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Sat 09 Dec 2023
Sun 10 Dec 2023

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+5.5)

THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS : A Vedānta Perspective

The Upanishads recognize happiness as the one thing that living beings seek in all of their endeavors. They do not look down at the happiness, which we human beings derive from sense objects, power, position etc. They however point out that lasting happiness is from Self-realization only. Everything else is finite and therefore the happiness from any source other than the Self also is bound in time. It is fleeting and is illusory. The happiness of the Self is our true nature. The Vedānta helps us to remove the ignorance that obstructs our seeing the Self. The Vedanta helps us stay in the Self, as the Self.

The two talks will not only give an outline of the philosophy behind this astounding revelation that we are by nature happiness, but also supply practical tips on the necessary practices that help us unveil the radiant Self.

/ raso vai sah /

The truth of your existence is pure bliss.

Taittiriya Upanishad, Valli 2

Dec 09 & 10 | 10:00AM to 11:30 AM


Swami Chidananda

Swami Chidananda is known as a competent teacher of Vedanta and an excellent speaker on various topics of human values, self-knowledge, and self-enquiry. He was drawn to Pujya Swami Chinmayanandaji in 1980, joined the master’s ashram in Mumbai in 1984, and served the Chinmaya Mission for 18 years in India and USA. He taught two Residential Vedanta courses during the time and several of his students of those days are Swamis and Swaminis in different parts of the world.

Shri Ramana Maharshi and Jiddu Krishnamurti had a great impact on this scholar. He spent 10 years at the Krishnamurti Center in Varanasi (2003 – 2013).

Since 2006, he has been heading the FOWAI FORUM, where FOWAI stands for ‘Flame of Who am I?’.

He is the author of several books like The Equanimous Mind, Erase the Ego and Light on Right Living. He has spoken on various texts and more than 500 of his talks can be seen on YouTube at FOWAI.

Over the years he has delivered talks at academic institutions including IIMs, ISB and IITs; addressed audiences on corporate platforms like Microsoft India, Infosys Hyderabad and, in USA, Lucent Technologies. He represented Hinduism at a conference in Italy organized by the Vatican in 2015, during which he also met Pope Francis. Earlier this year, he participated in the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago.

Based in Mumbai since 2022, he is all set to open an ashram called Jnana Shakti, at a village in Maharashtra, less than 3 hours of drive from either Mumbai or Pune.

More details can be found on FOWAI.ORG