The Vedantic Perspective: Its Value in Secular Education
Srinath N. Bellur (Senior Author), Manish Srivastava, H. Neelakantan & Bharathi S. Bellur
Advances in Science, Technology & Education have not improved modern human existential suffering. Relieving human suffering (Dukha Nivritti) & providing means for lasting human happiness (Sukha Prapti) should be the ideal goal of any human endeavor. Vedanta has effectively addressed both these issues over many millennia.
We reviewed two valuable resources used in Advaita Vedanta tutelage, the Laghu Vasudeva Mananam & the Bhagavad Gita. Advaita Vedanta concludes that human suffering occurs because of a dependency on material objects for Sukha Prapti & Dukha Nivritti. A limited sense of “self” restricted to a Body-Mind Complex is also an additional factor. Vedanta suggests several measures for alleviating existential suffering & provides means for gaining lasting happiness. It also explains the reasons underlying the effectiveness of its remedies.
Vedanta’s perspectives regarding human suffering & its alleviation are straightforward & logical. They can be made simple enough to be grasped by a general populace.
About the presenter…
Dr. Bellur is a retired Neurologist, Educator and an active student & teacher of Advaita Vedanta. He was formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at the UI College of Medicine Chicago, and University of Tennessee, Memphis. He was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society for “Teaching Excellence” in 1986. He has published over 25 scientific articles in peer reviewed Journals. Dr. Bellur conducts weekly classes in Bhagavad Gita, Siddhanta Bindu, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Advaita Makaranda & Basic Sanskrit.