Swami Chinmayananda and Shankara: the need for Samadhi

Below is verse 357 from Shankara’s Vivekachudamani together with Swami Chinmayananda’s brief commentary on the verse, stating the need for Samadhi, and how without this experience the whole of written and verbal vedanta is just empty talk (this is paraphrasing the teachings given in the Amritabindu Upanishad in verse 5). BMI is Swami Chinmayananada’s shorthand for Body-Mind-Intellect:

Also see:

The Union of Meditation and Self-Enquiry – The two paths of Vedanta – Panchadasi by Vidyaranya Swami

Advaita Bodha Deepika – vital teachings for Self-Realisation that are often missing in modern non-dual and advaitic teachings

Ramana Maharshi: the path to self-realisation (Padamalai)

Shankara on the Mind, Samadhi (stillness of mind), Manonasa (destruction of mind), and Liberation

9 thoughts on “Swami Chinmayananda and Shankara: the need for Samadhi

  1. Tom,

    Have we not chosen the ” bondage of birth and rebirth “? In this shared experience of the interplay of opposites… are we not experiencing Love? So our ” bondage” our “cross” of pain and suffering is a working out of a far surpassing “experience” of Love that we would not have otherwise encountered. Is this the DHARMA?

    Peace to YOU


  2. Hi Tom, I would like to know more about the classes that you teach (both group and individual). Is there a good way for me to contact you via email or other online means?


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      1. Thanks! I will try to attend the meeting, but not sure since I am based on Seattle, USA. I heard that you also provide 1:1 sessions, can you please provide more details on that? My email id is gurumurthys@gmail.com.


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