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Evidence of Reincarnation? The Kusana Bodhisattva, 4th or 5th century

I'm Scott Teitsworth, and my wife's and my house contains the Portland Gurukula, dedicated to spiritual and psychological harmonization and liberation. We hold weekly classes in Vedantic science, produce a biannual magazine, and are the repository for stacks of unique and fascinating books written by the Gurus.

If I had to describe myself, I’d say I’m a midwife to the birth of wisdom. Some births are easy and some are very difficult, but everyone has the opportunity for parturition at one time or another. It’s nice to have an assistant standing by, particularly one who has some knowledge and experience of the birth process and its complications. I offer my services freely, for you to partake of as you see fit.

You can read a little about my discipleship here:

Gee You Are You

Me In A Pensive Mood At Home

Here's a bit of orientation for the accidental visitor:

The "Big Picture" background can be gotten from the introduction to That Alone: The Core of Wisdom, found on the Book Introductions page. It briefly chronicles the wisdom of Narayana Guru and its explication by two of his admirers, Nataraja Guru and Nitya Chaitanya Yati. The three Gurus have brought the cream of ancient Indian philosophy up to date, rendering it not only accessible to the modern mind but a delight to imbibe.
I readily agree that most writing on Vedanta is among the dullest on earth. These folks are an exception. Let me offer a quote from Nataraja Guru, from his commentary on verse 46 of Chapter VI of the Bhagavad Gita:

"Mere tapas (austerity) as it is known in the field of Indian spirituality, is a severe form of joyless self-discipline. The jnani is a wise man who might at best belong to the Samkhya (rationalist) or Nyaya (logical) philosophical schools, whose life is based on reasoning which generally ends up with sophistications and academic discussions, by themselves dry as dust. Likewise the ritualist tends to become ego-centered and harshly exclusive. Yoga generally understood is both a way of thinking and a way of life. The yogi is a dialectician who harmonizes old in terms of new and vice-versa, and is capable of giving fresh life to arguments which otherwise would be dead or stale. The breeze of a fresh life enlivens the ways of a yogi."

By focusing on quandaries and dilemmas as actually encountered by real human beings, and providing a uniquely scientific framework of understanding, the Gurus impart the blissful relief of actual and broadband problem solving.

This website consists entirely of my writings, though offering access to the Gurus' books. The categories are:

Book Introductions:

Taken together, the book introductions found on this website are a good way to learn about the wisdom of Narayana Guru's family, often called the Narayana Gurukula. A sensible sequence would be: That Alone, Darsanamala, Love and Blessings, Unitive Philosophy and lastly Saundarya Lahari.

Bhagavad Gita:

Nataraja Guru and Nitya were among many other things unexcelled commentators on the Bhagavad Gita. My Gita commentary is an ongoing compilation of insights drawn from them, as well as inspiration from teaching the work myself on numerous occasions. The stuff on the Gita is quite helpful and well worth a perusal. Some key teachings are explained and a number of misconceptions dispelled. Since there are already thousands of Gita commentaries in existence, I realize there is no point in adding another to the pile. But many of the ideas you'll find here are unique to this school of thought, and serve to make the great work shine all the brighter. My commentary is a work in progress, so you may or may not find a particular verse commented on. Feel free to email me questions or complaints.

Nataraja Guru's commentary on the Gita was a breakthrough work, a quantum leap in the field, and I owe many of my ideas to him. The present year 2006 marks the 36th year of my apprenticeship to the Bhagavad Gita, most of that time under Guru Nitya's tutelage.

Class Notes:

Busy Americans are frequently absent from class. To fill in what they missed, several years ago I began to write a summary of the class content, under the spectacularly boring title of class notes. These have come to be an expected part of the process. Some of the notes, combining as they do the subject matter with people's comments and questions, are quite fascinating, and an excellent study guide for anyone reading the works we're studying. For now there's a Gita set completed, and Darsanamala is unfolding. We have one class per week here at the Portland Gurukula, the notes for which I'll occasionally add to the website. Currently, a small group of fine folk from many corners of the world receive the notes "hot off the press." Anyone impatient to be in on the weekly emailings can contact me to sign on via the address at the bottom of the page.

Magazine Articles:

The Portland Gurukula currently puts out Gurukulam Magazine twice a year. A smattering of my articles may be found on the Magazine Articles page. They are mostly lighter in tone and nearly bite-sized. Contact me about subscriptions, as well as books for sale.

I hope you find the ideas stimulating, and am happy to hear from you. This is after all the age of the electronic ashram. Aum.

Scott Teitsworth