The knowledge of Vedanta is Eternal. It is the knowledge of life and living. With this knowledge, one gains clarity of thought, purity of mind and productivity in action. In the final calling, Vedanta helps one identify with the innermost core of one’s being, the divine Self, the source of eternal bliss.
A Vedanta Retreat is normally organized away from the hustle and bustle of city-life, for a period of upto 3 days. A specific text from the Vedanta philosophy forms the focus of the retreat, matched with a carefully planned schedule conducive to study, reflection and personal development.
Benefits of a Retreat:
- Dedicated time for study, away from routine household and professional demands.
- Greater engagement with the teacher and experience-sharing with co-saadhaks to enable better questioning and examination of the subject matter.
- A daily schedule curated to address different aspects of personality development.
Participants follow a set agenda which starts early morning, interspersed with several enriching activities and rest. The activities include lectures, self-study, yoga, group discussions, bhajans, and occasional sight-seeing. Food is vegetarian and high in nutritive value.
Some of the topics of study are chapters from the Bhagavad Gita, the Works of Adi Shankaracharya, etc
Retreats have been held in places such as Mt. Abu, Goa, Jaipur and Matheran.
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COURSES IN UNIVERSITIES
The Vedanta Wisdom Trust collaborates with universities or colleges to educate students to make them life-ready. This may be in the form of courses in their core curriculum or as an elective.
Education lays the foundation for a productive life. It pertains to both academic knowledge as well as life skills. Whereas prestigious universities the world over address the former need, the latter is seldom touched upon. It is Life-skill education that helps one work effectively and efficiently, think clearly, manage personal relationships, feel fulfilled, etc.
The pedagogy for this education is: classroom lectures, audio visual content, group discussions, experiential activities, virtual learning, and multi-disciplinary inputs.
Some courses offered under it are: Practical Education from the Bhagavad Gita, Life Skills from Vedanta, Vedanta: The original Work-Life Balance, A course based on the book – The Fall of the Human Intellect.
Short courses have fixed number of sessions. They cover a single topic. It may be in an online or offline format.
Some Short Courses offered in the past.
- Bhagavad Gita in 20 Sessions An overview of the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, devoting approximately one session per chapter.
- How Do You Know What You Know? in 12 Sessions An overview of the book How Do You Know What You Know? by Dr. Janki Santoke with an introductory session followed by 12 sessions. Watch Video
- Vedanta: Basic Course
A Vedanta Workshop is generally a hands-on session in which participants explore a particular topic. It may involve assignments or activities given to participants. It is usually for half a day.
Past Workshops have been on such topics such as: Swadharma and The Three Gunas.
The Swadharma Workshop was organized with the objective of helping participants get an insight into their nature or Swadharma. Knowing it is the first step towards progressive living. Be it in a career or outside it
The Three Guna Workshop explored the nature of the three gunas talked of in the Bhagavad Gita. Participants were introduced to their characteristics and their impact on their lives.
Public lectures are delivered on a subject of general interest. They may be in an online or offline format. These lectures are usually for an hour. They are free and open to the general public.
A few past public lectures:
- “DESTINY AND FREE WILL”. The talk addresses questions like: Are our lives pre-determined? Or do we determine them? Does the past play a part? Are humans free agents or pawns in the hands of fate?
- “IDEAL TEACHER, IDEAL STUDENT”. This talk brings out the qualities of an ideal student and ideal teacher, as described in the Bhagavad Gita. It also covers how a student finds an ideal teacher
- WORK FROM HOME (WFH) & Creating Harmonious Homes with the Bhagavad Gita. This talk addresses the rise in discord within the family, especially marital, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It asks: can we live harmoniously as couples, as families? In fact, can we turn this WFH compulsion from “We Fight @ Home” to “We Found Harmony”?
- Talk on “How Do You Know What You Know?”. The talk brings out the main themes in the book How Do You Know What You Know? written by Dr Janki Santoke. The book explores how one can write a better script for the story of one’s life, irrespective of the past.
Corporate programs are organized for senior management. They bring the sublime knowledge of Vedanta to the boardroom helping executives achieve success without stress.
Corporate life throws up many challenges. Vedanta corporate programs help executives address them by building clarity of thought. Vedantic knowledge sharpens the intellect.
The programs include, Success without Stress through Self-management, Decreased Time, Increased Results, Re-set Perception, Off-set Stress.
The courses can be a half-day seminar, 16 sessions held weekly, fortnightly or monthly, outbound retreats or personalized coaching.
A celebrity interview involves a person of eminence, in discussion with Dr. Janki Santoke. This juxtaposes the expertise of the person and Vedanta.
Vedanta Philosophy with Dr. Janki Santoke based on her new book - How Do You Know What You Know?
Shri Gurcharan Das (Chair) : Author, Former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, & Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning)
Shri R Gopalakrishnan (Moderator) : Formerly, Executive Director of Tata Sons & Vice Chairman of Tata Motors
Dr. Janki Santoke: Vedanta Scholar & Author of the Book
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Vedantic Texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta Treatise, How Do You Know What You Know? are studied in depth in the weekly sessions. Each book is studied systematically verse-wise or paragraph-wise to thoroughly understand the import of the text and its application to life. All sessions are open to all and is free of charge.
How Do You Know What You Know
Fridays : 7pm – 8pm IST
Saturdays : 10:30 am – 11:30am IST
Sundays : 10:30 am – 11:30am IST
The original texts of Vedanta are in Sanskrit. Knowing Sanskrit allows a better access to them. These sessions teach the basics of Sanskrit to students and are open to all. Currently there are three batches running.
Sanskrit Basic Level
Thursdays – 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Sanskrit Intermediate Level
Mondays – 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sanskrit Advanced Level
Fridays – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Group Discussions (GD) are held to train participants in the art of proper listening, thinking, waiting and self-discipline.
The GD is run in two stages – a Small GD & a Big GD. The Small GD has of 4-5 persons. One person’s question is selected by the
group. The group then follows a strict procedure to help find an answer to it. The procedure ensures that question is clearly
formulated, discussed and (hopefully) answered. The Small GD is followed by a Big GD, where all Small GD groups come together.
Here, Dr. Janki Santoke hears all the questions and answers and gives her insights on them.
Q. What is Group Discussion? Why is it important? How do you do it?
Q. Why do we need motivation to be on the path towards Self Realization?
Q. The Study of Vedanta is making me more judgemental rather than broader in my outlook, by giving me a superiority complex.
Karma or action done for a higher cause is the greatest purifier. By doing karma, the mind achieves a conducive state for better
comprehension of the philosophy. Vedanta Wisdom Trust offers many avenues for karma or volunteer work. If you are
interested in doing karma, connect with 7900062851. All kinds of service are valuable for the cause.