between … Continue reading
We have recently added Abbot George Burke’s Commentary on some of Shankara’s works, which we have called “The Catechism of Enlightenment.” Below is the introduction to the commentary, followed by an short excerpt. The opening verse of Shankara’s Upadeshasahasri–A Thousand Teachings–is: “We shall now explain … Continue reading