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The Upanishads constitute the most sublime spiritual philosophy and way of life.

Swami Tattwamayananda


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Sun 09 Aug 2020

3:30 AM - 5:00 AM

Event Type: Weekly

Katha Upanishad

Kathopanishad belongs to Krishna-Yajurveda. Kathopanishad is in the form of a dialogue between a teacher (Yama, Lord of Death) and student (Nachiketa). It has a story background and a deeper philosophical portion. Vājaśrava, was performing a ritual called sarvasva-dānam, which is giving away all that one possesses: what is everything for me, I give to others. Vājaśrava’s son Naciketā saw that his father was giving away old useless cows. Seeing that this was a violation of the spirit of the ritual, he became possessed with the sense of sanctity – śraddhā. Upon confronting his father, he was sent to the abode of Yama where he was granted three boons. Nachiketa’s story and his three boons represent three ascending phases of our spiritual evolution. The three boons that Nachiketa asks are: (1) Let my father not scold me when I return (2) Teach me rituals to get to heaven and (3) Teach me the Reality beyond death. A Vedantic aspirant established in the four-fold disciplines – sādhana-catuṣṭaya – then practices śravaṇa, manana, and nididhyāsana – concentrated listening with a sense of sanctity, reflection, and meditation. Yama then describes life as a journey for reaching the highest spiritual enlightenment.

The classes are streamed live on Swamiji’s Youtube Channel.


Swami Tattwamayananda


Swami Tattwamayananda, currently the Minister- in -charge of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco, served in various centers of the Ramakrishna Order in India as editor, publisher,and teacher of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy before coming to the United States in January, 2012. He had traditional training in Hindu scriptures, Sanskrit and Vedic literature from his early days. He served in various centers of the Ramakrishna Order in India as editor, publisher, and teacher of Sanskrit, Advaitic texts such as Sri Shankaracharya’s commentaries on the Prasthanatraya and Indian philosophy.