Q&A session lead by Swami Sarvapriyananda as part of a spiritual retreat at the Vedanta Society of New York on May 5th, 2019. List of Questions with Timestamps: 0:36 - Difference between the ego and the witness. Is consciousness a creation of the brain. 24:34 - Difference between the views that the universe never existed vs the universe is brahman. If we are one consciousness, why do we react differently in different circumstances. 39:18 - If I do not “exist”, how do I approach the demands of the world. 47:18 - How is it possible to attain God while living in the world? How do I choose a guru? Is enlightenment possible without mantra diksha?
56:47 - Distinguishing between vairagya (dispassion) and tamas (darkness). How to practice non-injury but still protect ourself? 1:08:20 - Are your tendencies from past life part of a bigger purpose in the universe? 1:19:40 - What is Advaita Vedanta’s standpoint on karmic liability that leads to rebirth? 1:27:05 - Difference between Jnanindriyan and Buddhindriyan. 1:32:00 - Do Sat, Chit, and Ananda refer to the same thing?