November 2, 2022 – January 18, 2023
Who Am I?
Dive Deep into Vedanta with Tattvabodha
with Rukmini Chaitanya
12 WEEKLY SESSIONS, Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm ET
“Brahman is Real. The universe is Unreal (an illusion; an appearance). The individual soul is, in essence, Brahman.”
– Adi Shankaracarya
If you have ever wondered … What is the nature of reality? Who am I? Why am I here? How do I live my best life? … then this course is for you.
Tattvaboddha, meaning “Knowledge of Truth”, is a fundamental text in Vedanta. Vedanta, translating to the end of all knowledge or end of the Vedas, is one of the 6 Hindu philosophies. It reflects the speculations found in the Upanishads, the most recent part of the Vedas (the ancient scriptural text of Hindus). Vedanta concerns itself with meditation, philosophy, consciousness, and ontological knowledge—that which encapsulates such things as existence, being, becoming, and reality.
Join this 12-week course with Rukmini Chaitanya to explore the fundamental introductory Vedanta text, the Tattvabodha written by Adi Shankaracharya, the father of Advaita Vedanta. Receive answers to such questions as What are 4 qualifications or spiritual practices of the aspirant?, What is true knowledge?, Who is the Self?, and What is Karma and how to destroy it?
The Tattvabodha is an introductory text outlining the fundamentals of Vedanta. It uses simple language to deal with the Knowledge (or Reality), the Individual and the World and the relationship between the 3. It also describes the qualifications of a student of Vedanta, outlining the need-to-know concepts and terminology found in all texts of Vedanta. It is composed for the new student who has to understand the technical terms before undertaking the study of actual textbooks and is delivered in the form of a dialogue between a teacher and student in a brief Question and Answer format.
The Tattvabodha was written by Adi Shankaracharya, the great Indian sage and father of Advaita Vedanta. It is a small text presented in succinct question and answer format. Although straightforward, the questions and answers contain most if not all of the fundamental concepts of Vedanta—making the text term-heavy and dense with information.
As such, while the text is an excellent introduction to spiritual seekers and philosophers interested in uncovering the truth about themselves, consciousness, and reality—especially in regards to many of the terms used to describe the concepts unique to Vedanta philosophy—this text is best studied with an experienced teacher that is both learned in the scriptures and practical life application. Rukmini Chaitanya is one such teacher.
Rukmini Chaitanya’s dedication to Vedanta is seen in her decades spent studying with Swami Swaroopananda, the spiritual director of the ashram, and in her many years spent applying Vedanta to her life through her service at the ashram and her own spiritual practice.
What this course covers...
The specifics of what you'll learn in these 10 weeks...
- Offered as 12 weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm ET on the following dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; December 7, 14, 21, 28, January 4, 11 & 18.
- This program is offered live through Zoom webinar with the availability for students to interact through Q&A with the presenter.
- For enrolled students, a video recording will be available after each class in the event you miss a class or would like to review the content.
- It is possible to register and take the course at any time. You can catch up on any classes you miss with the recordings.
Requirements and Recommendations:
Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, and the personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya, or spiritual director of the Ashram. She regularly teaches the Bhagavad Gita during the Sivananda Yoga Teacher training as well as other courses on the Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, positive thinking, meditation, and yoga philosophy.
Rukmini Chaitanya is known for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style as well as for her devotion to the lineage and the scriptures. She is dedicated to each of her students and has an innate desire to share knowledge with them. She brings a great deal of clarity to every topic and is highly appreciated for her capacity to unfold complicated topics and present them in a coherent and pure way.