Hindu Wisdom - 15 Oct 2016

 This day explores Sanatana Dharma or the eternal relationship of the Soul with the Divine, through key verses from the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu Scripture; considering elements such as the relationship between the jiva (soul) and Ishvara (God), the threefold nature of the Divine as Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan, the three gunas of material nature, karma and mukti (liberation).
It also looks at the different paths of yoga (relationship with God), with particular focus on the elements of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of Devotion), which incorporate mantra meditation, devotional song (kirtan), offering and taking prasadam (sanctified food), arati (offering of the elements) and worship of the murti (Divine Image), considering the spiritual applications of all the above.
The day will consist of presentation with images and texts, but also some practical engagement with mantra meditation and the option to attend arati at lunchtime.

Speaker: Frances Eley is a lecturer in Classics and Archaeology for the Open University, with particular research interests in ancient Mystery Religions.

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