After you start practicing Yoga, curiosity starts to rise and little by little students start looking for information: Where did it begin? Why is it so important to breathe in a certain way and to focus your attention into one specific point? It is in that precise moment when The Vedas and The Advaita Vedanta philosophy appear.
The Vedas are the four sacred texts of Hinduism and are among the oldest written books in the world. The Advaita Vedanta philosophy is based on the last of these books: the Upanisads and is not a religion for it is not based on any deity.
According to the Advaita Vedanta, we all have a Divine and Infinite Soul: the Atman, which resides in everyone and everything. The Atman is Infinite and is one with the Universe: “You are that” every soul is your soul and every body is your body; hence, whatever you do to other people, you are actually doing it to yourself.
This is the concept of Individuality, which is based on the Circle of Life and is related to one of the laws of Mass Conservation by Mijail Lomonosov “Mass can neither be created nor destroyed, although it may be rearranged in space” The matter in my body has been in the Universe since the beginning of time, in different shapes. Lomonosov is only reaffirming what had been said thousands of years before in the Advaita Vedanta.
Most religions teach that every person must be treated with equal respect because no matter gender, age or ethnicity, we all carry an immortal soul, and in the day of our death, we will all transcend this world and meet our maker. This is the principle on which is based “the human dignity philosophy” But the Advaita Vedanta philosophy goes beyond that premise, because in reality we won’t meet our maker: we are Him already. That is what we must comprehend: we are all the same, and we are one with God: and that is true Individuality: to realize there is just One.
If you are interested in knowing the foundamental keys of this millenary wisdom, we shall suggest the Vedanta and Bhagavad-Gita course in Televisión Consciente. Most of the content is offered in English language.