Vedanta is not merely to be read and understood - it is to be practised and lived.
What is Vedanta?
Vedanta, which means the culmination (anta) of knowledge (veda), refers to those portions of the vedas which deal with the philosophy of ultimate Truth or Reality encompassing within it answers to fundamental questions of 'Who am I', 'What is this world', 'Who is God/What is the Ultimate Truth' and 'What is the relation between them'. This universal philosophy of Truth forms the unshakable foundation of the science and art of living which informs every aspect of Hindu thought and life.
Is Vedanta a religion?
No. Vedanta transcends religion and is the very Truth which forms the basis of any true religion. However, it has been articulated most systematically and elaborately within the scriptures of the Hindu thought tradition and has formed the basis for the unbroken religious and secular living tradition of the Hindus for thousands of years. Understanding Vedanta will help anyone appreciate and understand themselves and their own religion better.
Are there any restrictions on who can attend the discourses?
The knowledge of Vedanta is open to all irrespective of religion, caste, language, age, gender, vocation or any other qualification.
What happens in a Vedantic discourse?
In each session usually lasting 60 minutes, a Vedantic scripture will be taken up and systematically unravelled and explained by the Acharya to bring to light the meanings contained.
Do I need to know Sanskrit?
Though most scriptures are in Sanskrit, the very purpose of the discourse is to help make it understandable by any one. Hence, knowledge of Sanskrit is not compulsory.
Do I need to have a prior background of Vedanta?
Expositions on most texts will cover important concepts in a systematic manner and one may grasp the nuances as one progresses. You may choose to start with a text which is appropriate to your level of understanding and exposure and then build on it slowly and systematically. You may supplement your understanding with our many publications, online courses and discussions with our Acharyas.
In what language are the discourses?
Most discourses at CM Mauritius will be either in Creole or English depending on the Acharya.
How can I start?
You are most welcome to walk into any of our ongoing discourses though it is recommended that one starts from the beginning of a new text and maintains regularity till the completion of a text to gain maximum understanding. Please feel free to meet the Acharya in case you need any clarifications.