Prabhavananda begins Blessed Are the Pure in Heart by
stating, "In this Beatitude, Christ gives the central truth
of all religions."
substance, the two talks are related in that they both derive
from biblical quotes, yet their themes are developed from a
Vedantic point of view.
Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
Prabhavananda had great reverence for the Sermon on the
Mount and chose this particular Beatitude as his subject
for this special film. In 1975, sound films required
professional equipment. This talk was not a live
lecture. Rather it was staged to be professionally
filmed. It is the best quality sound movie of Swami
Prabhavananda known to us.
Be Still and Know That I Am God
the other hand, Be Still and Know That I Am God
(Psalm 46:10) is the film of a Sunday lecture. It is a
more in-depth treatment of the theme, a
"how-to" delivered to a live audience.
Interestingly, the concept of purity, a central theme in
Blessed Are the Pure in Heart, is also addressed
in Be Still, but the perspective is different.
Prabhavananda was the founding head of the Vedanta Society of
Southern California until his passing in 1976. His books on
Indian philosophy and religion continue to inspire readers
recommend as a companion to this DVD the book Sermon on
the Mount According to Vedanta and the audio of the classes
upon which the book is based available from Vedanta Press,
Recording © 1975 Vedanta Society of Southern California