Vedanta represents the philosophical portion
of the ancient scriptures of India, the Vedas.
Specifically, it refers to the final portion
of the Vedic literature, the Upanishads, but
it also includes the Bhagavad Gita, the great
Epics of India, as well as the Puranas,
and many other texts, hymns, and writings.
The basic teaching concerns the ultimate
identity of the individual soul with the
Supreme Soul. The goal of Vedanta is for
the seeker to have the direct experience
of his or her True Nature, and it is held
that each and every one of us is qualified
to have that highest illumination, if we are
willing to put forth sincere and intense effort.