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

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 can one free themselves from the 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 country or 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 it.

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 obtain freedom (moksha).