Spiritual retreats enable a seeker to single mindedly devote to the spiritual pursuit. The Ashram organizes spiritual retreats for 8 to 10 days twice every year. For those days, the seekers are able to focus completely on their spiritual growth giving up all the responsibilities of the routine life. These ten days in Pujya Swamiji’s presence become a very enlightening and enriching experience. This is when the seekers get an opportunity to study Vedānta in a more traditional way in close proximity of their Guruji, while serving the Guru, which allows them to imbibe his greatness and divine qualities.
During these retreats Pujya Swamiji’s teachings on the Vedāntic text are complemented with meditation, chanting, Satsanga: question-answer sessions, and Kirtan, which creates a positive environment conducive to learning the subtlety of Vedānta. The disciplined routine of three lectures a day, temple puja in the morning, followed by meditation, chanting of Stotras in the evening, and concluded by Satsanga and Kirtan at night, enables a seeker to completely devote to contemplation on the Vedāntic text. A wonderful atmosphere is created where the seekers are able to serve Pujya Swamiji and thereby become tuned with him and his teachings. Pujya Swamiji as well gets the opportunity to know the seekers in person during these retreats. This enables him to unfold the truth such that it touches each seeker individually, and thus everyone feels connected to Pujya Swamiji and his teachings.
Since many years Ashram has conducted retreats at sacred places like Kayavarohan in Gujarat, and Rishikesh, and occasionally at Anaikatti, Coimbatore. Pujya Swamiji has taken up various subjects over the years and enriched the seekers expounding the texts such as Māṇḍūkya Upaniṣad with Kārikā with Śānkarabhāṣya, Dakṣiṇāmūrtīstotra, Saddarśanam, Dṛg Dṛśya Viveka, Advaitamakaranda, Ātmānātmaviveka, Ātmabodha, Tattvabodha, Aparokṣānubhūti, Vedāntaḍiṁḍima, Upadeśasāram, Sanatsujāta Updeśa, Jīvanmuktiviveka, Anubhūtiprakāśa, Śrīrāmagītā etc.
Currently the texts on Vivekacūḍāmaṇi and Anubhūtiprakāśa are being taken up during the Rishikesh and Kayavarohan retreats respectively. A second retreat at Rishikesh tailored to both Indian and foreign seekers is conducted generally sometime around February – March, and selected verses of Chāndogya Upaniṣad are expounded to unfold the truth.
Following are the list of the retreats for the next session:
Topic: Isavasya Upaniṣad (in English)
Date: 18th – 24th December 2022
Location: Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti, near Coimbatore
Registration: Retreat ID VE 22-03; Retreats – Arsha Vidya Gurukulam; Please complete the registration online through the 'Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti' website
Topic: Chāndogya Upaniṣad Chapter 8 (English)
Date: 3rd April – 10th April 2023
Location: Shri Swami Dayananda Ashram, Dayanandanagar, Purani Jhadi, Rishikesh
Registration: Camp 4; Please complete the registration online through the ‘Swami Dayananda Ashram’ Rishikesh. Click below to complete registration for the Camp 3:
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