Deepavali: Awaken Your Inner Light

In Sanatana Dharma, every facet of life is seamlessly integrated with festivity and celebration. Apart from saturating our minds with fun and gaiety, rituals and festivals also serve as reminders for the ultimate objective of human life which is Self-Realization.

Deepavali is one of the grandest festival of Hindus, celebrated in many ways across India. The term Deepavali means cluster of lights and hence celebration of Deepavali is marked by illumination everywhere. Symbolically, lighting of lamps signifies dawn of knowledge which destroys ignorance in an individual culminating in Enlightenment.

The talk aims to bring out the significance of Deepavali from the point of view of Vedanta.

PŪRVAMĪMĀṂSĀ: RITUALS, HERMENEUTICS AND EXEGESIS

Pūrvamīmāṃsā is often discussed as a “reasoned investigation of the earliest portions of the Veda”, a “science of interpreting sentences” and a “scholastic tradition dedicated to the study of the language of the Veda.” Yet, it is often dismissed as sterile, mechanistic, dogmatic ritualism; it is criticized as a rigid, narrow-minded system whose contribution to Indian philosophy is, at best, marginal. Consequently, the pūrvamīmāṃsā is the most understudied and underrepresented system of the ṣaḍ-darśana-s.

As an exegetical tradition, its discussions concerning the theory of sound and language, in light of the resurgence of the problem of hermeneutics and language, have been explored to a considerable extent; but they have been emphasized at the expense of the study of the system as a whole, and the ritual context within which these rules are made intelligible has been side-lined.

Therefore, a discussion of the Mīmāṃsā enquiry within the context of Jaimini’s central concern of dharma and rituals is necessary.

SPIRITUAL RETREAT

2-day Residential

SPIRITUAL RETREAT

Self Exploration Through Vedanta

Vedanta essentially is an attempt to understand reality. It may sound insulting to any right thinking person who has not been exposed to Vedanta. One will ask, ‘are we not leading real life?’ Nobody in their right mind will live a life which is not real in his/her understanding. Nevertheless, the Shastras speak of the world as transient and eternal reality as being distinct from it.

This retreat will focus on a meaningful exploration of this with the guidance of Shastras- which promises knowledge which is anadhigatam phalavat arthabodhakatvam- fruitful and not found elsewhere.

The Details of the Retreat are as follows:

Date & timings: Starts on the evening of Friday, October 14, 2022, 5pm and concludes on Sunday, October 16, 2022, 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.6000/-

*Avail Early Bird discount offer: Rs.5,000/- for registration before 10th October, 2022. (Limited seats only)

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

Definitions of Brahman

Brahman – the ultimate reality – is revealed through two types of definitions; namely, svarūpa-lakṣaṇam and taṭastha-lakṣaṇam. While the second one emphasizes the presence of Brahman as the source of the universe with all its diversities, the first definition presents the innate nature of Brahman as the non-dual substance. The talks are aimed at understanding the logic underpinning the definitions and unfolding their significance in conveying the vision of Advaita.

Namasankeerthanam & Divine Weddings

Nama Japam or Nama Sankeertanam is the japa or sankirtana of nama (name) of the divine. The devotee chooses Ishta devata literally “cherished divinity” and picks up a name of the Ishta deva to repeatedly chant the name vocally or in the mind any time, anywhere. Devotees can form a group and do sankeertanam or singing together of name of the divinity. Namasankeerthanam is simplest and very effective way of worship in Kaliyuga.

An important aspect of Namasankeerthanam is the Devotional festivity (Utsava Sampradaya) under which one celebrates Divine Weddings of the deities such as Radha Kalayanam, Sita Kalayanam, Andal Kalyanam, Tulasi Vivaha, etc.

In this talk, Kumbakonam Ananthanarayana Bhagavathar will shed light on both Nama-Sankeerthanam and the celebration of divine weddings.

Spirituality Simplified

Spirituality simplified is an overview of spiritual principles in the Life of a Seeker. The 2-part talk series brings the wisdom of Vedanta to seekers in a simple and relatable way through metaphors and analogies. This talk series aims to emphasize the synergy of vision and action for inner transformation.

How do these both lead to our inner transformation? Find out this and more by joining us!

Spirituality Simplified

Spirituality simplified is an overview of spiritual principles in the Life of a Seeker. The 2-part talk series brings the wisdom of Vedanta to seekers in a simple and relatable way through metaphors and analogies. This talk series aims to emphasize the synergy of vision and action for inner transformation.

How do these both lead to our inner transformation? Find out this and more by joining us!

Weekend with Wisdom: Essential Grammar to Study Sanskrit Texts

‘Abhinvavaiyakarana’ or the modern grammarian course has been designed under the guidance of the stalwart scholar of our times BrahmaSri Mani Dravid Sastrigal. The purpose is to introduce students to essential elements of the grammar of the sanskrit language so that they can read, analyse and understand texts. It would take nothing more than a few hours to understand the structure of the language so that you can start reading the texts in original. In this presentation, the attempt will be made to introduce all the essential concepts of grammar. Of course, it will take a lot of practice to internalise the concepts and build the required fluency. That is a life long journey and a good student should study under a teacher to crystallise the concepts of vyakarana sastra.

Sri Rama Gita from Tulasi Ramayana

Sri Rama Gita is a beautiful portion from Aranyakanda of Sri Ramacharitamanas of Sant Tulasidasji. This is a dialogue between Sri Rama and Lakshmana. Lakshmana ask the following five questions to Sri Rama:
What is Jnana?
What is Vairagya?
What is Maya?
What is Bhakti?
What is the difference between Jiva and Ishwara?
Bhagavan Sri Rama replies answering all these questions briefly.

The Details of the Retreat are as follows:

Date & timings: Starts on the evening of Friday, Sept 16, 2022, 5pm and concludes on Sunday, Sept 18, 2022, 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.6000/-

*Avail Early Bird discount offer: Rs.5,000/- for registration before 31st August, 2022. (Limited seats only)

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