In all philosophies, the nature of the absolute is taken as indescribable, but there are ways of approaching it which make it available to individual experience. In order to make it accessible, Advaita philosophy describes it as having the three aspects of truth, consciousness and bliss. This course uses the teachings of Advaita philosophy to explore the nature of the absolute.
A prerequisite for enrolment:
Completion of the first 12 courses.
The Absolute is not available this term.
WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT?
The fourth year of courses considered the law of three, the five sheaths and the laws of harmony. Each of these subjects describes a different aspect of the laws governing the world. A knowledge of these laws allows the possibility to transcend their effects and realise the limitless self, who we really are, not governed by those laws.
The word ‘absolute’ is from the Latin word soluere which means ‘to loosen’. It gives us the words ‘absolve’ and ‘absolution’. When things are ‘absolved’ or receive ‘absolution’, they are set free. This is why the word ‘absolute’ has come to mean unlimited, infinite, and complete. Combining these two meanings, the word ‘absolute’ signifies that which is unlimited, infinite and complete and that which brings freedom.
‘Absolute existence’ is that level of existence which makes individual existence possible. Each individual comes into existence for a time and then goes out of existence, just as a flower or anything else comes into existence for a time and then goes out of existence. Everything exists in absolute existence.
TOPICS EACH WEEK
Absolute as the cause of the universe
The three-fold nature: sat, chit and ānanda
Stillness of mind
Life as a play-performance and going backstage
Three aspects of knowledge
Acting in accord with universal laws
Power of detachment
Absolute bliss in the present moment
OUR COURSE IN PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY MAKES WISDOM PRACTICAL.
Somewhere along the way, practical philosophy got hijacked by theoretical philosophy. It’s time to take it back. Our courses are for people seeking to understand the nature of existence and the world in which we live.