"Thinking is not something that comes to you naturally like respiration or perspiration. You must devote time and effort to question, reason and build your intellect."
- Swami Parthasarathy
Calamigos Ranch has for over 80 years been a quiet place of spirituality. The Gerson Family has always offered a non-denominational, non sectarian place of worship and self realization. From our ancestors in the
Santa Monica Mountains to the shores of Malibu there has always been a feeling of solace within our 200 acres.
As both our own footprint has grown, as well as the daily demands on our time and attention, Calamigos Ranch has felt it even more crucial to go introvert, and connect with Self.
This connection allows healthy relationships with loved ones, ones own ego and builds self-sufficiency.
Vedanta, or Eternal Principles, is ancient knowledge of life and living that is as relevant today as it was 10,000 years ago when it was first recorded in the Himalayas. Vedanta is universal, non-sectarian, non-religious philosophy. It is simply a collection of humanity's greatest insights. A timeless manual for life in this world. What that means is that the laws of life that Vedanta describes are always there, governing everything, whether we know it or not. Like Science. The law of gravity is the law of gravity, whether we know it or not. So in this way Vedanta is not created. It is realized, uncovered, and brought out by people with insight. The most recent humans to realize these laws of life lived in the Himalayas all those years ago. They wrote it down for the first time. But they do not claim to have created it. In those books they say, 'We learned this from our teachers, who learned it from theirs'
Joseph has been a student of Swami Parthasarathy since 1996, and is a graduate of Swamijis full-time, three-year residential course at Vedanta Academy. He has spent a decade beyond that in India, at the ashram, deepening his knowledge. As Philosopher-in-Residence here at the ranch, Joseph offers private talks on Vedanta and life discussion in general. He also offers weekly study classes for the local community, in-house programs for businesses around the world and management seminars for leadership groups such as Young Presidents Organization. Joseph guest lectures at universities and schools, most recently for a semester at Pomona College near Los Angeles. He has been the Vedanta faculty at Ananda-In the Himalayas numerous times and serves as a resource for cultural groups such as Asia Society.
Before Buddhism and Hinduism and Christianity and yoga systems and self-help teachers, there was Vedanta. It is the source of all enlightened thought.
For those seeking answers on the purpose and ultimate goal of human life, this is an intensive answer. The Eternities: Vedanta Treatise is the seminal work by A. Parthasarathy, and forms the core of the findings of over 60 years of research and study into the ancient wisdom of the Himalayas. The book expounds the ancient philosophy of Vedanta. It presents the eternal principles of life and living. Living is a technique that needs to be learnt and practised by one and all. The technique provides the formula for remaining active all through life while maintaining inner peace. It helps one develop a powerful intellect to meet the challenges of the world. Above all, the Treatise helps one evolve spiritually. It provides the knowledge and guidance to reach the ultimate in human perfection. The goal of Self-realisation.
"Vedanta helps you unfold your Self. Discover the true nature of your inherent Being. Your real Being is divine."
"The law of life is that the mind should be at rest while the body is engaged in action."
"It is not the world that distresses you but how you relate to it "