Advaita Vedanta, the philosophy of non-duality, is one of Hinduism’s most brilliant pearls. It is reserved for seekers of Truth who want to know their own essence and aspire to liberation, or mokṣa. It proposes the path of knowledge called jñāna-yoga and its main tool is self-inquiry: “who am I?” This question is an expression of the highest and noblest spiritual rebellion. Vedanta restores our dignity and accepts us as the only authority on who we are. It says that our self-exploration might lead us to discover our own nature as the Self beyond time and space.
Prabhuji presents the principles of Vedanta that will help seekers take their first steps on this path. Rather than offering explanations or answers, he inspires us to inquire, doubt, and investigate our own essence. He tells us that every effort to achieve enlightenment is superfluous because we already are what we aspire to be. We simply need to turn our attention to consciousness itself and be the Self.
David, Ben Yosef, Har-Zion, who writes under the pen name Prabhuji, is an artist, writer, painter, composer, and avadhūta mystic. He was born in Santiago, the capital of the Republic of Chile, on March 21, 1958. When he was eight years old, he had a mystical experience that sparked his search for the Truth. Since then, he has devoted his life to deepening the early transformative experience that marked the beginning of his process of involution. For more than fifty years, he has been exploring and practicing various religions and spiritual paths. In his view, the awakening at the level of consciousness, or the transcendence of the egoic phenomenon, is the next step in humanity’s evolutionary process.