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Three Basic Points of Vendanta

An article written about the subject of Tantra inspired a curiosity of Vendanta philosophy. It's described as intellectual yoga, an awareness of the transcending consciousness that takes place during meditation. The three ideas, or questions in Vendanta, symbolizes the concepts of the ego, id, and superego in psychology or the father, son, and holy spirit in Christianity. It claims to the basis for all religions, including Hinduism. The fourth idea is the merging of all religions.

These ideas are simplified in Vendanta as the mind, body, and spirit. Realizing the spirit is the ultimate goal, in addition to the temporary mind and body experience. Swami Swahananda, the Director of the Vendata Society of Southern California, describes Vendanta as "serious, spiritual, and practical."

In addition to the four paths of yoga (devotion, knowledge, action, meditation), another way to achieve spiritual fulfillment could result from a near death experience. This can make a person question his or her existence, as well as the constant struggle of the opposing forces in nature. The Vendantic answer is the spirit, or eternal knowledge, eternal existence, and eternal bliss.

Swami Swahananda talks about Jnana Yoga, and how "these yogis analyze themselves and their experiences. Their method is to lessen their attachment, lessen their consciousness of the physical and other realms." It is liberating to be able to let go and learn about other ideas, religions, and philosophies.

Returning to the subject of Tantra, it says that everything is divine. Vendantists, like Tantrikas, believe in unification, but they perceive the world as an illusion. Also, Tantra says that body, mind, and spirit are all equally important.

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