Vedanta Sutra is absolutely fascinating, and one day I hope to present the whole text. For now, however, I can at least present the first dozen sutras.
So now we must inquire about our origin…
…the origin of all things.
Where to find Answers
The authoritative texts are the mother [of the answers to these questions]…
tat tu samanvayāt
…but only when considered with all intellect.
We cannot see the answer in the texts alone, but also we cannot see the answer without the sacred texts.
We cannot comprehend the qualities of the soul simply by hearing the word “soul”…
…But by determined effort we can be enlightened by such words and instructions.
And so we are never told to abandon them.
[These answers are] self-attained; yet not entirely…
…are identical to their goal…
…and are assisted by hearing the sacred texts.
What is the Origin?
Repeatedly we are told: it is bliss itself.