How to Learn Vedanta
Today’s education merely teaches us to parrot others’ ideas. We learn by rote and claim it as knowledge. To get true education, we need to approach learning in the right manner. This aspect is especially important when we try to learn a subject as subtle as vedanta. This article teaches you how go about studying and assimilating vedantic concepts.
To learn vedanta correctly, we need to follow three steps which are outlined below:
1. Sravana (Intake of Knowledge)
The first step is to learn vedantic concepts correctly. We need to regularly read, listen or watch concepts on vedanta. Our mind responds to the material it is exposed to. But, care should be taken not to learn excessively as this can lead to confusion.
2. Manana (Reflecting on Knowledge)
The second step is Manana, or reflecting on the learnt knowledge. Early morning is the best time to do this. This time is recommended as our minds would be fresh to absorb and question the subtle vedantic concepts. Our mind would not have been disturbed by the day’s hustle and bustle yet. It would be fresh from the night’s sleep and relatively free from inner chatter.
Ponder about how you can put vedantic concepts to practical use. You can also utilize this early morning time to question those concepts that may be difficult to accept.
3. Nidhidhyasana (Practising the Learnt Knowledge)
The final stage is nidhidhyasana, in which we try to practise the learnt knowledge. This is definitely the most important part of our learning process. True knowledge is practical and applicable to daily life. Mere bookish knowledge about vedanta, without knowing how to apply it practically, is like a mule carrying gold on its back. Rather, it would be better if we have little knowledge, but apply it usefully.
Vedanta should be learnt and practised to improve and better ourself in all aspects. Every human has immense potential. To maximize this potential and for self-development, we need to pursue vedanta with faith and enthusiasm.