When one seeks truth intensively and constantly one loses all one's attachments and attains freedom/liberty (moksha).
Gods, ambitions, beliefs, wishes, plans, resolutions, meditations, yoga, freedom, liberty, strategies, tactics, missions, objectives, justice-quest, vows, promises, desires, needs, faith, hopes, anticipations, expectations, rules, regulations, dharma (duties and righteous actions), actions (karma) and life itself (that is survival) are attachments that generate turmoil in the mind to makes one stressed so that one loses one's peace of mind, calmness and equanimity; which are all erased when one attains truth. Only by relinquishing these attachments does one become liberated within this lifetime. And this is desirable because one is no longer concerned about one's fate and destiny either in this life or the imagined afterlife. So moksha is not something that one tries to aspire to, but is a consequence of seeking truth and accommodating oneself in the imminent and prevailing reality through non-attachment. One therefore needs to go by the flow of developments. That is the perfect state of the attainment of advaita.
It comes with the abandonment of intelligence to guide one's actions (karma) and going by truth alone as it descends into the mind for one's moment by moment thoughts that detemine one's chores.
Being your own guru is a very long-term project but it ensures the solid and doubt-free realisation of the nature of the universe.
In Hinduism we revere gurus who have spent a life time investigating the nature of Reality and are there as beacons to guide humanity into a state of mind that is free of ignorance. Ignorance may be bliss to those wishing to live solely materially by the use of their intellect to deal with the uncertainties of Nature but they leave the person suffering stress (dukha in Buddhism).
Advaita is non-dual existence. Advaita can be learnt from gurus but there is nothing more informative to the mind than experiencing advaita through the process of individual investigation and thereby from 'being one's own guru'. It requires a mind that gives up all one's mundane objectives and if one is then lucky enough to have survived until the day that ones quest for liberation is fulfilled, it generates total satisfaction for one's endeavours leading up to the realisation of advaita or non-duality. The final position is Brahman, one is Brahman there is no other. Tat tvam asi. You are that if one gives up ones attachments altogether so there is nothing but Brahman. What is Brahman. It is not God, it is the totality of the universe, the Reality.
I am, however, an brahmoadvaita vedantist (qualified non-dual) practicing Brahmanism who arrived at this position through the investigative process of satya-advaita (truth accommodation) as an administrative tool. The process discovered Brahman-Nature and its wherewithals. My religious philosophy is one of non-attachment to all material and spititual concepts: only truth is the guide. How does one attain truth: by total non-attachment even to truth. Whatever fate one ends up with is the truth, a self-fulfilling prophecy. That is the state of mind of a brahmoadvaita vedantist.
Brahmanism is a religious philosophy because it has Creator God Sri Krishna as the Creator of Brahman-Nature in which three gods exist as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (with their consorts Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati respectively); denoting sattvic, rajasic and tamasic gunas in Nature. Being sattvic (divine) I identify with Brahma and hence Brahmanism is the religious philosophy.
Brahmanism means doing whatever one needs to do to seek knowledge through truth as perfected by developing awareness. It is achieved by focussing the mind in nothing and allowing thoughts to come in for action. This is the meaning of Truth Prevails where one sacrifices ones intellect and relies on truth-awareness as the guide on the basis that truth comes from Brahma; and that truth wins as in Satyamev Jayate.
A Brahmoadvaita vedantist is in contrast to Vishistaadvaita vendantist and I believe that evil people of animals and plants exist who could be described as being Shaivaadvaita vedantists. The latter two are attached to dharma as variously defined. This needs study.
On the other hand Advaitists (non-dual) are strong atheists and are at one ith Brahman-Nature discounting a Creator altogether and are attached to Brahman-Nature in their contemplation that there is nothing other than Brahman-Nature.
WHO CAN BE A BRAHMOADVAITIST? Anyone can be a brahmoadvaitist. All one must do is to pursue truth at all costs, then one will find God through Brahma, who protects all who seek truth and knowledge and assists the person in all his truth discovery work such as giving him or her knowledge of Nature and how to cope with its complexities as one navigates ones path to ones fate and destiny which are always unknown. The process of satya-advaita generates peace of mind and determines one's karma as ones only dharma that is enacted. All you need to do is be pure-hearted and honest with all your dealings and have no attachments to anything.
KARMA AND DHARMA TO A BRAHMOADVAITIST For a brahmoadvaitist who is not attached to concepts like karma and dharma as actions to perpetrate duties and righteous objectives, dharma is what results from ones actions (karma) when one pursues truth. What is truth? Truth is that which descends on the mind when one is totally still in thoughts and therefore not attached to anything whatsoever. The accomplishments that are the result of this process is the product of brahmoadvaitic oneness with Reality. Nothing matters to a brahmoadvaitist. One is aloof. There is no joy, no tears with the turn of events. One may appear hard-hearted to others. That is the only way the brahmoadvaitist knows to learn the truth. It results in perfect actions (karma) and defines dharma.
A brahmoadvaitist can survive against all odds by the process of truth accommodation: that is the perfection of Creation by God Sri Krishna in the construction of Brahman-Nature. A brahmoadvaitist is without fear as nothing fazes him or is important to him. He just has the right tools of truth-acquired karma to guide his moment by moment activities as he navigates Brahman-Nature and survives another moment until his life is snuffed out of him through living the extent to which his genes permit.
Accordingly, I do not take any credit as I do not exist, only Brahma exists in me. I am Brahma and we live in Brahma-Nature that we accommodate into our thoughts and intellect when we discuss Brahmoadvaita. The brahmoadvaitist therefore does not use his or her intellect to guide his actions (karma) but truth alone. It charts the living conditions that is then experienced. Stillness of the mind is bliss and the experience is satchitananda.
Notwithstanding, the transcendental state relinquishes all attachments to concepts that are based on intellectual analyses and lives to truth, which is satya except that the word truth also implies intellectual truths and that is not transcendental. The transcendental truth is Om. For even being a brahmoadvaitist is attachment to a concept that does not identify the truth path. Even consideration of truth paths as a thought or practice is attachment to a concept. So it is also rejected by the transcendentalist.
I am transcendental existence arrived at through the truth process of satya-advaita (truth accommodation) as the yoga employed in the attainment of Realisation.
22 February 2020:
The truth is there is no God or gods for a householder with responsibilities towards himself and his family: all one needs to do is work out what these responsibilities are. To start with one must have as much income as it is possible to get to run the family and deal with needs. I am a 63 year old family man and a householder Hindu who practices the religion of satya-advaita or truth accommodation to survive on this planet Earth.
28 February 2020:
Seek the truth to know the Reality and the truth will set you free. What does freedom mean in this saying: it means simply that the mind is free, not that one is free of one's material commitments that one depends on to continue with life another moment. The mind is consequently still and therefore peaceful: Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. That is the Hindu moksha when one has mastered advaita.
29 February 2020:
In detached advaita one lives in paramarthika level of Realisation in which one takes no actions unless one receives a prompt implicit or explicit. There is no life in vyvaharika for this advaitist to perform actions as karma or dharma, as they live in paramarthika level of Realisation in which one takes no actions unless one receives a prompt implicit or explicit.
But that is not how I live my life. There is life for me in vyvaharika for the advaitist to perform actions as karma or dharma. I therefore live in vyavaharika and paramarthika at the same time fulfilling my status as an fully realised advaitist. So I act and acknowledge God and gods accordingly. But as a paramarthika advaitist I keep my contacts with humanity to a minimum necessary for keeping the body healthy and the mind at peace by detached karma.
What is detached karma? It is clear that I cannot terminate my life as that would be against Brahman-Nature created by God for us to live in so that suicidal behaviour is a crime. Further I have a certain minimum dharma towards my family and society that nurtures my existence so must communicate with them and interact in a way that will enable me to live to my full genetic potential in life. So paramarthika existence does not mean that one hastens death. Life has to end naturally to be an advaitist.
7 March 2020 Update:
I am a Transcendentalist who knows that there is nothing in existence. All perceptions and experiences in vyaharika level of reality are an illusion. In paramarthika there is nothing to be attached to or attached by: In vyvaharika therefore I act as though there are no attachments to any material or spiritual entities or concepts in which therefore even survival or living is not a consideration. One just exists in life or in death (mind is attached to neither) as part of the Universal Being or Consciousness. Nothing matters because there is nothing in existence, really.
11 March 2020:
Being a transcendentalist is also an attachment because one is practicing something from the focus on 'I' or ego.
The philosophy of satyaadvaita is to take action by judging the imminent reality and accommodating it continuously to establish one's personal path in life, thereby navigating the prevailing reality by creating one's own reality towards one's destination of liberation from the nuances of Brahman-Nature. Brahman-Nature is a material cum spiritual concept and an attachment and therefore not the Ultimate Reality. When there is union of the Self with Reality, that is when atman=Brahman, and nothing other than Brahman exists. That is the Ultimate Reality.
So what is Brahman? It is not Consciousness for that is a material concept. Brahman is the Hindu word for Self.
What is liberation? It is detached existence. All that exists is Brahman. Liberty and freedom and liberation are all material and a spiritual concepts that are negated in Advaita. Do not rest until this goal is attained, of total detachment from life.
This is not the philosophy of nothingness. Brahman is not nothing, it is something. The Self. Tat Tavam Asi. Thou art That.
There are no truths to explore as I am an advaitist. I do not exist. All that exists is Brahman as physical energy; atman is that: itself, yourself, myself, herself, himself are all Self as physical energy. Vyvaharika is an illusion: I am detached from this reality by ignoring it's significance while navigating Brahman-Nature continuously to chart my truth path to retain my freedom for liberation in vyavaharika. That is swadharma.
So in vyvaharika we are not free and liberated until Brahman-Nature is conquered. Then there is liberation or moksha. This is when truth prevails as in Satyameva Jayate. It comes from the process of satyaadvaita of truth accommodation which requires hypersensitivity to one's environment for complete awareness.
13 March 2020:
We are jivas composed of a body and mind as a unit of being individually. But essentially we are atman embodied in a living entity to be known as jivatman. The way to realise this is to let go ones desires and attachments to all material and spiritual beliefs and ideas so that we lose our ego, the I. The I is the body and mind and is known as the self. When the self disappears through the practice of yoga gradually during life, all one is left with is the atman. The purpose of existence is to seek one's atman because atman is Brahman, the imperishable Entity of the universe. When atman is Brahman, one is totally non-dual in one's existence and one is then an Advatin. One can therefore be known as a mahatman (a jivatman) like Mahatma Gandhi is known to us. For such Advaitin, the Doer is the atman, not the jiva. So essentially when Brahman takes the form of a living being, it is embodying itself in living creatures.
14 March 2020:
For an advaitin, atman=Brahman; but in the final analysis one should not be attached to the life of an advaitin with this realisation either. So who am I? I am Om (Hindu terminology). What is Om? Om is Truth, that is to say, one becomes totally and utterly detached from reality.
Spirit is something Real: it appears to me that Hindus call this Om and It manifests Itself in truth-accommodation (satya-advaita). I accept everything that the ethers throw at me. I am ethereal: spiritual. Period.
18 March 2020:
Whether the self transcends the material gunas (properties and characteristics of the individual) or an indwelling Spirit acts upon the self are one and the same thing in advaita.