Vedānta is a body of teaching found at the end of the Vedas, a large body of texts originating in ancient India. It forms one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Vedānta asserts that one’s true nature is completeness and limitlessness. Swami Dayananda’s book is a short introduction to this teaching, showing how man’s struggle to overcome limitations fails from a misunderstanding of the fundamental problem itself. The philosophical relationship between Vedanta and Yoga is complex, but both schools of thought are rooted in the Vedas and so share many aspects.
Ashtanga Yoga is often viewed as a very physical practice but it has grown from this deep Eastern philosophical foundation. As you practice, investigate, explore, the physical Ashtanga Yoga practice opens up and reveals far more. Swami Dayananda’s book is a great way to start understanding what may be the fundamental problem we’re all trying to solve.