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Watch the video of the Lecture on "...Reflection on the Continuity of Life" by Swami Bodhananda
(at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on 26 March 2016)
Watch the video of the Lecture on "Spirituality and Leadership" by Swami Bodhananda
(at All India Management Association, New Delhi, on 18 March 2016)
Annual Sambodh "Foundation Day" Celebration
27 March, 2016 - 11 a.m.
Upcoming Events and
Sambodh Delhi Programme 2016
18 March 2016, 5.30 pm - Lecture on "Spirituality and Leadership" by Swami Bodhananda, organised by All India Management Association, New Delhi and Sambodh Foundation New Delhi.
Gurudev's programmes organised by
Sambodh India - 2015-16
Rishi Vision Kerala Programmes
Bodhananda Seva Society
Silver Jubilee Celebrations
Dec. 25 2015, to Jan 23, 2016 - Kerala
Click here for the Flyer with complete Kerala Programmes
Read a Brochure on Bodhananda Seva Society, Trivandrum
Read a Brochure on the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Bodhananda Seva Society, Trivandrum
25-12-2015 to 29-12-2015 - Ernakulam
30-12-2015 to 02-01-2016 - Thiruvananthapuram
03-01-2016 to 04-01-2016 - Kollam
05-01-2016 to 10-01-2016 - Thiruvananthapuram
11-01-2016 to 12-01-2016 - Thrissur
13-01-2016 to 15-01-2916 - Palakkad
16-01-2016 - Thiruvilwamala
17-01-2016 to 18-01-2016 - Kozhikode
19-01-2016 to 20-01-2016 - Wayanad
21-01-2016 to 24-01-2016 -
Sambodh Delhi Programmes
Talks on Svetasvatara Upanishad by Swami Bodhananda from 2nd to 27th March, 5.30 to 7.00 PM, at Maharani Bagh, New Delhi.
Gurudev speaks on "Dharma and Indian Leadership" at All India Management Association, New Delhi on 27 March 2015.
Sambodh Foundation Day Celebration
Annual Lecture at The India Habitat Center (Lodhi road, New Delhi) by Swami Bodhananda.
A Travelogue by Dr Tilak Agerwala
Read "Travels with a Master" by Dr Tilak Agerwala (his social and spiritual experiences travelling in Kerala for three weeks with Swami Bodhananda-Ji) ... Read More ...
Shivaratri Message from Swami Bodhananda
"Fast, Chant, Meditate and Realize Shiva
in this life, here, now!
Gurudev's prgrammes in India
25 December 2014 to 15 January 2015 - Rishi Vision events organised by Sambodh Foundation Kerala and Bodhananda Seva Society Trusts. Programmes include lectures on the Bhagavad Gita, Satsangs, Retreats etc. To read detailed Programme with a map Click here.
For more info contact: Mr SKK Nair at firstname.lastname@example.org; or email@example.com
28 December 2014 - Seminar on "Chanakya and Effective Leadesrhip" at Bodhananda Kendram, Trivandrum organised by Bodhananda Research Foundation for Management and Leadership Studies (BRF-ML)
16 -22 January 2015 - Sambodh Chennai programmes. For more info contact Sri Gopalakrishnan and Smt Radhika Gopalakrishnan: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click Here for Programme Flyer
23-27 January 2015 - Sambodh Mumbai programmes. For more info contact Sri Anil Kumar and Smt Lalitha Anil Kumar: email@example.com
28 February to 3 February 2015 - Ahemdabad Management Association annual lecture series. For info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
February - March 2015 - Sambodh Foundation India and New Delhi programmes. For more info contact: email@example.com
April 4-12, 2015- Sambodh Bangalore programmes
For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Year Greetings and Message from our Gurudev Pujya Swami Bodhananda
"Forget and forgive, Unlearn and relearn, Unload and reload, Un-think and rethink ... "
Read more here ... http://eepurl.com/baqygz
Diwali Greetings, October 2013
"Deepavali, the festival of lights, is celebration of victory of good over evil, of Rama over Ravana, of Shiva over Shava. On this auspicious occasion, I send my blessings and good wishes to all Sambodh family members and well wishers. May Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Siddhi Vinayaka shower on you the abundance of wealth, health and peace".
Listen - Recent Lectures by Swami Bodhananda
Award of Sambodh Scholarships
on 15 August 2013 - in Bangalore.
It was the happiest moment for many bright but poor and underprivileged girls and boys of the upper primary school in Amrutahalli, Bangalore to receive the annual Sambodh Scholarships - on 15 August 2013 - when the nation celebrated its 66th indepence day.
22 July 2013 - Guru Purnima
22nd March 2013 - All India Institute of Management Association (AIMA) - Topic: "Four Levels of Leadership"
31st March 2013 - Habitat Centre - "Four Yogas of Self-realisation" (7.00 pm)
Contact: Dr BP Mathur <email@example.com>
Lecture series on Ramana Maharshi's Satdarsanam
1st - 7th March; and 19th to 30th March 2013 (6.00 - 7.30 pm) Contact: Smt Rumney & Arun Gulati, 15 Eastern Avenue, Maharani Bagh, Delhi Tel: Mrs Gulati - 26935771
Lord Siva is the eyes and heart of the soul. He uses His two eyes to enjoy the world of sensations and the third eye to relish the beauty of the self. Third eye is shut to the world because it opens to the inner reality. On the night of Sivaratri, Siva with His eternal consort Sakti dances in the hearts of His devotees. Ardent devotees keep awake through the shivering night so that they hear, as they are gathered into the dark embrace of slumber, the beat of the little drum and the reverberations of Siva's footfall as well as the fluttering swirl of Sakti's swings that awaken the sleeping serpent of thousand hoods and blazing eyes and forked tongues, setting a million stormy flames of spiritual fervor. On this auspicious Sivaratri Day, chant OM NAMA SIVAYA and experience the firework of Shiva's blessings.
by SWAMI BODHANANDA
1) Truth: Truth has been the singular objective of human kind from time immemorial. Scientists and philosophers; poets and logicians; materialists and spiritualists, traditionalists and modernists--all agree on truth as the ultimate purpose of life. Gandhi and Einstein believed that truth is god. What is the epistemology/pramana of truth and its deepest experience? Swami Bodhananda takes us to an exciting journey through the multidimensional facets of truth.
2) Goodness: Goodness is considered coeval with truth in the Indian wisdom tradition. Lived truth is goodness. Is goodness an end or a means to an end? But what is goodness and who is good? Is it difficult to be good and do good in this tough and rough world?. Swami Bodhananda discusses the ethics/dharma of goodness.
3) Beauty: Truth is beautiful. Or is it the other way round: the beautiful is the truth? God is said to be the most beautiful. Nature is beautiful, soul is beautiful. mathematics is beautiful. Swami Bodhananda discusses the aesthetics/rasa/beauty of being alive, active and interactive in embodiment.
4) Freedom: This is the greatest and universal ideal that human kind cherishes and pursues in social and individual life. Freedom from fear and freedom to choose ones destiny. Is freedom a matter of choice or a state of awareness? Swami Bodhananda brings the wisdom of the east in contrast to the west to throw light on this fascinating topic--the experience/anubhava of freedom.
5) Justice: Another ideal that communities and political systems try to guarantee to the individual. Is justice fair play or absolute equality? What is the basis of justice--to each according to his need or according his deed? Justice at what cost and at whose cost? What is the survival value of justice?
Let us walk with Swami Bodhananda through the thick jungle of the ideal and practice of justice/neeti.
Kundalini Meditations: Meditation on the chakras with Mudras and mantras and bandas for Kundalini awakening. Kundalini is the hidden power in every individual suppressed by negative emotions like anger, greed, lust, fear and envy. By these meditations based on Saundarya Lahari/ waves of bliss concept the practitioner achieves highest states of wisdom and unparalleled bliss.
Diwali/Deepavali is a festival of lights. India is a vibrant country and Hinduism a dynamic religion. Diwali, the most celebrated festival of Hindus, is the celebration of hope over hopelessness, conservation over consumption, sharing over greed, loving over hating, saving over borrowing, and being over having.
Mythologically, Diwali is the reliving of the euphoria of Lord Rama's decisive victory over demon Ravana. Historically Diwali signifies the integration of India into the Vedic paradigm. Hence Diwali celebrates India's unity and self-awareness as a unique culture and civilization. For the individual seeker, Ravana represent his/her ego and Rama the higher self. The ego clouds the higher self and using the ensuing confusion abducts the helpless mind into the island of pleasure and pomp. Finally the higher self asserts itself with the help of self-discipline (Lakshmana) and selfless work (Hanuman) and rescues the mind from ego's captivity and restores the union of freedom and joy.
Vedanta Centre for Atlanta
Steadiness in Knowledge - Swami Bodhananda
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Guru is creator, Guru is sustainer and Guru is destroyer: Guru dismantles structures of ignorance, nurtures positive values and inspires creative thoughts and actions.
Guru teaches in silence and by personal example.
Guru is an ocean of bliss and a storehouse of perennial wisdom.
Guru is deep, calm and all embracing.
Guru is God, Guru is Self and Guru is Preceptor.
Guru is the door to Divinity.
Guru is supreme Consciousness.
Guru is motiveless Compassion.
Guru is interpreter of scriptures.
Guru is father, Guru is mother, Guru is friend and Guru is the beloved.
Guru is a true healer and an effective physician.
Guru cures the illness of consumerism and the blindness of narrow mindedness.
Guru is the alchemist who creates transformation by a touch, a gesture, a glance or a word.
Guru is nature -- the forests, the hills, the meadows, the valleys, the deserts, the rivers, the oceans, the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars- that teaches by just being.
Guru is our breath, our heart beat and our very existence
Guru is the whisper of atman in stillness.
Guru is demandless love -- a space where a million flowers can bloom, a million suns can burst forth and a million swans can take to flight.
Guru is joyful celebration - ananda utsava.
On this day, July 3, of the Aashadha month, shukla-paksha, pournami night, our Guru Sri Veda Vyasa was born thousands of years ago on a verdant island gently stroked by the silvery waters of mother Ganga. The son of a poor fisher woman, he grew up fatherless to become the foremost scholar and sage of the day and the founder of Hindu Dharma. Dharma is sustained by a inexhaustible succession of living, practicing preceptors. Dharma is to be interpreted and practiced according to the needs of the times.
Guru is the repository, the vehicle and the transmitter of Dharma. Shri. Veda Vyasa is the first and foremost among all Hindu Gurus. Devotees of Hindu Dharma pay their respects and obedience to Sage Vyasa on this auspicious day by worshipping at the feet of their living Guru, by singing and offering services and reaffirming their commitment to the Guru tradition and Dharma teaching.
AUM SREE GURUBHYO NAMAH.
Sambodh Centre for Human Excellence
Source: Guru Purnima Message on the occasion of Gurupurnima on 3 July, 2012
Again one more Onam. One more visit by Mahabali. A cultural and spiritual revisit down the memory lane. Reminiscences and nostalgia.
Floral designs, dance, music, movies, food, new clothes, gifts, reunions, camaraderie, mirth and celebration. Away in one corner of the world, a narrow strip of land, slithering between silent peaks and howling waters, of green paddies, silvery streams, of brown hills, tall coconut trees holding pots of nectar, passing breeze whispering to giggling jasmine creepers, the drum beat of monsoon rain on thatched roofs, school children clutching piles of books huddling under leaky umbrellas: the cradle of my birth and of childhood dreams.
On this auspicious occasion my thoughts fly like a flock of migrant birds driven by a compelling instinct to a distant oasis hidden deep in my heart. A day of thanks-giving and gratitude, to shut my eyes and just revel in a past that will never return in the future.
Ganesha is the God of auspicious beginning. No human endeavor should begin without invoking this elephant headed God, who is worshiped all over India and east Asia. The fourth day (Shukla Chaturthi) of the waxing moon of the month of Bhadra is the most important day for devotees of Ganesha. Some believe that Ganesha was born on this day, while some others say that Ganesha got his elephant head on this day. Yet there are stories saying that Ganesha proved his superior intelligence over his younger brother Kartikeya on this day by winning the mango contest. There are even stories that say that on this day Ganesha overate modaka and his stomach burst and then he took a vow only to eat puffed rice. It is also said that the crescent moon giggled seeing the big stomach bursting open and the embarrassed and angry Ganesha barred the public from viewing the moon on this day. Hence the usage 'chaturthi' for 'irritating sight' in many Indian languages.
But the true significance of this day is transcendence of the three bodies, going beyond the play of three energies, and realizing the fourth dimension of consciousness as our real nature. The Ganesha Atharva Sirsha declares that Ganesha is manifest Brahman and the import of the mahavakya, tattvamasi. Ganesha was born from the essence of Parvati in the absence of Shiva. Meaning that Ganesha is the unconscious in us that stands as a bridge between our higher and lower consciousness. An encounter with Shiva and loss of ego-head and acquisition of a discerning trunk is required to gain oneness with Shiva and the experience of Shiva-Sakti union.
Ganesha is the eternal symbol of spiritual regeneration and redemption. Nothing is complete nor successful without Ganesha's blessings. Therefore let us all chant the mantra: AUM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAH.
28 August 2014
College Station, Texas
|"Bhava-Sankara Desika Me Saranam"
Adi Sankara Jayanthi - 4 May 2014
The fifth day (Panchami Tithi) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaisakhamonth - is a memorable day for Hindus and Indian philosophers. This was the day when the greatest Hindu philosopher and spiritual leader Srimad Bhagavad pada Sankaracharya was believed to have been born. And this year, Adi Sankara Jayanthi is celebrated on May 4, 2014.
Bhagavad Pada Sankaracharya (780-820 A.D) is considered one of the three pillars of the grand edifice of Hindu Dharma, along with Sage Yajnavalkya (3000 B.C) and Sage Veda Vyasa (1200 B.C).
Yajnavalkya provided the central vision of Dharma in the pronouncement, "aham brahmasmi", that the universe is one integral web and that the 'I' consciousness is the unifying common factor. Later, Veda Vyasa expounded the same truth nuanced in the then socio-political context and laid the foundation for the Indian-Hindu culture and political economy, promoting individual freedom and social harmony.
Subsequently, as Hinduism became weak due to inflexible orthodoxy and mutually antagonistic and intolerant sectarianism, Buddhist atheism, Jain asceticism, Sankhyan dualism and Charvaka materialism shook up conventional beliefs and posed serious challenges to the integrity of thought and unity of purpose in the Indian society, the youthful south Indian Brahmin scholar and savant Sankaracharya was the definitive, resurgent and robust Hindu response to those rebels and detractors. He tidied up Indian-Hindu thought and practices.
Sankara was a great integrator of diverse thoughts and practices. The Advaita system of religio-philosophical thought that Sankara expounded based on the Vedic dictum of 'One Truth - Many Expositions' still remains as the pinnacle of seven thousand years of Indian-Hindu spiritual and cultural experience. Sankara's lasting intellectual contribution was the selection of 'prasthana trayi' texts - the Bhagavad Gita, the Brahmasutras and the ten Upanishads, as the ultimate holy reference books of Hindu Dharma along with the proposition of the four mahavakyas - "Pajnanam Brahma", "Tattvamasi", "Ayam Atma Brahma" and "Aham Brahmasmi", as the guiding principles of spiritual contemplation. Sankara's commentaries on the prasthana trayi texts are considered the last word on Hindu Dharma. Other commentators like Ramanujacharya and Madhvacharya have only tinkered with Sankara's grand thoughts.
It is sad that there is not much awareness among the masses and even modern Indian leaders about the significance of Sankara and his contribution to Indian spirituality and culture. By celebrating his birthday and dedicating this day to teaching of Advaita Vedanta, we would not only be paying our collective debt to this great Guru, but also bring the spirit of toleration, accommodation and mutual respect to a divisive and conflicted world.
I have no doubt that Acharya Sankara would be the prophet of the future and Advaita Vedanta the dharma of the emerging multicultural global society.
Jai Jai Jai Sankara.
Vishu is a harvest festival – An occasion to thank God for a bountiful harvest. To meet friends and relatives in new clothes over a meal. To crack jokes and enjoy fireworks. A day to begin with new hopes and ideas, to charge like a boisterous Ram into the unknown future.
Vishu is the celebration of the young, for the young and by the young. Elders play only second fiddle. Children and teens are woken up early in the morning of the Vishu day for darshan (“kani”) of the specially decorated altar. They giggle and wobble while led to the sanctum with their eyes closed. Then a new bright world of yellow flowers, fruits, grains, gold coins and new clothes unveil in front of them – A veritable feast for the eyes and imaginative mind.
The eldest (“karanavar”) in the family gives away gifts (“kaineetam”) of coins and clothes to all members of the household including guests and domestic helps – An opportunity to renew and deepen human bonds.
The most significant harvest that Vishu celebrates is the attainment of inner qualities and the resultant spiritual awakening. The blossoming of the Self in all its splendour. The harvesting of inner love and joy and sharing them with one and all.
Vishu is a day of self-renewal.
Swami Bodhananda will give lectures on Patanjali Yogasutras from 3rd March to April 2014 in New Delhi.
Venue: 15, Eastern Avenue, Maharani Bagh West, New Delhi
For info and To attend write to Arun and Rumney Gulati.
The birthday of our Guru Swami Bodhananda on 27 March is celebrated annually as the "Sambodh Foundation Day". Sambodh Foundation New Delhi is organising its annual Foundation day programme on 27 March 2014.
Time: 5.30 p.m.
Venue: 15, Eastern Avenue, Maharani Bagh West, New Delhi
For info and To attend write to Arun and Rumney Gulati.
"India's search for identity can not be divorced from the 7000 years long Hindu religious and cultural experience. Most often Hinduism is defined in terms of Indian geography with references to the Himalayas and the Sindhu, Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers. Words like India and Hindu refer to the Sindhu or Indus river. Outsiders know and call all Indians as Hindus and not as Vedantins, Mussalmans or Christians. The modern attempt to create a secular India disregarding this historical fact will be inauthentic and futile. Hindus are all over the world--in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, and Africa. The Internet age has brought them together and multiculturalism a quest among them for identity. Religious world view and cultural perspectives underlie a people's outlook to life and interpretation of experiences. It is in this context that we engage in this conversation on the Indian identity, both as a nation and as individual Hindus belonging to different countries. "
- Swami Bodhananda
Swami Bodhananda will give two lectures on the Isavaasya Upanishad on 4 and 5 April 2014, in Noida.
Contact: Shyam and Renu Khosla
Sambodh Foundation New Delhi cordially invites you and family for a Public Lecture by Swami Bodhananda on "Unleashing your Spiritual Power", on:
Sunday 30 March 2014, 7 - 8.15 p.m.
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
For info contact Dr BP Mathur, Smt. Nalini Sharma, Smt. Rumney Gulati or Smt. Anu Khera. Email <firstname.lastname@example.org>
All India Management Association, New Delhi is organising a Lecture and Interactive Session on “Wisdom Leadership” with Swami Bodhananda on 28 March 2014.
(Participation only by invitation or registration)
Anoobhav Sehgal, Manager – LMA Relations & Membership, All India Management Association, Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003
Email : email@example.com
This year, 2014, Shiva Ratri falls on 27 February. Ratri means night, which is a mystic term for a quiet, reflective mind, free from fear, worries, expectations and frustrations. The inner gaze in devotion to Shiva takes away all agitations of the mind. Devotion is to know that as agents of action and reaction we are part of a larger whole, that is Shiva, and have to interact with an abiding feeling of embedded responsibility towards all creatures that constitute our environment. Shiva is the Lord of of all living and non-living entities. On the Shiva Ratri night, when the world sleeps, the vigilant devotee awakens to the truth that he/she is in love with the dance of Shiva, manifested as this expansive universe. Loving all is loving the Lord of all. On this most auspicious day, Shiva opens the third eye and destroys the evil that soils our minds and souls. The devotee, who keeps vigil till the wee hours, is redeemed from the thraldom of self assumed limitations and uplifted to the land of freedom and bliss. OM Nama Shivaya; Shivohum.
5 Lectures by Swami Bodhananda organised by Ahmedabad Management Association 16 - 20 February 2014.
Inclusive development, democracy, pluralism, human rights, gender equality, environment, green energy, win-win solutions etc. are the current buzz words. But what the present world lacks is wise leadership in all areas of human activity to lead us out of a pervasive meaninglessness, crass materialism and paralyzing moral relativism. Swami Bodhananda discusses, in the light of Bhagavad Gita, the present leadership crisis taking up five themes --
1. Self reflection of the wise leader
2. Detached engagement
3. The Big and the Small picture
4. The Problem of the Other
5. Fight to win
Swami Bodhananda will give a lecture at the 3rd Leadership Retreat organised by All India Management Association on 16 February 2014, in Goa.
Human resource has been identified as the critical resource for innovative and productive activities. Swami Bodhananda recommends reflective action in interactive spaces as the means of tapping into the infinite resource of consciousness. A new strategy for inspired leadership.
Swami Bodhananda will give two lectures on "Spirituality in daily life", and Spirituality - an antidote for mental challenges" in Mumbai, organised by Sambodh Mumbai, on 12 and 14 February 2014.
A new year is like a new born baby—a bundle of hopes and possibilities. An uncertain future full of dangers and opportunities. And the contours of the New Year will unfold as individuals, communities and nations make choices according to their self-interests and aspirations, guided by their perspectives, knowledge and self-perceptions.
An emerging global consciousness is often thwarted by sectarian prejudices and primitive fears and antagonisms. The highest human ideals like love, freedom, justice and community are everywhere frustrated by man's mindless pursuit of power, pelf and pleasure.
2013 was hopeless in many respects, but there were also many unsung acts of grace and charity, of courage and compassion, that kept the flame of hope bright. When I see green shoots and tiny flowers in rock crevices, my heart jumps in joy and I cry out that hope is still alive.
Every new born baby is a messenger of hope.
So too is every New Year, and 2014 wouldn't be different.
Hold on to hope, dream big, take risk, embrace the unknown, act boldly,and you will never regret.
Let 2014 be a year of decisive action and “make a small dent in the universe”.