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5 Day Intensive Retreat, Manjakkudi, South India, 13-17 Feb 2016
: Neema Majmudar & Surya Tahora
: 13-17 February 2016
: Manjakuddi, Tamil Nadu, India
: As a tribute to our teacher Swami Dayananda Saraswati, this retreat took place at his birth place in Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, South of India. Participants visited the charming village where Swamiji's school, college, vedic learning school, and other projects which have transformed the lives of thousands in the area.

Kaivalya Upanishad
The Kaivalya Upanishad belongs to the Atharva Veda. It is a dialogue between Brahmaji and his disciple Acavalayana. In the 24 verses Brahmaji reveals entire self knowledge showing the identity of a Acavalayana with limitless Brahman.Knowing this reality, he becomes free from grief and delusion. Any person who seeks an answer to ones incessant search for release from inadequacy and lack would find an answer in this brillant Upanishad.

-Along with meditations and meditative movements in the morning.

Comments of participants :

(1) This retreat gave me a unique opportunity to see the teaching tradition of Vedanta in its entirety. The classes on Kaivalya Upanishad gave a lot of clarity about the nature of self and its relationship to the cause of the universe. The visits to ancient temples and Vedic chanting schools made me further appreciate the beauty of living culture that supports this amazing teaching tradition of Vedanta. The schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Manjakuddi are examples of what one accomplish over a period of time by deciding to be a contributor in the society

I look forward to many such sessions in the future.
Kristina Jacoby, Berlin

(2) During this Vedanta Retreat, I felt like I was being exposed to and made to understand an intricate mathematical formula step by step with impeccable logic. The methodology of the teaching reminded me of neuro surgeon performing complex surgery delicately and skillfully to cure the patient.

It was a sheer joy to see the vision of Vedanta unfolded very elegantly and comprehensively with ease by Neema and Surya. The examples and stories were very well utilized to highlight the points and to make ideas understandable. Morning meditations were synchronized with classes to highlight various aspects of the teaching very aptly. Overall it was an extremely joyful experience in the journey of self discovery and gaining wisdom.
Yvon, Canada

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