Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions that we hear a lot. Should you have anything else on your mind, please drop us a line and we will be sure to get back to you soonest.

Is Vedanta a religion?

Vedanta is a philosophy which expounds the eternal principles of life and living. Vedanta has no authority. It stands on its own merits. Vedanta belongs to one and all irrespective of caste, creed, community, country or religion. Logic, reason and a scientific exposition of the truths of life is the foundation of Vedanta.

Can Vedanta help me in my life?

Every human being searches for peace and happiness. The home of true peace and happiness lies within. The knowledge of Vedanta facilitates a spirit of self-enquiry and guides you in the rehabilitation of your inner personality. It teaches the art of relating to the world around you. Once you learn and practice the techniques enunciated in Vedanta you infuse peace and happiness in your life and create harmony with the world.

What are the requirements for joining a class?

Classes are conducted in English and are open to all. No prior reading or understanding of Vedanta is necessary. Please reach out to the respective teacher to let them know you are dropping in.

Does this apply to people from all professions and backgrounds e.g. housewife, student, professional etc.?

Vedanta has a universal appeal. It equips you to make the right choices in life in all fields, at all times. It also provides the technique of right action which can be applied everywhere. Vedanta trains you to think, reflect and understand the fundamental truths of life.

I am a businessperson; how does this apply to me?

The business world lacking self-management is afflicted with worry, anxiety and stress. This leads to loss of efficiency and productivity. The knowledge of Vedanta provides the technique of self-management which enables one to gain the elusive combination of efficiency at work and peace within. After decades of intense research Swami Parthasarathy has pioneered practical methods of self-management which increase productivity, reduce stress, and develop essential components of leadership.

Is this Hindu? I am Christian/Jewish/Muslim/etc. and am not looking to change.

Vedanta is universal. It has no authority, no master, preceptor or saint. No religion can claim Vedanta. The knowledge of Vedanta excels in its scientific and methodical exposition of the fundamental truths of life.

Why do the Vedanta Institute facilitators wear a uniform?

The Vedanta Institute uniform consists of a cream outfit, a tilak, marking on the forehead, and a mala, beaded necklace around the neck. A uniform dress code provides a sense of identity, unity and discipline. It also simplifies one’s life, allowing the focus to remain on the purpose of self-development rather than one’s attire. The tilak on the forehead is used to remind us that our efforts should be directed towards the pursuit of our true Self. The mala, a rosary, used in almost all faiths, is meant to direct the thoughts to the ultimate goal of Self-realisation.

What is the age group of those interested to study Vedanta?

Vedanta Institute South Africa offers youth programmes for young people between the ages of 9 -17 years. Adult programmes are for those 18 and above. To join the three-year residential course at the Vedanta Academy in India one should be between 18 – 30 years.

I am interested in learning more about this. Where do I start?
What are the qualifications of Vedanta Institute Facilitators?

Under the guidance of Swami Parthasarathy, facilitators have graduated with minimum three years at the Vedanta Academy in India. Upon completion graduates are awarded a diploma in Vedantic philosophy. Some graduates have also pursued and completed post-graduation studies at the Academy.

What does the word Swamiji mean?

Swami = Continuous giver, suffix – “ji” is a term of respect.

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