The Truth Beyond the High Road and the Low Road
This teaching meets you where you are and guides you through an exploration of all you unquestioningly take for granted. From there a complete reorientation can emerge, providing a perspective within which all falls into place. The teaching allows for different paces of study in coordination with the teacher. As part of the study, students are introduced to ancient texts of Vedanta. Each text is studied in full in accordance with the long tradition of study that originated in days of old in India.
The lessons are fascinating, being both in direct and practical touch with everyday life, while at the same time being solidly anchored in the pure and authentic tradition of the Hindu texts. (While originating there the teaching is designed to address the deepest longings of the mature seeker from any spiritual tradition or none).
Undertaking this learning is a call for courage and wisdom, which includes both examining our relationship to life, as well as enriching it in ways that can be internalised, in the light of emotional maturity and exposure to analytical and in-depth learning. It is a study that denies any aspect of blind faith, with the form of its direct communication being made possible by the use of remarkably systematic and accurate tools, which have proven themselves for thousands of years.
The "Prakriyas", the teaching methods used by the teachers, are presented in the context of modern Western life, taken directly from the "Upanishads" - the ancient Indian texts, and from the "Sampradaya" - the unbroken ancient lineage of teachers.
Some idea of the questions the studies address:
- Is the image that we have of ourselves and the world really accurate, true to what is actually happening, or may there exist a deeper layer, available for self-discovery, beyond the changing emotions and thoughts? May it be that this recognition can give me as a person stability, peace, fullness and happiness, which are not dependent on anything?
- What is objectivity and subjectivity? Is there a reality that puts these two terms as points of view in a bigger picture? From this vantage point we begin to consider whether there is more, more substantial than we know, than that visible to the eye or the thoughts in their usual form.
With these and other questions we set out upon a journey of exploration and discovery that does not involve judgment and improvement at the level where all our commentaries lie. From focussing our lives on the power of habit, as full-time renovators: renovators of relationships, work, social status, and so on, we turn to examine the very foundation allowing for all the adaptations, improvements, replacements, and emotional acquisitions in our lives.
Do we conduct our lives wisely?
Is the right place to seek happiness, wholeness, satisfaction and love really in a world outside of ourselves, or alternatively in a place of emotion-experience within? Or may the answer to the search lie in discovering the great reality which transcends the "inside" and the "outside", the "relative" and the "limited"?
The study discusses other topics, including:
Compassion, conflicts, maturing as a human being, the need to change and produce, the ability to allow and produce, the distance of pain between the desired and the old, the ability to allow after being, anger, karma and dharma, what is unconditional love, guilt, human desire, who dances whom, freedom of choice and real freedom, as well as many other issues.
Traditional Advaita Vedanta Scotland has as its local Scottish teacher one who has been trained to teach in the exact style of the traditional teaching offered at the ashram of one of the most beloved teachers, whose life spanned much of the last, and the start of this, century, Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati.