Spirit of the Upanishads

Spirit of the Upanishads

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

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The path of the Upanishads (the commentaries on the great Vedas) is the path of perfection. The central message of the Upanishads is atma-jnana—“know yourself at every level.” When we turn the mind inward, we will discover a fountain of infinite knowledge that will set us free.

This lecture was inspired by and recorded during the auspicious occasion of the 2001 Maha Kumbha Mela, on the bank of the Ganga at Himalayan Institute Allahabad. As Pandit Tigunait explains, this world is a great teacher, and the Upanishads are a practical guidebook to the world. These scriptures tell us how to be healthy and happy; how to use the objects of the world and our achievements wisely; and, ultimately, how to create a bridge between our outer and inner worlds so we can find true fulfillment on every level.

Listen to “The Spirit of the Upanishads,” and discover the mysteries of atma shakti—the force that helps us unfold our true inner potential and blossom as a human being, so we can experience life in all its richness.

Format: .mp3 audio file with download
Length: 1 hr, 14 mins

Source: Maha Kumbha Mela lectures (Himalayan Institute Allahabad, 2001)

About the Author

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Lecturing and teaching worldwide for more than a quarter of a century, he is the author of 17 books, including his recently released Vishoka Meditation: The Yoga of Inner Radiance, and his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zoroastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.