Yoga Vacation Program
January 9 — 16, 2024

Analyzing Ananda

Insights from Taittiriya Upanishad

Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati

The word “ananda” is perhaps the most used and the least understood word in the spiritual compendium. Vedanta, the knowledge of oneself as limitlessly whole, is incomplete without getting a grasp of what ananda means. We translate this variously as “bliss,” “joy” and so on, but it is an elusive concept at best, an abstraction of sorts. The Taittiriya Upanishad offers a unique analysis of ananda, assimilating which one is freed of fear and sorrow. In this week-long retreat, we will study selections from this Upanishad to gain the direct knowledge of ananda as the truth of oneself.

Offered in morning and evening satsang and afternoon workshops daily (subject to change).

Svatmavidyananda Swaminiji is a longtime disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji, one of the greatest masters of Vedanta in contemporary times. She is the acharya of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, an ashram based in Atlanta, GA and Eugene, OR. She has been active in the interfaith movement leading and featuring in prominent international dialogues on religious diversity, harmony, peace and mutual respect among various religious traditions. She splits her time between serving as a resident teacher in the Swami Dayananda Ashram, and traveling internationally offering talks and retreats. Swaminiji is the author of books such as Freedom from Distrust and Overcoming Self-Sabotage in Spiritual Growth, and contemplation card set entitled Musings on Oneness.



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