The Broken Tusk is the author website of Daniel McKenzie who writes in the context of Advaita Vedanta, an ancient and venerable wisdom tradition that is a proven means for understanding the nature of our experience. Dan's writing includes books and essays on various topics related to Vedanta and modern life. His influences include James Swartz, Swami Dayananda and Swami Paramarthananda.

A little about Vedanta...


Vedanta isn't a religion or a philosophy, and even "spirituality" doesn't quite fit it. Vedanta is an objective analysis of our experience that is indifferent to historical, cultural or personal opinion. The word "Vedanta" signifies both the knowledge found at the end of the Vedas (Upanishad) as well as the knowledge that ends the quest for knowledge. The knowledge that Vedanta teaches is special because it is the knowledge which, once known, renders everything else as good as known. Vedanta's premise is that only through knowledge, not experience, can one free themself from beliefs that keep them in the dark regarding their true nature.


Some refer to Vedanta as the science of consciousness or "Self-knowledge" because it uses impeccable logic to reveal the nature of consciousness. Like all great disciplines, Vedanta belongs to no one entity and uses a proven methodology for arriving at the truth. However, its goal isn't so much to show the truth, as to eliminate that which obscures the truth.

Vedanta's teaching is timeless and is just as applicable today as it has been for thousands of years. While the teachings by themselves can appear obtuse, with proper guidance, a desire to know and a little grace, one can arrive all the way to liberation (moksha). 

For more about Vedanta, please refer to the essays section.