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“The one who has attained the Supreme Goal dwells as the

embodiment of Infinite Consciousness and Bliss.

The practice that destroys ignorance is constant meditation.

Because of ignorance the ever-present Awareness is not recognized.

The seeker who has realized the Self sees the entire universe as the Self.”

Shankara (788-821)

Shankara (Sankara) is probably the best known and most influential philosopher and theologian of India. Born in Kerala in southern India he became an ascetic very early in life. Shankara reformed Hinduism with a monistic interpretation of the Vedanta, which ascribed all reality to a single unitary source, which he identified as “Brahma”. He declared all plurality and differentiation as nothing but an illusion.

Vedanta is the philosophy that developed out of Vedic oral traditions and scriptures. These writings are even older than the Bible. The Yogi Ramana Maharshi once said that the whole Vedanta is contained in the two Biblical statements: “I am that I AM” and “Be still and know that I am God.”

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