Vedanta Yoga

Definition - What does Vedanta Yoga mean?

Vedanta Yoga – sometimes called Yoga Vedanta – is a means of obtaining union with the divine or higher Self through inner knowledge and learning. The term comes from the ancient Sanskrit language; veda means “true knowledge” or “sacred knowledge,” anta means “end” and yoga means “union.”

The Vedas are the most ancient of Hindu scriptures. Each of the Vedas has a final section called the Upanishad. The teachings and knowledge of yoga Vedanta come from the Upanishads.

Yogapedia explains Vedanta Yoga

Vedanta Yoga is one way of reaching the spiritual goal of unity with the divine. The other paths are Hatha yoga (the physical practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation) and Tantra yoga (the mystic practice using kundalini energy). Yoga Vedanta teaches the oneness of all creation.

Swami Vishnudevananda of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers called Vedanta the philosophy of positive thinking. The thoughts define who the person is, he said, and positive thoughts develop peace of mind. Yoga Vedanta involves self-inquiry, inner exploration and contemplation.

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