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Dashashloki

Dashashloki is the first Vedantic composition by Sri Adi Sankaracharya. It appears to be simple at the first glance, but is profound and filled with deep and subtle Vedantic precepts. In this text Sri Adi Sankaracharya encapsulates the entire Vedanta and presents it as the reply to his Guru's query: 'Who are you?'

Beginner Course Medium: English

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More about the Course

Dashashloki is the first Vedantic composition by Sri Adi Sankaracharya. It appears to be simple at the first glance, but is profound and filled with deep and subtle Vedantic precepts. In this text Sri Adi Sankaracharya encapsulates the entire Vedanta and presents it as the reply to his Guru's query: 'Who are you?'

The text uses the classical two-fold approach to reveal the Self, the unique methodology of negation and assertion. Negation dispels all the erroneous notions with respect to the Self, while assertion affirms the Self’s true nature as Sat-Chit-Ananda. The Self is not entirely unknown to us, but is presently erroneously comprehended. Hence by pointing out what the Self is not, the real identity of the Self is discovered.

Mahavakya-vichara is the very crux of Dashashloki's teaching. The first three verses broadly deal with the individual – the ‘tvam’ pada. The next three verses explain the various concepts pertaining to the Reality with respect to the Totality – the ’tat’ pada, and the last four verses broadly assert the identity of the individual with the supreme Reality.

Course content: A total of 9 video/audio sessions by Swami Advayananda divided into 4 lessons are made available to the registered participants.

What You will Learn

  • The nature of the problem – superimposition
  • The process of assertion and negation
  • The nature of the ‘tvam’ pada – the erroneous concepts pertaining to the individual
  • The nature of the ‘tat’ pada – the erroneous concepts pertaining to the Reality underlying the Totality
  • The process of systematically doing the inquiry
  • The process of ‘negation‘ to arrive at the Self
  • The nature of the Self on negating the erroneous conceptions

Why should I do this Course?

  • The Course gives perfect clarity on the nature of Reality.
  • It will help you in the methodological enquiry to discover the Truth.
  • The text follows the unique pattern of guiding a seeker from the ’known‘ to the ‘unknown’.
  • To learn the deeper and advanced concepts of Vedanta

How do I Purchase the Text?

A soft copy of the text will be made available to all the registered students on the dashboard.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of Sanskrit is not a prerequisite, but will be of help
  • Basic/prior knowledge of Vedanta will help in easy comprehension
  • Good internet connection

Course Content

The course on Dashashloki comprises 4 lessons. A brief description of what is covered in each lesson is given below:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Negation with reference to ‘tvam’
  • Lesson 3: Negation with reference to ‘tat’
  • Lesson 4: Asserting the identity through Negation

For more details of the Course please click here

Course Contributors

Brni. Bharati Chaitanya

Arvind Kannan

Sumedha Kulkarni

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