Welcome. This is the author website of Daniel McKenzie who writes in the context of Vedanta, a venerable wisdom tradition that is a proven means of knowledge for understanding the nature of experience. A little about Vedanta...it's not 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 means "the knowledge that ends the quest for knowledge." It's premise is that only through knowledge, not experience, can one free themselves 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. Vedanta's teaching is timeless and is just as applicable today as it was several thousands of years ago.
The Wisdom Teachings
of the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita (“The Song of God“) is one of the world’s most revered spiritual works due to its narrative approach, dispensing of practical guidance, and synthesis of non-dual wisdom teachings. However, the Bhagavad Gita is much more than an exemplar of ancient Hindu scripture, it’s a gift to humanity in the same way a comprehensive 700-verse compendium on modern medicine would be. It is the essence of the Vedas, an expounder of knowledge and a remedy for human sorrow. In The Wisdom Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the author takes a cue from traditional Advaita Vedanta to provide commentary on the Gita in a way that helps unlock the teaching in clear, modern and practical terms. As a result, the reader is offered the original intent and utility of the Gita as a guide for living a life free of suffering.
An Exploration of the Hidden Forces that Shape and Bind Us
In eastern spiritual and religious traditions, samsara is often used to describe worldly existence, the cycle of birth and death, or the transmigration of the soul from one incarnation to the next. But the concept of samsara is actually much broader and includes psychology, universal laws of nature, life’s illusory quality, and even the question of free will. In Samsara - An Exploration of the Hidden Forces that Shape and Bind Us, the author takes a look at the various aspects of samsara that influence our everyday experience and dares to ask, is life a setup? And if so, does it purposely push us toward the truth?
The Broken Tusk
This is not a book about Vedanta—a venerable wisdom tradition that has enlightened thousands of people over centuries based on empirical and impeccable logic—it’s a book seen through Vedanta. These essays are the outcome of absorbing the teachings and observing life through a different lens. This is where what we've learned is applied to everyday life, whether that means contemplating impersonal forces that seemingly thwart our every desire to be happy, or finding samsara at a mega warehouse shopping club. This is where the rubber meets the road.