1. Vedanta in one’s emotional life (Talk at Vedic Wisdom Festival, Mumbai 2018)
Through the story of a little wave in the Indian ocean Swamini Brahmaprajnananda spoke about three stages of relating to the mind in the light of Vedanta and focusing on 5 areas of emotional growth, the first stage being – ‘My mind is a problem’, giving way to the second stage – ‘My mind is an inner instrument(antah karana) and I learn to use it well for my pursuits’ which gives way to the third stage – ‘I am free from the mind and its many conditions.’
2. Indian psychology is incomplete without Dharma and Ishvara – Paper presentation by Swamini Brahmaprajnananda
The Swadeshi Indology Conference – 4 on Mind Sciences at Delhi University was held in March 2018. In her paper presentation, Swamini Brahmaprajnananda talks about how psychology as practiced in India formally is largely drawn from Western frameworks and not appropriate for a country that still does not have a sacred-secular divide. For Indian psychology to truly serve the people and complete, the frameworks need to include Dharma and Ishvara.
3. Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Dayananda ‘s contribution to the Vedanta sampradaya – Paper presentation by Swamini Brahmaprajananda
In the Conference on Oneness organised by Indic Academy and Chinmaya Vishvavidyapeeth held in Kochi in October 2019, there was an appropriate sub theme – Contribution of contemporary gurus. Any conference devoted to Advaita Vedanta would be incomplete without acknowledging the contribution of Swami Chinmayananda ji and Swamini Dayananda ji.
Swamini Brahmaprajnananda presented highlights of their teaching pedagogies as well as mentioned their programmes to revive Sanatana dharma.
4. Advaitic kritis composed by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji – Paper presentation by Sonali Ambasankar
In the Conference on Oneness organized by Indic Academy and Chinmaya Vishvavidyapeeth, Kochi (Oct 2019), Sonali Ambasankar presented a paper on the above subject under the sub theme – Advaita Vedanta through classical music.
Her conference paper dwells and delves into how devotees (aartah, arthaarthi, jignyasyu or jnaani) can effortlessly connect and resonate with all the 19 kritis composed by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji. Through the melody and the lyrics, each type of devotee is validated as her heart expands in devotion to Ishvara (Vighnaraja, Someshvara, Sri Dakshinamurti, Madhura Meenakshi, Devi Jnaneshwari etc)
5. Self Realisation – Knowledge or Experience (Talk at World Yoga Festival, UK, 2019)
Pointing to Ashtanga Yoga as a largely experiential paradigm, different from Vedanta, the talk points to the unchanging self, which is not the result of any experience including samadhi. This is an edited transcription.
6. Discovering Love (Talk at World Yoga Festival, UK, 2019)
Drawing from the Upanishadic dialogue between Sage Yajnavalkya and his wife, Maitreyi, this talk explores the nature of love and the pleased self in us that it evokes. We look at how we express and receive our love differently and express the same as our dharma in all our relationships. This is an edited transcription.
7. Meditation and the Meditator (Talk at World Yoga Festival, UK, 2019)
Swamini Brahmaprajnananda takes the participants on a meditative journey while highlighting the different types of meditation. Drawing from the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and Yoga sutras, she highlights the classical definition of Dhyanam and emphasises the need to surface the meditator and his immutable nature. This is an edited transcription.
11. How to be calm and focused when fear and anxiety overwhelm us?
The recent crisis facing the world has left many anxious and fearful. What perspective can Vedanta offer us to deal with this difficult time? An interactive session was held online and this is an edited transcription of the same.
13. Acceptance I and II by Swamini Brahmaprajnananda
The two part talk series on Acceptance was organised by the World Yoga Festival, UK in response to dealing with the Covid – 19 pandemic. It was conducted online for participants across the world in March 2020.