Completing the Journey to Wholeness, Happiness, and Freedom
Vedanta is the Light of Self-Knowledge which illuminates the truth of oneself.
The word Vedanta comes from Sanskrit, and translates as “the essence of the Vedas” or the part of sacred Vedic literature that deals with knowledge of the self. The Vedas are the earliest-known sacred scriptures of India, and the cornerstone of all Vedic knowledge.
This ancient wisdom explored by Vedanta addresses the basic human desire to be free from of any sense of limitation or incompleteness. It is a view of reality, a vision of existence, and a window through which to see ourselves as whole, happy and free. With enquiry into the self through the study of Vedanta—will open the doorway to a level of emotional maturity that is unavailable by means of western psychology alone.
“Everything becomes dear to you because of the love of yourself alone; The Self is to be seen, heard, reflected upon and contemplated.”
आत्मनस्तु कामाय सर्वं प्रियं भवति ।
आत्मा वा अरे द्रष्टव्यः श्रोतव्यो मन्तव्यो निदिध्यासितव्यो ॥
श्रवण – मनन – निदिध्यासन
Listening — Contemplation — Meditation
In your sessions, you will learn the True meaning of these words as revealed in Vedanta Śhāstra. You will also discover how the mind—and words both silent and spoken—are the source of both our bondage and freedom. A mature person is one who knows equanimity in word, speech, and action.
Yoga is objectivity, in success and failure.
समत्वम् योगः उच्यते
Through the vision of Vedanta, we gain freedom from seeking and from being displeased with ourselves. This freedom comes once we truly abide in the pleased self—that self which does not waver according to situations and roles.
“Every human being is like a tea bag. You know their strength only when they are in hot water.”
Swami Dayananda Saraswati
The very pleased Self is known and manifest through pure awareness. This ocean of happiness is crystal clear awareness, free from the waves and turbulence of limiting thoughts, projections and fear. This self is not infallible, but the fallible self is seen and known as part of a perfect order.
Vedanta within The Vedic Vision™
Vedanta is integral to The Vedic Vision™, because it frees the heart. A heart and mind that is psychologically enmeshed has difficulty surrendering to something higher than one’s emotional reactions, impulses, and personal history.
“’So, when the Sun has set and the Moon has set and the fire has gone out and speech is silenced, what then serves as a light for man?’ ‘Then the Self serves as his light,’ said he, ‘for it is with the Self as his light that he sits, moves around, does his work and returns again.’”
Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad, 4.3.6
In your sessions, Dean will help you see how the vision of Vedanta leads us to a life of wholeness, happiness, and freedom. Relying on others, situations, or achievements—as your source for the sense of well-being and happiness…is not the way. In fact, it binds us. That thing, experience, or person we depend upon will not give lasting or sustainable security and happiness.
Through the wisdom of The Vedic Vision™, you will come to see that freedom is derived from a sense of connectedness to something larger than oneself. In moments of True Joy, you see yourself as not isolated, but connected to something bigger; the truth of your completeness or fullness is revealed. Knowledge of the Self is the knowledge by which all other things become known to us, and is the means by which we can experience joy and completeness.
“Everything shines after that Self alone which is the light of all lights. By its light all this shines. It is the light of consciousness in whose presence alone these lights come to light. It is unlike all these lights. When that is shining, everything shines after it. That is the light of lights.”
Swami Dayananda, Mundakopanishad 2. 2.11
With your Self safely at home, you need nothing and seek nothing. Happiness is no longer seen as being a function of the continuous fulfillment of one’s desires. Experiences, perceptions, thoughts and people have increasingly less power to disturb your fullness. This is the promise of Vedanta, and the heart of The Vedic Vision™.
When Dean first took a course in Eastern Religions as a freshman in college, he knew then that the pursuit of spiritual knowledge would define his life and career. This inquiry led him to take his first trip to India in the 1980’s to study Yoga. He became immersed in all aspects of the tradition and teachings of Yoga. He then took a deeper dive into India’s traditions of Vedanta, Sanskrit, and Vedic Astrology. Dean was blessed to work with some of the world’s most renowned teachers in all these fields. Today, he travels frequently between the U.S. and India, where he studies Vedanta with his teacher Swami Paramatmananda.
While at the ashram in India Dean leads discussion groups that focus on how we can use the “Wisdom of Vedanta” to enhance and guide us through our everyday lives.
His active clientele comes from around the world, including the United States, Canada, South America, Japan, Europe, and India.
Due to the international nature of his client list, sessions are often conducted online, via Skype, Zoom, or other internet mediums. Clients in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey—or in India—may opt for in-person sessions.
As of 01/20/23, Dean is available to accept new clients.
Contact us today to set up your first session!
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