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Vivekachoodamani - The Crest Jewel of Discrimination
This is a weekly class on Vivekachoodamni (an ancient Hindu text). We start each class with a 20 minute meditation. After that we spend one hour reading and discussing the text. Please come a bit early as we start exactly on time. Written by the 8th century Hindu saint Adi Shankara, Vivekchoodamani is the original “handbook to higher consciousness.” It exhaustively sets out the spiritual path in a linear sequence of practices, informed by a thorough understanding of theory. It has been said that if one diligently practices all that is in Vivekachoodamni, on can guarantee Self Realization. Jim’s teacher, Swami Chinmayananda used to say that only two books were essential for the study and practice of Adwaita Vedanta – the BHAGAVAD GITA and VIVEKACHOODAMANI. Call Jim at[masked] or email him at [masked] for details. For more information on Jim’s work, see his website at

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250 Grand Ave. #10 (above Bacheesos restaurant) · Oakland, CA

What we're about

This Meetup group is for anyone who'd like to study ancient Hindu spiritual texts such as Vivekachudamani, Upanishads, Tripura Rahasya, Bhagavad Gita, etc. There are multiple ongoing classes on different texts. The classes are taught by Jim Gilman on a donation basis.

Jim has taught meditation and Vedanta around the world for over 30 years. For several years he served as an acharya with the Chinmaya Mission, Swami Chinmayananda’s world-wide organization. Jim’s approach to this work is immensely practical. He has a unique gift to express these subtle and profound truths in a manner that makes them easy for Westerners to understand, even with no background in Sanskrit or Hindu thought.
In keeping with the tradition set by Swami Chinmayananda, Jim stresses that this teaching is open to all, regardless of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or walk of life. All may come, and as the Hebrew psalmist says "taste and see the goodness of the Lord."

Classes are taught at the home of Jim Gilman, 250 Grand Ave. #10, Oakland CA 94610 (at the corner of Grand and Park View Terrace).

Call Jim at 510-220-8453 for more information.

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