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Vedanta is the Cream of the Veda

Vedanta is the Cream of the Veda

In Sanskrit the word veda means “knowledge.” Vedanta is the culmination, the peak, or the end of all knowledge. It is the non-local ground of being, which differentiates into objective and subjective reality simultaneously.

Subjective reality exists as your thoughts, feelings, emotions, desires, imagination, fantasies, memories, and deepest aspirations. Objective reality is your physical body and the world you experience through your senses. Both these realities coexist simultaneously and interdependently. They do not cause each other, yet they are interdependent. They are causally related to each other.

Your inner and outer worlds are both part of a continuum, a single, unified field of activity. The outer world is a mirror of who you are at any particular point in space-time. Spiritual teachers tell us if you want to know the state of your personal consciousness, just look around and see what is happening to you.

If you want to know the state of the collective consciousness, just look around at what is happening in the world. At any given point in time your personal reality is synchronistically, coincidentally orchestrated by your sense of self.

If your sense of self is constricted, then it expresses itself as a tight and constricted body, a fearful outlook, and an insecure environment. On the other hand, if your sense of self is expanded, it experiences a relaxed body and a friendly, open environment where your intentions synchronistically fulfill themselves.

If a critical mass of people were to express their expanded selves, not only would they spontaneously fulfill their personal desires, they would change the very way culture articulates itself. In such a transformed culture the emphasis would be on service rather than on greed, cooperation instead of competition, open hearts instead of only markets.

 

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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1:12PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Interesting. Thanks.

10:25AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

perhaps a jubilee is quite near

7:43AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Last words are wonderful! It gives us hope and inspiration to aspire and do good however small it looks. Once the critical mass is reached, that would tilt the balance

5:56AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Thank you so much, I have this book and is my Pillow Book

5:00AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Wonderful--thank you!

12:09AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Yes Deepak!! I love love love today's food for thought. How you always manage to post just that which I need to read....I'll never know;-) Or perhaps I do....:-)
Honestly, Deepak this is such a well written explanation that a concept which I had some trouble understanding previously, is now so very much clearer. I struggled with the state of the world in the concept of Vedanta and could not figure it out, now that you explain that the state of the world reflects the collective consciousness....it makes sense!
I have always sensed that we need to reach critical mass.....and perhaps that is just what it is happening right now, with the global financial crisis, which is really a crisis of faith and trust.
We have lost faith.....yet, the counter movement is surging.....below the waves perhaps....unseen as of yet......but felt and sensed all the same...... I have a feeling that a tsunami of change is coming our way!! Thank you Deepak, Namaste!

10:46PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

What a wonderful possibility!

8:01PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Thanks!

1:43PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Thank you Deepak. Your closing paragraph expresses very beautifully, my dream for the world.

12:09PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

marvellous thoughts, highly appreciated

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