• By Acharya Shunya

A Journey from Bondage to Liberation


Vedika’s Spiritual Studies program is a powerful self-development program that supports a seekers’ evolution of consciousness from one of bondage to life situations (samsara) to reclaiming your inherent freedom, light and bliss. This state of inherent spiritual freedom (moksha) is always the underlying reality described in Advaita Vedanta.

Advaita Vedanta further asserts that the solution to this problem of bondage (saṃsara), and its associated suffering (stress, sorrow, anger, anxiety), comes about by “waking up” from the illusion: the case of a mistaken identity (I am the ego self), through gaining Self-knowledge.

For the one whose mind is committed to the shruti (vedanta scripture) as a means of knowledge, a commitment to one’s own dharma (individual duty) is there.

By that commitment alone, purification of the mind follows. For the one whose mind is purified, recognition of the limitless Self (pure, formless, boundless consciousness) takes place.

By that recognition (which is akin to god consciousness) the destruction of the saṃsara (bondage and suffering experienced in the mind) along with its cause, i.e. ignorance, results.

– Sage Shankaracarya

This verse from an Advaita Vedanta text (Vivekacuḍamaṇi) asserts the direct relationship between gaining Self-knowledge, and liberation (moksha) from bondage (saṃsara). According to Advaita Vedanta, when a person recognizes the Self (Atman) to be one’s true nature, the person experiences liberation because the Self is recognized as being free and limitless by nature. The belief in oneself as separate and lacking that had fanned the flame of saṃsara is crushed by the recognition of the Self that is already free and complete.

Advaita Vedanta claims that the need to become anything different than who we already are is rooted in ignorance (avidya). Therefore, once the mistaken identity with the limited mind-body-senses complex is cleared up, a person’s identity naturally shifts to the Self, which has always been the true nature of the individual.

When you understand and acknowledge your indwelling, divine Self, you will experience cosmic knowledge, a re-remembering of your true spiritual power, profound peace and abiding tranquility. Compassion arises within spontaneously, and you shall begin living in greater harmony with the universe and all its creatures.

Relationships improve effortlessly and even physical health emerges, in spite of years of disease. And above all, you will recognize that you are not the ailing body and distressed mind, but rather Limitless Existence, Infinite Knowledge and Unbounded Bliss.

Thus, students of Vedika’s Spiritual Studies Program begin to learn to write their own life script and experience personal transformation and leaps of spiritual consciousness.

From this aspect, this is an ultimate Self-empowerment training that enables you to rediscover your true Self and align your consciousness with who you really are (and not what your mind tells you). You will become free of old restraints and limiting belief systems, and rise above the sorrows and struggles of the world with the goals you want to accomplish. You will experience a higher, wiser, more peaceful expression of you – your true, universal Self.

Acharya Shunya is a globally-recognized spiritual teacher and Vedic lineage-holder who awakens health and consciousness through the Vedic sciences of Ayurveda, Vedanta and Yoga. She is the driving force behind an online wisdom school and worldwide spiritual community, and the author of best-selling book on the Vedic art of mind + body + soul well-being and health, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom (Sounds True, 2017) and forthcoming second book with Sounds True to be released in 2020, Sovereign Self. Acharya Shunya is a keynote speaker at national and international conferences, and serves as an advisor to the Indian Government in matters pertaining to global integration and cultivation of Ayurveda and Yoga. Receive her free online teachings and browse her current eCourse offerings here or see more about her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram. Subscribe to her YouTube Channel where she holds live Global Satsangs once per month. Study Ayurveda with Acharya Shunya in her online course, Alchemy through Ayurveda.

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