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.