Swami Guruparananda

Meditation



This talk explains the various types of meditation and guides us on how to practice meditation. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is …

Introduction to Vedanta



The final portion of the Vedas is called Vedanta. Veda is a body of knowledge and is the primary means for knowing the true nature of onesel…

Spirituality



The meaning of spirituality is explained in this talk. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website.

Yoga Sutra



These Sutras were written by Rishi Patanjali. The 35 talks explain the entire Yoga Sutra text. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is a…

Mundaka Upanishad



Upanishads predominantly occur in the last portion of the Vedas and are therefore, also referred to as, Vedanta. The central theme of all th…

Essence of Gita



These 50 classes give a comprehensive vision of the Bhagavad Gita. Verse by verse explanation is not given. However, the main ideas discusse…

Eight - Fold Yoga



The yoga sutras were written by Rishi Patanjali. These 6 talks give the essence of the Sutras. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is a…

Self Enquiry



This talk inquires into the true nature of oneself. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website.

Vedic Path



These 3 talks explain the path shown by the Vedas for reaching the ultimate human goal. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is availabl…

Religion to Philosophy



These 5 talks differentiate Religion and Philosophy and give clarity about what they actually mean. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks…

Mandukya Upanishad



This is a small Upanishad. With the help of the syllable Om, this Upanishad explains the nature of the individual being and God and their un…

Bhakti Yoga



These 6 talks explain in detail the meaning and significance of Bhakti Yoga. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Po…

Brahma Sutram



Vyasacharya wrote the Brahma Sutras to clarify various possible doubts that could arise while studying the Upanishad mantras. In these 33 cl…

Ethics in Gita



The basic qualification for a seeker is living an ethical life. This talk takes up for discussion some important values mentioned in the Bha…

Karma Yoga



These 5 talks explain in detail the meaning and significance of Karma Yoga. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poo…

Jnana Yoga



Self-knowledge is the means for attaining the Self. This truth is explained in this talk. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is availa…

Taittiriya Upanishad



This Upanishad contains 3 chapters. The first chapter deals with various forms of Meditation and some values. The second chapter reveals the…

In the Path of Gita



This talk conveys to us the goal reached by us when we follow the path shown by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. The entire collection of …

Uddhava Gita



This is a teaching given by Lord Krishna to his disciple Uddhava. This forms a part of Srimad Bhagavata Purana. In the Uddhava Gita, Lord Kr…

Contemplation



After the study of Vedanta, one must practice contemplation meditation (Nidhidhyasanam) to absorb the knowledge. This talk inquires into the…

Essence of Mandukya Upanishad



The essence of Mandukya Upanishad is given in these talks. Each word of the mantra is not explained. Only the essential ideas are explained.…

Vedanta Sara



This Vedanta Sara text written by Swami Sadananda, who lived 500 years before, this text gives total vision of Vedanta from the beginning to…

Gist of Gita



All 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita have been covered in this talk. The main ideas of each chapter and the important verses in each chapter…

Isavasya Upanishad



This Upanishad reveals how we are one with God and advocates renunciation as a means to protect this knowledge. A form of meditation and pra…

Entry into Gita



These 3 talks tell us why we must study the Bhagavad Gita. The content of the Gita is given in a nutshell and the benefit of studying the Gi…

Vivekachudamani



This is a text written by Shankaracharya. 108 selected verses from the text are explained in these 42 talks. All the vedantic ideas are expl…

Introduction To Jnana Yoga



Self-knowledge is the means for attaining the Self. This truth is explained in this talk. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is availa…

Epistemology



Epistemology is a subject deals with all aspects of knowledge. This subject is called science of knowledge and comes as a part of philosophy…

Katha Upanishad



This Upanishad begins with a story and through this story, many values are taught. The nature of the Lord and the individual being, is then,…

Kaivalya Upanishad



This Upanishad points out the essential oneness of the individual and the Lord. Contemplative meditation (Nidhidhyasanam) is emphasized as a…

Essence of Kaivalya Upanishad



Essence of Kaivalya Upanishad

Means of Knowledge



Knowledge can be gained only through an instrument of knowledge. This talk explains the various means for attaining knowledge. The entire co…

Chandogya Upanishad



This is a large Upanishad consisting of 8 chapters. Various forms of Dhyana (Upasana or Meditation) and Values are discussed in the first fi…

Essence of Kena Upanishad



The central theme of Kena Upanishad is given in these 6 talks without explaining each word of the Upanishad mantra. The entire collection of…

Essence of Mundaka Upanishad



The essence of Mundaka Upanishad is given in these 18 talks. Each word of the mantra is not explained. Only the essential ideas are explaine…

Kena Upanishad



This Upanishad begins with the highest truth, viz., the underlying oneness of the Lord and the beings. Towards the end of the Upanishad, a f…

Introduction To SanyasaYoga



This is an introduction speech given by Swamiji based on Chapter 5 of Bhagavad Gita. In this speech, Swamiji has clearly stated about the ty…

Brhadaranyaka Upanishad



This is a vast Upanishad. All the Upanishadic ideas are dealt with in detail in this Upanishad. Shankaracharya's commentary for this Upanish…

Prasna Upanishad



Six students put up questions to the teacher and the teacher answers them all. These questions and answers form this Upanishad. The entire c…

Prayer



These two talks give the meaning of Prayer, the various stages in Prayer, the benefits of prayer and finally explain a few Upanishadic praye…

Aitareya Upanishad



In this Upanishad, in addition to imparting the fundamental oneness of the Lord and the Beings, the value of dispassion is also highlighted.…

Essence Of Katha Upanishad



Katha Upanishad consists of 2 chapters with 3 sections in each chapter. The important aspects of every section have been explained in these …

Value of Values



These 3 talks elaborate the values that one must have and the significance of living a life of values. The entire collection of Swamiji's ta…

Thiruvasagam Benediction



The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the website.

Ontology



Ontology is a study about Existence. In this topic three kinds of existence are explained. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is avail…

Pratah Smaranam



This text is attributed to Shankaracharya. It explains the Central theme of Upanishads. These 4 talks explain this text in detail. The entir…

Kandaranubhuthi



The Tamil text or hymns written by the saint Arunagirinathar on Lord Karthikeyan (Murugan). The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is avai…

Guru Stotram



Guru Stotram has 14 verses selected from the Guru Gita, which forms part of Skanda Puranam. These verses praise the greatness of the guru wh…

Hastamalakiyam



This text is written by Hastamalaka, a disciple of Shankaracharya and explains the central theme of the Upanishads, in twelve verses. The 5 …

Surrender



This talk tells us about the value of surrender as an important qualification for gaining self-knowledge. The entire collection of Swamiji's…

Jiva Yatra



This text is written by Swami Gnanananda Bharati of Sringeri Mutt. The sadhanas necessary for a seeker are given step by step, in a simple f…

Gateway to Liberation



The 2 talks provide guidance to students commencing Vedantic study. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam…

Aparoksha Anubhuti



This is a text written by Shankaracharya. It gives the essence of Vedanta and then elaborates on the topic of contemplative meditation (Nidh…

Tattva Bodha



This is a small text written by Shankaracharya. This text introduces the seeker to the technical terms used in Vedanta and gives a total vis…

Thayumanavar Prayer



Thayumanavar has composed a number of Tamil verses praising the Lord and describing the nature of the Lord. This talk explains one such pray…

Essence of Taittiriya Upanishad



The essence of Taittiriya Upanishad is given in these talks. Each word of the mantra is not explained. Only the essential ideas are explaine…

Illaram



This talk guides us towards a purposeful family life. It shows how family life can be made conducive to achieving our spiritual goal. The en…

Mahavakyam



Mahavakya: This talk deals with four mahavakya's which reveals identity between individual and God. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks…

Advaita Pancharatnam



This text was given by Adi Sankaracharya on Advaita. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website.

Eka Sloki



This sloka, composed by Shankaracharya, explains how atma, the absolute consciousness, alone enlightens everything. It also conveys the esse…

Nava Yogi Samvadham



This text is based on the conversation between the king Nimi and the Nine Sages. This text comes under Bagavathapuranam. Accompanying text c…

Faith



One must have faith (shradhdha) in order to gain self-knowledge. This talk explains in detail this essential quality. The entire collection …

Dakshinamurti Stotram



This stotram is written by Shankaracharya. Vedantic ideas are beautifully revealed in this stotram. These 9 talks explain this stotram in de…

Maneesha Panchakam



Maneesha Panchakam consisting of five slokas was written by Shankaracharya. These 6 talks explain this text in detail. The entire collection…

Talks For Teachers on Teaching



Talks for teachers on teaching. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website.

Ananda Kalipu



This is a vedantic text written by the Tamil saint Thayumanavar. These 18 talks explain this text in detail. Accompanying text for Ananda Ka…

Mundaka with Bashyam



The commentaries written by Shankaracharya are called Bhashyam. Word by word explanation of the Mundaka Upanishad Bhashyam is given in these…

Thavam



Swamiji's talk on austerity during Maha Shivarathri. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website.

Essence of Isavasya Upanishad



This Upanishad reveals how we are one with God and advocates renunciation as a means to protect this knowledge. The essence of this text is …

Essence of Karika



These talks give the summary of Gaudapadacharya's Karika. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website.

Vakya Vritti



This text written by Shankaracharya explains the meaning of the Mahavakya "Tat tvam asi". The 15 talks explain, in detail, the ver…

Kasi Panchakam



Kasi Panchakam is a text consisting of 5 slokas supposed to be written by Sankaracharya. In these 5 verses Sankaracharya brings out the core…

Dakshinamurti Prayer



This talk explains in detail the Vedantic significance of a verse sung in praise of Lord Dakshinamurthy. The entire collection of Swamiji's …

Guru Poornima



Rishi Veda Vyasa was born on this auspicious day. Guru Poornima is celebrated as a mark of respect to Vyasacharya and to the entire guru par…

Maaya Panchakam



The Maaya Panchakam Vedantic Text explains Maaya in 5 slokas. Accompanying text for Maaya Panchakam is available for download. The entire co…

Sishtacharam



Sishtachara means conduct of a wise man, which is a means for knowledge about morality. This talk explains briefly about Sishtacharam. The e…

Sivaratri



This talk explains the significance of Sivaratri. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website.

Yati Panchakam



This text describes the greatness of a liberated person. These 3 classes explain in detail, the Yati Panchakam. Accompanying text for Yati P…

Sadhana Chatushtayam



The qualifications that a seeker must possess in order to gain Vedantic knowledge are explained in detail in these 6 talks. The entire colle…

Sanyasa



This talk explains the meaning and significance of Sanyasa. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website…

Moksham



This talk explains the true nature of liberation. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poornalayam website.

Homage To Dayananda Swamiji



This talk is about the life sketch and greatness of Pujya Swami Sri Dayananda Saraswathi.

Essence of Maneesha Panchakam



Maneesha Panchakam consisting of five slokas was written by Shankaracharya. The essence of these slokas is given in this talk. Accompanying …

Talk on Values for Volunteers



Talks Given By Swamiji on values for the volunteers who are doing service. The entire collection of Swamiji's talks is available at the Poor…

Liberation for Whom



These 6 talks give the true meaning of the word Liberation and tell us who can really seek and attain liberation. The entire collection of S…

Sadhana Panchakam



This text is attributed to Shankaracharya. All the sadhanas to be practiced by a spiritual seeker, from beginning to end, are mentioned step…