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The Vedic Wisdom program at the Bangalore Ashram from February 9th to March 7th, is an opportunity to immerse oneself in ancient and timeless knowledge. This 4-week program includes the Upanayana Ceremony, which allows one to be reborn in the spiritual world through knowledge.
The Upanayana ceremony is one of the traditional samskaras, or ‘purificatory rites’, that are prescribed in the Vedic way of life. Upanayana is a Sanskrit word that literally means, “moving closer”. What does one move closer to? We move closer to the knowledge, to the Master. The Upanayana is also called gayatri upadesha or brahmopadesha, which mean “initiation into the gayatri” and “initiation into the Brahman” respectively. This refers to one part of the ceremony, where one receives the gayatri mantra from the teacher. This mantra is said to be the essence of the Vedas that leads a faithful practitioner to the realization of the Supreme Consciousness (Brahman). During this program participants will learn the Sandhya Vandana, a ceremony, performed during the three sandhya times – sunrise, noon and sunset – every day.
The Vedas are the ancient and sacred scriptures of a civilization probably much older than most scholars are ready to admit. Besides being thousands of years old, what is unique about them is that they contain knowledge not just about spirituality but also about all the main branches of science, ranging from the ancient medical science called Ayurveda, to Jyotish in which we identify the influences that different planets have on various aspects of our life. This ancient knowledge is timeless and as relevant today as it was ages ago.
In the Vedic Wisdom Program, you learn and experience:
– Vedic Chanting
– Upanayana Ceremony
– Introduction to Jyotish (astrology)
– Introduction to Applied Ayurveda
– Stories from Yoga Vasistha
– Padayatra field trip (optional)
For more information visit: http://www.artofliving.org/bangalore-ashram/vedic-wisdom