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Spirit of the Upanishads


The path of the Upanishads (the commentaries on the great Vedas) is the path of perfection. The central message of the Upanishads is atma-jnana—“know yourself at every level.” When we turn the mind inward, we will discover a fountain of infinite knowledge that will set us free.

This lecture was inspired by and recorded during the auspicious occasion of the 2001 Maha Kumbha Mela, on the bank of the Ganga at Himalayan Institute Allahabad. As Pandit Tigunait explains, this world is a great teacher, and the Upanishads are a practical guidebook to the world. These scriptures tell us how to be healthy and happy; how to use the objects of the world and our achievements wisely; and, ultimately, how to create a bridge between our outer and inner worlds so we can find true fulfillment on every level.

Listen to “The Spirit of the Upanishads,” and discover the mysteries of atma shakti—the force that helps us unfold our true inner potential and blossom as a human being, so we can experience life in all its richness.

Format: .mp3 audio file with download
Length: 1 hr, 14 mins

Source: Maha Kumbha Mela lectures (Himalayan Institute Allahabad, 2001)

About the Teacher

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online at the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

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