ONGOING CLASS ON TRIPURA RAHASYA – THE MYSTERY OF THE DIVINE FEMININE
An ongoing Saturday class in the essentials of Adwaita Vedanta
Introductory class – Saturday, June 18, 10:00-11:30 AM at the home of Jim Gilman, 250 Grand Ave. #10, Oakland CA 94610 (at the corner of Grand and Park View Terrace).
Tripura Rahasya is one of the greatest texts in the Adwaita Vedanta, the core teaching of gnyana yoga. It was one of the favorites of Sri Ramana Maharshi, the great 20th century Tamil saint. It is from the tantric tradition and is a wonderful collection of stories illustrating the highest non-dual philosophy. In keeping with many tantric texts, it describes Ultimate Reality in terms of the Divine Feminine. It is unusual in that most of the central figures that attain Enlightenment are women. Each of the stories presents a basic philosophical idea of this tradition and includes concrete meditation practices for the serious student of Vedanta.
The text is ascribed to the sage Dattatreya, on of India’s oldest sage/avatars and the reputed author of the Dattatreya Upanishad found in the Atharva Veda. He figures in the great epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
This will be an ongoing class open to all on a donation basis. However, it is not a “drop in” group. Students should be willing to make a commitment to regular ongoing attendance so as to keep up with the subtle, but progressive movement of thought through the text. We will discuss the Adwaita Philosophy in this scripture and get practical instruction as to how to apply these principles in daily life. A commitment to regular daily meditation is a requirement of the class.
Silent Way classes are open to all on a donation basis. Call Jim at 510-220-8453 for more information. The text can be purchased online or Amazon.com or you can purchase one at the introductory class.