This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The meaning of Vedanta

Vedanta represents the realm of pure metaphysics, as is suggested by the name itself, which means ‘end of the Veda,’ and this should be taken in the sense of a ‘goal,’ but also in the more literal sense as final segment, since Vedanta takes for its doctrinal basis the Upanishads, which themselves are found at the ‘end’ of the Vedas. As for the Upanishads, they contain the metaphysical teachings of the Vedas, which go to form the most primordial aspect of the tradition. Thus, their name is apt, since it means ‘sitting near,’ which some have taken to refer to knowledge gained by sitting at the foot of a teacher, but which properly refers to the means of approaching the knowledge of Brahma.

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