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Vedanta camp
by Swami Brahmavidananda and Swamini Brahmaprajnananda
19th– 25th February 2023

Rishikesh

To learn Vedanta on the banks of the Ganga where many seekers and sadhus have done sadhana and gained self-knowledge is a blessing. To return to Pujya Swami Dayananda ji’s adhishthanam and seek his grace is a double blessing.

Dates for the Vedanta camp – 19th – 25th February 2023

The camp will begin on 20 th February, Monday at 9 am and will conclude on 24 th February,

Friday 21.00/9 pm.

Participants are expected to arrive on 19 th February at the venue after 14.00/2 pm and can depart by noon on 25 th February, Saturday.

Topic and Eligibility:

The classes will unfold the vision of Vedanta and will include sessions to enhance the preparedness or adhikaritvam of a student. The camp will include meditation in the classes. The texts to be taught in the camp will be provided to you or you will be requested, in advance, to bring the text with you.  

Adults keen on self-knowledge and committed to participate in the entire camp are eligible for this and will benefit the most. If your children are accompanying you, kindly make arrangements for them in the room.

Location and accommodation:

We will stay at Ma Katyayani Mandir (Jnana Kartar Ashram) and AvadootwadaGarbadaaseya Ashram also known as Pathiji’s ashram. Both are less than a minute’s walking distance from our Swami Dayananda Ashram, PuraniJhadi, Rishikesh.

Accommodation is on twin sharing basis and in some cases on triple sharing basis. While our stay will be in these ashrams, classes will be in one of them – Ma Katyayani Mandir. All three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be served at our Swami Dayananda Ashram which is about a minute’s walking distance. 

Donation – Rs 5000 per head ( includes stay and food for all days)

The donation to the ashrams includes your stay and three vegetarian meals on all days.

In case anyone is not able to afford the suggested donation, kindly write to us at vedantacamps@gmail.com, for us to look for sponsorship.    

Since this is an ashram and not a hotel, kindly carry items of personal use. Blankets and linen are supplied by the Ashram. The time of our camp coincides with the end of winter and hence the maximum temperature is likely to be 24 degrees Celsius with day temperatures in the range of 14 – 24 degrees. The minimum temperature in the night drops to 9 degrees Celsius which will be only after 1 am when you are tucked away in your blankets. Please carry woolens and thermals accordingly.

The following items may be useful during your stay:

      • Woolens
      • Towels
      • Flashlight (Torch)
      • Insect repellent
      • Medicines for personal use
      • Chappals (Sandals)

Optional The details of contributing to bhiksha at Swami Dayananda Ashram are here.

Daily Schedule:

5.30 – 6.45 am

Puja at the temple

12.40 -1.30 pm

Lunch

7.00-7.30 am

Japa by the Ganga

3.00 pm

Tea

7.40 – 8.30 am

Breakfast

3.45 – 5 pm

Class

9.00 – 10.00 am

Class

5 – 6 pm

Free time

10.15 – 11.15

Class

6 – 7 pm

Evening Aarati at temple

11.30-12.30 pm

Class

7.15 – 7.45 pm

Dinner

  

8 – 9 pm

Satsang

    
    
    

Transport:

The travel to Rishikesh and travel by road to the ashram is to be arranged by the participants. Taxis charge around Rs.800 to 1000  for a ride to the Ashram from the airport or from Haridwar railway station. You can also request for a taxi through Request a vehicle.

 Registration:

To ensure your place in the camp, register soon by sending an email to vedantacamps@gmail.com with the following details:

Name,

Age,

City

Phone numbers, Phone number of next of kin

Arrival date and time

Departure date and time.

Donation transaction number 

For Indian transfers only

Please transfer the amount of Rs 5000 via netbanking to Aarsha Vidya Foundation’,

SB:000401143148,

IFSC – ICIC0000004.

or cheque in the name of ‘Aarsha Vidya Foundation’.

For international transfers

For participants from overseas, please transfer 70 USD to additionally account for Paypal fees https://paypal.me/SwaminiB

The last date for registration is 1st February 2023.

Refunds and cancellations-

In the event of your cancellation, the amount will be non-refundable but considered towards your participation in the next camp.

For further queries kindly write to us at vedantacamps@gmail.com

 

Gita Amrtam Course

A life of connection and oneness through Self mastery and Self discovery

The Bhagavad Gita reveals the vision that you are amrtam (not subject to death) and the joyful way of living to see the vision. The Gita is Amrtam because it is a complete teaching of the sweet essence of the Vedas. Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya reminds us that to ‘the one who has studied the Bhagavad Gita even a little, there is no discussion with Yama, the Lord of Death.’(Bhaja Govindam – 20). Such is its glory! 

 

Stotram Chanting

To be able to pray is a huge privilege. And all of us (irrespective of our gender, class, nationality differences) have been blessed with this privilege to pray.

A prayer is centred on a self conscious and self-judging person relating to an altar. The mode employed by the person praying is never the same – it differs from person to person. Even for a given person it differs from time to time. A prayer can be a simple mental or oral chant or a strict elaborate vedic ritual. 

There are three different forms of karma, action, in prayer: kāyikam, physical, vācika, oral and mānasam, mental. Performing a ritual is a physical form of prayer. Singing praises of Bhagavān is an oral form of a prayer while chanting a mantra silently is a mental prayer. 

 

Puja

The What, Why and How of it 

 Why of Puja? 

All of us have a very important and fundamental relationship whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we like it or not, and that relationship is with Iśvara, the Lord. In this relationship, one may be an agnostic, an atheist, a believer or a devotee, but related, one is.  

 Puja is one of the most beautiful ways to invoke the devotee in oneself and establish a relationship with Iśvara, the Lord. Puja is called Kāyikam karma, an action involving one’s limbs. It also includes speech and mental action in the form of chanting and thinking of the Lord.