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Dialogues from the Brhadāranyaka Upanishad: A Spiritual Retreat

The word “Upanishad” means that which eliminates all that is most undesirable in one’s life — namely fear and sorrow — and leads the spiritual aspirant to the knowledge of oneself as pūrṇa, whole and free of strife and limitations. The teaching in the Upanishad is always presented in the form of a special dialogue between the guru and the śiṣya known as saṃvāda, where the student listens to the teacher with utmost reverence.

The Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upanishad is one of the most important of the texts in the genre of Hindu spiritual literature. It is a treatise on Ātman and includes many interesting narratives enunciating various aspects of Vedānta philosophy.

In this 5-days retreat being organized by Indica Moksha, the participants will study in depth the Yājñavalkya-Maitreyi Sāmvāda- a special dialogue between the celebrated sages Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi, which expounds the truth of the self as limitlessly whole and joyous. Presented within the larger backdrop of āśrama-dharma (duties at various stages in one’s life), this timeless dialogue highlights important facets of love, Dāmpatya (marriage), and gr̥hastha-āshrama (stage of the householder), and how in the Hindu scheme of life the purpose of marriage and married life is conceived as a preparation for self-knowledge (ātmajñāna) and renunciation (sannyāsa).

Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati has taught at several universities, including UC Berkeley. She is widely recognized as a scholar of Advaita Vedanta, and is a disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayanandaji Saraswati, an internationally known Acharya of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, interfaith leader, and scholastic author of Vedanta. An erudite scholar, Swamini-ji addresses contemporary challenges facing the world, from global warming to religious/social unrest, in her unfolding of the Upanishads, the foundational spiritual texts of the Hindu tradition.

Date: July 31 to August 4, 2019

Venue: Cauvery Kanya Gurukulam, Bommuru Agrahara village, Near Pashchima Vahini Circle, Palahalli Post, Belagola Hobli, Srirangapatna Taluk, Mandya district , Karnataka – 571606, INDIA

Registration Fees: Rs. 7500/-
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Only Limited Seats are available.

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