What Is the Transformed Life?
To be truly awake, to have abundant energy and happiness that come with knowing who you are—that is the promise of Advaita. Many people refer to it as the transformed life.
Advaita is a refined, practical philosophy. It offers truths that can be validated in experience, and provides techniques that can train the mind and help you to know yourself as you are. Everything you learn in the context of studying Advaita is practiced and put to good use.
Your journey to a transformed life can begin with meditation. In Advaita, meditation is not for the purpose of stress reduction alone, although this is a valuable byproduct. Rather, it is meant to strengthen inner-directed attention. With practice, you gain the ability to calm the mind and increase your focus. Meditation leads you to where you can find your authentic self.
The efforts made in classes and on retreats make the philosophy come alive. Many students get their first taste of the transformed life during retreats, which combine meditation, discussion and volunteer service. They develop an unshakable knowledge of the nature of reality.
The transformed life is truly a good life—where you live and make choices confidently, on your own terms. In achieving this level of clarity, you begin to think, work and love at the highest level.