Satya Kalra, Path to Anandam, Danville, CA
The Bhagavad Gita is a spiritual guide that teaches step by step how to transcend from duality to non-duality
Today, we hear a lot about duality and non-duality. What does this really mean? In order to answer this, we must understand what is duality and non-duality? How to transcend from duality to non-duality?
Duality (Dvaita) is the state of separation from Oneself (Reality, God). In this state, one experience miseries and pain, dissatisfaction, emotional conflicts, anger, fear, and loses one’s capability to cope with daily challenges. He feels lost.
It is usually referred as the pair of opposites: honor and disgrace, heat and cold, pain and pleasure, criticism and praise, birth and death, joy and sorrow, like and dislike, body and spirit, good and evil, reality and unreality.
In this path, one thinks that God is separate from him and tries to attain God-Realization through external means such as rituals, selfless services without expecting the fruit of actions and lives in God’s Consciousness, transcends pair of opposites. Thus attains God.
It is all external
Non-duality (Advaita) is the Unity with the Self/Oneness with Supreme. It is the state of Ultimate Bliss-Anandam/Nirvana.
In this path, one realizes the Self is Supreme (God). One feels complete, wholesome and liberated from miseries and pain. He realizes his true nature (Self-Realization). For him, there is nothing beyond to experience. The Ultimate Truth is revealed.
However, due to the pairs of opposites, one fails to experience Oneness with the Supreme.
“Bhagavad-Gita calls on humanity to dedicate mind, body and soul to purity.” Mahatma Gandhi
By focusing on the path of self-purification and self-transformation through spiritual practices and meditation (7-steps, based upon the teachings of Bhagavad Gita), one can transcend from duality and experiences Non-duality, Oneness with God, He is no longer separated from God–He is God!
It is a spiritual journey within.
Founder of Path to Anandam
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