Ananda (Part V)

In order to get a clearer picture of the meaning of Ananda, we can even turn to the Bible, it says in Isaiah 55:12 “For you shall go out in Joy And be led forth in peace; The mountains and hills before you Shall break into singing And all the trees of the field Shall...

Ananda (Part IV)

“Everything is Shiva” “Aham Brahmasmi” – I am Brahman “Existence as sat-chit-ananda…” These are all very well-known statements, which all point to the same thing. For Ramana Maharishi…ananda here is not a separate attribute of the Self, but…all three, sat (existence),...

Ananda (Part III)

Now Indian philosophy, as explained before, is vast! Yoga within Indian Philosophies is part of several schools. One very prominent one which arises much interest in our time is Kashmir Shaivism. In short Kashmir Shaivism is a very abstract philosophy, where the...

Ananda (Part II)

Today 6 philosophies are often referred to in the Indian context. Yoga is only one of them. All of these are linked to the Vedas, and most use the same aspects of Vedic philosophy; furthermore even Non-Vedic philosophies in India use asana, pranayama, meditation and...

Ananda (Part I)

Ananda; as with many Sanskrit words, we have a problem with language. Sanskrit is a much more complex language than we are used to; there often are no direct ways of translating. A Sanskrit word might have two/three syllables… and each has a variety of meaning, so the...