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Kathopanishad is one of the 10 principal upanishads which present the essence and culmination of all knowledge found within India’s most ancient and sacred texts; the vedas. It is believed that listening to the upanishads is the first step towards discovering our unique spiritual path to liberation. In 2020, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai gave a series of talks over the course of a month, which methodically and thoroughly explained the significance of the Kathopanishad and its relevance to us in our lives. This podcast series is compiled from those talks.

Kathopanishad Sanathana Vani

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Kathopanishad is one of the 10 principal upanishads which present the essence and culmination of all knowledge found within India’s most ancient and sacred texts; the vedas. It is believed that listening to the upanishads is the first step towards discovering our unique spiritual path to liberation. In 2020, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai gave a series of talks over the course of a month, which methodically and thoroughly explained the significance of the Kathopanishad and its relevance to us in our lives. This podcast series is compiled from those talks.

    16. The perfect symbol and sound to describe Brahman

    16. The perfect symbol and sound to describe Brahman

    We may practise using the oṁ mantra in so many modified ways, however these are all just a lesser utilisation of a bigger power. oṁ can be used for much, much higher goals, unfortunately, most of us are using it for only very trivial attainments.
    Sadguru says that the whole universe is filled with this fundamental vibration called oṁ. In this episode, Sadguru describes how we can begin to understand our True form through the meditation of the silence that is the basis of oṁ.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP16

    • 45 min
    15. Three kinds of Tapas (austerities) to attain Self Realisation

    15. Three kinds of Tapas (austerities) to attain Self Realisation

    In this episode, Sadguru explains the three kinds of तपस् tapas (austerities) to be performed in order to attain brahman.
    शारीरतपः śārīratapaḥ: austerity of the bodyवाङ्मयतपः vāṅmayatapaḥ: austerity of speechमानसतपः mānasatapaḥ: austerity of the mind‌The austerities for the body comprise worshipping the Gods, guru and the enlightened, maintaining a clean body, being straightforward and celibate with the complete focus on God and practicing non-violence. The austerities for the speech comprise speaking without causing agitation to others, speaking the truth in a pleasant way and practising the chanting of scriptures. The austerities of the mind comprise maintaining a pleasant mind with compassion, silence, self-control and purity of thoughts.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP15

    • 46 min
    14. The true meaning of Brahma Vidya (Knowledge of the Ultimate)

    14. The true meaning of Brahma Vidya (Knowledge of the Ultimate)

    When we look around, we notice many objects around us. Yet, we tend not to notice the light with which everything is lit up.
    Likewise, ātman is everywhere, our Self is everywhere, inside, outside and everywhere. We see and experience everything using that Self. Yet we don’t see the Self.
    In this episode, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai teaches us that It is really not hiding anywhere. But it appears to be hiding, just as the spectacles appear to have gone missing though they are right there, resting on the forehead. It is only that we fail to notice it. Like that, ātman or brahman is everywhere, in everything, in every single experience of ours.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP14

    • 22 min
    13. Three Pillars of Vedanta

    13. Three Pillars of Vedanta

    In this episode, Swami introduces us to the concept of the three pillars of vedānta, which are:
    शास्त्रप्रमाण śāstrapramāṇa– all that is conveyed and described
    in the scriptures.तर्कवाद tarkavāda– contemplation, reasoning and logical analysis
    of what has been heard or read.स्वानुभव svānubhava– understanding the Truth through
    one’s own personal experience.If the third pillar is not reached, i.e. without anubhava, all that is heard or contemplated on is merely borrowed knowledge. Only when it is experienced through one’s own personal experience does one truly attain the Truth.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP13

    • 44 min
    12. Adhyatma Yoga

    12. Adhyatma Yoga

    Whether we practise karma yoga, bhakti yoga or jñāna yoga – we should examine the true motivation behind our actions. Are the homas, the seva and the prayers/bhajans really solely to please God/atman? Or are we doing it to achieve or attain some kind of returns for ourselves – by pleasing our mind and body? If it is the latter then, that is not ādhyātma.
    ādhyātma, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai says, is another word for spirituality. Spirituality is not about anything outside of you.

    Spirituality is everything about who You really are, and finding out who You really are.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP12

    • 43 min
    11. The Truth behind all the Existence

    11. The Truth behind all the Existence

    When a movie is played at a cinema hall, it is projected onto a blank screen. Likewise, what appears to be real in our lives is in fact only a ‘projection on the screen’. What is real is only the blank screen. Everything else that comes and goes is false.
    Likewise, we are like a blank screen on which different roles are projected. In this episode, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai methodically instructs us on the panchakosa-viveka to bring us slowly to the Truth of who we really are. 

    ātman is the screen, which does not change. This is the fundamental truth of all existence.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP11

    • 39 min

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prajna108 ,

Kathopanishad highest truth

The rarest of opportunities to hear the truth from the mouth of one who has realized it and who wants us to follow. How better to access this in the digested form and with the convenient access of a podcast.

DineshRudra ,

Perfect starting place to dive into the upanishads

For most of my life, I was never at all interested in vedanta or the upanishads. I always felt that the philosophy was way too much for me, and that I was not wired to consume it. So, I was very pleasantly surprised that after starting to listen to the Kathopanishad podcast, not only could I follow these discourses but they have also got me somewhat drawn to the idea of diving as deep as I can into the subject. The more I listen, the more in-tune I am to relating to what is being taught in the upanishad.

I also love the story aspect of the Kathopanishad. It’s a dialogue between a little boy and the lord of death. How awesome is that. And Sri Madhusudan Sai doesn’t just limit his talks to just the dialogue between Nachiketa and Yama, or just the verses in the Kathopanishad, but He draws from a wide variety of other scriptures, discourses and stories to help elucidate each point.

In my opinion, this is the perfect starting place for anyone who is interested in starting an exploration into advaita vedanta, the upanishads, or their very own true nature.

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