The Fundamentals of Advaita Vedanta / A Lead-in to Vedanta Cycle I

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Aug 28 2022 - 19:00 to Sep 18 2022 - 21:00
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School of the Wisdom

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Course title: The Fundamentals of Advaita Vedanta / A Lead-in to Vedanta Cycle I
Facilitator: Dr Radha Raghunathan
Dates: Sundays 
28 August; September 4, 11, 18.
Time: at 7 PM IST (India Time), 1:30 PM GMT
2 hours each
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APPLICATION: Course has ended on 18 September 2022

Human beings are in constant pursuit of something or the other with the hope of finding happiness or fulfilment on achieving what is pursued. What every individual is seeking through any pursuit is to end all suffering and enjoy permanent bliss. But on reaching one goalpost, the pursuer feels the need to pursue more of the same goal or something else. This constant pursuit of satiation, fulfilment and happiness leaves the individual disappointed, fatigued and helpless. Vedānta, the philosophical  portions occurring in the final sections within the Vedas, provides a solution to this great human problem. Of the different schools of Vedānta, Śaṁkarācārya’s Advaita Vedānta shows that the solution is within oneself. All the facets of life which can be categorized into three: God, universe and the self. Advaita Vedānta establishes that all these three are but manifestations of One Absolute Reality, that the One alone is Existence-Consciousness-Bliss from which everything that we experience derives existence, consciousness and bliss; therefore, that One Absolute Reality alone is the Ultimate Truth and the rest are all unreal. And the greatest truth is that the essential nature of an individual is that Absolute Reality. On realising this truth, the external  quest for peace, security and happiness ends instantaneously and the seeker readily re-aligns to live blissfully in this world of unreality. ‘A Lead-in to Vedānta’ offers a first acquaintance to understanding the fundamental problem, the truth about oneself, the means of realising that truth and re-aligning oneself to a life of freedom amidst chaos and uncertainty. 

Suggested Reading

The Vedanta Commentaries of H.P. Blavatsky: Compiled and Annotated by H.J. Spierenburg, Point Loma Publications, San Diego, California, USA, 1992, pages 1 – 38

Introduction to Vedanta (The Vedic View and Way of Life) by H.H. Sw. Paramarthananda, founder-acarya of Vedanta Vidyarthi Sangha. – Book can be downloaded from the website of Arsha Avinash Foundation

Introduction to Vedanta – Understanding the Fundamental Problem by H.H. Sw. Dayananda, Published Vision Books (Incorporating Orient Paperbacks), New Delhi / Mumbai / Hyderabad. – pdf book can be downloaded free from a few sites in the internet. e.g.,, and other such sites


Dr Radha Raghunathan is an author, editor, critic and independent researcher in manuscripts and Advaita and Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta.
Hon. Director and Gen. Editor, ALRC since Nov. 2019.
She published articles on philosophy in prestigious journals and presented papers at various seminars including Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR), Indian Philosophical Congress (IPC) and Sree Shankaracharya Univ. for Sanskrit, Kalady, who have an MOU with ALRC.
Published works include Translation with Notes on Ādi Śaṃkarācārya’s Nirvāṇa-ṣaṭkam (Shankara Jyanti Vol. – 2013, Adi Shankara Vedanta Pratishthanam, Bhubaneswar), A Critical Edition and Translation of Jñānāṅkuśam with Two Commentaries (ALRC, 2017), Bellaṁkoṇḍa Rāmarāya Kavi’s Vedānta Muktāvalī with Introduction and Notes (Chinmaya International Foundation Shodhasansthan, Veliyanad, 2018), Special Volume of Brahmavidyā Commemorating Ramanuja’s Sahasrābdi (Adyar Library and Research Centre (ALRC) Annual Bulletin 2017-2018), Translation with Notes on Parāśara Bhaṭṭar’s Aṣṭaślokī in Sanskrit with Prativādi Bhayaṅkaram Annaṅgarācāryār’s Sārārtta Dīpikai commentary in Maṇipravāḷa (ALRC, 2019), Paramata Bhaṅga: An Exposition – Śrī Vedānta Deśika’s Critique of Non-Viśiṣṭādvaita Philosophies (ALRC, 2020).
She writes articles and reviews regularly for ALRC’s Brahmavidyā, and edits Brahmavidyā, the research journal of ALRC, since 2017.
She was also a guest faculty for Post-graduate courses in Advaita at Satya Nilayam, Chennai.
Her interests include building harmony through interfaith and intercultural dialogues. 
Academic Qualifications:
• M.A (Indian Philosophy), M.A (Sanskrit), M.A (English)
• Ph.D in Indian Philosophy (Univ. of Madras).
Vedānta study:
Studied Advaita Vedānta for nearly two decades under H.H. Sw. Paramarthananda Saraswati, founder-ācārya of Vedanta Vidyarthi Sangha, Chennai.
This ācārya trained under H.H. Sw. Chinmayananda Saraswati and H.H. Dayananda Saraswati, and has been teaching Advaita Vedānta in a structured format in English regularly from the simplest to the most complex texts for almost 45 years now. He has written the Foreword to my Critical Edition and Translation of Jñānāṅkuśam with Two Commentaries, a Advaita work.
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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. There can be no Wisdom without an ever-increasing sense of Wonder. Essential in the progress towards Wisdom is a growing intimacy with all aspects of Nature.

The SOW was inaugurated in 1949 by C. Jinarajadasa, the fourth International President of the TS, to revive the 1922 Adyar School initiated by Annie Besant. This school was named Brahmavidyā Āśrama, which has almost the same meaning as the School of the Wisdom.


The SOW is meant for members of the Theosophical Society to deepen their understanding in theosophy, making it a living force in daily life. Students may apply for all or some of the School of the Wisdom sessions in one form and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen.

1. Please, before applying click here to download and read the Online Class Decorum.

2. Fill in the Application Form which you find for each Session's page


For students joining any SOW programme, we recommend reading the following:

01 - The School of the Wisdom by Jinarajadasa and Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - An Unending Path by Tim Boyd (PDF)
03 - Freedom of Thought and Freedom of Society (PDF)
04 - Why Theosophy is left undefined by N. Sri Ram (PDF)
05 - Adyar as a Spiritual Centre by J. Krishnamurti (PDF)
06 - What Is Truth? by H. P. Blavatsky (PDF)

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La Escuela de la Sabiduría tiene como objetivo llevar a cada estudiante a examinar la vida "desde el centro", que es la conciencia intuitiva.  No puede haber Sabiduría sin un creciente sentido de Maravilla. Esencial en el progreso hacia la Sabiduría, es una creciente intimidad con todos los aspectos de la Naturaleza.

La SOW fue inaugurada en 1949 por C. Jinarajadasa, el cuarto presidente internacional de la ST, para revivir la Escuela Adyar de 1926 iniciada por Annie Besant. Esta escuela se llamó Brahmavidyā Āśrama, que tiene casi el mismo significado que la Escuela de la Sabiduría.


La SOW está pensada para que los miembros de la Sociedad Teosófica profundicen su comprensión de la teosofía, de modo que la conviertan en una fuerza viva en la vida diaria. Los estudiantes pueden aplicar para todas o algunas de las sesiones de la Escuela de la Sabiduría en un solo formulario y se espera que asistan a todas las clases en la sesión elegida.

1. Por favor, antes de postularse, haga clic aquí para descargar y leer las directrices de las clases en línea.

2. Complete el formulario de solicitud que encontrará en la página de cada sesión


Para los estudiantes que se unen a cualquier programa de la SOW, recomendamos leer lo siguiente:

01a - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1949 (PDF)
01b - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1950 (PDF)
01c - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - Un Sendero sin final por Tim-Boyd (PDF)
03 - Libertad de Pensamiento & Libertad  de la Sociedad Teosófica (PDF)