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Online Vedanta Retreat with Swamini Svatmavidyanandaji

August 17 @ 8:00 am - August 27 @ 9:00 am

Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg Presents an Online Vedanta Retreat, August 17-27, 2020 with Swamini Svatmavidyanandaji


A Dialogue from the Bṛhadāraṇyaka-Upaniṣad with selected verses from Sri Suresvaracharya’s vārtika Daily 8-9 am and 8-9 pm Eastern US

The Yajnavalkya-Maitreyi dialogue is a shining jewel in the crown of self-knowledge. As Sage Yajnavalkya prepares to leave for the forest to pursue a life of renunciation, he has to reckon with his wife, Maitreyi, who requests instruction in self-knowledge, and in whom he finds a fitting
candidate for brahmavidyā. The dialogue that follows is an instructive teacher-student interchange that is timelessly pertinent for all seekers. Acharya Suresvara has written a delightful commentary in verse for this Upanishad, which we will selectively study to illumine our understanding so that the knowledge gained is free of all doubts, vagueness, or errors.

Doṣaparihārāṣṭakam by Acharya Sridhara ‘Ayyaval’ Daily 4:00-5:15 pm Eastern the US Time

The doṣa-parihāra-aṣṭakam is a 300-year-old Sanskrit composition of the scholar-saint of Tanjavur, Sri Sridhara Venkateshacharya ‘Ayyaval’. The word “doṣa” means a defect, and “parihāra” means removal. In this aṣṭaka, octet, presented creatively as a conversation with Lord Shiva, Ayyaval invokes the Lord’s grace to rid himself of the habit of constantly complaining about situations and finding faults in others. He concludes that this tendency poses a great hindrance to sarvātmabhāva, the blessing of the vision of oneness. As long as one is finding fault in others and
trying to “fix” them, one can never fully assimilate the truth of oneself as Īśvara. This text is a hidden gem in the treasure-chest of Vedanta, whose luminescence is a guiding light for all earnest seekers of self-knowledge.


August 17 @ 8:00 am
August 27 @ 9:00 am
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651 Route 115
Saylorsburg, PA 18353 United States