Vedic Wisdom

Enrich your life with Vedic Wisdom

Upcoming Program: 5 Oct. - 1 Nov. 2014
Venue: International Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

Bangalore Ashram invites you to spend four weeks in scenic environs chanting Vedic mantras and learning the ancient sacred ceremonies. The Vedic Wisdom program offers you a unique opportunity to be reborn in the spiritual world towards a higher knowledge of the self.

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  • You can apply for Vedic Wisdom Program by filling in the Form below. After one of our Swami's have approved your application we will send you a Confirmation email so you can book your tickets. The actual contribution will be made on the spot at Bangalore Ashram. Online transfer is unfortunately not possible.

     

    If you require any assistance in your applications or registration, kindly send an email to internationalevents@vvmvp.org, or call to +91 867262802.

     

    Application Deadline:
    You can send in your application until 10th of September midnight (11th September - 00:00 AM Indian Standard Time) - All Applications received after this time will no longer be processed.

     

  • Upanayanam Samskara

    Upanayana also called the ‘sacred thread ceremony’ is a ceremony traditionally performed to mark the point at which children or adults began their formal education in the Vedic tradition.
    Upanayana is traditionally seen as getting a new birth in the spiritual world towards the higher knowledge of the Self. It is an initiation process to learning the sacred chants and mantras according to the Vedic tradition. Upanayanam ceremony is complete with the wearing of the Yajnopavitam (Sacred Thread) on the body.
    For more information on the Upanayanam Samskara Click here You can get a detailed description of the Upanayanam given by Swamiji Purnachaitanya.

    Vedic Mantra

    Learning to chant Vedic Mantras is one of the core points of the Vedic Wisdom programme. What are Mantras?
    Mantras – Sound vibrations that permeate every cell of your being and allow your mind to dissolve and repose.
    In Sanskrit, it is said, Manana trayate iti mantra.Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from your worries.
    The meaning of every mantra is infinity. It is a sound vibration beyond the cognition of the mind. When the mind is unable to cognize, it simply dissolves and moves into a meditative space.

    Yagnas

    The word yagna is derived from the Sanskrit verb yaj, which has a three-fold meaning: worship of divinity (devapujana), unity (sangatikarana) and charity (dana). The philosophy of yagna teaches a way of living in the society in harmony and a lifestyle which promotes and protects higher human values in the society. In the Vedic tradition yagnas are essential for the refinement of human life from a shudra (i.e. a person living a life driven by animal instincts) to a divine, great personality.

    Pooja

    That which is born from ‘purnata’ (fullness) is pooja...‘Dawning out of Fullness.’ When your heart is full, you express your gratitude to the Divine through pooja. In the Vedic Wisdom Program, you will learn to perform the ancient spiritual practice of Sandhya Vandanam - a beautiful amalgamation of yoga, pranayam, meditation and Vedic chantings. Vedic scriptures have given great importance to sandyavandanam.

    Sadhana

    Apart from daily chantings and Vedic spiritual practices, you will be given guided group sadhana in the pristine environs of Bangalore Ashram, which has a very profound effect on the consciousness.

    Special Knowledge Sessions

    Learn more about the Vedic knowledge and its relevance and practical use in today’s modern world and science.

  • Be a Seva warrior!

    Get to know how to keep work and life balance. Skillfully combine seva and family life. During your stay in India you will enjoy a lot of seva opportunities outside the Ashram helping the local villagers and children in schools run by Art of Living Foundation.

    Purify Yourself

    The program starts with sacred Vedic Ceremony called Upanayan Samskara. It prepares you to receive the highest knowledge by purifying your mind and body of past impressions. There is no need to take your karma further on. Leave all your burdens behind you and enjoy a new birth into spiritual path.
    Most of the program you will be busy with chanting vedic mantras plus performing yagna and puja. These are the most powerful tools to clean our system and make us pure, it makes us become innocent like a child and allows us to contact our true nature, The Self.

    Inner and Outer Strength

    During your stay you will experience many long and soothing yoga sessions to make your body and mind strong and vibrant.
    Everyday you will enjoy fresh healthy food cooked according to ayurvedic recipes.
    In your free time you may also enjoy ayurvedic doctor consultations and ayurvedic treatments to balance and cure the body.

    Unite with the Master

    Vedic scriptures specify many means of spiritual development. However “Upanishad” – seating close to the Master is considered to be the highest way. The Grace of the Master transforms information into wisdom and experience into knowledge.

  • Q: What are Mantras?

    Mantras – Sound vibrations that permeate every cell of your being and allow your mind to dissolve and repose. In Sanskrit, it is said, “Manana trayate iti mantra”. Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from your worries. The meaning of every mantra is infinity. It is a sound vibration beyond the cognition of the mind. When the mind is unable to cognize, it simply dissolves and moves into a meditative space.

    Q: What is the importance of chanting Mantras?

    When we chant the mantras, or listen to them, we get purity of mind and word. This prepares us for meditation. As a result of the sound vibrations, different patterns of the mind re-arrange themselves to become tranquil.
    Repetition of the Mantras creates a psychological or mental response that is very deep and beyond the realm of words or expression. It can only be experienced.
    When the mind is calm and centered, it can turn inward. Only a mind turned inward can experience the vastness and beauty of the Divine consciousness.

    Q: Who can participate in this program?

    Participants should have done at least one advance meditation program / Part 2 program.The program is for participants from all countries outside India. This program is open for all – both male and female participants.Personal recommendation of an Art of Living Teacher/Art of Living Board Member is required. Participants should be between 18 to 50 years of age. Participants should not consume alcohol,drugs,non-vegetarian food (including eggs) and should not smoke.

    Q: How long is the program?

    The program would be for 4 weeks.

    Q: What will the weather be in Bangalore during my stay?

    In November and December the temperatures are in the range of 15 to 20° C. It is raining quite often - please bring your umbrella with you and some warm clothes.

    Q: Do I need to know Sanskrit or English language to participate in the program?

    It is not required. You will be guided on vedic mantras pronunciation and meaning by the teachers. Since the program is meant for many participants from all countries, translators from English to your local language will be with your group during the whole stay. Please check with your local coordinator.

    Q: Do I need to follow celibacy in order to participate?

    No, married people are most welcomed. You can even bring your family with you to India, they can stay in the Ashram - there is no need to miss your dear ones. :)

    Q: Do I need to shave my hair to participate in the program?

    No it is not necessary. If you wish you can keep your wonderful hair cut :). Some people decide to shave the hair because it is traditional way to celebrate a new birth to spiritual life.