A Quote by George K. Ilsley on sanskrit and awareness

The Sanskrit word for awareness is smriti, which no one can pronounce.  This may explain why awareness has not become as well-known in the west as karma, dharma, and nirvana.

George Ilsley

Source: ManBug, Pages: 144

Contributed by: geognosy

A Quote by Joseph Campbell on bliss, sanskrit, transcendence, rapture, sat-chit-ananda, and consciousness

Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: sat-chit-ananda. The word "Sat" means being. "Chit" means consciousness. "Ananda" means bliss or rapture. I thought, "I don't know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don't know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being." I think it worked.

Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987)

Source: The Power of Myth, Pages: 120

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Dennis Waite on advaita, vedanta, sanskrit, and nondualism

The full title of the philosophy is 'Advaita Vedanta'.   'Vedanta' simply means that it derives from the scriptures that form the last part of the Vedas, the four sacred texts of the Hindu religion.  The literal meaning is 'the end of knowledge', in the sense of being the highest knowledge one can attain.  It is not itself a religion, however—there are no churches or priests.  The first part of the Vedas does contain rituals and so on but Advaita does not itself rely on these.

Advaita is an extremely simple philosophy. Its complete essence is summed up in its Sanskrit name: a - not, dvaita - two.  In a very real sense, there is no need for a book to explain it.  It can be summed up in a single sentence.

            There are not two things.

Dennis Waite

Source: The Book of One: The Spiritual Path of Advaita, Pages: 16

Contributed by: J.K.

Syndicate content