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Announcing the start of a comprehensive online course of Vedanta based on Mandukya Karika. (Starting Sept 30th)
Sat 8.30-10.00 am – Mandukya Upanisad with Karika. (NEW COURSE Starting on Sept 30th, Intro on Sept 23)
Class Videos, Class Texts, Class Transcripts
Register by sending email to email@example.com (give your background)
All classes of the course will be live streamed online on the AVC YouTube channel, and also available for later viewing. Classes will be held on Saturdays, from 8:30 to 10 AM, PST. We will have a course introduction live on YouTube on Sat, Sept 23. The first class will commence on Sat, Sept 30.
As many of you know, Arsha Vidya Center conducted classes on this topic 5 years ago. I consider them as one step toward deeper understanding. This time, we will do a more detailed and advanced inquiry. My own recent studies have yielded increased clarity, with the help of transcribed discourses from Swami Akhandanandaji.
Tuesday 8.00pm to 9.30pm – Shiva Sankalpa Sukta (Sept 19th onwards)
The importance of the hymn Shiva Sankalpa Sukta is revealed by its presence in several Upanisads. It is also called an Upanisad by itself. We will follow the version with 6 verses from the Shukla Yajurveda. One can find several talks on it by different Swamis, Swami Pratyagbodhanandaji, Swami Tejomayanandaji among others. There is a text in Hindi by Swami Akhandanandaji in 108 pages, which I found to be clearly revealing and insightful. I intend to take a short set of classes (10-12?) based on this text. The 6 verses have Vedic svaras (intonations) that make it convenient to commit to memory and chant often to steady the mind. (We will chant online to practice)
There are two files on our gdrive from where you can print the verses. One has the 6 verses in Devanagari with English sentence meaning. The second has svaras, but without meaning. Also, I found a version on the internet that has given word meanings as well. Go to the link mahadeo.foundation/a-garland-of-prayers/shiva-sankalpam-sukta/ If there are other references to it from the net, please share.
I hope you can join me as we explore the beautiful thoughts revealed as we discuss them in a class. Harih Om. Vijay
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A) Sept 4th, AVC Talk, 7pm to 8.30pm -completed
Title: Self-Knowledge in Day to Day Life
This addressed the connections between self-knowledge and everyday life. How does the person of self-knowledge (jñānī) negotiate the everyday world? How does one who has kicked duality in the face due to the complete assimilation of the knowledge that one is non-separate from Brahman, the cause of the Universe, continue to live in that duality?
B) Sept 8th, Google Talk 11am to noon -completed
Topic: Women and the Hindu Tradition
Recorded video talks can be accessed at Playlist
Sanskrit Classes and Resources
Knowing sanskrit is beneficial in deeper understanding, assimilating and remembering of Vedanta teachings. There are several resources for learning.
Kumud Singhal has taught Sanskrit in the local Bay Area for several years. See this page for the extensive details, about learning the language, and various resources available. She has published some excellent and enjoyable books.
Self Study Satsang Groups
Participating in self study satsang groups is a good way to stay immersed in the Vedanta language. Groups can be formed per your experiences or locations.
a) Swami Parmarthatnanda has suggested a sylable of classes to study in a particular order See this chart. The PDFs of the Upanisads are located here.
You may download an Android App called “Sastraprakasika” and purchase the digital audios, either for self study or group study.
b) Contact Kumar Padmini to enquire about joining a BGita study group.
Children’s Classes and Resources
a) AVBG is offering children’s classes at 8 levels, Register Now
The Arsha Vidya Bala-gurukulam (AVBG) Vedic Heritage program for 2022-23 is greatly appreciated by all. The program attracted hundreds of students from far and wide, all of whom graduated under the guidance of highly dedicated and experienced teachers. I am pleased to announce that registration for 2023-24 has started.The link is https://balagurukulam.
There are eight levels for children between 6th and 17th years. You or your friends with children in this age group can benefit from this opportunity if they are interested in the Vedic Heritage program.
From: Suddhatma Chaitanya and the BalaGurukulam Team
b) Kumud Singhal has taught children on Hinduism, Culture and Tradition for several years. See this page for extensive details. She has published several very popular, colorful and enjoyable books (available on Amazon) on Hindu Culture and learning Hindi for children. These are highly recommended.
AIM for Seva – Fulfilling and Beneficial Seva opportunities for AVC students
Transforming Rural India, One Child at a Time
Danam – Giving is twice blessed, it blesses the one who gives and the one who receives
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AVG Arsha Vidya Gurukulam newsletters and online Talks
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Schedule of events. Live broadcast and archived courses link ; Course audio recordings can be purchased at this new AVP media site,
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Pujya Swami Dayananda
Please see this page for more details about Pujya Swamiji, founder of Arsha Vidya and AIM for Seva organisations, and his Audio / Video recordings
Arsha Vidya Swamis followed by Bay Area students
Chanting and mantras
Ten Important Shanti Mantras from Upanishads
Other important Vedanta mantras Here
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