The Secret Wisdom Of Dakshinamurthy Stotram

Attributed to the sage Adi Shankaracharya, Dakshinamurthi Stotram is revered text that is celebrated for its complex and profound verses that delve into the core principles of non-duality. In this talk, Dr. Rajeev Kurapati offers an in-depth analysis, taking the audience beyond the surface to uncover the rich layers of meaning hidden in the original Sanskrit. Listeners will be guided through the intricate symbolism, metaphors, and philosophical nuances that form the essence of each verse, opening a pathway to a deeper comprehension of the timeless wisdom encapsulated in this sacred scripture.

विज्ञान भैरव तन्त्र : Exploring The Divinity Within (Hindi Talk)

Vigyana Bhairava Tantra is a Shaiva Tantra of the Kaula Trika tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. It is framed as a discourse between Bhairava and Bhairavi in 163 Sanskrit stanzas where Bhairava reveals the essence of how to realize the true nature of reality. Towards this end, Bhairava instructs briefly 112 Tantric meditation methods in very compressed form.

In this 2-part talk, Dr. Omkar Aradhi will give an introduction and an overview of the teachings of the text.

Morning Session : 10:00AM to 12:00Noon

Evening Session : 03:00PM to 05:00PM

Symposium On Svāmī Vidyāraṇya’s Singular Contributions To Bhāratīya Jñāna Paraṃparā

अविद्यारण्यकान्तारे भ्रमतां प्राणिनां सदा ।
विद्यामार्गोपदेष्टारं विद्यारण्यगुरुं श्रये ॥

To souls that wander in utter dismay in the dense woods of mental ignorance, He shows the path of true wisdom; Homage to the great Saint Vidyaranya.

Swami Vidyaranya, also called as Madhavacharya, was a great spiritual master and a civilization builder, who not only protected Hindu civilization at a critical juncture by laying the foundation of the great Vijayanagara Empire, but also made unparalleled contributions to Bharatiya Jnana Parampara.

Swami Vidyaranya’s literary contributions comprise works on Vyakarana, Mimamsa, Dharmashastra, Purana, Jyotishya, Mantra Sastra, music, Darsana and Advaita Vedanta.

The more important of them are Sarvadarshana-sangraha, Jaiminiya Nyayamala, Parashara Madhava, Smriti Sangraha, Madhaviya Shankara Vijaya, Vivaranaprameya Sangraha, Panchadasi, Jivanmukti Viveka, Drig Drisya Viveka, Aparokshanubhuti-Tika, and six Upanishad-Dipikas.

He also presided over the Sringeri Sharada Peetham as its 12th Shankaracharya from1374–1380 CE and made immense contribution for the overall flourishing of Sanatana Vaidika Dharma.

This Symposium seeks to explore the wide-ranging scholarship of Swami Vidyaranya and highlight his contributions to Hindu Shaastra Parampara.

##SCHEDULE##
Time Speaker Title of Talk
9.00-9.10 AM Nithin Sridhar
Director & Chief Curator, INDICA Moksha
Opening Remarks
9.10-10.00 AM Dr. Gauri Mahulikar
Academic Director, Chinmaya International Foundation
Inaugural Address: Svāmī Vidyāraṇya: an impeccable Vedāntin
10.00-10.30 AM Prof. Penna Madhusudan
Professor of Sanskrit, Dean, Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Maharashtra
Mīmāṃsā through the eyes of Śrī Vidyāraṇya
10.30-11.00 AM Dr. Ganesh Ishwar Bhat
HOD and Professor in Advaita Vedanta Department, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan in Rajiv Gandhi Campus, Sringeri.
Nature of Ānanda as enunciated in Pañcadaśī (Saṃskṛta Talk)
11.00-11.30 AM Dr. Sammodacharya
Traditional Vidwan and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, NAIHS, College of Medicine, Nepal
Svāmī Vidyāraṇya’s Kāla-Mādhava: An inclusive text on Calendar keeping and festivals
11.30 AM-12.00 NOON Dr. Satyan Sharma
Guest Faculty at the Department of Sanskrit, Panjab University
A glimpse into Svāmī Vidyāraṇya’s Parāśara-Mādhava.
12.00-12.30 PM Vidwan V Subramanian
Traditional Vidwan and Retired Banker
A bird’s-eye view of Vāsanākṣaya as presented in Jīvanmuktiviveka (Kannaḍa Talk)
12.30-1.00 PM Vidwan Rajaraman PV
Traditional Vidwan and HOD, Artificial Intelligence Department, Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering and Technology in Kalady
Discerning the Seer and the Seen: Exploring Dṛg-dṛśya-vivekah of Jagadguru Vidyāraṇya
2.00-2.30 PM Dr. Janakisharan  Acharya
Dean – Faculty of Darshan in Shree Somnath Sanskrit University
Svāmī Vidyāraṇya’s philosophical reflections in Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha (Saṃskṛta Talk)
2.30-3.00 PM Dr. Pushkar Deopujari
Assistant Professor in Vedanta, Calicut Adarsha Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Kozhikode, Kerala.
Analysis of Śrāvaṇa-svarūpa based on Svāmī Vidyāraṇya’s Vivaraṇa-prameya-saṃgraha (Saṃskṛta Talk)
3.00-3.30 PM Vidwan Manikandan Iyer
Traditional Vidwan and Financial Crime Specialist
Illustrations and analogies by Svāmī Vidyāraṇya in Pañcadaśī
3.30-4.00 PM Vidwan Shankararama Sharma
Traditional Vidwan and Techno-Linguistic Scholar at Vyoma Linguistic Labs
Svāmī Vidyāraṇya’s Purāṇasāra: Unveiling timeless insights from Purāṇas
4.00-4.20 PM Dr. Nagaraj Paturi
Dean IKS, INDICA
Summary and Closing Remarks
4.20-4.30 PM Nithin Sridhar
Director & Chief Curator, INDICA Moksha
Conclusion and Vote of Thanks

Three Vedantic Perspectives On ISHAVASYA UPANISHAD

The Upanishads are primarily concerned with spiritual knowledge and liberation, and they explore questions about the nature of reality, the self, and the universe. They are known for their profound insights and poetic language, and they have influenced countless thinkers and spiritual seekers over the centuries.

The Upanishads have had a profound impact on Indian culture and thought. They have influenced Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, and they continue to be studied and practiced by millions of people around the world.

The Isavasya Upanishad is one of the most important and influential Upanishads. It is a short text, consisting of only 18 verses, but it is packed with profound wisdom about the nature of reality, the Self, and the ultimate goal of human life.

In this talk, the speaker will address these topics:

  1. A quick overview of Advaita, Visistadvaita and Dvaita bhashyas on the Isavasya Upanishad
  2. Highlights of the differences between these three schools regarding the interpretation of this Upanishad.
  3. Can these three views be reconciled? If so, how?

Understanding Gita & Bhagavata In The Context Of Rasopasana

Rasopasana is a spiritual practice practiced by the Rasik traditions of Brindavan. The use of Rasa in the spiritual practice is started by Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition started in 16th century following the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu which was later taken up by followers of Harivams Mahaprabhu (Radha Vallabha sampradaya) and Swami Haridas (Haridasi sect of Nimbarka Sampradaya). These sampradayas consider Prema (divine love for Sri Krishna) as the parama purushartha and reject Dharma, Artha, Kama and even Moksha as the purusharthas. The followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu considered Bhagavata Purana as the pramana for his teachings and Bhagavadgita as a sopana (ladder) for Bhagavata while proposing Prema purushartha. In fact, they even go beyond Bhagavata itself in their final analysis of the bhav they try to cultivate in their spiritual practice. As is well known, the other vaidik traditions such as Advaitha, vishishtadvaita and dvaita interpret Bhagavadgita and Bhagavata as propounding Moksha Purushartha, though they differ in the idea of Moskha. The lecture tries to understand both the works from the perspective of Rasopasana : what they mean to them.

Morning Session : 24 Dec 2023 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Evening Session : 24 Dec 2023 | 04:00pm to 05:30pm

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

Symposium On “Contributions Of Śrī Vācaspati Miśra To Āstika Darśanas”

Vachaspati Mishra was a prominent Indian Darshanika who is considered to be one of the greatest literary geniuses that India has ever produced. He was a scholar-par-excellence endowed with encyclopedic learning and exposition skill which he employed to compose authoritative expositions on all Astika Darśanas. His name has been deservedly associated with the honorific title “sarvatantrasvatantraḥ” which is a rare honour conferred only upon literary prodigies.

However, very little is known about biographical details of Vachaspati Mishra. He was born into a Maithil Brahmin family of Mimamsakas in Andhra Tharhi, Madhubani, Bihar and probably lived during the 9th century CE. There is some evidence in Bhāmatī that suggest Vācaspati Miśra as being under the patronage of Nṛga, who was a king of generous nature highly famed for his wonderful deeds.

Vachaspati Mishra has contributed several significant works to different Darshanas.

He made two important contributions to Nyaya-Vaisheshika Darshanas, namely:
(1) Nyāyavārtikatātparyaṭīkā- a lucid commentary on the Nyāyavārtika of Udyotakara which refuted the Buddhist objections to Nyaya Darshana.
(2) Nyāyasūcīnibandha- an attempt at restoring the text of the Nyāyasūtras of Gautama in their proper form and sequence, which had been subjected to severe ill-treatment and distortions by the Buddhists.

His contributions to Mimamsa Darshana includes:
(1) Tattvabindu- is an independent treatise on vākyārtha
(2) Nyāyakaṇikā- is a scholarly commentary on the Vidhiviveka of Maṇḍana Miśra which is an exposition on the nature of vidhi.

On Samkhya & Yoga Darshanas, his works include:
(1) Sāṅkhyatattvakaumudī- is a renowned commentary on on Īśvarakṛiṣṇa’s Sāṅkhyakārikā.
(2) Yogatattvavaiśāradī- is a commentary on Vyasa’s commentary on Pātañjalayogasūtras .

Vachaspati Mishra was a Vedantin and as such he has written a number of works on Advaita including his magnum opus titled ‘Bhāmatī’. His significant Vedanta works include:
(1) Bhāmatī- is the most ancient, complete and elaborate available commentary on Śrī Śaṅkara’s Brahmasūtrabhāṣya. With this work, Vachaspati Mishra started the Bhāmatī School of Advaita.
(2) Tattvasamīkṣā- is a commentary on Maṇḍana’s Braḥmasiddhi.

This Symposium seeks to explore the encyclopedic scholarship of Vachaspati Mishra and highlight his contributions to Astika Darshanas.

Works Consulted:
Sasikumar. B. 2017. Contribution of Vachaspati-Mishra to Samkhya System. Wisdom Library.

SCHEDULE

Time Speaker Title of Talk
10.00-10.10 AM Nithin Sridhar
Director & Chief Curator, Indica Moksha
Opening Remarks
10.10-11.00 AM Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati
Acharya of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam based in Eugene, OR
Inaugural Address: Vācaspati Miśra And Advaita Vedānta
11.00-11.30 AM Prof. Bishnupada Mahapatra
Professor & HOD, Department of Nyaya-Vaisheshika, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rastriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, New Delhi
न्यायशास्त्रे आचार्यवाचस्पतिमिश्रस्यावदानम्- Vācaspati Miśra’s Contributions To Nyāya Darśana
11.30 AM-12.00 NOON Dr. Sandeep Kumar Sharma
Traditional Scholar of Nyaya and Vedanta
वाचस्पतिमिश्राणाम् ख्यातिविमर्श:- Vācaspati Miśra’s Insights On Khyātivāda
12.00-12.30 PM Dr. Jammalamadaka Srinivas
Scholar – IKS Courses, Siddhanta Knowledge Foundation
Vācaspati Miśra’s Contributions To Sāṃkhya Darśana
12.30 PM-1.00 PM Vid. Karthik Sharma
Assistant Professor in Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Kochi
सत्कार्यवादव्यवस्थापनम्- Arguments From Sāṃkhyatattvakaumudī To Establish Satkāryavāda
2.00-2.30 PM Dr. Satyanarayanacharya
Senior Linguist Scholar in the Department of Linguistics, Vyoma Linguistic Labs Foundation
अद्वैतवेदान्ते वाचस्पतिमिश्राणां वैशिष्ट्यम्- Preeminence Of Vācaspati Miśra In Advaita Vedānta
2.30-3.00 PM Dr. Pushkar Deopujari
Assistant Professor in Vedanta, Calicut Adarsha Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Kozhikode, Kerala.
भामतीनिबन्धस्य महिमा, गरिमा, गभीरिमा च – Decoding Vācaspati Miśra’s Masterpiece
3.00-3.30 PM Dr. Ganesh Ishwar Bhat
HOD and Professor in Advaita Vedanta Department, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan in Rajiv Gandhi Campus, Sringeri.
जिज्ञासासूत्रभाष्यार्थवर्णने वाचस्पतिमिश्राणां स्वतन्त्रः पन्थाः- Vācaspati Miśra’s Unique Perspective On Jijñāsāsūtra Bhāṣya
3.30-4.00 PM Vid. Kuvalaya Datta
Traditional Scholar of Samaveda & Advaita Vedanta. Teacher of Advaita Vedanta, Datta Peetham, Mysuru.
भामतीग्रन्थानुसारेण भेदाभेदविचारः- Vācaspati Miśra’s Insights On ‘Bhedābheda’ In Bhāmatī
4.00-4.30 PM Vidwan V Krishna Sharma
Traditional Scholar of Samaveda & Advaita Vedanta. Teacher of Samaveda, Datta Peetham, Mysuru.
श्रीवाचस्पतिमिश्रमतानुसारेण शास्त्रयोनित्वाधिकरणम्- Sri Vācaspati Miśra’s Insights On Śāstrayonitva Adhikaraṇam Of Brahmasūtra
5.00-5.30 PM Dr. Tulasi Kumar Joshi
Assistant Professor, Department of Sanskrit, Vasanta College for Women, Rajghat, Varanasi.
Definition Of Yoga: Perspectives From Tattvavaiśāradī
5.30-6.00 PM Pt. Rajeshwar Vishwasshastri Deshmukh Ghodajkar
Traditional Scholar of Nyaya, Purana, and Vedanga. Teaches Nyaya Shastra at Vedanta Vidyapeetha, Sri Dattadevasthan, Ahmednagar.
न्यायकणिकायां विधिविचारः – Vācaspati Miśra’s Reflections On Vidhi In Nyāyakaṇikā
6.00-6.30 PM Dr. Janakisharan Acharya
Dean – Faculty of Darshan in Shree Somnath Sanskrit University
भामतीदृष्ट्या कर्मणाम् उपयोगः- Bhāmatī’s Enunciation On Karma
6.30-7.00 PM Dr M Jayaraman
Professor & Dean, Division of Yoga and Spirituality,
SVYASA Deemed University
Insights On Aṣṭāṅga Yoga From Tattvavaiśāradī Of Vācaspati Miśra
7.00-7.20 PM Dr. Nagaraj Paturi
Dean IKS, INDICA
Summary And Closing Remarks
7.20-7.30 PM Nithin Sridhar
Director & Chief Curator, Indica Moksha
Conclusion And Vote Of Thanks

 

Upadesha Sara Of Ramana Maharshi

2-day Residential Retreat

Upadesha Sara Of Ramana Maharshi

Upadesa Sara

Vedanta is a deep and serious subject and to explain this in simple terms is a difficult task. Through the composition Upadesa Sara, Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi has succeeded in presenting this serious subject in an extremely simple and lucid manner. This is a short text but it contains the highest knowledge. It contains the essence of the Vedantic teaching in a simple and beautiful way. It comprises of 30 short verses. The author talks about all the spiritual Sadhanas in 4 levels in the form of karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Yoga (ashtanga yoga) and jnana yoga. A spiritual seeker has to follow all the 4 yoga compulsorily & systematically and attain spiritual enlightenment. This text will open eyes of even the Grihastha or Brahma Chari to gain a perfect equipoise in one’s worldly life.

The Details of the Retreat are as follows:

Date & timings: Starts on the evening of Friday, January 05, 2024, 5pm and concludes on Sunday, January 07, 2024, 3pm.

Venue: Ritambhara Retreat, No. 69, BMTC Layout, Adjacent to Kammasandra Village, Lakshmipura Hobli.

The Retreat, located just on the outskirts of Bangalore city, is a small beautiful space dedicated to Yoga & spiritual studies and practices in a simple and clean environment adjacent to a farm of its own.

Accommodation: Only shared accommodation will be provided

Food: Simple sattvik food with fresh grown vegetables from the farm

Reaching the Retreat Venue: The venue is about 22 kms from Majestic Bus Stand and is accessible through Magadi Road and Tumkur Road preferably through own vehicles. The retreat center is very close to ‘Kamadhenu Kshetra’ – a highly popular Raghavendra Swamy temple in the last few years. It would take about an hour to reach the retreat venue from the heart of the city. Participants have to make their own arrangements. If any assistance is required Indica Moksha Team will help.

Please Note:

-Precaution and care are being taken keeping in mind the pandemic situation and health advisories. The venue is cleaned and sanitized. Sanitizers and other necessary aids and practices are put in place.
-The participants are mandated to fill and submit the registration form.
-All Participants have to reach the venue by Friday noon as the sessions commence from that evening itself.
-No children below the age of 18 are allowed in the retreat.
-Accommodation would be provided on a sharing basis. No individual rooms.
-No outside food is allowed or available.
-After registration payment link will be shared separately.

Retreat Fee: Rs.8000/-

*Avail Early Bird discount offer: Rs.7,000/- for registration before 25th December, 2023. (Limited seats only)

For more details contact us at +91 7760079475 or email: nithin@advaita-academy.org

Contextual Meaning Of Yoga In Bhagavad Gita

It is a commonly held belief that Bhagavad Gita is easier than the Upanishads. But in reality, Gita is not that easy to understand. In Gita, often, the same word is used in different verses with completely different meaning. We find this happening with important terminologies such as Yajna, Yoga, Samkhya, Jnanam, etc. Therefore, it is rightly said that to understand entire Gita we need to understand verse by verse and to understand each verse we need to have the overall view of Gita.

In this “Weekend With Wisdom”, Swamini Sadvidyananda ji is going to explore the meaning of word “Yoga”, contextually. Though the word is somehow connected to the Yoga by Muni Patanjali, it has completely different connotations in different chapters and verses of the Bhagavad Gita. So let us embark to see it through the eyes of the teaching of Lord Krishna.

Some verses that will be covered will include 2.48, 2.50, 4.1-3, 6.23, 6.33, 6,36, and 6.44-47 from the Bhagavad Gita.

Morning Session : 14 Oct 2023 |11:00AM to 01:00PM

Evening Session : 14 Oct 2023 | 04:00PM to 06:00PM

Introduction To Avadhuta Gita

Avadhuta Gita is an advanced text of Advaita ascribed to Sri Dattatreya. In Avadhuta Gita the author asserts and exclaims the nature of One Self, the only One Reality or Advaita. This assertion is based out of experience Spiritual Enlightenment and not just a theoretical doctrine.

The declarations of One Self encompassing everything assert the Jnana of Advaita Vedanta from a Yogic or Spiritual Perspective. These can be studied in depth and remembered again and again so as to be of immense benefit for those traveling on the path of Jnana Yoga Sadhana towards Self Realization.

Morning Session : 01 Oct 2023 | 08:00AM to 10:00AM 
Evening Session : 01 Oct 2023 | 02:00PM to 04:00PM