What is Vedanism?
If you’ve spent any amount of time trying to deal with the inevitable frustrations and challenges that life throws at you, you’ll know that most schools of thought on how to live a great life have serious limitations.
They either only treat the surface level symptoms of your dissatisfying life, lack the detailed instructions on how to implement their great ideas and transition from your current state to their described wonderland of fun and candy, or their use of complex jargon and intricate rituals make the ideology difficult to get into in the first place.
So what’s the point of these ideas if they don’t give you real solutions or you can’t use them??
If the steps don’t treat the real issues, you can’t understand the steps in the first place, and / or can’t get them to work once you do, how much better are they going to make your life?
I know this because I went through most of them. I’ve been through the introduction nights, read the books, sat and chanted with the best of them, and still got nowhere.
My life still sucked and all that I’d managed to get out of my journey was a healthy distrust of anyone who claimed to have any kind of answer.
So, I decided to find my own answers. I started asking all the dumb questions that no-one had been able to answer. Questions like:
“How can repressing or ignoring my desires ever lead to a sense of fulfilment?”
“How can acting more like you ever help me discover who I really am?”
“How can following your rules help me live with more integrity when one of my values is living by my own rules?”
So I started at the start, took a good, long hard look at my life, and dove in head first.
After years of trial and error (mostly error), I came up with what I believe is the simplest, most rewarding, and the most practical way of living a fulfilling and satisfying life. I called it Vedanism.
So what is Vedanism? (Pronounced: vae-dn-ism)
Vedanism is simple, straight-forward, and empowering life philosophy that gives you real solutions to your everyday challenges without prohibitive spiritual jargon or complex rituals.
It’s a tool you can use to live a fulfilling, rewarding, exciting life where you get everything you’ve ever wanted, regardless of how the world responds to you.
Where does the name come from?
The name Vedanism comes from the Sanskrit word: Vedanã. Wikipedia defines it as: Vedanā (Sanskrit; Pali) is a Buddhist term traditionally translated as either “feeling” or “sensation.”
The reason these ideas have been created under the heading of Vedanism is that as you’ll find as you work your way through the 4 foundation articles, the focus of Vedanism is on your experience of life.
This was the most appropriate word in any language to name this philosophy after.
What can Vedanism do for you?
The short way to answer this question is to say: “You know that part of your life that’s frustrating or empty or you feel stuck in without being able to find a way out? Yeah, Vedanism will give you the tools to change that.”
The long answer is that it can help you eliminate:
– Lack of direction
– Paralysing fear
…And any other aliment that might you be facing.
To help fill the void left by the absence of all these issues, you’ll also develop:
– A feeling of power and control over your life
– Deep and real connections with the people surrounding you
– The freedom to be yourself despite what people might think
– A deep sense of fulfilment and satisfaction from your daily life
– A knack for finding and creating rich and exciting moments
Sound too good to be true? It can sound that way. And in one way it is, but in another way it’s VERY far from that.
It is too good to be true because…
…it will help you deal with every big of dissatisfaction you have in your life. The reason it’s so effective at dealing with whatever you’re facing is that you aren’t facing 5 / 10 / 15 different problems. All your problems actually come from the same core issue.
The reason you’re frustrated is the same reason you feel alone and indecisive.
The reason you feel angry is the same reason you feel powerless and insecure.
Everything is connected. Nothing is isolated. And by dealing with the common cause of all of them, you can eliminate them all at once.
But it’s DEFINITELY NOT too good to be true…
…because it won’t magically make your issues vanish. It will take hard work, dedication, commitment, and time to make real and long lasting changes to your life.
Yes, you can have small wins in a matter of minutes and even bigger wins in a matter of hours, but you’ve spent the last 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 years developing the habits at the core of your suffering, it’s going to take more than an hour to develop new habits.
How do you start getting results?
It’s simple. You just need to start applying the three principles of Vedanism to the challenges, barriers, and problems you run into as you live your life.
Those three principles are (click on each principle to get a detailed overview and simple exercises ):
Principle 1: The pursuit of life isn’t objects, actions, or outcomes, but experience
Principle 2: As the core pursuit is to experience, the motivation behind ALL decisions, actions, and non-actions is the pursuit of your desired experience at that point in time
Principle 3: Every barrier you experience in life is not caused by the experience you desire, but by the decisions, actions, and non-actions you take in pursuit of the desired experience
Meet Juan. Juan lives in Sydney and after spending his life making his way up the corporate ladder to a financially comfortable position, he notices a feeling of emptiness in his life.
- It’s got nothing to do with his friendships – he’s got a good group of friends he sees regularly.
- It’s got nothing to do with his love life – he’s been with his fiancee for 4 years now and they’re planning the wedding.
- It’s got nothing to do with his work – he’s been told that he’s in line for a promotion any time now.
- It’s got nothing to do with his free time – he’s quite active and social.
But it’s there… This nagging sense that something isn’t right.
So, what do you do when things just don’t feel right? You buy a Ferrari.
Juan does a lot of research online, finds a second hand ‘bargain of a lifetime’ and spends $150,000 on the car of his dreams, despite his fiancee’s protests that they can’t afford it.
At first, things feel great. When he goes cruising down the street, people stare. The guys in the office all want to go for a ride and the senior partner has even asked him about it. He spends the next month riding high before the same old feeling comes back again.
It’s there, lingering in the background.
He wonders “Why won’t this go away? I have everything that I’m supposed to have yet it just doesn’t feel right…”
The answer is simple: because he has an ineffective way of experiencing what he desires.
You see, for Juan to feel happy, fulfilled, and satisfied through his latest purchase, the problem that he was facing in his life would have had to have been a lack of Ferrari’s. If he’d been suffering from a lack of Ferrari’s, then buying a Ferrari would have been the perfect solution.
But he wasn’t. So it wasn’t.
The real problem that Juan was facing was deeper than that. The problem that Juan was facing wasn’t that he lacked a Ferrari, it was that despite the fact he’s got a good group of friends and is soon to be married, he still feels lonely and wants to form real connections with people (Principle 1: the pursuit of life is experience).
Why? It’s got nothing to do with the amount of people in his life. He feels lonely because his mechanism for feeling connection is to fill his life with as many people as possible. It’s not to open up, to share, to listen, and to connect. It’s to fill as much of his time with as many different people.
This is why he has such a big group of mates, this is why he does so many activities with so many different people, this is why he got engaged, this is even why he bought the Ferrari – to surround himself with more and more people to try and fill that nagging hole of loneliness (Principle 2: the motivation behind ALL decisions, actions, and non-actions is the pursuit of your desired experience at that point in time).
Instead of building deep and real connections with people, he tried to build more and more surface level connections.
This can work some of the time but ultimately, due to the fact that all his connections are shallow and surface level rather than deep and meaningful, he eventually feels empty and alone.
Juan’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t have enough people in his life or that he lacks a Ferrari, it’s that he feels lonely, wants to feel connected, and he has an ineffective mechanism for experiencing connection (Principle 3: Every barrier you experience in life is not caused by the experience you desire, but by the decisions, actions, and non-actions you take in pursuit of the desired experience).
For Juan to find a real and long term solution, he doesn’t need to buy more Ferrari’s or get more friends, he needs to develop a more effective way of connecting with people.
If you’ve got a challenge that you’re dying to solve…
You can do one of two things:
- If you want to get a deeper understanding of the Three Principles before you jump in head first, start by reading through Principle 1: The Pursuit of Life
- If you’re ready to just get in and start working on your challenges, jump straight to 5 Simple Steps for a Fulfilling and Rewarding Life