The Vedanta religion focuses on ultimate reality. Not only does it lead aspirants to transcendental consciousness beyond normal sense and mental awareness it leads beyond the transcendental into pure spirit or absolute knowledge.

Many people think of the Vedanta religion as a form of Hinduism. Others consider Vedanta an intellectual kind of yoga.

I visited Swami Swahananda, the Director of the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Hollywood, who greeted us serenely in full-length orange robes and shawl. As he welcomed me and my assistant, spiritual light shone from his eyes and face. In fact, he literally glowed. In his sixties, he was a vigorous man with very short gray hair. Like many religious leaders, he spoke softly. "Come in, please."





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