Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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1/3/2021 ~ New Years Class ~ Open to All
1/10/2021 ~ Next 8-Session Series Starting on
Yoga is a complete system, as it is designed to balance body, energy and mind, it offers tools for coping in a balanced, stress-free way with life, it shows us ways of understanding ourselves deeply, and it helps us find our center. With a little effort and regular practice, one receives many benefits.
This 8-session course includes both practice of yogic techniques and an introduction to meditation practice. Each class consists of one and a half hours of yoga Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation, and meditation theory and practice, guidance in establishing and deepening one's personal yoga and meditation practice, as well as introduction to various aspects of yoga philosophy and their application in our daily lives.
Whoever you are and whatever is your life-style, incorporating some yoga practice into your daily life can do wonders!
Wednesdays Evenings, 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Starting Date To Be Announced
Yoga asanas and pranayama - for balancing body, energy and mind, stress reduction, increased awareness, and a wonderful preparation for meditation. Step-by-step instruction for beginners.
To register and pay the course fees online, use the PayPal button below.
This will be a beginners class, covering the basics of yoga Asana and Pranayama practice and relaxation techniques, as well as guidance for establishing and refining one's personal practice.
The original and most authoritative teachings of Vedanta are revealed in the Upanishads, which are the latter part of the Vedas, the most ancient spiritual texts known to humanity. The Upanishads reveal the unity of the individual being and the universal presence, declaring that they are one and the same consciousness. Due to lack of inner clarity and the unsteady nature of the mind, we aren't aware of this basic fact and identify ourselves with situations and various notions. These in turn sow the seed for ups and downs, pain, suffering and disappointment.
Vedanta claims that one of the most misunderstood words in our language is "I". We take its meaning for granted without any analysis. Many other phenomena are thoroughly analyzed by us, such as atoms, stars, politics, etc., but we don't inquire into the inquirer itself. Different Vedantic methodologies are prescribed for discerning who it is experiencing the world through this body-mind-sense complex. Just as a map is necessary for reaching a destination, the teachings of Vedanta are the compass guiding the aspirant along the path of self-inquiry. Traditionally, Vedanta is studied by listening to the teachings from an experienced teacher, reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and meditating on these truths to enshrine them in our being. Vedanta offers a three-step system for gaining this understanding - Shravanam or listening to the Upanishadic teachings from an experienced teacher, Mananam or reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and Nididhyasanam or meditating upon these truths.
I am very grateful to be able to continue offering Vedanta classes remotely at these times, as in-person classes are not feasible. The study of this vision has had a tremendous impact on my life, as it helps one gain a deeper understanding of oneself. We take for granted our identity as an individual being - struggling with the ups and downs of life. We get exposed to some philosophical ideas about our identity as a conscious being, but seldom take the time to closely look at and understand this alternate angle of vision. The study of Vedanta is a systematic, in-depth inquiry into fundamental, deeper questions such as "who am I?" and "what is the source of this creation?". Vedanta claims that the source of our insecurity and discontentment is a simple misunderstanding of ourselves.
One and all are invited to join us.
Pancha Kosha VivekaDiscrimination Between Myself as the Conscious Awareness and the Layers or My Personality
Thursdays, 6-7:15 PM, starting February 4, 2021
Duration: 3 to 4 months
As human beings, we have many layers to our personalities such as the physical, energy, emotional, and intellectual. The different levels work in tandem, and we feely move around in this world utilizing the various instruments we have - such as hands, senses and thoughts. But being caught up with our various responsibilities and viewpoints, we don't take the time to dissect ourselves as-it-were and look into what I am in essence. Am I a conglomerate of things or an organic whole? Am I something other than these layers and instruments?
In the Pancha-Kosha Viveka Prakriya, one takes a close look at each layer of one's personality and investigates whether it is an essential one. When concluding that a certain aspect is not my essential nature, we set aside and one inquires further. After a thorough investigation, one can come to the conclusion that his or her true or essential nature is not bound by the body-mind complex, free of the internal and external conditionings. The course will follow the chapter on this methodology from the text "Panchadashi".
Sundays, 9:00-10:15 AM, starting September 20, 2020
Duration: 3 to 4 months
Studying the Upanishads is a rare and special opportunity for spiritual aspirants, as they are said to be direct echoes of Ishwara or the divine, noted down by the rishis or ancient seers who had the direct vision of the truth. They reveal the unity of the individual being and the universal presence, declaring that they are one and the same consciousness. We were fortunate to have studied the Katha Upanishad last year, and I would look forward to taking up the Ishavasya Upanishad one at this point.
The Ishavasya Upanishad, found in the Shukla-Yajurveda, is one of the most concise and widely studied Upanishads. It starts with the well-known verse "Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam" - the Universal Spirit indwells everything, it is the unifying factor behind all names and forms. The text points out the two paths one must follow for unfolding this vision - preparation through the path of Karma Yoga and Upasana (selfless service and meditation/worship) for purifying one's heart and mind, then gaining a subtle understanding of the essence through Jnana Yoga or Vedantic inquiry.
The text will be taught along the lines of Sankara Bhashya, the commentary by Adi Guru Sankaracharya, and will include insights given by my teachers.
The classes will be taught by Gajananam, a direct disciple of late Sri Swami Vishnu-devananda Ji. He is the founder/director of the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Fremont, served as the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York in the 1990's, and has been teaching yoga and meditation for 30 years. Since 2013, he has been studying Vedantic scriptures in a traditional fashion at Arsha Vidya.
These courses will take place online. Email us at email@example.com to register.
Following the tradition of Vedantic teaching, these classes are free of charge. Donations are optional.
Mndays 6:00 - 7:00 PM,
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Sanskrit Grammar Level 3
Most of the traditional philosophical and religious texts of India are written in Sanskrit, such as the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Adi Guru Sankara's Bhashyas and Prakaranams. For those interested in deepening their understanding of the philosophy and mantras, having a basic understanding of the Sanskrit language is very helpful.
This course will cover
Sandhi - rules for
Atmanepadi and Parasmaipadi verbs
Verb Lakaras (tenses) and Ganas (groups)
Pre-requisite - familiarity with vowel-ending noun declensions and parasmaipadi lat (present tense) verb declensions.
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Na Hi Jnaanena Sadrsham Pavitram Iha Vidyate
There is nothing as purifying in this world as knowledge
- - Bhagavad Gita 4, 38
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