Adventures in Advaita Vedanta, the philosophy and science of spirit. We are one you and I; are you curious why?..


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BMI...Who Am I?

Hari Om
Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality.

The essential message of this blog is, 'why would you not seek to study and apply Advaita Vedanta?' Here on Choose-days, though, the general view is taken from the perspective of most… 'why would you?!' It is always interesting when in study groups to hear the sorts of barriers people put up - even when they have been attending for some time. Years, even! A horse can be led to water but it cannot be forced to drink. Horses who are thirsty, even a small bit, find their own way to the water and sip only as much as they need. This is the basis of the teaching methodology which Gurudev developed, with the aid of his early devotees and students. The method itself originated with Adi Shankara-ji, his having written the prakarana grantha which we have been studying here.

Swami Chinmayananda, though, trimmed and tidied and codified and developed the now famous chart, referred to as the "BMI". In such a simple grid is the complete human condition to be discovered. From it we can explore in all directions as to why we are the way we are, why we are different from each other, and what it is that sets us on paths of the material or the spiritual.

Curiosity piqued? Good. In this spot for a few weeks, we shall delve into the BMI! For now, copy down this chart. Don't be saving the image… write it in your notebooks. Memorise the flow. Leave space around to add in keypoint notes as we go along.

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