Vedic Wisdom

Enrich your life with Vedic Wisdom

Upcoming Program: 14 Jan. - 10 Feb. 2015
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.

     

  • 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.

    Click Here to get a detailed description of the Upanayanam given by Swami Purnachaitanya.

    Vedic Mantras (Sandhya Vandanam)

    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.

    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.

    Sessions on Applied Ayurveda

    Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing that has been in practice for thousands of years in India. The Ayurvedic approach to health and freedom from disease is very different from modern medicine. Everything is made up of five elements. Health is a state of harmony in these elements and disease occurs when there is imbalance among them. The goal of treatment then is merely to restore balance. Since the approach and treatment is completely natural, it has no side effects. It is holistic, regarding the mind and the body as part of each other and not separate. In this program, you will be given an overview of Ayurveda and also practical Ayurvedic tips to keep the body and mind healthy.

    Jyotish (Astrology)

    The world runs on the principle of cause and effect. Very often we can see the relationship between the two but sometimes they seem unrelated, like a butterfly flapping its wings and causing cyclone on the other side of the world. Similarly, our life is affected by many influences. The moon due to its movements causes high and low tides in the water in the ocean. Our body is also made up largely of water and the moon exerts an influence on our body and mind as well. In Jyotish, we identify the influences that different planets have on various aspects of our life. Just like when we are driving a car, a warning on the radio about a traffic jam ahead helps us take the right turns and avoid roadblocks, Jyotish helps us find a direction to move in life and identify the time to act or to wait.

    Timeless & Ancient Wisdom

    India is the oldest civilization in the world with a phenomenal depth of knowledge about various aspects of life. Here, science and spirituality have always been together. It was the same rishis who discovered the subtle secrets of meditation who also discovered principles of medicine, astronomy, music and arts, mathematics, geometry and architecture, metallurgy, even economics and many other fields. The Vedas are actually the oldest known research papers available in the world on various subjects. This ancient Vedic knowledge enriches human life and is as relevant today as it has ever been.

    Padaytras (Blessings and Field trip)

    During the Vedic Wisdom Program you will have the opportunity to go on a padayatra, ('Pada' means food, and 'Yatra' means journey) which literally translated to a journey by food. In ancients days the sages and saints in India used to reach out to villages and and towns to share the vedic knowledge and bring happiness and blessings to people in need.

    We will offer padayatrapackages, of various durations, and to different locations, near and further away from Bangalore Ashram. The meaning of Padayatra is beautifully explained by Swami Purnachaitanya in his blog.

  • 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.

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