August 22 @ 8:00 pm - August 29 @ 8:00 pm UTC-5
This is a phrase that occurs in the eighth chapter of the Chandogya Upaniṣad, revealing the self as free of all omissions and commissions. Indra, the king of the devas, and Virocana, the king of the asuras both approach Lord Prajāpati for self-knowledge. Through this story, the Upaniṣad expounds the nature of the ātman, the self, as akartṛ and abhoktṛ — neither an agent nor a recipient of action. Only when one understands that one is unaffected by the results of action, can one discover oneself as free of fear and sorrow. In this week-long retreat, we will study excerpts from the eighth chapter of the Chandogya Upaniṣad with the help of Śrī Ādi Śaṅkaracarya’s bhāṣya, commentary.
Gurustava is a section on the praise of the guru in Sri Narahari’s Bodhasāra, a highly eminent and profound work on Vedanta. Sri Narahari is a scholar of Vedanta and a poet par excellence. His dextrous handling of Vedanta and mastery of the Sanskrit language enable one to joyfully assimilate the vision of the self as whole and free. From the Bodhasāra, we will study the section on the salience of the guru for seekers of self knowledge self knowledge, and the qualities that one can cultivate to be an ideal student of Vedanta